Madras (Chennai) was the site of the East India Company's first settlement-founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of Hampi. A small fort was built on the settlement of in 1644, and a town, which subsequently became known as George Town, in the area of Fort St George, arose north of it. The settlement became independent of Banten, Java, in 1683 and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II. It thus has the oldest municipal corporation in India, a fact which Tamil Nadu state governors are only too keen to point out at every available opportunity.
Chennai, the gracious capital city of Tamil Nadu is the fourth largest metropolis in India. Located on a 17km stretch of the Coramandel coast, the city is trisected by the waterways of Cooum and Adyar and the Buckingham Canal. With a population of 6 million people, Chennai is a vibrant city ever growing, expanding and changing every year. Popularly regarded as the "Gateway to the South", Chennai presents culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. Music, dance and all other art forms of the South are cherished and nurtured in this city which, though industrialized, continues to be traditional and conventional in many ways.
SIGHTSEEING IN CHENNAI
HOTELS IN CHENNAI
07 DAYS GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA
09 DAYS CULTURAL TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA
14 DAYS THE MAGICAL SOUTH INDIA TOUR
10 Days, (Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Goa - Mumbai)