Moving to Chennai in April 2015

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Hello everyone,

I will be going to Chennai in about a month's time to work/volunteer/do research etc. at a NGO near Kovalam Beach for 3 months.

It would be nice to save time in terms of transport and my NGO has suggested that I look for PG accommodation near the area (e.g. Kelambakkam). Is this area generally safe? What is the typical rent around here for a room with AC (single or shared)?

Also, should there by anything I should be aware of (e.g. crime, malaria risk etc)? I know that I've chosen the hottest time of the year to go to Chennai (temperature wise) - living in Australia has helped with tolerating dry heat, but am a bit concerned about humidity. I would have liked to have gone from December-February to ease myself in, but had little choice due to my MA degree requirements.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated
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Originally Posted by leebdw View Post Hello everyone,

I will be going to Chennai in about a month's time to work/volunteer/do research etc. at a NGO near Kovalam Beach for 3 months.

It would be nice to save time in terms of transport and my NGO has suggested that I look for PG accommodation near the area (e.g. Kelambakkam). Is this area generally safe? What is the typical rent around here for a room with AC (single or shared)?

Also, should there by anything I should be aware of (e.g. crime, malaria risk etc)? I know that I've chosen the hottest time of the year to go to Chennai (temperature wise) - living in Australia has helped with tolerating dry heat, but am a bit concerned about humidity. I would have liked to have gone from December-February to ease myself in, but had little choice due to my MA degree requirements.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated
chennai is safe.
kelambakkam, despite is "rather remote-sounding" name, is quite well connected to all parts of the city. Also, thanks to the IT boom (there are a lot of IT companies in the area), you will have quite a bit of choice when it comes to places of stay..

Chennai IS hot AND humid, and there can be no two ways about it! :P Good luck there...!
as for the risks, i wont say there are any specific risks.. but like with any city, if you are smart enough, you should not have any issues! Guess that will be true of any city in the world. And, no, Malaria will not be a problem. In case you are worried about healthcare facilities, there are a lot of good hospitals in the city. A quick research in the neighbourhood will tell you which one is good and which one isnt!

as for the room rent, there are many options, and your rent would vary with respect to facilities offered, such as free wifi (ironically you will be charged a higher room rent to access the "free" room rent!), in-house food, a/c (or) non a/c.. So, it is best you come land up in here and scout, or look up online, although that may/may not give you the exact picture of the state of rooms!

I hope you do enjoy your stay in the city..! Good Luck!
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Thank you for the reassuring words, Sudersan!

Since my existence on earth so far has solely taken place in the comforts of high-income countries with similar cultural/social customs, I have to admit that going somewhere that is quite different to what I'm used to in many ways for the first time is quite nervous. Especially when I have to do "research" (aka somewhat true but also fairly disputable "creative" writing!) and interview people when I can't even speak a single word in Tamil.

That being said, I intend to delve straight into life in Chennai with an open mind and an empty stomach Thanks again for the kind words.
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Originally Posted by leebdw View Post Thank you for the reassuring words, Sudersan!

Since my existence on earth so far has solely taken place in the comforts of high-income countries with similar cultural/social customs, I have to admit that going somewhere that is quite different to what I'm used to in many ways for the first time is quite nervous. Especially when I have to do "research" (aka somewhat true but also fairly disputable "creative" writing!) and interview people when I can't even speak a single word in Tamil.

That being said, I intend to delve straight into life in Chennai with an open mind and an empty stomach Thanks again for the kind words.
haha! if you have an open mind while landing here, you might have good time here.! it is going to be very different, sure!

oh, and dont worry about tamil. Almost every second guy here talks in english, although the "accent" might seem a little off! :P

good luck mate!
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Kovalam is not really Chennai. It is about a half hour drive from where I live, which is already on the Southern fringes of the city. It is a town/village in its own right. There will be buses; you'll be able to explore the city on days off. Going in the other direction, is Mahabalipuram, and, quite a bit further, Pondicherry.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Kovalam is not really Chennai. It is about a half hour drive from where I live, which is already on the Southern fringes of the city. It is a town/village in its own right. There will be buses; you'll be able to explore the city on days off. Going in the other direction, is Mahabalipuram, and, quite a bit further, Pondicherry.
in that case, any place beyond velachery could be considered as kanchipuram district! :P

chennai has expanded quite a bit, to say the least and kovalam/kelambakkam, despite being about 30km from the centre of the city, are quite well connected to be called as fringes!
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Simple fact: it's miles )or rather kilometers, away.

