Indian Expeditions invites you to take a Private Day Tour of Chennai with a highly knowledgeable guide to discover Chennai, India’s 4th largest city.
The Private Day Tour of Chennai is a specially designed travel itinerary to experience Chennai in a day. We will visit ancient Hindu temples and British Churches, enjoy a delicious, healthy and traditional South Indian meal served on banana leaves, explore Chennai’s history, be spell bound by some beautiful art relics and bronze sculptures from the 10th century, and go after some of the best shopping deals in town if you’d like, having a lot of fun doing so.
The Private Day Tours of Chennai aim to leave you with insights on how the city came into being as it is today. The trip lead of the Private Day Tours of Chennai will engage you in lively conversations and debates about Chennai’s history, share interesting facts and anecdotes, and also explore the contemporary importance and pulse of the metropolis.
The Private Day Tour of Chennai is of low intensity, where you will travel by a luxury air conditioned vehicle with frequent stops. The Chennai Private Day Tour covers some of the most important areas in Chennai and leaves space for serendipity and for a high level of personalization.
What’s included in the price of the Private Day Tour of Chennai: Guide Fees, Transport in luxury air conditioned sedan for 3 people.
Extras: Transport for groups of 4 and more. Entrance Tickets where applicable (USD 5 approx per person. Camera fees where applicable. Meals. Items personal in nature.
Please read the Indian Expeditions Booking Terms and Conditions
Start: 830 AM (Note: Timings are customizable) Marina Beach:
The first stop on the Private Day Tour of Chennai is the scenic Marina beach, the second longest urban beach in the world. We will start exploring Chennai’s history here as we take a short walk on the beach, for it was here that the British developed one of their most important trading harbors. We will visit a fish market and a fishing hamlet.
Talk: Orientation, Chennai.
On the next stop of the Private Day Tour of Chennai, we will explore the Portugese connection of the city in Santhome, and stop at the Santhome Basilica. Christian tradition has it that the Apostle, Doubting Thomas arrived in India on Roman trading ships and lived and preached at Chennai. The Basilica is said to have been built on the spot that St Thomas was originally buried. The Basilica houses a small but interesting museum and a relic of the Apostle. For people who are more interested in the Apostle’s connection with Chennai, the Private Day Tour of Chennai can be tailored to visit St Thomas Mount, a small hillock where the saint is said to have lived.
Talk:Portuguese history in Chennai and Christianity in India.
The next stop on the Private Day Tour of Chennai is the Kapaleeshwar temple. The age of this temple is of much debate. The present structure was built in the 7th Century AD on a site where a temple existed for many centuries before. The temple is a marvelous example of the Pallava age architecture, and is a living temple, where worship is offered to this day. Here, you will experience and witness age old Hindu rituals, which your guide will help interpret.
Talk: Hinduism, Temple Rituals, Pallava Architecture.
Fort St George was the first fort built by the British in India, and was completed on St George’s day, 1639. The fort is arguably what founded the British Empire in India and the modern city of Chennai. The fort now serves as the administrative headquarters of the government of Tamil Nadu. The Private Day tour of Chennai will take you to the Fort’s interesting museum, which houses many interesting artifacts from the colonial age and we will also visit the St Mary’s church, the oldest Anglican Church in India.
Talk: British in India and the impact of the colonial rule
We will visit a high quality traditional South Indian Restaurant and enjoy a healthy, wholesome and scrumptious South Indian meal served on Banana leaves. Please note that cost of Lunch is not included in the Private Day Tour of Chennai.
Talk: Traditional food of South India and food habits.
The next stop on the Private Day Tour of Chennai is the fabulous Egmore Museum. Many travellers coming to Chennai fail to stop here, and that is indeed quite a pity. The Egmore Museum houses some of the finest pieces of ancient art and craft in the world, and is home to the world’s largest collection of exquisite Chola age Bronze sculptures (6th to 15th Century.)
Talk: Art History of South India, Chola Bronze sculptures
The Private Day Tour of Chennai ends with time for shopping if you would like. Based on your interests, we will go shopping after the best deals in town and for traditional gifts
There are many options on the Private Tour of Chennai for those of us who’d like to explore a bit futher. We can explore Chennai’s Armenian connection and Church or visit more Hindu temples or British Churches, or visit some of Chennai’s liveliest pubs and bars. The Private Day Tour of Chennai is highly customizable, and we can tailor the Private Day Tour of Chennai to suite you best.
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