Escursioni a Chennai - Chennai City Tour
Escursioni a Chennai: Discover the gateway to southern India with this full day city tour of Chennai and get a feel for the country’s classical, ancient and gentle sides. Chennai is one of the largest cities in the sub-continent and spreads out over 80km. It features a large and beautiful waterfront on the Bay of Bengal. Visit the top sights and attractions of a city that seamlessly looks to the past and the future.
Chennai was formerly known as Madras and has had links to Europe for centuries. It was occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French before finally settling in the hands of the British in the 18th century. Today, Chennai is known as the Detroit of India because of its impressive automobile industry.
Begin your sightseeing tour of Chennai with a visit to the 13km-long Marina Beach, the second-longest beach in the world. Continue to Fort St George, which was built by the British to protect their position. It is now the state government’s secretariat and there is also a museum as well as St Mary’s, the oldest Anglican church in India.
Even more beautiful is the glistening, white Santhome Catholic Cathedral, which was built in the Gothic revival style by the British on the site of a Portuguese-era church. See also the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the oldest in Chennai, and Parthasarthy Temple. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles while in the evening, there’s the option of visiting the flower and fruit market.
Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotels.
Start/opening time: 8.30am.
End/closing time: 4pm.
Languages: English.

Escursioni a Chennai - Chennai museums tour - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: Museum tour covering Government Museum at Egmore which has a good collection of bronze sculptures of the Chola period, Amaravati sculptures, Tanjore armoury, inscriptions on stones and copper plates, artifacts from the Megaliths of Adichanallur, the Bruce Foote Collection of prehistoric stone implements, the exquisite crystal reliquaries from the Bhattiprolu Stupa and the enormous skeleton of the whale obtained on shore near Mangalore. Later proceed to Fort Museum located inside the St. George Fort which is decorated with cannons of Tipu Sultan. There are a lot of interesting artifacts showcased in the museum like coins, artifacts and so on.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Three to four hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please call the supplier to confirm pick-up times. Both museum are closed on Fridays & National Holidays. As Fort St George is also serving as the secretariat building, the entry to Fort St. Building/museum may be prohibited due to security reasons on certain days.

Escursioni a Chennai - Chennai shopping private tour
Escursioni a Chennai: Visit the EA Mall & Spencer Plaza to get the real time experience of Chennai. EA Mall is a venerable mall with world class shopping cµm entertainment facility, seated right in the heart of Chennai city, housing some of the biggest brands from around the globe.
The mall gives a whole new dimension to work, leisure, entertainment and shopping. Spencer Plaza is located on Mount Road (also known as Anna Salai), and is one of the landmarks of Chennai. This shopping mall is the major hangout for people of Chennai. It now comprises 3 phases, Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. Phase III is the most recently opened. The Plaza has a number of stores dealing in goods of many major brands, as well as local brands.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Five to six hours.
Start/opening time: At 9.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please call the supplier to confirm pick-up times.

Escursioni a Chennai - Excursion to Dakshin Chitra - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: Dakshina Chitra literally means – “a picture of the south”, is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. One can explore 17 heritage houses, amble along recreated streetscapes, explore contextual exhibitions, interact with typical village artisans and witness folk performances set in an authentic ambience. It offers an unforgettable & authentic insight into the lifestyles of the diverse peoples of South India. Visitors here are introduced to traditional handicrafts like kalamkari, pottery and even silk weaving.
The demonstrators are very friendly and passionate in explaining the intricacies of their art. Also visitors can catch exciting puppet plays, consult palmists and parrot astrologers, try their hand at spinning traditional tops. For those interested in purchasing souvenirs, Dakshinchitra also has a well-stocked gift-shop and an arts & crafts marketplace.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Five hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please contact the supplier to confirm pick-up time.

Escursioni a Chennai - Excursion to Golden Temple of Sripuram in Vellore - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: The golden temple of 'Sripuram' is a spiritual park situated at the foot of a small range of green hills in a place known as "Malaikodi" in the city of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India. The salient feature is the Lakshmi Narayani temple or Mahalakshmi temple whose 'Vimanam’ and ‘Ardha Mandapam’ The temple with gold covering, has intricate work done by artisans specializing in temple art using gold. Every single detail was manually created, including converting the gold chunks into gold foils and then mounting the foils on copper. Gold foil from 9 layers to 0 layers has been mounted on the etched copper plates. Every single detail in the temple art has significance from the vedas.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel at 6.30am.
Duration: 11-12 hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
Languages: English.
Others: Non-hindus are not allowed inside the sanctum sanctorium (temple). Please contact the supplier to confirm pick-up time.

Escursioni a Chennai - Excursion to Pondicherry - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: Full day excursion to Pondicherry which traces its origin to Saint Gasthya, the revered sage of the South. Excavations near Pondicherry reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was also the theatre of many a battles between the British and the French and was the capital of French India before it attained its independence. Visit Auroville, an 'Ashram' for peace and harmonious living, founded by saint-philosopher Sir Aurobindo.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: 12-13 hours.
Start/opening time: At 11am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please call the supplier to confirm pick-up times.

