The Golden City with a Thousand Temples
Kanchipuram is the land of a 1000 intricately designed temples. The capital of the ancient Pallava dynasty, its temples will hold you in awe inspiring sway, where you can have a veritable dialogue with history in intricate stone carvings. Kanchipuram is also the birth place of Bodhidharma, the monk who took Zen Buddhism to China and consequently to the Far East.
We will delve into South Indian History and art by visiting some of the most ancient and magnificent temples in South India. We will be stunned by some of the most intricate stone carvings in the world. We will explore many interesting myth and folklore tales and be amazed by the knowledge of the ancients.
This one day tour will immerse you into ancient Indian culture and will definitely be an experience that you cherish for a lifetime!
We will leave Chennai after an early breakfast and explore Kanchipurams temples and history. After a delicious, healthy and traditional South Indian meal served on banana leaves, when most of the temples close for the afternoon we will shop for some world renowned Silk sarees and explore and understand traditional art and craft.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up and drop to your hotel/place of stay within Chennai city limits by a private air conditioned vehicle equipped with comfortable bucket seats
End location: You will dropped back to your hotel/place of stay within Chennai city limits.
Duration: 8 hours
Please note that Kanchipuram is about 80km/50 miles from Chennai on a major highway. We will encounter moderate to heavy traffic especially on the way back. Normal travel time is 1.5 tou 2 hours from central chennai, but can get extended at times.
We will travel in a comfortable, modern vehicle equipped with bucket seats and air conditioning.
My services as your personal guide and interpreter for the duration of the tour. Transportation for up to 3 people in an air conditioned modern sedan, Honda Amaze. For groups of 4 adults and above, we will hire an SUV and there is an extra cost. Please contact me for details.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2500 INR - Meals fees for cameras etc in sites, wherever applicable. Other expenses not included here are shopping expenditure and for items of personal nature.
Camera fees wherever applicable. For groups larger than 3 people (4 and above) we will hire a Toyota SUV with a driver, cost is INR 6,500. Please contact me for details. Meals. Items personal in nature
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Chandan's tailored two-day tour was just what we were looking for. A city tour of Chennai and Mahabalipuram with a mix of the local people and culture as well as the usual tourism high points. Chandan is extremely knowledgeable, professional and unabashed in his enthusiasm and frankness about his subject matter. Thinking we already knew India, Chandan introduced us to Tamil Nadu, a part of the country of which we were totally unaware. We had fun while learning a lot. Great job, Chandan, thank you!
John Paul Macdonald