Day Trip To Mahabalipuram From Chennai

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from all hotels in Chennai
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This day trip takes you toMahabalipuramfamous for its rock cut temples dating back to the 7th century along a lovely sea shore. We will spend the day exploring this World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram which used to serve as a sea port in ancient times. In this guided tour we will get to experience masterpieces like the Five Chariots which are rock cut monolith temples, Arjuna's Penance the giant open air rock relief, the gravity defying Krishna's butterball and the Shore temple which is the last remaining of the 7 Pagodas mentioned by Marco Polo. Thispackageincludestransport, lunch, activities and the services of a full-time tour guide


  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide

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Stop At: Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

Make the first stop of the day at the Pancharathas, or five chariots, a series of monolithic temples built by the Pallavas.These are rock cut monolith temples structures built in the 7th century. Each of the 5 rathas or chariots are dedicated to the lead cast of the Mahabharat epic- Draupadi, Arjuna, Nakul-Sahadeva, Bhima and Yudhister. There is also a sculpture of an elephant next to the ratha of Nakul-Sahadeva. Once you stand towards the rear of the elephant you will notice that there is an uncanny resemblance between the rear of the chariot and the elephant.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

We next visit Arjunas Penace, a bas-relief monument thats considered one of Indias most magnificent pieces of ancient art, depicting vivid scenes from the Mahabharata. The relief is 100 feet long and 45 feet tall! The main story being told is how Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed severe austerities in order to obtain Lord Shiva's weapon.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: India Seashell Museum, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

The 40000+ collection of Sea Shells is a singular effort of Raja Mohamad who spent 33 years to collect these items from around the world.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Krishna's Butter Ball, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

The next stop is Krishnas Butterball, a granite boulder thats poised on a stony slope. This curious boulder seems to defy Newton's laws of gravity and has not moved an inch despite being in this precarious position on the slope for more than a thousand years.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu

Our last port of call is the Shore Temple. The magnificent temple overlooks the Bay of Bengal and was an important centre during the reign of the Pallavas when Mahabalipuram was the main port of their Kingdom. Built by King Raja Simha during the early 8th century, the Shore Temple is a landmark in the architectural landscape of India.Marco Polo referred to this as the seven pagodas. The existing temple is the last surviving of the 7 which once stood as a beacon for sea farers.

Duration: 45 minutes


Transport by private car or motorcycle with helmet

Local tour guide


Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas

Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance

Entry/Admission - India Seashell Museum

Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball

Entry/Admission - Sea Shore Temple


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 02-Apr-2017

    I have a great time on my day trip to Mahabalipuram! It was wonderful not to have to worry about anything - tolls, breakfast, lunch, arranging a cab, getting a tour guide...My shoe broke during the tour and they provided a temporary fix then took me to a shop where I could buy another pair of shoes. Vijay picked me up with a driver, then in Mahabalipuram we were joined by a local tour guide. I am glad to see them working towards sustainable tourism - I enjoyed the local tour guide, but was happy to also have Vijay around who answered questions and interpreted when I didn't quite understand. We went to a stone carving shop that was owned by a relative of the local tour guide where I picked up a couple of souvenirs. We stopped for lunch at a gorgeous restaurant with an ocean view. We also made a special stop to DakshinaChitra and toured representations of the southern states of India. Vijay took pictures during the tour and shared them with me and answered many questions about India. I definitely got more out visiting Mahabalipuram this way then I would have had I wondered around there on my own. Now to find those sunken monuments!