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| Chennai (formerly called Madras) City Information
Specialties in CHENNAI
Cardiovascular, Dental Care, Orthopedics, Transplants, Stem Cell,
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, etc.
Chennai's Leading Hospitals & Clinics:
• Apollo Hospitals
• Apollo Dental Centre
• MIOT Hospitals
• Madras ENT Research Foundation
• Lifeline Multi Specialty Hospitals
Medical Standards and Accreditation:
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Medical
Association, Indian Health Care Federation, JCI.
as a treatment city at a Glance:
Located on India’s southeastern Bay of Bengal coast, Chennai
(formerly Madras) is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu and
the fourth largest city in India. Known for its numerous temples and
classical Indian dance, Chennai is also the corporate headquarters of
Apollo Hospitals, India’s largest hospital network. Much medical
activity has grown around Apollo, and Chennai is now one of India’s
most important medical centers. Apollo has more than 7,000 beds in 32
locations, and its broader network includes nursing and hospital
management colleges, pharmacies, diagnostic clinics, and a dental
center also located in Chennai.
In Chennai a host of specialty clinics and research centers have
followed Apollo’s example, and standards are steadily rising. In 2006,
Apollo/ Chennai became the second hospital in the Apollo network to
receive JCI accreditation. According to hospital officials, Americans
use its services mostly for cardiovascular and orthopedic procedures.
As with most other Asian destinations, larger surgeries are the focus
for international patients. Cardiac specialties and orthopedics
abound, particularly knee and hip replacements. More talked about is
the popular Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure, only recently
FDA-approved in the United States, and often a better choice than
total hip replacement surgery for patients requiring such treatment.
About Chennai City:
Chennai, also known as Madras, the capital
of Tamil Nadu, is the country's fourth largest city. Compared to
the other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.
Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company.
It was founded in 1639, on a piece of land given by the Raja of
Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijayanagar rulers of
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India. Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, this capital
of the state of Tamil Nadu is India's fourth largest metropolitan
city and one of the 35 largest metropolitan areas in the world.
Its name was officially changed to Chennai in 1996, but the older
name Madras is still widely used. The city is a large commercial
and industrial centre in India, and is known for its cultural heritage.
The East India Company developed Chennai as one of the major trading
centers in India. Chennai has a blend of Dravidian and Gothic architecture
in its buildings. The city might have grown but it has never lost
its traditional grace and charm. With a population of over 6 million
people, Chennai is a vibrant city ever growing, expanding and changing
Music, dance and all other art forms of the South are cherished
and attract sizeable patronage. Chennai is the epitome of tradition,
culture and life-style of Southern India. But like the rest of India,
Chennai has over the years, developed its share of urban style and
Accommodation and transportation are cheap and efficient. As far
as religion is concerned, history has certainly left its mark on
this city, which is believed to have been the place of St. Thomas,
in the outskirt of the city. There are a number of churches in Chennai
that are connected with the life and times of this apostle. There
are also several ancient temples around Chennai, and, within the
city itself are two magnificent temples - a temple in Triplicane
and another in Mylapore. Visit the 4.5 km long Golden Marina
beach, one of the longest beaches in the world.
Access by Air:
Chennai has an international and domestic airport. It has regular
flights to all the major Indian cities Madras International Airport
is situated at Tirisulam, 7 Km south of Chennai. It has two terminals,
Kamaraj Terminal, handles domestic flights connecting 20 destinations
across the country with Chennai. The International Terminal, named
Anna Terminal, connects major destinations like London, Frankfurt,
Dubai, Muscat, Bahrain, Dhahran, Jeddah, Singapore, Kula Lumpur
and Sri Lanka. Besides AIR INDIA and INDIAN AIRLINES several International
carriers viz. BRITISH AIRWAYS, LUFTHANSA, SINGAPORE AIRLINES, MALAYSIAN
AIRLINES, AIR LANKA, OMAN AIR, GULF AIR and SAUDI AIRLINES are operating
flights to and from Chennai.
