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Kollywood: Tamil Cinema in Chennai

Kollywood: Tamil Cinema in Chennai

Many travelers to India have heard of Bollywood, but how about Kollywood? This is moviemaking, South India style. Second only to Mumbai in terms of the number of Indian films produced, Chennai’s Kodambakkam district is the top destination for Kollywood movies. Read on to learn more.

What is Kollywood?

Kollywood is cinema produced in the Tamil language, and the hub of the Tamil film industry is the lively city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s not just in India that Kollywood movies are popular—they’re actually well known across Southeast Asia.

Ways to Experience Kollywood

The best way to get to know the Tamil movie-making scene is on a guided behind-the-scenes tour of a Kodambakkam film set. On a Kollywood tour, you'll see Tamil movie-making in process with a tour guide as you visit the film studios and meet actors and technicians. At the end of the visit, you may see Tamil movie dance choreography in action or even learn a move or two yourself. 

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Private 3-Day Tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur with one-way Commercial Flight

Private 3-Day Tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur with one-way Commercial Flight

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Cap your time in Bangalore with a 3-day private Golden Triangle tour to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur that frees you from organizing your own transport, hotels, or guides. After flying to Delhi, enjoy a city tour before heading to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and on to Jaipur. The tour includes your flight and two nights’ accommodation, and ends back in Delhi, from where you continue your travels independently.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$604.00
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$604.00
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2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

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Experience the splendor of the Taj Mahal and its surrounding historic monuments with this private two-day tour from Chennai, complete with airfare and hotel lodging. During the course of your trip, you'll not only get to see the Taj Mahal, the nearby Agra Fort, and the Taj-view gardens of Mehtab Bagh, but you'll also have plenty of time for shopping for local handicrafts.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$572.00
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$572.00
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

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Get a primer on Pallava-style architecture on this full-day private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Benefit from personal attention and the ability to travel at your own pace while visiting the Ekambareswar and Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
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$140.40
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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.67
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Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

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Chennai is full of old heritage buildings, from ancient Pallava-era temples to colonial-era churches and public buildings constructed under British rule. This tour takes you to some of the most interesting structures, from the 7th-century Kapaleeswarar Temple to the 20th-century Ripon Building, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$37.44
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Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

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Explore Chennai's Mylapore neighborhood with a local guide and learn about the rituals of daily life, hear stories of gods and demons, and gain a deeper understanding of local customs and traditions. This popular walking tour showcases the highlights and the history of this incredible city and is not to be missed.
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  • 3 hours
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$26.14
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$26.14

Pondicherry day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Pondicherry day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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Take a trip to Pondicherry, a charming, laid-back seaside town with a unique Franco-Tamil culture. See the city’s lovely architecture, and enjoy its delicious food, gentle sea breeze and laidback pace of life.
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  • 12 hours
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$144.00
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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$45.60
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$45.60
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Ancient Temples Tour in Chennai

Ancient Temples Tour in Chennai

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Chennai is home to some of India's most beautiful examples of Dravidian temple architecture, and you'll get to see some of the city's finest with this tour of sacred and religious sites. Highlights include the Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Mylapore), which dates back some 300 years and the even older Sri Parthasarathy Temple (Triplicane), which was first established way back in the 8th century.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$33.51
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Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour with Breakfast

Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour with Breakfast

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Explore the best of Chennai's cultural hub of Mylapore with this heritage-themed walking tours. You'll meet your guide bright and early and have a traditional breakfast before heading on to see some of the area's most interesting and historically significant sites. Highlights include visits to San Thome Basilica, the temple of Ramakrishna Math, and the 7th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple, the most famous temple in town.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$74.67
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Walking Tour Chennai

Walking Tour Chennai

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Experience authentic Chennai on this amazing walking tour of the old town with our fun and entertaining storytellers. This walking tour will give you a great induction of the city, its history, its vibrant culture, and its people with lots of wonderful stories about the city, fun facts and must do things in the city. Our walks are blend of historical elucidation and curious anecdote laced with mildly scurrilous talk about past and present celebrities and defunct royals. We will cover some of the city highlights along with hidden places and forgotten nooks of the old city during the walk.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.98
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$12.98

Bazaar Trail Walking Tour in George Town

Bazaar Trail Walking Tour in George Town

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See the eclectic marketplaces and colorful bazaars on this memorable walking tour of Chennai. Explore George Town and uncover the stories of daily life and local people as you listen to your friendly local guide share historical legends and old folklore. You'll navigate the crowded markets and narrow lanes as you experience the life of a local on this interactive and engaging tour that's not to be missed.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$26.14
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Full Day Tour of Chennai with Guide and Lunch

