Cricket, the most popular sport in Chennai
The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium (MAC) in Chepauk is one of the oldest cricket stadiums in India. The Chemplast Cricket Ground on the IIT Madras campus is another important venue hosting first class matches. Prominent cricketers from the city include former Test-captains S. Venkataraghavan and Kris Srikkanth. A cricket fast bowling academy, the MRF Pace Foundation, whose coaches include Dennis Lillee, is based in Chennai. Chennai is home to the Indian Premier League cricket team, the Chennai Super Kings. Chennai is also home to the Indian Cricket League team, the Chennai Superstars, who won the first ever ICL 20s championship and the ICL Domestic 50s.
The Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium is regarded by the International Hockey Federation as one of the best in the world for its state-of-the-art infrastructure. The city is home to a Premier Hockey League (PHL) team, the Chennai Veerans, and has hosted many hockey tournaments such as the Asia Cup and the Men's Champions Trophy.
AN INDIAN OASIS
its a tribute to indian cuisine.north indian specialities are not best cooked in south india.navratna means nine jewels.emperor akbar in his durbar had nine decorated ministers who were called nav(nine) jewels(ratnas) based on that tradition the restaurant has a durbar like ambience with the stage occupied by performers of indian music who give soulful renditions of classical indian and contemporary bollywood songs.service is SLOW!!!!! be ready to spend the evening only then venture here.i do not really know the reason why indian 5 star restaurants service lacks in commonsense that any good middle sized restaurant on the street? kolli milli soup,lobster caldin,various fish preparation.south indian delicacies like chicken chettinad and meen moily a kerala preparation of fish
St. Thomas Mount
The apostle St. Thomas (doubting Thomas) traveled thru southern India from 52 to 72 AD spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His preaching met with much success and he made many converts and established several churches. He is believed to have been martyred on a hill just outside the modern city of Chennai, and this hill is now known as St. Thomas Mount.
Although St. Thomas' body was later removed from the site, the Portuguese built a small church on the site in 1523 (on the foundations of an even earlier church), which can still be visited today. The site is still maintained by the local Catholic diocese, and there is a convent there as well. The 100 meter high hill can be accessed either by 134 stone steps or by road. The hill also offers excellent panoramic views of Chennai and the nearby airport. Pope John Paul II visited the site a few years ago, and there are plaques to commemorate this.
"Where did the name "Chennai" came from?"
The name Chennai is an eponym, etymologically derived from Chennapattinam or Chennapattanam, the name of the town that grew up around Fort St. George, built by the British in 1640. There are different versions about the origin of the name. When the British landed here in 1639 A.D. it was said to be part of the empire of the Raja of Chandragiri. The British named it Chennapatnam after they acquired it from Chennappa Nayaka, a Vijayanagar chieftain. Gradually, the name was shortened to Chennai. The first instance of the use of the name Chennai is said to be in a sale deed dated August 1639 to Francis Day, an agent for the British where there is a reference to Chennaipattinam.
Although some believe Chennapattinam was named after the Chenna Kesava Perumal Temple, as the word Chenni in Tamil means face, and the temple was thought of as the face of the city.
The former name, Madras, is derived from Madraspattinam, a fishing village that lay to the north of Fort St. George. The origin of the name Madraspattinam is a subject of disagreement. One theory holds that the Portuguese, who arrived in the area in the 16th century, may have named the village Madre de Deus. However, historians believe that the village's name came from the once prominent Madeiros family (variously known as Madera or Madra in succeeding years), who had consecrated the Madre de Deus church in Santhome in 1575 (demolished in 1997). Another theory says that the village was named after an Islamic college (a madrasa) which was located in the area. After the British gained possession of the area in the 17th century, the two towns, Madraspattinam and Chennapattinam, eventually merged. The British referred to the united town as Madraspattinam, while the locals preferred to call it Chennapattinam.
The city was officially renamed Chennai in 1996, about the same time that many Indian cities were undergoing name changes. Madras was seen as a Portuguese name.
Chennai is connected by Jet, Indian Airlines, Air Sahara, Air India, Deccan Air to the rest of the country. Some international airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Emirates, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Singapore Airlines, Air malaysia, Thai Airways connect Chennai to the rest of the world.
The Meenambakkam Airport is located 17 km southwest of the city centre. It has terminals for both domestic and international travel. Prepaid taxis available at the airport. Alternatively, you can use the airport bus if you are staying at one of the major hotels.
The Tamil Nadu Express from Delhi, Ganga Kaveri Express from Varanasi, Shatabdi Express from Bangalore and the Charminar Express from Hyderabad are some of the trains from the major cities to Chennai. You also have the Coromandel Express from Chennai to Calcutta.
There are two railway stations at Chennai ? Central and Egmore ? and most of the trains arrive here. The Central Railway Station links north and west and Egmore Station the south. There are separate stations for local trains. Chennai Central Railway Station is located on Periyar EVR High Road. Relatively easy to get transport to and from the Central station though lack of knowledge of the local language Tamil could be a hindrance.
The city is well linked by roads to the major destinations in South India. It is connected by the National Highway Nos 4, 5 and 45.
174 square kilometres
As per the 2001 Census, Chennai has a population of 42.16 lakh.
Density of population: 24,231 persons per square kilometre.
Tropical climate. Hot and humid. The occasional sea breeze makes it a trifle more bearable at times. Temperatures soar highest in May (Between 40 and 45° Celsius). Winter in Chennai (December, January and February) is not worth the name. Monsoon is intermittent (July-August and September-November).
MADRAS IS NOT COMPLETE UNLESS ONE MENTIONS ABOUT SILK. THIS IS THE BEST SILK SHOP IN PROBABLY IN ENTIRE SOUTH INDIA. THEY KEEP VARIETIES OF SILK FROM FEW HUNDRED RUPEES TO MILLIONS OF RUPEES. ENTRY IS OPEN TO ALL. POOR AS WELL AS THE RICHES.
NORMALLY INDIAN GOVT. HOSPITALS ARE NON DESCRIPT FILTHY UNHYGENIC. BUT THIS WILL CHANGE YOUR OPINION ABOUT OUR GOVT. HOSPITALS.
IT IS SAID A SOUTH INDIAN WATCHES AT LEAST ONE MOVIE A DAY. BUT IT IS NOT TRUE. YES THEY LIKE CINEMAS. CHENNAI CITY HAS MULTIPLEXES THAT CAN PUT THE ANY WESTERN MULTIPLEX TO ENVY. THE CITY HAS BEAUTIFUL CINEMA HOUSES, DRIVE INS AND WHAT NOT RELATED TO MOVIES. NO WONDERS ALL THE CHIEF MINISTERS WERE MOVIE ACTORS!!!.