Safety in Chennai
Chennai is generally a safer area of India in terms of crime, although pickpocketing, muggings, and robberies sporadically occur. Keep your doors and windows shut and locked at night and do not carry or display large amounts of cash if possible.
It is advisable for women, especially unaccompanied ones, to dress modestly and limit their interaction with unfamiliar local men. Foreigners are generally overcharged by autorickshaws simply because they are ignorant of the prevailing fares. It is necessary to confirm whether the driver knows the exact destination and to fix the fare before boarding. 'Autos', as autorickshaws are known in Chennai, are notorious for fleecing customers, tourists and locals alike.
Be alert to your surroundings and watch where you step, especially if you get caught in a large crowd where it is difficult to look at what is in front of you. Cross streets extremely carefully as traffic is generally heavy. On major roads, use the underground crossings (locally called "subways"). Avoid using underground road-crossing/ subways in the night or if you notice them to be empty. Traffic signals are frequently ignored by drivers and pedestrians alike, and it is not at all advisable for tourists to try driving in Chennai.
While in Chennai it is advisable to drink bottled water keep a bottle handy as it is EXTREMELY HOT. Eating fresh vegetables and fruits that have sat outside in the presence of insects can also be unhealthy, although bananas and coconuts are usually safe because they are opened only immediately before eating. Hot drinks in restaurants such as tea, coffee, and other local specialties are safe, as are packaged/bottled drinks such as Aquafina water, Frooti (a popular local mango drink) and others. If you have access to a stove, boiling tap water before drinking is also an option. Chennai summers are humid and sultry; it's better to step out with an umbrella, bottled water and some oral rehydration salts(available from pharmacies, the brand name is Electral). These come in handy if you happen to get dehydrated.
Chennai is the medical capital of South East Asia.
- Apollo Hospitals, Greams Lane, Off Greams Road, Nungambakkam Tel - 28293333
- Aysha Hospital, 91A Millers Rd., Tel: 26426930.
- Balaji HospitalG.S.T Road,Guindy, Tel - 22345282
- New Hope Medical Centre, Kilpauk, Tel - 25321532,
- CSI Rainy Hospital, Royapuram, Tel - 25951329
- Hindu Mission Hospital, 103, G.S.T. Road, Tambaram West, Tel: 22262244,
- Madras Medical Mission, Moggapair 37 -26565961 /91,
- Ramachandra Hospital, Porur Tel:91 44 2476 8403
- Dr.Kamakshi memorial Hospital, No1, Radial Road, pallikaranai, Chennai 600 100
- Dr.Mehta's Hospital,No2,McNichols Road,3rd Lane,Chetpet,Chennai 31-Tel:42271000/42271004
- Devaki Hospitals, Opposite to Rangachari cloth store mylapore
- MIOT International, Mt. Poonamalee High Road, Chennai
- Fortis Malar Hospital, No. 52, 1st Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, 20., For Emergency : 044 4933 4933
- Apollo Pharmacy, All Over the City
- Health & Glow, Spencers Plaza (Phase 3), Mount Road; Nungambakkam High Road
- Madras Medical Mission, 24 Hr. Pharmacy, Mogappiar
- The Psychotherapy Clinic,26/1, Arcot Street,T.nagar
- My Mother Pharmacy,E.B.Colony
- Parasu Dental Pharmacy 11, 3rd cross st kasthurbha nagar adyar chennai - 20 ph 4211 5000
- MedPlus India, All Over the City
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