Tour Overview

Mahabalipuram is well known for its architectural monuments as well spectacular silver-sand beach. So, take Yatra's 3 day tour of the Marvellous Rock Temples of Mahabalipuram and enjoy a memorable getaway. Yatra’s efficient managers have carefully planned the itinerary, backed by Yatra’s excellent services that have made Yatra a trusted brand today.  This package takes you to popular attractions, as Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave, and the natural rock formation called the Krishna’s Butter Ball. You also get leisure time to enjoy the serene beach life.

The beautiful city of Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamilnadu, not far from Chennai. It is a historic town with a rich collection of sculptures and temples among other attractions. The city, under the Pallava rulers, developed a distinct architectural style that contributed greatly towards the advancement of the Dravidian architecture. Many of the monuments in the city have great significance. The Panch Rathas, made from granite rock, named after the Pandavas, Thirukadalmallai the temple of Lord Vishnu and the Sculpture Museum with many stone and wood sculpture are some of the main attractions in Mahabalipuram. The Shore Temple has been restored, but the antique look has been maintained due to the erosion of the carvings. The city also boasts a good collection of structures carved out of stone - Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, and Mahishamardini Cave to name a few. 

 Arrival in Chennai | Chennai to Mahabalipuram

Post arrival at Chennai International Airport or railway station, meet a Yatra representative and drive towards Mahabalipuram. After travelling for 1.5 - 2 hours, reach your destination and check-in at the hotel.

Situated on the Coromandel Coast, Mahabalipuram is a historical town in Tamil Nadu. The town is recognised for various UNESCO-listed monuments, including the famous Shore Temple, and mandapas and rathas, carved out of rocks. The beauty of the place not only lies in its architectural sites, but also in its silver sandy beach, which makes it a fascinating tourist spot.

Spend your time at leisure, later return for night stay at the hotel.

Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram

Start your day with a visit to Arjuna's Penance.

Located in Kancheepuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Arjuna's Penance or Descent of the Ganges is a giant monument, consisting of intricate carvings on two monolithic boulders. It depicts the story from Mahabharata, when Arjuna (one of the Pandava brothers) performed deep penance to achieve Lord Shiva's weapon. And it also depicts the descent of Ganga to the earth.

Next move to Pancha Rathas, a set of five glorious rock temples in the shape of rathas or chariots. These rathas are splendid examples of the Dravidian style of architecture. Decreasing in size according to the age of the Pandava brother they are named after, they contain carvings and reliefs of various Hindu mythological characters.

Later, see Shore Temple, a magnificent stone shrine, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The temple is a compound of three shrines, constructed by the Pallava dynasty. Two of the shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva and the third one to Lord Vishnu. Its large and marvellous sculptures, including those of the presiding deities, Nandi, Goddess Durga and Kartikeya, attract a large number of tourists.

Also as part of this sightseeing venture, see Tiger Cave. Named so due to the carving of tiger heads on its exterior, this cave shrine is said to depict an incident from the life of Goddess Durga.

Thereafter, visit Krishna’s Butter Ball, a huge rock about 5 metres in diameter, balancing on a hill slope. It is quite popular with tourists and locals alike as an interesting backdrop for clicking photographs.

In the evening, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay in your room.

 
 
Mahabalipuram to Chennai | Departure from Chennai
 
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive back to Chennai for your onward journey. Tour Ends.

Inclusions

  1. Local travel: Non A/c Cab or Bus to & fro to a scheduled common pick up point,
  2. Food
  • Includes breakfast and lunch
  • Only Vegetarian food will be served
  1. Team building activities,
  2. Service tax

 

  1. Minimum Group Size:
  • The rates quoted is applicable only for a minimum group size of 30 travelers
  • At any point in time, if the group size is less than six, Madurai Ecotourism reserve all rights
  • to drop the trip
  • The reimbursement will be in accordance with the cancellation policies below.

 

  1. Booking time limit:

For weekend tours and treks in all other destinations, the trip should be confirmed (vide payment

of 50% advance), 7 days before the proposed travel days

 

  1. Payment terms and conditions:

4.1 Advance Payment:

The intent of travel will be confirmed only upon receipt of advance payment (50% of the

total trip cost); ticketing will be initiated only upon receipt of advance.

 

4.2: Full Payment

The trip will be deemed confirmed only upon receipt of full payment, failing which

Madurai Ecotourism reserves all rights to cancel the trip; reimbursement will be in

accordance with the cancellation policies.

 

4.3: Payment modality:

Payment can be through cash deposit/ cash transfer to Madurai Ecotourism

 

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  1. Cancellation Policy:

For full/ part cancellation of trip order, a part of the total cost will be deducted towards

cancellation charges, subject to the following.

  • 72 hours before scheduled departure time, 20% of the cost will be deducted
  • Between 72 hours and the before scheduled departure time, 50% of the cost will be deducted
  • The balance payment will be made via Cheque or cash transfer
  • Part cancellations will be subject to the conditions with regard to minimum group size.

 

  1. Request for changes in travel plan

6.1 Additional traveler(s):

  • Request for additional travelers will also be entertained subject to booking time limit
  • All other terms and conditions apply.

 

6.2: Replacement/substitution of traveler(s):

Any replacements in the personnel traveling, will be considered as part

cancellation and additional booking

 

6.3: Destination

  • Any request for changes in destination will be treated as a cancellation and re-booking, if
  • the revised destination is not within the same zone
  • All other terms and conditions apply.

 

  1. Others:
  • All travelers must carry a valid original identity card (election id card, PAN card or driving license)
  • Madurai Ecotourism is not responsible for the safety of any personal belongings of the traveler.
  • Madurai Ecotourism has a strict NO LIQUOR POLICY in its accommodation premises as well as during its tours and treks. SMOKING IS A STRICTLY BANNED inside the forests and in other public places (wherein smoking is banned by legislation). Consumption of alcoholic beverages during the trip and smoking inside forest and in public places would not be tolerated. Madurai Ecotourism reserves all rights to cancel the trip midway if the travelers are found to be violating these rules
  • Travelers are requested not to switch on the sound system in the cars while inside the forest and also not to wear any heavy perfumes
  • Please do not leave any garbage in the places that we visit, other than in designated garbage dumping areas or waste collection facilities.

Exclusions

  1. Tariff DOES NOT include:
  • Snacks, tea and water bottles
  • Other incidental expenses at destinations like cost of boating, rides, entry passes, camera
  • pass, etc if any

 

  • You will be provided [Mini Bus 20 st] for 15 Adults,
  • Covering All Sight Seeing Points Mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • A Well Mannered English/Hindi Speaking Driver Cum Guide Will Be at Your Disposal.
  • Includes, Toll, Parking, Driver Allowance, Fuel Cost, Night Halting Charges, Hills0 Charge
  • [If Any], Interstate Permit [If Any], Forest Entry Charge [If Any], Basically Every Thing
  • Related To The Vehicle.

 

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