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    Medical Tourism

    by goutammitra Updated Jun 17, 2009

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    Favorite thing: What is Medical Tourism?
    What's called medical tourism - patients going to a different country for either urgent or elective medical procedures - is fast becoming a worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry

    Why Tamilnadu?
    Good medical services are available in the state along with good tourist attractions. This has recently spurred a new wave of medical tourism. Costs and waiting periods in developed world are very high for some of the major medical and dental procedures. As consumers are becoming aware of the high quality of these procedures in India, insurance has started covering them and hence the flow of these medical tourists has increased in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere.

    Beside this in India especially in Eastern India and Central India medical facilities are there but very expensive along with this medical ethics is missing sometime, wrong diagonosis, cheating the patients has led to patients going to South for treatment. The city of Chennai has one of the best medical facilities in the world and the experts. The Legendary Apollo Hospital started by Dr.P.C.Reddy is now world famous. It has several branches in India offing treatment like Heart Transplantation, Liver Transplantation and complex surgeries. Incidentally I bumped into Dr.P.C.Reddy one day while he was waiting to board in his Mercedese, he was kind enough to ask about us and Rakhi's health problems and the kind of facilities he was offering. He also asked about our satisfaction level. We were thorughly flabbergasted by such humble person, who is one of the richest person and pioneer of medical facilities of India!

    Christian Medical Collage, Vellore is one more glaring example, whose diagonosis is almost failure free an accurate. Treatment is cheap there.

    Not only these all South Hospitals are now famous for accurate and affordable treatment.

    See the picture of govt. run Chennai General Hospital, it's treatment and cleanliness will put to shame any Calcutta hospital.

    Fondest memory: Please follow the link below if you are interested to know about Cardic surgery in Chennai.

    http://www.tamilnadutourism.org/MedicalTourism/t-cardiac-care.html

    http://www.apollohospitals.com/

    http://www.chennai.apollohospitals.com/

    Chennai General Hospital. Chennai General Hospital Chennai General Hospital

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    Clean beaches

    by machoe Written May 11, 2008

    Favorite thing: The worst Auto rickshaw service i the country. the drivers cheats & cheats only by 200% plus every time. BE CAREFUL !

    Fondest memory: Good development in outer part of the city. Mount Road - one of the main street in the city is very gloomy in the night (bad street lights) and huge traffic.

    sea view on the Pondycherry road Mango tree in a good mood in this season - yr 2008 lake in a mango farm

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    autorickshaws

    by 6aruna Written May 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: even though places in chennai are well connected by buses, for short distances autorickshaws are the basic mode of transport .The minimum fare charged is Rs 30/-that is for locals .If they smell that you are a tourist the charge is usually plus 20.so enquire.
    But unlike in other places they take you straight to your destination and can be good company.

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    Recommended Background Reading

    by tayloretc Updated Jun 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A brief annotated bibliography of the basic guides...

    Culture Shock! India - I think the author is a northerner, but the content is dead on. "Someone once said that whatever you say about India, the opposite is also true." So true. Highly recommended.

    Rough Guide Chronicle: India - brief history and timeline, 30,000 BC - 2002 AD; very interesting, if you don't have time to read more in depth. Recommended.

    Madras (Re-)Discovered - a historical guide to the city of Chennai/Madras, beginning about when the British arrived. (I've heard that many well-educated natives of Madras learned Indian history starting at the time of British occupation.) Good pre-British info, great old photos.

    Lonely Plant: South India
    Rough Guide: South India
    Footprint: South India
    These are all on the budget-travel end, and all are reasonably good at picking out interesting things. None of the phone numbers seem to be up-to-date, though. I doubt that's the publishers' fault.

    Ponniyan Selvan (by Kalki) - fictional retelling of the flowering of Chozha history. Very telling, probably hard to find outside of India.

    At Home in Madras: A Guide to Chennai - From the Overseas Women's Club, this is a practical guide to settling a family in Madras. Most of the details change fast. (The club is open to foreign women living here [foreign = not from Madras].)

    If you want to learn Tamil script to read signs, try by learning to write it. Damned if I can tell you what it's called, but there's a workbook ISBN 81-277-0002-9 that shows how to write all 246 characters? figures? letter combinations?. You'll need to find someone to tell you what the corresponding sounds are. But it's good.

    Fondest memory: Dravidian history and culture is at least 5500 years old, one of the oldest recorded on the planet. It's well worth learning something about it before you come. Note that the south is radically different from the north in tradition, language, and culture, so if you've studied Hindi and related history/culture/philosophy/religion/social studies it will mean nothing in the south.

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    Everything you should know

    by foodnut Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I really enjoyed walking the evening markets in Parry's. Tell your driver to stop you opposite the Central Bus Station.
    Here you'll find almost every ware you could possible imagine, it will be a culture shock to see how these people live and sell their produce.
    You'll walk through intoxicating strectches of alleyways filled with flowers, stacked pyramids of juicy local fruit, glittering gemstones and polished gold, freshly cooked local food, streets filled with aluminium pots of all shapes and sizes, fluttering silk sarees at unimaginably cheap prices..etc

    Always,always, keep your money close to your body, and bargain!

    Don't be afraid of the stares, or shouts, or beggars, once you get over it, you ll start to really experience the place.Dont give the beggars money, I bought them food, for which they are appreciative.Try and spread your purchases, they are all so poor, it doesnt seem fair to buy from only one family..

