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India: Tourist eSIM Data Plan

1. India: Tourist eSIM Data Plan

Explore India with a traveller-focused eSIM from 1 to 30 days. Get seamless connections while travelling with a prepaid plan perfect for iPhones and other smartphones. Effortlessly purchase and install your eSIM anytime, anywhere, and choose from various data packages and validity options. Activate your eSIM by scanning the eSIM QR code, and get instant access to all your essential apps as soon as you land in India. Say goodbye to the hassle of managing multiple SIM cards with this eco-friendly solution. Experience immediate connection, allowing you to hail a cab, check into your hotel, or post your first Indian adventure on social media without delay. Enjoy simple access with just one eSIM, and you can easily top up by purchasing and activating additional eSIM plans if needed.

India: eSim Mobile Data Plan

2. India: eSim Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to India hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in India. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access 4G or 5G networks and all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Most devices released after 2019 are compatible with eSIM (e.g. iPhone XR, XS of models beyond, Google Pixel 4 and beyond). If you are unsure, please check the compatibility guideline photo to confirm eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Carriers to use: Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, or Fascel

Chennai Walking Tour ( 2 hours guided tour)

3. Chennai Walking Tour ( 2 hours guided tour)

Welcome to a journey that invites you to explore Chennai from a unique perspective. Our Guided Walking Tour is a gateway to the heart and soul of this vibrant city, where history, culture, and local life come to life through every step you take. Our experienced guides will lead you through the labyrinth of bustling streets, hidden alleys, and enchanting courtyards, revealing the hidden stories, traditions, and secrets of Chennai. You'll uncover the rich tapestry of the city's history as you visit historic sites, architectural marvels, and iconic landmarks that have witnessed the passage of time. But this tour is not just about the past; it's a chance to connect with the living culture of Chennai. You'll have the opportunity to engage with locals, witness daily life, and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere. Whether it's chatting with street vendors, sampling local delicacies, or simply observing the rhythms of the bustling markets, you'll become a part of Chennai's fabric. Our Guided Walking Tour is designed to offer a perfect balance of history, culture, and local experiences. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a culture lover, or a curious traveler, this tour provides an enriching and immersive exploration of Chennai.

Chennai: Private Day Tour with Transportation and Tickets

4. Chennai: Private Day Tour with Transportation and Tickets

Discover Chennai, the vibrant epicenter of Tamil Nadu's rich political and cultural heritage. Chennai is acclaimed as the "Gateway to South India" due to its status as the oldest modern city in India. Experience the essence of Chennai's history and spirituality on a private trip. Get ready to be enchanted by Chennai's historical charm. The holy Kapaleeshwar Temple is your first stop. It is right in the middle of the Mylapore district. This architectural masterpiece has a 37-meter gopuram at its entrance. As you enter the revered Agraharam, continue your journey through the complex tapestry of Hindu history. Explore the timeless appeal of old Hindu traditions and buildings, taking in the peaceful atmosphere and cultural wealth that these places give off. One of the best things about this stop is the chance to enjoy real, delicious filter coffee that was made with great care by Brahmins. Next, experience the vibrant atmosphere of one of Chennai's renowned fish markets, the Pattinapakkam Fish Market. This market is bustling with diverse varieties of fresh fish and stalls that fry fish on-site. Afterward, head to Fort St. George and the Government Museum. Explore the historic British-built Fort St. George, housing the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and a museum showcasing artifacts depicting Chennai's history and colonial era. Take a scenic drive along Marina Beach next, India's longest urban shore. Take in the scenery as you watch the colorful fabric of local life play out against the blue waters. Choose to take a horseback ride along the shore while you are here (cost not included). Continue to the Santhome Cathedral Basilica, a monumental cathedral built over the tomb of one of Jesus' apostles, showcasing the ancient roots of Christianity in India. Before the end of the tour, visit St. George's Cathedral, renowned for its architecture and tranquil ambiance. Known for its beaches, temples, textiles, historical monuments, Carnatic music, and classical dances, Chennai is an ancient city steeped in culture, trade, and impressive architecture. It embodies a unique blend of colonial influences from the British and French eras.

Chennai: Mahabalipuram Tour with Lunch

5. Chennai: Mahabalipuram Tour with Lunch

Your experience will begin as you are collected from your accommodation at 7:30AM, at which point you will make your way to Mahabalipuram. Once having arrived, Panch Rathas is your first destination. These are rock-cut monolith structures which are dedicated to the lead cast of the Mahabharata epic. They are dedicated to Draupadi, Arjuna, Nakul-Sahadeva, Bhima and Yudhister. There is also a sculpture of an elephant next to the ratha of Nakul-Sahadeva. Next in the itinerary is Arjuna’s Penance, a 100-foot by 45-foot open-air rock relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic has been carved. The River Ganga is at the center of the panel, and is surrounded by divine beings, hunters, animals, birds, and trees belonging to the Himalayan ranges. The next stop is to Krishna’s Butterball, a 5-meter ball-shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and seems to defy Newton’s laws of gravity. Next up, the magnificent Shore Temple beckons you. This 8th-century structural temple is made of granite, and served as a beacon for seafarers of the time. Legend says that this was a part of a complex of 7 temples dotted along the sea, and the legendary traveler Marco Polo also mentioned Mahabalipuram in his memoirs, referring to it as the "City of 7 Pagodas". Following this final stop, you will travel back to Chennai where you will be dropped off back to your hotel by 3:30PM.

