Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

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Chennai (Madras), IN
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Experience the wonders of Pallava architecture on a day trip from Chennai to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Explore the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar and Kailashnath in Kanchipuram, where you can witness the beauty of ancient dravidian architecture. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the weavers of the famed Kanchipuram Silk Saree and witness the craftsmanship firsthand. Then, venture to Mahabalipuram, an ancient seaport with legendary rock cut structures like Arjuna's penance, Five Rathas, and the iconic Shore temple. Marvel at the intricacy and grandeur of these historic sites that have stood the test of time. Truly a trip back in time to experience the rich cultural heritage of South India.

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  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 12 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • "Visit the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar & Kailashnath"
  • "Experience the art of weaving Kanchipuram Silk Sarees"
  • "Explore the ancient sea port of Mahabalipuram"
  • "Marvel at the rock cut structures of Arjuna's penance"
  • "Admire the iconic Shore temple"
  • Lunch
  • Pick up and drop from Chennai Hotel
  • Entrance charges
  • Guide

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through time and explore the rich heritage of South India with the Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram. This captivating tour takes you to the heart of the ancient Pallava dynasty, where you'll discover the architectural marvels of Kanchipuram and the stunning rock-cut structures of Mahabalipuram. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Pallava architecture and witness the craftsmanship of Kanchipuram silk sarees. Get ready to be transported back in time as you uncover the secrets of these historic sites.

What to Expect:

On this tour, expect to be amazed by the intricate details and craftsmanship of the 8th century Pallava architecture. Explore the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar and Kailashnath in Kanchipuram, where you'll witness the grandeur of their design and the spiritual essence they exude. Marvel at the ancient rock-cut structures in Mahabalipuram, including Arjuna's penance, the Five Rathas, and the iconic Shore temple. These architectural wonders will leave you in awe of the rich history and cultural heritage of the region.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, architecture lovers, and culture seekers. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this experience offers something for everyone. Delve into the ancient traditions of Kanchipuram silk sarees and witness the artistic craftsmanship of the weavers. This tour is designed to cater to a wide range of interests and preferences, ensuring an enriching experience for all.

Why Book This?

Uncover the hidden gems of South India's architectural heritage with this unique tour. Immerse yourself in the mystical world of Pallava architecture and witness the grandeur of centuries-old temples. The chance to explore the ancient rock-cut structures of Mahabalipuram is an opportunity not to be missed. Additionally, experiencing the artistry and elegance of Kanchipuram silk sarees adds a touch of luxury and cultural immersion to your journey. With knowledgeable guides and hassle-free transportation, this tour offers convenience and expert insights, making it the ideal choice for those seeking an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Good to Know:

During the tour, you will be provided with pick-up and drop-off services from your Chennai hotel, ensuring a seamless and convenient experience. Entrance charges and a knowledgeable guide are included, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the history and stories behind each site. Don't miss the chance to savor a delicious lunch, giving you the energy to continue exploring. Keep in mind that the itinerary may vary, so be prepared for unexpected surprises and discoveries along the way.


Travelers who have embarked on this Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram have been captivated by the timeless beauty and architectural marvels they encountered. They praised the knowledgeable guides who provided fascinating insights into the history and significance of each site. Visitors were particularly impressed by the intricate details of the Pallava architecture and the serene atmosphere of the temples. The opportunity to witness the weaving of Kanchipuram silk sarees was also highly appreciated, with many expressing admiration for the craftsmanship involved. Overall, travelers were left mesmerized by the experience and highly satisfied with the tour's organization and execution.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, a Luxury Collection Hotel



5 (7)


Nice and importanr place to visit in chennai. Stone architecture in Tamil architecture build by ancient tamilian


Took a day trip from Chennai to Pondichery and then to Mahabalipuram with Vijay from Five Senses Tours. Fascinating trip to the former French colony with a side trip to the Auroville commune. Then visited the Mahabalipuram monuments on the way back to Chennai. Vijay was a fabulous tour guide and host. We had great conversation on the trip and he was quite knowledgeable. He also arranged a specialist additional guide for Mahabalipuram. All sites were interesting but I'm particularly happy that I visited Mahabalipuram with its monolithic monuments (carved from single large stone!). I highly recommend Vijay and Five Senses. I'll likely be back in Chennai in the future and will certainly use them again.


My colleague and I had an off day from our business meeting and decided to take this day trip tour from Chennai. It was an awesome time! Kannan was a great guide and walked us through the history of the local monuments and temples in Mahabalipuram. This was followed by an authentic local meal that did not disappoint! The day ended with visiting the St. Thomas cathedral as well as the site where he was hiding and miraculously escaped capture. Very interesting history even if you are not so religious! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone staying in the Chennai area.

