Chennai is one of the major business hubs in South India. The city is also home to some fine religious buildings, museums, and international restaurants.
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Chennai – the city known as Madras until 1996 – is on India’s south-east coast, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. It is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, and home to about 4.6 million people. Approximately 8.7 million people are resident in the city’s metropolitan area. This makes it the sixth largest city in India based on the population of the city itself, and the fourth largest based on the metro area population.
The three larger metropolitan areas in the country are Mumbai (640 miles to the northwest), Delhi (1,092 miles to the north), and Bangalore (219 miles to the west).
The principal language spoken in the city is Tamil, but as it’s home to people who originate from all over India, you will hear other languages spoken as well. Many local people are proficient in English. In fact, protests by the people of Madras, as it was then called, persuaded the national government to continue to use English as a second official language alongside Hindi.
The currency of India is the rupee, with 100 paise comprising one rupee. You can fly directly to Chennai from many cities in Europe and Asia. Once you arrive, the local metro will help you get around.
India is the world’s fifth largest national economy. As its fourth largest city, Chennai makes a significant contribution to the country’s economic output. The state of Tamil Nadu contributes more to the national Gross Domestic Product than all other Indian states, except for Maharashtra.
According to Tamil Nadu State Council, per capita income in Chennai is 31% higher than the country as a whole.
Major industries here include automobile manufacture, information technology, electronics, procurement, engineering, textiles, food processing, and films – the local film industry is known as ‘Kollywood’.
Some of the best-known companies with a presence in Chennai are from the IT sector, including Oracle, Cisco, HP, IBM, Infosys, Verizon, eBay, Honeywell, and Intel. Other companies in the city include McKinsey, AstraZeneca, Fidelity Investments, Shell, and Barclays.
You might like to check out the websites of organisations that provide business networking opportunities in Chennai, including the following:
- The BNI Chennai CBD, where members can refer business to one another.
- Chennai Business Networking Group, where members are urged to share information, tips, ideas and resources.
- The Madras Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which provides networking opportunities and lobbies on behalf of its members.
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Some of the best places to visit in Chennai are the religious sites, including the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which has some superb carvings. The seventeenth-century St Mary’s Church is noted for the rose ornaments in the roof and for the original Raphael masterpiece that hangs here.
India has the largest railway network in the world, and you can learn all about its history at the Chennai Rail Museum. Here you can climb aboard the old carriages and see how people travelled in the colonial era. The current Central Railway Station is also well worth a visit even if you’re not catching a train, to marvel at its Gothic towers.
Art lovers can see some of the best modern art from up-and-coming Indian artists at Cholamandal Artists' Village. Or if you’re in town when the Indian Premier League cricket is on, try to see a Chennai Super Kings home match at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
At seven miles long, Marina Beach claims to be the longest in Asia. It doesn’t just attract sunseekers, but also people who are interested in seeing the statues of Gandhi and others that line the beach. In the evenings, a superb artisan market takes place here.
Southern Indian cuisine is based around vegetables and seafood, and curries tend to be spicier than the meat-based ones served in North India. You can sample the best of both in Chennai with its extensive pan-Indian menus.
There are also some fantastic restaurants and eateries serving other international menus. These include European, Middle Eastern, and Tibetan cuisines. Of course, if you want to stay in and cook with some of the local produce, the fully-fitted kitchens in a Situ serviced apartment in Chennai will allow you to do just that.
Chennai International Airport is located just five miles south of the city centre. The domestic and international terminals are sometimes referred to as separate airports but are both located on the same site.
From Chennai you can fly to more than 60 international destinations. These include London (Heathrow), Paris, Frankfurt, Dubai, Riyadh, Seoul, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. The airport also serves Indian cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Goa, and Ahmedabad.
The metro rail and suburban rail systems have around fifty stations on four lines, serving destinations in and around the city, including the airport. Services typically run until 10pm and operate every 10 minutes in peak hours and every 15 minutes in the evening. You need either a smart card or a special token to pay your fare – cash is not accepted.
There are also inter-city trains on most days to Delhi (a 34-hour journey), Hyderabad (15 hours), and Bangalore (five hours).
The Metropolitan Transport Corporation operates thousands of buses on several hundred routes in and around Chennai. There are also long-distance bus services connecting Chennai with Bangalore and Hyderabad.