Chennai - Gateway to South India
If your want to know the real culture of South India then Chennai is the perfect gateway and the whole sole representator of south culture. Its time you include the name of Chennai in the list of your favorite destination, as it is one of the most cultured, modern and civilized metropolitan of India. It's a delight to watch the people of Chennai - women in dark silk sarees with a waste low hair tucked with jasmine flowers whereas their men folk usually in white wraparound with a white marks on their forehead. You will be flabbergasted to see the amiable relationship between the families as the people here have a strong believe in family ties and values. You must visit a local's house during Pongal festival, this is the most revered festival celebrated in the city, people paint and decorate their houses with rice flour and make different patterns and designs with flowers in front of their houses. In Chennai and not tasting mouth watering Tamil Nadu cuisine is just not fare, the city is a main hub of south Indian food comprising of famous Masala Dosa, Idili Sambar, Uttapam, Payasam and of course do not forget to taste the energetic flavour of Filter coffee, which is a specialty of the city. Like the cuisine the arts and crafts of the city also needs to be mentioned. The traditional government hubs are perfect places to buy the Pattamara Mats, palmyra-fiber handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, stone carvings and pure silk that has created a niche for itself worldwide.
Unending Trail of Chennai Culture
, the capital of Tamil Nadu and is primarily an industrial town whose major attraction lies in Marina beach that is second largest beach in the world. Taking a long walk on this beach will lead to the crispy halt of Sundal and Murukku - famous spicy munching delights, also don't forget to visit aquarium another highlight of Marina beach. The famous colonial heritage of St. George fort is also an attraction while the Santhome Cathedral is also a place of must visit. Chennai also host as a temple destination, pilgrim find their feet at the famous Kapaleeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parthsarthy Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The theater and the cultural music concerts in Chennai cannot be missed either as they are the true repletion of south Indian culture. Enjoy an evening in the music academy, which is worth an experience. The best part is that besides in Tamil these cultural programmes are also held in English. The backwaters of Muttukadu hold an annual windsurfing meet while the amusement parks in the city too are a popular hit among the tourists. The National art gallery is another important halt where people come to see the ancient remains of paintings and sculptures.
Chennai is a complete tour package inviting all the tourist to home this destination and excavate the unique South Indian culture. Come one, come all and hail the city that deserves the niche of being called as the most modern yet ethnic city of the country.