The Marina and Fort St George Tour

Chennai (Madras)

Chennai is a melting pot of Indian, British and Portuguese heritage. This tour takes one through the history of Tamil Nadu’s capital and gives a glimpse of an ideal relaxed evening of Madrasis (residents of Chennai) at the promenade.

Pricing:  US$ 42 per person for minimum 2 participants.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Chennai is a melting pot of Indian, British and Portuguese heritage. This tour takes one through the history of Tamil Nadu’s capital and gives a glimpse of an ideal relaxed evening of Madrasis (residents of Chennai) at the promenade.

Tour Coverage:
• Visit San Thome, Chennai’s famous basilica containing the remains of the Apostle St Thomas.
• Driving through a section of the beach consisting of old fishing villages we get a glimpse of how the city looked in its early days.
• Visit the popular Light House having excellent views of the surroundings (you can skip this if there are long queues).
• Walk through Fort St George, the first British fortress in India, where we see St Mary’s Church – India’s oldest surviving British church which houses the reminders of Clive and Elihu Yale, the Governor of Chennai who later founded Yale University.
• See the Fort Museum’s interesting collection depicting the East India Company’s tenure.
• See various other historical buildings and sculptures along the Marina Promenade, before spending some time relaxing on the beach to enjoy the colourful stalls.

Duration: 4 hour Car Tour

TOUR STYLE: Heritage and hisstory

MEETING POINT: at your hotel

END POINT: at your hotel

TOUR START/END: The cost includes pickup and drop from your hotel using a medium sized chauffeur driven car.

TOUR DURATION: 4 hours depending on your interest.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 6 people and Minimum 2 People.

PRICING: All our tours are private.

INCLUSIONS: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport as indicated.

EXCLUSIONS: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guide & driver.

WHEN: Every day except Friday’s at 4AM. Prior reservation required. Timings may vary slightly depending on weather / season. We will confirm the exact start time along with tour logistics once you book the tour.

WHAT TO WEAR: Please dress modestly and ensure you have adequate sun protection.

TOUR NOTES: Please note, the food on the street is delicious but does not meet national or international hygiene standards. Although we only go to very popular places, with good local reputations, these stalls do not cook using bottled water or wash their utensils with it. So eating street food is always risky. If you prefer not to risk it, but still want to see what it’s all about, then at the end of the walk, we can take you to Haldirams where you can try chaats and other popular dishes in safe and hygienic conditions.

Location

Related Itineraries

Golden%20Triangle%20with%20Andaman%20Islands

Golden Triangle with Andaman Islands

Temples%20and%20Andaman%20Islands%20

Temples and Andaman Islands

Treasures%20of%20Tamil%20Nadu

Treasures of Tamil Nadu

The%20Golden%20Chariot%20-%20Splendor%20of%20The%20South%20

The Golden Chariot - Splendor of The South