Tipping is not mandatory and not even added for bills of the restaurants. Typically, around 5-10 %, tipping is expected from a tourist especially if the service is good in restaurants. In addition, if payment is done by credit cards then it is expected to leave coins or few cash in form of tipping.
Take out comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do.
Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
Carry a travel first aid kit with some pain-killers, decongestant, bandaid, and anti-septic cream. You will not believe how often it will come in handy.
Keep in contact with friends and family back home and give them a copy of your travel itinerary so they know where you are.
Chennai (Madras) is the capital of Tamil Nadu and it is referred as the ‘Gateway to the south India’. This city is a cultural hub of India and now has become a metropolitan city, which is home to number of automobile industries. Chennai is famous for ancient temples, museums, churches, and forts. It is a perfect beach destination for tourists to explore blue waters of Bay of Bengal along with golden sand of beaches.
Chennai offers a wide range of modes of public transport like bus, auto-rickshaw, taxi, van, and private bus. Most affordable transport in Chennai is the bus, which covers all famous areas of city along with nearby suburbs. Taxi is suitable for a long distance tours with a group. There are auto-rickshaws available for a short distance and are little expensive than public transportation. Another local mode of transport is known as Maxi Cabs i.e. vans which covers different routes in the city.
Avoid tap water, and any food that may have been washed in it, at all times. No ice, no salads and no fruit you haven\\\'t just peeled yourself.
Make sure your bank cards work. There is nothing more annoying on holidays than spending hours on the phone to the bank back home.
Always carry a hard copy map of the city you\'re going to.
I stayed at Hotel Pandian with my husband, mother and three sisters in February this year; this was our third visit to and we’d return again! The staff are so helpful, courteous and friendly – it has the atmosphere of staying with family. The Front of Office Manager was always ready to help, as was the Travel Desk Assistant. Our rooms were comfortable and kept clean. The food served in the restaurant was good although the breakfast menu could do with expanding a little to suit European tastes also.Deborah Barrett, England