Also known as Madras, Chennai is the capital city of the southern state of Tamil Nadu and the biggest industrial and commercial centre in South India. Also called the Detroit of India for the large number of auto companies here, Chennai is India's third largest city and fourth most populous metropolitan area.
The city is host to the third-largest expatriate population in India after Mumbai and Delhi, with an estimated 82,790 expats living here in 2011. Chennai is also the only city in South Asia and India to figure in the "52 places to go around the world" by The New York Times.
Lonely Planet has named Chennai as one of the Top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2015. Chennai is ranked as a beta-level city in the Global Cities Index ahead of Hyderabad and Kolkata. It has also been named in the 'hottest' cities to live in for 2015 by BBC among global cities.
The Chennai metropolitan area is the fourth most populated agglomeration in India. The city has the fourth highest population of slum dwellers among India’s major metros, with an estimated 820,000 people or 19 percent of the city’s population living in slum conditions. Tamil is the primary language of the city, while English is the preferred language among the city’s white-collared workforce.
Chennai witnessed the launch of about 360 projects in 2014. Chennai offers lots of options across luxury, premium and affordable categories in and around the growing suburban corridors of OMR, ECR, GST and Poonamallee.
Marina Beach: Enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunsets here at the second longest beach in the world.
Semmozhi Poonga: This 20-acre park offers a great escape from the scorching sun and is a visual delight.
Arignar Anna Zoological Park: India’s first Zoo established in 1855.
Pulicat Lake: A must visit place along the state’s border for its serene and relaxed ambience.
Kapaleeswarar Temple: One of the oldest temples in the city in the Dravidian style of architecture.
Little Mount Shrine: A place with a lot of history, plus the cave where St. Thomas went hiding before being martyred here.
Transport & Infra:
The city is connected to other cities by 4 major National Highways (NH) that begin from Chennai. It is the headquarters of the Southern Railways and hosts two major railway terminals. Inter-city connectivity is provided by the Chennai suburban rail network and monorail launched recently.
The Inner Ring road and Outer Ring road has enhanced inter-city connectivity. Air-traffic is serviced by the Anna International terminal and Kamaraj domestic terminal. As of 2014, Chennai was set to welcome atleast 17 new infra projects.
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