"Madras (Chennai)" Chennai (Madras) by Canadienne

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Chennai (earlier known as Madras) is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It also seems to be the billboard capital of the country ~ they are seen in every available space.

I didn't really take to Chennai. . .I'm glad it wasn't my introduction to the country (no offence to anyone living there). Coming from Gujarat to this city was a shock ~ suddenly salespeople, touts and beggars were everywhere. The increased humidity in the South seemed to blanket the city in smog. . .and I didn't find much in the city that enticed me to stay longer. The only exception to this was the stunning Kapaleeswarar Temple

Thankfully, the tour used Chennai simply as a start and end point.

  • Last visit to Chennai (Madras): Jan 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Stine620's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    Beautiful! And ur pictures are really great:)

  • Pinoy_Traveller's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 6:02 AM

    Hi Stevie, what do you exactly mean by "mail train"? is it the name of the train or a snail-mail-type of train? any train name is shouldnt take?

  • MikeStarr5's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Excellent tips and pics about Chennai - 5 stars from Mike Starr - We have a fantastic restaurant called "The Chennai" just 2 mins from where we live in sunny "Barking Town" - Doubt if it is that authentic - see what you think anyway - Mike and Shelley

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 3:31 AM

    great photos and good tips, thanks

  • Jul 9, 2006 at 10:20 AM

    You right abt the desc Vishnu. This is a "bootha" or what would be a cross between an angel and demi god.

  • Sep 6, 2004 at 12:55 AM

    Nice to see images of India presented well. Cheers TR

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2004 at 3:54 AM

    I'm not heading this way this time but would love to see the Meenakshi temple one day!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2003 at 3:46 PM

    an interesting page & great pics ! One day I hope to explore India myself !

  • neelesh's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2003 at 8:59 AM

    hi stevie... shiva as you might know is the destroyer (in the trinity), he is guarded by demons and this is one of them ! they are generally called 'boodhakanagal' in tamil. madras born fellow canadian!

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2003 at 9:01 AM

    From what I know, no good page of Madras would be without the taxi touts and the train station. Your page of course has it and much more.

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