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  • Location:Chennai, India
  • Duration:6-7 hours

Private Art and Culture Tour: Kalakshetra in Chennai with Lunch

Visit the celebrated arts academy Kalakshetra with a private guide on a 6-hour tour in Chennai. Established in 1936 by visionary dancer Rukmini Devi, the Kalakshetra school continues to nurture Indian classical musicians, dancers and other artists. Your expert guide leads you through divisions such as the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts,  the Craft Education and Research Center, and the Rukmini Devi Museum, providing informative commentary about the school and the arts taught there. Your private tour includes lunch, and private transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off.


  • Private tour of Kalakshetra in Chennai
  • Explore a cultural academy dedicated to the preservation of Indian art with your expert English-speaking guide
  • Discover India's incredible aptitude for fine art, music, dance and theater on visits to several departments
  • Admire the students’ work displayed in arts and crafts exhibitions and dance performances
  • Dine on a traditional lunch of Indian specialties in a local popular restaurant
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle

What You Can Expect

Private Art and Culture Tour: Kalakshetra in Chennai with Lunch

Bharata Natyam Dance

Your private tour starts with morning pickup from your Chennai hotel. Meet your guide and enjoy a comfortable ride in a private, air-conditioned vehicle as you head to Kalakshetra, the celebrated arts institution that aims to preserve and promote traditional Indian arts.

When you arrive at the school, follow your guide on a walk around the tranquil, tree-shaded campus. Learn about the history of the academy, which was founded in 1936 by the renowned dancer and choreographer Rukmini Devi Arundale and her husband. Your guide takes you through the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts while explaining the classes offered and the tradition of gurukul — meaning students live in close proximity to their gurus or teachers. The academy teaches students of all ages and castes to study and develop their talent in dance, music, theater and fine arts.

Your guide takes you to the Craft and Education Research Center where you might see a traditional Bharata Natyam dance performance and view student exhibitions of arts and crafts. Then admire the collection of paintings, sculptures and fabrics in the Rukmini Devi Museum.

At the end of your comprehensive tour of Kalakshetra, your guide takes you to a popular local restaurant for a lunch of traditional Indian cuisine. After approximately six hours, your guide returns you to your hotel in Chennai where your tour ends in mid-afternoon.
From USD $ 45.00

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