Chennai, which is also known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, the city is a major cultural, commercial and education hub in South India. History is etched in every corner of the city. While the city was the seat of power for many South Indian kingdoms through the ages, the documented history of the city began in the colonial times when the British stepped on the shores of Chennai and settled with the establishment of Fort St. George in 1644. The city has gone through a tremendous change in terms of economy and infrastructure and is developing rapidly. The Automobile industry in Chennai is one of the leading industries in the country. Apart from this, the city is a leading player in education and sports with a number or reputed educational institutions and stadiums which mark the importance of the two in Chennai. The city has been endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture with Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam being two of the best and biggest cultural exports of broadly the Tamil culture. It is famous for its various cultural events showcasing the performing arts such as Dance, Music and Drama. Although Chennai is predominantly composed of Tamil speaking people, the city today is abuzz with its varied mix of modern and traditional blend of culture and lifestyle.
Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The city is surrounded by several beaches and various other attractions. North Chennai is primarily an industrial area with a few residential areas. Central Chennai is the commercial hub of the city and the downtown area. Here are few of the neighborhoods of Chennai:
Chennai a land of cultural legacies has got on offer some finger licking delicacies. The deep influence of Tamil culture can be perceived in the local cuisine of this coastal city. Chennai cuisine is a blend of different flavors like sweet, sour, bitter, spicy and tangy. The traditional cuisine is loaded with rice, legumes, lentils and a host of spices. The city is also known for its highly aromatic filter coffee. The city is not limited to traditional and regional cuisine but also offers variety of national and international cuisine. The city provides with a extensive range of popular dishes like:
You can find local delicacies in the following restaurants:
Chennai is a difficult place for drinks. There are no standalone bars and pubs, because of Government rules. All the bars that are around are a part of hotel or are far apart. In Chennai you will either find dingy places or exceptionally classy ones for drinks. Government liquor stores called TASMAC are all over the place but are not a pleasant experience. Here is a list few of the places where you can enjoy drinks.