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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Half day city tour of Chennai

See some of Chennai's top attractions in this half-day tour of the Tamil city. You'll get to see popular attractions including Fort St. George, the Cathedral of St. Thomas (in which the namesake saint's remains are interred), and the National Museum of Chennai, known for its bronze and stone sculptures.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Day Tour of 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.
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Mahabalipuarm Tour from Chennai (Madras)

Appreciate the temples, carving and natural beauty of Mamallapuram, home to some of the most outstanding examples of Dravidian art and architecture in the world, on this 8-hour tour which includes the Pancha Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, and Krishna's Butterball. Hotel pickup and drop-off, guide, private air-conditioned transportation, and entrance fees included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 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
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Day Excursion to Kancheepuram from Chennai

Kanchipuram or Kancheepuram, also known as Kanchi in short, is an ancient city in the Tamil Nadu state and is situated grossly two and a half hours from the capital city. Highly revered as a holy pilgrimage site by Hindus, Kanchi is home to many temples which have interesting fables and equally intriguing architectural attraction. The guided tour makes sure that you traverse a path wherein you don’t miss any of the tourist attractions. The 8th-century Kailasanathar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a vast complex with intricate sandstone carvings. Ulagalanda Perumal Temple houses a huge statue of Lord Vishnu. A mango tree in the Ekambareswarar Temple courtyard is considered sacred.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day trip to Tiruvannamalai Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram from Pondicherry

Leave the city behind you and start travelling to visit famous Arunachala Temple in Thiruvannaamalai is one of the greatest Shiva temples in India. It also widely known because of the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi who lived here and taught the virtues of philosophy only through silence and meditation. After his passing away in 1950, a Samadhi has been erected at this Ashram which is visited by many devotees from India and abroad. The Ashram is situated at the foot of the hills, outside the town.
  • Duration: 7 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 to 10 hours
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Private Day Trip to Pondicherry and Auroville from Chennai

Tackle two must-see sites in a single visit on this private, two-for-one tour, which includes comfortable, round-trip car transfers from Chennai. Wander quaint cobblestoned streets in the French Quarter of seaside Pondicherry, packed with gardens, temples, and colorful markets. You’ll also visit nature-filled Auroville, an experimental township founded by a French spiritual leader.
  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day trip to Tiruvannamalai Temple and Sri Ramana Ashram from Chennai

Leave the city behind you and start travelling to visit world famous Arunachala Temple in Thiruvannaamalai is one of the greatest Shiva temples in India. It also widely known because of the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi who lived here and taught the virtues of philosophy only through silence and meditation. After his passing away in 1950, a Samadhi has been erected at this Ashram which is visited by many devotees from India and abroad. The Ashram is situated at the foot of the hills, outside the town.
  • Duration: 12 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Excursion Tour to Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram also called Mamallapuram, the coastal temple town of Mahabalipuram is an hour’s drive from Chennai. It has a beautiful beach over 20 km long. An erstwhile port of the Pallava dynasty, its stone carvings, caves and rock cut temples also attract tourists. A crocodile farm, a snake venom extracting center, schools of art and sculpture and many resorts draw holiday seekers all around the year, especially during the dance festival held in January.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Tour of Mamallapuram from Chennai

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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Private Tour of Gingee Fort

One of Tamil Nadu’s last remaining forts, the 16th-century Gingee Fort was dubbed “Troy of the East” by the British. Today, the stunning ruins serve as Tamil film backdrops, but few foreigners make it to Gingee, which was once closed to the public. Constructed during the Vijayanagara Empire and set high on a rocky hillside, the fort contains three impressive citadels and a massive fortified wall. Learn about its incredible history on this exclusive guided tour.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Take a trip to trace 'Life of Pi' from Chennai

Discover the home of the teenage boy who captured our hearts with his epic journey in the award-winning novel and film "Life of Pi". The highlights of Pondicherry are the French Quarters which features as a backdrop in many of the scenes this film, This tour will take you to various sites where significant portions of the movie shot, including religious sites, the pier and other locations.
  • Duration: 9 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 to 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Day trip to Mahabalipuram from Pondicherry

A 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; these have been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Visit to St Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Kapaleeshwarar and Parthasarathy Temples

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.
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Excursion to DakshinChitra and Mamallapuram from Chennai

Embark on a private day trip to Mamallpuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai.  Mamallapuram and Dakshinachitra display the traditional Indian culture, architecture and religion of the regions.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Following the foot steps of St Thomas- Day trip 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.
  • Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes
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Cultural heritage of Pondicherry- day trip from Chennai

On this full-day tour explore the cultural heritage of Pondicherry, which is a unique blend of French and Tamil cultures. Get a glimpse of the spiritual legacy of this former French colony at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is dedicated to Sri Aurobindo Ghosh - a philosopher and freedom fighter. Visit Auroville, a unique global village that is home to people from over 50 countries.  Highlights • Sri Aurobindo Ashram • Aurobindo paper factory • Pondicherry Museum • Auroville, global village
  • Duration: 13 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 13 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Visit the Famous Temples of Kanchipuram 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.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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