Chennai (also known as Madras) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest industrial and commercial centre in South India besides being a major cultural, economic and educational centre. Chennai, sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to South India” is located on the south–eastern coast of India in the north–eastern part of Tamil Nadu on a flat coastal plain known as the Eastern Coastal Plains.
Chennai is known as:
- The “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry.
- Secondary financial hub in the country, after Mumbai.
- Sixth-largest city &fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the country
- Hosting third-largest expatriate population in India after Mumbai and Delhi.
- Estimated population of 4.8 Millionin 2015.
- Medical tourism is an important part of Chennai’s economy.
- 45 percent of total medical tourists to India making their way to Chennai
- Fastest developing city of the nation with expansion in all the major sectors.
- Chennai Metropolitan Area has been ranked the fourth-largest economy in India with the third highest GDP per capita in January 2015.
- Leading city of India and the foremost centre of financial, technological, scientific and health care activities.
- Estimated to grow to a US$100–billion economy, 2.5 times its present size, by the year 2025 – According to the Confederation of Indian Industry,
- As of 2015, with 2.5 lakh crore investment in the pipeline over 5 years, the city is poised for major industrial investment and explosive growth.
- Classified as a global city by GAWC, with a ranking of Beta based on the extent of global reach and financial influence.
Chennai bears the distinction of being the only city in South Asia and India to figure in the “52 places to go around the world” by The New York Times. Tourism guide publisher Lonely Planet has named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015. Chennai is ranked as a beta-level city in the Global Cities Index and was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey.
Chennai has also been named in the ‘hottest’ cities to live in for 2015” by BBC among global cities with a mixture of both modern and traditional values. National Geographic ranked Chennai as world’s 2nd best food city and Chennai was the only Indian city to feature in the list. Chennai was also named the 9th best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet