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Day Trips

Pondicherry Sightseeing Tour Including Transportation to Chennai

Take a day trip from Chennai to visit Pondicherry and Auroville, two of South India’s most exciting sites. Skip the hassles of arranging your own transportation and settle back and relax during this action-packed private tour, which makes stops in the French quarter, Ganesh Temple, and the Bay of Bengal seafront. Enjoy free time to wander at your own pace, and pick up some French baguettes for lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 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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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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Pondicherry day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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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  • 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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Local Heritage and Architecture Tour of Chennai (Madras)

Discover the heritage of Chennai (Madras) on a 5-hour tour that features the diverse architecture found in the city. You'll see prime examples of Indo-Saracenic style, which flourished in the 19th century as British architects combined Britain Gothic styles with India's Indo-Islamic architecture. Includes pickup and drop-off, and private transportation.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Private Tour: Overnight Pondicherry Tour from Chennai

Make the most of your journey to India with this two-day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai. Travel in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle as you make your way to iconic temples, French-influenced architecture and the avant-garde community of Auroville. This memorable journey showcases the best of Pondicherry, once of India’s most scenic cities.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

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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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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour to Kanchipuram from Chennai

Get to know one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centers and oldest Indian cities, Kanchipuram, on this private tour from Chennai. Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace with a guide dedicated just to you and your private party. Learn about the history, culture, and architecture of the ancient city and visit some of the saree-weavers that give Kanchipuram the name "Silk City."
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 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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Cultural Tours

Kanchipuram - Ancient Temples Tour from Chennai

Kanchipuram, known as the “City of a Thousand Temples,” is one of India’s seven holy cities. Visit five different temples on this convenient day trip from Chennai, which includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable, private vehicle. Get a peek at local masterpieces, including a thousand-pillared sculpted hall and buildings from the Pallava and Vijayanagar dynasties, all in one whirlwind visit.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Day Trips

Full-Day Temple Tour of Kanchipuram from Chennai

Kanchipuram—the city of a thousand temples—is famous for its Hindu shrines and silk-woven saris. Enjoy a full-day journey to the ancient temple town on this guided private tour from Chennai. Learn the histories behind some of the city’s most sacred sites and thriving heirloom industry, and admire dazzling garments made from pure mulberry silk and gold thread.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

Kanchipuram temples & Silk Saree weaving, Day Trip from Chennai

Explore a medieval kingdom’s capital and visit its renowned sari makers on this all-day tour. After a convenient pickup from your Chennai hotel, travel by private vehicle or your own motorcycle to Kanchipuram. Stop by two architecturally significant 7th-century temples before immersing yourself in the craft of sari-making. Meet a weaver and see how traditional looms are used to transform mulberry threads into gorgeous garments.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
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Cultural Tours

St Thomas tour in Chennai

Explore Chennai by following in the footsteps of St. Thomas on this full-day tour. Learn about the history of Christianity in Chennai through visits to local religious landmarks such as the cave in the Little Mount, the handprints of St. Thomas, St. Thomas Mount, and the St. Thome Basilica. Listen to guided commentary as you travel detailing the influence St. Thomas had on the city and the country of India as a whole between AD52 and AD72.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

Tour to Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Santhome Church and Parthasarathy Temple

Explore several of Chennai’s most must-see religious landmarks during this three-for-one guided tour. Admire the Dravidian architecture of world-famous, 7th-century Kapaleeshwarar Temple, follow worshippers to bustling Parthasarathy Temple, and learn about the city’s Portuguese heritage at St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica. Tours include hotel pick-up and drop-off in a private air-conditioned vehicle for added comfort.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Private Chennai City Tour with Fort St George and Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Benefit from the undivided attention of your guide and the ability to travel at your own pace through Chennai on this private tour. You'll check all of the famous landmarks off your list, including the Government Museum, Fort St. George, the Lord Shiva Temple, and the Kapaleeshwar Temple. As you travel, listen to in-depth historical and cultural commentary from your guide and enjoy the time to ask as many questions as you like.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Chennai to Mahabalipuram One Day Trip

Mahabalipuram is a perfect day trip from bustling Chennai, but navigating the public transport system to reach the coastal attraction independently is challenging. On this tour, begin with a pickup at your Chennai hotel and reach Mahabalipuram with ease. Discover ancient sites like Arjuna's Penance, and admire historic artworks dating back to the Pallava dynasty.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Cultural Tours

Morning Expedition of Cultural Chennai

One of the most favoured cultural destinations in India, Chennai is a dream holiday destination. Through this morning tour, you get to the heart of Chennai’s local culture comprising of art, spirituality and cuisine. Join in an early morning Hindu prayer ceremony at an ancient temple which is said to have healing powers; get a close view of the classical dance movements as well as other traditional arts at a prestigious dance academy; take delicious bites of a highly-celebrated traditional South Indian breakfast, the best way to start the day in local style.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Visit The Temples Of Chennai

Thousands of temples with lofty towers dot the skyline of the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. These temples are torchbearers of the glorious heritage of the Tamil speaking region, and are repositories of the magnificent art forms that have evolved over several centuries. Visit four such temples of Chennai on this half-day tour.Highlights:• Kapaleeshwarar Temple • Vadapalani Murugan Temple• Shirdi Sai Baba Temple• ISKCON Temple
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Movie & TV Tours

Kollywood tour about Tamil Movie making in Chennai

Kollywood experience is a "behind the scenes" tour of the Tamil film industry which is more than a 100 years old.  Guests get to meet and interact with actors and technicians of the Film Industry. They will have an escorted tour to  Film studios, behind the camera movie shooting and a movie theatre as well. The tour ends with an experience of Tamil movie dance choreography to see how Tamil songs are being choreographed
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Tour to Besant Nagar Beach, Theosophical Society & Kalakshetra in Chennai

Visit the beaches and gardens of Chennai, and discover the natural side of this bustling Indian city on this sightseeing tour. Following a pickup at your Chennai hotel, spin to pretty Besant Nagar Beach and admire sweeping views over the coastal scenery. With your guide to lead the way, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Huddleston Gardens and explore the local music scene at the Kalakshetra Dance School.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Chennai - Ancient Temples Tour

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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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Total Chennai Full Day Tour

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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  • 8 hours
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