Your local guide will meet you in your Channai hotel and transport you in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle through the streets of the capital city of the Tamil Nadu state. Check out the architectural highlights and learn about the influence of Dravidian and colonial styles on some of the city’s most iconic buildings. Your guide will provide unique insights, stories and trivia to keep you engaged and entertained.
Make a stop of the first English fortress in India. Founded in 1644, Fort St George is the modern-day home of the state’s legislative assembly. Tour St Mary’s Church, the Fort Museum and Wellesley House and learn about British rule through informative exhibits and artifacts.
Explore the galleries of the Government Museum, which is the second-oldest museum in the country. Home to the largest collection of Roman antiques outside of Europe, travelers will get an up close look at coins, sculptures and rare works of art while their guide provides commentary.
Enjoy a typical Indian meal at a local restaurant before heading to the Kapaleeshwar Temple. Built in the 7th century to honor of the Hindu goddess Shiva, the well-decorated tower known as a gopuram is a perfect example of Dravidian architecture.
Afterwards, tour the Indo-Saracenic-style Madras High Court and the Ripon Building. Check out colorful ceilings and stained-glass work that showcase elements from Ionic, Corinthian and Gothic architecture. Make a stop at the popular flower market, where colorful blooms and ripe fruits are for sale before heading back to your hotel with your guide.