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Guided Tour Of Mahabalipuram And Dakshin Chitra

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Planning a weekend getaway to escape from the chaos of city? Try out this guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Dakshin Chitra to explore the spirituality of the magnificent temples.



  • A guided tour of Dakshina Chitra.

  • A guided walk through the temples of Mahabalipuram.

  • Visit the immensely talented sculptors of Mahabalipuram.

  • Enjoy the experiences of puppet shows, Kanchipuram silk saree weaving,basket weaving and pottery.


Mahabalipuram is one of the favourite destinations to indulge into the spiritual atmosphere. Located in a small strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, this South Indian city in Tamil Nadu, is known for the temples which were built in the 7th and 8th centuries. These rock-cut temples in Mahabalipuram are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dakshina Chitra, on the other hand,is a living history museum which showcases the heritage and culture of South India, in Tamil Nadu. Dakshina Chitra is located 25 km from Chennai. Madras Craft Foundation were the ones who were behind the construction of this establishment, it was opened for public in the year of 1996.

To get more insights about these places, avail this guided tour package. Hurry up to get your spirits lifted up.



  • At 7:30 am our tour guide will meet you and provide the tour orientation. We take the East coast road from Chennai towards Mahabalipuram.
  • At around 9 am we will arrive at the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram.
  • Panch Rathas or the 5 chariots will be our first destination. These are rock-cut monolith temples structures dedicated to Draupadi and the 5 Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata.
  • We visit Arjuna’s Penance, a 100 feet x 45 feet bas relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic has been carved.
  • The next halt is at Krishna’s Butterball, a curious sight of a 5 meters diameter ball-shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and seems to defy Newton’s laws of gravity!
  • And also the immensely talented sculptors of Mahabalipuram.
  • At 11:30 am, the magnificent Shore temple beckons us. This 8th-century structural temple is made of granite and served as a beacon for seafarers of the time.
  • At 2 pm post lunch, we will be leaving Mahabalipuram and head out to Dakshin Chitra.
  • At 2:30 pm, we will be spending the next hour at Dakshina Chitra which showcases art, craft and architecture of all four southern states of India. The experience comprises puppet shows, Kanchipuram silk saree weaving, basket weaving, pottery and a visit to heritage houses from all across South India.
  • At around 5:30 pm you will be dropped back at your hotel in Chennai.

Basic Details

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Start time
7:30 am
Tours & SightseeingFamily-friendly
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  • All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Driver and fuel charges
  • Any toll and parking charges
  • Lunch during the tour. 
  • Services of a professional guide.
  • Any entrance charges to the monuments.
  • Pick up and drop to the hotel in Chennai.


  • Any camera charges
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

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Important Information

  • Please carry your valid photo identity card.
  • All guests are requested to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses/sunscreen, umbrella, hats or scarf and camera if interested in photography.
  • Children of 0-2 years of age (accompanied by an adult) are allowed to join for free.
  • Tour involves a moderate amount of walking.
  • The guests are requested to bring the following during the tour - Water bottle, camera and its accessories to you enjoy photography, sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrella (in case of rainy season or summers).

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 48 hour
  • 50% refund if cancelled before 24 hour
  • No refund after that


Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • Chennai Hotel/ Residence
  • The local person's contact details will be shared in the booking voucher which is sent via email. 
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