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Day Trip to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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    Stop At: Pancha Rathas, Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram India

    Make the first stop of the day at the Pancharathas, or five chariots, a series of monolithic temples built by the Pallavas.These are rock cut monolith temples structures built in the 7th century. Each of the 5 rathas or chariots are dedicated to the lead cast of the Mahabharat epic- Draupadi, Arjuna, Nakul-Sahadeva, Bhima and Yudhister. There is also a sculpture of an elephant next to the ratha of Nakul-Sahadeva. Once you stand towards the rear of the elephant you will notice that there is an uncanny resemblance between the rear of the chariot and the elephant. 

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Arjuna's Penance, West Raja Street Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    We next visit Arjuna’s Penace, a bas-relief monument that’s considered one of India’s most magnificent pieces of ancient art, depicting vivid scenes from the Mahabharata. The relief is 100 feet long and 45 feet tall! The main story being told is how Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed severe austerities in order to obtain Lord Shiva's weapon.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: India Seashell Museum, Kalpakkam Road, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    The 40000+ collection of Sea Shells is a singular effort of Raja Mohamad who spent 33 years to collect these items from around the world.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Krishna's Butter Ball, E Raja St, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    The next stop is Krishna’s Butterball, a granite boulder that’s poised on a stony slope. This curious boulder seems to defy Newton's laws of gravity and has not moved an inch despite being in this precarious position on the slope for more than a thousand years.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram India

    Our last port of call is the Shore Temple. The magnificent temple overlooks the Bay of Bengal and was an important centre during the reign of the Pallavas when Mahabalipuram was the main port of their Kingdom. Built by King Raja Simha during the early 8th century, the Shore Temple is a landmark in the architectural landscape of India. Marco Polo referred to this as the seven pagodas. The existing temple is the last surviving of the 7 which once stood as a beacon for sea farers.

    Duration: 45 minutes
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    Pick up from all hotels in Chennai
    Duration
    7h
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    • Transport by private car or motorcycle with helmet
    • Local tour guide
    • Lunch
    • Entrance charges
    • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
    • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
    • Entry/Admission - India Seashell Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
    • Entry/Admission - Sea Shore Temple
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    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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    Reviewed 20 July 2019

    I went on a trip with Kannan to Mahablipuram and I must say Kannan is an excellent guide. Attentive, informative, professional. And very good at photography! The space itself is amazing, but hiring someone to explain the history of the monuments is essential. Choose 5...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank czesioszpachelka
    Reviewed 20 June 2019

    This personalized tour was my best experience in India. Kannan is knowledgable and passionate about his city and region and made great efforts to tailor the tour to my interests. The conversation during the 2 hour trip from Chennai to Mahabalipuram mixed history, archeology, comparative...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank GScharff
    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019

    Thank you so much for taking time out for this review. I am glad to know you liked the way Kannan personalized this culture tour for you. And you got a authentic experience of India! I am also delighted you enjoyed the local food.

    Reviewed 2 June 2019

    On business in May 2019, this was a day trip for our group. It was hot, but the tour guide did a great job keeping us in the shade and their was a nice breeze. All the pictures here are acurate and bring back nice...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2019

    Hello and thank you for taking time for this review. I am glad you and your friends enjoyed this culture tour to world heritage site of Mahabalipuram with its sculptures and temples. I am also delighted you tasted local food and savored it!

    Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

    Vijay and Romesh were excellent. Highly informative about the sights, the history and the more spiritually timeless aspects of the various temples and structures we saw. The trip was efficiently run, free of hustlers and flexed to accommodate the extremely high temperatures of the day....More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Nicolas C
    Reviewed 19 May 2019 via mobile

    Really enjoyed this experience. Great insights from my guide Kannan who was very flexible in accommodating last minute ask. Highly recommended!

    Thank herved831
    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2019

    Thank you so much for your kind review. It was our pleasure hosting you. I am glad you enjoyed the tour to world heritage site of Mahabalipuram with Kannan.

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