Chennai formally known as Madras is known as the Gateway to the South. Due to its cultural and traditional values, Chennai is the heart of Tamil Culture. Being the capital city of Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is also known as the fourth largest city of India. The city is a perfect example of deep rooted culture and heritage. The long standing coconut palms along the streets, beautiful beaches, and warm hospitality show the real colours of this fascinating city.
Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram is as old as the Pallava dynasty in the 7th-9th century in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, India. Mamallapuram, 58 km south of Chennai, has a beautiful beach spanning a distance of over 20 km. An erstwhile port of the Pallava dynasty the place abounds with stone carvings, caves, rock cut temples also attract tourists. A crocodile farm, venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture and a wide choice of resorts along the beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year.
Pondicherry is rich in architectural and cultural wealth. The major tourist attraction in Pondicherry is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most part of their life. The ashram houses the samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the mother. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside Promenade and historical monuments. Some of the other interesting sites include the Bharti and Bharthidasan Memorial museum, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Auroville.