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20 Most Interesting Facts About Chennai – Namma Chennai

Chennai is the city of love, spicy foods, movies, culture, city traffic and marina beach. Chennai as we know is the capital of Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest city in India.

But we already known that. Isn’t it? So, let us share with you some of the most interesting facts about Chennai city which most people don’t know about. These are some of the coolest, most interesting and lesser known facts about Chennai which has set a huge ground in Chennai’s development in any form. With estimated population of 9 Million, this 400 year old city is the 31st largest metropolitan area in the world.

Chennai was originally named as “Madraspatnam” and was later known as Madras. The city name was later changed from Madras to Chennai in 1996.

Interesting Facts About Chennai

A Telugu king named Damarla Venkatadri Nayaka gave this land to East India Company in 1639 for development.


Chennai is known as the Detroit of India. This is because Chennai is the hub of automobile companies due to the access of location, sea ports, infrastructures, flexible government policies. The city has attracted major manufacturers such as Ford, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, BMW, Renault Nissan and many other automobile companies.


Pondy Bazaar is one of the busiest shopping streets in India. It is also known as Soundrapandia Bazaar named after W. P. A. Soundrapandian Nadar (a Justice Party politician).


One lesser known building in Chennai is the World Bank Chennai office in Taramani which is a certified LEED silver building.


The man behind the historic library of Chennai, the Connemara Public Library (Kannimara library) was Bobby Robert Bourke Connemara. He laid the foundation of this national library treasure in the year 1890. The library receives books from all around India along with daily newspapers, periodicals and magazines.


Chicken 65, one of the favorite dishes of Chennai was introduced by A. M. Buhari, the founder of famous food chain Buhari Hotels.  Interestingly, there is also other varieties such as Chicken 78, Chicken 82 and Chicken 90.


The world famous and oldest Big Banyan tree is located in Adyar Theosophical Society (Chennai). The tree is around 450 years old and is a historic tree where great personalities such as  Anne Besant and Maria Montessori addressed a number of people under the tree.


Madras Boat Club is the oldest boat club in India founded by Englishmen in 1867 and it is now 140 years old. It was first started in the backwaters of Ennore and later in 1892 it moved on the banks of Adyar river.


Chennai has one of the oldest golf course in India. Madras Gymkhana Golf  Club was started in 1876.


Chennai is the only place in India which got bombed during World War 1. The German destroyer Emden dropped a bomb on Burma oil company which was situated near present day Parrys Corner. Although the bomb did only a little damage, it gave a huge blow to British morale.


Madras High Court is one of the largest Judicial complexes in the World with size of 107 acres.


Kathipara flyover is the largest cloverleaf flyover in Asia.


Royapuram railway station is the oldest railway station in the entire subcontinent.


Chennai contributes to more than 40% of retail gold sales in India.


The bus transportation in Chennai was introduced in the year 1925. Interestingly, the flight service was established in the 1917 itself.


Chennai has the highest two wheeler population in India.

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Government General Hospital in Chennai is as old as Taj Mahal. The hospital was founded in 1664 by British East India Company and it is the first medical institution in India.


India’s first shopping mall “Spencer Plaza” was established in 1863.


Anna Centenary Library is the largest library in Asia.


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