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Formerly known as Madras, the Port of Chennai is your 'Gateway to South India' and it is India's fourth biggest city. With a culture distinctly different from that of any city in India, Chennai is a fascinating port of call. Chennai's blessed with beautiful beaches too, including the second-longest beach in the world. Note: Due to strong under currents along the shoreline, swimming in the sea is not allowed. A place soaked in history; popular tourist spots include churches, mosques and major Hindu temples. There are many fascinating museums and delightful art galleries too. An interesting blend of cultures, Chennai offers something for everyone.
There are a number of shopping malls and markets in Chennai. The hottest buys include handmade items, silk products, handlooms, ethnic furnishings and traditional jewellery.
Chennai's local currency is Rupees. Chennai is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. (GMT+4.5).
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