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

Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum

Experience the wonders of Chennai on this private sightseeing tour. Visit popular landmarks like Fort St George, Madras High Court, the Ripon Building and Government Museum while you explore the capital city of Tamil Nadu with your expert guide. Learn to spot traditional Dravidian (South Indian) and colonial European influences in local architecture and uncover the religious diversity that makes this city so unique. Visit San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeshwar Temple and wander through the stunning beauty of the local flower market as you gain a true appreciation for this colorful city. 


  • Private sightseeing tour of Chennai with an English-speaking guide
  • Discover Chennai's architectural diversity and history with visits to Fort St George, the Government Museum, the Madras High Court and the Ripon Building
  • Visit San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeshwar Temple and learn about Chennai's religious culture
  • Enjoy the beautiful and colorful sights of Chennai as you drive along Marina Beach and stroll through a flower market
  • Indulge in an authentic Indian lunch served on a banana leaf
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum

San Thome Basilica

Your local guide will meet you in your Channai hotel and transport you in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle through the streets of the capital city of the Tamil Nadu state. Check out the architectural highlights and learn about the influence of Dravidian 
and colonial styles on some of the city’s most iconic buildings. Your guide will provide unique insights, stories and trivia to keep you engaged and entertained. 

Make a stop of the first English fortress in India. Founded in 1644, Fort St George is the modern-day home of the state’s legislative assembly. Tour St Mary’s Church, the Fort Museum and Wellesley House and learn about British rule through informative exhibits and artifacts. 

Explore the galleries of the Government Museum, which is the second-oldest museum in the country. Home to the largest collection of Roman antiques outside of Europe, travelers will get an up close look at coins, sculptures and rare works of art while their guide provides commentary. 

Enjoy a typical Indian meal at a local restaurant before heading to the Kapaleeshwar Temple. Built in the 7th century to honor of the Hindu goddess Shiva, the well-decorated tower known as a gopuram is a perfect example of Dravidian architecture. 

Afterwards, tour the Indo-Saracenic-style Madras High Court and the Ripon Building. Check out colorful ceilings and stained-glass work that showcase elements from Ionic, Corinthian and Gothic architecture. Make a stop at the popular flower market, where colorful blooms and ripe fruits are for sale before heading back to your hotel with your guide. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was excellent. Both guide and driver were very knowledgeable, spoke good English and made sure we had seen everything on the itinerary and some! Lunch was a great experience with good local vegetarian ingredients. Would recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Chennai.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The guide did an excellent job and told me in details what the fort,the peacock temple and the museum about.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Exceeded expectations. Guide really knew the detail history and his English was great.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

The guide was very knowledgeable! The driver was very reliable. I felt very safe at all times. I saw all the major attractions in Chennai and had a lovely lunch!
The problem is that they didn't arrive at the agreed time. In fact, I think that they forgot about me! Luckily the hotel staff helped me by calling the local agent Apollo and I think the tour was organized right there and then! I had tried to confirm the tour by email as advised but my email was never acknowledged. I suggest that you call the local agent and speak with someone directly and confirm the tour and pick-up time. It's well worth it!

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

After confirming the tour a week in advance, I was disappointed that the driver was not at the hotel to pick us up at 9 a.m., the pre-arranged meeting time. The hotel was wonderful and called the number that had been provided, only to find out that the number belonged to someone in New Delhi. That person gave the hotel another number to call that was based in Chennai, and contacted them to inform them that we were waiting on our driver. The driver then showed up an hour after the initially agreed upon time at 10 a.m.

We went to the Government Museum and our tour guide was terrific although based on her comments it was evident that the tour was put together at the last minute. She was extremely knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable. Unfortunately, it seemed that neither the driver nor the guide knew the itinerary. After the Government Museum, we went to the Kapaleeshwar Temple, and then to Fort St. George, followed by a late lunch. We were dropped back at the hotel by 3:30 p.m. which was a much shorter day than we had anticipated and paid for. We missed out on the experiences of visiting the Madras High Court, the Ripon Building, and the flower market that had been promised.

I was so disappointed, as this was our only day in Chennai for sightseeing and given my previous experiences with Viator, failed to meet my expectations.

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