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One Thousand Temples and Seven Pagodas Full-Day Private Tour
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Chennai (Madras)
Travel back in time with a visit to the ancient city of a thousand temples. And discover a legend-turned-reality: A recent natural disaster unearthed a glimpse of what may be a vast city, lost under the sea long ago.
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One of the oldest cities in South India, Kanchipuram is home to temples dating back as far as the 7th and 8th centuries. It's ideal place to witness the evolution of Indian architecture. Contemplate a few of the most impressive examples, where gopurams—ornately decorated tiered towers—dominate the skyline. Marvel at the enormity of the 40-acre (16-hectare) Ekambareswarar, with its 172-foot- (52 1/2-m-) tall towers. Stand in the opulence of Kailasanatha—carved out of a single colossal rock and as ancient as it is ornate.

A quick journey to the seashore brings you to Mahabalipuram, famed for its innumerable, rock-hewn temples and carvings and its legendary Seven Pagodas. Passed down through millennia, the story of the seven pagodas is still told by local fishermen. A grand and bustling city, situated nearby and known for its seven pagodas, was engulfed by the sea, leaving visible only what is now called the Shore Temple—a testament to the fabled beauty of the ancient city.

In 2004, the Indonesian tsunami washed away a large section of beach and revealed long-lost statues and carvings. Explore these partially exposed ruins, once hidden by the sea, and ponder the uncertain history of this once-mythical lost city.
Inclusions :
  • Roundtrip trasfers from your hotel
  • Temples tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • All applicable entrance fees


8–9 hours

Departure time and location:
9 AM; from the lobby of your Chennai hotel

Return time and location:
5–6 PM; to the lobby of your Chennai hotel

Prices listed are per car; cars seat up to 3 people.

Redemption instructions

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1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

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Reservation confirmation is required. Please contact Services International at least 3 weeks prior to your preferred tour date to ensure your reservation and arrange your pick-up. On the day of your tour, plan to meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time. Please present your ID and tour voucher(s) to the guide before starting the tour.
Terms and conditions

Prices listed are per car; cars seat up to 3 people.

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.