Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
from USD $49.50
Explore this private day tour of Mahabalipuram an important ancient port well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is known as an area "considered to be of outstanding value to humanity". Mahabalipuram is today renowned the world over for its exquisite 6th century rock cut temples and intricate statues of stone. On the way you will also visit the DakshinaChitra known as the "living museum" of South Indian lifestyles and visit to Madras Crocodile Bank a reptile zoo and herpetology research station started by an herpetologist to protect crocodiles.
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In Brief

Chennai (Madras), India
7 to 9 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, Post Bag No 4,Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

India's leading institution for herpeto faunal conservation, research and education. The bank is the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia (Optional stop you can skip if don't want to visit entry tickets: ₹60/- per Adult Approximately)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pancha Rathas, Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

Pancha Rathas (Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, Draupadi Ratha) is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. The complex was carved during the reign of King Narasimhavarman I (630–668 AD),
*Single Entry Fee for all Mahabalipuram Group of Monuments, Foreign Visitors: ₹600/- per Adult (approximately)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram India

The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Arjuna's Penance, West Raja Street Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

A giant open-air rock relief carved on two monolithic rock boulders. The legend depicted in the relief is the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha. The waters of the Ganges are believed to possess supernatural powers. The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna's Penance are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram India

Known to Arjuna's Penance

Stop At: Varaha Cave Temple, Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram India

The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea. Also carved are many mythical figures

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Krishna's Butter Ball, E Raja St, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the incarnated form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea. Also carved are many mythical figures.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Mahishasuramardini Cave, Mahabalipuram India


Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: DakshinaChitra Museum, East Coast Road after MGM Dizzee world., Muttukadu 603 118 India

A living-history museum, dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. Entry Fee for Overseas Visitors: ₹250/- per Adult approximately (Optional stop: you can skip if you don't want visit)

Duration: 40 minutes


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Toll and Parking Charges
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water
  • WiFi on board


  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance Fees (wherever it's necessary)
  • Entry/Admission - The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology
  • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
  • Entry/Admission - DakshinaChitra Museum

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your driver and vehicle details will be sent to you in message (you are requested to please contact your hotel concierge / bell desk / front desk to call the driver from car parking area to portico (entrance) at your pick-up time).

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Madras Crocodile Bank is closed on Mondays due to a weekly holiday
  • Dakshinachitra is closed on Tuesday due to weekly holiday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Important notice about Tour Guide: Only one category of guides known as "ASI Monument Guides" are authorised to work as a tour guide in centrally protected monuments and sites maintained / administered / managed by the Archaeological Survey of India
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4 out of 5 based on the last 8 recent reviews

We enjoyed ourselves very much. Our driver was very kind and after we visit Mahabalipuram he took us to a seafood restaurant near the beach where we enjoyed fresh and very good fish and shrimps.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration. the driver was polite and helpful, although he was not an official guide, but he was knowledgeable and helped me understand the history of each site.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2020
Our driver was extremely helpful and sincere in showing us the site and went to great lengths to ensure the visit went as smoothly as possible. Hard to find this level of customer service and honesty in a place like India— and Uvamai was a real good find.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2019
Our driver was pleasant and courteous and took us to the various parts of Mahabalipuram and the crocodile sanctuary. He also lent me his umbrella because it was so sunny outside. You have the option to hire an outside guide once you are there but I am not sure that I would recommend it.
• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
Took this Mahabalipuram tour during a short stay in Chennai, and found it to be a great excursion! Private transfer in a very clean and air conditioned vehicle, with hotel pick-up and drop-off, and private tour guide on site. Driver was great, and very cordial, and tour guide was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed visiting the temples and also witnessing the people in worship. Was even blessed by a Hindu priest! The tour company was Uvamai Niche Tourism booked through Viator. I like the convenience of booking through Viator. Thanks!
• Submitted 12 Sep 2016
The driver was fine, but he insisted on rushing me at Dakshina Chittra due to his worries about my getting heat stroke. Then the Crocodile Park was closed on Mondays, but apparently Viatour did not know this. Then there was a mix up with the government tour guides at Mahabalipuram, and they wanted me to share, but we both said no and it was resolved. The Government tour guide was ok but mediocre. I could have just read the signs. He had no additional information. We got back early as we only did 2 of the 3 items.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
A driver was friendly, his English was fine. However, this private day tour did not include a guide, and you have to pay extra!
• Submitted 21 Mar 2018
The driver was very nice but didn't come into the hotel lobby to get us until I had the hotel call Viator to check in where he was. The guide was a very nice man but not easy to understand....therefore we could not get the most out of the places we visited.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2016

In Brief

Chennai (Madras), India
7 to 9 hours

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