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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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