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Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century.The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember.
DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way.

per adult from

$258

AUD

Duration

9 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Lunch
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
    • Entry/Admission - India Seashell Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
    • Entry/Admission - Sea Shore Temple
    • Local tour guide
    • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Dakshinachitra Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
    • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
    • Entry/Admission - India Seashell Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
    • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Hotel Mamalla Bhavan
    • Entry/Admission - DakshinaChitra Museum
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Beverages
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Pancha Rathas, Kancheepuram District, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    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.


    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Arjuna's Penance, West Raja Street Near Ganesha Ratha, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    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.


    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: India Seashell Museum, Kalpakkam Road, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    The 40000+ collection of Sea Shells is a singular effort of Raja Mohamad who spent 33 years to collect these items from around the world.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Krishna's Butter Ball, E Raja St, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    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.


    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Shore Temple Rd, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

    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.


    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Hotel Mamalla Bhavan, S Mada St, near Sthala Sayan Perumal Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India

    We have the Lunch in Hotel Mamalla bhavan.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: DakshinaChitra Museum, East Coast Road after MGM Dizzee world., Muttukadu 603 118 India

    DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way. DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum , a project of Madras Craft Foundation an NGO was opened to the public on December 14th 1996. The Museum is located overlooking the Bay of Bengal, at Muttukadu, twenty five kilometers south of Central Chennai, on the East Coast Road to Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our tour guide will meet and pick up you from all hotels in Chennai.
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Wonder tours

Activity ID: V-107256P27

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