    Fondest memory: How everything is so cheap

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    Everything you should know

    by foodnut Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I really enjoyed walking the evening markets in Parry's. Tell your driver to stop you opposite the Central Bus Station.
    Here you'll find almost every ware you could possible imagine, it will be a culture shock to see how these people live and sell their produce.
    You'll walk through intoxicating strectches of alleyways filled with flowers, stacked pyramids of juicy local fruit, glittering gemstones and polished gold, freshly cooked local food, streets filled with aluminium pots of all shapes and sizes, fluttering silk sarees at unimaginably cheap prices..etc

    Fondest memory: How everything is so cheap

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    Cannimara Public Library

    by radz Written Nov 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing:
    Cannimara Public Library, is one of the oldest&biggest library in Chennai,
    it was build by then Governer of Madras state,Lord Coniemara 1890,it was opend for public on 1896.Its main landmark at Egmore. Its next to Government Egmore museum.
    This Libarary is big resourse for students ,subject varying tecnical to arts,can get rarest books here for reference.
    My college says my most visted place in the city :),I can still feel the smell the old books.

    Cannimara Public Library

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    Parathasarathi temple

    by radz Written Nov 24, 2003

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    Favorite thing:
    This is old Lord Krishna temple,the orignally build by Pallavas ie the 8 the century.It was
    occupied at various times in16th,17 centuries by Golconda,Dutch,and French.
    One of the big&old temple in Chennai.
    This is one of the most visited Divya Desam,the temple is big as 1.5 acres,and had 2 prakarams.
    Infont of the temple there is big temple tank ,once there were lot of lilly flowers used to be there.Even though the temple tank is near seashore,you can't find any fish in this water .Old times this tank water was used for "pooja".Now :( its not very clean watter.

    Its famous temple in city,evening will be crowded.I love to visit this temple.:). Inside photography is not allowed.

    Parathasarathi temple -gopuram
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    • Architecture
    • Road Trip

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    Anna Park

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: South of Fort St. George, along Chennai Beach, you'll encounter Anna Park. The small, green park contains a memorial to a former chief minister of Tamilnadu.

    In comparison to the rest of the beach, this is a startlingly clean little patch of land, obviously well supervised and maintained. It's worth popping in for a stroll. . .

    Anna Park
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    Kapaleeswarar Gopura

    by Canadienne Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: My basic knowledge of the Hindu pantheon of gods is that Vishnu is the one who carries a conch shell (along with an ax, mace and a spinning disc in his other three hands). But this figure is clearly not Vishnu, so I'm stumped. If anyone can enlighten me, please do. . . :-)

    Detail from Gopura
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    • Architecture

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    Chennai Beach

    by Canadienne Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Chennai Beach (or Marina Beach) is one of India's longest, running along 13km the city's coastline. It's a decent route to walk from the War Memorial to the San Thome church (very nice!). Move a couple of blocks inland from there and you'll find yourself at the Kapaleeswarar Temple, which I highly recommend visiting.

    The beach is often crowded and very littered though. . .

    Chennai Beach

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    Kapaleeswarar Temple

    by Canadienne Written Apr 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This temple is a fantastic example of Dravidian architecture ~ this is what comes to mind whenever I picture southern Hindu temples. The brightly painted plaster sculptures are breathtaking. . .and the layout inside the temple grounds is like a small town itself.

    The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai is even more incredible. . .but my photos from Chennai turned out much better.

    Kapaleeswarar Temple Gopura
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    • Religious Travel

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    Yah! I would like to suggest U...

    by L_Sumita Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Yah! I would like to suggest U the restaurant
    Vikram......a few steps from the Chennai Central!

    I didn't miss out the lunch and dinner....as long I was there.

    Also visit Marina beach, the second longest in the world, running for 12km from Chennai harbour in the north to Santhome (St. Thomas) church in the south, joining the Elliot quieter beach extending upto Adyar's residential colony.

    If U like hill stations....then Ooty is a must... Ooty/Udagamandalam (hill station) -- 105 km from Coimbatore.

    It is the capital of the Nilgiri district and is known as the 'Queen Of Hill Stations'. The highest peak - Doddabetta.

    Attractions - Doddabetta, Ooty Lake, Deer Park, Rose garden, St. Stephens Church and Botanical Gardens. Best time to visit.....Feb to Mar and Sep to Oct.

    Fondest memory: I really like the culture and tradition of South India....and just to roam around the places lazily to observe the local people and their daily life.

    Though I hardly got a chance to visit any of the famous places there...I would refer U to visit Golden Beach!

    We took a car and moved all the way from Triplicane to the Golden Beach. Going to new places and trying to learn a new language is really very exciting.

    U can take an auto or a cab and move around the city...and I can assure.......that U will enjoy the journey!!!

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  • PLACES OF INTERESTFort St....

    by srhussaini Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: PLACES OF INTEREST

    Fort St. George & St. Mary's Church, Gandhi Mandapam, High Court, Anna Square, Kapaleeswara Temple, Light House, Marina Beach & Aquarium, Parthasarathy Temple, San Thom Cathedral, Snake Park, Theosophical Society, Valluvar Kottam, Ripon Buildings and War Memorial Fort Museum (0900-1700 hrs. Closed on fridays).and Govt. Museum & Art Gallery (0800-1700 hrs. Closed on fridays

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    ...be ready for maddening...

    by Raxon Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: ...be ready for maddening traffic & it's related congestion!! I was not ready for this, despite having lived here for 4 years as a kid. The rains helped quite a bit. .....but then another problem the puddles & mud.

    Fondest memory: Mind you....Madras is a city alive in extremes. A short distance (2/3 hours) away from some very cool places like Mahabalipuram.

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