Chennai also known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, it is one of the great travel places to visit in terms of culture, heritage, temples, beaches, museums and medical. The traditional and de facto gateway of South India, Chennai is among the most-visited Indian cities by foreign tourists. It was ranked the 36th-most visited city in the world for the year 2019.  

Tourism-guide publisher Lonely Planet named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015.

Chennai was named the "hottest" city (city worth visiting and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values.

National Geographic mentioned Chennai as the only South Asian city to feature in its 2015 "Top 10 food cities" list. 

Chennai was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet

In October 2017, Chennai was added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list for its rich musical tradition.

What can you do or experience differently within and around Chennai City?

  • Culinary - Chennai is popular for its Filter Coffee, South Indian food such as a full rice based meals on a Banana leaf, Idly, Dosai, Aappam, Idiappam, Sweet Pongal, Pongal, and Vadai,  

  • Museum Walks - Chennai Egmore Museum is the 2nd oldest Musuem in India. Other museums are Fort St. George, Dakshina Chitra

  • Cultural Centres - Dakshina Chitra Museum, Kalashetra Bhrathanatiyam Dance Centre

  • Music - Carnatic Music - best season is December

  • Heritage temples / worship places / monuments - 9th Century built Mahabalipuram UNESCO Rock cut monuments, Kanchipuram temples, Kapaleshwar Temple, St. Thomas Mount, Santhome Church, St. Marry's Church in Fort St. George, St. Andrew's Church in Egmore, Armenian Church, and much more
  • Beaches - World's 2nd longest Marina Beach, Besant Nagar Beach, Tamil Nadu's only blue tagged beach at Muttukadu, and much more 
  • Adventures Birding, Water Sports such as Kovalam Beach Surfing, Chennai Wind Sailing, Muttukadu Boating, etc. 
  • Theme Parks - VGM Snow Kingdom, VGP Aqua Park 

Places to visit within hours drive from Chennai

Places to visit / Things to do within 2 hours drive from Chennai

  • ​ECR
    • Nature & Adventure - Beaches (Uthandi), Backwater & Watersports (Mudhaliarkuppam Rainbow Boathouse) (Good restaurants are available)
    • Heritage & Culture -Sadras Fort at Kalpakkam, 
    • Spiritual & Wellness - Popular 1000+ years old hindu temples are in Thiruvidanthai, Vedal,
  • Nellore route
    • Nature & Adventure - Tada Waterfalls, Pulicat Backwater Lake (2nd largest in India) on ISRO side for birdwatching, Pulicat Bird Sanctuary (Near ISRO), Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary (Carry food)
    • Heritage & Culture -
    • Spiritual & Wellness - Popular 1000+ years old hindu temples are in Suruttapalli 
  • Thiruvallur - Thirutani route,
    • Nature & Adventure - Poondi Reservoir, Village farm fields
    • Heritage & Culture - Pre-history Museum where you can see largest snail fossil.(Carry food)
    • Spiritual & Wellness - Popular 1000+ years old hindu temples are in Thirutani, Nagari, Thirvalangadu, Thiruvallur, Thiruninravoor, Thirumazhisai. 

Places to visit / Things to do within 3 hours drive from Chennai

  • Nature & Adventure - Beach, Backwater & Watersports (Pondicherry Beach & Watersports)
  • Heritage (Vellore Fort, Shenji Fort, Tirupati & Kalahasti Temples) 

Places to visit / Things to do within 4 hours drive from Chennai

  • Nature & Adventure - Yelagiri Hills
  • Heritage (Viluppuram Jain temples)

Why should you choose KeyTerns for your Chennai Experiences?

  • To get subject matter expert curated trips

  • To get best local activities and experiences as KeyTerns is headquartered in Chennai. 

  • To get innovative trips


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Guided Mahabalipuram UNESCO Heritage Walk - Tour
  • Mahabalipuram
  • 1 Day

