Tour code: 5353MAAPVTCITY
First time in Chennai? Make the most of a private guide and flexible itinerary on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Unveil the secrets of Chennai’s rich history and heritage as you tour the fascinating Government Museum and admire the 17th-century Fort St George. Then, keep your camera poised as you drive along the scenic Marina Beach and visit the stunning Kapaleeshwar Temple.

Highlights

  • 4-hour private sightseeing tour of Chennai
  • Learn about Chennai's history from your guide at the Fort St George, the oldest English fortress in India
  • Browse art and antique exhibits at the Government Museum
  • Discover Chennai’s religious heritage at 7th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple
  • Marvel at the beautiful landscape as you drive along Marina Beach
  • Round-trip transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple

Government Museum

You’ll be picked up from your Chennai hotel in the morning and taken on a sightseeing tour by private vehicle. Visit Fort St George, the oldest English fortress in India, founded in 1644. Learn how it now serves as the headquarters for the legislative assembly of the state of Tamil Nadu.

Inside, tour St Mary's Church, Wellesley House and the Fort Museum, where you’ll see relics from British rule in India including weapons, coins, medals and uniforms.

Then, head to the Indo-Saracenic-style Government Museum (also called the Madras Museum), which is the second-oldest museum in India and houses the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe!

With your guide, browse an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures, both traditional and modern, and explore diverse exhibits featuring archaeological findings, coins, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings, as well as rare works from famous Indian artists like Raja Ravi Varma.

Afterward, drive to Kapaleeshwar Temple, built in the 7th century and dedicated to the goddess Shiva. Learn about its Dravidian architecture, which is evident in its gopuram (ornate monumental tower).

Before returning to your hotel, drive along Marina Beach for fantastic views of Chennai’s beautiful landscape.

Customer Reviews

Robin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We enjoyed our tour! Our guide and driver were very attentive and courteous. They even worked it out to pick us up at the port and then drop us off at the airport. We highly recommend using Viatour. They have many options and will work for you from all over the world!

mariewuji

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2016

It was a good tour. I had a very knowledgeable and professional young lady as a guide, a nice car and driver and the tour was worthwhile. I saw a lot in four hours. It will not have been the same, doing it on my own.

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