|Megacity||426 km2(164.5 Chennai city sq mi)|
|Metro||1,189 km2 (459.07 sq mi)|
Chennai, a city which was once known as ‘Madras’ until the year 1996 has the sprawling 400 square kilometer clustered with a number of urban villages and varied neighborhood. It is the capital of the Indian state Tamilnadu and is nestled on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal. The city has the population of around 8.9 million and is counted as the 31st largest metropolitan area in the world. Right from scenic beaches, vibrant South Indian culture, delicious South Indian cuisines, markets for shopping pure silk, classical concerts, quirky cafes to other delights, Chennai has everything in it that can make you an admirer of it.
If we talk about the history of the city then the traces of British colonial chapter can be found here. Dating back to 200 years, the Tamil Sangam era was the most glorious period in its history, of which Kapaleeshwarar Temple is one of the examples. The city is imbibed with its rich culture and boasts of its eclectic mix of traditions and modernity. The official language of Chennai is Tamil and has three rivers namely Ady, Cooum and Kosathalaiyar. Right from the best hotels in Chennai to the ancient temples, you will have much more than this to explore in the city.
Chennai has a pleasant weather with tropical wet and dry climate. The place doesn’t face extreme seasonal temperature because it lies on the thermal equator. While talking about the hottest months, they are usually from May to early June with maximum temperature of 35-40 degrees while the coolest part is January when the temperature goes down to 19-25 degrees. So, the temperatures are not extreme here and one can expect to have a comfortable living. If you love rain then the desire weather month for you would be from mid–October to mid–December. The maximum rainfall hat has been recorded by far is 257 cm (101 in) in 2005.
When we talk about entertainment in Chennai then Tamil Cinema is the much celebrated form of entertainment. Known as Kollywood, the cinema has produces movies that have gone a major hit over the years. In addition, Kodambakkam is one of the locations where a number of studios are located and the film shooting take place. Many of the famous personalities like M. Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa, Jayalalithaa, C. N. Annadurai who once were actors turned into politicians in the later years of their life. With this, the number of multiplexes present in this state include Abirami complex, Sathyam Cinemas, Mayajaal, Devi, Escape cinemas, and others. When talking about the theatre network stages, there have been a number of plays that have been stages including history, slapstick comedy, political satire, drama and other genres.
On the other hand, Chennai provides really good locations for shopping. The city has a number of shopping malls that comprises of Abirami mega mall, Ampa Skywalk, Citi Centre, Express Avenue (EA), Forum Vijaya Mall and Phoenix Market City just to mention a few out of many. If you love to wear gold jewelry then Chennai is the best place to shop it from. It is known that the city has the most important gold markets in India and contributes to about 45% of the total 800-tonne annual national gold uptake. In fact, in the year 2012, Nugambakkam received the tenth position in the international list of 'Top 10 Global Highest Retail Rental Growth Markets 2012”. Besides this, there are local markets where you can shop for your daily wear clothing and other regular use household items.
Besides the above listed tourist attractions, you can also visit the Guindy National Park, Semmozhi Poonga- 20-acre botanical garden, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Tholkappia Poonga park, Madras Boat Club, Gymkhana Club and various other recreational activity places.
Besides the above listed colleges and schools, there are others too. You can browse through these schools and colleges on the internet and do a research about their reputation and past records before you choose them for your studies.
Air- The city has the fourth busiest airport in India, Chennai International Airport. It connects to all the cities in India and to all the foreign nations abroad. The airport is known to handle a minimum of 400 flights per day. To enhance and improvise, the current airport is undergoing expansion and is likely to cover 1,069.99 acres more. No doubt, the airport is going to connect all the remaining locations in the near future very soon.
Rail- Chennai is proud to be the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The major 4 terminals here are Chennai Beach, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram and Chennai Central. Note that these terminals provide a connection to the places within Tamilnadu only, but you can look for trains that travel to other states. You can browse through the details and schedules of different trains on the internet. With this, Chennai Suburban Railway network comprises of 4 broad gauge sectors that ends at Chennai Beach and Chennai Central. This suburban network is the oldest in India, in which the fourth corridor is elevated out of all. This very corridor links Velachery to Chennai Beach and makes commuting highly convenient for the daily commuters.
Road- The city hasits connection with four popular highways including NH 4 to Mumbai (via Bangalore and Pune), NH 205 to Madanapalle (via Tirupati), NH 5 to Kolkata (linked via NH 6) (via Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar) and NH 45 to Theni (via Villupuram, Tiruchirapalli and Dindigul). The buses are also easily accessible in this city with Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus which was once considered as the largest bus station in the entire Asia.
Chennai metro was partially started in the year 2015 and today it has sprawled to a number of places there. The phase I of the metro comprises of green line and blue line that basically covers the length of more than 45 kilometers and all the corridors here are elevated. This phase has 40 stations with two inter-change station including Chennai Central and Alandur. In addition to this, Phase II of the metro is soon going to start and is around 104 kilometers long. It comprises of 104 stations and is going to benefit the locals for whom Phase I is not easily accessible.
While talking about the sea, Chennai has two big ports including Chennai Port and Ennore Port. The latter is known as the largest artificial port of India and hands the cargo of ore, coal and various other rock mineral products. Further, Chennai Port has a yearly cargo tonnage of 6.146 crore while the yearly container volume is around 15.23 lakh TEUs. With this, Royapuram Fishing Harbor is exploited by fishing boats and also the Kattupalli Shipyard which is near to Ennore Port is also used.
Therefore, it can clearly be said that Chennai is one of the finest places to reside in. With the pleasant weather, array of cuisines, shopping complexes and the serenity of beaches, the city is sure to give you a comfortable and peaceful living. Wish you a happy living in the South India!