from/per person Rs 3,800
  • 10 Hours
  • Instant


Take a guided tour from Chennai to Mahabalipuram tour. Explore the rock-cut temples in Mahabalipuram and the heritage of South India in Dakshina Chitra.


  • A guided tour of Dakshina Chitra.

  • A guided walk through the temples of Mahabalipuram.

  • Visit the immensely talented sculptors of Mahabalipuram.

  • Enjoy the experiences of puppet shows, Kanchipuram silk saree weaving, basket weaving and pottery.


Detailed overview

Mahabalipuram is a town which is located in a small strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great salt lake, this South Indian in Tamil Nadu, is known for the temples which were built in the 7th and 8th centuries. These rock-cut temples in Mahabalipuram are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This town is located about 60 km from the capital city of Chennai.

Dakshina Chitra is a living history museum which showcases the heritage and culture of South India, it is situated in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Dakshina Chitra is located 25 km from Chennai. Madras Craft Foundation were the ones who were behind the construction of this establishment, it was opened for public in the year of 1996.


  • At 7:30 am our tour guide will meet you and provide the tour orientation. We take the East coast road from Chennai towards Mahabalipuram.

  • At around 9 am we will arrive at the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram.

  • Panch Rathas or the 5 chariots will be our first destination. These are rock-cut monolith temples structures dedicated to Draupadi and the 5 Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata.

  • We visit Arjuna’s Penance, a 100 feet x 45 feet bas relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic has been carved.

  • The next halt is at Krishna’s Butterball, a curious sight of a 5 meters diameter ball-shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and seems to defy Newton’s laws of gravity!

  • And also the immensely talented sculptors of Mahabalipuram.

  • At 11:30 am, the magnificent Shore temple beckons us. This 8th-century structural temple is made of granite and served as a beacon for seafarers of the time.

  • At 2 pm post lunch, we will be leaving Mahabalipuram and head out to Dakshin Chitra.

  • At 2:30 pm, we will be spending the next hour at Dakshina Chitra which showcases art, craft and architecture of all four southern states of India. The experience comprises puppet shows, Kanchipuram silk saree weaving, basket weaving, pottery and a visit to heritage houses from all across South India.

  • At around 5:30 pm you will be dropped back at your hotel in Chennai.


  • Services of a professional guide.

  • Any entrance charges to the monuments.

  • Pick up and drop to the hotel in Chennai.


  • Any food & beverages during the tour.

  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Additional Information

  • Please carry your valid photo identity card.

  • All guests are requested to wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses/sunscreen, umbrella, hats or scarf and camera if interested in photography.

  • Children of 0-2 years of age (accompanied by an adult) are allowed to join for free.

  • Tour involves a moderate amount of walking.

  • The guests are requested to bring the following during the tour - Water bottle, camera and its accessories to you enjoy photography, sunglasses, sunscreen and umbrella (in case of rainy season or summers).

Show Popup

You may also be interested in