Chennai is a whimsical city that leaves a lasting impression. The locals sing its praises with such fervor that everyone who hasn’t been here, wants to immediately plan a visit. So what exactly makes Chennai the buzzword that it is?
Let’s take a look at some of the standout reasons…
Impromptu hang out places
The city caters to every whim and fancy. Whether you are a college student bunking classes and looking to hangout, a quick break from work, thinking of taking out guests somewhere on a short notice, there is no dearth of places to visit in Chennai. The city is so well connected that all it takes to keep you entertained, is a quick hop in the car for a long drive.
Chennai is a haven for movie buffs. Multiplexes, single screen theaters, preview theatres are plenty of options here. No one takes their movies as seriously as the Chennaites with their first-day-first-show tradition.
Melting pot of cultures
Besides the native Tamilians, we have a thriving community that is full of people from Andhra, Telangana, Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, to name a few, who along with them bring their culture, customs and of course, food!
Amalgamation of languages
There are many localities where people from different parts of the countries form an enclave and preserve their own languages. If you are local, it sounds so familiar and so right; if you are a visitor, there is nothing like hearing your mouth tongue in a home away from home.
Complementing the warmth of the people is the weather. Besides providing fodder for conversations, it presents the perfect setting to enjoy the beaches and roadside eateries.
Chennai has something to offer for everyone. Perhaps no other metropolitan city is as consumer friendly with its cost of living in terms of housing, commodities and other amenities. Regardless of what your budget is, there are a wide variety of options in the city, right from luxury and indulgent items to basic necessities.
Spirit of volunteering
The world speaks of Chennai, as the place of volunteering. We come together as one, like no other. Our hospitality and charm are widely spoken of. The December floods of 2015 and Vardah cyclone bear witness to our spirit and stand testimony to the vibe of true Chennaites.
The sound of music
The Crown of the Coromandel Coast is also the Culture Capital of South India. The sound of music rings in our ears throughout the year and reaches its peak during the Marghazhi season. We stay true to our roots of Carnatic and Hindustani music while always exploring fusion and other variations.
Cozy residential suburbs
Quaint little houses are decked behind the busy roads away from the commercial establishments. Every locality is a mixture of old and dilapidated houses and modern establishments in the form of apartments and flats, providing a rich contract in the tapestry of the city.
Zeal for sports
Be it a corporation playground, terrace, front yard, apartment car park and even the middle of the street! You can bet that a group will be enjoying a game of badminton, cricket or football. We take our sports pretty seriously. We walk the talk and are the proud members of various sporting teams based in Chennai.
The city is known for its hospitality. Tour guides and the common man are always ready to help a visitor navigate through the chaos that totally makes sense to us. No, we don’t go by street names and door numbers; it is always the right after that famous landmark next to some hoarding.
Be is apparel, home appliances, electronic gadgets and everything you may ever require, we have different localities and streets selling whatever it is you may need. Parry’s corner, Pondy Bazaar, Ritchie Street are just a few places to revel in the thrill of window-shopping and the rush of bargaining.
Compact gardens are housed in every other household. Workshops and exhibitions are regularly conducted where like-minded Chennaites exchange tips, seeds, and words of encouragement. We do our bit towards building a sustainable and eco-friendly city.
Walking along the beaches, marathon associations, jogging early morning, cycling before traffic— the enthusiasm is palpable and contagious. You will surely be motivated to get in a bit of workout by just observing those around you. A wave here, a ‘good morning’ there, Chennaites sure know how to provide the moral boost.
‘The people maketh the place’ and when in Chennai, do what Chennaites do best— live life to its fullest extent with a sense of humour and the ability to break into a ‘kuttu’ dance at any moment! It is because life is a celebration and gosh do we Chennaites know how to celebrate!
Chennai is without a doubt a quintessential element on your travel list. The locals bask in the glory of this historic and iconic city, which celebrated its 375th birthday a couple of years ago. Namma Chennai ku whistle podu!