Chennai

City is supposed to be the safest in the whole country. Chennai is located on the Bay of Bengal. This 369-year-old capital is formerly known as Madras. It is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers in South India. Moreover, it is the fifth largest and forth-most populated urban agglomeration in India and there is the second biggest beach in the world. Among tourists, it is also very popular and is number one city in terms of visits in the country. Having numerous automobile industry plants in the region, Chennai sometimes has a nickname “The Detroit of India”.

SAFETY INDEX

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Generally, the city is polluted and the traffic jams might be horrendous, however, there are plenty of things to see and to do. Level of crimes is moderate and Chennai is relatively safe for tourists. The most common types of crime are theft, armed robbery, and rapes. In order to make your trip safe. Some parts of North Chennai are more prone to violence and crimes, first of all because this part of the city is historically infamous for criminal activity. While visiting suburbs be cautious, as it’s very easy to get lost, particularly during the dusk. Losing your way at night might be a panic-inducing situation. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip to Chennai and be aware of all potential dangers. Chennai is the 121st safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Chennai is the safest city in the whole country, though, there is need to be vigilant all the time. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

This is a real pain of India and Chennai is not an exception. Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common, especially on public transport and near the main tourist destinations, beach area.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping almost doesn’t exist. Mugging is not common.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Unfair individuals or group of them desire to take an advantage of distracted tourists. Be aware of the Importing Gemstones scam, fast meter scam in a taxi and beg for mil or pen.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Taxi drivers know that you are a foreigner and do not acquaint with the local taxi fares used to refuse to switch on the taxi meters and call the price they deem relevant to call for their service. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport, particularly while getting on the transport in the big transport hubs. Be especially vigilant on the overnight trains and buses. Do not accept any food or drinks as it may be spiked. Driving the rented motorcycle may be dangerous because the traffic is chaotic, driving standards is poor. If you decided to rent a motorcycle, be very cautious and use a helmet.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

India is very exposed to natural dangers. Earthquakes, flooding, and severe storms are the main perils. If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.  

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect tourists directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Sexual assaults do occur very frequent both day and night. Try not travel alone at all. Be in a group, avoid poorly illuminated streets and bars with intoxicated individuals.

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WHAT TO DO?

Marina, Edward Elliot’s, Breezy Beach

Chennai beaches are extremely beautiful and inviting, however, they are not swimming beaches, due to a strong undercurrents presence along the shoreline. During weekends might be really overcrowded, so there is need to be vigilant and keep an eye on your belongings. Be aware of pickpockets and snatchers. Violent crime is very rare.

Mylapore

A historical neighborhood, that is often referred to as the soul of the city. Full of culture. The most interesting sight is a Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, that was built in 17th century. There is very little crime in this area.

Markets and Bazaars  

Pondy Bazzar

Favourite shopping market among locals. All types of goods can be found there, however, there are many counterfeit goods. Traditional and ethnic stuff can also be found there.

George Town

The most crowded shopping market in Chennai. Jewelry shops, saree stores, and other local authentic things can be found there. Be aware of the milk and gems scams on the markets. Note that as a shopping district, there isn’t much to do after 10 pm.  

Useful Information

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return.
500 and 1000 Rupee banknotes were withdrawn from the circulation. The official currency in Vietnam is Dong. In order to obtain the best currency exchange possible, try to exchange your money in banks, post offices or in some large hotels. The convenient currency exchange rate also can be found at the international airports. Be aware of swapping in the local currency exchange offices.
There are several climatic regions in India. The most pleasant weather is from November to March.
Kempegowda International Airport is the busiest airport in India. For more information visit its official website: http://www.bengaluruairport.com/
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues, but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.