Chennai has been the most visited city in India by foreign tourists (since 2008), [ 1 ] overtaking New Delhi and Mumbai with visitors to heritage sites in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and medical tourists making up the largest numbers. In 2011, Chennai was ranked 41st in global top 100 city destination ranking, with 3,174,500 tourists, a 14 percent increase from 2010, [ 2 ] This is up from 650,000 tourists in 2007, when Chennai was the third most visited city in India by foreigners ranked after Delhi and Mumbai. Tourists from USA. UK. Sri Lanka. Malaysia and Singapore had visited the city in 2007. [ 3 ]
Beaches [ ]
Government Museum Complex [ ]
Fort St. George [ ]
St. Mary’s Church inside Fort St. George
Fort St George (or historically, White Town) is the name of the first British fortress in India. founded in 1639 [ 7 ] at the coastal city of Madras (modern city of Chennai ). This fort was completed on April 23, coinciding with St. George’s Day. celebrated in honour of St. George, the patron saint of England. The fort, christened Fort St. George faced the sea and a few fishing villages, and soon became the hub of merchant activity. It gave birth to a new settlement area called George Town (historically referred to as Black Town), which grew to envelop the villages and led to the formation of the city of Madras. The fort is a stronghold with 6 meter high walls that withstood a number of assaults in the 18th century. Today, the Fort serves as the administrative headquarters for the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu state, and still houses a garrison for troops in transit to various locations at South India and the Andamans. The Fort Museum contains many relics of the Raj. including portraits of many of the Governors. Other monuments present inside the fort are St. Mary’s Church. the oldest Anglican church in India, and Wellesley House, which holds the paintings of the Governor of the Fort and other high officials of the Regime.
Art and Crafts [ ]
The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society was established in 1886 on the banks of the Adyar River. The shrines of all major faiths stand in its sprawling estate gardens. Cholamandalam Artists’ Village. on the East Coast Road offers a view of artists and sculptors at work in their own studios and permanent gallery. DakshinaChitra. run by the Chennai Craft Foundation, is a depiction of the way of life prevalent in South India with exhibitions and workshops of the arts and crafts and performing artists of South India.