Access by Rail:
Regular train services connect Chennai to all the major cities in
India such as to Mumbai in Western India, New Delhi in North India,
Cochin in South India, Kolkatta in East India etc.
Access by Road:
Chennai’s National Highway connects it to the major cities
of India. The National Highway connecting Chennai is superbly made
with long driving and motels in between kept while upgrading the
highway for the welfare of the drivers in mind.
Location Map of Chennai:
It is jokingly said that Chennai has two seasons - a hot
and humid season, and then summer, when it gets hotter and even more
humid. It does not enjoy the South-west monsoon, but gets its
bountiful rains from the North-east monsoon from October
through December, thus amounting to about 125-150 cm of rainfall
annually. December and January are the mildest months
Sightseeing places in and around Chennai
(few selected soft options):
Suggested Hotels for stay at Chennai
during Medical Treatment
Sightseeing tour of Madras city starts with a visit to Saint Mary’s
Church (1678 – 80), the spiritual and physical centre of the
original settlement and the oldest surviving building in the East
associated with the Anglican church. Visit the famous museum that
house a fantastic collection of medieval artillery, regimental flags,
weapons and amour. Also visit the St. George Fort built in 1644
which lies on the sea shore immediately north of the island. This
now forms the nucleus of the Secretariat. Drive along the Marina,
which is one of the most beautiful marine promenades in the world
and contains a series of impressive private and public buildings.
End the tour with a visit to Kapaleshvara temple. This is the largest
and the most important Shiva complex in Madras.
Mahabalipuram : As the port of the Pallava rulers of Kanchipuram,
Mahabalipuram was of particular importance in the 7th –8th
centuries. Most of the Hindu monuments date from this period. They
are particularly associated with two Pallava rulers, Mamalla and
Rajasimha. The rock-cut and monolithic temples at Mahabalipuram
are the earliest temples of monumental <![if !vml]><![endif]>architecture in Southern
India. Most of the cave temples are excavated into the sides of
a granite hill, only a short distance from the sea. Shore temple
at Mahabalipuram is the first significant structural temple of the Pallava period (8th century). Despite its general erosion, this
is an impressive monument with elegantly proportioned towers.
Kanchipuram : One of the holy cities of Hinduism, is Kanchipuram.
The city has a political significance since it served as a capital
of Pallava rulers in the 7th -9th century. It continued to maintain
its importance during the succeeding Cholas, Vijayanagars and Nayakas
periods. Important examples of Hindu temple architecture spanning
almost a thousand years are preserved at Kanchipuram.
The Comfort Inn Marina Towers
The fourth largest city in India, Chennai is known as the Gateway of
Southern India due to its location. Chennai is very hospitable
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and accommodating for business travelers. A variety of shops,
restaurants and bars can be found in the surrounding area. Be sure
to visit the multi-cuisine Seven restaurant and the Upper Deck
lounge located on hotel premises. All spacious guest rooms are air
conditioned and come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, hair
dryers, irons and ironing boards. Some rooms include Nintendo game
Location: conveniently located in the heart of Chennai's
business district, with easy access to shopping malls, consulates,
hospitals and tourist destinations. This Chennai hotel is close to
the central railway station, and minutes from the Chennai
Points of Interest : Marina Beach, San Thome Basilica
cathedral and Ramakrishna Universal Temple. The University of Madras
and Anna University are both just minutes away.
The Residency, Chennai
Location: A Business Class Hotel conveniently located in the
city and just 30 minutes away from the national and international
airports. Be it meeting clients in their offices, shopping or
traveling the city on business, you are in the perfect location, to
plan a smooth day.
Facilities : Complimentary Breakfast Buffet, 24 hours room
service & check in / checkout, Newspaper, CCTV, Internet on request,
Refrigerator, Laundry service, etc.
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