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Chennai, Kapaleeshwarar Temple & Marina Beach Private Tour

1. Chennai, Kapaleeshwarar Temple & Marina Beach Private Tour

Start your tour of Chennai with a visit to the St. George Fort, located on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. Fort St. George was named after St. George, the patron saint of England, and is deemed to be one of the most prominent tourist spots in Chennai. The Fort Museum is a large repository of arms and armaments. It also exhibits a wide range of artifacts dating back to the British period. These artifacts comprise of uniforms, manuscripts, paintings, letters, coins and much more. Afterwards, it's on to the Kapaleeshwarar, which was built around the 7th-century and is a good example of Dravidian architecture Then a visit to the Government Museum of Chennai, one of the best museums in India and a prime tourist attraction. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and other historical objects from the Chola, Hoysala, Vijayanagar and Chalukya dynasties. You'll then end the day with a visit to Marina Beach to relax and unwind. Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world from where you can watch the sunset.

Chennai: Marina Beach and Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

2. Chennai: Marina Beach and Private Sightseeing Guided Tour

Join this private day trip to explore Chennai. Explore a mix of historical Chennai and a calming side to the city as you see across Marina Beach. Marvel at Vivekananda House, Chennai Lighthouse, Parthasarathy Temple, and other iconic sites. Start your day with a convenient pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, relax, and enjoy the ride as you head to Marina Beach. Feel relaxed and calm as you see the spectacular beach up close and personal. Walk along one of the world's longest urban beaches, which is 13 kilometers long and stretches across Bay of Bengal waters. After a walk along the beach, you will head to see the Chennai Lighthouse, where you can go in and see a bird's eye view of the whole city. Next, you will head to see the Parthasarathy Temple, where your guide will tell you all about the local religious traditions.

Chennai: St. George Fort, Kapaleeshwarar Temple & Marina

3. Chennai: St. George Fort, Kapaleeshwarar Temple & Marina

This tour commences with a pick up drive to St. George Fort, the first English fortress built in India. The fortress became a stronghold for the East India Company during the 17th century. At the fortress, there's a combined museum with a marvelous collection of antiques & well-preserved galleries. Get glimpses of years-old artifacts such as uniforms, letters, & many more before heading towards Kapaleeshwar temple. Kapaleeshwar is believed to be the place where Shakti (Hindu goddess) worshiped Lord Shiva in the form of a peacock. Around the 7th century AD, Pallavas built the temple dedicated to Shiva. Witness the captivating Dravidian architectural tone used on the temple. Next, stop by the Government Museum where you will see specimens from all different dynasties & periods. Following this, we'll finally arrive at India's longest & world's second-longest beach, Marina Beach. Find calm watching the sea as your trip concludes.

Chennai: Marina Beach Heritage Walk

4. Chennai: Marina Beach Heritage Walk

Start the tour at 4 PM at Marina Light House where your tour will commence. Meet your guide and follow them as you set off along the beach. First, climb up the lighthouse for a great view of the beach and the city, before heading back down to explore the Maritime Museum. Continue your walk and soak up the festive atmosphere as you listen to your guide tell the story of Chennai through its statues. The statues tell a great story about the evolution of the city from a small fishing village to a thriving metropolis. Next, head to the famous Vivekananda House and learn about Swamy Vivekananda and his landmark speech about Indian Philosophy. Hear more about how he was the first religious leader in India to understand the need to provide food and other bare necessities of life to the hungry millions.  Make your last stop at the ancient Parthsarathy Temple. Take a guided walk inside the temple and its surroundings as you get to know the rituals. Admire incarnations of Vishnu and shrines which were built during the rule of Cholas and Vijayanagara Kings. Be spellbound by the intricately carved pillars of the temple. Finally, end the tour at 7 PM outside the temple.

Highlights of Chennai (Guided Full Day City Tour)

5. Highlights of Chennai (Guided Full Day City Tour)

Explore the vibrant tapestry of Chennai with our full-day city tour, a journey through the rich history, culture, and modernity of South India's dynamic metropolis. From ancient temples to bustling markets and iconic landmarks, our tour is your gateway to the diverse and colorful soul of Chennai. Discover hidden gems, savor local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the heart of this bustling city on an unforgettable adventure.

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