Day Traffic, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

Chennai


Chennai (State capital of Tamil Nadu) has been a prominent tourist destination and has consistently ranked among the top three Indian cities in terms of the number of tourist arrivals in a year. Indeed, this metropolitan city is known for its beautiful beaches, museums, parks, forts and its exquisite art and crafts.

The Marina Beach, stretching to a length of 15 kms, features a Light House, walkways and gardens sure to induce a feeling of serenity. The Covelong Beach has a cove and fort built by the Nawab of Carnatic.
The Government Museum Complex  in Egmore consists of six buildings and fourty six galleries.The Musem must be surely visited by those taking an avid interest in ancient history. Fort St. George is the first British fortress to be constructed in India and today serves as the administrative headquarters of the Legislative Assembly. The Fort Museum houses many relics of the British Raj. For the Art lovers, Chennai offers a unique view of artists and craftsman through the Cholamandalam Artists’ Village, situated on the East Coast Road. The Guindy National Park is India’s smallest national park and located completely within the city. It is home to a variety of endangered deer, monkeys and snakes. Chennai also houses a large number of shopping malls and three amusement parks. It has a vibrant night life.

Chennai, is perhaps one of the best examples of an idyllic city, where history and modernity wraps together, to give an exotic experience.


CHENNAI | TOUR CODE: 0305

2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS * CHENNAI*


Chennai (formerly known as Madras) the capital of Tamil Nadu lies along the coast of the Bay of Bengal developed after 1639 when the British East India Company established a fort and trading post at the small fishing village of Chennai.
Over the past three and a half centuries, the small fishing village has grown into a bustling metropolis, which is especially known for its spaciousness, which is lacking in other Indian cities .

DAY 1: TO CHENNAI

Arrive Chennai, meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon proceed for city sightseeing tour including a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays) and also a visit to the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivaties.
Non-Hindus are only allowed up to the outer courtyard. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: CHENNAI

Full-day at leisure for independent activities or for optional tours like Kalakshetra, Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra (full day) - This full day excursion will sample some of the artistic, cultural and religious influences from the region, including visits to the classical dance school at Kalakshetra and the museum of southern Indian building design at Dakshinachitra.

The small seaside village of Mahabalipuram, 64 kilometres from Madras, was once the main port of the Pallava dynasty from the 5th to the 9th centuries. Its exquisite rock cut temples are some of the finest in India and have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Or Optional: Kanchipuram (half day) - Lying 70 kilometres south west of Madras, Kanchipuram, the Golden City, once had a thousand temples and was a great centre of artistic and architectural learning.

The temples still tower above the narrow streets and it remains the holiest Hindu City in south India, attracting Shivite and Vaishnavite pilgrims alike.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: TO NEXT DESTINATION

Transfer to the airport or railway station.

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