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Local Heritage and Architecture Tour of Chennai (Madras)

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Chennai (Madras), India
Local Heritage and Architecture Tour of Chennai (Madras)

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icon5 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover the heritage of Chennai (Madras) on a full-day tour that features the diverse architecture found in the city. See prime examples of Indo-Saracenic style, which flourished in the 19th century as British architects combined Britain Gothic styles with India's Indo-Islamic architecture. Includes pickup and drop-off, and private transportation.
  • Understand about the influences of Indian and British traditions on Chennai's architecture
  • See buildings with Gothic, Islamic, and Hindu characteristics
  • Learn about Chennai's history and culture through the lens of its buildings
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in private air-conditioned vehicle
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Private transportation
Fuel surcharge
Gratuities
Parking Charges
Food and drinks
Entrance Fees (wherever it's necessary)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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).

Meet your guide in the morning and climb aboard your private air-conditioned vehicle for your tour through Chennai. As you stop at a number of buildings, hear informative commentary about the melding of architectural influences from Hindi, Islamic and Gothic sources.

See important buildings such as the Madras High Court, Chennai Railway Station, the Government Museum, and the Ripon Building. Then continue to landmarks like the Senate House, Victoria Hostel, the National Art Gallery, and more.

Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
One of the sacred shrines in Chennai with a lovely and majestic tower exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture. There is a big tank [water body] on its Western Side. The temple and the tank is surrounded by Broad streets on the four sides. The picturesque temple is amidst the crowded residential area. The legend says, Goddess Parvati worshipped Siva in the form of peacock, (means Mayil in Tamil) hence this name Mylapore. Kapaleeswarar and Karpagambal are the main deities. Replicas of 63 revered Saivaite Saints called Nayanmars are located here. Timings: 5.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon and 4.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ramakrishna Temple
The campus of Sri Ramakrishna Math is pervaded with an atmosphere of palpable holiness. Anyone who sits in the temple, even for a few minutes, feels profound calmness and soothing serenity. With its lush green surroundings, the Math is an ideal place for the practice of contemplation and meditation. The Math stands as a bright symbol of religious harmony—a place where all are welcome, irrespective of caste, race, nationality or religion. Temple Timings: 5.00 am – 11:45 am and 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Sri Ramakrishna Math
Sri Ramakrishna Math also known as Ramakrishna Temple, (The campus of Sri Ramakrishna Math is pervaded with an atmosphere of palpable holiness. Anyone who sits in the temple, even for a few minutes, feels profound calmness and soothing serenity. With its lush green surroundings, the Math is an ideal place for the practice of contemplation and meditation. The Math stands as a bright symbol of religious harmony—a place where all are welcome, irrespective of caste, race, nationality or religion. Temple Timings: 5.00 am – 11:45 am and 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm)
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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San Thome Church
It is one of the Basilica built over the tomb of an Apostle in the world. It is believed that the remains of St. Thomas were intermed / Buried in this beach in 78 AD, on which a Church was built. Several years later it was shifted to the present location further towards the land. It houses the mortal remains of St.Thomas. Since then this is popularly called as Santhome Church. Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th February 1986. Timings 6am - 9pm
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Light House
One of the few lighthouses in the world with an elevator and the only lighthouse in India within the city limits. It is also a green lighthouse, with a solar panel for power. Open Timings: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Holiday on Every Monday) Entrance Fee: Rs 50/- per foreigner adult (approximately)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Marina Beach
It is the pride of Chennai and the Second Longest Beach in the World with distance of 6.0 km (3.7 mi) making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, The stretch opposite to the beach is occupied by Madras University, Government Departments, Senate House, Presidency college, Cricket Stadium and Swami Vivekananda Memorial House
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Vivekananda House
Vivekanandar Illam, earlier known as Ice House or Castle Kernan, is a historical building in Chennai, India. It was constructed in 1842 by Frederic Tudor. Indian Saint Swami Vivekananda stayed in the building when he visited Chennai in 1897 and was later renamed in his honor. Timings: 10.00 am – 12:30 pm noon and 3.00 pm – 7.15 pm Closed on Mondays, Entry fee for per Adult: Rs.20/- (Subject to change)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Parthasarathy Temple
It was built by Pallava king Narasimhavarman 1 in the 8th century. The gopuram (towers) and mandapas (pillars) are decorated with elaborate carvings a standard feature of Dravidian temple architecture, (open time: 5:00 am to 12 noon and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Senate House
The Senate House in University of Madras in Chennai, Constructed by Robert Chisholm between 1874 and 1879, it is considered to be one of the best and oldest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India. (Exterior view only - visitors not allowed inside)