Jane C

We designed our own trip in consultation with Five Senses Tours. Our two days of touring were separated by a few days in Pondicherry. Five Senses Tours was very open to adjusting to what we wanted. Day 1 we drove from Chennai to the temples at Mahabalipuram, Our guides, Vijay and Ramesh, were very knowledgeable and together they helped us get the most out of the experience. It was very special to visit these wonderful temples with them. After we spent a few days in Pondicherry Day 2 of the tour took us to Kanchipuram where our understanding and experience of the sites we visited was again enhanced by Vijay's knowledge and his communication skills. Having Vijay with us also meant we were taken to great places to eat! The driver, Arvind, was also extremely good. I am sometimes a nervous passenger but I felt complete confidence in his driving. After arriving back in Chennai we were taken to the St Thomas Basilica, which was also a fascinating site, and then Arvind took us to the airport. Five Senses Tours was very accommodating of our wishes and needs, and provided great support. I couldn't recommend Five Senses Tours and its guides and drivers enough for reliably providing us with a highly memorable trip.


The 5 Senses Tour company is extremely responsive and accommodating. We received quick responses despite timezone differences and short notice. Prior to arriving in Chennai we organised the Dakshin Chitra and Mahabalipuram tour. The Dakshin Chitra and Mahabalipuram tour includes a trip to site where you can see and walk through replica homes of the various types homes found in the state of Tamal Nadu. The second half of this tour includes beachside views (with cows) and historic religious monuments as well as a heritage temple. This tour outside of Chennai combines cultural tutelage along with some amazing historic sites. After enjoying the cultural education and sightseeing with Vijay, we reached out to 5 Senses last minute to seek availability and flexibility in respect to seeing some sights more centrally located in Chennai. Vijay and 5 Senses were extremely accommodating in organising another day tour to include the sights we asked to see and provide us another memorable day, even getting us behind the scenes access to a stunning old library collection that is not open to the public. Both day tours we took included transportation, a great tour guide, and a delicious lunch all included. Vijay is very knowledgable about Hinduism and local culture. Our overall experience with the company was great.


I traveled to South India with nearly 20 friends in February 2017. The purpose of our trip was a spiritual pilgrimage to Tiruvannamalai, but we wanted to add a little time in Chennai at the beginning of our trip and a little time in Pondicherry at the end of our trip. We also needed a way to get 20 people plus luggage to Tiruvannamalai. The idea came to hire a tour company. The first company we contacted seemed legitimate, although their prices were surprisingly low. However, when it came time to pay we got suspicious because they wanted us to wire the payment to a bank account in India, but the name on the account was a series of letters and numbers instead of their company name. I started looking for reviews on that company and couldn't find anything about them. However, I did notice that lots of people had given 5 Senses a good review, so I decided to forget about the previous company and contact 5 Senses. So glad I did!!! I worked with Narayanan to plan a few different day trips for our group. The prices were fair. They weren't as cheap as the previous possibly-fake company, but they were very inexpensive by western standards. During the planning process, Narayanan answered every question I had promptly. He also stayed in touch during our stay in India to make sure we were satisfied with the tours, and we were. Our tour guide was Satish, and he was incredibly caring as a guide. He watched over us like a father watching over his children making sure no one was lost as we walked the streets of India. He arranged local guides for us at Mahabalipuram and Kapaaleswar Temple to make sure we were properly educated on these magnificent sites. He taught us to participate in the puja ceremony at the Sai Baba temple, which was a highlight for most of our travelers. One friend on our tour said she noticed him give money to the beggars outside of a church we visited in Pondicherry so that the beggars would let us pass by without a hassle. Once a member of our group saw a coffee shop on the beach and spontaneously suggested that we stop there. Satish immediately agreed and we had a nice refreshing unscheduled stop. Next time I go to India, I will definitely contact 5 Senses again. With them, I have found a tour company that I know I can trust from beginning to end.

Mario F

I joined the full day tours of Mahabalipuram as well as Kanchipuram. The reasons why I chose these tours was that per description these tours would include not only visits to the temples but also other interesting places on the way. The Mahabalipuram tour started with a traditional South Indian breakfast and my tour guide Narayanan gave very interesting insights into the different choices. After this followed a visit to Dakshin Chitra, where you get to see real traditional houses of the South Indian states, which were dismantled and rebuilt at this site. The place is fascinating as you also get to see sculptures and traditional glass blowing. It is enough to visit this place for a short time and Narayanan suggested we only visit the Tamil Nadu section but gave me the option to stay longer - I appreciated the flexibility. The temples at Mahabalipuram are a must, a local tour guide joined us to provide historic insights. The tour also included a traditional lunch which was spectacular and a visit to an active Hindu temple closer to Chennai. The Kanchipuram tour was fantastic as well. The temples are spectacular. Even though I could not enter the praying section at one temple as a non hindu, you get to see most of the temple interiors and Narayanan again connected with local guides to provide the most insightful information about the various sites. We also visited a silk weaver and silk dying factory, and a closeby organic dairy farm. Again Narayanan was flexible and gave me options for how to spend the rest of the day rather than finishing the tour early. I chose to walk through the markets of Kanchipuram, which was fascinating and different to those in Chennai. Overall I highly recommend 5 Senses Tours. Narayanan is a very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable guide who is very well connected in the area which enables visiting not only the temples but other locations such as the silk weaving and organic dairy farms.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-25 23:46