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Chennai (Madras) by Air

Chennai is an international arrival point and an important domestic airport. The Anna International Airport is well organised and not too heavily used, making Chennai (Madras) a good entry or exit point. There's rarely more than one plane on the ground at any given time. Right next-door is the relatively new Kamarajar Domestic Airport, which connects flights with all the major cities of India.

The International Airport of Chennai (Madras) has flights to/from Colombo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Penang, Riyadh, and Singapore.

Chennai (Madras) by Rail

The Chennai Railway Station is one of the most important railheads in southern India. Regular train services connect Chennai (Madras) directly with all the major cities of the country. Trains link Chennai to Jammu in the North, Guwahati in the East and Ahmedabad in the West. Suburban electric trains run from Beach station to Tambaram and from Central to Gummidipoondi and Arakonam.

Chennai (Madras) by Road

National highways connect the city with other capitals and major tourist places in India. There are bus services from the city to the nearby areas and interstate services are also available. Both state transport and private operators have their buses on various routes from Chennai. For local transportation, taxis, vans, auto rickshaws and city buses are available.

National Museum, Chennal, Tamil NaduThe Tamil Nadu state bus company, Thiruvalluvar Transport Corporation (TTC), and its bus terminal (also known as the Express bus stand) are on Esplanade Road in George Town, around the back of the High Court building. Interstate buses, which are run by the affiliated Jayalalitha Jayaram Transport Corporation (JJTC), also leave from here.

The state bus stand is on the other side of Prakasam Road. The main reason to use this stand is for buses to Mahabalipuram. There are a number of services, the most direct being No 188 and 188A / B / D / K. The journey takes two hours.

There are also a number of private bus companies with offices in the Egmore area, which run super deluxe video buses on a daily basis to cities such as Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy. Prices are similar to the state buses, although the private buses tend to be more comfortable.

Chennai (Madras) by Sea

There is a sea line to Andaman and Nicobar islands. There is currently on boat, the MV Nancowry, which sails from Chennai every 10 days to Port Blair, on South Andaman. The trip takes about 52 hours. Once a month, the boat sails via Car Nicobar. This voyage takes an extra two days; foreign nationals are not allowed to disembark at Car Nicobar.

Tickets are issued at the Directorate of Shipping Services at Rajaji Salai (opposite the Customs House) in George Town. Foreigners must get a permit for the islands before they buy a boat ticket. War Memorial, Pondicherry

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES

Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
154, Anna Salai, Chennai
Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
Airport counter, Domestic Terminal, Chennai Airport, Chennai.
Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
Airport counter, International Terminal, Chennai Airport, Chennai
Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC)
143, Anna Salai, Chennai

Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC)
29, Commander-in-Chief Road, Chennai

Department of Tourism
Government of Tamil Nadu, Panagal Building, Sidapet, Chennai

GENERAL INFORMATION

Area: 174- sq-kms
Population: 5.9 million (1991 Census)
Latitude: N 12° 9' and 13° 9'
Longitude: E 80° 12'and 80° 19'
Clothing: Light Cottons
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English.
STD Code: 044
Climate: Tropical
Temperature Range (deg C):
Summer: Max - 37.3ºC, Min - 27.6ºC
Winter: Max - 28.2ºC, Min-21.0ºC
Rainfall: 1,272 mm

NEARBY CITIES OF CHENNAI (MADRAS)

Bangalore - 334-km
Kancheepuram - 75-km
Mamallapuram - 58-km
Pondicherry - 162-km
Thirukkazhukundram - 74-km
Tirupati - 154-km.
Vedanthangal - 85-km
Vellore - 145-km

BANKS IN CHENNAI: -

American Express
LIC building, Mount Road, Chennai

Thomas Cook
20, North Beach Road, Chennai

Bank of America
Anna Memorial, Chennai, Tamil Nadu748, Mount Road, Chennai

CitiBank
768, Mount Road, Chennai

Grindlays Bank
164, Mount Road, Chennai

The State Bank of India
International Airport, Chennai

Standard Chartered Bank
40 Royapettah Road, Royapettah, Chennai

ATM CENTERS: -

Citibank ATMs

164, Anna Salai - 600002 Also Promenade, Ground Floor, No. 149, AA Block, 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar - 600040; No. 2/1, Pushpa Shoppe, 1st Floor, Lattice Bridge Road, Adyar, Chennai- 600020; 68/3, G N Chetty Road, Near Pangal Park, T.Nagar - 600017

HDFC ATM's

ITC Centre, 759 Mount Road, Chennai - 600002 ; Arunachala Apts, Plot No. 12, MG Rd., Shastri Nagar, Adyar, Chennai - 600020; Block Y, Number 206, Plot No. 4522, Annanagar, Chennai - 600040; Plot No. 8, Arcot Road, Valsaravakkam, Chennai - 600087

HSBC ATM's

30, Rajaji Salai - 600001; 96, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore - 600004; Challa Mall, No 11, Sir Theyagaraya Road, T Nagar - 600017; Pushpa Shoppe, No 1, L B Road, Adyar - 600020; Yeses Supermarket, T-101 3rd Avenue, Anna Nagar - 600040

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK ATM's
29/30, Raja Rajeshwari Towers, Dr Radhakrishna Salai - 600014

ATM's of Times Bank Limited

40, Nungambakkam High Road - 600034; AA-8, 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar - 600040

ATM's of UTI Bank Limited

82, Dr. Radhakishan Salai - 600004; Gr.Floor, 47, Thirumalai Pillai Road - 600017; Wheels India Ltd., Padi - 600050; J 14, III Avenue, Anna Nagar - 600102

ICICI ATM's

1, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai - 600018; 110, Prakash Presidium, Nungambakkam High Road, Chennai - 600034; Annapurna No.3, 17th Street, Nanganallur, Chennai - 600061

ATM's of State Bank Of India

22, Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai 600020; 73-C, M.T.H. Road, Venkatapuram, Ambattur 600053; Y-211, II Avenue, Anna Nagar (W), Chennai 600040; 103A, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002

24 Hours Medical Shops: -
National Hospital
Devaki Hospital
Appollo Hospital
Vijaya Hospital
Raju Hospital
Aysha Hospital
Malar Hospital
Balaji Hospital

HOSPITALS IN MADRAS: -

Government General Hospital
Stanley Hospital
Royapettah Hospital
Government Kasturbha Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children
Government RSRM Hospital
Railway Hospital
Apollo Hospitals
K.J. Hospital
Tamil Nadu Hospital
Vijaya Hospital
Raju Hospital

EMBASSIES /CONSULATES /HIGH COMMISSIONS

Austria - 20, N.H. Road, Chennai
Denmark - 8, Collage Road, Chennai
Finland - 742, Anna Salai, Chennai
Germany - 22, Ethiraj Road, Chennai
Italy - 548, Anna Salai, Chennai
Japan - 11, Rutland Gate, 4th Street, Chennai
The Netherlands - 739, Anna Salai, Chennai
The Philippines - 97, Anna Salai, Chennai
Singapore - 3, N.H.Road, Chennai
Spain - 8, Nimmo Road, Chennai



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