Mahabalipuram: South Indian Art, History and Culture


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Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes. Children remain the sole responsibility of the accompanying adult and will need to be supervised at all times.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

Astounding 6th century rock sculptures and visit to a rural agrarian village.

This travel program aims to get you up close and personal with the pulse of South India. We will explore Mahabalipuram, an UNESCO World Heritage site, an area 'considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. ' Mahabalipuram was an important ancient port which was well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. Mahabalipuram is today renowned the world over for its exquisite 6th century rock cut temples and intricate statues of stone. On the way, we visit a "living museum" of South India, Dakshin Chitra to enable an understanding of South Indian lifestyles. We can, after exploring Mamamalapuram, visit a rural agrarian village where you can witness traditional farming techniques and communal lifestyles. You can interact with traditional farmers, get a glimpse of India's caste system, and look into chores, rituals and festivals associated with everyday life in India.

Please note that the visit to the rural village depends on many factors beyond my control that can be determined only on the day of the tour.


We will depart Chennai after breakfast and drive down the scenic East Coast Road. The first stop is the Madras Crocodile Bank, a reptile zoo and herpetology research station. We then arrive at Mahabalipuram where we spend time exploring ancient rock cut temples and exquisite sculptures. We will delve into the history of the Pallavas, an ancient dynasty that once ruled an extensive part of India and beyond. We will then pay a visit to a rural agrarian village, where we will interact with farmers and their families to understand how life in India has been for many centuries and also to look into traditional customs and practices of Indian families. We will return to Chennai for dinner.

Note that a visit to the village depends on many factors that can be determined only on the day of the tour. This includes and is not limited to events such as marriages, political road shows, etc.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Pick up and drop will be at your hotel/place of stay within Chennai city limits.

End location: You will be dropped to your hotel/place of stay within Chennai city limits.

Duration: 8 hours

The normal duration of the tour is about 6-8 hours, including travel time from Chennai.


Modern sedan or SUV with air conditioning.

What’s Included

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.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1500 INR - Fees for cameras etc in sites, wherever applicable. It also will cover a meal in a good restaurant.Other expenses not included here are shopping expenditure and for items of personal nature. For groups of 4 adults and above, we will hire an SUV and there is an extra cost. Please contact me for details.

What’s Extra

Camera fees wherever applicable. For groups larger than 3 people (4 and above) we will hire a Toyota SUV with a driver, cost is USD 95 which must be payed at the start of tour. Entrance fees wherever applicable. Meals. Items personal in nature.

A Recent Review of this tour

Really enjoyed this tour with Chandan , he was great company, relaxed, knowledgeable and passionate about the historic and creative aspects of the site. Go to his recommended seafood restaurant for's amazing!
Ewen Mcpherson

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