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.
Explore Chennai's Mylapore neighborhood with a local guide and learn about the rituals of daily life, hear stories of gods and demons, and gain a deeper understanding of local customs and traditions. This popular walking tour showcases the highlights and the history of this incredible city and is not to be missed.
Chennai is full of old heritage buildings, from ancient Pallava-era temples to colonial-era churches and public buildings constructed under British rule. This tour takes you to some of the most interesting structures, from the 7th-century Kapaleeswarar Temple to the 20th-century Ripon Building, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
Discover the heritage of Chennai (Madras) on a full-day tour that features the diverse architecture found in the city. 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.
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.
See the eclectic marketplaces and colorful bazaars on this memorable walking tour of Chennai. Explore George Town and uncover the stories of daily life and local people as you listen to your friendly local guide share historical legends and old folklore. You'll navigate the crowded markets and narrow lanes as you experience the life of a local on this interactive and engaging tour that's not to be missed.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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.
The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
Visit the Taj Mahal and make it back to Chennai in time for bed with this whirlwind trip to India's most celebrated monument. You'll get up bright and early and fly up to Delhi, where you'll be ferried by private car straight to Agra. After a morning visit to the Taj Mahal, you'll get the chance to see one of the city's other main attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, with a little time for shopping thrown in before returning to Chennai.
Escape the kinetic energy of urban Chennai on this private daylong tour of Pondicherry. Gain insider’s insight into the spiritual heritage of this region with a stop at Sri Arubindo Ashram and learn more about its colorful cultural heritage on a visit to Pondicherry Museum. Listen in as your personal guide shares stories and trivia about its French colonial past, and search for hints of this ancient rule in the language, food and people of the region. Finally, journey to Auroville, where you’ll visit the domed Matrimandir temple where Integral yoga is practiced and learn more about the spiritual community that surrounds it.
Take a half day private tour of Chennai by visiting two of the most important spiritual attractions in the city that is Temple of Lord Shiva at Kapaleeshwarar temple and San Thome Church - where the mortal remains of St. Learn the legend behind the Shiva temple and take delight in its typical Dravidian architectural style, which boasts of a tall gopuram (gateway tower) and other wonders. Heading to Neo Gothic style Catholic church of San Thome, ending your night by relaxing at Marina beach and nice dinner in a local restaurant.
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.
First time in Chennai? Make the most of a private guide and flexible itinerary on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Unveil the secrets of Chennai’s rich history and heritage as you tour the fascinating Government Museum and admire the 17th-century Fort St George. Then, keep your camera poised as you drive along the scenic Marina Beach and visit the stunning Kapaleeshwar Temple.
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
Kanchipuram is one amongst the major historical towns of India. Situated on the banks of Vegavathi River, it has been an important learning and religious centre in the past and the ancient temples and other architectural arts exhibit its significance. Today, Kanchipuram is extremely famous for its Hindu temples and obviously, Kanchipuram sarees. Also considered as one amongst the seven pilgrimage sites of India, this spiritual town has become the destination for Hindu devotees to get themselves surrounded by spirituality and attain salvation.
Kanchipuram is also famous amongst history lovers. For those who tend to walk along the historical lanes and explore its roots buried deep down the layers of time, this beautiful town is a quintessential stoppage. Ruled by Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and British before independence, Kanchipuram has seen everything ranging from flourished periods to dark times.
Experience the best of Kanchipuram Temple City on this day trip from Chennai that showcases the religion, culture and architecture of ‘The City of Thousand Temples’. Travel with your knowledgeable guide to some of the most iconic temples, including Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple and Kailasanathar Temple. Gain a deeper understanding of Hinduism, sample a typical Indian lunch and watch a traditional silk weaving demonstration as part of this private tour from Chennai.
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.
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.
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."
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.