Chennai, the largest commercial center of the south and the heart of Dravidian culture. This highly populous city is known as much for its long traditional heritage as it is for its intellectual contribution and administrative relevance in modern India.
Chennai grew and thrived due to its port and the importance thrust upon it by the British during their rule. It has since become a vast metropolis and one of India’s most culturally diverse cities.
It is the epicenter of India's automobile industry and is slowly challenging its sister southern cities in the IT sector as well. Other prominent industries include textiles, and various public sector industries. Culturally, Chennai is best known for Carnatic music, bharatanatyam, and its film industry. This coastal metropolis has always managed to balance the best of the traditional and the modern, and is also home to the third largest expatriate population in the country.
Chennai is full of historic wonders, beautiful monuments, buildings, parks, and beaches. Its citizens rarely want to leave and gladly bear the humid coastal weather under the ardent tree cover and multitude of beaches. They can often be heard swearing that the real garden city of the south is Chennai, and not Bangalore.