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Chennai: Mahabalipuram Tour with Lunch

3. Chennai: Mahabalipuram Tour with Lunch

Your experience will begin as you are collected from your accommodation at 7:30AM, at which point you will make your way to Mahabalipuram. Once having arrived, Panch Rathas is your first destination. These are rock-cut monolith structures which are dedicated to the lead cast of the Mahabharata epic. They are dedicated to Draupadi, Arjuna, Nakul-Sahadeva, Bhima and Yudhister. There is also a sculpture of an elephant next to the ratha of Nakul-Sahadeva. Next in the itinerary is Arjuna’s Penance, a 100-foot by 45-foot open-air rock relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic has been carved. The River Ganga is at the center of the panel, and is surrounded by divine beings, hunters, animals, birds, and trees belonging to the Himalayan ranges. The next stop is to Krishna’s Butterball, a 5-meter ball-shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and seems to defy Newton’s laws of gravity. Next up, the magnificent Shore Temple beckons you. This 8th-century structural temple is made of granite, and served as a beacon for seafarers of the time. Legend says that this was a part of a complex of 7 temples dotted along the sea, and the legendary traveler Marco Polo also mentioned Mahabalipuram in his memoirs, referring to it as the "City of 7 Pagodas". Following this final stop, you will travel back to Chennai where you will be dropped off back to your hotel by 3:30PM.

Highlights of the Chennai (Guided Half Day City Tour)

4. Highlights of the Chennai (Guided Half Day City Tour)

If you are running short on time or just come down to explore tourist destinations in and around city, half day city tour is the best option. We have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Trails of Pondicherry tour, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple dedicated to lord Shiva - most ancient temple built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture, who's original temple structure have been destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century AD. Visit the Parthasarathy Temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, built by the Pallavas in the 8th century have idol in five forms. Visit the marine driver and Chennai Marina Lighthouse and white sandy Marina beach beach- the second largest in the world. Visit the Vivekananda House and Museum known as the Ice House a memorial for Swami Vivekanada Visit the Perarignar Anna Memorial, Dr MGR Memorial and Museum, oldest university with beautiful architecture. Annai Vailankanni Shrine - Gothic-style Catholic pilgrimage destination with a small museum and Elliot Beach. Visit the beautiful Trails of Chennai on this tour with our guide.

SPLENDID CHENNAI - DAY TOUR OF CHENNAI WITH CAR AND GUIDE

5. SPLENDID CHENNAI - DAY TOUR OF CHENNAI WITH CAR AND GUIDE

Explore the Heart of Tamil Nadu - Chennai! Discover Chennai, the vibrant epicentre of Tamil Nadu's rich political and cultural heritage. Despite not housing landmarks like the Red Fort or Marine Drive, Chennai is acclaimed as the "Gateway to South India" due to its status as the oldest modern city in India. Known for its beaches, temples, textiles, historic monuments, Carnatic music, and classical dances, Chennai is an ancient city steeped in culture, trade, and impressive architecture. It embodies a unique blend of colonial influences from the British and French eras, akin to a microcosm of Asia with diverse people, cultures, and traditions. Highlights: Embark on a half-day tour encompassing the essence of Chennai's history and spirituality with a professional guide. From the airport, railway station, or hotel pick-up, immerse yourself in an unforgettable and educational journey. 1) Kapaleeswarar Temple: Get ready to be enchanted by Chennai's historical charm. The holy Kapaleeshwar Temple is your first stop. It is right in the middle of the Mylapore district. This architectural masterpiece has a stunning 37-meter gopuram at its entrance, which is an awe-inspiring sight that marks the start of your cultural journey. 2) Agraharam and Brahmin Lifestyle Experience: As you enter the revered Agraharam, you will continue your journey through the complex tapestry of Hindu history. Explore the timeless appeal of old Hindu traditions and buildings, taking in the peaceful atmosphere and cultural wealth that these places give off. One of the best things about this stop is the chance to enjoy real, delicious filter coffee that was made with great care by Brahmins. 3) Pattinapakkam Fish Market: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of one of Chennai's renowned fish markets, bustling with diverse varieties of fresh fish and stalls frying them on-site. 4) Fort St. George & Government Museum: Explore the historic British-built Fort St. George housing the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and a museum showcasing artefacts depicting Chennai's history and colonial era. 5) Marina Beach: Take a scenic drive along Marina Beach, which is India's longest urban shore, to keep exploring. Take in the stunning scenery as you watch the colorful fabric of local life play out against the blue waters. Enjoy the chance to go on horseback rides along the shore, a popular activity that gives you a unique view of this famous place. 6) Santhome Cathedral Basilica: Visit this monumental cathedral built over the tomb of one of Jesus's apostles, showcasing the ancient roots of Christianity in India. 7) St. George's Cathedral: Experience peace and serenity in this South Indian cathedral renowned for its architecture and tranquil ambience. Conclude your half day of exploration and culture by being dropped off at your hotel, railway station, or airport. Discover the vibrant tapestry of Chennai's history, spirituality, and culinary delights in a single day!