Escursioni a Chennai - Excursion to Tirupati - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: Located 138 Kms from Chennai, it is one of the most famous shrines in the country thronged by continuous stream of devotees. Known as Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam or the abode of the Lord Tirupati, is among the most visited holy place in India for Hindu’s. Situated amidst lush greenery atop a hill surrounded by outcroppings of red rock, the Tirupati temple attracting thousands devotees every day, is dedicated to Sri Venkateswara -one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Tirupati is also known for being one of the richest shrines in the world. Tirumala-Tirupati is built around seven hills that are also known as Sapthagiri after the seven hoods of the cosmic serpent Sheshnag. The temple of Sri Venkateswara is situated on the seventh peak called Venkatadri.
Many a pilgrim get their head shaved when they visit the Tirupati temple and offer their hair to Balaji and this tonsuring of the head is a ritual that is strongly associated with Tirupati. The temple houses a heavily garlanded idol of Sri Venkateswara. In that time you’ll see the stupendously opulent vimana covered in gold and finely sculpted columns. The ‘darshan’ is followed by a round of ‘prasad’, food that has been blessed by the deity and must be received with both hands cupped, right palm above the left one.
From the Tirumamani Mandapam, one can enter the Bangaru Vakili (Meaning Golden Entrance in Telugu) to reach the inner sanctum sanctorum. There are two tall copper images of the dwarapalakas (Guards) Jaya and Vijaya on either side of the door. The thick wooden door is covered with gilt plates depicting the dasavataram (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu. The doorway is directly in line with the Padi Kavali and the Vendi Vakili (Meaning Silver Corridor in Telugu). It admits pilgrims to the Snapana Mandapam. Suprabhatam is sung in front of this door.
One of the most important offering in this temple, is the 'thulabharam. ' In the Thulabaram ritual, a devotee sits on a pan of a weighing balance and the other pan is filled with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Devotees usually offer sugar, jaggery, tulsi leaves, banana, gold, coins. This is mostly performed with newborn babies or children.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel at 5.30am.
Duration: 12 – 13 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
End/closing time: At 6pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Non-Hindus are allowed inside the temple complex. Please contact the tour operator prior to the excursion.

Escursioni a Chennai - Excursion to Vandalur Zoo - private
Escursioni a Chennai: Arignar Anna Zoological Park (abbreviated AAZP), also known as the Vandalur Zoo, is a zoological garden located in Vandalur, a suburb in the southwestern part of Chennai is one of the largest in South Asia with a total area of 1300 acres, about 31 kms from the Chennai. The Zoological Park is the pride of the State and has attained excellence in the Conservation Breeding Programme for endangered species and creating awareness about the conservation of natural resources. The zoo houses around 170 species of mammals, birds and reptiles and 2,553 species of flora and fauna.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel at 9am.
Duration: Seven hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
Languages: English.
Others: Zoo remains closed on Tuesdays. Please contact the supplier to confirm pick-up time.

Escursioni a Chennai - Mylapore walking tour - Private
Escursioni a Chennai: Mylapore, an ancient town in the heart of modern Chennai, pre date the city by at least 2000 years. Widely considered the nub from where the rest of the city grew, it has kept alive many traditions and art that chennai is so well known for. The famous Kapaleeswara Temple is a fine example of the pure Dravidian style, with gopurams and mandapams, and is the epicentre around which the area of Mylapore is built. During this walk you can see the jewellers, silk merchants, fruit and vegetable sellers and the flower vendors in the bazaars. The walk also takes us through small lanes with old-style homes, through silk shops, stores selling music and religious memorablia, etc. Mylapore, an ancient town in the heart of modern Chennai, pre date the city by at least 2000 years. Widely considered the nub from where the rest of the city grew, it has kept alive many traditions and art that chennai is so well known for. The famous Kapaleeswara Temple is a fine example of the pure Dravidian style, with gopurams and mandapams, and is the epicentre around which the area of Mylapore is built. During this walk you can see the jewellers, silk merchants, fruit and vegetable sellers and the flower vendors in the bazaars. The walk also takes us through small lanes with old-style homes, through silk shops, stores selling music and religious memorablia, etc.

Escursioni a Chennai - Pondy Bazaar private walking tour
Escursioni a Chennai: Pondy Bazaar is situated in T. Nagar on Thiyagaraya Road, Chennai; today it may be among the busiest shopping areas of the city, with just a few stately homes remaining in it to narrate its past glory as a well-planned district. A walk with your guide through this bustling market will make you experience the energy and street culture of Chennai. The markets sell everything under the sun - fruits, vegetables, flowers, sarees, gold, diamonds, handicrafts… the list is endless. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the people, the culture and the food. It is fun to observe the local culture and way of life.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Four hours.
Start/opening time: At 10am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please call the supplier to confirm pick-up times.

