Mahabalipuram, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is an area considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. It was an important ancient port which was well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks.
What to Expect
Mahabalipuram is today renowned the world over for its exquisite 6th century rock cut temples and intricate statues of stone. On the way, visit the "living museum" of South India, Dakshin Chitra to enable an understanding of South Indian lifestyles.
After breakfast depart from your hotel in Chennai drive down the scenic East Coast Road. The first stop is"living museum" of South India, Dakshin Chitra (closed on Tuesday only). Then proceed to Madras Crocodile Bank, a reptile zoo and herpetology research station.
After that arrive at Mahabalipuram where you spend time exploring ancient rock cut temples and exquisite sculptures. You will delve into the history of the Pallavas, an ancient dynasty that once ruled an extensive part of India and beyond. Then enjoy a visit to a rural village to understand how life in India has been for many centuries and also to look into traditional customs and practices of Indian families. After that return to Chennai and be transferred to your hotel.
- Pick-up and drop off at your hotel or the airport
- English-speaking professional certified tour guide
- Air-conditioned private vehicle with driver