Chennai Walking Tour ( 2 hours guided tour)

6. Chennai Walking Tour ( 2 hours guided tour)

Welcome to a journey that invites you to explore Chennai from a unique perspective. Our Guided Walking Tour is a gateway to the heart and soul of this vibrant city, where history, culture, and local life come to life through every step you take. Our experienced guides will lead you through the labyrinth of bustling streets, hidden alleys, and enchanting courtyards, revealing the hidden stories, traditions, and secrets of Chennai. You'll uncover the rich tapestry of the city's history as you visit historic sites, architectural marvels, and iconic landmarks that have witnessed the passage of time. But this tour is not just about the past; it's a chance to connect with the living culture of Chennai. You'll have the opportunity to engage with locals, witness daily life, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere. Whether it's chatting with street vendors, sampling local delicacies, or simply observing the rhythms of the bustling markets, you'll become a part of Chennai's fabric. Our Guided Walking Tour is designed to offer a perfect balance of history, culture, and local experiences. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a culture lover, or a curious traveler, this tour provides an enriching and immersive exploration of Chennai.

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

7. Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Starting in Chennai, you'll be transported to Mahabalipuram, famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially its stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the magnificent 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. In addition, you’ll also visit the 7th-century Five Rathas shrine, also known as Pancha Rathas. After visiting Mahabalipuram you'll stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the "golden city of a thousand temples" and is also one of the 7 sacred cities of India. The city has some grand and majestic buildings that reflect the architectural experiments undertaken by different dynasties ruling the city over the centuries. Visit historic spots like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareswara Temple. All of these are excellent specimens of the architectural splendor of the medieval period.   

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Chennai Walk of Divinity (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

9. Chennai Walk of Divinity (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

This walk is very different because when we go on any tour, we are exploring and experiencing places and things that are outside, but on this tour we will be taking a journey inwards and you will explore the very life within, it could be a life changing experience if you decide to take it in the right perspective. Connect the dots of spirituality, religion and science to make sense and go beyond the framework of logic, an experience designed to elevate your spiritual journey. Marundeeswarar Temple - temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva in form of Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. Temple has dravidian architecture and has been a place of curative worship for people with diseases.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Manikanda Perumal was our tour guide, he did an absolutely amazing job! We got to see 3 different temples, and he explained everything so clearly, we left well educated. He taught us about each God, explained each practice and how to pray/worship each God and their symbols. Highly recommend this tour! :)

I had an amazing tour at night of three beautiful temples. The guide was friendly and informative, speaking great English. I learnt a lot about the culture and Hinduism and would highly recommend this tour. Very safe, very affordable and explains everything you need to know about the temples in Chennai.

The tour is well balanced with the Fort, church, walk in the street, coffee... The Guide was very nice with a great knowlage in history of Chennai, South India and other Regions of India. He took time answering our questions. Very good experience.

Excellent tour of the temple and surrounding areas. Had committed 2 hours but spent 3 hours gauging our interest. Introduced us to the local milk-based beverage 'jigarthanda' and recommended some nice Chettinad restaurants.

Brilliant tour of Madurai - we only had one day to see everything and this was perfect! The modes of transport were fun and easy, with a super knowledgeable tour guide at the palace and the temple. Would recommend.