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Marina Beach  is one of the longest urban beaches in the world culminating in a visit to St Thomas Basilica. St.Thomas Basilica is built over the tomb of St.Thomas who was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. He is believed to have come to India in A.D.52 and was buried here.


No.Of Tour Days

Half Day  (6 Hours) 


On all days from 1.30 P.M to 6.30 P.M  

Places Covered

Fort St. George, Govt. Museum, Valluvarkottam, snake Park, Kapaleeswarar Temple and Marina Beach(Govt. musem will be closed on Fridays and birla Planetarium will be covered on that day)  

Start Time

1.30 P.M  


Foreigners entry fee at both the museums extra)  



No.Of Tour Days



Leaves every day at 9.00 A.M and return on the same day by 7.00 P.M  

Places Covered

Marundeeswarar Temple, Iskcon Temple, Dakshina Chitra, Muttukkadu Boating, Crocodile Bank, Tiger Cave, Mamallapuram Store Temple,     Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas, VGP Golden Beach  

Start Time

9:00 A.M  





No.Of Tour Days



on Saturdays & sundays from 6.30 A.M to 7.00 P.M  

Places Covered

Pondicherry (Aurobindo Ashram, Museum, Beach, Auroville) and boating at Mudaliarkuppam  

Start Time

6.30 A.M  




No.Of Tour Days1  
DescriptionLeaves at 5:10 A.M.,and returns on the same day after darshan by 11:P.M.  
Places CoveredThirumala and Thiruchanur  
Start Time5:10 A.M  
RemarksInclusive of Breakfast, Veg.lunch and Rs.300/- Seegra Darshan ticket (Dharsan is not gurantted on Saturdays and Sundays)  

Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram 1 Day Trip  

First on the list was Kanchipuram,the temple town stands as a remarkable epitome of architectural prowess of the earlier kings Pallavas.Many architectural modifications were done by Krishnadevraya,king of Vijayanagar empire.

ekambarnathar temple

temple entrance

TTDC restaurant kanchipuram

The tour covers
1.Ekambarnathar temple
2.Kanchi Kamatchi amman temple
3.Varadarajar temple.
Foreigners were not allowed at the kanchi kamatchi amman temple and also those who wear lungies.Ironically all the pandits were in lungies.
*avoid tour during festival times as you could run into long queues.also avoid in summer.
*cameras are not allowed kamatchi amman temple.for the rest pay rs 10.

Breakfast was provided by the TTDC kanchipuram restaurant ,south Indian breakfast which was complimentary.No other option was available at the restaurant.
Shopping for sarees was only at a single place,so dont expect much..

Then the bus headed for Mahabalipuram and by 2.30 pm we were at the TTDC mahabalipuram,which served us veg buffet.
The rock cut temples at the Mahabalipuram were absolutely outstanding.I could find myself at awe for those temples,even though i have seen the place like 4 times.Because of the time constraint we couldn't cover all the places in the historic town.

the rathas

the shore temple

The tour covers
1.Five Rathas
2.Shore Temple
(entrance fee was part of the package rs.10..for foreigners 5 USD or 250 rupees)

It was 4.45 pm and we were at Muttukadu,the boating club.The entry fee is included in the package.The boat ride was short and the water murky..

Mutttukadu Boat house

6.00 pm at the VGP golden beach.entry fee of Rs.50 to be paid.and its an amusement park.Dont expect great standards.we were asked to report back by there was just enough time to take a stroll and come back.Not a great deal,i could spend more time at mahabalipuram instead.And by 8.00 pm we were back at the central station chennai..

VGP golden beach

So i could make out these few facts about the tour
1.If you are short of time and like to cover all places
2.cannot plan properly,or you have language problem and cannot take nuances
3.apart from those few hitches,the TTdc officials were efficient and good guides in all those places.
4.overall quite a good package for one day tour and value for money.

Dos and donts
1.Take the air conditioned can make a lot of difference about how you enjoy the trip.
2.carry some food with you..
3.take packaged drinking water.
4.never take special tickets for darshan at the temple.the TTdc official will tell you when tickets are needed.
5.Better avoid shoes..
6.Bargain when you buy souvenirs.If you are a foreigner ask for 20 percent the price offered. 

Chennai previously call Madras 

Chennai, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.It is the District capital too. It is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal, it is a major commercial, cultural, economic and educational center in South India.One of the main IT hub in India
Population4,590,267 (2009)
Area181.1 km²
Elevation6.00 m
Weather25°C, Wind N at 0 km/h, 83% Humidity 

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