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A Rendezvous with Chennai
Ritco ToursThe southern Indian metropolis - Chennai is a hub for trade, industry, health care, education, research and tourism. It would not be an aberration to call Chennai a very modern city with streaks of a medieval past. If one can see multi-storied offices, glitzy malls, swanky hotels and aesthetically designed hotels dotting one side of the landscape, an eclectic mix of temples, steeples and minarets could also be seen in a different part. Chennai is the fourth largest metropolis and the third important port of India located on Bay of Bengal coast. Chennai is a fine example of a place where the past, present and future intermingle conveniently.

Things You Can Do in Chennai
» Sightseeing : Tourists has innumerable options and destinations in a Chennai sight-seeing tour. There are temples, churches, museums, zoological parks, beaches and lot more to keep you occupied throughout your trip.

» Shopping : Items of silk like sarees etc. are the most sought after by tourists. Anna Salai and T.Nagar are the main shopping places of Chennai.

» Eating Out : Apart from the trademark Tamil Idli, Dosa, Sambar and Vada, Tamil vegetarian thali is also very popular. Some of the popular restaurants of Chennai include Raj, Highway, Madras Cafe and Peshawri.

» Beach Activities : The most popular, Marina beach at Chennai is always animated with locals and the tourists flocking there to spend their evenings. Late evenings, specially, come alive with hawkers selling attractive wares made of sea-shells, sea-food and what not. Sun basking and beach-sports fill the daytime. Strolling around visiting the nearby attractions can be another enthralling option.

Sightseeing in Chennai
» Marina Beach : Marina, the second largest beach in the world is one of Chennai's prime attractions. Tourists throng to Marina in the early morning and evening to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views on the beach. The evening market of small vendors selling attractive decorative items on the beach is also very popular among tourists.

» Fort St. George : A magnificent building of the British period, Fort St. George is appreciated for its British style of architecture. There is a small church and museum inside the church complex. The fort has grey granite exteriors.

» Anna Square : It is the place where the samadhi of Dr. C.N.Annadurai, the former Chief Minister of the state and a popular leader is situated. Thousands of people visit the place to pay respect at the place. The place is very well maintained and illuminated in the evenings.

» St. Thomas Mount : The tomb of the great Saint Thomas lies on the mount near the Chennai Airport. The tomb is located in a serene and picturesque place and is widely visited by tourists.

» Anna Zoological Park : The zoo at Chennai, more popularly known as the Anna Zoological Park is one of the largest in south east Asia having more than 170 species of mammals, aviaries & reptiles. Lion safari vehicles and Elephant rides are very popular in the park.

» Parthsarthy Temple : The Parthasarathy temple attracts a large number of devotees. The temple is famed for the beauty of its gopuram and exteriors. The temple was built way back in the 8th century by the Pallava kings and richly renovated by the Vijayanagar kings in the 16th century. The temple is located in picturesque environs in Triplicane, another beach in Chennai.

» National Art Gallery : A beautiful building built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture houses the National Art Gallery. Designed by Henry Irwin, the building was earlier known as Victoria Memorial Hall. Commenting on its architecture, some historians say that it is 'the proudest expression of the Indo-Sarcenic movement'. Leaving the architecture apart, the gallery has a good collection of old paintings and sculptures which includes Tanjore paintings on glass. The gallery also has an impressive display of Rajput and Mughal miniature paintings.

Ritco ToursChennai is the gateway to South India. For tourists it is like a launch-pad for their South India tour. A few popular weekend getaways from Chennai, like - Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram and Cuddalore, can be clubbed in your itinerary. All the places are revered pilgrimage destinations where magnificent temples of medieval period are present. Covelong, a small town near Chennai is popular as a beach holiday destination. Plan your trip accordingly, so that no destination is left out. Check out our well-tailored packages.

Most Ideal Time to Visit
Summer temperature can reach 40's, but the constant cool sea breeze makes up for it. Rainfall generally takes place during the July-September monsoon period. Winters are pleasant as there is no sharp fall in temperatures. In fact, temperatures seldom fall below 20 degrees in winters. The most ideal time to visit the place is between November and March.

Getting There
» By Air : Chennai is the major international and national gateway of south India. The airport is at Mennambakkam, about 12 km south of downtown Anna Salai. The two terminals of the airport - Kamaraj Domestic Terminal and Anna International Terminal are located adjacent to each other. There are flights to Chennai from all major destinations of India. Flights also operate between Chennai and many international destinations. Chennai is also a stopover for many international flights. The presence of offices of as many as fifty six international airlines tells the volume of foreign air traffic that Chennai has to handle. Pre- paid coaches, taxis and autos are available at the Chennai airport. The Trisulam suburban railway station is also situated very near to the airport.

» By Trains : Chennai is the headquarters of the Southern Railway. The metropolis of Chennai has direct railway links with almost all Indian state capitals and other major places of the country. Chennai Central (for broad gauge) and Egmore (for metre gauge) are the two main stations of Chennai. The two railway stations are at a distance of 5 km and 4 km respectively from the city centre. Tambaram is another small station that mainly handles south bound trains. Besides, the city is linked by frequent local rail services to many neighboring and satellite towns.

» By Road : Chennai is the main focus of national highways converging from the north, south and west linking places like Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Kanyakumari. Chennai has very good road connectivity with the rest of Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. Private buses and state transport buses operate from all places of Tamil Nadu to Chennai. Road distances to some other important centres in the region are - Bangalore (334 km), Hyderabad (669 km), Kanyakumari (693 km), Madurai ( 461 km), Rameswaram (619 km), Kanchipuram (71 km), Tirupati (143 km), Ooty (535 km), Kodaikanal (498 km), Trivandrum (709 km) and Thanjavur (334 km). East Coast Road-a four-lane double carriageway connects Chennai with Union Territory of Pondicherry. The distance to Pondicherry is 162 kms but the distance can be covered in just 3 hours.

» By Sea : Passenger liners M V Nancowy, M V Nicobar and MV Swarajdeep operate regularly from Chennai to Port Blair (Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and back once in 10 days. The journey takes approximately 56 hrs. The Shipping Corporation of India also operates passenger ships to various parts of the world from Chennai.

Anchoring in Chennai
Ritco ToursThe metropolis of Chennai has a very good infrastructure. The public transport system is highly rated and every area of the city and its suburbs is accessible anytime - night or day. Generally, taxis are preferred by people for short journeys while tourist taxis are sought for covering longer destinations.

Chennai is a city that has painstakingly preserved its traditional values and heritage but at the same time also allowing the air of modernity to blow freely. The localites are more comfortable with Tamil or English when it comes to conversing with them.

To steer you clear of any hassles whatsoever, our services are only a call away. We are experienced tour operators in the field with threadbare knowledge of Chennai. Our fleet of luxury cabs are awaiting your nod to fulfill your dream of an exciting rendezvous with Chennai.

Chennai has numerous hotels and guest houses in the budget, mid-range and top-end categories. Finding good accommodation is not a problem in Chennai at all.

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