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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Chennai (Madras), India
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icon7 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • A private guided tour of seaside Mahabalipuram
  • Get a first-hand peek at World Heritage-listed rock carvings
  • Meet reptiles at Madras Crocodile Bank
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Chennai included
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Private transportation
Fuel surcharge
Toll and Parking Charges
Gratuities
Bottled water
WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Entrance Fees (wherever it's necessary)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your driver and vehicle details will be sent to you in message (you are requested to please contact your hotel concierge / bell desk / front desk to call the driver from car parking area to portico (entrance) at your pick-up time).

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Madras Crocodile Bank is closed on Mondays due to a weekly holiday
  • Dakshinachitra is closed on Tuesday due to weekly holiday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Important notice about Tour Guide: Only one category of guides known as "ASI Monument Guides" are authorised to work as a tour guide in centrally protected monuments and sites maintained / administered / managed by the Archaeological Survey of India
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Uvamai Niche Tourism

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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Traveller Tips


  • "the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration." See review
  • "You have the option to hire an outside guide once you are there but I am not sure that I would recommend it." See review

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star-5
We enjoyed our tour.
shibagakimasaaki
, Jan. 2020
We enjoyed ourselves very much. Our driver was very kind and after we visit Mahabalipuram he took us to a seafood restaurant near the beach where we enjoyed fresh and very good fish and shrimps.
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Arjuna's Penance
deimos
, Jan. 2020
the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration. the driver was polite and helpful, although he was not an official guide, but he was knowledgeable and helped me understand the history of each site.
star-5
Great tour!
Basanth S
, Aug. 2019
Our driver was extremely helpful and sincere in showing us the site and went to great lengths to ensure the visit went as smoothly as possible. Hard to find this level of customer service and honesty in a place like India— and Uvamai was a real good find.
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Our driver was pleasant and...
Sarah T
, Aug. 2018
Our driver was pleasant and courteous and took us to the various parts of Mahabalipuram and the crocodile sanctuary. He also lent me his umbrella because it was so sunny outside. You have the option to hire an outside guide once you are there but I am not sure that I would recommend it.
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A driver was friendly, his English...
Jan Š
, Mar. 2018
A driver was friendly, his English was fine. However, this private day tour did not include a guide, and you have to pay extra!
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The driver was fine, but he insisted...
Debbie A
, Mar. 2017
The driver was fine, but he insisted on rushing me at Dakshina Chittra due to his worries about my getting heat stroke. Then the Crocodile Park was closed on Mondays, but apparently Viatour did not know this. Then there was a mix up with the government tour guides at Mahabalipuram, and they wanted me to share, but we both said no and it was resolved. The Government tour guide was ok but mediocre. I could have just read the signs. He had no additional information. We got back early as we only did 2 of the 3 items.
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The driver was very nice but didn't...
Sholinchek
, Nov. 2016
The driver was very nice but didn't come into the hotel lobby to get us until I had the hotel call Viator to check in where he was. The guide was a very nice man but not easy to understand....therefore we could not get the most out of the places we visited.
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Took this Mahabalipuram tour during...
Michael S
, Sep. 2016
Took this Mahabalipuram tour during a short stay in Chennai, and found it to be a great excursion! Private transfer in a very clean and air conditioned vehicle, with hotel pick-up and drop-off, and private tour guide on site. Driver was great, and very cordial, and tour guide was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed visiting the temples and also witnessing the people in worship. Was even blessed by a Hindu priest! The tour company was Uvamai Niche Tourism booked through Viator. I like the convenience of booking through Viator. Thanks!
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Die Tour hätte eigentlich 4 oder 5...
oldfaithful
, Feb. 2018
Die Tour hätte eigentlich 4 oder 5 Sterne verdient, aber aus der Ausschreibung geht nicht hervor, dass der Fahrer meiner war übrigens durchaus freundlich sympathisch keinerlei Guide-Pflichten u. -Kompetenzen hat. Man ist also letztlich gezwungen, einen Guide für ca. 1200 INR hinzu zu buchen oder sich vor bzw. während der Tour intensiv mit der entsprechenden Literatur zu befassen. Die angesteuerten Sites sind einen Besuch allemal wert.

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