Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamils, is a state in Southern India known for its temples, architecture, food, movies, classical Indian dance and Carnatic music. The language spoken in Tamil Nadu is predominantly Tamil, but English is understood in the larger cities and metro capital, Chennai. It is the historical home of the famous Chera, Chola, Pandya and Pallava kingdoms which once thrived in ancient India. Anna International Airport in Chennai has connections with many Southeast Asian cities, Sri Lanka, and some European cities (Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels and London). There are also flights from Tiruchirapalli to Colombo in Sri Lanka, and Singapore. Tamil Nadu is served by Southern Railway and there are many trains from Chennai to almost every major city in India. Chennai serves as a gateway city for connections from other parts of Tamil Nadu.