Top 10 Reasons to be Proud of Chennai
Chennai, formerly called as Madras is one of the oldest city in the world. The Madras City Corporation is the second oldest city corporation formed after London city in the world. This city is very special and unique in many ways.
Some people think Chennai as conservative, a city that unwelcomes outsiders, etc. which are totally due to misinterpretation. Chennai has many good characteristics and friendly culture that are very hard to find in any other cities. Chennai has a well-connected public transport system and a balanced cost of living where primary needs are cheaper when compared to other cities. Below are some top 10 things that you should know about Chennai and are something which makes this city unique.
City that tops in Organ Donation
Of all the cities in India, Chennai leads in the number of organ donations due to increased public awareness. This city tops in voluntary organ donation, and there are large number people who had accepted to donate organs from their brain dead loved ones. There were many cases where the donated organ is transported to a hospital in other part of the city during peak hour’s traffic in a record time. Thanks to the humanity and the spirit of Chennaites who support this. Over the recent times, Chennai has become the natural destination for people seeking organ donation.
True Cultural Capital of India
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In a westernizing India, Chennai is very traditional and culturally very strong city. It is the only Metropolitan city which still houses many cultural centers for traditional Carnatic music, dance academy like Kalakshetra for Bharata Natyam, centers for literature, a dedicated library for Tamil language, etc. This city celebrates many cultural festivals like Marghazhi utsavam or Madras Music Season, Chennai Sangamam, etc. People here widely follow the old Tamil culture and traditions. You can commonly find ladies wearing tradional Pattu pudavai (Silk Saree) with Malligai poo (Jasmine flower) and men’s wearing dhotis.
Safest city in India
Chennai is for sure the safest of all metros in India. There are very few or no untoward major incidents happened till now (touch wood!). It is a safe city for Females and People here respect women most. There is a strong belief that Chennai is not friendly to outsiders but it is actually not. On a bigger note, it is the only city which allows an outsider to become a celebrity, a Business owner, a CM, a leader, etc. Remember the famous saying “Vandharai Vazha Vaikkum Thamzihagam” meaning “Place that will allow anyone to prosper”.
City that Speaks the Native Language
This is one of most important and unique fact where the city and the people love their native language Tamil so much. But it does not mean that the people here hates other language or the people who speaks other language, the people here only disapproves anything that could offend their mother tongue. Tamil language has long history and it is one of oldest language in practice with vast literature and grammar, People here recognize it and have immense love and attachment towards their language. It is probably the only city in India which still speaks its native language even after Hindi dominations after Independence.
City with Many Famous Temples and Historical Places
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Chennai has many famous historical spots and temples in and around the city. This city houses some of famous temples like Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruneermalai Vishnu Temple and many more. Kanchipuram, an ancient town with many famous temple is very near to Chennai. Churches like St.Thomas Mount church, Santhome Basilica Church are inside the city limit. There are also many other historical monuments like St.George Fort, Karl Schmidt Memorial, etc. present in the city.
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Shopping in Chennai is very special since there are variety of options for every class of people. From malls to street side vendors, traditional shopping to new age shopping on Malls, the options are abundant for both varieties and budget. There are wholesale markets at Parry’s Corner where you have a dedicated street for everything you need. The city’s oldest markets like Burma Bazaar, Zam Bazaar, Moore Market, South-Asia’s oldest mall Spencer Plaza are still active.
Unlike other metros with only multinational branded retails, Chennai has its own retail chains like Saravana Stores, Pothys who truly understand local needs. This city has large number of Jewellery showrooms, silks, handicrafts and many more things that you want to buy.
City with Lovely Beaches
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Chennai is a coastal city with lots of beautiful beaches within the city limit. The availability of Beaches gives a wonderful and affordable getaway option for every class of people who visits and lives in Chennai. Marina Beach, the world’s second largest urban beach is here. Some of the famous Beaches in Chennai are Marina Beach, Besant Nagar Beach, Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Covelong (Kovalam) Beach, etc.
Mouthwatering South Indian Cuisine
Chennai has many restaurants and hotels that serves typical South Indian dishes. South Indian Cuisine include tradional Tamil cuisine, Chettinadu, Andhra, Kerala and Karnataka cuisine. There are many star hotels, street food corners, Burmese food corners, chain of restaurants for authentic foods, etc. There are many varieties of South Indian dishes cooked differently in different cuisine. Some of the mouthwatering dishes are Idli, Dosa, Vada, many varieties of Biryanis, filter coffee, etc.
Mahabalipuram - The Land of Monuments is here
Mahabalipuram, the ancient Pallava kingdom town is very near to Chennai. This place houses the UNESCO recognized monuments constructed by King Pallavas between 3rd and 8th century AD. The monuments to visit in Mahabalipuram are Five Rathas, Shore Temple, Hill side caves, Watch towers and Tiger cave.
Scenic ECR Road
ECR Road or East Coast Road is a scenic road that connects Pondicherry and it runs parallel to Bay of Bengal Coast. Along this road, there are many scenic spots, beach resorts and historical places for a perfect getaway with family. A weekend drive to Pondicherry in this road is very famous in Chennai.