Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, with a population of about 5 million (metropolian: 9 million) is one of the biggest cities in India. I don’t like big cities…but Chennai is different. It’s not so dirty like Delhi, not crowderd like Mumbai and not commercial like Kolkata. It’s unique and beautiful in its own way.
It feels like everything lives in harmony in the city – new and old, modern and traditional.
One of the interesting sites in the town is the George Town which was the British settlement during the colonial period. It was named in honor of King George V when he was crowned as the ruler of India.
According to the legend, saint Thomas the Apostole left this mortal world on St.Thomas mount near Chennai and his body was buried on the site of the present St.Thomas Basilica in Chennai. It is believed that he arrived in India from Israel in 52 AD. The Basilica was built in the 16th century by Portugese explorers and rebuilt in the 19th century by the British.
Located in Mylapore, a suburb of Chennai, there is a great Hindu temple known as Kapaleeshwar Temple. The temple was built in the 7th century and it is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is said that Goddess Shakti worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock here.
The world’s second longest urban beach is also situated in Chennai. Sandy Marina beach is 13 km long and attracts thousand of visitors daily. It is probably the most crowded beach in the country. Bathing and swimming is illegal there because of the very strong undercurrents.