On this private tour from Chennai, journey back in time to discover traditional South Indian culture through its artistic, architectural and religious heritage. With your private guide, explore a traditional Dravidian (South Indian) village and visit its museum and art workshops to get a unique insight into local customs. Then, after lunch at a local restaurant, discover excellent examples of Dravidian architecture in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Mahabalipuram, featuring countless impressive rock-cut sculptures and temples. Private air-conditioned transportation and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
• 8 hours
Have you ever wondered why there are so many Gods in India? Or what the stars have to do with your future? As walking through the Mylapore neighborhood in Chennai, explore the fascinating stories hidden from the mundane rituals of daily life, the stories of Gods and demons, and the stories of ancient customs and symbolism. Mylapore is a bustling neighborhood in the heart of Chennai dated the city by at least 2,000 years and has maintained many traditions and arts that Chennai is so famous for.
• 3 hours
On this private sightseeing tour of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, discover the city’s architectural diversity with visits to popular landmarks including Fort St George, the Government Museum, the Madras High Court and the Ripon Building. As you explore this bustling metropolis and cultural hub, your private guide will teach you about the fusion of traditional Dravidian (South Indian) styles of architecture with European colonial influences. You’ll also discover Chennai's religious diversity while exploring San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeshwar Temple, and soak in the vibrant beauty of the city with a stroll through a flower market.
• 6 hours
See Chennai’s historical and architectural gems on this half-day private sightseeing tour. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, and browse interesting art collections and exhibits at the Government Museum, which houses the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe. Learn about the Dravidian architecture of Kapaleeshwar Temple, built in the 7th century, and enjoy scenic views of Chennai on a drive along Marina Beach.
• 4 hours
Enjoy a serene escape from metropolitan Chennai on this private day trip to Pondicherry. Discover the region’s unique cultural and spiritual heritage with visits to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Pondicherry Museum. Your private guide will teach you all about Pondicherry’s French colonial influences, which are still apparent in the region’s people, language, government and cuisine. Then, in Auroville, a fairly new town with a progressive spiritual community, explore inside the unique domed Matrimandir temple, an important place for practitioners of Integral yoga.
• 14 hours
Day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram on a Royal Enfield motorcycle or by private car to meet the legendary silk saree weavers. You will also get to visit organic farms in the area to learn about paddy cultivation and biogas production from cow dung. Interactions are planned with the farmers to get an authentic perspective of organic farming in the region. The tour ends with a visit to an ancient Pallava dynasty temple.
• 13 hours
Book this full-day trip to explore two amazing cities in a day - Auroville and Pondicherry. Visit the spiritual Matrimandir in Auroville that took 37 years to build and also all the spiritual belongings of Auroville Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. Visit the Pondicherry Museum and sculpture gallery to learn more about the unique history of Pondicherry.
• 11 hours
Join this private full-day tour to explore the history 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, also known as the "living museum" of South India, to learn more about South Indian lifestyles and the Madras Crocodile Bank, a reptile zoo and herpetology research station, started by an herpetologist to protect crocodiles.
• 8 hours
You will be greeted by our English-speaking chauffeur at Chennai International Airport (MAA) and transfer to your hotel at Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram.
• 2 hours
India is an immense landmass known for its colorful people, nature, culture, architecture, beaches, art and humanity, and of course its temples. On this private tour, explore the sacred town of Kancheepuram. Visit its temples and see why this small town is known for its thriving silk and cotton production. This is a full-day spiritual journey of this holy city.
• 10 hours