Msrk SmallerUnited Kingdom
Chandan was a very friendly knowledgeable guide, who tailored the day for our very specific requirements. I would recommend his tour to anybody interested in this area of India, though I understand he also knows about other regions as well.
Gabriela S.United States
Chandan is simply fantastic. The three of us did not want the tour to end. He was knowledgeable about the spaces we were traveling to and, most important, he is super friendly and a great conversationalist. In other words, a great guide. It is hard to pick what was the highlight of the tour. Mahabalipuram is amazing but we were equally impressed by the houses from different regions park - it sounds odd but it was super interesting. Really got a sense of the place with Chandan. Definitely recommend!
Thomas SipherUnited States
My tour with Chandan S. was exactly as desired, providing an in-depth tour of a few locations rather than a rushed visit to a multitude of sites. His historical knowledge brought a good mix of infrastructure, politics, and spiritualism to modern day, recent times (100 years ago) and ancient times. Our english fluency was well matched making true dialog and debate natural and rapid. All aspects of our interactions were very comfortable and well prepared, I felt very safe and secure at all times.
Thomas GullettUnited States
An absolutely incredible experience. I'd expected to tour Mahabalipuram. What I received was an education. Chandan provided an impressive amount of understandable historical information, including the differences in architecture. Perhaps more importantly, he was able to bring alive the stories told in the carvings made 1400 years ago, stories that were already more 1000 years old then and are still a part Hinduism today. This was an excellent experience and a memorable introduction to India.
Lindsay SowmanNew Zealand
Chandan was really fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, and shared so much valuable and interesting information, which he wove into a narrative that was so easy to understand. He was flexible and adjusted our plan during the day as was necessary. He was also very polite and respectful, and I enjoyed his company immensely. The day was so enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend this guide and this tour, especially to first-time visitors to India, like myself.
A very personal and engaging guide. Good knowledge and generous with his time
Paul LadertaUnited States
Throughly enjoyed our day with Chandan. My wife and I were fortunate enough to have hired Chandan for our day tour in Chennai while traveling on the Queen Mary 2. We found Chandan to be very professional, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. My wife had a few particular shopping requests, and Chandan went out of his way to ensure that this was accomplished. We would definitely recommend Chandan; he definitely made our visit to Chennai and most memorable one! Thank you, Chandan!
Outstanding guide, both in his knowledge and his manner! I would highly recommend Chandan to all who visit Chennai! We truly had a memorable day getting to know this wonderful city.
Ewen McphersonUnited Kingdom
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 lunch...it's amazing!
Limor TomerUnited States
an excellent guide! highly recommended. Smart, sophisticated, knowledgeable. I had a fantastic tour.
Jenny MosleyUnited Kingdom
I thoroughly enjoyed my days outing with Chandan. He is a very scholarly, erudite young man who knows his history. He took me to Fort St George and his passion and interesting slant on the history of India was very infectious. He brought history alive for me and has made me dash off and uncover all sorts of resource books and documentaries. He balances seriousness with charming idiosyncratic visits which spice up your day. We had such a lovely time and I would highly recommend
Arthur CummingsUnited States
My wife and I enjoyed a terrific one day tour of Chennai with Chandan. It was very hot and he made sure to keep us hydrated with some of the local tender coconuts and sweet lime juice! Chandan is extremely knowledgeable about not only the history of the city but India at large as well. We learned a lot about the evolution of Indian culture and society, art and religion. It was a motor tour and his ability to navigate the traffic and streets was truly impressive. Fluent in English and tremendous guide.
Kevin JonesUnited Kingdom
Chandan gave myself and my wife a wonderful tour of Chennai. He is a tremendously knowledgeable guide and I can heartily recommend him to anyone looking for a top-notch, insightful and thoroughly entertaining day tour experience. Chandan knows all the best spots to visit in Chennai, while having an encyclopaedic grasp of the history of India as a whole stretching back through the millennia, along with a great sense of humour. We only wish we had a few more days here to take another splendid tour with him.
Dennis AnthonyUnited Kingdom
We spent last Sunday 19th March in Chennai which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide was knowledgeable and informative. The mix of places visited were varied and interesting. We particularly found the Museum exhibit of Chola bronzes fascinating and beautiful. We will recommend tours by locals to friends and will use them again when we travel. Dennis and Christine Anthony
Diane RigoUnited States
Chandan is an exceptional guide who is fabulously knowledgeable about Chennai and Indian history and culture. His enthusiasm is so infectious that we were sorry we only had 4 hours to spend with him.
