Day Traffic, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
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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