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Travel Tips to Chennai (MAA)
Chennai – Tradition meets trends
Chennai is a city where traditional customs and various cultural influences are perfectly mixed with modern styles. Formerly known as Madras, the city is situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in eastern India on the coast of Bay of Bengal and is home to approximately 6.5 million people. The port of Chennai is well known as an important business, industrial and commercial centre. From a tourism point of view, the city is famous for the relics of the English colonization era, various museums and numerous Hindu temples and mosques. The Elliot Beach and Marina Beach are particularly famous for a plethora of beach and water sport activities. Buy flights to Chennai with FlyDoha today!
Fort St. George – The core of today’s Chennai
The fort of St. George was built in 1640 under the British colonial rule for protection of the treading post. Today however, the fort houses the state’s government and parliament as well as a museum that is mainly dedicated to the British era. In its ten galleries, you can see a brilliant collection of arms and armour, different uniforms of the British army, the official porcelain dishware of the East India Company used in that era and much more. Numerous other exhibits also provide evidence of the French, Portuguese and Dutch stay in Chennai. Also, you can visit the oldest English church in Asia, the St. Mary’s Church, here in the fort.
St. Thomas Basilica
Built in a neo-Gothic style, the St. Thomas Basilica is an important religious building from colonial times and is still the main church of the Roman Catholic Archbishop. The basilica was built in 1893 in place of a Portuguese church from the 16th century. Per legend, the church was built on the grave of Apostle Thomas who died the death of a martyr. The bright white exterior paint, the impressive church tower and the cruciform church ground plan make the Basilica truly remarkable. The grave of Apostle Thomas is situated in a private chapel in the crypt. However, the daily celebration of liturgy is open for tourists.
The Government Museum of Chennai was built in 1851 and is still one of the most important museums in India. Different sections of the museum are divided into art, archaeology, zoology, anthropology, numismatics and geology. The numerous findings from the Tamil Chola dynasty and from the Buddhist stupa of Amaravati are some of the highlights of the museum. A huge collection of coins and other Roman legacies are also very interesting. If you want to experience the life of this Indian metropolitan city, then you can book a reasonable flight to Chennai with FlyDoha.