Highlights of the Chennai (Guided Half Day City Tour)

6. Highlights of the Chennai (Guided Half Day City Tour)

If you are running short on time or just come down to explore tourist destinations in and around city, half day city tour is the best option. We have picked up all the spilled pieces together and created a beautiful garland of it in our Trails of Pondicherry tour, an unmatched heritage experience with awesome stories to understand a city's existence, culture and lifestyle. Visit the Kapaleeswarar Temple dedicated to lord Shiva - most ancient temple built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture, who's original temple structure have been destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century AD. Visit the Parthasarathy Temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, built by the Pallavas in the 8th century have idol in five forms. Visit the marine driver and Chennai Marina Lighthouse and white sandy Marina beach beach- the second largest in the world. Visit the Vivekananda House and Museum known as the Ice House a memorial for Swami Vivekanada Visit the Perarignar Anna Memorial, Dr MGR Memorial and Museum, oldest university with beautiful architecture. Annai Vailankanni Shrine - Gothic-style Catholic pilgrimage destination with a small museum and Elliot Beach. Visit the beautiful Trails of Chennai on this tour with our guide.

Chennai: India eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

7. Chennai: India eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. If you have a connected trip in Asia, just simply select the 22 Asian countries option, which covers: Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, South Korea If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:Bharti/Vodafone

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

8. Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Starting in Chennai, you'll be transported to Mahabalipuram, famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially its stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the magnificent 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. In addition, you’ll also visit the 7th-century Five Rathas shrine, also known as Pancha Rathas. After visiting Mahabalipuram you'll stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the "golden city of a thousand temples" and is also one of the 7 sacred cities of India. The city has some grand and majestic buildings that reflect the architectural experiments undertaken by different dynasties ruling the city over the centuries. Visit historic spots like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareswara Temple. All of these are excellent specimens of the architectural splendor of the medieval period.   

Chennai Walk of Divinity (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

9. Chennai Walk of Divinity (2 Hours Guided Walking Tour)

This walk is very different because when we go on any tour, we are exploring and experiencing places and things that are outside, but on this tour we will be taking a journey inwards and you will explore the very life within, it could be a life changing experience if you decide to take it in the right perspective. Connect the dots of spirituality, religion and science to make sense and go beyond the framework of logic, an experience designed to elevate your spiritual journey. Marundeeswarar Temple - temple dedicated to Hindu deity Shiva in form of Aushadeeswarar, the God of Medicines. Temple has dravidian architecture and has been a place of curative worship for people with diseases.

Chennai Street Food Crawl ( 2 hours guided walking tour)

10. Chennai Street Food Crawl ( 2 hours guided walking tour)

Explore the vibrant and diverse flavors of Chennai with a guided food tour that invites you to embark on a mouthwatering journey through the heart of Tamil Nadu's capital. Your experienced guide will lead you to culinary hotspots beloved among locals but often hidden from tourists. It's here that you'll get to sample an array of delectable local delicacies, including idiyappam, dhokla, and a tempting variety of sweets and snacks that tell the story of Chennai's rich gastronomic heritage. As you stroll through the bustling streets, you'll witness the lively and colorful markets, hear the sizzle of street vendors at work, and immerse yourself in the aromatic blend of spices wafting through the air. This food adventure not only provides a feast for your taste buds but also offers a unique opportunity to connect with the city's vibrant food culture and the warm-hearted people behind these culinary treasures. Join us for an unforgettable culinary voyage as we uncover the true essence of Chennai, one delicious bite at a time. Get ready to savor the city's soul through its delectable offerings.

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(24 reviews)

My Chennai walking tour was amazing. There was good communication prior to the trip, and meeting up on the day. Tharun was a fantastic guide: very knowledgable about Indian history, informative, helpful, friendly and always happy to answer any questions and take pics, and I learnt so much from him. I had a first class experience visiting these amazing architecture sites in Chennai, and would highly recommend it.

Great! A beautiful panel of sweet and salt with a climax ending instead! Very friendly young guide, knowledgeable about good addresses! With it you will no longer be afraid of Indian street food! 🤩🤩 I recommend!👍🏻✅

Very easy to install on an iPhone 14, just scanned the QR code to install before I left the UK and as soon as I landed in Goa the ESim started to work. No issues at all

Rebecca our guide was extremely knowledgable and kind. She gave us a great overview of the city and we learned so much more about the history and culture of Chennai

Good tour guides and driver, making the experience as fuss-free as possible