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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

1. 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: Mahabalipuram Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

We had a fairly large group of 13, varying ages and accompanying stamina levels. While there was a fair amount of walking, only one site had significant amount of stairs. You could enjoy the area without taking the stairs. The guide, Kannan, was knowledgeable, open to any questions we had and thoroughly shared information of the various areas we visited. The mini bus used was very comfortable and the driver and assistant were good as well as friendly. Overall I give this tour company a high rating for knowledge, communication, choice of lunch stops, no hard sell to visit stores and its ability to assist me above and beyond the normal duties of a tour company.

It was a very positive experience. Pick up was sharp. Dhanalakshmi was very jovial and took care of my parents the entire trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and made the extra effort to explain the historical significances outside the scope of Mahabalipuram as well. The driver and the entire team was equally professional. Thanks and great wishes for the 5 senses team!!

Excellent tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Couldn’t have asked for a better tour. Took time to explain things. Would definitely use this company again.

One hour comfortable drive under the blue sky. A world heritage world created by shaving rocky mountains.

Well organised trip, very knowledgeable guides and amazing sights, well worth the trip.