Guided Mahabalipuram UNESCO Heritage Walk

₹ 800

Explore UNESCO listed Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram is a gallery of Rock cut Temples and a testimony to the creativity of Pallava dynasty. Rocks and Sculptures have stories. Highlights: English speaking guide Narration of unheard stories Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, Tiger caves, Arjuna Penance, All the Chariots (Rathas), Lighthouse, Mahishasura Mardini cave, Varaha cave, adhi Varaha cave temple, Ramanuja mandap, Varaha mandap, Thirumathi cave and so on. Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts And much more.. Do you feel like visiting Mahabalipuram? Why should you join this trip from KeyTerns? To know more about Pallava dynasty To hear the stories from the Guide Our heritage trips are appreciated. Refer to KeyTerns TripAdvisor page And much more.. PRICE Guide only price INCLUDES Guide Service and GST  Total Cost is Rs.4000 upto 5 persons, Total Cost is Rs. 6110 from 6 to 14 persons, Total Cost is Rs.7,435 from 15 to 40 persons Guide with AC Sedan Car from Chennai, Entry Fees, Veg Meals in an AC restaurant, and GST Total Cost for 1 Person - Rs. 10800  Total Cost for 2 Persons - Rs.11400 Check with us for the rates above 3 persons  Expert Archaeologist curation would cost Rs.6000 extra upto 4 persons and Rs.1500 per person from 5th person onwards.  Excludes anything not given in the inclusions along with the price.  How to Book Please contact our Reservation Specialist, Sandhya on +917305363999./ WhatsApp for queries / booking.   You can also submit this simple form to get quote.  Book Your Hotels, Flights, Transfers and Holiday Packages also on our AI driven portal with more / better / cheaper options Team KeyTerns,, Making every travel experiential Destination, Theme & Educational Travel -  AI Driven Booking -    #Mahabalipuram, #Mamallapuram, #Heritage, #Archaeologist, #KeyTerns, #Historian, #Sculpture, #Archaeology, #storytelling Note: Refer to our earlier trips Photo album Venue, Curator details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete. Schedule and sequence are subject to availability and change. Payment Terms - 100% advance is required. Cancellation Policy - 95% will be refunded if the guest cancels 48 hours before the scheduled departure time. 100% will be refunded if KeyTerns cancels the trip. Refund is given within a week's time from the date of travel. Expert Curator profile: Trip is curated by Vijay, the Heritage Storyteller with an Archaeology background, Historian, Excavation Specialist, Researcher and a Wildlife Short film maker. He is passionate in Heritage and Culture, is dedicated and has received several recognition, appreciations, certifications for his work. Places to be covered in general Tiger Cave: Our trip starts with the visit to Tiger Cave, a fine rock-cut monument complex. It gets its name from the carvings of the tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex. Curator may pose a question and answer. Is it a sculpture of Tigers or something else? Why was ‘so called’ ‘tiger cave’ built? Is it incomplete? Do you see two elephant heads and what could they have been? Do you see one Lingam with three different designs and what do they mean? Do you see a nice storyboard sculpture where ‘Asura’ is indicating to stop the attack while the Goddess is chasing him and what’s the story? Saluvankuppam We now take you to another interesting excavated site. Do you know that a 2000 years old temple complex was discovered by a team of archaeologists left exposed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami? Was it just a Pallava-era shrine? How did they conclude that it could have been 2000 years old? What materials were used? Interact with the curator during the trip to get more. What deity was worshipped in this temple 2000 years back and what was the evidence? Shore temple Do you know that the Shore Temple complex was named as ‘Seven Pagodas’? What does it mean and where are the rest of the temples? Who built the Shore temple? What’s the significance of the architecture? Is it unique? Arjuna’s Penance Arjuna’s Penance is one of the magnificent monuments of Mahabalipuram. This wonderful base air relief dates back to the mid-seventh century. Standing tall at a height of 43 feet, the monolith was carved on the face of two huge adjoining boulders, making its length around 96 feet. The majestic structure cannot be made out in photographs, it deserves to be praised by one’s own eyes. Now, you see a stunning sculpture of a depiction of an instance in the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. Do you know the Arjuna Penance story? Curator will narrate. Do you know that there is another story around sage Bhagiratha and what’s that? Along the wonderfully carved sculpture, you will see the sculptor’s touch of humour amid the holy – a cat mimicking Arjuna’s penance to a crowd of mice. Are you serious & curious to see that now? Pancha Rathas (Five Stone Chariots). Pancha Rathas is a monument complex at Mahabalipuram. Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture.The ‘Ratha’ temples are cave temples made of rocks. The rathas are regarded as the five rathas of Pandavas, the eminent characters of the Mahabharata. Krishna Butter Ball – natural or god’s creation or human made or alien made: We will visit this amazing wonder. This monolithic granite rock found in Mahabalipuram India, is over 20 feet in height. With its width almost equal to its height, it looks spherical in some angles but not a perfect sphere. It weighs over 250 tons and miraculously stands on an extremely small, slippery area of a hill. What’s the other name for this rock ball?Do you know that this rock was the inspiration to create the famous dolls and what they are? Lighthouse Next in the plan is to climb up new and old Lighthouses. They are stunning for photography and marvellous to see around from the top of them. The new lighthouse with a circular masonry tower made of natural stone was constructed in the 19th Century. Do you know that Mamallapuram was one of the oldest trading ports with foreigners and a 7th Century built old lighthouse is evidence? Sea Shell Museum Next stop is at the optional Sea Shell Museum, which is the largest seashell museum in India. It houses over 40,000 specimens of rare and unique seashells, fossils, shark teeth and whale fins which offers visitors an amazing visual treat and a unique perspective.

