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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) Tours

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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Reminiscent of the Mayan ruins in Central America, a complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth century Pallava dynasty along the coast two hours south of Chennai. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram’s (Mamallapuram) most iconic landmark, consists of two intricately carved towers standing watch over the Bay of Bengal. With shrines dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, the temple is considered one of the oldest in India. The nearby Panch Pandava Rathas, five stone shrines each carved from a single piece of rock, clearly display the astounding talent of the ancient stonemasons who built them.

Besides the monolithic stone shrines and temples, the town of Mahabalipuram gives travelers a sun-and-sand escape from the clamor of nearby Chennai. Get an early start to tour the stone monuments in the morning before the heat and domestic tourists descend; and spend your afternoon lazing on the wide, sandy beach and snacking on freshly prepared seafood at a beachside restaurant.
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Nolen Gur Getaways – Wellness, Food, Nature & History Trails

A wellness retreat can act as an escape, so unwind & relax in traditional eco-stays in OFF-BEAT locations with 'local, healthy, nutritionist planned meals'. Enjoy AYATANA Signature Therapies that focus on rejuvenating the body through the relaxation of the mind.
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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  • 3 to 9 hours
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Day Trips

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai

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 Kailashnath temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, you'll 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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  • 13 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Mahabalipuram, the seaside Tamil Nadu city famous for its UNESCO-listed rock-cut caves and monuments. See impressive, three-dimensional illustrations of the Mahabharata—India’s national epic—cut from colossal stones, and marvel at the ancient coastal Shore Temple. Tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Full Day Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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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  • 11 to 12 hours
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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Mahabalipuram Mania

The Group of monuments is a world Heritage site recognised by UNESCO. It is a treat to the eyes and a also provides a plethora of information about the ancient culture and tradition. It is a must see place for people who visit south India.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Chennai Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Temples and Caves Private Day Trip

Admire the ancient Hindu shrines of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram on a private day trip from Chennai. Journey to Mahabalipuram, famous for its 7th- and 8th-century stone temples, and explore its highlights, including the Mahishasurmardini Caves, seaside Shore Temple, and Pancha Rathas, as you discover their history. After lunch (own expense), visit Kanchipuram, one of India’s main pilgrimage centers, to see its Kailasanatha and Ekambareshvara temples, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours

Cultural Tours

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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century. Local legend has it that there was once a beautiful city here with seven temples, which the Gods submerged under the sea in anger.until in 2002, an Indo-British team of divers discovered a series of man-made structures under water, covering an area of several square miles.Today at Mamallapuram, you can see the famous Shore Temple, the only surviving temple out of the original seven (the rest have sunk under the sea). The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

Day Trip to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Visit Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a private tour from Chennai that includes door-to-door transport, lunch, and all entrance fees. Travel by private car and spend the day exploring temples and a seashell museum in a scenic town, with a personal guide who will tailor the day to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Walking Tours

Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

Go behind the scenes in the history-filled coastal city of Mamallapuram on this guided walking tour. Learn the mythological legends behind UNESCO-listed attractions like Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas, which are based on stories from India’s national epic, the Mahabharata. You’ll also get a peek at the Shore Temple, a seaside Vishnu and Shiva shrine built in a Dravidian style.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Poetry in Stones - Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

There is no reason or season to experiences the extraordinary sculptural creations of poetry in stone that stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architectural monuments at Mahabalipuram
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Half Day Tour Mahabalipuram History Walk

Mahabalipuram is a 7th century Port city which is an UNESCO monument located near the seashore. The section will be interactive and fun, we will be talking about history, culture and of course i'll answer your curious questions about the mahabalipuram, once in a while i'll ask you for a pose, sometimes i click you candid. of-course i will tell you the story of Mahabalipuram and all it's monuments. finally, we will be experiencing the sunset with some stunning pictures.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Tamil Nadu Temples Tour Package from Chennai

South India Tours and Travels welcomes you to feel the divine by visiting religious places in Tamilnadu that starts from chennai and ends at trivandrum in 12 days.
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  • 12 days
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  • 12 days
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Full-Day Mahabalipuarm Tour from Chennai (Madras)

