Suitable for reduced mobility, blind, deaf, certain cases of amputees, intellectual and cognitive disability and the non-disabled travelers
Aptly regarded as ‘The gateway to South India,’ the city of Chennai showcases South India’s rich culture of arts, classical dance, music and food. In the past the city has served as a trading outpost for the Armenians, Portuguese, French, Jews, Americans and finally the British with Madras as its conferred name. Explore Madras’ multicultural roots and how it has shaped modern Chennai, an urban metropolitan standing side by side with diverse European neighborhoods and architectural marvels. Soak up intriguing stories about armed exploits, love trysts, and events which were historical turning points.
- Place of origin of the Indian Army! Explore Fort St. George, the first British Fortress built in India which also houses the oldest Anglican Church in the country
- Peek into the soul of Chennai – George Town with its bustling bazaars and multihued wares is teeming with historical allusions and folklore
- Stroll along the longest natural urban beach in India, the Marina Beach which offers evenings of golden sunsets on foamy waters, delicious local food carts and native handicraft stalls.
- Tour the stunning heritage temples scattered all over Chennai, (including the magnificent Kapaleeshwar Temple) with spiritual history and a marvelous Dravidian style structures.
- Sample some delightful South Indian cuisine by visiting a few iconic long-established local eateries
- Treat yourself to an exquisite Kanjivaram silk saree woven with magical motifs in gold thread.
- Visit a unique home converted into a Maritime Heritage Museum replete with memorabilia, souvenirs and chronicles of lighthouses, ships, bridges, canals and as well as amazing boat replicas.
- The Madras Crocodile Bank is an exceptional opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts for interactive experience with over 2500 reptiles including alligators and crocodiles.
Mandatory Inclusion in the Itinerary
Mahabalipuram – This coastal town is a UNESCO world heritage site of extraordinary 7th-8th century monuments including intricately carved granite temples, battle headstones, rock cut cave sanctuaries and one of the largest open-air sculpted rock reliefs in the world. It is an outstanding relic which chronicles numerous narratives of ancient India.
Duration (Chennai & Mahabalipuram) – 3 Nights
Best time to visit – October to February
Average Temperature – 20-25°C
Categories of Accommodation
- Pocket friendly
- Uber Luxury
Visit Pondicherry, a delightfully unique town which has French and Tamil influences seamlessly interwoven in the fabric of its culture, architecture and lifestyle.
- An inclusive trip wherein people with various disabilities and people without any disabilities travel together
- Private tours, solo trips, romantic getaways and trips with family/friends/colleagues etc also available
- Bespoke experiences can be designed as per the disability of the traveler and their interests
- A sign language interpreter for the deaf travelers
- A dedicated travel buddy for the blind available at a supplementary cost
- Adapted accessible vehicles are available at a supplementary cost
- Local communities are extensively involved in all our travel operations as part of our sustainable and responsible tourism practices
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Bhupendra (visually impaired), Sept 2017
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Balu D, Dec 2018