British Architecture Walk in Chennai

Chennai, formerly called Madras, was the capital of Southern British India. Many great monuments were built during the British rule and several of them continue to dominate the skyline of Chennai even today. During this walking tour, we will visit a number of the prominent landmarks of Chennai, which were built during the British era, often in an architectural style blending British as well as Indian elements. We shall start at the Central Railway Station and walk to the Ripon Building, Southern Railway Headquarters, Victory Memorial, Fort St George, Napier Bridge and finish at the Madras University building.

Highlights
• Central Railway Station
• Ripon Building
• Southern Railway Headquarters
• Fort St George
• Napier Bridge

per adult from

$206

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Duration

4 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off within city center.
    • Local English-speaking guide.
    • 02 Bottles of Mineral water per person
    • Entry/Admission - Ripon Building
    • Entry/Admission - Victory War Memorial
    • Entry/Admission - Senate House
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Additional food or drink (unless specified)
    • Items of a personal nature
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Chennai Central Railway Station, General Hospital Rd Kannappar Thidal, Periyamet, Chennai (Madras) 600003 India

    You will be picked up at your hotel in the city center at 08:00 A.M. and meet your English speaking guide.

    The walk starts at the Central Railway Station. It was built in 1873 in a Gothic Revival style by British architect George Harding. It then was modified by Robert Chisholm who added the central clock tower and Travancore caps on the main towers. Today, this station handles significantly more than 350,000 passengers every day.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ripon Building, Sydenhams Road 6 Km from Chennai, Chennai (Madras) India

    Following we walk to the Ripon Building which was commissioned in 1913. Designed by G.S.T. Harris and built by Loganatha Mudaliar, the Ripon building is named after Lord Ripon, a Governor-General of British India who was famously known as the father of local self-government in Chennai. Today this building is the office of the Mayor of Chennai.

    We next stroll to the headquarters of the Southern Railways in India. Built in the Indo–Saracenic style, this building was designed by N. Grayson and built by Samynada Pillai. It was completed in 1921. The Southern Railway headquarters was one of several early buildings in India to be constructed with reinforced concrete.



    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Victory War Memorial, South of Fort St. George, Chennai (Madras) 600009 India

    The Victory War Memorial, formerly called the Cupid's Bow, is a memorial constructed to commemorate the victory of the Allied Armies during World War I (1914–1918). It later became the victory war memorial for World War II (1939–1945). It honors the soldiers, who gave their lives during the war.



    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fort St. George, St. George Street, Chennai (Madras) India

    Our stroll brings us to Fort Saint George, the very first English Fortress built in 1644 by the East India Company. Explore St Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church of India. We may also visit a quaint museum rich with relics of colonial times. There's a 14.5 ft tall statue of Lord Cornwallis in front of the museum. Fort St. George happens to be the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Tamil Nadu.



    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Napier Bridge, Chennai (Madras) 600005 India

    Napier Bridge is one of Chennai’s most well-known landmarks. Also called Iron Bridge, it was built in honor of Lord Napier who was a former Governor of Fort St. George. Napier Bridge, which spans the River Cooum, is one of the first structures in India to use reinforced cement concrete. It connects the beach with Fort St George. Flanking the bridge built in 1869, a new bridge was built in 1999.



    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Senate House, Wallajah Road, University Of Madras Along Marina Beach, Chennai (Madras) India

    The Senate House is the administrative centre of the University of Madras in Chennai, India. It is situated in Wallajah Road, along Marina Beach. Constructed by Robert Chisholm between 1874 and 1879, the Senate building is considered to be one of the best and oldest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture in India.

    Enjoy your Lunch at local restaurant (Beverage excluded).

    After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel within the city center.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Chennai (Madras), Chennai (Madras), Chennai District, Tamil Nadu
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Consider wearing comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses/sunscreen with hats or scarf for ladies are highly recommended
    • Fort St. George, Chennai Closed on Every Friday and Holidays.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by SITA World Tours

Activity ID: V-50182P255

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