Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing With Government Museum And Kapaleeshwar Temple

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Departs from your Chennai hotel
  • 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.


See Chennais historical and architectural gems on this half-day private sightseeing tour. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, and browse interesting art collections and exhibits at the Government Museum, which houses the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe. Learn about the Dravidian architecture of Kapaleeshwar Temple, built in the 7th century, and enjoy scenic views of Chennai on a drive along Marina Beach.


  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

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Youll be picked up from your Chennai hotel in the morning and taken on a sightseeing tour by private vehicle. Visit Fort st george, the oldest English fortress in India, founded in 1644. Learn how it now serves as the headquarters for the legislative assembly of the state of Tamil Nadu.

Inside, tour St mary's church, Wellesley House and the Fort museum, where youll see relics from British rule in India including weapons, coins, medals and uniforms.

Then, head to the Indo-Saracenic-style Government museum (also called the Madras Museum), which is the second-oldest museum in India and houses the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe!

With your guide, browse an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures, both traditional and modern, and explore diverse exhibits featuring archaeological findings, coins, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings, as well as rare works from famous Indian artists like Raja Ravi Varma.

Afterward, drive to Kapaleeshwar Temple, built in the 7th century and dedicated to the goddess Shiva. Learn about its Dravidian architecture, which is evident in its gopuram (ornate monumental tower).

Before returning to your hotel, drive along Marina beach for fantastic views of Chennais beautiful landscape.


Entrance fees to all site attractions

Local English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Aug-2017

    The local guide was SO informative and professional. He also really made me feel comfortable and safe. I would love to take this tour again. So much history to absorb!

  • 18-Nov-2016

    Could be more comprehensive.

  • 01-Jun-2016

    It was a great experience. The tour guide was very knowledge and explain both the culture and the artefacts is was presenting. I got to see lot of the main sights. The car was lovely and air conditioned, and the lunch was in a fantastic restaurant. All in all, a great experience.

  • 12-Mar-2016

    It was a good tour. I had a very knowledgeable and professional young lady as a guide, a nice car and driver and the tour was worthwhile. I saw a lot in four hours. It will not have been the same, doing it on my own.

  • 16-Dec-2014

    We enjoyed our tour! Our guide and driver were very attentive and courteous. They even worked it out to pick us up at the port and then drop us off at the airport. We highly recommend using Viatour. They have many options and will work for you from all over the world!