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Chennai: Marina Beach Heritage Walk

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Enjoy a walk down Marina Beach - the 2nd-longest in the world. Visit a colorful temple with mesmerizing rituals, then find out about Swamy Vivekananda who opened up Indian philosophy to the West. Discover the story of Chennai through its statues.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 4:00 PM
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  • Stroll along Marina Beach with your guide and learn about the evolution of Chennai
  • Witness the colorful rituals and traditions at Parthsarathy Temple
  • Visit Vivekananda House to learn about his philosophy and life
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Start the tour at 4 PM at Marina Light House where your tour will commence. Meet your guide and follow them as you set off along the beach. First, climb up the lighthouse for a great view of the beach and the city, before heading back down to explore the Maritime Museum.

Continue your walk and soak up the festive atmosphere as you listen to your guide tell the story of Chennai through its statues. The statues tell a great story about the evolution of the city from a small fishing village to a thriving metropolis.

Next, head to the famous Vivekananda House and learn about Swamy Vivekananda and his landmark speech about Indian Philosophy. Hear more about how he was the first religious leader in India to understand the need to provide food and other bare necessities of life to the hungry millions. 

Make your last stop at the ancient Parthsarathy Temple. Take a guided walk inside the temple and its surroundings as you get to know the rituals. Admire incarnations of Vishnu and shrines which were built during the rule of Cholas and Vijayanagara Kings. Be spellbound by the intricately carved pillars of the temple. Finally, end the tour at 7 PM outside the temple.
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Light refreshments
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside Chennai Marina Lighthouse, Marina Beach Road, Marina Beach, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004, India

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Important information
Know before you go
• The lighthouse is closed on Mondays and you will not be able to climb it
• Vivekananda House is also closed on Mondays, so you will not visit it and will spend more time on sites at the beach instead

From £32.82 per person

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Product ID: 330906