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Fort Museum
The museum is home to a massive collection of around 3661 antique items that, in the best of ways, depict artifacts of different ages of modern Indian history. A treasure trove of a collection in this museum is spread across three floors and divided into 10 galleries. Visiting Hours : 9.00 am to 5.00 p.m - Closed on Fridays - Entrance Fee (approximately): Indians Rs.5/- and Foreigners Rs.100/-
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Parry's Corner
It is an historical area of Chennai city from where its expansion began in the 1640s. Several streets in the neighborhood is known for their dedicated businesses and services.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Madras High Court
One of the Vintage structures of Chennai City built in 1892 and an important Land Mark located amidst the busy and large Business Locality. This is one of the largest Judicial complexes in the world. It is also one of the Appellate Authority of the Judicial System in the course of Judicial process of a case. (Exterior view only - visitors not allowed inside)
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Chennai Central Railway Station
Built in the Gothic Revival style, the original station was designed by George Harding and consisted of four platforms and a capacity to accommodate 12-coach trains. It took another five years for the work to be completed, when the station was modified further by Robert Fellowes Chisholm with the addition of the central clock tower, Travancore 'caps' on the main towers, and other changes. The redesign was eventually completed in 1900. The main building, a combination of Gothic and Romanesque. This styles has been declared as a heritage building.The clock tower with the flagstaff, the tallest of the towers of the main building, has four faces and reaches a height of 136 ft.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ripon Building
It was built in the year 1913. The white building and 132 ft tall clock tower is the solid attraction of this structure. It is the Administrative Complex and Council Assembly House of the Chennai City Corporation. The building was named by the British in honour of Lord Ripon who was the Governor General and father of Self-Government in India (Exterior view only - Visitors not allowed inside)
Duration: 3 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Government Museum
The second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata Started in 1851. It is particularly rich in archaeological and numismatic collections. It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe. the museum theater is a rare specimen of the Italianate style of architecture, inspired by Classical architecture and developed in 1802 at Britain by John Nash. However, the theatre was built by the British in the late 19th century when this style was no longer popular in England. Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm holiday on Friday Entrance Fee (approximately): Indians: Adult Rs.15/- Children Rs.10/- Foreigners: Adult Rs.250/- Children Rs.125/- Photography Charges: Still Camera Rs.200/- Video Camera Rs.500/-
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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National Art Gallery
Located within the Museum Complexes - The Gallery was built in 1906 following the Indo-Sarsenic architecture style. It houses paintings and sandal wood sculptures from Thanjavur, Rajasthan, Kangra and the Deccan.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Connemara Public Library
Located within the Museum Complexes - A treasure house of books, periodicals and newspapers was opened for public in 1861. This library named after the then Governor of Madras, Lord Connemara. It has a collection of over 6,00,000 books, a holistic reference enclosure, IAS study centre and a Braille library today.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Shoes must be removed at places of worship, Dress code is smart casual (Please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; shorts or sleeveless tops are not recommended)
  • Government Museum and Fort Museum closed on every Friday and National Holidays
  • 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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Bernard_F
, Dec 2019
The Viator description says "Meet your guide in the morning and climb aboard your private air-conditioned vehicle for your tour through Chennai", and "... hear informative commentary about ...". But the day before the tour (when it was too late to cancel & re-arrange) we heard that there is no guide. When I complained to the tour company they said the Inclusions section did not list a guide (but then nor did the Exclusions section) and the description is provided by Viator, not the tour company. I would have thought that an honest company would have got Viator to sort this out. So what do you get? You get a driver and car for the day, a suggested itinerary (which you can change) , and a PDF document with a paragraph on each site.No entry fees or lunch is included. The driver was fine, looked after us well, and helped where he could. Our only gripe is that we had to say about 6 times that we did not want to go to his friend's sari shop. This tour is not what we expected or wanted (and we cancelled another trip with this company as a result). But it may be fine for you. I would add that this is NOT a rip-off. It is a lot cheaper than the other full-service tours that we took, so you get what you pay for. But it is unaccceptable for the tour operator to let the incorrect description remain.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Kindly I would like to inform you again, as per your selected option tour guide not included. Written guide in PDF file and Audio Guide are included for self-guided tour option that also already sent to you in message. If you required tourist facilitator services to be included, you should have selected the option which is included. If you have not chosen that particular option then those services will not be provided. However it’s our sincere thanks for your review and travelled with us.

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