Chennai Small Group Cultural Tour with Indian-Style Breakfast

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What To Expect

Get to the heart of Chennai's local culture with a jam-packed morning of art, spirituality, and food! Visit an ancient temple, join in an early-morning Hindu ceremony, learn the mudras at a prestigious dance academy, and dig into a traditional south Indian breakfast - talk about the ultimate way to start your day!

Highlights

  • A fully-guided tour around the famous cultural attractions in Chennai

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of Chennai’s 2,000 years of history and culture

  • Explore an ancient healing temple for an early-morning ceremony

  • Devour a classic south Indian breakfast in a local restaurant

  • Visit a dance academy and learn about the ancient forms that are still taught today  

Specifications

Type:
Local Experiences in Chennai
Departs From:
Chennai
Meeting Point:
Marundeeswarar Temple
Duration:
4 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 AM
Product Code:
14231
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Your Chennai tour will start with an early-morning visit to Marundeeswarar Temple. We'll head inside the 1,200-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and you'll get to see its spectacular Dravidian-style architecture up close. Here, we'll participate in the morning Pooja ceremony as locals gather to praise the temple deity, Marundeeswarar Lingam, which is believed to have formed naturally - not to have been sculpted by human hands. You'll learn the stories and legends behind this historic, spiritual place, which is said to hold magical healing powers, curing believers of illness and disease.

Post ceremony, we'll enjoy a proper south Indian breakfast at a local restaurant. You'll get to devour the rich flavors of Chennai with a dosa, considered to be one of the state's most beloved dishes.

From there, your Chennai tour will take you through the ancient arts, with a visit to the renowned Kalakshetra Art Academy. This academy is a vital centre for artists focused on the ancient dance form of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic vocals, and instrumental music. You'll learn about the time-honored art, and get to witness young dancers and musicians learning the techniques and "mudras" (movements).

We'll also explore an art gallery dedicated to regional art and aesthetics. We'll finish up our cultural Chennai tour by boarding a tuk-tuk and riding it through the streets back to where we started.   

Includes

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Indian-style breakfast

  • Tuk-tuk ride

  • Kalakshetra Art Academy entrance fee

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Participants must be 6 years old to join this tour.

  • This tour operates as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 people.

  • Please dress conservatively as the tour includes visits to religious temples and art academy.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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