GENERAL PROFILE OF THE DISTRICT
Chennai District is one of the important Metropolitans in India and the capital of Tamilnadu State. It plays an important role in the historical, cultural and intellectual development of the State. Chennai is one of the most important commercial cities in India and the anchor of the entire State of Tamilnadu.
The headquarters (Secretariat) of the district is located at Fort St. George . The entire area of Chennai district comes under Chennai Corporation. The district is divided into 155 divisions/wards and 10 zones for administrative purposes. There are 5 revenue taluks. 20 revenue firkas and 55 revenue villages in the district.
Source : Office of the Assistant Director (Stat), Chennai.
There are number of administrative offices located in Chennai district, prominent being St.George fort (Secretariat), D.M.S, Shastri Bhavan and Rajaji Bhavan, Southern Railway Head Quarters and many other Central and State Government Offices are located in Chennai district
The history of Tamilnadu dates back to Paleolithic age. The Official languages spoken in the District/State is Tamil one of the oldest languages greatly influenced by its rich and colourful past. Concerted efforts have been made over the last decade or so to preserve the purity and identity of Tamil language. More recently there has been a steady stream of people migrating into the district from different parts of the State/country making Chennai district truly cosmopolitan in its composition. To day one can hear several languages such as Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada and other Indian languages being spoken in the Metro. Above all, the foreign tourists, industrial and other delegates need not have any fear of not being understood as English is spoken with considerable fluency in the district.
Chennai district, the capital of Tamilnadu has a legacy of ancient tradition and rich cultural heritage. Dance forms like Bharathanatyam and various forms of dance and music including Carnatic music have flourished here for centuries. The people of Chennai city lead by and large, a relaxed lifestyle. The urban social recreation include, clubs, golf, links, beach resorts, theme parks, race courses, art and theatre. Visits to game reserves, long sandy beaches, zoological and entertainment parks are the other way of social pastimes available in the Chennai district.
Chennai district has a hot climate, which can be termed as tropical maritime monsoon type. As the district is tropical in nature, the temperature is bound to be high. By and large, the average temperature for most parts of the district range between 30°C and 40°C in the summer and between 25°C to 30°C in short lived winter season. The weather is hot during March to May.
The city is intersected by two streams viz., Coovam river and the Adyar river. The Coovam river passes through the heart of the city and enters the sea. The Adyar river passes the way through the north part of the city and enters the sea.
Area under reserve forest is 300 hectare in which a National Park has been formed.
Chennai attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. For those who just want to have fun, the city offers a multitude of amusement parks, each with exciting joy rides and games etc. The major Tourist places in Chennai district are as follows:
The main pilgrim centers in the district are as follows