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Chennai at a Glance

Chennai is one of Southern India's anchor cities. The city is a large collection of towns that have gradually urbanized and melded together. Indian art, culture and religion are alive here as are several colonial forts and churches.

Chennai doesn't attract the sheer numbers of tourists that India's other large cities do. However, this can be a blessing. Tourists are more likely to be left alone and can watch residents go about their lives without interrupting the flow. Take a stroll down Marina beach, explore some traditional neighborhoods, dive in to a new shopping center or head to the periphery for fine dining. The old British Fort Saint George forms the city's downtown and has a maze of bazaar shops worth exploring.

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November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      American citizens and many other nationals need a visa to travel, work or study in India. Contact the Indian Embassy for more information and to understand specific requirements. American citizens can research travel requirements using the U.S State Department's website as well.

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      Severe Weather: Monsoon season occurs during the summer and it can be quite wet and muddy in some places. 

      Safety Concerns Keep valuables out of sight and use a money belt or a hotel safe to store your passport and other valuables. Keep a small stash of cash easily accessible so you don't have to expose your money belt each time you make a purchase. All travelers should decline food, drinks and drugs offered to them by strangers and be on the lookout for scammers, thieves and shady characters.

      Health Concerns Vaccinations are recommended but not required of visitors to certain regions of India. Contact your doctor at least two months before your trip to learn about preventative health measures you may need. While in India, drink bottled water, or boil tap water for three minutes to avoid getting sick.