An Extraordinary - UNESCO Monument Tours
Chennai - Full Day Tour to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram
Duration: 10 to 12 hours (Maximum)
Pick-up from anywhere in Chennai at 7:30am onwards
Why this tour?
To expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpieces, which are most recommended to visit in India
Where is it from Chennai?
Kanchipuram can be reached roughly 1hour 50 minutes drive, from there Mahabalipuram will it take 1hour 40 minutes
What are its special?
Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
How to experience it yourself?
Once reached Kanchipuram, start visiting below temples (not as per the order)
Kailasanathar Temple is built by the Pallava Dynasty during the first quarter of eighth century with red sandstone and has innumerable carvings of Pallva art, of which the Urdhva Thandava dance of Siva and the laughing face of Parvathi are worth seeing.
Varadharaja Perumal Temple is one of the most famous architectural pieces, The Ornamental rings carved out of single stone at the Four Corners of the mandapam in the form of a chain are a delightful spectacle.There is a 100 pillared hall which has sculptures depicting of ramayana and mahabaratha.
Vaikunta Perumal Temple is considered the second oldest extant temples in Kanchipuram after the Kailasanthar temple, It has great sculptures and inscription which speak the history of the city itself. Its inner walls are decorated with lion shaped pillars, The temple is declared as a heritage monument and administered by the Archaeological Survey of India
Ekambareswarar Temple complex houses many halls; the most notable is the thousand-pillared hall built during the Vijayanagar period, the pillars sculpted with intricate figures indicating various legends and avatars of Shiva
Kamakshi Temple was most probably built by the Pallava kings, It is sacred as one of the three Sakti peethas of India. Kamakshi is said to be the Supergoddess, Parasakti, having Saraswati, Lakshmi and Parvati as her eyes.
Make sure this visit should be completed before 12:30 hrs, then start travel to Mahabalipuram, have your Lunch at your preferred restaurant, then start visit below Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, it's opens till 5:30pm only
Seashore Temple is a five-storied rock-cut structural temple more willingly than monolithical, one amongst the earliest and most important structural temples in southern India
Arjuna's Penance is measuring approximately 30m (100ft) long and 15m (45ft) high, it’s an open air rock carving which depicts the story of how the holy river Ganges came into earth from the heavens led by Arjuna. It’s a giant open-air relief carved out of two monolithic rock boulders. This panel is one among many exemplifing zenith of artistic tradition of Tamil Nadu
Mahishasuramardini Mandapam panel on the wall shows the battle scene of goddess Durga with demon Mahisha. Mahisha the buffalo headed demon was so powerful that all the felt helpless and they approached Durga.
Varaha Mandapam panel depicts a story from ten incarnation of God Vishnu, he took an avatars of Vamana, the divine dwarf, to subdue the arrogant demon king Mahabali.
Another grand panel, Govardhana Panel in the Krishna Mandapam depicts how Krishna handled the wrath of Indira, by lifting the Govardhana Mountain on his little finger to give shelter to his people from torrential rains.
Krishna's Butter Ball is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline which has approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide with weighs around 250 tons.
The Five Rathas are mini shrines which are carved out of one rock constructed in the form of chariots. The Dharmaraja, Bhima, Arjuna and Draupadi rathams have been carved out of one single boulder. The Chariots mark the evolution of Dravidian style of temple architecture.
The sculpture of loins and tigers on the entrance of the cave gives it the name of Tiger Caves. It is very calm and serene even though it is set along the sea coast
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Drop-off anywhere in Chennai after tour ends
Good to know before you start:
Dress code is smart casual. Please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended.
• 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