How Safe Is Chennai for Travel?

Chennai, India
Safety Index:
50

Chennai is the sixth-largest city in India, when the population is concerned, with more than 7 million citizens.

It is the center of culture, art, history.

Being among major tourist destinations in India, it is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

Chennai is one of the biggest cultural, economic and educational centers in South India and very well visited by foreign tourists.

The UNESCO Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, temples, extremely beautiful and inviting beaches and many other sites make it attractive to travelers from all over the world and they usually tend to start their trip to the rest of the region exactly from here.

Warnings & Dangers in Chennai

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Generally, the city is considered to be the safest one in India. There is no violent crime, but petty crime acts cannot be avoided in such a huge city. If you remain watchful when in crowds, do not display cash in public and respect certain safety rules for big cities, all these kinds of crimes can be prevented.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

If you decide to drive in Chennai, which is not advisable at all, keep in mind that the traffic is chaotic, neither rules are respected, nor pedestrians. To cross the street, always use underground crossings, except at night when they can be dangerous. During the motorbike ride, put a helmet on your head.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are very common in India, as well as in Chennai. Crowds in front of monuments, in public transport and on the beaches, especially during weekends, when they are overcrowded, are the hubs of thieves, so tourists must not leave their possessions unattended.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

Natural dangers, such as earthquakes, flooding, and storms are frequent in India since it is prone to these due to its location. In case a disaster occurs, tourists just need to follow the instruction of authorities.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping and mugging do not happen in Chennai, and if they occur, they are not against tourists. There is no risk of this kind of crime in Chennai.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen among many others are working on the territory of India. That is why there is a threat of terrorist attacks, especially against British people, due to the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Distracted tourists are the easiest prey for scammers, and they tend to take advantage of the situation. Pay attention to fast meter scam when in a taxi. The best way to take a taxi is via phone or the Internet. Rickshaw drivers also tend to overcharge foreigners. The possibility of the milk and gems scams on the markets exists.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

This is the city where female travelers cannot feel safe if they happen to be alone, neither during the day nor night. The best advice is to dress modestly, not to have deeper communication with local men and, if possible, not to come alone.

So... How Safe Is Chennai Really?

Regarding all the monuments, historical sites, and architecture, there are plenty of things to see and do in Chennai, but you need to bear in mind that it is one of the most populous cities in the world, that you can find any kind of people here, which in turns, leads to different types of criminal acts.

Taxi drivers, as well as the driving itself, is horrendous, some parts of the city are more prone to violence, and solo female traveler can feel at danger while in Chennai.

On the other hand, it can be a safe place only if you exercise precaution, take taxis from licensed agencies and do not wander around at night in the isolated areas.

All in all, theft, armed robbery and rapes are constant threats when in Chennai, but vigilant tourists enjoy their stay without any problem and have a fabulous time.

Nevertheless, it is the safest city in India.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A visa is required documentation together with a valid passport when entering India and you need to take it out before coming there. Any necessary information regarding visas can be found on the Internet.
  • Currency - The official currency in India is Rupee and it is available in the form of notes and coins. Once you exchange your money, leave some coins for giving tips and other minor expenses.
  • Weather - Chennai has a tropical wet and dry climate and the variation in temperature is constant. Summer is hot and humid and it lasts from April to June. The monsoon season is from October to December. The period from December to March is probably the best time to visit Chennai.
  • Airports - Various airports can be used when coming to India, but when coming to Chennai, you can travel via Chennai International Airport, which is the fourth busiest airport in India or Kempegowda International Airport.
  • Travel Insurance - Whichever country you are visiting, injuries, accidents, and problems cannot be predicted. That is why it is advisable to take out a travel insurance policy before starting your journey. It should cover all the possible issues that may ruin your trip.
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Chennai Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 26° C
Feb 27° C
Mar 29° C
Apr 31° C
May 33° C
Jun 32° C
Jul 31° C
Aug 30° C
Sep 30° C
Oct 28° C
Nov 27° C
Dec 25° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
303134363837363534323029
Low
°C
212224262727262525242321
High
°F
8688939710099979593908684
Low
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707275798181797777757370

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3 Reviews on Chennai

  1. A
    Anonymous says:

    I live in chennai…& have never known it to a high risk place for tourism…this is absolute nonsense!!

  2. A
    Anonymous says:

    Non sense review

    India is the best place for tourism. This review is absolutely a scrap. Moreover chennai is safest for tourism.

  3. H
    Heung Sub-Oh says:

    Chennai is very safe for women

    Hi,

    I came as a tourist along with my 22 year old wife for our honeymoon as she wanted to visit tropical places first and then frigid places. Chennai in India was our first stop. We were there for 45 days and my wife (who has no forms of markings or ornaments that tell that she is married) used to go about on the street after 11 PM until 3 AM for a walk in the byelanes of the city near Hyatt Regency which were pitch dark.

    Never was she mugged nor harassed nor anything untoward ! Infact, to see what would have happened, I went along with her and found that all of the men in Chennai pay equal respect to the males and the females as well.

    I would advise you to go to Chennai without any hesitation

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