Chennai Tourism

Visit Chennai - Best of Chennai

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.

Chennai Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Chennai*

  • Pollution Statistics in Chennai

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

    • Air Pollution 70.16 (High)
    • Water Pollution 73.46 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.93 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 73.87 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 60.55 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 64.87 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 63.79 (High)
  • Chennai: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Chennai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chennai.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.57 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.71 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 38.94 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.69 (High)
    • Car Stealing 35.89 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 37.71 (Low)
    • Drug offense 34.71 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.97 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.66 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.78 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.18 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 47.24 (Moderate)
  • Living in Chennai - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Chennai is 111.99 (High)

    • Safety Index 58.11 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 55.17 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 80.1 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 45.29 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 27.41 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.93 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.95 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 73.27 (Moderate)
    • 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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Chennai

    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 2.43 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.46 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 47.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 33.42 USD

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

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