Private Full Day Sightseeing tour of Chennai

Departure Date

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Duration

Day Tour

Views

1674

Maximum Travellers

8

Experience the wonders of Chennai on this private sightseeing tour. Visit popular landmarks like Fort St George, Madras High Court, the Ripon Building and Government Museum while you explore the capital city of Tamil Nadu with your expert guide. Learn to spot traditional Dravidian (South Indian) and colonial European influences in local architecture and uncover the religious diversity that makes this city so unique. Visit San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeshwar Temple and wander through the stunning beauty of the local flower market as you gain a true appreciation for this colorful city.

-Proceed for the guided tour of Chennai city visiting the most interesting sites. Visit Government Museum: The plan for this museum was initiated by the Madras Literary Society in 1846 AD and it was established on January 01, 1951. This is the second oldest museum, next to Kolkata. This is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, spread in an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings have 46 galleries. It is rich in archaeological, numismatic and largest Roman collections too. Buddhist Ruins from Amaravathi finds a prominent place here.

-Enjoy panoramic drive through Old Part of Chennai – George Town – Egmore Railway Station, Rippon Buildings, Victoria Hall, Central Railway Station, Southern railway Head Quarters(All British style Heritage buildings), Evening Bazaar, Flower Markets, Highcourt Buildings, Parry’s Corner, Visit – Fort complex – Fort Museum &St. Mary’s Church and panoramic view Marina Beach (longest beach).

-Also visit Santhome Cathedral Basilica, Santhome its name from St. Thomas, the apostle of Jesus who is believed to have come to India sometime during 52 A.D. It is believed he was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and his remains interred in Santhome beach where a church was later built. Several years later, another church was built further inland and his mortal remains were transferred here.

-Visit Kapaleeswarar Temple: One of the sacred shrines in Chennai with a lovely and majestic tower exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture.

-Later visit St.Thomas Mount, an old Portuguese Church built around 1514 is located on this tiny hillock. St. Thomas is believed to have been martyred here and the cross in the church is an Old Stone Crossclutched by the apostle St. Thomasin his hand while dying. The Bloodstain mark on the cross found even now makes it be called Bleeding Cross too. The mortal remains of St. Thomas were transferred to SanthomeShore. Oil painting of Madona believed to be painted by St.Luke brought to India by St.Thomas, is placed atop the Altar in this church.

-After the visit, you will be dropped off at the hotel where your tour concludes.

  • Timing : 0930hrs to 1730hrs.
  • Government Museum – closed on Friday.
  • Mary’s Church – close on Friday.
  • Meal as listed in itinerary.
  • Private Transportation for the visits.
  • Professional local English speaking city guide for visits.
  • Admission Fees of visiting sites per itinerary.
  • All local government taxes where applicable.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as, telephone calls and beverages including wines, liquors, soft drinks, Meal (Refer to Tour Inclusions) list in the program
  • Tips &Gratuities to guide(s) and to chauffeur(s).
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond Apollo Voyages and its associate office.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Please carry valid identity proofs (passport, driving license etc).
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended. This is very important while visiting religious places.
  • Always carry bottled water or packaged mineral water.
  • Avoid taking street food unless you are into experimenting.
  • Take care of your belongings while traveling in a crowded public place
  • Keep photocopies of your passport in the hotel locker.
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