Chennai, originally named as Madras, is a major coastal Indian city along with Visakhapatnam and Kolkata. It is also the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is bordered by the Bay of Bengal on the eastern side. Marina beach, which is the largest natural beach in India, forms the coastline of the city as well as Tamil Nadu. Due to the high no. of automobile industries located in the city, Chennai is renowned as "Detroit of India''. Since Detroit City recently went bankrupt, Chennai now has more automobile production than it.
Madurai is a beautiful city located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The city has a lot of historical importance and has been ruled by various empires like Chanda Sahib, Vijayanagar, Carnatic Kingdom, Madurai Sultanate, Mauryas, Later, Medieval and Early Cholas etc. With a total population of around 12 lakh, Madurai is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu after Chennai. The city has had various names throughout history: Thirualavai, Koodal, Naanmadakoodal and Malligai Maanagar.
Chennai is catered to by the Chennai International Airport. It has two distinct terminals for domestic and international flights, viz. Kamaraj terminal and Anna Terminal respectively. People of Madurai use the Madurai International Airport which has limited international flights and many domestic routes. It takes around 80 minutes for the Chennai Madurai Flights depending on the airline and no. of stopovers. There are around 7 flights on this route. The first daily flight, courtesy SpiceJet, leaves Chennai at around 8.30 AM and reaches Madurai at around 9.30 AM. The last daily flight, courtesy Jet Air, leaves Chennai at around 6.20 PM and reaches Madurai at around 7.40 PM. The first flight from Chennai on this route leaves at 6.30 AM and reaches at 7.50 AM but is available only on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Air India provide service on this air route. The ticket prices for the economy class vary from 2600 to 16100 while those for the business class range from 15000 to 16100.
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