The venue for the 2015 World Bridge Teams Championship is the ITC Grand Chola Hotel
This ornate, palatial tribute to Southern India's greatest empires – the Imperial Cholas – is situated in the heart of Chennai.
It embodies the highest standards in Indian hospitality balanced with elegant restraint and we believe is the perfect place for such a prestigious Championship, offering as it does plenty of space both for the Championship itself but also for relaxing between sessions. The facilities offered are excellent and we are sure that all the participants will greatly enjoy the experience of playing in such a place. We hope that you will also have the chance to explore Chennai and discover something of this amazing city.
As far as accommodation goes, the ITC Grand Chola has 522 rooms and 78 luxuriously appointed serviced apartments. Its 600 spacious guest rooms, suites and luxury serviced apartments, are the epitome of Indian grace and style, expertly appointed with thoughtful amenities. You can find the link to reserve accommodation here in the menu on your left.
Other hotel arrangements have been made by the local organisers with excellent rates and the links to these can be also found on the left menu. We are sure that you will find something suitable amongst them.
Chennai itself - formally Madras - is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major cultural, economic and educational centre.
Geography and climate
Chennai lies on the Eastern Coastal Plains in the southeastern coast of India. Chennai is hot and humid for most of the year because it is so close to the sea. Daytime temperatures in summer range between 38 °C and 42 °C, though sometimes it goes beyond 42 °C. It gets most of its annual rainfall from the north-east monsoon winds, from mid-October to mid-December. The Cooum (or Koovam) and Adyar rivers flow through the city. Chennai has several lakes like Red Hills, Sholavaram and Chembarambakkam Lake, which supply the city with drinking water.
Chennai Culture and Tradition
Chennai has a rich culture and heritage that goes back thousands of years. Although today it is one of the major cities in India, it has maintained its culture and traditions from ancient times. The dance, art, music, festivals, religions are very distinctive of the south India culture. The dance and the classical music are world famous; especially the very famous Bharthanatyam dance form has been recognized the world over for its beautiful grace. The state language is Tamil. Many people speak English as well as Tamil. Malayalam and Hindi are the other two languages spoken in the city.
You may find the links below of interest - they will assist you in discovering a bit more about Chennai and the area.