The picturesque old fishing town of Madarasapatinam, has evolved into one of India's most happening cities known as Chennai. Also named as 'Gateway to South India', Chennai has many sobriquets attached to its name like 'The Detroit of Asia', and 'The Detroit of India'. With a legacy dating back to the Pallava, the Chola and the Pandya dynasties, the city still holds its conventional charm and presents a perfect blend of traditionalism with strikes of modernism thrown in.
Being the fourth most populous metropolitan city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai has surely carved a niche for itself and has its own internationally acclaimed landmarks. One should not miss out on the fact that Chennai has the maximum number of young individuals bustling with hoards of automobile, healthcare, IT and ITES professionals and students. Chennai, in the last few decades, has grown exponentially and this growth has been seen in all sectors. Initially celebrated for its cultural, historical and traditional attributes, the city of Chennai has evolved into one of the major IT and automobile hubs of the country. As rightly said development breeds development, the city today boasts of housing some of the most elite IT, ITES, healthcare and automobile companies. Considering the fact that Chennai is blessed with myriads of career opportunities, the city is just so appropriate for students pursuing higher education or for employment. Chennai has recently seen a huge boom in the real estate sector owing to the fact that there is a huge influx of emigrant students and employees and they and the corporate houses are in constant search of residential accommodation and commercial properties respectively.
Chennai is an abode of cultural confluence and embodies a fine blend of numerous traditions. Though mostly dominated by Tamils, it is an interesting fact that you can find people belonging to various races residing in Chennai. It also presents different shades of the contemporary South Indian culture in its numerous suburbs. The city area can be seen painted in typical Tamil colours with monuments, traditional 'Kalakshetra' and typical temples, whereas areas like Ambattur, Alwarpet, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, T. Nagar, Kodambakkam, Mylapore, Ashok Nagar and other suburbs portray contemporary sketches. These areas are the hot-spots of Chennai and home to the most exquisite, state-of-the-art restaurants, hotels, clubs, malls, gyms, spas, multiplexes, convention centers and offices.
These areas also adorn some of the most amazing residential complexes, private townships, apartments, villas and duplex for a perfect lifestyle. And the most remarkable fact is that most of these establishments are architectural wonders and are laden with modern facilities. Many of these residential complexes have great futuristic modern day amenities, like superior construction quality, aesthetic design, clubs, swimming pool, gym, jogging tracks, gardens, waste management system, rain water harvesting and much more. As a matter of fact, due to these efforts these areas are the most sought after. With gigs, international singers, DJs, theatres, fashion shows and bands performing in the city; Chennai can’t just get better in its entertainment quotient. The city has every right to attract the young and the old alike.
Chennai also boasts of places of tourist importance in and around the city like the famous and iconic Fort St. George, Marina Beach, Vadapalani Temple, Adeeswar Temple, Thousand Lights Mosque and War Memorials. The development of tourism facilities and hospitable nature of the Chennaiites have made Chennai one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the country. The hospitality industry in Chennai deserves tremendous credit in enhancing the tourist quotient of the city in the world. From a simple roadside eatery to a fine-dining restaurant, delectable taste and satisfaction is what you get from these bistros. The internationally renowned Mahabalipuram attracts a lot of foreigners every year and hotels like Le Royal Meridien, The Park, Taj Coromandel, Fisherman’s Cove, Trident Hilton and others ensure their comfortable stay. Restaurants like Anjappar, Shanghai Club, Aqua, FCornucopia, Benjarong, Dakshin, Casa Piccola and various others are all dedicated to set the taste-buds craving for more.
Chennai has grown into a cosmopolitan city, no doubt, but it still has retained its laid back charm which makes it a haven for the Chennaiites. And if your life gets dull, one can pack his bags and plan a getaway to Sadras, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Yelagiri, Pondicherry and Nellore for a wonderful scenic and adventurous weekend. Proximity to more than a 100 weekend hot spots also make Chennai a splendid and comfortable place to reside in.