Chennai, Guided Birding With Spot Scope, 2 to 3 Hours - Tour
  • Chennai
  • 4 Hours

Chennai, Guided Birding With Spot Scope, 2 to 3 Hours

₹ 1,500

Some parts of Chennai and some outside are becoming wonderful bird watching sites. Our Chennai Birding or Birding Photography or Birdwatching trips are popular among experienced Birders and Beginners. How nice will it be to go with an experienced Birding Guide using a high quality Spotting Scope / Binocular? Join the Birdwatching trip to enjoy your time. Why should you do Birdwatching Trip with KeyTerns? You will be taken to the best locations to see maximum / rare species You will get enhanced birdwatching with the experienced Birding Guide and Bird call expert using high end Spotting Scope / Binocular You will experience the best Birdwatching, and learning several species of birds, their behaviors, sound and life. You will do some stunning Birding photography Much more Testimonials: We have been getting appreciations for doing great job in Birdwatching trips. You may find in Google and TripAdvisor. Recent Birdwatching appreciations are below "A great experience with a true pro!" Birding & Hiking in Talakona and Tirupathi Cost: Rs.7500 Up to 5 Persons and Rs.1500 Per every Extra Person Check Transport Cost with us if you need cab pick up.  INCLUDES Birding Curation with an Expert and GST (Local Taxes) EXCLUDES Transport, Food, and anything other than inclusions. Notes Normally, we do birding at the natural sites. So, there will not be any Entry Fee / Camera fees / Video fees. If there is anything, that will be extra. As Chennai is hot, we have limited this particular trip to 2 to 3 hours. However, we can do half a day or full day or multi day trips. Please check with us for more details.  More details are in Chennai Birding and refer Birding page for more Birding trips. Please contact 7550042234 / to book. Pickup Point: At the Birding location as agreed with Guide Photo album:  Click here 1 and Click here 2 Note: Venue, Guide details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete. Sequence, if given, is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking. Birding Guide Curator profile: Curator is Subbu. He is a passionate Birdwatcher, Bird call specialist, Bird sound recorder and a Researcher providing lectures at various places. He can identify a bird by listening to the sound. He has contributed a lot to the Bird counting and is part of various Birding organizations. He uses high quality Spotting Scope or Binoculars to spot the birds at distance and explains. One of the recent contribution - The Hindu - Arunachal yields a potentially new songbird Customer Appreciation   Our recent Birding trip details Chennai, Tamil Nadu, walked 2.96 km, 192 minutes Birds reported are given below.  2 Fulvous Whistling-Duck 10 Indian Spot-billed Duck 2 Indian Peafowl 3 Grey Francolin 6 Little Grebe 40 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Spotted Dove 3 Greater Coucal (Southern) 2 Pied Cuckoo (Jacobin Cuckoo) 4 Asian Koel 40 Asian Palm Swift 6 Eurasian Moorhen 6 Eurasian Coot 4 Grey-headed Swamphen (Purple Swamphen) 1 White-breasted Waterhen 4 Red-wattled Lapwing 10 Asian Openbill 4 Oriental Darter 10 Little Cormorant 4 Purple Heron 2 Intermediate Egret 4 Little Egret 2 Indian Pond-Heron 4 Black-headed Ibis 1 Shikra 1 Spotted Owlet 2 Common Kingfisher (Small Blue Kingfisher) 3 White-throated Kingfisher 4 Pied Kingfisher 2 Asian Green Bee-eater 6 Blue-tailed Bee-eater 1 Indian Roller 20 Rose-ringed Parakeet 2 Common Iora 10 Black Drongo 10 House Crow 8 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle) 1 Common Tailorbird 3 Ashy Prinia 2 Zitting Cisticola 8 White-browed Bulbul 6 Yellow-billed Babbler 10 Common Myna 3 Purple-rumped Sunbird 1 Purple Sunbird 6 Baya Weaver 4 Scaly-breasted Munia (Spotted Munia) 1 White-browed Wagtail (Large Pied Wagtail) #BirdWatching, #BirdingTour, #BirdTour, #Birding, #Telescope, #SpottingScope, #BirdSanctuary, #Flamingos, #Ornithology, #Ornithologist We do Bird watching experiences / Birding tours / Birding Photography trips. To get regular updates on this trip and future trips, kindly join the Birding WhatsApp group:  

