Day trip

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

4.5 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: INDIATOR
Day trip

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

Activity provider: INDIATOR

From US$ 111 per person

Visit the city of Mahabhalipuram, home to outstanding historic specimens with incredible architecture. Look through the temples and shrines that adorn the city, before a visit to the city of Kanchipuram for more temple exploration.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Explore the history of Hindus, Jains and Buddhists
  • Shop for some exclusive Kanchipuram silk and cotton saris
  • Enjoy the enchanting sculptures and rock-cutting work in the temples
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Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Starting in Chennai, you'll be transported to Mahabalipuram, famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially its stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the magnificent 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. In addition, you’ll also visit the 7th-century Five Rathas shrine, also known as Pancha Rathas. After visiting Mahabalipuram you'll stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the "golden city of a thousand temples" and is also one of the 7 sacred cities of India. The city has some grand and majestic buildings that reflect the architectural experiments undertaken by different dynasties ruling the city over the centuries. Visit historic spots like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareswara Temple. All of these are excellent specimens of the architectural splendor of the medieval period.   
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private sightseeing and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Camera fees at monuments

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4.5 /5

based on 8 reviews

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Amazing experience! I am so glad I signed up for this trip. I liked that it was private and that I was able to learn so much from the tour guides who were incredible! I loved learning about the gods and the temple history. Eating by the beach was a treat as well. Amazing time!

March 28, 2023

It was a lovely trip, starting with our driver (Suda) who was professionally and patient also our tour guide (Arun) who was such a humble guy with a great knowledge about all places. we learnt a lot from him. Although there were a road construction on the way to kanchipuram which was a really hectic journey so me and my wife we both feels like jet lag but when we reach to the place it was all worth it.

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March 28, 2023

An und für sich eine sehr schöne und lohnenswerte Tour. Der erste Guide hat leider nicht so wahnsinnig gut englisch gesprochen, aber er hat sich sehr viel Mühe gegeben. Der zweite Guide in Mahabalipuram hat sich leider gar keine Mühe gegeben, uns sehr durch die Gegend gescheucht und kaum Sachen zu den Tempel erzählt. hätten wir nicht ab und zu selber gefragt, ob wir uns bestimmte Dinge noch anschauen können, wären wir keine Stunde in dieser wunderschönen tempelstadt gewesen.

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 111310