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

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Traveling to Chennai, India? If you're planning to go to Chennai, I've got 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

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  • Travel first aid kit

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  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

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Activities for Chennai, India

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

If you intend to visit the beautiful Basilica of the National Shrine of St.Thomas, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

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

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter this mosque; you should check with the Chennai tourism authority.

If you visit a temple, such as Adeeswar Temple, wear:

If you go to Government Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Chennai.

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

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January

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

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February

If you vacation in Chennai during February, you are likely to see that it can be very 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.

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March

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

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April

If you go to Chennai in April, you will notice that it is a scorcher and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

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May

May in Chennai is a scorcher. 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).

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June

June is scorchingly hot. Temperatures average in the high 90s F (high 30s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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July

Traveling to Chennai in July, you will notice that it can be blisteringly hot. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the 90s F (mid 30s C).

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August

If you visit Chennai during August, you will probably see that it is blindingly hot. 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 a bit less than half of the time.

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September

If you go to Chennai in September, you will notice that it is unbearably hot. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

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October

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

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November

If you visit Chennai during November, you will probably notice that it is hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

If you visit Chennai during December, you might find that it is extremely warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally around 70 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

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