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Kollywood: Tamil Cinema in Chennai

Kollywood: Tamil Cinema in Chennai

Many travelers to India have heard of Bollywood, but how about Kollywood? This is moviemaking, South India style. Second only to Mumbai in terms of the number of Indian films produced, Chennai’s Kodambakkam district is the top destination for Kollywood movies. Read on to learn more.

What is Kollywood?

Kollywood is cinema produced in the Tamil language, and the hub of the Tamil film industry is the lively city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu. It’s not just in India that Kollywood movies are popular—they’re actually well known across Southeast Asia.

Ways to Experience Kollywood

The best way to get to know the Tamil movie-making scene is on a guided behind-the-scenes tour of a Kodambakkam film set. On a Kollywood tour, you'll see Tamil movie-making in process with a tour guide as you visit the film studios and meet actors and technicians. At the end of the visit, you may see Tamil movie dance choreography in action or even learn a move or two yourself. 

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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$45.60
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$45.60
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Private 2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

Private 2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

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Visit India’s most iconic structure, the Taj Mahal, on this 2-day private tour from Pune to Agra. Enjoy comfort and convenience with all flights, transfers, and transportation arranged and included in the price of the tour. Visit the highlights of Agra such as the Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, local markets and more while learning about the history and culture of the city from your guide.
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  • 2 days
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$552.00
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$552.00
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

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Get a primer on Pallava-style architecture on this full-day private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Benefit from personal attention and the ability to travel at your own pace while visiting the Ekambareswar and Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
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$140.40
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$140.40
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2-Night Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour from Cruise Port

2-Night Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour from Cruise Port

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Experience this 2-night and 3-days overland adventure that gives you the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal, India's most famous architectural wonder. After pick-up from Port you’ll fly to Delhi and driven to the bustling streets of Agra where you’ll see the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. This guided tour gives you insight into Agra, a city famous for its Unesco World Heritage sites which include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh Garden. The private tour includes either 5 star and 4 star accommodation (depending on option selected when booking), domestic flights, private car and driver, private local tour guides, breakfast, all entrance fees and bottled water.
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  • 3 days
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$852.00
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2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

2-Day Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

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Experience the splendor of the Taj Mahal and its surrounding historic monuments with this private two-day tour from Chennai, complete with airfare and hotel lodging. During the course of your trip, you'll not only get to see the Taj Mahal, the nearby Agra Fort, and the Taj-view gardens of Mehtab Bagh, but you'll also have plenty of time for shopping for local handicrafts.
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  • 2 days
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$572.00
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$572.00
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch

Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch

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Visit Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a private tour from Chennai that includes door-to-door transport, lunch, and all entrance fees. Travel by private car and spend the day exploring temples and a seashell museum in a scenic town, with a personal guide who will tailor the day to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

Day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai

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Gallic culture and history is alive and well in the old French colony of Pondicherry, a short day trip from Chennai. With this day tour, you'll not only get to walk through the historic old city, but you'll also get to visit Auroville, a gargantuan international community that has been bringing generations of people from around the world to live together in harmony since it was founded in the 1960s.
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  • 13 hours
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$180.84
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$180.84
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Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

Peacock Trail Walking Tour in Mylapore

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Explore Chennai's Mylapore neighborhood with a local guide and learn about the rituals of daily life, hear stories of gods and demons, and gain a deeper understanding of local customs and traditions. This popular walking tour showcases the highlights and the history of this incredible city and is not to be missed.
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  • 3 hours
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$26.14
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$26.14

4-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur

4-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur

No trip to India is complete within exploring the famous Golden Triangle. Leave from one of 10 departure points to the capital of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur for a private 4-day excursion. Over the course of the tour, visit iconic monuments such as the Lotus Temple, India Gate, the impressive Taj Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, the Amber Fort, and many more while learning about the history of India from your dedicated tour guide. Transport between sights in a private, air-conditioned vehicle is included.
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  • 4 days
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$388.00
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1-Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

1-Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Commercial Return Flights

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Pickup around at 4am from any of the city Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune Hotel or Anywhere and transfer to airport to board your flight to Delhi and 3-Hrs drive to Agra. We visit Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and After Agra Sightseeing 3-Hrs drive to Delhi and depart at Delhi Airport flight to any of the city Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi (Cochin), Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Pune. Arrival airport and drop at your location.
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  • 18 hours
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$484.00
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Follow in the footsteps of St Thomas - a Private Pilgrimage Tour in Chennai

Follow in the footsteps of St Thomas - a Private Pilgrimage Tour in Chennai

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Your private tour will follow the footsteps of St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus.  You will visit the Basilica of San Thome as well as St Thomas Mount where he was killed.  This has been a well known Christian pilgrimage site for centuries. After the tour, lunch will be included at a local restaurant. Highlights • San Thome Basilica • Ancient image of Our Blessed Mother • Cave at Little Mount to see prints of St Thomas
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  • 6 hours
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Chennai with Commercial Return Flights

