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Chennai Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Temples and Caves Private Day Trip

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    What to Expect
    Your tour will begin with a pickup between 6:30-7:00 AM from your hotel in Chennai and proceed for full-day guided tour. To kick off the tour, your guide will brief you about the history of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

    Chennai to Mahabalipuram is aproximately 36 miles. Mahabalipuram is the former capital of the Pallava Kings and is famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially the stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the 7th-century magnificent Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. Next, you will visit Arjuna's Penance, a 1900-square-foot rock block and rock cut caves from the 6th and 7th centuries. Later visit the 7th- century Five Rathas Shrine which has the world's largest stone relief.

    Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant at your own expense and then drive to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the golden city of a thousand temples. It is one of seven sacred cities of India and has some of the most grand and majestic temples. With their striking architectural marvel, these temples reflect architectural experimentation, restructuring and refinement that was completed during different dynasties. Kanchipuram was the capital of the Pallava, the Chola and the Vijayanagar kings. Visit historic temples like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareshvara Temple. All of these are excellent sites of the architectural splendor of the medieval period. When the tour ends, you will be driven back to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.

    Imp Dress code for temple visit – Men and women must be fully covered.  Jeans pants, sleeveless shirts are not allowed.   Ladies must wear Dhupatta for their Salwar
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Chennai
    Departure Time
    6:30am - 7am
    Return Details
    Your hotel in Chennai
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai
    • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Monuments at Mahabalipuram
    • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
    • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
    • Entry/Admission - Kamakshi Amman Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Kailasanatha Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Ekambareswarar Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Krishna Mandapam
    • Entry/Admission - Vaikunda Perumal Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Sea Shore Temple
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • Dress code for temple visit – Men and women must be fully covered. Jeans pants, sleeveless shirts are not allowed. Ladies must wear Dhupatta for their Salwar.
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 20 March 2019

    Even on a hot day thes 5 monuments are impressive art work. The caves are also a must see, more the the big stone at the end. After all this, I can recommend a great fish restaurant called Bambino on the beach.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank CharlesMaas
    Reviewed 4 October 2018

    We explore the City of Mahabalipuram, known for its outstanding historic specimens and an incredible architectural invention of grand temples and shrines that adorn the city. Also we visited the Kanchipuram City, a sanctified place with several Hindu temples depicting the Hindu culture and tradition....More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    2  Thank Hemakshi2015
    Reviewed 12 April 2018

    Chennai To Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram One Day Tour: The temple is a combination of three shrines. The main shrine is dedicated to Shiva as is the smaller second shrine. A small third shrine, between the two, is dedicated to a reclining Vishnu and may have had...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    4  Thank moviesH1
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