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The best Tour guides in Chennai and South India

Chennai Tour Guides

Looking for the best tour Guides in Chennai and South India? Look no further. Our guides are not just guides, but experts in history, architecture, culture and traditions of South India. We are custodians of culture of the region, and love sharing our knowledge with fellow explorers. We do not bore you with mundane details, but entharl you with stories and insights of history and the contemporary to leave you with a deep understanding and education of Chennai and its surroundings.

Travel Style: Private vehicle
Service Level: As per your request
Trip Type: Custom private tour

Tour Guides in Chennai

If you are looking for the very best Tour guides and travel partners in Chennai, your search ends here. We are academicians with a profound love for travel. We enjoy meeting new people and showing of our nook of the woods. We have facilitated and led 100s of private tours of Chennai and have never received less than a 5 star rating! Ok - we did receive a 1 star rating once - from a disgruntled and excessively demanding person.

We facilitate any request you have - from finding lost ancestors, helping you on any research, or a special request tour. We offer expert tour guide services in Chennai and no travel agency knows the region or has better contacts that us.

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Testimonials

The people who know best

Edward Carter

Our guide Seetharam was an absolute gem, making our South India tour truly unforgettable. The hotels were a blend of luxury and local charm, and the well-spaced itineraries allowed us to soak in the beauty of each place. Being local to the region, this company Indian Expeditions provided insights that enriched our experience unlike any other tour operator we had been with before. It was truly a great decision to go with a local travel company and not a big branded one that has offices in the UK and not where we visit!

Rating  ★★★★★

Edward Carter

Rose Anderson

Kudos to Chandan and the rest of the team in Indian Expeditions for making our South India tour so special! Chandans in-depth knowledge and storytelling added a layer of richness to each destination. The hotels were comfortable, and the itineraries were perfectly balanced. Highly recommended!

Rating  ★★★★★

Rose Anderson

Victoria Taylor

We usually travel with an Australian travel company, but choosing Indian Expeditions for our South India adventure was a game-changer! Their local expertise added depth to our experience that was unmatched by Intrepid. Chandan, our tour leader, was fantastic, and the hotels were not just places to stay but portals to the rich local culture.

Rating  ★★★★★

Victoria Taylor

Trip Information

CLIMATE

Sun-kissed – in a word! Glorious sunny days with bright blue skies is the norm. The climate of South India is tropical. Summer temperatures on the plains are very hot, but cooled by the South-West Monsoon, which lasts from June- September. During these months it can be very wet and therefore very humid. At hill stations, temperatures can become quite cool at night even in the summer and may drop below 15 C between December and February so warm clothing is necessary. The rest of south India remains warm and sunny during the winter months. Summer starts from April, with May – mid July being the hottest, where it can reach temperatures of over 40 C during the day. From August, it starts cooling down, with it being the coolest between December to end of February. The west coast (Kerala, Goa, parts of Karnataka) experiences rain between June and September, and in the east coast – Tamil Nadu, it rains mostly in November up to mid December.  During the first 3 weeks of November, sporadic rainfall occurs, sometimes heavy for brief periods. The hurricane or cyclone season starts end of November and ends by around the 20th of December. One can expect intense spells of heavy rain and wind during this period, especially during the first 2 weeks of December.

Time difference to GMT

+5.5 hours

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Hindu, Islam, Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhism.

Language

English is spoken widely. Other major languages are Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu. Our tours are conducted in English.

FOOD AND DRINK

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more. The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.

Lunch price
£8 / $ 10

Dinner price
£8 / $ 10

Beer price
£3 / $4

Water bottle price
£0.5 / $ .05

 

Foreign Exchange

LOCAL CURRENCY
Indian Rupee (INR)

RECOMMENDED CURRENCY FOR EXCHANGE
GBP/US$ are the best currency to change into local currency.

WHERE TO EXCHANGE
The Indian rupee is a restricted currency and it is best not to obtain in the UK as rates are very poor. We strongly advise you not to exchange you at airports on arrival as they give very poor rates. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best places in each town. Both GBP and USD cash are easy to exchange. It’s not possible to change money using a credit or debit card.

ATM AVAILABILITY
ATMs are available widely. You must inform your bank that you are travelling to India and ask them to enable your cards to have withdrawal / transactions enabled for India.

CREDIT CARD ACCEPTANCE
In most establishments that are medium to large.

TRAVELLERS CHEQUES
Opportunities to exchange are limited.

