Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Day trip from Chennai by Private car with Guide

12 hours
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You can easily spend a full day exploring Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram's marvellous temples, caves and rock carvings. Most were carved from the rock during the 7th-century reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, whose nickname Mamalla (Great Wrestler) gave the town its name. Official Archaeological Survey of India guides can be hired at sites.


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Pass By: Wonder Tours, 51/107 86th street Ashok nagar 1st floor, Chennai (Madras) 600083 India

Tour orientation

Stop At: Ekambareswarar Temple, Ekambaranathar Sannidhi Street, Kanchipuram 631502 India

Of South India's five Shiva temples associated with the five elements, this 12-hectare precinct is the shrine of earth. You enter beneath the 59m-high, unpainted south gopuram, whose lively carvings were chiselled in 1509 under Vijayanagar rule. Inside, a columned hall leads left into the central compound, which Nandi faces from the right. The inner sanctum (Hindus only) contains a lingam made of earth and a mirror chamber whose central Shiva image is reflected in endless repetition.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kailasanathar Temple, Pillaiyarpalayam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu 631501, India

We will visit the magnificent temple of Kailasanathar Temple from Pallava times. Kanchipuram was the capital of the medieval South Indian Kingdom of Pallavas. The Pallavas were instrumental in the transition from rock-cut architecture to stone temples. We will appreciate these architectural wonders built in 600 AD.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Huddled together at the southern end of Mamallapuram, the Five Rathas were, astonishingly, all carved from single large rocks. Each of these fine 7th-century temples was dedicated to a Hindu god and is now named after one or more of the Pandavas, the five hero-brothers of the epic Mahabharata, or their common wife, Draupadi. The rathas were hidden in the sand until excavated by the British 200 years ago.

Ratha is Sanskrit for 'chariot', and may refer to the temples' form or to their function as vehicles for the gods. It's thought they didn't originally serve as places of worship, but as architectural models.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

We also visit Arjuna’s Penance, a 100 feet x 45 feet bas relief where an entire masterpiece from the Mahabharata epic has been carved.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The next halt is at Krishna’s Butterball, a curious sight of a 5 meters diameter ball shaped boulder which is perched precariously on a slope and defies Newton’s laws of gravity!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Shore Temple Rd, Mahabalipuram 603104 India

Standing like a magnificent fist of rock-cut elegance overlooking the sea, surrounded by gardens and ruined courts, the two-towered Shore Temple symbolises the heights of Pallava architecture and the maritime ambitions of the Pallava kings. Its small size belies its excellent proportion and the supreme quality of the carvings, many now eroded into vaguely Impressionist embellishments. Built under Narasimhavarman II in the 8th century, it's the earliest significant free-standing stone temple in Tamil Nadu.

Duration: 45 minutes


Book by May 4 to save 5% off our previously offered price!


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Mahabalipuram Monuments
  • Entry/Admission - Kanchipuram temples
  • Entry/Admission - Kailasanathar Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Krishna's Butter Ball
  • Entry/Admission - Shore Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Arjuna's Penance
  • Entry/Admission - Pancha Rathas
  • Entry/Admission - Ekambareswarar Temple


  • Gratuities
  • Drinks

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Karyn M
August 2019

We had a the best day - our guide was amazing, so kind and gracious and had our comfort and enjoyment in mind the whole day. All of the details were taken care of an all we had to do was show up and enjoy. The tour guides at the various stops were amazing, the lunch was incredible and all of the ...

October 2022

Timely pick up by the host.First,we visited temples in Kanchipuram after lunch we visited temples in Mahabalipuram.Both sites are excellent and we get explanation from two fantastic guides rajesh and peter.

October 2022

The temples at Kanchipuram were dazzling.Tour has been full day but worth it.our guide Rajesh was full of information about all the sights.Our driver swanynathan for conveying us securely back to the hotel.

October 2022

The tour was started on time by our guide (rajesh) knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Would recommend to anyone! Well worth the price!

November 2022

The guide and driver was really good,we felt very safe during the entire trip and reached destination early.Rajesh who was our tour guide has great knowledge about the site and explained about carving works.

November 2022

We booked this tour in last minute due to our work. Rajesh confirmed our booking and picked from the hotel timely.We visited more sites in the single day and the entire places ruled by pallava dynasty.The stories are more engaging and interesting.We will book again with Wonder tours.

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