Private Tours of Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Duration: 6 – 9 hours
Group size: Minimum: 1, Maximum 10.
Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is a site that many travelers compare to the Roman Pantheon. Mahabalipuram which was known as Mamallapuram to the ancients is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site, an area ‘considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.’ Here, you will find one of history’s most intriguing enigmas, an open air museum with some of the finest ancient sculptures, structural temples and monolithic art forms in the world.
Indian Expeditions invites you to take a Private Tour of Mahabalipuram with an acclaimed tour lead and authority of Pallava art. The Private Tour of Mahabalipuram will leave you amazed by the legacy of the Indian ancients. The Private Tour of Mahabalipuram also aims to give you a deep understanding of ancient and contemporary culture.
Mahabalipuram was an important ancient port which was well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The second capital of the Pallava Dynasty, the site is of now great importance due to the magnificent art forms of the 6th century AD.
The true beauty of the site stands out only with expert interpretation, and that’s exactly what you get on the Indian Expeditions Private Tour of Mahabalipuram
Start: 830 AM (Note: Timings are customizable) Marina Beach:
On the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram, We will depart Chennai after breakfast and drive down the scenic East Coast Road. The first stop on the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram is either Dakshin Chitra, a center of South Indian art and history or the Madras Crocodile Bank, a reptile zoo and herpetology research station. We then stop on the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram, at theTiger Caves, a 6th century site of great importance and a newly discovered Roman temple that was built sometime in the 1st century AD. We arrive in Mahabalipuram where we spend the morning and afternoon exploring the various historical sites, the ancient rock temples and sculptures. We will delve into the history of the Pallavas, an ancient dynasty that once ruled an extensive part of India and beyond. After bidding adieu to Mamallapurum, we pay a visit to a Rural Agrarian village, where, on the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram, you will get to interact with farmers and their families to understand how life in India has been for many centuries. On the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram, we will also take a look into and understand traditional customs and practices of Indian families. We will then return to Chennai for dinner, ending the Private Tour of Mahabalipuram.
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- Trip Lead
Chandan S. has led over 50 South India Tours so far. Born into a family of academicians, he has traveled extensively with renowned authorities on art, culture and history. A passionate traveler, he loves meeting people and showing them around fantastic South India. Chandan has worked with Greenpeace and was later involved in building sustainable game lodges and travel cafes and has spent over a year documenting birds in the Niligiris Biosphere Reserve. Chandan has worked on many travel programs in the wilderness, apart from leading many South India Tours focusing on culture and art. He is extremely affable and informative, and loves to constantly tour South India ”Being in the travel profession and being a trip lead combines several of my interests – exploring India, trekking, wildlife spotting, being on the road and meeting new people,” he says.
Prices valid through Spring 2013
85 USD for 1 person
110 USD for 2 people,
135 USD for 3 to 4 people
175 USD for 5-7 people.
195 USD for 8-10 people
Children below age 12: No Charge.
Transportation. Costs are: For upto 4 people, Rs 4000 in a Luxury Hatchback, Hyundai i20 fitted with bucket seats, Air Conditioning and Seat belts. The Hyundai i20 was rated as the top 5 safest cars in Europe in 2009 and boasts of a Euro NCAP maximum 5 star safety rating. 5 People and above: Rs 5500 for a Toyota Innova,fitted with bucket seats, Air Conditioning and Seat belts. Entrance to sites where ever applicable. Meals. Items personal in nature and anything else not mentioned as included in the cost for the Chennai Private Tour.
Tour costs include:
Expert leadership of an Indian Expeditions Leader and local guides
Sightseeing as noted
Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Transport during the tour, Entrance to sites wherever applicable, fees for cameras etc., Individual airport transfers, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, optional gratuities to leaders and staff, expenses such as immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other items of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, bottled water, etc.).
Trip Payment Schedule
At time of reservation: $ 50 for tours below 5 people, $ 100 for tours above 6 people.
Upon delivery of tour: Balance
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule
Minimum fee: None
If you cancel 20 days or more before the start of the tour: Amount paid less any non-recoverable upfront costs incurred by Indian Expeditions on your behalf. These upfront costs represent out of pocket expenses of Indian Expeditions for tickets, transportation deposits and other tour expenses. Please send a message to Indian Expeditions to find out what, if any, these costs are.
If cancelled 19 days or less before start of tour: Deposit (less any upfront costs) will be held by Indian Expeditions as per our life long deposit policy.