 

CLOTHING

South India is a tropical region with high humidity. Lightweights are needed all year round with some warmer clothes for the cooler winter evenings (November to February) in hill stations such as Munnar, Thekkady and Chikmagalur. Casual clothes are the most practical: tight fitting garments, brief shorts and skirts should be avoided, since they attract unwelcome attention. Swim wear can be worn in very few beaches but in all resorts and hotels if you are using the pool. Bring a light and easy to carry water p

 

FOOTWEAR

Walking shoes or trainers and sandals are recommended. Note that temples do not allow footwear to be worn inside, and footwear must be left at the entrance of temples. You can wear socks inside.

 

LUGGAGE

While our maximum cap on luggage per person is 50 KG – two main pieces of luggage and day sac, we highly recommend that you do not overload yourself. One main piece of baggage and a day sac per person are recommended. Note that domestic airlines in India usually allow 15 KGS of checked in baggage and 7 kgs of cabin baggage per person.  Most hotels where we stay at offer express laundry services for about USD 1 – USD 2 per piece.

 

EQUIPMENT

Binoculars, torch, sun screen, insect repellent.

 

TIPPING

Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff (like in hotels, or drivers) will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group’s tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly, you should allow GBP35 / $ 40 approx. 3’000 Indian Rupees for group tipping.
For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.

Transport Information

Sedans, such as the Toyota Etios. SUVS such as the Toyota Innova / Volkswagen Taigun. Minibuses such as the Force Tempo or Force Urbania. All vehicles used will be in excellent condition, fitted with individual bucket seats and with air conditioning. The type of vehicle used will be at our discretion, though if you have any preference do send us an email and we will try to accommodate your request.

Accommodation notes

Accommodation in South India is as varied as the region itself and standards might not always meet those back home. We have chosen the best of the best resorts and hotels for your adventure.

All rooms are twin-share and they have their own bathroom attached.All towels and bedding are provided.

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. However, please note that if you voluntarily make any changes to your booking including changing your trip or departure date, any additional costs or charges incurred will not be covered. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.

Visa and Passport Information

India: Holders of passports endorsed British citizen, as well as Australian, New Zealand and US passport holders may be eligible for the e-Tourist Visa to enter India.

The visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only – https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html . Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below –

You must be arriving into one of 29 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India.

Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping. Visa applications will take approximately 4 days to process.

Those applying for a 30 day electronic visa can only apply within 30 days of arrival for your visa to be valid. Furthermore double entry is permitted and you can only obtain two 30-day visas in a calendar year.

Please note these costs are subject to frequent change so you should check on the official Indian government visa website mentioned above. Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India.

If you are not eligible for the e-Tourist Visa, please refer to VFS Global to apply for your Indian visa – https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/how_to_apply.html

Whilst the online form offers a relatively quick way to apply for a visa, some applicants have reported difficulty in completing the form.  If you would like to use a visa service to process your visa on your behalf, we recommend CIBT Visas. They have expert knowledge in visa requirements, and are dedicated to ensuring that obtaining your visas is as efficient and hassle-free as possible.

CIBT provide various levels of visa service, including detailed information about which visas and documentation you and your party require, clear and user-friendly application forms, and a full concierge service to manage your application from start to finish. There is a team of experts on hand to offer advice, and liaise with embassies on your behalf.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Indian Expeditions trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Your safety and enjoyment on tour

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, so we ask you to confirm when booking this trip that you are fit and able to fully participate in all elements of the itinerary. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete any of the activities, please get in touch with our Customer Relations team at [email protected] as soon as possible.

Our tour leaders are trained and experienced in managing differing abilities within a group, but if they have concerns about a group member’s ability to safely participate in any element of the itinerary or believe someone’s presence could affect the safety or enjoyment of the holiday for others, in accordance with our Booking Conditions our tour leaders have the authority to ask an individual to miss an activity or activities. This decision would never be taken lightly, but on the rare occasions our tour leaders ask someone to sit out part of the tour, refunds will not be offered and individuals may be liable for additional costs incurred.

Your Tour Leader

We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are local experts who are bursting with first-hand knowledge which they love to share, and their unique insights will bring the destination to life. Your Tour Leader will be on hand throughout your tour to make sure arrangements run smoothly, to organise all the local logistics and to keep you safe. Your Tour Leader should be your first point of contact if you encounter any difficulties or disappointments on trip – please raise any concerns, however small, with your Tour Leader as they are best placed to assist you.

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Indian Expeditions that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. Please ensure that you are covered for the full duration of your holiday, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy.

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against Tetanus, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list.  Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

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Time difference to GMT

+5

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Catholicm, Hindu, Islam, Sikhism.

Language

Hindi & English.

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