Kapaleeshwar Temple Tours

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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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Address: North Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai, India
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Hours: Daily 5am-12pm & 4pm-8pm
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Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour in Chennai - India's Gateway to the South

Discover Chennai on this private half-day tour. Visit the oldest English fortress in India and learn about its role in contemporary Tamil Nadu. Head to the Government Museum and National Gallery to admire palm-leaf manuscripts, Amravati paintings, and rare works by celebrated artists like Raja Ravi Varma. Visit a 7th Century temple and enjoy a drive along Chennai’s beautiful waterfront.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chennai Private Cultural Visit: Art, Dance, Temples, Sarees and a Homemade Meal

This is a unique opportunity to explore Chennai's cultural elements during this private half-day tour with a local. Your friendly, funny host is Seetha, a true culture-lover. You will visit a local fine art and dance academy, take in the stunning Kapaleeswarar temple, shop for sarees and artifacts at boutiques, and then go to Seetha's home for a traditional South Indian meal.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Chennai with Kapaleeshwar Temple and San Thome Church

Explore Chennai with your own private guide on a full-day tour of the city. Your guide shows you important religious landmarks including the colorful Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the 17th-century St. Mary's Church, and the ornate San Thome Church. You'll also see the Ripon Building, Government Museum, and take a drive to Marina Beach where you can see the Bay of Bengal, which is part of the Indian Ocean. Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour from Chennai with Hotel Pickup

Explore Tamil Nadu's capital city on this private, 8-hour tour of Chennai, including round-trip transport. Visit top spots of Chennai with your private guide, such as San Thome Cathedral, the Government Museum, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and Fort St. George. Plus spend time on Marina Beach near the Bay of Bengal before calling it a day.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mylapore Heritage Walking Tour with Breakfast

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.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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7-Night Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu can be a good beginning for those who love soaking in some culture and learning about the past heritage, It has a great tradition of heritage and culture that developed over 2,000 years ago and still continues to flourish. This great cultural heritage evolved through the rule of dynasties that ruled the state during various phases of history in South India. Destinations: Chennai – Mamallapuram – Pondicherry – Chidambaram -Tanjore - Trichy – Madurai - Chennai
  • Duration: 8 days
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Mayilai Trail Walking tour by Wonder tours

During this walk, you will visit the temple in the company of our knowledgeable guide. We will also walk through the surrounding areas, where you can see Mylapore in all its crowded chaos. The jewellers, silk merchants, fruit and vegetable sellers and the flower vendors in the bazaars provide a colourful backdrop to the temple. The walk takes us through small lanes with old-style homes, through silk shops, stores selling music and religious memorablia, ‘kutcheri’ auditoriums, etc. At the end of the tour, we stop at the popular Saravana Bhavan for snacks and coffee.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Chennai With Marina Beach

Explore the highlights of Chennai on a private full-day tour with your own personal guide. Take in landmarks such as Fort St. George, the Government Museum, and Kapaleeshwarar Temple; then wind down at the Art Gallery of Chennai and Marina Beach. Learn about the history of the city and the British influence in Chennai along the way. Your tour includes private guide and driver, transport by air-conditioned vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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