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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide

By Five Senses Tours
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Travelers interested in art, architecture, and history will love this full-day tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram, two of the most important sites in South India. Visit exquisitely carved temples, as well as talented Kanchipuram silk sari weavers, and more. Receive personalized attention on a private tour, and the ability to go at your own pace.
from
₹11,714.04
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
₹11,714.04
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Duration:12h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Hotel transfers are included, for your convenience
  • A delicious Indian lunch will be provided
  • See some of South India's most important architectural sites on a convenient day tour
  • Visit the Ekambareswar and Kailashnath temples, Krishna's Butter Ball, and more

  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Ekambareswarar Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram
  • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
  • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
  • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
  • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
What's not included
  • Drinks


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up available from all hotels in Chennai
  • Ports:
  • CHENNAI PORT, 37MV+M95, Chennai Port Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18983P78

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide?
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide price starts from ₹ 11,339.71. Discover and book Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide on Tripadvisor
What is the Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide cancellation policy?
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide?
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide is hosted by Five Senses Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Five Senses Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai by private car with guide on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 18983P78

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Ekambareswarar Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Kailasanathar Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Pancha Rathas
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Arjuna's Penance
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Krishna's Butter Ball
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Shore Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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DEHALLE
DEHALLE
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Excellent knowledge and commentary
Even though we conducted the tour in heavy showery rain guide was excellent. Good commentary and looked after us.
Christoph K
Christoph K
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Very nice walk with Preethi and with the driver taking us around the most relevant architectural high lights of Chennai
Amazing how styles have been mixed on buildings giving them a very special character. Well explained by Preethi and
Aida D
Aida D
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Pleasant Experience!
Very happy I chose this tour via TripAdvisor. I had only one day to roam the city, so this tour was just perfect fo
967inarap
967inarap
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Interesting and informative day in Chennai
We had a very good day visiting temples and exploring cultural places of Chennai. Thanks to the guide Kannan his kn
293rimac
293rimac
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Second tour with 5 senses
It was a nice experience. We visited many different places of worship. Was interesting to see how diverse Chennai i
lomero
lomero
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Simply amazing!
I loved this tour! It started on time at 8am and the guide Nivi and the driver Ganesh (her husband) drove me around
293rimac
293rimac
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Loved it
We enjoyed the tour. Pick up was on time, entrance fees and lunch were included in the price. Nivi and Ramesh from
8RAM6
8RAM6
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Best Mahapalipurum Tour!
What a wonderful tour! This 5 senses tour truly tickled all the senses. Kannan was an excellent guide along with th
JakeGay34
JakeGay34
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Good Tour
Our tour was insightful. I learned a lot in my first trip to Chennai. They were also accommodating to our schedul
maresik
maresik
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Great and informative day at Mahabalipuram
We had a very pleasant and informative day at Mahabalipuram with our tour guide Kannan. Kannan was very punctual, k
102lesleyp
102lesleyp
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Excellent tour to see the best of Chennai
Very good tour. Our guide changed the itinery to suit us as we had already seen some of the sights in the original
Travel801308
Travel801308
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Excellent tour with Preethi
An excellent tour with Preethi, who was very knowledgeable about architecture and the history behind it. Preethi co
dianasI6753BW
dianasI6753BW
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Knowledgeable Guide, Authentic Cultural Experience
What a wonderful tour. It was an interactive tour. Narayanan was an outstanding tour guide. He was very knowledgeab
staxxx100
staxxx100
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Great day tour of Chennai
Excellent experience with an interesting diversity of sites. Tour guide Kannan was very informative and brought the
pgalgali
pgalgali
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India is not only about Tajmahal. Thanks 5 Senses for making me realize that.
One of the most unique aspects of five senses is that one can customize the packages according to our requirements,

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Leticia C
1 contribution
Oct 2022
This was an incredible tour! I had only one day available and found this tour online. I've contacted the company since I wanted to include the Silk weave experience in Kanchipuram and they gladly arranged it. It's worth mentioning that this tour takes almost the whole day (approx, 12h door to door), so I don't recommend having any plans for the rest of the day - you will be exhausted! They were also very realistic when I asked to include the Silk weave, that it's possible to do it, specially because I was traveling solo, but I would have to do some other parts of the tour a bit faster.

My guide Kannan and the driver picked me up at 7.30am in my hotel and we started the day in Kanchipuram, visiting Kailashnath and Eakambareshwar temples. We later went to Sri Varshini silk house, where you can learn about the process and even purchase all sorts of silk products.

We had a delicious vegetarian lunch, that Kannan made sure to explain all the typical dishes and we headed to Mahabalipuram. There we visited all the monuments, including the Shore Temple and the five rathas. It's breathtaking and you understand why the place is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site! You'll also have the opportunity to buy the stone carved pieces from the super talented artists there to finalise the experience. After 12+ hours I was finally back at the hotel.

It's important to highlight that Kannan was super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, patient and polite. When you travel alone, mostly when you're woman, that's something to value! He was always taking care of my wellbeing, making sure everything was running smoothly and that we were able to see everything proposed.

