Day Trips in Chennai (Madras)

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  • Alan Q
    London, UK5 contributions
    Fantastic tour of temples today. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Everything ran seamlessly and to the expected timeframes. Tried local cuisine and went shopping for silks. Would highly recommend this tour provider.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • Bob
    2 contributions
    Mr. Kannan was very informative in the historical perspective of Mahabalipuram and the significance to the region and the people of India. The carvings were amazing. Lunch was an excellent choice reflecting the cuisine of Southern India.
    Written 21 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Joe Clarke
    3 contributions
    Thanks to trip advisor for organising such a wonderful trip.the flight they booked for me was quite outstanding and the overall service was also good.i am happy with their service,best travel agency for a reason
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • Nero
    6 contributions
    We have an excellent trip with our tour operator Five senses. The day trip to Pondicherry was exciting and our guide Kannan ensured we were comfortable , hydrated and well feed. He is also very informative. I recommend to use this company. We had a great day out.
    Written 20 April 2022
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  • David J
    2 contributions
    This guided tour takes you to a zoo, an urban national park, and a reptile farm. While the city location means the animals are in captivity, one of the things you will learn from each location is that India is working to preserve it's wildlife heritage.

    My personal favorite was the reptile facility. Watching the workers there handle live cobras and extract venom for making antivenom was hair raising. The snakes are returned to the wild after a few draws. Meanwhile the lizard collection is unlike anything I have seen, and it was noted on one enclosure that some of these lizards are placed in the wild to help replenish endangered populations.

    My guide Raj was highly fluent in English, quite friendly, and took us to a restaurant that served a very tasty South Indian lunch. A day well spent.
    Written 26 January 2020
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  • Vesa L
    6 contributions
    Booked this trip as its itinerary contained what I wanted + the English guide.
    Pickup from hotel was in time, and I was surprised to be the only participant. At the end I had three guys at my service: driver, tour lead and local guide.
    This worked out well.
    I got good intro to all the locations plus two extra as the trip went so smoothly.
    A very interesting place, especially with the guides.
    Quite hot in late April, a good idea to start as early as possible, even if that makes the lunch timing a challenge.

    Four stars as all so fine but no luxury.

    Could use the same team again.
    Written 27 April 2019
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  • Moti Mahal Barbecues
    15 contributions
    Last month, We have visited Kanchipuram temples from Chennai by a private cab . It was a private tour. Really this place is awesome and each and every temples were unique. Love the tour very much...
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Karyn Mark
    Toronto, Canada15 contributions
    We had a the best day - our guide was amazing, so kind and gracious and had our comfort and enjoyment in mind the whole day. All of the details were taken care of an all we had to do was show up and enjoy. The tour guides at the various stops were amazing, the lunch was incredible and all of the sights and history we discovered that day was really amazing. Our host and driver were great.

    I would highly recommend this tour and would do it again!
    Written 15 August 2019
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  • Steve Vanstone
    Toronto, Canada8 contributions
    Took a day trip from Chennai to Pondichery and then to Mahabalipuram with Vijay from Five Senses Tours. Fascinating trip to the former French colony with a side trip to the Auroville commune. Then visited the Mahabalipuram monuments on the way back to Chennai. Vijay was a fabulous tour guide and host. We had great conversation on the trip and he was quite knowledgeable. He also arranged a specialist additional guide for Mahabalipuram. All sites were interesting but I'm particularly happy that I visited Mahabalipuram with its monolithic monuments (carved from single large stone!). I highly recommend Vijay and Five Senses. I'll likely be back in Chennai in the future and will certainly use them again.
    Written 11 May 2019
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  • Shelendra Agarwal
    8 contributions
    Good sightseeing if you are interested in old monument, i will not suggest to take a dip in water as water quality seems to be bad. ASI need to maintain the original nature of many temples and educate the people about the purpose of temples and not just the characters of building.
    Written 16 March 2020
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  • Satyajeet B
    4 contributions
    I booked a cab from Chennai Airport to Pondicherry and on the way visited Mahabalipuram and Auroville. Rajesh from Wonder Tours helped me with different itineraries but I wasn't very keen on travelling a lot and wanted something that fit my budget. Hence they worked out a day trip with pickup from Chennai airport, visited the Various monuments in Mahabalipuram and Also Auroville. Though for a single passenger, the amount did feel a lot but if then it's based on the car and driver - in which you can seat more than one person and upto 3-4 people. It would've been perfect for a family to pay that much but then I'll also say that I got every penny's worth. The car was clean, the driver was polite and professional and all throughout rajesh helped me with the booking. It was a worry-free, hassle free travel with everything going as planned.
    Written 28 December 2021
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  • VinuNair1705
    Chennai (Madras), India6 contributions
    Very well planned sequence to help us with nuances of the changes over the period the temples were cut.
    Written 1 October 2021
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  • sbanerjee_13
    Durgapur, India220 contributions
    Nice trip. We meet Kanchi Shankaracharya. We see Kamakshi Amma temple, Sri Ekambaranathar temple and Kailashantha temple. All are very annicent and nice work on temple body.
    Written 2 April 2022
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  • Christrippin
    3 contributions
    One of the most memorable days of my life. I was blown away. It was such a privilege to see these ancient works of art and architecture . I was traveling solo and this was a fantastic way to spend the day. My guide was knowledgeable of the history and of course the culture. He explained religious philosophy so a westerner could easily understand. He helped me get great photos, he drew diagrams and was patient while I made notes. I had one of the best meals of my trip at a lovely local restaurant near the temples. Our driver was safe and I was never nervous. The entire day was just awesome, perfect.
    Written 28 June 2019
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  • Iris_kyrah
    Hong Kong, China1 contribution
    Operator picked up on time from hotel, explained all temples and monuments in mahabalipiram and kanchipuram. Explained. Excellent service by The HoBo
    Written 2 March 2022
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