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Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry trip from Chennai by Wonder tours
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Mahabalipuram & Pondicherry trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

By Wonder Tours
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About
Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century.The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember. DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way.
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Duration: 12h
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  • Lunch
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Monuments
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
  • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
  • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
  • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
  • Entry/Admission - Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Pondicherry
What's not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Our tour guide will meet and pick up you from all hotels in Chennai.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Chennai Airport, Chennai (Madras) India
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • CHENNAI PORT, 37MV+M95, Chennai Port Trust, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600001, India
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Near public transportation
        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 107256P27

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
        • 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.

        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: 107256P27

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        • Wonder Tours
          254
          India
          Joined in November 2018
        • stefano t
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          One day in Chennai
          Vexy exciting and beatiful day in Chennay with Rajesh. Great experience inside indian temples and catholic churches.
          Written 9 June 2024
        • sarahQ6080CK
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Group of monuments!!
          There is a group of monuments in the small village which is wonderful.Our guide Basha showed every monuments with brief history.
          Written 6 June 2024
        • sarahQ6080CK
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommended!!
          Good introduction to Chennai by our guide Rajesh.Temple,fort and church having lots of history.We will highly recommend this tour to everyone.
          Written 6 June 2024
        • Y6241HJthomask
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Marvelous architecture
          We visited 4 temples and old Indian house name Kanchi Kudil.The city had lot of marvelous temples.Later lunch at local restaurant with our guide was fantastic.
          Written 2 June 2024
        • X1169RMjohnw
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic experience
          Both places are good,especially mahabalipuram.our guide done a fantastic job.Lunch at the local restaurant is yummy.
          Written 31 May 2024
        • johnathans2017
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoyable tour and well taken care by the guide.
          I was met by Rajesh at the Hotel. He had advised me to dress appropriately for the temple visits. Thank you to Rajesh for being a wonderful guide and went beyond his duties to make my tour a great one. Had a wonderful trip to all the places. The driver managed the Chennai traffic very well. All in all a fabulous experience and would recommend anybody. Thanks.
          Written 28 May 2024
        • nickaM4616CP
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Marvellous tour!
          Marvellous tour with our guide Rajesh.We went all historical sites in city.Lot of interesting information about the city.
          Written 22 May 2024
        • petercD3708VL
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Totally worth!
          Day trip to Kanchipuram was fabulous.Our Vijay guide made the tour interesting.We went 4 temples and silk weaving places.
          Written 22 May 2024
        • carlmZ9738MP
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Incredible walking tour!!
          Our guide, Rajesh was phenomenal! He kept our large group together through the busy market streets and provided a tremendous amount of information.
          Written 15 May 2024
        • andrewpdraper
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Tour - Hits the Highlights- History, Temples, Churches, Daily Life and Food
          A great way to see a little of Chennai. Great driver and guide. I definitely recommend this tour. Sunday is a good time to go, less traffic but more people doing local things - very immersive.
          Written 11 May 2024
        • G7243FEjohna
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Lot of information
          This tour started on time.I got lots of information about the temple with our guide Rajesh.We had snacks and Delicious filter coffee at the end.
          Written 10 May 2024
        • Dream36275959662
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommended
          Recommended for the first time traveling to Chennai.Both temple and church having lots of history.Our guide Nanda explained very well about the history and culture.
          Written 3 May 2024
        • Y1378MBjanek
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Delicious and informative !
          Rajesh was absolutely wonderful - he was the perfect mix of funny, entertaining and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely delicious- I HIGHLY recommend.
          Written 2 May 2024
        • Y1378MBjanek
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great way to learn about the Mahabalipuram !
          Our guide was full of knowledge and took her time in explaining all the points on the tour. While 7 hours seems like a long time, we learned many interesting facts about village !
          Written 2 May 2024
        • N3445KGalexandrah
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fabulous
          Great walking tour at busy market area.Brilliant explanation by our guide Rajesh.Higjly recommend this walking tour.
          Written 30 April 2024
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        Kris R
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Solo
        The temples are amazing and the grounds are well kept. The (3) site pass is a great investment. It is unfortunate that the India government adds such a hefty fee for foreigners (600irp instead of 40 irp for nationals).
        Written 10 June 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 13 June 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Evan C
        Manchester, UK2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2024 • Friends
        Wow! What can I say, fantastic tour with absolutely beautiful. Very well organized and a wonderful host named Rajesh. He even made a special stop for us.We saw both places in one day it's very interesting.
        Written 26 April 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 27 April 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Traveller H
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Solo
        Lovely experience with Wonder tours.I booked the tour at last minute.Tour started from Chennai and we visited Pondicherry.After lunch we visited Mahabalipuram.Both places are amazing and our guide Nanda is brilliant.
        Written 17 May 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 2 June 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        John A
        Mauritius2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2024 • Solo
        Great experience and history of 2 places. Basha did a great job and obviously is a
        local to the area so has a detailed history of the area.Would recommend
        Written 10 May 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 2 June 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Debbie
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very long day trip with our guide Nanda.He patiently answered all my questions.Both Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry are the great places to visit.
        Written 4 May 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 10 May 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Anne C
        Seattle, WA3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2024 • Friends
        The guide is very knowledgeable and can provide lot of historical information.The sights are very impressive especially butterball and Auroville.
        Written 13 January 2024
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 18 January 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Amy J
        California6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A long tour with lots of interesting places.Both Basha and Rajesh were experienced and funny.We got the lots of historical information about the cities.
        Written 12 December 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 12 December 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Alison K
        London, UK2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2023 • Couples
        This trip was our best experience in India by far.we had a fabulous day from the moment we were picked up at our hotel until our return.we felt that we experienced India at its most authentic trip.
        Written 2 December 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 12 December 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Lau R
        New Orleans, LA2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2023 • Couples
        We visited two heritage sites in a day.Both Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry.We finished Pondicherry earlier and went to Mahabalipuram.Our guide is very knowledgeable and gave plenty of information about the places.
        Written 9 November 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 12 November 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Marilyn K
        London, UK16 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful trip. Both Basha and Gosh are amazing guide with great knowledge about city and culture of both Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram.The tour is perfect for those who want to discover the 2 cities in one day.
        Written 4 November 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        Hi We are happy that you enjoyed your Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry tour . It was our pleasure to hosting you. We are doing Multi-day tours in North and South India.We are waiting to do more tours with you and it definitely gives you a Wonderful experience. Cheers, The Wonder tours team
        Written 8 November 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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