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Madras was the site of the East India Company’s first settlement, founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri. A small fort was built on the settlement in 1644, and a town which subsequently became known as George Town, in the area of Fort St. George was built north of it. The settlement became independent of Banten, Java in 1683 and was granted its first municipal charter in 1688 by James II. It is therefore the oldest municipal corporation in India. View more

During the 18th and 19th centuries, when the British and French competed for supremacy in India, the city’s fortunes waned.

Pier Information

The ship is scheduled to dock at the Madras Pier which is located approximately 5 miles from the center of town. Taxis are generally available at the pier.


Madras was founded because of the excellence and cheap prices of the local cotton. Some of India’s best silk comes from Kanchipuram, approximately 40 miles from Madras and can readily be bought in the city. Also look for Indian handicrafts such wood carvings, inlaid work, ivory and sandalwood. Traditional Indian jewelry in gold or with diamond and stone setting is also a good buy. For any items over 100 years old an export certificate is required.


South India excels in vegetarian food and strict South Indian Brahmins void the use of garlic and onion and in some cases even tomatoes. The cuisine reflects what grows in abundance - coconut, chilies, tamarind and bananas. A typical meal for lunch would be rice with rasam - a clear peppery lentil soup, two or three vegetables cooked with yogurt and coconut; sambar - plain yogurt and chutney; and payasam - a pudding similar to rice pudding prepared with thickened milk. Hyderabadi cuisine (non vegetarian) remains distinct because of its history of Muslim rule. Specialities include an aubergine dish baghara baigan, and haleem, a mutton and wheat preparation. Other non-vegetarian specialities include biriyani (rice cooked with meat), paya, a soup, egg paratha, the rich unleavened bread and spicy pepper chicken Chittinad style.

Other Sites

Chepauk Palace Built as the residence of the Nawab of Carnatic, it is one of the city’s earlier Mughal style buildings. Chintadripet This is one of Madras’ earliest suburbs founded in 1734. It was set up as a weavers’ settlement when the East India Company was finding it difficult to get enough good cloth to meet the demand in England. The Tamil words chinna tari pettai mean ‘small looms village’. Luz Church The oldest church in Madras, it was built by the Portuguese in 1516 in honor of our Lady of Light.

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Excursions depuis Chennai

Majestic Madras

This morning, set off for a majestic tour of Madras, the city that was established by the British as the seat of power and boasts of the "Splendours of the Raj". Some of the sites seen on this half day tour of Madras are:

Fort St. George
Visit the British stronghold built in 1653. Its 20-foot (6-metre) walls still stand, looming over the centre of Chennai. Today, it houses the Tamil Nadu Government Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly.

St. Mary’s Church
Encircled by Fort St. George, this was the first English church and is the oldest surviving British construction in India. There are reminders in the church of Elihu Yale, the early governor of Madras who went on to found Yale University.

High Court Building
Drive past this magnificent building, reputed to be the finest example of Indo-Sarcenic architecture in India and is said to be the largest judicial building in the world after the Courts of London.

National Art Gallery
After driving along the Marina, the shore drive which every Chennai citizen claims as the second longest beach in the world, you will come to the National Art Gallery. Of special interest in this gallery rare the Moghul, Rajput and South Indian-style paintings. The Bronze Gallery is also a short walk away.

Kapaleeswara Temple
This ancient Siva temple has a typical Dravidian gopuram, a soaring pyramidal gateway tower.

San Thome Cathedral
Said to have housed the remains of St. Thomas, the Apostle. He was believed to have been martyred, on what is now known as St. Thomas Mount.

Following your tour rejoin your coach to return to the ship.

Moderate walking involved with some stairs, inclines and distances, however it is not particularly strenuous. Proper attire is required to visit the sacred sites. Shorts and short skirts are not allowed, and women must have their shoulders covered. Shoes must be removed prior to entering the temples. We recommend bringing along a pair of thick socks, as the pavement may be hot. Photography is not permitted inside the temples. Camera fees at the Bronze Gallery are $5 per person and $12 per person for the video camera. This is subject to change. Tour sequence may vary.

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