Chisel - Art & Architectural Tours
Chennai - British Architectural Tour
Duration: 3 to 5 hours (Maximum)
Pick-up: anywhere in Chennai at your convenient time from 07:30 am onwards
Why this tour?
British influence in the form of old cathedrals and the mix of Hindu, Islamicand Gothic revival styles that resulted in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Many of the colonial era buildings are designed in this style
Where is it in Chennai?
In around of Egmore, Park Town, George Town, and Chepauk
What are its special?
Chennai is home to the second largest collection of heritage buildings in the country, after Kolkata, Many historic buildings are still fully functional and host government, business or educational establishments
How to experience it yourself?
This tour has stop at all the below locations, you can also customised as per your wishes
The Government Museum Buildings (built during 1896) and National Art Gallery - one of the world’s richest collections of bronze artefacts, most of which are the remnants of the 10th-12th-century Cholas. (Friday holiday) use audio guide to learn more details given below
Railway Stations: Egmore station (built during 1856), Chennai Central (built during 1873) and Southern Railway Headquarters built in 1922 (visit to exterior view only).
Victoria Public Hall: Built in the Romanesque style in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, this hall later hosted many unique events, even screening the first cinema show in the city (visit to exterior view only).
Ripon Building - built during 1913 now housing the Chennai Corporation (visit to exterior view only).
Madras High Court: The Madras High Court is the second largest judicial building in the world next only to the Courts of London (visit to exterior view only).
Art Deco buildings in Parrys Corner (visit to exterior view only)
Fort St. George: Built in 1639, used to house the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and Secretariat.(visit to exterior view only)
Fort Museum: This colonial period museum at Fort. St. George was organized in 1948. There are 10 galleries including a temporary exhibition gallery spread in three floors (Friday holiday)
The War Memorial - (visit to exterior view only)
Senate House of the Madras University (visit to exterior view only)
Chepauk palace - now its house to government official building (visit to exterior view only)
Presidency College - built during 1840 (visit to exterior view only)
Ice House (or) Castle Kernan: It is remembered as the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed for nine days when he visited Chennai in 1897. Vivekananda House now houses a Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji’s Life (10am to 12:30pm and 3pm to 7:30 pm) Monday
Drop-off: anywhere in Chennai (within city limits)
after tour ends.
Good to know before you start
Museums are Holiday on Friday
Use "Pinakin App" is an audio tour guide app, once downloaded from Google Play (or) Apple App store can be accessed offline mode. Its also approved by Tamilnadu & Karnataka Tourism Departments. Please use the promo code “UVAMAITEN” in the payment page to avail the the 10% discount. Click here to download
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• Transport by air conditioned private vehicle with experienced professional driver
• Fuel surcharge, parking, toll, driver allowance, permits, GST and any other expenses which is related to vehicle
• Bottled water
• Entrance Fees
• Accommodations (click here to reserve)
• Food and Drinks
• All others which is not mentioned in inclusions