Private Day Tour To Mahabalipuram From Chennai

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From $257.00

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Departs: Chennai, Chennai

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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On this day-excursion from Chennai visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram. Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the site has a fascinating collection of ancient cave and rock temples and sculptures dating back to the 7th and 8th century. Also visit one of the largest reptile zoos of the world. On the way back, stop at the village complex of Dakshinachitra. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this is a living arts and crafts museum where you can also see artisans and craftsmen at work.

• Madras Crocodile Bank 
• Five monolithic stone chariots
• Shore temple and Cave temples
• Sculpture of ‘The Descent of the Ganges’
• Living museum of Dakshinachitra

What's Included

02 bottles of mineral water per person

English Speaking Guide

Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle

What's Not Included

Food and drinks, unless specified


Traveler Information

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

Additional Info

  • Dress code is smart casual.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • 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
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Face masks required for guides 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

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
You will be picked up from your hotel for the one and a half hour drive to Mahabalipuram situated 37 miles from Chennai. The drive takes you down the scenic East Coast road.

En-route visit the Madras Crocodile Bank - a reptile zoo and herpetology research station started by an herpetologist to protect crocodiles. It is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

After lunch continue your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram. This 7th century port of the Pallava Kingdom has a rich collection of five monolithic temples shaped in the form of stone chariots. The carvings on each of these chariots is unique and different from the others.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shore Temple
Also visit the Shore Temple that is located on the beach. The temple has a giant stone relief that is 100 feet long and 45 feet high. Take a look at the numerous cave temples, each of which is dedicated to one of the many Hindu Gods. The giant open-air bas relief of ‘The Descent of the Ganges’ that is sculpted out of pink granite rock is a masterpiece not to be missed. Krishna’s Butterball is a natural wonder that is also worth a visit. It is a giant boulder perched on a slope that seems to defy the force of gravity. If time permits you can also visit the local market in Mahabalipuram. 

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

After this, drive further to visit the famous Dakshinachitra, a cross cultural living history museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. This unique museum has been designed along the lines of a South Indian village. Entire houses dating from the 18th to the 20th century were relocated here and restored. Village streets and craftsmens’ huts were added to give an authentic feel to the museum. Traditional arts and crafts of South India are on display in these houses. You can also watch the local weavers, potters and other craftsmen at work. The museum holds dance and music shows from time to time.

At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Chennai and dropped off at your hotel.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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