1 of Hinduism's 7 sacred cities—Kanchipuram
UNESCO World Heritage Site—temples of Mahabalipuram
Several magnificent temples & impressive sculptures
Artisan workshops crafting silk & pottery
Private tour guide for a personalised experience
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram
Roundtrip transport to and from your Chennai hotel via air-conditioned vehicle
Live tour commentary provided in English
All presently applicable taxes
Items which are not listed in inclusions.
Know Before You Book
Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.
Maximum vehicle size is 6 passengers.
Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located hotels in Chennai. ; if your hotel falls outside this area you may need to pay a supplement for hotel pick-up. You will be informed of any supplement when you call to confirm your reservation after booking.
This product is exclusively booked for you and your group.
To be present at the lobby 15 minutes prior to given pick up time.
What you can expect
Pick up at 0800hrs from hotel in Chennai city centre by our driver. Discover the history of Hinduism in India as you see beautiful and ancient temples on a full-day tour with a private guide. Pay a visit to Kanchipuram, the “Golden City”, sacred to the Hindu faith, before heading to the coast and the charming beach-side community of Mahabalipuram.
Begin your tour on the banks of Palar River and observe the 70 remaining sandstone temples and over 100 atavistic shrines that remain in Kanchipuram. Learn from your guide about the many civilisations that used this revered city as their capital, and why. A highly regarded silk industry has developed in modern times – examine the beautiful saris, among the richest and most sought-after in the country.
Continue to Mahabalipuram and enjoy a delectable lunch of south Indian cooking, and then explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in an inspiring setting at the water's edge, the aptly named Shore Temple carved from granite is a highlight, as is the Descent of the Ganga – an intricate and ornate carving. Refresh yourself in the sea air and enjoy the beach before your return to Chennai.