TRAVEL INFORMATION

Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It’s home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church.

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is located at the North east of the state. Apart from being a major district, this metropolis also serves as the gateway of South India.Previously known as Madras, the city was renamed as Chennai afterwards. Replete with airports, railways and diverse means of roadways, the city of Chennai can be accesses from any corner of the world, easily and smoothly.

Area: 426 km²

Weather: 30°C, Wind SE at 14 km/h, 79% Humidity

Local time: Monday 8:44 PM

Population: 4.344 million
LOCATION & ACCESS

Flying to Chennai
Hotel Southern Comfort, Chennai is approximately 1kilometer, or 5 minutes’ walk from the international terminal, and domestic terminal also 23kilometers, or 45 minutes’ drive from the Central Railway station. The airport offers daily connections to all major cities in India, Asia, Europe and America.

Some approximate domestic flight times are as follows:
Bengaluru to Chennai flights: 1.0 hours

Delhi to Chennai flights: 2 hours

Mumbai to Chennai flights: 1hour30 minutes

We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your plane.

Please contact us for assistance or further information.

Trains to Chennai
There are regular trains from Chennai Central Station to the major cities in India. Please be advised that trains can be fully booked weeks in advance.

Some approximate train journey times are as follows:
Delhi to Chennai trains: 48 hours

Bangalore to Chennai trains: approximately 8 hours

Chennai to Mumbai trains: 30 hours

Hotel Southern Comfort, Chennai i is less than 1kilometers from Chennai International and Domestic Airport. We would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven car to meet your flight.
Please contact us for assistance or further information.
OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION

Immigration
All international visitors to India (except those with a Nepali or Bhutanese national passport), must have valid passports stamped with current visas. For more information on visa categories and applications, please visit the Government of India online portal for visa applications here .

It is mandatory for all international visitors to India to register with the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office within 24 hours of arrival. The hotel will scan your passport photograph page when you check in and take care of this service for you.

Visa on Arrival
The Visa on Arrival (enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation) facility is available for travellers visiting India from 43 countries. For more information on the Visa on Arrival facility, please click here to visit the website of the Government of India.

Currency

  • The unit of Indian currency is the Rupee. For up to date information on exchange rates, please click here.
  • We would be happy to help with foreign currency exchange in India. Please ask the concierge upon arrival.
  • There are plenty of international ATMs in all major cities in India. International credit cards are also widely accepted.

Please note: It is prohibited to take Indian currency out of India.

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCES
Currency

Visitors of Indian origin and foreigners aged above 10 years who reside in India can carry INR 45,000 (when the country of origin is Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar or China, the currency allowance is INR 6,000)

International visitors (over 18 years) from every other country can carry USD 10,000 or the value of USD 5,000 in other currencies, per person into India.

Duty Free Goods
Duty free allowances per person (over the age of 18) are as follows:

  • Alcohol: 2 liters
  • Cigarettes: 100 pieces
  • Cigars: 25 pieces
  • Tobacco: 125g
  • Passengers aged over 18 can also carry one laptop computer.
  • Customs duty is leviable at 36.05% on the valuable of dutiable goods in excess of the allowance.

Restricted Items
The following items are prohibited in India:

  • Maps and literature where India’s external boundaries have been incorrectly drawn;
  • Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances;
  • Goods violating any of the legally enforceable intellectual property rights;
  • Wildlife products;
  • Counterfeit currency;
  • Specified live birds and animals.

WEATHER IN Chennai
Chennai is known for its humidity through the year. Its long summer season is followed by prolific monsoon rains and short, mild winters.

Winter in Chennai lasts from November to mid-February, during which time temperatures range from 77 °F (25°C) during the day, to 66 °F (19 °C) at night. This is the known as the most pleasant time to visit the region.

Chennai’s summer lasts from March to mid June, at which time temperatures range from 82 °F to 105 °F (28-42°C). Between June and August the monsoon rains average 300millimetres. By mid September, the rains start to cease and temperatures also reduce.

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING
If you are travelling to Chennai during the summer months, we recommend you wear loose clothing made from natural fabrics. During the winter months, you may wish to carry a sweater or shawl for the evenings.

LANGUAGE
English is widely spoken in India. Staff at the airport, hotels, restaurants and shops will most often be fluent in English.

Tamil is the Native Language of Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.Hindi is the official and most widely spoken native language in India. It is most concentrated in the northern states. Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada prevail in the south.

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