Full Day Tour of Chennai with Guide and Lunch

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Spend your day exploring Chennai's cultural hub of Mylapore, with this day tour. Your morning will be spent visiting the iconic 7th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple and the San Thome Basilica, followed by a traditional South Indian lunch in a local restaurant and visit the shrine at Ramakrishna Math, followed by a visit to the 17th-century Fort Saint George before returning to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$95.00
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Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home

Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home

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Immerse yourself in Indian life and culture on this culinary tour in a local home in Chennai. Learn to prepare several South Indian vegetarian dishes, then sit down with your group and enjoy in the traditional way: on banana leaves. Dishes may include vegetable curry, sambar, rasam, or dosas. You'll learn much more about Indian cooking and culinary culture during this experience than you would by eating in local restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
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$56.16
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Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece on this full day tour from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Then experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$70.27
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Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

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- Young Archaeologist curation, Mesmerising narration, unheard stories, unseen places. - 4 Dimensional perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$72.96
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$72.96
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Small-Group Guided Food Trail in the Sowcarpet Market

Small-Group Guided Food Trail in the Sowcarpet Market

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Chennai’s tourist menus won’t give you a true perspective on the everyday foods enjoyed by locals. Step forward on this small-group walking tour of the Sowcarpet Market: where a multitude of stalls serve the staples that keep Chennaites sustained. Let a guide navigate the market so you don’t get lost, taste popular foods at tried-and-trusted stands, and get the full lowdown on local delicacies that you wouldn’t hear on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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$30.94
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$30.94

Tour of Mamallapuram from Chennai

Tour of Mamallapuram from Chennai

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Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. Situated one and a half hour away from the capital city of Chennai, this city is known for its colossal temples and monuments many of which date back to 7th and 8th centuries. The most prominent of these is the seafront Shore Temple that comprises of 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.  Well, our guide not only knows the local language but will make every effort to understand your likes and preferences before starting your trip of the temple city.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$166.40
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$166.40
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Private 2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

Private 2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

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Visit India’s most iconic structure, the Taj Mahal, on this 2-day private tour from Pune to Agra. Enjoy comfort and convenience with all flights, transfers, and transportation arranged and included in the price of the tour. Visit the highlights of Agra such as the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, local markets and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$552.00
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2-Night Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour from Cruise Port

2-Night Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour from Cruise Port

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Experience this 2-night and 3-days overland adventure that gives you the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal, India's most famous architectural wonder. After pick-up from Port you’ll fly to Delhi and driven to the bustling streets of Agra where you’ll see the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. This guided tour gives you insight into Agra, a city famous for its Unesco World Heritage sites which include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh Garden. The private tour includes either 5 star and 4 star accommodation (depending on option selected when booking), domestic flights, private car and driver, private local tour guides, breakfast, all entrance fees and bottled water.
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  • 3 days
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$852.00
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Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

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Visit the Taj Mahal and make it back to Chennai in time for bed with this whirlwind trip to India's most celebrated monument. You'll get up bright and early and fly up to Delhi, where you'll be ferried by private car straight to Agra. After a morning visit to the Taj Mahal, you'll get the chance to see one of the city's other main attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, with a little time for shopping thrown in before returning to Chennai.
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  • 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$392.00
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$392.00
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Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

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Gallic culture and history is alive and well in the old French colony of Pondicherry, a short day trip from Chennai. With this day tour, you'll not only get to walk through the historic old city, but you'll also get to visit Auroville, a gargantuan international community that has been bringing generations of people from around the world to live together in harmony since it was founded in the 1960s.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.84
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$180.84
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1-Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

1-Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

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Pickup around at 4am from any of the city Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune Hotel or Anywhere and transfer to airport to board your flight to Delhi and 3-Hrs drive to Agra. We visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and After Agra Sightseeing 3-Hrs drive to Delhi and depart at Delhi Airport flight to any of the city Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune. Arrival airport and drop at your location.
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  • 18 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$484.00
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$484.00
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Follow in the footsteps of St Thomas - a Private Pilgrimage Tour in Chennai

Follow in the footsteps of St Thomas - a Private Pilgrimage Tour in Chennai

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Your private tour will follow the footsteps of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus.  You will visit the Basilica of San Thome as well as St Thomas Mount where he was killed.  This has been a well known Christian pilgrimage site for centuries. After the tour, lunch will be included at a local restaurant. Highlights • San Thome Basilica • Ancient image of Our Blessed Mother • Cave at Little Mount to see prints of St Thomas
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.00
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$157.00
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