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Visit the Taj Mahal and make it back to Chennai in time for bed with this whirlwind trip to India's most celebrated monument. You'll get up bright and early and fly up to Delhi, where you'll be ferried by private car straight to Agra. After a morning visit to the Taj Mahal, you'll get the chance to see one of the city's other main attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage Agra Fort, with a little time for shopping thrown in before returning to Chennai.
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  • 18 hours
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$392.00
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$392.00

5-Day Tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambhore with one-way Commercial Flight

5-Day Tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ranthambhore with one-way Commercial Flight

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Get the most out of your time in India by going on a comprehensive 5-day tour of Agra and Jaipur. You’ll combine historic buildings with natural beauty, wildlife, and shopping. Save hours researching accommodation and booking transport by having 4 nights at a hotel, breakfast, select meals, and all transfers included. You’ll travel with ease between dispersed attractions in a private vehicle, and see many of India's top attractions, including the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort, City Palace, and Jal Mahal.
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  • 5 days
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$588.00
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$588.00
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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
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  • 7 hours
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$122.67
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$122.67
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Private South Indian Cooking Class and Market Visit in Chennai

Private South Indian Cooking Class and Market Visit in Chennai

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Discover the secrets of South Indian cuisine during a 5-hour culinary experience at a private home in Chennai. Begin by visiting the local market with your chef-instructor to select ingredients and see typical foods. Then dive into your cooking lesson and learn to prepare several rice and vegetable dishes. When the food is ready, enjoy your feast in the company of your host for the perfect introduction to South Indian culinary traditions and family life. Includes vegetarian lunch, non-alcoholic beverages, and tips from your local host.
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  • 5 hours
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$72.54
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$72.54
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Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

Chennai City Sightseeing Tour

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Chennai is full of old heritage buildings, from ancient Pallava-era temples to colonial-era churches and public buildings constructed under British rule. This tour takes you to some of the most interesting structures, from the 7th-century Kapaleeswarar Temple to the 20th-century Ripon Building, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$37.44
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$37.44
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Bazaar Trail Walking Tour in George Town

Bazaar Trail Walking Tour in George Town

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See the eclectic marketplaces and colorful bazaars on this memorable walking tour of Chennai. Explore George Town and uncover the stories of daily life and local people as you listen to your friendly local guide share historical legends and old folklore. You'll navigate the crowded markets and narrow lanes as you experience the life of a local on this interactive and engaging tour that's not to be missed.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$26.14
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$26.14

Private Half-Day Tour in Chennai - India's Gateway to the South

Private Half-Day Tour in Chennai - India's Gateway to the South

Discover Chennai on this private half-day tour. Visit the oldest English fortress in India and learn about its role in contemporary Tamil Nadu. Head to the Government Museum and National Gallery to admire palm-leaf manuscripts, Amravati paintings, and rare works by celebrated artists like Raja Ravi Varma. Visit a 7th Century temple and enjoy a drive along Chennai’s beautiful waterfront.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.00
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$59.00

Chennai Shore Excursion - Full Day Private Chennai City Tour

Chennai Shore Excursion - Full Day Private Chennai City Tour

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Explore the highlights of Chennai on a full-day private tour of the city. See the St. George Museum, St. Mary Church, San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and the Government Museum, and get photo ops of architectural gems like the Central Railway Station, Parry's Corner, and the High Court.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00

An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Mahabalipuram, the seaside Tamil Nadu city famous for its UNESCO-listed rock-cut caves and monuments. See impressive, three-dimensional illustrations of the Mahabharata—India’s national epic—cut from colossal stones, and marvel at the ancient coastal Shore Temple. Tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$44.32
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$44.32
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Private Tour: Overnight Pondicherry Tour from Chennai

Private Tour: Overnight Pondicherry Tour from Chennai

Make the most of your journey to India with this two-day trip to Pondicherry from Chennai. Travel in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle as you make your way to iconic temples, French-influenced architecture and the avant-garde community of Auroville. This memorable journey showcases the best of Pondicherry, once of India’s most scenic cities.
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  • 2 days
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$276.91
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Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home

Traditional Tamil Brahmin Vegetarian Cooking Lesson with a Local in Her Home

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Immerse yourself in Indian life and culture on this culinary tour in a local home in Chennai. Learn to prepare several South Indian vegetarian dishes, then sit down with your group and enjoy in the traditional way: on banana leaves. Dishes may include vegetable curry, sambar, rasam, or dosas. You'll learn much more about Indian cooking and culinary culture during this experience than you would by eating in local restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
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$56.16
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Pondicherry day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Pondicherry day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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Take a trip to Pondicherry, a charming, laid-back seaside town with a unique Franco-Tamil culture. See the city’s lovely architecture, and enjoy its delicious food, gentle sea breeze and laidback pace of life.
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  • 12 hours
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$144.00
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$144.00
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Full Day Tour of Chennai with Guide and Lunch

Full Day Tour of Chennai with Guide and Lunch

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Spend your day exploring Chennai's cultural hub of Mylapore, with this day tour. Your morning will be spent visiting the iconic 7th-century Kapaleeshwar Temple and the San Thome Basilica, followed by a traditional South Indian lunch in a local restaurant and visit the shrine at Ramakrishna Math, followed by a visit to the 17th-century Fort Saint George before returning to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00
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