3 Hours Mindfulness Coaching with Meditation - Tour
  • Triplicane, Tamil Nadu
  • 3 Hours

3 Hours Mindfulness Coaching with Meditation

₹ 1,000

This 3 hours trip is designed for those who are seeking to achieve mindfulness to keep the mind calm. Who will be benefitted from this trip? One who wants to know the mindfulness techniques based on India's Spiritual tradition along with Western's philosophy One who is seeking a simple but a powerful meditation technique One who wants to know Vivekananda and his teachings Why should someone choose this trip? To get the simple understanding of the functioning of the mind that solves majority of life problems To get a mindfulness state and a powerful lifetime learning of a meditation technique To experience the Meditation in a meditation hall where Vivekananda stayed and meditated. To have better understanding of mindfulness by watching a Mind your mind 3D Movie and chatting with the Master To understand Spiritual tradition of India and their philosophies while walking around the popular Chennai beach and visiting the Vivekananda House to explore its Beach, Culture, Filter Coffee and much more.  Cost - Rs.5000 upto 5 Persons. Extra Person Cost is Rs.1000 Per Person.  INCLUDES Curation by Mindfulness Master, Meditation with a Coffee at a Cafe EXCLUDES Entry Fees, Transport and anything else.  Meeting Point - Vivekananda House, Chennai Beach Road. Itinerary Meeting the Mindfulness Master over a cup of South Indian Filter Coffee Meditation Teaching Visiting Vivekananda Memorial on the Chennai Beach, Watching 3D Movie, Practising Meditation Walking on the Chennai Beach, chatting with the Mindfulness Master    About the Mindfulness Master who will be leading Mr. Chandrasekar is a is a Wellness Master who is a Meditation Trainer, Life Coach, and a Spiritual / Philosophy Teacher. He has a deep understanding of the human mind and spirituality, mastered various techniques, and has a wide range of knowledge in a different school of philosophies. He has spent years having a deeper understanding about mind, philosophy, and human behaviour. He studied the thinker’s mind like JK, UG Krishnamurti, Osho, Dostoevsky, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Louise Hay and Sri Bagavath; explored Philosophies like existentialism, phenomenalism, Absurdism, Vendatha, communism, capitalism.

Chennai Museum walk by Heritage Storyteller, 2 Hours - Tour
  • Chennai
  • 2 Hours

Chennai Museum walk by Heritage Storyteller, 2 Hours

₹ 1,180

2 Hours Chennai Museum walk with a Heritage Storyteller Chennai Egmore Museum, started in 1851, has rich collections. It is the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata. Museum has several galleries. either Stone gallery or Bronze gallery will be covered in this walk. Highlights: Led by the Heritage Storyteller, 4 dimensional narration that includes archaeological, historical, architectural and mythological   Learn about Egmore Museum, its origin, seeing rich and classic collection of artefacts. Understanding sculptors' creativity Much more... Latest reviews - "It was one of the best experiences. ...Vijay (Heritage Storyteller) was able to paint a wonderful picture around history, art, religion, science. Kudos." "It was really a mind blowing experience to know our past culture in detail and ancestors artistic talents on each sculptures." More on KeyTerns TripAdvisor page. ​Expert Curator profile: Trip is curated by Vijay, the Heritage Storyteller with an Archaeology background, Historian, Excavation Specialist, Researcher and a Wildlife Short film maker. He is passionate in Heritage and Culture, is dedicated and has received several recognition, appreciations, certifications for his work. Cost: Rs.5900 up to 5 Persons.  Extra Person Cost for Adult is Rs.1180 and for Child is Rs.450  INCLUDES: 1. Heritage Storyteller leading the walk, 18% GST EXCLUDES: 1. Any fees to be paid to Museum, 2. Transport upto Museum. Anything not covered in inclusions. How to Book Please contact our Reservation Specialist, Sandhya on +917305363999./ WhatsApp for queries / booking.   You can also submit this simple form to get quote.  Book Your Hotels, Flights, Transfers and Holiday Packages also on our AI driven portal with more / better / cheaper options Team KeyTerns, Making every travel experiential Destination, Theme & Educational Travel -  AI Driven Booking -  Notes: Venue, Trip Leader details, etc. will be shared once the registration is complete. Sequence given is indicative. Itinerary is subject to change Package booking terms: 100% to be paid for booking. 100% money will be refunded if KeyTerns is not doing the trip or Paid money will be refunded after deducting 5% refund charges if the guest informs the organizer before 6 hours of trip start time.   High level plan: 1. Book first, 2. Get the confirmation, 3. Pay, 4. Meet the Trip Leader at venue and buy Museum tickets, 5. Join the Group Museum walk with the Trip Leader. Photo album: Museum Album - Courtesy - guests Places to visit: Stone gallery at Chennai Egmore Museum. Page Museum Photo Courtesy: sendyl.travelogue   #Museum, #Heritage, #Archaeologist, #KeyTerns, #Historian, #Sculpture, #Archaeology