Definitely recommend the tour, it's super organized, I felt very safe and Kannan was true to his title as 'cultural evangelist'.
Written 11 October 2022
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Flagship_Traveler
Seattle, WA23 contributions
Aug 2022
The day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram was an excellent experience to see historical sights near Chennai. The tour consisted of both a private guide and driver for myself and a family member. Thus, the tour was small and personal which was very helpful when visiting these types of sites. I felt I was in good hands with folks who knew what they are doing. Our guide, Kanaan, was very knowledgable with the history of the monuments and temples. He provided a local's perspective on the history of the area. and briefed us ahead of time regarding customs and protocols which gave me some peace of mind that I was being respectful of the sites and people. As an added bonus, Kanann accommodated our interest to spend some extra time shopping for silk products in Kanchipuram and getting some stone carvings in Mahabalipuram. I felt this tour was a great choice for the the privacy and convenience. I highly recommend if you have a whole day while staying in the Chennai area! Note that this is a full day tour consisting of a lot of driving. However, given the bustling traffic and scenery for most of the drive, the time went by fast from watching India alive outside my window.
Written 16 August 2022
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Robert T
6 contributions
Oct 2022
This was a full day but worth it. The temples and carvings at Mahabalipuram were probably my favourite, and the large boulder a surprising addition that I had not anticipated. We were also rewarded by a small group of wild dogs who appeared on the skyline at dusk which made for a fabulous photo. THe temples at Kanchipuram were also stunning. The 1008 pillars and images of Shiva Lingham were stunning. The tour can't fix the Chennai traffic and distances involved, and our guide Preethi was full of information as to the background of all the sights - including the amazing mango tree. The company were 100% reliable and thanks also to the driver , Selvam for delivering us safely back to the hotel.
Written 26 October 2022
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Chris M
Düsseldorf, Germany4 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The driver was really good, we felt very safe during the whole rode and reached destinations very fast. Kannan, who was our tour guide, has excellent knowledge of the viseted sites and gave us even extra information on carvings etc. Emergency bathroom breaks were possible. Overall a great experience.
Written 11 May 2022
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SK
1 contribution
Sep 2022
Ganesh took me and a couple of my colleagues to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram today. For Kanchipuram, Ganesh himself doubled as the tour guide, and we had a person named Ramesh as the tour guide for Mahabalipuram. All of us enjoyed the drive, the camaraderie, elaborate explanation of the history of the places, and the numerous pics that were taken & shared by both Ganesh and Ramesh.
Written 18 September 2022
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phenolic72
Atlanta, GA135 contributions
Jul 2022
This was an all day tour during the summer heat or 2022, but our family all made it through the day and loved the experience. Our tour guide Kannan was excellent, and gave some of the best historical explanations for traditions and history in the temples I've experienced during 4 separate trips to India. He was very accommodating to our needs and provided great conversation. The vehicle was excellent and provided an cool escape to the heat.

If you are looking to visit a lot of places around Chennai during a single day, this is your best bet. We were very pleased and I would recommend it.
Written 3 July 2022
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5SensesTours
Hello and thanks so much for your kind words. I am glad to know you enjoyed the tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram hosted by Kannan.
Written 15 July 2022
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Adnane K
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Had a great experience visiting many of the beautiful temples in the region near Chennai. Highly recommend if you are interested in architecture, art, mythology, history, craftsmanship, and many other themes. My tour guide Kannan was wonderful and very knowledgeable and knew how to convey many stories and anecdotes to further make the visits interesting. My driver was also very nice and the car was very comfortable.
All in all, if you have time for one tour in Chennai, this is the one.
Written 27 August 2022
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Frank
Stamford, CT115 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had a private full-day tour of two spectacular locations near Chennai. Our first stop was at two ancient (400 year old) temples in the town of Kanchipuram. The temple were truly impressive in size and detail, with tall structures covered with elaborate carvings.

Next we visited Mahabalipuram, a place that definitely deserves its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The shore temple, balancing rock, and ancient lighthouse were all Interesting, but the Panch Rathas stands out as most extraordinary. 400 years ago, ancient Pallava kings had hundreds of craftsmen take an enormous football field size monolithic granite outcropping and carve it into five large structures, one being a life size elephant. Pictures can not do it justice. You have to see this with your own eyes.

Everything we did on this trip was greatly enhanced by our tour guide, Kannan and our hardworking driver, whose name I don’t recall. We have been on numerous tours but never have we met a tour guide so dedicated to his clients. Kanan spent much of the long drive to fill us in on Indian culture. He led us through each site, sharing his knowledge to explain what we were seeing. He brought us to a great local restaurant and could find us a decent toilet whenever needed. He added places to the published itinerary because he wanted us to experience as much as possible. For example he brought us to a traditional house house full of antiques. He also added an extra stop at the old church of San Thome, built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. This is one of only three churches in the world built over the remains on an apostle.

We felt very fortunate to have Kannan as our guide.
Written 9 February 2020
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Hello again! Thanks so much for these kind words of encouragement. I am delighted you enjoyed the company of Kannan and found him to be so dedicated! It was our pleasure.
Written 16 February 2020
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sofiadujour
Chicago40 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Kannan was an exceptional tour guide. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about history, architecture, and various other cultural insights from him on a long and eventful day of touring. He knows the content and locations well and has good recommendations for how to navigate covering both sites in a timely manner.he also takes great photos, highly recommend!
Written 16 October 2022
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Rohan K
5 contributions
Jun 2022
Phenomenal tour! If you have one day to see temples, I highly recommend this tour to get a look at both Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. My guide Balaji was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited. Getting to see the Kanchipuram sari weavers and a historic house in Kanchipuram were huge bonuses. The A/C car was also incredible for the brutal heat.
Written 22 June 2022
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5SensesTours
Thanks so much! I am delighted Balaji made your tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram, enjoyable. It was our pleasure.
Written 15 July 2022
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