The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, resides on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Depicting the beautiful Dravidian civilization, Chennai contributes a lot in the historical, traditional and technical growth of India. Booming economy and flourishing music and art culture of Chennai makes it a must visit tourist place. Chennai is also home to one of the oldest artistic traditions of India and a land of mysteries. So, here are some lesser known facts about this city:
Second longest beach in the world
Marina beach in Chennai is the world’s second longest beach and India’s longest beach. This beach is extended from Beasant Nagar in south to Fort St. George in the north. It lies along the Bay of Bengal. In 1880s, the Governor Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff renovated this beach.
The first and foremost zoo of India
The first and foremost zoo established in India was Vandalur Zoo in Chennai. Spread over an area of 1490 acres, this is one of the largest zoos in South Asia. It has secured a unique place by promoting some breeding programs of rare and endangered species of the Western and Eastern Ghats.
The birth place of South Indian cinema
The four different film cultures comprise of the South Indian film industry- Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam film industry. It all started from the Victoria Public Hall in Madras where the first silent film was screened by a European exhibitor.
Automobile hub of India
The automobile industry contributes a lot to the GDP of the Indian economy. Chennai became the automobile hub when the US automobile giant Ford motors was set up in there in 1995. Oragadam hosts plants of many popular companies such as BMW, Hyundai, Royal Enfield, Daimler and Renault. A big credit for Chennai’s success as an auto cluster goes to the strong labour force of Chennai.
One of the safest cities to live in India
With a low criminal rate and better law enforcement, Chennai is claimed to be the safest city in India by a global consultancy firm, Mercer. Chennai is even ranked among the 113 safest cities of the world. It even occupies a fourth rank in providing good quality living for the Chennai residents in India.
Fourth largest city in India
In terms of space, Chennai occupies the fourth rank in India’s largest city. Chennai is home to about 4.5 million inhabitants.
Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, was earlier known as Madrasapattinam. Many people concerned disagreement regarding this name and after a while, the Indian government changed the city’s name to Chennai.
Cultural capital of India
Chennai is claimed to be ‘The city of temples’ and ‘The Detroit of India’. Other than these titles, Chennai is even known to be ‘The cultural capital of India’. This title wasn’t gained overnight but from the events tracing from the ‘Sangam Age’ or the Golden Age.
Attacked by World War 1
Madras was the only city attacked by World War 1. Bypassing the Indian mainland, the war came to the shores of Chennai. This happened on September 22, 1914.
Highest two wheeler population
Apart from these amazing facts, Chennai even tops in the vehicle density. It has a staggering two wheeler vehicle population of 7,350,120, which is ten times that of Delhi.