Chennai, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Traveling to Chennai, India? If you're planning to go to Chennai, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Chennai, India

Based on the climate and weather in Chennai, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

Important essentials for Chennai, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chennai, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently wear out. An unreadable card can have severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly product.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection you can have.


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Chennai, India by month

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January

January is extremely warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

If you vacation in Chennai during February, you might notice that it is consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

If you are traveling to Chennai in March, you will notice that it can be very hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

If you vacation in Chennai during April, you may find that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

If you are traveling to Chennai in May, you will notice that it is a scorcher. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (high 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

June in Chennai is scorchingly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) to high 90s F (high 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

July here is sizzling. Temperatures average in the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

If you vacation in Chennai during August, you might find that it is sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

September in Chennai is sizzling. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 20s C) to low 90s F (mid 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

October for Chennai is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

November in Chennai is hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

December in this region is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you are intending to check out the majestic Bahram Jung Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who can enter this mosque; it is best to check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit the Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Chennai, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Chennai.

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