Well connected? No doubt. I'm not arguing about that. There will be ample buses, I'm sure. Travel between Pondy/Mahabs/Kovalam/Chennai is not difficult, but that does not reduce the distance.

I'm not talking administrative addresses: until recently, mine was "Kanchipuram," but my postal address, remained "Chennai." We cannot let this guy think that he is going to be living in Chennai. That is just not true. Kovalam is a fishing/tourist village. It is not, in practical terms, part of any city.

But it is not just distances or addresses. I could be in Kovalam in about the same time as driving to Mylapore, even though it is four times the distance. On the other hand, if I was going by bus it would take a lot longer.

But... on the other hand, I knew a lady who used to travel, by bus, to Mahabalipuram, for the evening, to watch dance. It's doable. It's just not on the doorstep.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Simple fact: it's miles )or rather kilometers, away.

Well connected? No doubt. I'm not arguing about that. There will be ample buses, I'm sure. Travel between Pondy/Mahabs/Kovalam/Chennai is not difficult, but that does not reduce the distance.

I'm not talking administrative addresses: until recently, mine was "Kanchipuram," but my postal address, remained "Chennai." We cannot let this guy think that he is going to be living in Chennai. That is just not true. Kovalam is a fishing/tourist village. It is not, in practical terms, part of any city.

But it is not just distances or addresses. I could be in Kovalam in about the same time as driving to Mylapore, even though it is four times the distance. On the other hand, if I was going by bus it would take a lot longer.

But... on the other hand, I knew a lady who used to travel, by bus, to Mahabalipuram, for the evening, to watch dance. It's doable. It's just not on the doorstep.
true that! but i think i remember reading that he was going to stay in kelambakkam and not kovalam.! Not implying kelambakkam is a city unto itself, but it is way better than kovalam, in terms of facilities, thanks to the multitudes of IT offices and educational institutions..!
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Originally Posted by Sudersan260686 View Post true that! but i think i remember reading that he was going to stay in kelambakkam and not kovalam.! Not implying kelambakkam is a city unto itself, but it is way better than kovalam, in terms of facilities, thanks to the multitudes of IT offices and educational institutions..!
The NGO suggested staying in Kelambakkam and taking the bus over to Kovalam - so I'll be working in Kovalam but live in Kelambakkam, assuming I can find somewhere to stay there.

I did look up Kovalam on Google maps and yeah, it does seem like a separate entity to Chennai. In any case, good to hear that Kelambakkam is well connected by public transport!
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Kovalam would be too. I have only stopped in the village en route a couple of times, and been to one function there, so I don't know anything about the village really, but wouldn't it be nice to stay near the sea!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Kovalam would be too. I have only stopped in the village en route a couple of times, and been to one function there, so I don't know anything about the village really, but wouldn't it be nice to stay near the sea!
I havent cross-checked the information, but kovalam is supposed to be the hub of surfing activity in chennai..! that, might make kovalam a bit more interesting..!
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Hi all,

Was wondering if anyone could tell me what Tambaram is like - the original NGO who offered to have me on board cancelled at the last minute, so now I am trying to find some other alternative measures.

I found another NGO based in Tambaram, which is why I'm asking what that area is like. Is it fairly safe? I noticed that it's a bit far away from the city centre just like Kelambakkam but I assume the two areas are different to each other.
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Much closer, and even more connected to Chennai itself. When you come out of the airport, turn right for Tambaram or turn left for Chennai. Tambaram is probably more like a suburb of Chennai. I don't know, off-hand, if it is part of the Chennai Corporation area.

I suppose that any place has its dodgier areas, but, on the whole, I would not worry about safety in this part of India.

I hope a member with more day-to-day knowledge of the locality chips in, but I'd say --- you'll be fine there.

Sorry you have to be changing your plans.
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Originally Posted by leebdw View Post In any case, good to hear that Kelambakkam is well connected by public transport!
... if you don't mind to spend roundly two hours to reach any popular destination in Chennai

Heading from suburbs to any "central" city location (vice versa as well) can easily became a nightmare due to extremely chaotic and jammed traffic.
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Originally Posted by leebdw View Post I noticed that it's a bit far away from the city centre just like Kelambakkam
In Chennai, proximity defined not by distance, but entirely by mode of travel. Unlike Kelambakkam, Tambaram has suburban train connection right to the core city areas. It makes huge difference - the trains don't handicapped by traffic signals and jams, so, they are generally faster and what is more important - PREDICTABLE.

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