|Area : 174
Population : 42,16,268
Rain Fall : 254 Cms (annual)
Temperature : Max: 37OC Min: 21OC in Summer
Max : 32OC Min: 20OC in Winter
Tourist Season : Throughout the year
STD Code : 044
Chennai, the first city of Tamil Nadu and the present gateway to South India
is about 350 years old. Founded at Fort St: George in 1640 AD by Francis Day;
an employ of the East India Company, Chennai today is one of the great metropolitan
cities of the World, and the fourth largest city in India.
Chennai was the first British major settlement in India. In the city, one cannot
fail to notice the dominant British influences in the form of old Cathedrals,
buildings in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and wide tree lined avenues.
But Chennai retains a charm characteristic of the typical South Indian heritage
and way of living. As a city it continues to maintain the best of South Indian
traditions. This is not surprising because the region was an important center
of Pallavan culture long before the British came here, the traces of which
can be found in the numerous old temples.