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  • Location:Chennai, India
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

Enjoy a private cultural tour from Channai to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra that showcases traditional South Indian culture, architecture and religion. Join your expert guide in comfortable air-conditioned transport as you make your way to a Dravidian (South Indian) village. See local artisans at work and gain insight into customs and traditions before wandering the halls of its small but impressive museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before making a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Mahabalipuram. Experience the splendor of impressive rock-cut sculptures and decorated temples that offer up striking examples of Dravidian architecture. Transport to and from 
hotel is also included in this daylong tour with expert local guide from Chennai. 


  • Private cultural tour of Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai
  • See traditional customs first-hand at the preserved Dravidian village of Dakshinachitra
  • Browse local workshops and see artisans crafting pottery, weaving silk and making baskets
  • Enjoy an authentic Indian lunch
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mahabalipuram to explore its rock-cut cave temples and structures
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

Arjuna's Penance Monument in Mahabalipuram

Meet your guide during pickup from your Chennai hotel and travel 18 miles (29 km) in air-conditioned comfort to the village of Dakshinachitra. Gain a unique perspective of the traditional Dravidian way of life as you explore this quaint location whose name means 
‘A Picture of the South’.

Wander through traditional Indian homes, visit the open-air museum and learn about local crafts and customs of a visit to one of the workshops. Kids will enjoy the traditional theater performances, and watching artisans at work creating baskets, pottery, weaving 
silk and crafting handmade puppets. 

Travel in comfort 14.5 miles (23.3 km) to what is now called Mamallapuram. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is home to rock-cut statues that date back as far as the 7th century. Recognized as some of the oldest examples of Dravidian architecture, these well-preserved artifacts were built in honor of Hindu gods. 

Follow your guide into several unique cave temples where you will find sculpted reliefs of Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Butterball and Five Rathas. Gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist influence and the historical significance of these sites.

Keep hunger at bay with a traditional Indian lunch between stops and travel with your guide back to your Chennai hotel at the end of your full-day sightseeing tour. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Guide was super friendly and very knowledgeable. Especially good if you don't have much time in Chennai, but want to get a taste of something other than the city itself. We are glad we did it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I enjoyed the visit a lot and specially that the guide was so expert and he gave me lots of information about the place. It was a well organised journey to that must see place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Very nice en compete tour! Very nice and friendly guide! Nice restaurant, no problems, thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Great day out!

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2014

This was very interesting to see, a couple+ hours out of town with good photo ops.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2013

The tour guide was exceptional but the back end service was appalling. First , they did not contact me to reconfirm my tour although i had sent them an email to reconfirm my tour. In their reply to my email they said someone from their Chennai office will contact me and I waited until one day before tour and still no contact. I had to call Delhi long distance to confirm my tour. Slack service . The only positive was that the guide they gave us was outstanding.

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