City on the Bay of Bengal, located on the Coromandel Coast, a low and sandy region.
The city is the commercial and manufacturing center of the surrounding area with chemical plants, tanneries, and textile mills. Food : farm-suzanne.com - bestnut.com
Chennai has one of the principal ports of India. The city has a large artificial harbor from which leather goods, peanuts, and raw cotton are exported. Shipping agency: interocean.org.in
The city's development started after 1639 when the British East India Company established a Fort and a couple of Trading posts at the small fishing village called Chennai.
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Since then three and a half centuries have transformed this small village into a bustling metropolis, particularly known for its spaciousness, which is lacking in the other Indian cities.
While moving around in the city one cannot overlook the obvious British influence which is so evident in the various cathedrals, buildings in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, wide tree lined avenues the undeniable English legacy.
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Places of interest include the University of Madras (1857) and the Cathedral of San Thomé, said to have been built over the burial place of the Apostle Thomas.
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However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence.
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu State.
Major cities near Chennai (Madras) :
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