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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop provided by Five Senses Tours

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop
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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
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
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 18983P78
Call 000-0800-100-6999
Important information
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Lunch • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Local guide • Entry/Admission - Ekambareswarar Temple • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
Exclusions
Drinks
Duration
13h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
All hotels in chennai
Ports:
Chennai Port Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India
Inclusions
GST (Goods and Services Tax) • Lunch • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Local guide • Entry/Admission - Ekambareswarar Temple • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
Exclusions
Drinks
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
All hotels in chennai
Ports:
Chennai Port Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India
Duration
13h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
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
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Ekambareswarar Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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  • 2
    Kanchipuram
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Kailasanathar Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Pancha Rathas
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Arjuna's Penance
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Krishna's Butter Ball
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Shore Temple
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
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Pooja Kush Bajaj
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Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram with 5 Senses Tour and our guide : Mr.Kannan.
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had taken a day tour with the 5 senses tour and our guide Mr. Kannan to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.

Our guide was polite,respectful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about showing us around.

He took us to Kanchipuram,showed us the oldest temple made out sand and explained us the history behind that. He took us to another beautiful temple made by Cholaz. It was vastly built and I strongly recommend a must visit to this temple.

He explained us every little thing about this temple,then he took us for some good kanjeevarm saree shopping.The shop was good and we also got to experience the silk weaving process.

Mahabalipuram was also nice as it had 5 rathas, shore temple.

What I learnt from this tour with Mr.Kannan is one can always visit on their own but it's only when you visit a place with a good guide,your learning and experience of the place is very good ,indepth and different.

So,I definetly recommend 5 senses tour and with Mr. Kannan.

Thankyou,
PoojaKush Bajaj
Written 22 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello and thanks so much for a detailed feedback. I am delighted you enjoyed the tour of temples of Kanchipuram as well as the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram. Its wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the silk weaving experience as well as the overall guidance of Kannan. It was our pleasure hosting you both.
Written 22 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

elvirabala
Fairfax, VA18 contributions
An amazing and memorable day trip with Rajiv, an expert guide from 5-Senses
Mar 2020
This was the first trip to India and to Chennai, Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram for my three adult children, who are world-class travelers. Mr. Narayanan of 5-Senses set up the one day tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and we could not have wished for any better tour. A perfect, more than satisfying tour that far exceeded our expectations. Indeed, we were fortunate to have Rajiv, as our guide. He was not only knowledgeable and an expert on the culture and history of the region but an able interlocutor for our ever questioning kids. Rajiv truly educated and guided us through not just the sites but their history and relevance to contemporary living. Rajiv did not speak to impress us. He spoke only when needed and kept our interest high throughout the trip. My family and I have been fortunate to live or travel through over 20 countries during our overseas work and we have often used private tour guides in Mexico, South America, Europe, Middle East, former Soviet Union, and Far East Asia. Mr. Rajiv is easily among the top three guides we have had in the past and Mr. Narayanan and his 5-Senses among the very best tour operators in the world. A great unforgettable experience for me and my family.
Written 19 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Olivia R
1 contribution
Highly Recommend
We had the most amazing day leaning about the temples and history of India. Kannan was a wonderful tour guide - very knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, and ready to make your day as memorable as possible. Although the tour involves multiple sites in one day, it does not feel like a long day and is definitely worth it!
Written 15 March 2020
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Chris A
1 contribution
Excellent Tour of Ancient Temples!
Mar 2020
Our tour guide was incredible. He really knew the details of the religious temples we were able to go see, and it truly was enlightening. Not only that, but our guide (Vijay) monitored what we liked and didn't like, and made sure to include more of the former in his discussion with us!
Written 13 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Duy
Hamden, CT2 contributions
Incredible tour!
We booked with Kannan and he was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about the history of India and all of the temples that we went to. Very polite and communication was not a problem at all. I would highly recommend booking this tour if you want to learn a lot about India's history.
Written 13 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Brandon B
Houston, TX1 contribution
Great learning experience and introduction to India
I visited India for business and only had one day to explore. Going with this tour group was the right choice! My guide Mythili was very friendly and knowledgeable, and took her time explaining the details and answering my numerous questions. This tour is very much at your own pace, and open to your choices should you or your group want to go somewhere specific. I always felt safe during the tour and knew Mythili was looking out for my best interests!
Written 27 February 2020
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Kar C
Maplewood, NJ343 contributions
A complete tour to two wonderful places
Feb 2020
The tour was great as expected. We visited Kanchipuram first. We had to leave our shoes at the front gate of the temple and walk into central compound. Remember to wear Socks as there are small stones and loose gravel along the way into the sanctum. Also, the granite gets really hot as you get into the afternoon hours so wearing socks can really protect your feet from the heat. The temples were amazing. The carvings done on the pillars were astounding. Mahabalipuran was majestic as well. Highly recommend this tour.
Written 26 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for taking time to review the tour. I am glad you enjoyed both temples of Kanchipuram and the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram in the company of Vijay. It was our pleasure hosting you.
Written 26 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tomo
1 contribution
Must-participate Tour
Feb 2020
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram are worth visiting if you have a whole day free.
A 12-hour tour is filled with many places of historical interest.
I participated solo, but the price is surprisingly low.
My tour guide, Vijay, was so experienced and knowledgeable that he could make explanations of the places I visited in detail, and answer all the questions I asked him.
His English does not have that strong Indian accent, making it easy to understand to people like me whose native language is not English.

Keep in mind that you should not participate in this tour in the rainy seasons.
Written 24 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello and thanks for this review. It was our pleasure hosting you on this tour of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. I am glad you found Vijay to be experienced and knowledgeable and enjoyed this tour.
Written 26 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John H
1 contribution
Well run tour!
Feb 2020
Was picked up at the hotel at 7am and then had a wonderful day. The driver and tour guide were very good, and Balaji was attentive and spoke good English. The attractions were very nice and I would highly recommend this tour.
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks so much for taking time for this review. I am delighted you enjoyed the tour of Mahabalipuram with Balaji. It was our pleasure.
Written 26 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

kathyk
2 contributions
Thoughtful, engaging and memorable tour
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our group is 4 met Rajkomar in Chennai for a two day tour including local highlights and the UNESCO site Mahabalipuram , Raj spoke excellent English and was thoughtful, and engaging in discussions about social and cultural heritage . A bus tour or guidebook gives you facts while a personal tour gives you a memorable impression. At the historic sites there were granite stone sculpture demonstrating both beauty , majestic aspirations and incredible stone carving skills. The highlights including local active temples, watching love cobra and venomous snakes and the majestic carvings in stone of life events and mythology . Raj took us to wonderful resturant for the best food I had in southern India with both fresh fish and vegetarian dishes .
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello again! Thanks so much for taking time out for this review. I am happy you found Raj Kumar to be a great host and guide and enjoyed your visits to world heritage site of Mahabalipuram as well as the wild life segment where you visited the Madras Crocodile Bank. It was our pleasure to host your group.
Written 16 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Great introduction to Chennai
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Great Fay Trip!
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