Chennai Location

Chennai Location

This article provides information on Chennai location. Read about the geographical location of Madras, India.
Chennai is known as the 'Gateway to South India'. It is located on the south east coast of India, in the northeastern corner of Tamil Nadu. The flat plains on which it is located are known as the Eastern Coastal Plains. The latitude and longitude of the city is 13.04º N 80.17º E, respectively. Madras has five administrative divisions, namely, the Egmore-Nungambakam, Fort Tondiarpet, Mambalam - Guindy, Mylapore-Triplicane, and Perambur - which is further divided into four parts: North, Central, South, and West.

The city is splashed by two rivers. One is the Cooum or Koovam River, which flows through the center. The second is the Adyar River which flows towards south. Apart from this, there is the Buckingham Canal; running parallel to the coast and linking the two rivers. The Otteri Nullah, an east-west stream, flows through north Chennai and meets the Buckingham Canal at Basin Bridge. There are many lakes located on the western fringes of the city. Red Hills, Sholavaram and Chembarambakkam Lakes supply Chennai with drinkable water.

Located on the Bay of Bengal, the city is divided, majorly into four regions. North Chennai is mainly the industrial area. The Central Chennai can be called the commercial hub of the city and houses one of the important business zones, Parry's Corner. South and West Chennai are mostly residential areas. However, with fast developmental activities taking place in the city, a number of information technology firms, financial companies and call centers are opening in the later mentioned areas.