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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 day trip from Chennai to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram
  • Discover important South Indian sites including temples and ancient towns
  • Tuck into a delicious South Indian lunch (included)
  • A private guide and vehicle ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:30 AM

Pickup details

Pick up available from all hotels in Chennai

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by 5 Senses Walks

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

It is grat to get out of the bustle of Chennai, and the sites are well worth visiting.
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Very interesting, great day out, great tour guide
Kenneth_H, Dec 2022
Super day out. Tour guide Nivi was great and very knowledgeable. Our driver (Johnson I believe) was also great. Vegetarian lunch was very nice. The temples at Kanchipuram were massive and very cool to walk through. Mahabalipuram was very interesting and lots to see there. Lots of driving around but it was interesting to see the countryside that way.
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram with 5 Senses
Bernard_F, Dec 2019
This was one of 3 tours we did with 5 Senses. All went very well, including an excellent guide, Kannan, good driver, and lovely Indian lunch. This is a trip that is well worth doing. It is grat to get out of the bustle of Chennai, and the sites are well worth visiting. Unfortunately we had some heavy rain on our day, so didn't get the best out of the trip. But fortunately 5 Senses provided some excellent photos so we could see what it would have looked like in sunshine!
Response from Host, Dec 2019
Hello and its great to know you enjoyed the tours with us to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Its also good to know you found our guide Kannan to be an excellent one and that we managed to salvage the rain situation.
Fantastic Tour
Trip678248, Oct 2019
Muy contenta con el trato recibido, con el recorrido y con mis dos fantásticos guías: Vijay y Ramesh. Soy Española y mi inglés no es muy bueno, además viajé sola y fue muy pero muy enriquecedor. Vijay sabe mucho sobre historia y gastronomía, siempre abierto a consultas. Fantástico!!! Very happy with the treatment received, with the tour and with my two fantastic guides: Vijay and Ramesh. I´m Spanish and my English isn´t very good, I also traveled alone and it was very, very enriching. Vijay knows a lot about both history and gastronomy, always open to inquiries. Fantastic!!


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