Shared Sailing, Chennai, Orientation, - Tour
  • Chennai
  • 3 Hours

Shared Sailing, Chennai, Orientation,

₹ 2,500

*Book Shared Windsailing* Wind sailing orientation is carried out by a 100+ year old Royal Madras Yacht Club located within Chennai Port involved in promoting Sailing as an International Sport and training Sailors. Wind Sailing is an eco friendly Olympic and a safe water sports.   Why should you do Wind Sailing? To have safe adventure experience of Wind Sailing To discover a Sailor in you or to promote Wind Sailing to many To sail with trained, certified and experienced Wind Sailing skippers Do you feel like doing Wind Sailing? How to book? Shared Sailing happens every 2nd Saturday of the month Price & more details on Submit this form - We will notify you once we have adequate participants. For any immediate query, please message us on WhatsApp / call on +917305363999 Team KeyTerns, making every travel experiential   Albums: Photos –Full Moon Sailing and Wind Sailing Videos – Port to Port Wind Sailing Sailing Appreciations Sailing gives you Ocean Awareness, Sailing Orientation / Training, Career, Sports Quota, Olympic Chance - Webinar by Sailor   Sailing Testimonial “Experience is beyond what language can convey. Thank you.” is what our participant says, who sailed on the Blue Moon Day. Price Rs.2500 per person which includes Wind Sailing using J80 imported boat for a minimum of 1 hour with snacks and coffee / tea thereafter. Trip will be conducted once we have minimum of 6 participants per boat. Notes Operation Timing - Between 11 AM and 6 PM. Only Indian Citizens are allowed Will need 2 id proofs (Aadhar and 2nd id like Voter id or PAN or driving license). For students, educational institution id can be given. If we are not able to do Sailing for any reasons, we can reschedule or refund 100%. If you would like to cancel, we will refund 95% of the total price.  Private Sailing If you want to do Sailing only for your family / friends, please refer to Private Sailing.   this is like a cruise or ship or a boat or a catamaran ride or a parasailing

Chennai, 8 Seater Yacht Sailing, Hourly - Tour
  • Chennai
  • 1 Hour

Chennai, 8 Seater Yacht Sailing, Hourly

₹ 16,100

Would you like to celebrate Birthdays / Anniversaries / Family outing / Corporate outing / Employee Recognition / Friends outing? Join our *Boat Trip or Yacht Trip* at Royal Madras Yacht Club and have some fantastic experience at the sea’. Suitable for anyone, no age limit. Let’s get your adrenaline pumped with our 9.3 Metre lifestyle yacht. What do you get? – Ride a on a 8 seater private Yacht, Music System and Fishing rods on board. – Briefing about Chennai Port, Ocean – 1 Hour, 2 Hours, 3 Hours Sailing available with Life vest – Mesmerizing experience of being inside Chennai Port with rustic and gigantic ships, viewing some of the old ships. – Get a hands on feel on how to drive the boat Why should you choose a Party Boat? – Encouraging Kids to use vacations and to educate them about ocean stories and safe sea adventure – You can celebrate birthdays / anniversaries / recognitions / events – If evening is chosen, one can see a beautiful Sun set. Photo albums: 8 Seater Yacht Experience Video For details & booking, please contact +7550042234 / Note: – Only Indian Citizens are allowed. – Trip starts at Madras Port entry point. Exact time & venue of assembling will be informed to registered participants 2 days prior to Sailing date. – Apart from this, we do other water sports such as Sailing, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Row Boat, Rafting, Kayaking, and Jet Ski. We also organize cruise, houseboat, corporate, team outing, group and celebration trips for Birthdays and Anniversaries. For details and booking, please contact +7550042234 / ship tour in chennai, boat ride in chennai, chennai ship travel​, this is like a cruise or ship or a boat or a catamaran ride or a parasailing.