Chennai, the capital of tamil nadu is also its principal harbour and has one of the finest beaches in Asia. Chennai, is one of the oldest cities of India and still maintains the very best of Indian traditions. It has developed over the centuries from a small fishing village into a bustling metropolis. The city was a major centre of the Pallavas of which ample remains in the form of temples and tanks still survive. Mahabalipuram mahabalipuram, built in the 7th century, is an ancient pallava port, 64 km from Chennai. It is among the most outstanding examples of Dravidan art and architecture and a jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu. Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, mahabalipuram boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock -cut art.