Chennai formerly was known as Madras. It is the largest city in southern India located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the fourth largest city of India and the capital of Tamil Nadu. Eventhough its name was officially changed to Chennai , but still the older name is widely used.
Chennai is the leading commercial and industrial center of India and has a diverse cultural heritage. One can find diverse culture and tradition here. From traditional food to fast foods, from sarees to the latest in fashion, from ancient temple to the modern architecture, from classical music to discotheques, Chennai has them all and many more vivid contrasts that are a pleasant surprise. Also there are modern metropolis with beaches, parks and even sanctuaries in the heart of the City. Thus Chennai has got to offer us all its wealth of nature blended with a rich historic past in an ambience of a city with every modern facility.
Chennai is a beautiful city that has long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist facilities which makes it a convenient entry point for the travelers and helps them to tour Tamil Nadu and South India. There are a number of churches in Chennai that are connected with the life and times of this apostle. There are also several ancient temples around the city, and within the city itself are two magnificent temples - a temple in Triplicane and another in Mylapore.