Explore this private day tour of Mahabalipuram an important ancient port well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is known as an area "considered to be of outstanding value to humanity". Mahabalipuram is today renowned the world over for its exquisite 6th century rock cut temples and intricate statues of stone. On the way you will also visit the DakshinaChitra known as the "living museum" of South Indian lifestyles and visit to Madras Crocodile Bank a reptile zoo and herpetology research station started by an herpetologist to protect crocodiles.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Chennai at 9:00 am and then drive down the scenic East Coast Road en-route visit the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world.Then you will visit the Mahabalipuram where you will spend time exploring ancient rock cut temples and exquisite sculptures, including the Arjuna Penace (a giant relief carving that is one of India's greatest ancient artworks), Five Rathas (a set of monolithic rock temples in Dravidian style architecture), Tiger Cave (the carvings of tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex), Sea Shore Temple (a structural temple built with blocks of granite in the 8th century AD on over looks Bay of Bengal) ,and the Krishna’s Butterball (a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline which has approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide with weighs around 250 tons). If you wish you can also visit the Mahabalipuram local market. Then finally a visit to the famous DakshinaChitra is a cross cultural living history museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. When the tour ends return to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.