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Day Trip to Mahabalipuram on Royal Enfield Motorcycle or By Private Car

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  • All entrance fees included
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
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Day Trip to Mahabalipuram on Royal Enfield Motorcycle or By Private Car
From US$77.00
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Private CarMost Popular
The tour will be conducted in a private car. A full time guide will accompany guests in the car
US$77.00
Royal Enfield Motorcycle
The tour will be organized on Royal Enfield Motorcycle. Our tour leader will lead the way from Chennai to Mahabalipuram in a motorcycle
US$110.00
Overview
Visit Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a full-day, private tour from Chennai that includes door-to-door transport, breakfast, lunch, and all entrance fees. Travel by private car or on a classic Royal Enfield motorcycle, then spend the day exploring temples and a seashell museum in a scenic town, with a personal guide who will tailor the day to your interests.
What to Expect
Start by choosing your preferred transport from Chennai to Mahabalipuram: opt for pickup in a private car and meet a guide at your Chennai hotel, or choose the classic motorcycle option, and meet the guide in Neelankarai for motorcycle orientation. The tour commences at 730AM from Chennai.

Begin the trip down the east coast road, then arrive at the UNESCO-listed site of Mahabalipuram by 9:30am.

Make the first stop of the day at the Pancharathas, or five chariots, a series of monolithic temples built by the Pallavas.These are rock cut monolith temples structures built in the 7th century. Each of the 5 rathas or chariots are dedicated to the lead cast of the Mahabharat epic- Draupadi, Arjuna, Nakul-Sahadeva, Bhima and Yudhister. There is also a sculpture of an elephant next to the ratha of Nakul-Sahadeva. Once you stand towards the rear of the elephant you will notice that there is an uncanny resemblance between the rear of the chariot and the elephant. 

We next visit Arjuna’s Penace, a bas-relief monument that’s considered one of India’s most magnificent pieces of ancient art, depicting vivid scenes from the Mahabharata. The relief is 100 feet long and 45 feet tall! The main story being told is how Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed severe austerities in order to obtain Lord Shiva's weapon.

The next stop is Krishna’s Butterball, a granite boulder that’s poised on a stony slope. This curious boulder seems to defy Newton's laws of gravity and has not moved an inch despite being in this precarious position on the slope for more than a thousand years.

Our last port of call is the Shore Temple. The magnificent temple overlooks the Bay of Bengal and was an important centre during the reign of the Pallavas when Mahabalipuram was the main port of their Kingdom. Built by King Raja Simha during the early 8th century, the Shore Temple is a landmark in the architectural landscape of India. Marco Polo referred to this as the seven pagodas. The existing temple is the last surviving of the 7 which once stood as a beacon for sea farers.

Depart Mahabalipuram by 3PM  then finish the day at your departure point by 5PM
Write a ReviewReviews (16)

1 - 5 of 15 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Experience (and Host)

Dhanalakshmi from Five Senses Tour hosted me on a tour of Mahabalipuram and Dakshin Chitra. A _great_ day full of amazing sites, stories, and cooking tips! Dhanalakshmi picked me up promptly from my hotel and we took the comfortable car she had hired to Mahabalipuram...More

1  Thank Jason D
Reviewed 8 August 2018
Not to be missed

I took the private car option for this tour. Kannan met me in the hotel and then drove me to Mahabalipuram. He gave a great commentary as we drove there explaining about some of the things we passed and also answered all of my questions...More

1  Thank Caroline O
Reviewed 31 July 2018
Day trip to Mahabalipuram

I had a great day trip out to Mahabilipuram with Dhanalakshmi. She collected me from the hotel earlier than scheduled, but I was ready so it was fine. The driver was a good driver - very professional and a safe driver. We stopped for a...More

Thank Ayse_Z_01
Reviewed 24 July 2018
Mixed feelngs

We were picked up as promised from our hotel at 7:30am and drove to Mahabalipuram with out guide Vijay and where we were met by the local guide, Ramesh. The morning was taken up visiting the various monuments and temples in Mahabalipuram, including the shore...More

Thank Nigel G
5SensesTours, Owner at Five Senses Tours, Chennai, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

Hello and thank you for taking time to review. We are delighted you enjoyed Mahabalipuram. We also appreciate you feedback on Dakshin Chitra. It was our pleasure hosting you.

Reviewed 2 July 2018
Great tour

Great option to see amazing site. Guide and Driver were great, wonderful day. I'm Glad I did this trip

Thank Heidi E
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