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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Chennai (Madras), India
Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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icon7 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
  • A private guided tour of seaside Mahabalipuram
  • Get a first-hand peek at World Heritage-listed rock carvings
  • Meet reptiles at Madras Crocodile Bank
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Chennai included
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Private transportation
Fuel surcharge
Toll and Parking Charges
Bottled water
WiFi on board
Food and drinks
Entrance Fees (wherever it's necessary)

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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

Your driver and vehicle details will be sent to you in message (you are requested to please contact your hotel concierge / bell desk / front desk to call the driver from car parking area to portico (entrance) at your pick-up time).
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Madras Crocodile Bank is closed on Mondays due to a weekly holiday
  • Dakshinachitra is closed on Tuesday due to weekly holiday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Uvamai Niche Tourism
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration." See review
  • "You have the option to hire an outside guide once you are there but I am not sure that I would recommend it." See review


16 Reviews
1 star

Reviews by Viator travelers

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We enjoyed our tour.
, Jan 2020
We enjoyed ourselves very much. Our driver was very kind and after we visit Mahabalipuram he took us to a seafood restaurant near the beach where we enjoyed fresh and very good fish and shrimps.
Arjuna's Penance
, Jan 2020
the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration. the driver was polite and helpful, although he was not an official guide, but he was knowledgeable and helped me understand the history of each site.
Great tour!
Basanth S
, Aug 2019
Our driver was extremely helpful and sincere in showing us the site and went to great lengths to ensure the visit went as smoothly as possible. Hard to find this level of customer service and honesty in a place like India— and Uvamai was a real good find.
Our driver was pleasant and...
Sarah T
, Aug 2018
Our driver was pleasant and courteous and took us to the various parts of Mahabalipuram and the crocodile sanctuary. He also lent me his umbrella because it was so sunny outside. You have the option to hire an outside guide once you are there but I am not sure that I would recommend it.
A driver was friendly, his English...
Jan Š
, Mar 2018
A driver was friendly, his English was fine. However, this private day tour did not include a guide, and you have to pay extra!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for writing review, As per the inclusions of tour program physical tour guide not included, Thanks.
The driver was fine, but he insisted...
Debbie A
, Mar 2017
The driver was fine, but he insisted on rushing me at Dakshina Chittra due to his worries about my getting heat stroke. Then the Crocodile Park was closed on Mondays, but apparently Viatour did not know this. Then there was a mix up with the government tour guides at Mahabalipuram, and they wanted me to share, but we both said no and it was resolved. The Government tour guide was ok but mediocre. I could have just read the signs. He had no additional information. We got back early as we only did 2 of the 3 items.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for writing review on your perspective, as per the inclusions of this tour program, physical tour guide not included. Thanking you.
The driver was very nice but didn't...
, Nov 2016
The driver was very nice but didn't come into the hotel lobby to get us until I had the hotel call Viator to check in where he was. The guide was a very nice man but not easy to understand....therefore we could not get the most out of the places we visited.
Took this Mahabalipuram tour during...
Michael S
, Sep 2016
Took this Mahabalipuram tour during a short stay in Chennai, and found it to be a great excursion! Private transfer in a very clean and air conditioned vehicle, with hotel pick-up and drop-off, and private tour guide on site. Driver was great, and very cordial, and tour guide was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed visiting the temples and also witnessing the people in worship. Was even blessed by a Hindu priest! The tour company was Uvamai Niche Tourism booked through Viator. I like the convenience of booking through Viator. Thanks!
Die Tour hätte eigentlich 4 oder 5...
, Feb 2018
Die Tour hätte eigentlich 4 oder 5 Sterne verdient, aber aus der Ausschreibung geht nicht hervor, dass der Fahrer meiner war übrigens durchaus freundlich sympathisch keinerlei Guide-Pflichten u. -Kompetenzen hat. Man ist also letztlich gezwungen, einen Guide für ca. 1200 INR hinzu zu buchen oder sich vor bzw. während der Tour intensiv mit der entsprechenden Literatur zu befassen. Die angesteuerten Sites sind einen Besuch allemal wert.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Vielen Dank, dass Sie eine Bewertung zu Ihrem Standpunkt geschrieben haben, gemäß den nicht inbegriffenen Einschlüssen des Reiseprogramms

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