Chennai Tourism Packages
Situated on the Coromandel Coast, and nicknamed “the gateway to south,” Chennai is a popular destination among tourists. Previously known as “Madras,” the city has a flourishing Dravidian culture and is home to gorgeous beaches, the Tamil film Industry and numerous temples. With MTT’s tour packages in Chennai, experience the city to the maximum.
The history of the city is closely associated with that of the British Rule in India. The land, on which Chennai stands today, was obtained on rent by Francis Day on behalf of the East of India Company. The region obtained on lease was primarily a fishing hamlet known as “Madraspatnam”. The company went on to build Fort St. George, the first major British Settlement in India, near the village of “Madraspatnam” around which the city grew.
The city became capital of Madras State (renamed as Tamil Nadu in 1969) after India gained Independence. In line with nationwide trend of using less anglicised names, the city was officially renamed as Chennai on 17 July 1996.
Chennai is a city steeped in rich history and tradition, something you’ll come to agree to with tour packages in Chennai from Madras Travels & Tours. For the history buffs, there is the Fort St. George built by the East India Company, which still has the grandeur of past. The fort was constructed in the year 1644 and still houses the state’s legislative assembly and other official buildings.
For the religious minded, there is the Kapaleeshwarar Temple located in Mylapore. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and was built in 7th century CE by the Pallavas. The temple houses numerous shrines, but those of kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal are the most prominent one.
There is also the San Thome Basilica, which is built over the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. A visit to San Thome Basilica is incomplete without a visit to St. Thomas Mount, which was the favourite preaching spot of the apostle and where he was said to be killed by lance. A church marks the spot today. St. Thomas Mount also provides spectacular view of the surrounding area.
Take a stroll at the Marina Beach, the second largest beach in the world. The beach provides spellbinding view of the rising sun. Visit early morning to catch a glimpse of fishermen starting their day out. Our Chennai tourism packages include all these popular destinations.
When visiting this wondrous city, you can go on culinary adventure with our tourism packages in Chennai. The city, being home to people from different cultures, has a culinary diversity that is unlike any. Start your day with fluffy idlis and filter coffee. For lunch, you can try to the various rice dishes, each providing a different take on the humble rice. For the non-veg lovers there are the “Military Hotel” with tantalizing dishes such as Meen Kuzhambu (fish gravy) and spicy prawn masala. You can also savour the various sweetmeats, the most famous one being Mysore. And if you are music aficionado, visit the city during the famed margazhi season to listen to the best exponents of Carnatic music.
The city has numerous things on offer, and with our Chennai Tourism package tours, you can be sure to witness them all!