It was the seat of the Chennai Presidency, one of the four divisions of British Imperial India.In 1746, Fort St George and Madras were captured by the French.
The 12-kilometre long Marina Beach in Chennai is one of the longest beaches in the world.
Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil roots while acquiring a modern and cosmopolitan character.
Chennai is famous for its sandy beaches, parks and historic landmarks.
The British built the first major British settlement in India that was the nucleus of the colonial city at Fort St. It later became the major naval base of the British and the south administrative center.
After independence, the city became the capital of Tamil Nadu, formerly known as Madras state. Ruled by a succession of South Indian kingdoms, like the Pallava, Chola, Pandya, and Vijaynagar kingdoms, Chennai has attracted to its shores waves of traders, merchants and religious preachers from foreign shores.