TRAVELS SOUTH (PART 2) BY Brij Kaul

Chennai   The Safest City Of India.

626be10ec39942a788b116d0c1fe99a6                                                                Sunrise Panorama

 

Just on the last leg of our long South India sojourn we have been camping in Chennai for last fortnight.

Chennai is the gateway to South and is ranked the safest city in India by the Mercer Quality 0f Living Survey of 2016 February by the low crime rate and the law enforcement parameters.

It is also “Health capital of India “ as nearly 45% health tourists from abroad and an equal percentage of domestic health tourists visit this city to address to their various health problems.

The medical facilities are comparatively cheaper but medically advanced on World Class Parameters.

Chennai has-largest expatriate population in India, estimated at over 100,000 . Majority of the expatriates are mostly from Europe and Tourism-guide publisher Lonely Planet listed Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015.’

Chennai was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey.

 Chennai is nick named as “The Detriot of India” having more than one third of Automobile industry based in the city.

Chennai has flourishing industrial base in Automobiles ,computer technology specially in hardware manufacturing, and is probably India’s second largest exporter of Information technology(IT) after Bengaluru.

Nearly the Country’s 40 percent of automobile industry is located in and around Chennai, and more than 45 percentage of automotive components are being manufactured here . It is hub of manufacturing for large number of   big worldwide names of automotive industries ,Royal Enfield, Bosch, Nissan Motors, Ashok Leyland, Ford, BMW, Mitsubishi, Bharat Benz, Komatsu Limited, Yamah Motors and many others.

Ranked as the 4th fast growing companies ,Chennai has industries to the tune of 35,000 in its 15 industrial zones . Its nearly 24 companies are having a net worth of more than US$1 billion.

Leather Industry

Chennai also contributes nearly 50% of India’s leather exports. Chennai as per Confederation of Indian Industry to US$ 100 billion by 2025. India has global presence in world Leather production to the of 13% being second producer. manufacturing nearly2.58 billion pairs of foot wear every year, the second largest foot wear producer after China.

India is fifth largest exporter in leather goods and its related accessories .

To promote and give fillip to leather industry making it more globally competitive ITPO(INDIAN TRADE PROMOTION ORGANIZATION) in combination with CLE (Council for Leather Exports) is organizing International Leather Fair (IILF) 35TH 2020 Chennai scheduled from Ist to 3rd February at Chennai Trade Centre, showcasing Indian products along with other world products and technologies of the sector.

The capital of Indian state Tamil Nadu, Chennai is located on south- eastern coast of India ,Coromandel off the Bay of Bengal.

It is eventually the cultural economic and educational Centre of south India.

Three rivers span the city ,Koovam river through the center, The Adiyar river to the south and the third one Kortalalaiyar runs through the northern part of the city.

The rivers ultimately mingle into the Bay of Bengal seas.

The rivers as usual are polluted with effluents wastages from the Industries.

Buckingham Canal approximately 4Kms runs parallel to the coast thus linking the Koovam and Adiyar rivers . Here a protected estuary has been a natural habitat for plants ,animals and different species of birds. local as well as migratory.

Estuaries are deep and with faster currants , Lagoons are shallow with much marshy land, hence easily accessible.

The city of beaches ,Temples, Churches, it is most livable and has good network of local transport to

travel around without much hassels.

If you are an early riser, it is quite mesmerizing experience to watch Sunrise on any of the beaches around the city.

Sunrise Panorama

Yesterday I walked down the Kapaleeswarar blue beach , just at a stone’s distance from Deepali’s house and I had dawdled too long for watching the Sunrise panorama above the sea beach.

Finally I was here to watch the live bewitching thrill of the Nature’s ecstatic moments.

The night was breaking into dawn and a glimmer of light shone from apparently the farther expansive sea horizon , transforming the whole prospectus into an orange glow and slowly the red ball jetting out as if from the bosom of sea waters reflecting the early dazzling rays into a colourful rainbow Palette .

By and by the Sun rose scattering its maze of rays all around mingling into sea waves presenting a dazzling spectacle of Nature being at its best.

It is hard to present this ecstatic state in words  describing the jubilation and astonishment of the panoramic  view.

While in Chennai if you had not seen Marina beach you have perhaps not done anything worthwhile in life.

Early in the morning by 7.30am on a sultry Saturday we braced for a city round in the newly BMW car bought by Sathish , after moving over on the thinned traffic road for a while ,we halted near a restaurant for our breakfast. My daughter knows I should have my yummy breakfast by 8,3o morning. It was already ten past nine .

The restaurant was crowded one and we were directed to move over to upper floor for bigger space.

After having sumptuous typical south Indian niceties we went straight to Marina beach for a grandeur stroll.

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Marina Beach  in Chennai

Marina beach is the second longest Natural beach in the world. The beach stretches over a distance of total 13 kms length having breadth of nearly 437 m on the coast of Bay of Bengal.

I took a walk with my wife around the bustling beach with variety of food stalls ,shops selling their nice cookery items to Saturday crowds.

Deepali and Sathish along with Ananya ,Vedika following behind.

The air was pleasant and the wind blowing had nip in it.

Ananya was reluctant to go for a horse ride along the long shore line.

The beach is thronged in the evening hours. The crowds enjoy the cooked, fried fish specialities in the evenings and watch the cascade of high low tides in the chilly winds for hours together.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has launched an ambitious programme of nearly one million tree plantation in and around Chennai in a period of five years since 2019. Chennai abounds in having exotic trees all along to be one of the greenest urban cities of India.

The trees with high salt tolerance like the native Thespesia Populena trees at the Marina beach have withstood the conditions for years together. Another species Kigelia Pinnata having dense broad branches with leaves  spreading like canopy providing shade to passers-by , have been planted in the main thoroughfare of the Marina. These trees being planted some 30 years back stand to the salt tolerances.

A large number of Thespesia  Populena ,tubebuia rosea and millingtonia hortensis plants have been planted on East Coast Road. Such plants also grown in abundance from Vadanemili to  Kovalam  with an object of making green Chennai.

The return ride via Mount Road was exhilarating through broad fully macadamized roads lined both sides with vantage high rise buildings still looking awesome irrespective of age .

As we plied on the broad road the hustle and bustle of the crowd , the horn blaring of the vehicles added a little chaos but even then the streets looked clean and yellow white –painted.

Driving along the road bordered with trees made me feel better. The leaves gobbling the heat from the bright sun and stocking to release it slowly to make the   environment pleasing one.

The roadside fruit sellers were stacking baskets of red juicy apples along with oranges and native fruits. My wife wanted to buy the oranges apples, we did stop to buy some to nibble at. The apple were juicy and sweet.

The clouds suddenly started hovering overhead and the sun hiding behind the fluffy clouds , we drove down a bit speedily to enjoy the cool breezy weather.

Finally the long sojourn coming to end as we fly out to our sweet home in Pune. A journey so valuable and one more learning experience to prize on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “TRAVELS SOUTH (PART 2) BY Brij Kaul

  1. Very informative article about the observations and experiences of travel to Chenai. As per the details the city has very beautiful beaches to enjoy in addition to being a very safe city.
    We have now the curiosity and wish to visit it in future.

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