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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Private Caves & Temples Tour

From £80.29 per person

Visit the city of Mahabhalipuram, home to outstanding historic specimens with incredible architecture. Look through the temples and shrines that adorn the city, before a visit to the city of Kanchipuram for more temple exploration.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Explore the history of Hindus, Jains and Buddhists
  • Shop for some exclusive Kanchipuram silk and cotton saris
  • Enjoy the enchanting sculptures and rock-cutting work in the temples
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Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Starting in Chennai, you'll be transported to Mahabalipuram, famous for its splendid 7th and 8th-century art and architecture, especially its stone carvings. You will start your tour by visiting the magnificent 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. In addition, you’ll also visit the 7th-century Five Rathas shrine, also known as Pancha Rathas. After visiting Mahabalipuram you'll stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known as the "golden city of a thousand temples" and is also one of the 7 sacred cities of India. The city has some grand and majestic buildings that reflect the architectural experiments undertaken by different dynasties ruling the city over the centuries. Visit historic spots like the Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kamaskhi Amman Temple and Ekambareswara Temple. All of these are excellent specimens of the architectural splendor of the medieval period.   
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private sightseeing and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Camera fees at monuments

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In and of itself a very nice and worthwhile tour. The first guide didn't speak English that well, unfortunately, but he tried very hard. The second guide in Mahabalipuram didn't bother at all, shooed us through the area and hardly told anything about the temple. If we hadn't asked ourselves from time to time whether we could still look at certain things, we would not have been in this beautiful temple city for an hour.

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7 March 2020

Well organised trip, very knowledgeable guides and amazing sights, well worth the trip.

24 November 2019

7 February 2020

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