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Shore Temple , Mahabalipuram
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An exploration of Shore Temple, a World Heritage Site, allows you to see how a historic trade junction became a place of worship. As you appr
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Admire the colorful facade of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Hindu temple adorned with vibrantly painted stucco figurines. One of the olde
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Marina Beach , Chennai
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Take a walk along Marina Beach, the world’s second longest natural urban beach. The sandy shore stretches for 13 km (8.1 mi), although strong
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Duration: 12 hours
In this day tour from Chennai, we will visit the twin wonders of Pallava architecture, Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. We will cover the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar & Kailashnath in Kanchipuram. After that we visit the ancient sea port of Mahabalipuram and visit the legendary rock cut structures lie Arjuna's penance, Five Rathas and the iconic Shore temple which served literally as the beacon for sea farers from the 8th century onwards. This is a fully guided tour with pick up and drop, private car, full time guide, lunch and all entrance charges as well.
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Besant Nagar Beach , Chennai
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Favored by local families and college students, Besant Nagar Beach offers a range of restaurants and cafes. Visit the most prominent landmark
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Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas , Mahabalipuram
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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pancha Rathas, a monument complex filled with impressive monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. F
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Chennai

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Movie Theaters
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India. Scenic stretches of sand line the city coast, not safe for swimming but great for relaxing walks, while landmark buildings, parks, temples, and nature reserves provide plenty of opportunities for sightseeing in Chennai. Although not a party destination, the sprawling metropolis offers visitors a wide assortment of restaurants, malls, art galleries, and charming handicraft shops. Take a peek at our custom trip planner: Chennai and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.

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Places to visit with Chennai

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Where to stay in Chennai

You can find accommodations in all price ranges for your stay in Chennai, but mid-range options remain especially plentiful. Budget lodgings include backpacker-style hostels, affordable guesthouses, and rental apartments, while five-star local and chain hotels make up the high-end choices, increasingly popular in Chennai.
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