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  • Address: North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai, India
  • Hours: Daily 5am-12pm & 4pm-8pm

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Kapaleeshwar Temple

Near the San Thome Cathedral in the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai sits the Kapaleeshwar Temple (spelled Kapaleeshwarar or Kapaleshwar too). The most impressive temple in the city by far, Kapaleeshwar honors the god Shiva with shrines dedicated to many other deities in the South Indian pantheon.

The working temple offers a good example of classical Dravidian architecture, with a stepped pyramid design blanketed in colorful statues of gods, demons, warriors and royalty. The detailing makes the temple exterior busy to the point where you don't quite know where to rest your eyes, but the structure is quite photogenic.

You're likely to see many more devotees than tourists at the temple, so you'll get a realistic insight into what modern temple worship looks like, particularly during the weekly Friday worship services. To avoid the crowds, show up at 6am when the temple first opens. If you want to see the temple at its most festive, plan your trip to coincide with the Arupathumoovar Festival in early March.

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Private Chennai Tour: San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Marina Beach and Ripon Building, ... 
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Private Chennai Tour: San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Marina Beach and Ripon Building

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Tour the beautifully and culture-rich city of Chennai on the Bay of Bengal. You will visit several religious sites including the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, ...  Read more

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

From USD $55.00
Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum, Art Gallery, Temple Kalakshetra and Beach, Chennai, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum, Art Gallery, Temple Kalakshetra and Beach

Explore the Chennai city on this day-trip. You will have the chance to visit one of the longest beaches in the world, Marina Beach. You will also catch a ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore, Chennai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Have you ever wondered why there are so many Gods in India? Or what the stars have to do with your future? As walking through the Mylapore neighborhood in ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $23.00
Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum, Chennai, Walking ... 
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Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum

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On this private sightseeing tour of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, discover the city’s architectural diversity with visits to popular landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.75
Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple, Chennai, ... 
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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple

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See Chennai’s historical and architectural gems on this half-day private sightseeing tour. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, and ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.50

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