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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai

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    Pass By: Five Senses Tours, Chennai (Madras) India

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    Stop At: Ekambareswarar Temple, Ekambaranathar Sannidhi Street, Kanchipuram 631502 India

    We visit Ekambareswarar of Pallava dynasty to appreciate these ancient architectural wonders. These were built in 600 AD and are magnificent specimens of the Pallava style of architecture.


    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Kanchipuram India

    Kanchipuram is renowned for its magnificent Silk Sarees. Silk Sarees are a cultural icon in South India. Ranging in length from 6-9 yards, these Sarees are worn by women during auspicious occasions like a wedding or a birthday. There are more than 5000 families who are into the business of silk weaving. The Sarees are weaved from pure mulberry silk thread. We will visit a weaver in action and see how silk sarees are made on the loom. You will be able to interact with the master weaver and ask questions.


    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kailasanathar Temple, Pillaiyarpalayam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501, India

    We will visit the magnificent temple of Kailasanathar Temple from Pallava times. Kanchipuram was the capital of the medieval South Indian Kingdom of Pallavas. The Pallavas were instrumental in the transition from rock-cut architecture to stone temples. We will appreciate these architectural wonders built in 600 AD.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Pancha Rathas, Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram India

    Mahabalipuram is an ancient town and was known to be a trading post during Roman Times. It rose to prominence as a bustling sea port during the rule of the Pallava Dynasty headquartered in Kanchipuram during the 7th century AD. Ships sailing from South India to South East Asia used to depart from the Mahabalipuram port.

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


    Duration: 45 minutes

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

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

    Duration: 30 minutes

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

    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 defies Newton’s laws of gravity!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram India

    The legendary Marco Polo referred to Mahabalipuram as the city of 7 pagodas. The Shore temple is the only 1 of those magnificent 7 temples, which have survived the ravages of time. The Magnificent Shore temple beckons us. This 8th century structural temple is made of granite and served as a beacon for sea farers of the time.

    Duration: 45 minutes
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My tour guide was Kannan and my driver was Kanaka. These gentlemen ensured I was well looked after. I was unsure about booking the tour as the single person price was steep or so it seemed, and then I had my doubts as I was...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Reviewed July 4, 2019

    My tour guide was Vijay. The whole tour was very well organised. I received all contact information (including a photo of Vijay) in advance of the trip. The pickup on the hotel was in time. Vijay speaks a very good english and has a very...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2019

    Thanks for this review. It was our pleasure hosting you both on the twin wonders of Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. I am delighted you enjoyed the World Heritage sites of Mahabalipuram, the temples of Kanchipuram as well as meeting the weavers of the magical Kanchipuram Silk...More

    Reviewed July 1, 2019

    Our guide, Vijay, was incredibly informative and helpful! he picked us up promptly and spent the entire day with us. It was great to get a local's perspective and attention to answer all our questions. I would highly recommend this trip!More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank HeidiG84
    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2019

    Hello. Thanks so much for taking time for this review. It was our pleasure hosting you on the experience of Silk weaving in Kanchipuram and the world heritage site of Mahabalipuram. Its great to know you enjoyed Vijay's company and you got a perspective of...More

    Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

    We had a very good day, nice trip and sightseeing. Our 3 guides were great and friendly :) the sites are interesting and beautiful! Totally happy :)

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2019

    Thank you so much for taking time out for this review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a single day. Its great to know you found our host Subramanian to be friendly and great! It was our pleasure.

    Reviewed May 1, 2019

    I travel to Chennai a lot for business but usually do not have any time to explore the local culture and the architecture. This time I had a full day off from work for May Day so I decided to take a tour with the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    5SensesTours, Owner at 5 Senses Walks, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2019

    Thank you so much for the kind review. We are delighted you found the Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram tour unforgettable and that you enjoyed the company of Kannan. It was our pleasure!

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    poojaguptadel
    February 13, 2019|
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    Response from Madhusudan N |
    Its a long day. With kids it better to do just one of them. Either Kanchipuram or Mahabaipuram
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    December 31, 2018|
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    Thanks so much
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