Mahabalipuram: South Indian Art, History and Culture - Private Tour from Chennai


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Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, Day Trip / Out of Town, City


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: 3



English (fluent)

Astounding 6th century rock sculptures

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 Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 7 hours

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


Modern Compact SUV, Honda WRV.

What’s Included

Other: - 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 compact SUV, Honda WRV.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5000 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.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Entrance and Camera fees wherever applicable.

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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