Moving around in Chennai
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Chennai, (formerly Madras) the first city of Tamil Nadu, is a comparatively new city. The erstwhile villages of Mylapore, Triplicane, Ezhambur (Egmore) etc. all now a part of Chennai, have a recorded historical past centuries older than Chennai. Chennai, the present gateway to the South of India, is itself, however, only about 350 years old..
"Madrassis are zealous guardians of Tamil culture which they regard as inherently superior to the hybridized cultures further north. They have, for instance, been among the most vociferous opponents of Hindi being made the national language, and Chennai is the film center of Tamil Nadu - even the State Chief Minister, Jayalalitha*, is an ex-movie star."
- Quoted from Lonely Planet, travel guide to India.
Particularly charming features of Chennai are its allegiance to ancient traditions, no matter how modernised it has become, and its willingness to spread out further rather than develop into a multi-storey concrete jungle. The result is a widespread city still open to skies; a green, airy city with several vestiges of its rural past; a city that adheres to the leisurely tempo of life of a world of yesterday; a city whose values of another day still survive midst of the humdrum bustle of today; a city that still retains the charm, culture and courtesies of the ages.
How to get there
Many major international airlines have regular direct flights to Chennai. These include: Air India, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Lanka and Malaysia Airlines. Almost all other international airlines have direct flights to either Delhi or Bombay to which Chennai is well connected by air, rail and road. Indian Airlines has daily flights from Chennai to Bombay and Delhi and most International Airlines will arrange the domestic flight booking with Indian Airlines to Chennai, if you decide to catch their flights to either Bombay or Delhi.
Chennai is connected to all major cities in India by air and its rail and road network make the tiniest village easily accessible by comfortable trains and deluxe buses. Airline reservations from Chennai can be made at large travel agencies and the respective airlines offices.
Indian Airlines, 19 Marshall's Road, Chennai 600 008.
Tel: 28555209, 28554285, 28554749, 28592671
Air India, 19 Marshall's Road, Chennai 600 008.
Tel: 28554747 (Reservation), 28555013, 28552768
Rail reservations can be made at Chennai Central Stations, from 06:30 hrs. to 20:30 hrs. on weekdays and from 07:30 hrs. to 13:00 hrs. on Sundays.
Bus reservations can be made at Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation, Express Bus Stand, Esplanade, Chennai.
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