Chennai City Local Sightseeing Tour Packages
One Day (Morning 8.00 AM To Night 8.00 PM)
Tour Features :-
- On all days – Time : From 6.30 A.M to 7.00 P.M.
- Marina Beach, Fort St. George, The Fort Museum, Santhome Cathedral, Kapaleswarar Temple, The Government Museum, Dakshinachitra, Spencer Plaza, Victoria Technical Institute, Birla Planetarium and Express Avenue (EA).
-: Itinerary :-
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Chennai is a gracious city that has a clear skyline, long sandy beaches, parks, historic landmarks and tourist infrastructural facilities which make it a convenient entry point. Marina Beach, the 2nd longest beach in the world.[/quote]
Fort St. George
It was built in 1640 AD, by the British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. This bastion achieved its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. St. Mary’s Church the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. This ancient prayer house solemnised the marriages of Robert Clive and Governor Elinu-Yale, who later founded the Yale University in the States. The flag staff at Fort St. George is still the tallest in India. South of the Fort is the War Memorial, a graceful monument built in 1939 in memory of the warriors who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.
The Fort Museum
The Fort Museum is the repository of the exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artifacts dating back to the British period.
Santhome at the southern end of Marina derives its name from St Thomas, the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras sometime during 52 AD. He was killed on St Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD. and was interned in Santhome beach where a church was later built. In 1606 the church was rebuilt as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. The beautiful stained glass window at the basilica portrays the story of St Thomas and the central hall has 14 wooden plaques depicting scenes from the last days of Christ. In the cathedral is a 3ft. high statue of Virgin Mary which is believed to have been brought from Portugal in 1543.
Located in Mylapore, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Fragmentary inscriptions date back to 1250 A.D. The majestic 37metere gopuram is profusely carved depicting Puranic legends. The present structure was renovated by the Vijayanagara Kings in the 16th century. It has some beautiful sculptures among which are the bronze idols of 63 Saivite saints or the Nayanmars. These adorn the outer courtyard within the temple precinct.
The Government Museum
The Museum is more than 150 years old. The modern building next to the original museum houses the treasured statues of Natraja, Buddha, the Tamil saints and others, in its Bronze Gallery. The highlight of the Bronze Gallery is the “Cosmic Natraja,” that rests on a rotating platform. Within the museum precinct is the circular 100 year’s old Museum Theatre that has influences of Indo – Saracenic architecture. It is an excellent specimen of exposed brick architecture, with brick pilasters (pillars) flanking each entrance. Cornices made of stucco ornamentation adorn these pillars. This is still a popular venue for plays and readings.
The National Art Gallery, located within the campus, has the finest collection of the contemporary art, paintings and sculptures. The Jaipur – Moghul architecture gives the building its “lacy” and distinct look.
A venture of Deborah Thiagarajan and her associates from the Madras Craft Foundation. Dakshinachitra is an amazing place to visit, as various kinds of traditional houses have been transported to Chennai from interior parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and rebuilt here piece by piece.
Chennai Shopping Places – Spencer Plaza
Spencer’s is a 100 Year old institution in Chennai, India, whose name has long been associated with a world class shopping experience. In 1990, one landmark paved way for another – Spencer Plaza has taken shape as India’s finest and largest Shopping and Office Mall at the same place, continues to give Shoppers, convenience beyond par.
Victoria Technical Institute
The institute is associated with the best that is found in the field of Indian art and crafts, playing the role of marketing platform for unknown craftsmen and talented artisans in the remote parts of the country. Conceived as a charitable trust, essentially to extend a helping hand to the unknown genius lost in the villages, the institute came into being in October 1887 to commemorate the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Empress Victoria. The Memorial Hall, instituted in memory of Queen Victoria on Pantheon Road in 1909, offers technical and industrial education in cooperation with the VTI. This hall in sandstone is one of the finest pieces of architecture in Chennai.
The Package Cost
(The Package cost depends on the Type of vehicle)
- Transportation cost
- Driver’s allowance
- Toll & Parking charges