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If you have never been to the South Indian city of Chennai before, HYLC-2015 is the perfect reason to come down!
Chennai, with its long coastal line, is the only Indian city that found a place among the top 50 must see global destinations listed by The New York Times in 2014. Described as the cultural capital of South India, the city is a gateway to Southern Indian culture, especially Indian classical dance and music, nurtured by centres like the Kalakshethra.
There are over 200 temples in Chennai, which is why some people refer to it as “The Temple City”. It is home to the 1400 year old Kapaleeshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort, Karpagambal. Giving it company in antiquity is the Parthasarthy temple in Triplicane, one of the oldest temples in Chennai, built by the kings of the Pallava dynasty, in the 8th century and dedicated to Lord Krishna in the form of Parthasarthy, the charioteer of Arjuna in the Mahabharata.
St. Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ died here. There are only three churches in the world built over the tomb of an apostle and the Santhome Basilica, built over the tomb of St. Thomas in Chennai, is one of them. The Santhome Basilica, with its tall spires, is a fine example of neo-gothic architecture. St. Andrews Church, built by Scottish Presbyterians in 1813, is often described as an architectural gem.
Restaurants offering different global cuisines dot the city, but the crisp Masala Dosai and Filter Coffee continue to rule and no visit to Chennai can be complete without sampling these delecatable dishes. But beware, they can be quite addictive! A must try is also the traditional meal served on a banana leaf.
For International delegates, a special trip is planned on the fourth day, January 26th 2015 to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.