Cities Covered: Chennai (India).
Meet your local guide in the lobby of the hotel where you staying in. After a brief orientation, board the vehicle for the exciting tour of Chennai city. You will visit Fort St. George (formerly known as White Town) is a prestigious landmark in the city of Chennai. The fort was built by the British in 1639 as the East India Company's fortified foothold in Madras and it was from this small trading post that British influence spread throughout India. The military architecture of Fort St. George is interesting and holds great historical importance. Today, Fort St. George houses the state legislature and the Secretariat, the administrative complex of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The fort in its present form looks more like a mansion, rather any fort. Various Government offices function inside this building, including the structure which used to be the residence of Robert Clive called the Clive House. Inside the Fort is the Fort Museum decorated with cannons of Tipu Sultan. There are a lot of interesting artifacts showcased in the museum. Next visit Mary's Church (closed on Fridays), situated in the fort, is one of the oldest surviving churches built by the British in India, This is the first English church in India and the oldest Anglican church in the east. The interior of the church contains many fascinating plaques and monuments to early British India evoking past glories and lives full of achievement. It also contains the old colours of the Madras Fusiliers, the first European regiment of the East India Company. The glass windows, wall frescos, teak plaques from the colonial times are still preserved. Admire Government Museum (closed on Fridays and on National holidays), which is the second oldest museum, next to Kolkatta. The museum is rich in archaeological, numismatic and has largest Roman collections too. BuddhistRuins from Amaravathi finds a prominent place here. Later visit famous Kapaleeswarar Temple, one of sacred shrines in Chennai with a lovely and majestic tower exhibits the Dravidian style of architecture, said to date to the 8thcentury, although the present structure dates to the 1600s. Notable above all for its soaring, incredibly detailed 37m Gopuram (entrance gate). Before returning to the hotel enjoy panoramic drive through Old Part of Chennai - George Town - Egmore Railway Station, Rippon Buildings, Victoria Hall, Central Railway Station, Southern railway Head Quarters, known for its British style Heritage buildings. Also explore Flower Market.
- Timing : 0900hrs to 1300hrs &1400hrs to 1800hrs.
- Government Museum – closed on Friday.
- Mary’s Church – close on Friday.
- Meal as listed in itinerary.
- Private Transportation for the visits.
- Professional local English speaking city guide for visits.
- Admission Fees of visiting sites per itinerary.
- All local government taxes where applicable.
Does Not Include
- Items of a personal nature, such as, telephone calls and beverages including wines, Liquors, soft drinks, Meal (Refer to Tour Inclusions) list in the program
- Tips &Gratuities to guide(s) and to chauffeur(s).
- Any expenses caused by reasons beyond Apollo Voyages and its associate office.
- Any other expenses not mentioned in inclusions.
Other Important Information
- Please carry valid identity proofs (passport, driving license etc).
- Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout India; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended. This is very important while visiting religious places.
- Always carry bottled water or packaged mineral water.
- Avoid taking street food unless you are into experimenting.
- Take care of your belongings while traveling in a crowded public place
- Keep photocopies of your passport in the hotel locker.