Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu state, and is a major commercial, cultural and religious centre, sometimes referred to as ”˜The Gateway to the South’. Originally a fishing village, it grew with the construction of Fort St George by the British in 1653 and is now India’s fourth largest city and contains a number of historical sites plus a vast urban beach.
Reasons to visit Chennai include:
There are direct flights from the UK, making Chennai easy to reach and a good start or end point to a South Indian holiday
You can opt to stay in the city centre or a short drive away on the coast if you prefer to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle
Time: GMT +5Â½ hours
Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.
Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.