British Architecture Walk in Chennai with Lunch

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From $195.00

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Chennai, Chennai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

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Chennai, formerly called Madras, was the capital of Southern British India. Many great monuments were built during the British rule and several of them continue to dominate the skyline of Chennai even today. During this walking tour, we will visit a number of the prominent landmarks of Chennai, which were built during the British era, often in an architectural style blending British as well as Indian elements. We shall start at the Central Railway Station and walk to the Ripon Building, Southern Railway Headquarters, Victory Memorial, Fort St George, Napier Bridge and finish at the Madras University building.

• Central Railway Station
• Ripon Building
• Southern Railway Headquarters
• Fort St George (Fort Remain Closed on Every Friday)
• Napier Bridge

What's Included

02 Bottles of Mineral water per person.

Hotel pickup and drop-off within city center.

Local English-speaking guide.

Lunch at Local Restaurant. (Beverage Excluded)

Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.

What's Not Included

Additional food or drink (unless specified)


Items of a personal nature.

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Fort St. George, Chennai Closed Every Friday and Holidays
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses/sunscreen with hats or scarf for ladies are highly recommended
  • Consider wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Chennai Central Railway Station
You will be picked up at your hotel in the city center at 08:00 A.M. and meet your English speaking guide.

The walk starts at the Central Railway Station. It was built in 1873 in a Gothic Revival style by British architect George Harding. It then was modified by Robert Chisholm who added the central clock tower and Travancore caps on the main towers. Today, this station handles significantly more than 350,000 passengers every day.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ripon Building
Following we walk to the Ripon Building which was commissioned in 1913. Designed by G.S.T. Harris and built by Loganatha Mudaliar, the Ripon building is named after Lord Ripon, a Governor-General of British India who was famously known as the father of local self-government in Chennai. Today this building is the office of the Mayor of Chennai.

We next stroll to the headquarters of the Southern Railways in India. Built in the Indo–Saracenic style, this building was designed by N. Grayson and built by Samynada Pillai. It was completed in 1921. The Southern Railway headquarters was one of several early buildings in India to be constructed with reinforced concrete.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Victory War Memorial
The Victory War Memorial, formerly called the Cupid's Bow, is a memorial constructed to commemorate the victory of the Allied Armies during World War I (1914–1918). It later became the victory war memorial for World War II (1939–1945). It honors the soldiers, who gave their lives during the war.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Fort St. George
Our stroll brings us to Fort Saint George, the very first English Fortress built in 1644 by the East India Company. Explore St Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church of India. We may also visit a quaint museum rich with relics of colonial times. There's a 14.5 ft tall statue of Lord Cornwallis in front of the museum. Fort St. George happens to be the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Tamil Nadu.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Napier Bridge
Napier Bridge is one of Chennai’s most well-known landmarks. Also called Iron Bridge, it was built in honor of Lord Napier who was a former Governor of Fort St. George. Napier Bridge, which spans the River Cooum, is one of the first structures in India to use reinforced cement concrete. It connects the beach with Fort St George. Flanking the bridge built in 1869, a new bridge was built in 1999.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Senate House
The Senate House is the administrative centre of the University of Madras in Chennai, India. It is situated in Wallajah Road, along Marina Beach. Constructed by Robert Chisholm between 1874 and 1879, the Senate building is considered to be one of the best and oldest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India.

Enjoy your Lunch at local restaurant (Beverage excluded).

After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel within the city center.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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