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Mamallapuram, celebrated for its beautiful old architecture and lovely seaside surrounds, with this private tour from Chennai. Your guide will pick you up from Chennai bright and early and take you to the site, where you'll have plenty of time to explore the massive site. Highlights include the Pancha Rathas rock-cut temples, the Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa cave temple and Krishna's Butter Ball.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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South India Tour Packages from Chennai to Goa - 23 Days

South India Tours and Travels welcomes you to experience this majestic subcontinent. South India Tour starts in Chennai. Mahabalipuram, which is famous for its UNESCO world heritage monuments. Your next stop will be at a French city, Pondicherry. Experience an architectural therapy with UNESCO monument of Thanjavur. You will now drive to the Tiruchirapalli, known as Rock fort City. Have a divine trip in this city. Continue your journey to Madurai Cultural Tour. Start your drive to ‘God’s own country’ – Kerala, explore the wildlife activities in Thekkady. Then move backwaters of Kerala namely Kumarakom and Alleppey. Take a long stride to Ooty, the famous hill station in the Western Ghats. Experience the rich heritage tour in Mysore. Karnataka welcomes you to experience the majestic Chalukya & Hoysala architectural kingdoms in Hampi. Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami are on par with Hampi with attractions galore. Your Tour ends up with a relax Beach Tour in Goa.
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  • 23 days
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  • 23 days
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Mahabalipuram Tour

The Tour is provided by reliable licenced Drivers & Guides to ensure your safety. It is totally flexible and can be altered as per your requirements. Group type: Private
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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4 Days Jewel of South India Trail from Chennai

An escort rider who is also a cultural evangelist navigates the Indian traffic for you so you can enjoy the experience with peace of mind.
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

A fun tour with a combination of temple run and refreshing beach. After exploring the temples and the Mahabalipuram beach, just relax at the beach and visit plenty of ancient temples which were carved out of large monoliths and an wonder of ancient Indian mastery over stone.Professional surfers can try surfing also as the waters are very rough, however it is on guests own endeavor and nothing to do with our tour.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours

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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

You can easily spend a full day exploring Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram's marvellous temples, caves and rock carvings. Most were carved from the rock during the 7th-century reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, whose nickname Mamalla (Great Wrestler) gave the town its name. Official Archaeological Survey of India guides can be hired at sites.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trips

Private Full-Day Mahabalipuram History Tour from Chennai

Visit the complex of stone temples that remain from the Pallava dynasty on this 8-hour tour of Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) from Chennai, including round-trip transport. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shore Temple, along with Arjuna’s Penance and Panch Pandava Rathas. Explore the famous rock carvings and architecture before spending some free time at a nearby beach.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Cultural Tours

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2 Day Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

The tour is conducted on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle which is the best way to explore these parts of India. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Multi-day Tours

7-Night Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Enjoy a comprehensive experience of Tamil Nadu’s impressive history and culture on this week-long adventure. After a convenient airport or rail station pickup, visit popular attractions like the National Art Gallery in Chennai, the Botanical Garden of Pondicherry, and Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Trichy. Enjoy seven nights of complimentary 4-star accommodations, breakfast, and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Cultural Tours

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Chennai to Pondicherry (2 Days)

In this two days private tour you will visit Kanchipuram the city of thousands temples and one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centers for the Hindus. Mahabalipuram the ancient 7th century port famous for its magnificent rock temples & carvings. You will stay overnight in Pondicherry the distinct French colonial town with well-laid out streets and avenues. The city presents an unusual combination of European culture and the Indian traditions. An added attraction here is the township of Auroville, an oasis of peace and enlightenment.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Historical & Heritage Tours

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10 Days Tamilnadu & Kerala Cultural tour from Chennai by Wonder tours

The Cultural tour in Tamilnadu and Kerala give you a unique experience.Explore the rain forests, green tea plantations, spices, beautiful sea beaches, exotic wildlife, attractive temples, serene backwaters, ayurvedic & yoga centers with the exclusive 10 Days Tamilnadu and Kerala tour packages offered by Wonder tours. Experience the ultimate beauty of South India like Kerala and Tamil Nadu in just 10 days. The coastal lines of sea with palm trees alongside draws the attention of the tourists from all over the world.
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  • 10 days
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