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Chennai Temples

 

10 Nights and 11 Days

 

Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Tanjavoor, Trichy, Madurai, Kanyakumari and Trivandram

 

Day 1: Chennai
Arrive Chennai, one of the oldest cities of the country. Placard pick up from Chennai airport / railway station and transfer to the Hotel. Afternoon, depart for half day city tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram [transit time : approx. 76 kms/01.50 hrs] – is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. Temples of Ekambaswara , Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. later drive to Mamallapuram / Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel.  Day at leisure or relax on the beach.  Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

 

Day 3: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
After breakfast visit the heritage site of Mahabalipuram - visiting shore temple, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas and beach. Check out and proceed to Pondicherry [transit time : approx. 130kms / 3 hrs hrs]. Check into the hotel. Day at leisure or free to explore on your own.  Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 4: Pondicherry
After breakfast drive to visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Pondicherry - Chidambaram – Tanjore
After breakfast drive to Chidambaram (transit time : approx. 65kms/1.5hrs) also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Nataraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Thanjore (transit time : approx.104kms/03hrs) once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple. The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts. Check into the hotel. Day at leisure and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 6: Tanjore – Trichy
After breakfast leave for Trichy / Trichurapalli  (transit time : approx. 54kms/02hrs), situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Check in at hotel. After lunch city tour visiting Rock fort and other temples around Trichy. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 7: Trichy – Madurai
After breakfast proceed to Madurai (transit time: approx. 133kms/3.5hrs ) and check into the hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, located on the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. After lunch city tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 8: Madurai - Rameshwaram – Madurai

After an early breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram (transit time : 154kms/04hrs) - the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Visit Ramanatha Swamy Temple which is located on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Return to Madurai and overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 9: Madurai – Kanyakumari
After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari (transit time: approx. 280 kms/ 07 hrs) and check in at hotel. Evening see the sunset and overnight stay at Hotel.

 

Day 10: Kanyakumari to Trivandrum
View the Sunrise, After breakfast check out and depart for half day sightseeing – visit , Vivekananda rock, Amman temple, see the place where all the three oceans  join (Arabian sea, Indian ocean and Bay of Bengal) proceed to Trivandrum (transit time : approx. 85 kms / 02.00 hrs)  Check into the hotel. Afternoon, visit the famous Padmanabhan temple, Fort and museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 11: Trivandrum
After breakfast transfer to airport/railway station to connect flight/train for onward journey. End of our services.