Welcome to Chennai

With its withering southern heat, roaring traffic and scarcity of outstanding sights, the ‘capital of the south’ has always been the rather dowdy sibling among India’s four biggest cities. But if you have time to explore Chennai’s diverse neighbourhoods and role as keeper of South Indian artistic and religious traditions, the odds are this 400-sq-km conglomerate of urban villages will sneak its way into your heart... Read More

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$1399 Small group tours

Best of Southern India

From calm Kerala backwaters and spice plantations to incredible temples and searching for tigers in the wild, have your camera ready as you experience the highlights of Southern India. This 2-week adventure offers a great balance of guided excursions and free time to explore on your own. Travelling by train, bus, rickshaw, and country boats will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the peaceful backwaters of Kerala and stunning temples of Tamilnadu.

$14 Family

Evening at the Beach in Chennai: Marina Beach, Covelong Beach or Elliot Beach with Private Transport

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend an evening at the beautiful Chennai beach of your choice: Marina Beach, Covelong Beach or Elliot Beach. Kick back and relax as you walk along the shore or lounge by the water while enjoying tasty Indian bites from the food stalls. Enjoy fun activities like surfing, spending time at the beach’s notable landmarks – like the aquarium and amusement park at Marina Beach – and watching a gorgeous sunset. Convenient round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is included. After pickup from your Chennai hotel in the late afternoon, you’ll be whisked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and taken to the beach of your choice. At the end of your beach experience, you’ll be conveniently taken back to your hotel. Elliot's BeachKnown as Besant Nagar Beach or ‘Bessie,’ this popular beach in Chennai’s Besant Nagar neighborhood is a calm and tranquil place ideal for lounging and sun bathing.Soak up the relaxing, scenic atmosphere and head to some of the beach’s landmarks like the 20-year-old Velankanni Church; Ashtalakshmi Temple, dedicated to goddess Lakshmi; and the Schmidt Memorial, dedicated to a Dutch sailor who lost his life while saving a drowning fellow. You can also visit the many food stalls and restaurants lining the beach to enjoy some traditional South Indian snacks while taking in great ocean views. Covelong BeachCovelong is a fishing village and port town home to posh Covelong Beach, the site of a former fort. Flanked by picturesque palm trees and lined with glittering white sand dotted with colorful sea shells, this beautiful place is a must-see. After taking in the scenery, adventure lovers can enjoy water sports like wind surfing, surfing, swimming and cricket. Marina BeachFamous Marina Beach is the pride of Chennai and one of the longest beaches in the world with a stretch of 2.5 miles (4.5 km). Here, see the statues of heroes from Tamil culture and visit the fascinating aquarium. Stop by the food stands for some tasty Indian bites; have fun on the amusement park rides, such as the merry-go-ground and skating rink; and take an evening stroll on the sand during sunset.

$63.75 Private & luxury

Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum

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.After pickup from your hotel in the morning by air-conditioned vehicle, your private guide will take you on journey through Chennai, a bustling cultural hub that’s the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On your tour of the city’s architectural landmarks, discover the mix of traditional Dravidian styles with European colonial influences while enjoying your guide's illuminating commentary, as well as fun facts and trivia. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, founded in 1644. It now serves as the headquarters for Tamil Nadu’s legislative assembly. Inside, tour St Mary's Church, Wellesley House and the Fort Museum, whose exhibits showcase relics from British rule in India including weapons, coins, medals and uniforms. Head to the Indo-Saracenic-style Government Museum (also called the Madras Museum), the second-oldest museum in India housing the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe. With your guide, browse diverse exhibits of archaeological findings, coins, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings, as well as rare works from artists like Raja Ravi Varma.Continue to San Thome Cathedral, built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers and rebuilt by the British in 1893. Admire its Neo-Gothic style of architecture as you learn about its historical significance from your guide.In between sightseeing, you’ll head to a local restaurant to indulge in an authentic Indian meal served on a banana leaf. Then, experience India’s religious heritage at Kapaleeshwar Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Shiva and built in the 7th century. See its imposing gopuram (ornate monumental tower) and learn how this is a fine example of Dravidian architecture.You’ll also visit the Indo-Saracenic-style Madras High Court, with beautiful painted ceilings and stained-glass doors, as well as the Ripon Building, combining three types of architecture: Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian.Before returning to your hotel, drive along Marina Beach and visit a flower market, where you’ll take a leisurely stroll and see a variety of bright, colorful flowers and fruit.

$1612 Small group tours

8-Night Private Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu can be a good beginning for those who love soaking in some culture and learning about the past heritage, It has a great tradition of heritage and culture that developed over 2,000 years ago and still continues to flourish. This great cultural heritage evolved through the rule of dynasties that ruled the state during various phases of history in South India.

$940 Small group tours

4-Night Luxurious Tour to Chennai Mahabalipuram and Pondichery

Join us for the amazing 4-night tour that takes you to some of the most beautiful cities in India - Chennai, Mahabalipuram and Pondichery. Enjoy the 5 start luxurious hotels as well as beautiful beaches including Pondicherry Beach, Besant Nagar Beach and Marina Beach. Also visit some of the most famous temples and learn more about the history and local lifestyle of the Bengal region!

$182 Sightseeing tours

Private Tour: Overnight Pondicherry Tour from Chennai

Visit the former French protectorate of Pondicherry on a two-day trip from Chennai in an air-conditioned vehicle; stop to visit the magnificent temples in Mahabalipuram. Pondicherry has a quaint French influence which can be seen in its architecture, culture and lifestyle. Also visit Auroville, something of an avant-garde community,