Chennai Tourism

Chennai- labeled as ‘the capital of the south’ is a city bustling with life welcoming you to explore the culture, tradition and entertainment it is home to. If you’re travelling to India and you love beaches, you’d probably find one of the cleanest beaches in Chennai. This destination is one among India’s top four cities and is home to museums, posh hotels, and fine restaurants, mesmerizing beaches, shopping malls and a lot more. As tourist magnet, Chennai is also rich with history and works as a magic spell on the minds of its visitors.

Chennai is the metropolitan city of India with hot climate prevailing throughout the year. City lies on the Coromondal coast and hence surrounded by beaches on the edges of Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the capital of the state Tamil Nadu and it is filled with Dravidians. Dravidians not only include Tamil speaking groups but also Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.

Weather conditions of the city will generally be hot and this spot is mainly selected for various outsourcing related activities. Many IT companies are built in and around Chennai and this city has more options towards employment. There are various IT Parks in the city including Wipro, CTS, IBM, Cognizant, and many other companies.

Chennai city is surrounded by sea and hence plays a major role in shipping through its harbor point. Chennai is considered as the peace area among the four metropolitan cities. Chennai city has always been a good place for foreigners and some of them could even try to outsource their current activities to the entire team. City is also known for varied traditions as it is formed of people mostly from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Carnatic Music, Bharata natyam Dance Shows, Dramas will be well organized throughout the year. Each one of you must take Chennai tour at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Chennai.

Essential travel information and Chennai tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+05:30
  • Currency: Indian National Rupee (INR)


  • Power in India is 230 Volts, 50 Hz. Internet 3G compatibility (4G recently introduced)


  • Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Urdu and English

Security: Numbers for emergency

  • Ambulance - 108
  • Fire- 101
  • Police 100
  • Off-beaten Path- NA

Tipping: Tipping is appreciated but optional.

Tourist Traps

  • It is safe to avoid secluded areas after dark.
  • Bus and train are cheaper modes of transport.
  • Make sure the rickshaw driver rides you around the town on meter basis.


  • It is wise to dress modestly.
  • It is mandatory to enter the temples without footwear.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Chennai

  • Know the pollution level of Chennai before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 65.21 (High)
    • Water Pollution 72.28 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.9 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 69.62 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59.87 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 72.43 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 61.99 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 60.86 (High)
  • How safe is Chennai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chennai.

    • Burglary and Theft 44.96 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.07 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 38.68 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74.18 (High)
    • Car Stealing 35.94 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.28 (Low)
    • Attacks 37.71 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35.45 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.3 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.21 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.81 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 23.1 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.97 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Chennai is 104.78 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 58.74 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 53.22 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 76.17 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 48.3 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 25.05 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 71.18 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.48 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 52.78 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chennai

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 42.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 30.35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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