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 flavours 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 Dance 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-honoured 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.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, breakfast, tuk-tuk charges, entrance fees.
Exclusions: Additional food and drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: As we will be visiting temples and a respected art academy, please dress conservatively.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: Please note that the Kalakshetra Dance Academy closes annually for April and May. While it’s closed, this tour will take you to the Cholamandal Artist Village instead. We apologies for the change, but we promise it’ll still be just as excellent of an experience! As well, the tour end point will be at Cholamandal during April and May, rather than at Marundeeswarar Temple.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
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