Excursion to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private & Custom Tours in Chennai (Madras)
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Tour description

This 4-hour of a private tour will take you to Mahabalipuram which is just a few kilometres away from Chennai. The ancient city has a glorious history, as it once served as the Pallava Kingdom's central capital. You will visit many temples which are exquisitely carved out from rocks, including the famous Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, The Pancha Rathas or five chariot complex and The famous mandapas of Mahabalipuram. You will be accompanied by a private English speaking guide and a fully air-conditioned vehicle.

Located just outside Chennai, Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) is home to a group of famous temples which have been cut out of rocks and sitting on a glorious beach, along the Bay of Bengal.It is believed that the art of stone architecture in south India began here and eventually reached to Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, and Madurai.The history of Mahabalipuram is rich. It was once the main port and naval base of the great Pallava kingdom in the 7th and 8th centuries. During which the village witnessed a large-scale temple construction. The most renowned landmark of Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple built in 7th century CE. Standing alone on the shore, this temple is protected by a wall constructed to minimize erosion.One of the structures kept in a better-preserved state is Arjuna's Penance, a complicated piece of work sculpted on two huge boulders. A cleft in the rock enables rainwater to cascade down between the two boulders, stimulating the descent of the mighty river Ganga.The tour takes you further to visit the 'Pancha Rathas' (five chariots) complex which is a masterpiece in architecture and sculptures. The structure is named after the Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata and their wife Draupadi. Though the temple is incomplete, it exudes architectural brilliance of the Dravidian style.Also worth seeing in Mahabalipuram are the eight magnificent Mandapams.

What's included

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Bottled water

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Camera Fees