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Chennai, India

Central Railway Station, Chennai
Central Railway Station


Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the country's fourth largest city. It is on the east coast and is the capital of the southern state of Tamilnadu.


Most nationalities require a visa to visit India.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Ambedkar Dock in the Port of Chennai. Shuttles are usually provided to the port gate on the southern end of the port.

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Money and Tipping

India's currency is the Rupee (INR). US dollars are widely accepted though you may get a poor exchange rate and no change. Tipping 10-15% is customary in India. Taxis do not expect to be tipped though a small amount is appreciated for good service.

In Nov 2016, 500 and 1,000 notes were withdrawn from circulation though the 1,000 note may be re-introduced.

Local Transportation

There is a suburban train network, the MRTS, with Chennai Beach station the closest to the port if you want to go downtown or towards the beach. Short trips start at 3 Rs. A new metro system is under construction with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2015.

Taxis are inexpensive but fares need to be negotiated with the drivers.


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  • Marina Beach - This beach stretches for 12km. It is advised not to swim in the water due to strong currents and dirty water. The beach is usually crowded with locals on the weekends.
  • Fort St George - A small trading post which is still active as a military base.
  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple - The most famous temple in Chennai
  • Guindy Snake Park - in the same named National Park. Has a large collection of snakes.


There are markets along Marina Beach. There are modern malls in Chennai including the large Express Avenue Mall and Spencers Plaza close by.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers.

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