Chennai: formerly known as Madras, the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The city was established in 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. The city is India’s second largest exporter of software, information technology and information technology-ebabled services. Its average elevation is 6.7 m (22ft), and its highest point is 60 m (200ft). The Marina Beach runs for 14 km along the shoreline of the city. Chennai is a major centre for music, art and culture in India. Chennai is well connected to other parts of India by road, rail and air.
Places to visit around Chennai
The Cave Temples of Mahabalipuram are located on the hillock of town, overlooking the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal in Kanchipuram District in Tamil Nadu, India. Also called mandapas or rock-cut caves, they are sanctuaries or temples covered with bas-reliefs. The earliest period of use of these caves as sanctuaries is traced to Buddhist and Jain periods. They were excavated on rock faces which were cut and then carved using chisel and iron mallet. Of the eleven mandapas or caves seen in Mahabalipuram, the most notable are the Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Cave Temple, Panchapandava Cave Temple, and the Mahishasuramardini mandapa.
ISKCON Temple Chennai is part of the Centre for Spiritual Art and Culture and is located off the East Coast Road at the Hare Krishna land, Sholinganallur. The deities worshipped in the temple include those of Radha Krishna Lalita Vishaka, Jagannath Baladev Subhadra, and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga. Spread over an area of over 1.5 acres, the temple is constructed on five levels. There is a 7,000 sq ft temple hall on the first floor, an auditorium for cultural and spiritual programmes on the ground floor and a prasadam hall in the basement.
Covelong (Kovalam) is a fishing village in Chennai. The Dutch built a fort in Covelong during the colonial times, which today has been made the Taj Fisherman's Cove, a private luxury beach resort. An ancient Catholic church on the beach is another attraction. There is also a Dharga & temple nearby the beach. Kovalam Beach,Chennai - Mid Sea Diving
Along with the beach, the village of Covelong, famous for its fishing activities draws many tourists, India's first surfing village here one can surf and stand up paddle in the right hand breaks also one can learn to surf in surf schools in this village like Bay of Life.
Muttukadu boat house is a water sport facility offering rowing, wind surfing, water skiing, and speedboat riding. The boat house has 15 row boats, 27 speedboats and 9 pedal boats, besides two high-speed aqua scooters. The water depth varies between 3 ft and 6 ft. It is owned and operated by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). The boating spot receives more than 4,000 visitors every weekend. The boathouse, with a special roof made of bamboo, has a lounge, from where visitors can watch the boats, and a restaurant. A couple of high-speed aqua scooters with a seating capacity of three are also available.