If you really want to get to know Indian culture, you can use travel offers to India at top prices. The only question is where to go. One city in particular stands out – Chennai. Until 1996 the city, which is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, was still called Madras and is still known to many under this name. The city is located on India’s south-east coast, more precisely on the Bay of Bengal. This city is the sixth largest city in India with around 4.6 million inhabitants, with this number coming from 2011. According to estimates, the city’s population may have increased to 6.5 million in the meantime. Whatever – the former Madras is a city of millions and fascinates tourists a lot. The reason for this is the numerous sights that can be admired there.
When it comes to travel to this city, the providers advertise travel offers at top prices, which mainly have something to do with the numerous sights in the city. And this includes, above all, buildings from the British colonial era. Because the city was one of the centers of activity and rule of the British Empire in India. The city therefore has many secular buildings to offer, with the oldest building from British hands being Fort St. George, founded in 1640. Part of this complex is still in military use today, by the Indian Army. Inside the fort there is a museum and St. Mary’s Church. The fort is also the seat of the parliament of the state of Tamil Nadu. The building of the Madras High Court is also powerful. Today, this building is considered a symbol of the city. Other buildings from the British era in the city are the Senate building and the university and the two railway stations. Of course, travelers are also interested in the sacred buildings that the city has to offer. These include such important temples as the Kapaliswarar Temple, dedicated to the god Shiva, with its lavish figural decoration, and the Vishnuite Parthasarathy Temple, which is dedicated to the god Krishna. This is one of the holy places of Tamil Vishnuism. There is also an Armenian church in the city, as well as mosques, the most important being the Shia Thousand Lights Mosque. And the Sunnis also have their own mosque in the city, the Wallajah Mosque.
A main reason why Chennai is chosen by many Europeans as a holiday destination on the Indian subcontinent is the diversity of this city. In addition to culture, the city also has beautiful beaches to offer. The city beach is Marina Beach. The sandy beach here is 13 kilometers long and is considered one of the longest beaches in the world. The beach is also up to 400 meters wide. One reason why the beach is also so popular with locals: At the north end of Marina Beach are the grave monuments of politicians C.N. Annadurai and M.G. Ramachandran. A little further south, in the district of Besant Nagar, is the sandy beach with the euphonious name Elliot’s Beach. Here stands the monument of the Dutch seaman Karl Schmidt. Chennai is also known and popular with tourists from all over the world and also with the locals for its parks and the Guindy National Park.