Nandhini Palace

13&14, Giri Road, T Nagar, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, 600017, India
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car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by marieana

i would like to get your view on the price (Rs 14, 400) an agency suggests for the following
ambassador car takes us from chennai,may be kanchipuram, mama (visit), pondicherry, thanjavur, trichy, then drop at madurai, at hotel.
hope someone can help, I find it excessive, though he says, it includes fuel, driver allowance, interstate permit , toll, car parking)

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by puerto_lover

I was planning this kind of trip myself so am interested in the costs. Looking at your route to Madurai, I work out that if you continue without any stopping, the journey would take 10 hours so I presume the quote includes maybe one or is it two overnight stops?
I wonder if the Ambassador car has ever had any upgrade ? In view of all the more modern vehicles around in India, it may not be the most luxurious to travel in. I recall travelling in a Morris Oxford in the 1950s.

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by WWFRanger

Calculate the total no. of kilometers travelled.Rate for a cab is INR 5/- to INR 10/- per km. depending upon type of vehicle.The Ambassador should be INR 5/- per km.Consider changing the type of car as the Ambassador will take a lot of time.Opt for a faster & more comfortable car.

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by suru

I will not suggest visiting these places that you mentioned by car.The amount quoted by you is so expensive.My suggestion would be to travel by train and taking a local taxi in those cities.Some cities don't need taxi/car at all.

You can visit Mamallapuram and can return in the evening.You can hire a car or you can use an air conditioned "get on- get off" as you like bus which you can use.

Similarly you can vsit Kancheepuram too (though not by above bus).

From Chennai egmore station there very convenient trains to Trichy.Tanjore is only about 1hr by car/train from Tiruchy. You Can hire a car in tiruchy for local sight seeing. Local sight seeing in Tanjore doesn't need transport as they are all in walking distances.

From Tiruchy, there are trains to Madurai. Buses are available 24x7!!!

Still if you wish to hire a car, you can hire a better one than Ambassador.The rates would be around Rs10 per KM with night halt charges for the driver and all toll gate fees, parking etc. to your account.The rates are always inclusive of fuel. There is no other permit charges except for Pondicherry.
You may contact other agencies so that you get a better rates.

Hope this helps.
Have a nice and safe journey.

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by puerto_lover

OK so direct route Channai - Madurai is about 500 kms. So about I.Rps. 5,000 for direct. Add for side trips plus add for overnight???? Under 1,000 for sure. And that's in a good car it seems.

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by WWFRanger

Night charges are INR 200/- + any toll taxes on the way + permits required if any.Since you are travelling within Tamilnadu,permits should not be required.

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by marieana

yeah i see, no trains or buses as time is money. very fast visit to tamil nadu, only 7 days, so dont want to spend time rushing to bus or train stations and get into much trouble;if i were spending 3 months, i would have taken time

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by marieana

like what kind of car?

Re: car+driver, cost? from chennai to madurai

by WWFRanger

Toyotya Innova is fast but around INR 8-10/- per km,Tata Indica is cheaper,Tavera or Scorpio.

Travel Tips for Chennai (Madras)

Kapaleeswarar Gopura

by Canadienne

My basic knowledge of the Hindu pantheon of gods is that Vishnu is the one who carries a conch shell (along with an ax, mace and a spinning disc in his other three hands). But this figure is clearly not Vishnu, so I'm stumped. If anyone can enlighten me, please do. . . :-)

chennai airport

by pravdr

If you are expecting someone at chennai need to rush headlong into parking lots.they charge you and there is no shade.

i will suggest you an alternative.just outside the airport is the airport road with lots of shade due to trees and a small hillock overlooking the airport.

some local trains pass by so that you can while away your time in comfort.when your arrival comes you can see the plane taxiing in to the parking a few moments your loved ones can call u on your cell. ask them to wait at arrivals. drive down in your car and pick them up.

at no other airport i have this convenience. thats why i love chennai airport.

especially useful to people expecting their bosses by the incoming flight.

you can get a good view of takeoffs from this point too.

Ramakrishna universal temple

by radz

This beautiful temple is in Ramakrishna Math,everyone can come&pray
irrespective of casts &religion .Its not usual temple,one can see God or Godess idols,here inside of the temple can Sri Ramakrishna idol.Any time of Day can see people here silentely doing prayers.

About Math:The Math stands as a symbol of religion ,harmony and place ,where all are
welcome as irrespective of casts ,creed,&religion.Every activity of Math is considered as form of worship.Then run free hospital&Schools many instituiton.
3.00pm to 9.00 pm
Puja 8.00am-9.30am
Arathi-6.15 pm

Periyar science centre,

by radz

It was started 1983,its big centre with many Galleries. Enery Gallery,can see display of Steam Engines, Boiler Links, Valves, Pistons and Circus of Force ,last one Circus of force is fun to play.Must try if u r here.

Transport Gallery here can see the
interactive exhibits on Rail, Road, Air and Water Transport.Material Science section,can see study of crystal structures,atomic arrangements,etcPhysical Science Gallery,this section can learn interact with models,and can learn basics of Physical Science,Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry.
Innovation Gallery this is fun&interesting one,even if you are not interested in science,
then too one can enjoy trying live models.This section can learn through audiovisual presentation,like perception, illusion, reflection all can try by ourselfs.
One more gallary Life Science Gallery,here below 5 years they have special section.

This centre has well maintianed,Science Park,Traffic park,Energy park,Eco Park outside there campus.

Southern India - Chennai.

by dmirebella


This was the first scene that I captured as I left the airport... I took Air India this time around.. and the airport authorities were pretty slack as when we tried to open the door to enter the airport... it was locked!! And here we were at the tarmac banging at the door trying to get someone's attention .. *well... some of the other passengers at least*.. we got an officials attention 10 mins later and got thru.. quite funny actually...

Had this shot from the cab... rows and rows of pots up on sale...


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