Jonathan AbendscheinUnited States
Linda BarrettUnited Kingdom
Wow, what a day. Chandan was a fantastic guide on our tour. He has a wealth of knowledge and with great passion. He is a beautiful man that delivers 100%. No question was unanswered & even brought my husband Darren to react with 'goosebumps' as he had a connection with a part of history that Chandan was so elequently describing. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Chandan also helped us with great suggestions for our onward travels in S. India. We will treasure this day for the rest of our lives.
Denise SelatiUnited States
A great day---very interesting and Chandan was a great guide
Stephen Fairs-HallCayman Islands
Sorry for taking so long in writing this review. WE had the pleasure of Chandan and his father Ben's company in Chennai in November of 2016. Thanks to you and your father (Ben) we discovered so much about every aspect of not only Chennai.But also the religion and life of that part of India. Despite the chaos caused by the currency restrictions being imposed at that time you and Ben (a retired professor) showed us so much that we have to come back, this time to visit Pondicherry.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Stephen, thank you very much for the kind review, and asking after me. I have completely recovered, and am back on track in all ways! I do hope I see you guys again very very soon!
Craig W.New Zealand
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour by Chandan and were very impressed with both his knowledge and his cheerfully and thoughtfully answering of all of our many questions. After hearing of our interest in education, religion, and political science, Chandan kept us fascinated and riveted with interesting stories that gave us a window into the local and national scene. We felt very lucky to have him as our guide. Highly recommended!
Andrew PetersUnited Kingdom
We enjoyed a really intense 16 day tour of Southern India. We saw, smelt, felt, tasted and heard a true slice of Southern India. From chaotic, frantic Chennai, orderly Pondicherry, 70's futuristic Auroville, via the devout temples of Tamil Nadu to the beautiful mountains of the Western Ghats, on to a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala ending in Kochi. A lifelong memory of a journey, with a great driver in a spacious vehicle for the 5 of us, mainly with Chandan's father, a very characterful guide.
Lynn BrooksUnited Kingdom
As Chandan was already booked,we had his knowledgable father as our guide .As a professsor ,he was passionate about the culture & history of the places we visited & made the carvings come alive.Missed out on our tour of a village as we overan on the architecture,which was a pity. A charming,educated man who loved England & the British,but sadly now retiring to another area of India.Skip the crocodile show on the way there as we did as its wastes time for better things & is a tourist trap.
I really enjoyed my tour of Chennai with Chandan. He's a great guide, really informative and interesting to talk to. I think i got much more out of my day in Chennai on this tour than I would have just sightseeing on my own.
Ronda SchmidtUnited States
I went on the Mahabalipuram tour with my two children ages 9 and 12. Chandan interacted wonderfully will the children and made the tour fun. The area was beautiful and Chandan was very knowledgable about the sculptures and stories. We will be returning to Chennai and look forward to booking another tour!
Chandon was a superb tour guide. He took me to all the places I requested, was great at explaining this history and culture, and we ate awesome dishes. I would highly recommend Chandon.
David CormackUnited Kingdom
Great day out and I learned a lot. Day developed well with a few choice sites while he figured out my needs which was to get in amongst those who live in Chennai. The bronze works and stone works in the museum must be seen but mostly I really enjoyed the market and the traditional linen store - a real throwback to the 1930's and possibly before - four people to check me out, all sitting beside each other in a row - brilliant. A very professional yet personal day with someone who cares about where he lives
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: There was a misunderstanding with the customer regarding transport cost for this 2 week tour. To set things right, the customer was refunded the entire sum - to not leave a bad taste. Unfortunately it still seems to have.
Chandan Seetheram cheated us out of US$500. I would not recommend him to anyone!
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We have discussed the issue with Chandan and we was very sorry for the misunderstood with the traveler and accepted to provide him a full refund.
Michael HostetterUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Chanda. He is an engaging and outgoing guide who is very knowledgeable about Tamil history and traditions. He provides great insight into the background of the sights and makes it very interesting. Anyone looking for a guide in Chennai should use him.
Bill Q.United States
A very special and unusual request / tour. Focused on Family History research - all objectives met and some very special memories acquired. Thank you.