Stone age implements have been found near Pallavaram in Chennai.
The Pallavas of Kanchi built the areas of Mahabalipuram and Pallavaram during the reign of Mahendravarman I.
They also defeated several kingdoms including the Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas who ruled over the area before their arrival.
Sculpted caves and paintings have been identified from that period.
) is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is the biggest cultural, economic and educational centre in South India.
Chennai is known as the "Detroit of South Asia" for its automobile industry. After Mumbai and Delhi, Chennai has the third-largest expatriate population in India at 35,000 in 2009, 82,790 in 2011 and estimated at over 100,000 by 2016.There are two different theories for the origin of the name Chennai.The first theory is that it was derived from the name of Damarla Chennappa Nayakudu , father of Damarla Venkatapathy Nayak, a Nayak ruler who served as a general under Venkata III of the Vijayanagar Empire from whom the British acquired the town in 1639.The name Madras originated even before the British presence was established in India .The name madras is said to be originated from a Portuguese phase " madre de dois " which means "mother of god" as Portuguese discovered the port city.A Vijayanagar-era inscription dated to the year 1367 that mentions the port of Maadarasanpattanam, along with other small ports on the east coast was discovered in 2015 and it was theorised that the aforementioned port is the fishing port of Royapuram.