Escursioni a Chennai - Private visit to Kalakshetra Foundation
Escursioni a Chennai: Kalakshetra means a holy place of arts (Kala: Arts, Kshetra: Field or Holy place). Deriving inspiration from Rukmini Devi, Kalakshetra was established, in the words of Rukmini Devi, "with the sole purpose of resuscitating in modern India recognition of the priceless artistic traditions of our country and of imparting to the young the true spirit of Art, devoid of vulgarity and commercialism. " The training of young and talented people by masters of art, with the background of a religious spirit, has been its main aim. It focuses on bharatanatyam, carnatic vocal and instrumental music, the visual arts, traditional crafts and textile design, textual heritage, aesthetics, history and philosophy.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up at the hotel.
Duration: Three to four hours.
Start/opening time: At 8.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Please call the supplier to confirm pick-up times. Kalakshetra remains closed on 2nd & 4th Saturdays as well as all government holidays. This tour/visit is not-operational from 16th March till 30 th June every year (due to examinations) // Pick-up tming for the visit may vary depending upon the hotel location. It’s a dance school & shall remains closed during winter/summer vacations and examinations without any prior information, hence please check with us before booking this tour.

Escursioni a Chennai - Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms)
Escursioni a Chennai: Visit Kanchipuram, one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities. This "Golden City of a Thousand Temples" dates back to the early Cholas in the second century. Only around 70 temples of the original temple complex are still intact and the most famous is the Kailasanatha Temple built of sandstone in the early seventh century. Kanchipuram is famous for silk weaving and a visit to the nearby villages to see the craftsmen at work on their looms is rewarding experience.
Mamallapuram occupies a stunning position on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon. Built by the Pallava rulers in the seventh century, the complex comprises of 14 cave temples, nine monolithic " Rathas", three stone temples and two relief sculptured rock panels. These two rock-panels give a graphic description of Arjuna's penance when he prayed for the powers of Shiva and form the largest Bass Relief in the world. Particularly of interest is the shore temple built on the water's edge with an east-facing altar designed to catch the rising Sub, this has now been declared a World Heritage Site.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms): between nine and ten hours.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms): Between six and seven hours.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms): Between seven and eight hours.
Start/opening time: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms) at 8am.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms) at 8.30am.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms) at 8.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple complex at Kanchipuram. Please contact your supplier to confirm your pickup time for sightseeing / excursion.

Escursioni a Chennai - Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram (100 Kms)
Escursioni a Chennai: Visit Kanchipuram, one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities. This "Golden City of a Thousand Temples" dates back to the early Cholas in the second century. Only around 70 temples of the original temple complex are still intact and the most famous is the Kailasanatha Temple built of sandstone in the early seventh century. Kanchipuram is famous for silk weaving and a visit to the nearby villages to see the craftsmen at work on their looms is rewarding experience.
Mamallapuram occupies a stunning position on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon. Built by the Pallava rulers in the seventh century, the complex comprises of 14 cave temples, nine monolithic " Rathas", three stone temples and two relief sculptured rock panels. These two rock-panels give a graphic description of Arjuna's penance when he prayed for the powers of Shiva and form the largest Bass Relief in the world. Particularly of interest is the shore temple built on the water's edge with an east-facing altar designed to catch the rising Sub, this has now been declared a World Heritage Site.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms): between nine and ten hours.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms): Between six and seven hours.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms): Between seven and eight hours.
Start/opening time: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms) at 8am.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms) at 8.30am.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms) at 8.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple complex at Kanchipuram. Please contact your supplier to confirm your pickup time for sightseeing / excursion.

Escursioni a Chennai - Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms)
Escursioni a Chennai: Visit Kanchipuram, one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities. This "Golden City of a Thousand Temples" dates back to the early Cholas in the second century. Only around 70 temples of the original temple complex are still intact and the most famous is the Kailasanatha Temple built of sandstone in the early seventh century. Kanchipuram is famous for silk weaving and a visit to the nearby villages to see the craftsmen at work on their looms is rewarding experience.
Mamallapuram occupies a stunning position on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon. Built by the Pallava rulers in the seventh century, the complex comprises of 14 cave temples, nine monolithic " Rathas", three stone temples and two relief sculptured rock panels. These two rock-panels give a graphic description of Arjuna's penance when he prayed for the powers of Shiva and form the largest Bass Relief in the world. Particularly of interest is the shore temple built on the water's edge with an east-facing altar designed to catch the rising Sub, this has now been declared a World Heritage Site.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby.
Duration: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms): between nine and ten hours.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms): Between six and seven hours.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms): Between seven and eight hours.
Start/opening time: For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram (100Kms) at 8am.
For Temple Tour to Mahabalipuram (45 Kms) at 8.30am.
For Temple Tour to Kanchipuram (60 Kms) at 8.30am.
Languages: English.
Others: Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple complex at Kanchipuram. Please contact your supplier to confirm your pickup time for sightseeing / excursion.

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