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Chennai: The gateway to the south

Sat on the sun-kissed shores of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai, formerly known as Madras, stands as a beacon of South Indian heritage. This sprawling coastal city serves as the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, boasting a rich blend of culture, history, and commerce. From its bustling markets to its serene beaches, Chennai offers a unique blend of old-world charm and contemporary feel. Renowned for its vibrant arts scene, Chennai is a haven for classical music, dance, and theater enthusiasts. Its iconic landmarks, such as the majestic Marina Beach and the historic Fort St. George, bear testimony to its colonial past and enduring legacy. Moreover, Chennai's culinary landscape is a gastronomic delight, showcasing an array of savory South Indian delicacies. Whether you're captivated by its ancient temples, its bustling streets, or its flavorful cuisine, Chennai invites you to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery in the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Travel tips

Currency

India's official currency is the Indian Rupee. For the latest exchange rates, consult OANDA.

Major currencies like the Euro, British Pound, US Dollar, South African Rand, and others can be exchanged locally or before departure. Bureau de changes and banks in major towns provide exchange facilities, with ATMs available. Opt for smaller denominations to ease transactions for smaller purchases and gratuities.

Vaccinations

As a guide for travelling, we recommend Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, and Polio vaccinations, along with anti-Malarial medication. Consulting your doctor or local medical practitioner is strongly advised for any additional vaccinations or treatments before visiting India.

Tap water

Absolutely not. You've likely encountered the term "Delhi belly," and consuming tap water is a guaranteed route to illness. It's key to never drink tap water; opt solely for bottled mineral water, widely accessible in hotels, shops, and restaurants nationwide. Additionally, steer clear of salads that may have been rinsed in unsanitary water.

Safe eating in India

Indian cuisine is renowned for its diverse flavors beyond spicy curries. While exploring, relish authentic home-cooked dishes. Yet, be cautious of "Delhi Belly" due to water bacteria. Stick to bottled water, avoid salads, and choose hygienic eateries. Indulge in northern specialties like Tandoori and Biryani, southern delights like Thali and Dosa, and treat yourself to local sweets like Gulab Jamun and Kulfi for a culinary adventure.

Temple etiquette

To ensure respect at religious sites, adhere to dress codes by wearing knee-length attire and sleeves. Women may carry a shawl for shoulder cover. Avoid smoking and public displays of affection. Remove shoes and hats upon entering temples. Refrain from touching sacred artifacts. Follow signage regarding photography restrictions. Seek guidance from guides regarding temple etiquette and restricted areas. Embrace cultural differences respectfully. Note potential photography fees, around USD $10 for the tour.

WiFi

In India, strong WiFi is mainly available in major metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Chennai, as well as in global chain hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops. Major airports and train stations also offer WiFi. However, WiFi outside cities is limited, especially in rural areas, heritage properties, and national parks, where it may be slow or chargeable.

Plugs and voltage

The standard voltage in India is 230-240 volts, typically 240 volts. Power sockets require round 3-pin plugs, similar yet not identical to European ones. It's advisable to carry a universal travel adapter. For U.S. appliances, a voltage converter and plug adapter are necessary for use.

Frequently asked questions

What are some must-visit attractions in Chennai?

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Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Fort St. George, San Thome Basilica, Government Museum, and Guindy National Park are among the top attractions in Chennai.

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A city where ancient temples stand tall amidst bustling streets, where flavors dance on your palate, and where the warmth of its people resonates long after you depart. Whether you explore its historical landmarks, savor its culinary delights, or immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, Chennai leaves an unforgettable mark on every visitor, inviting you to return and uncover more of this enchanting city.

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