Tamilnadu Temple Tour
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Day 01 : CHENNAI
Arrive Chennai – the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country . Upon arrival Chennai Airport meet our representative who will transfer you to hotel and after lunch at hotel proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Chennai passing thro the famous land mark like Anna salai Marine beach Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and kapaleshwaran temple evening return back to the hotel and over night stay at Hotel.
Day 02 : CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram ( 76 kms/01.50 hrs ) –it is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara , Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Lunch at local restaurant and later on drive to Mahabalipuram on arrival check in hotel and then proceed for half day city tour visit the city – built in 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipuram, this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes – of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others – are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two – spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu. Over night stay at Mahabalipuram Hotel.
Day 3 : KANCHIPURAM – PONDICHERRY
After breakfast check out hotel and proceed to Pondicherry on arrival check in hotel and proceed for a half day city tour of pondicherry visit Aurbindo Ashram, which is 10 kms 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 evening return back and over night stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
Day 4 : PONDICHERRY – CHIDAMBARAM
After breakfast drive to Chidambaram(65kms/1.5hrs) also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. After lunch at local restaurant, drive to Thanjavur (104kms/03hrs) enroute visiting the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple(or the big temple of God).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 later Checkin at hotel and over night stay at Tanjore Hotel.
Day 05 : CHIDAMBRAM – TRICHY
After breakfast leave for Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, 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. Afternoon tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 06 : TRICHY – MADURAI
After breakfast proceed to Madurai and check in at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Later check in hotel after lunch proceed for a half day city tour visiting – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala’s Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Over night stay at Madurai Hotel.
Day 07 : MADURAI – RAMESHWARAM
After morning breakfast proceeds to Rameshwaram- 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 Lanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, hence they made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea 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. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai and over night stay at hotel in Madurai.
Day 08 : RAMESHWARAM – TRIVANDRUM
After breakfast drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel on arrival check in hotel later proceed for a half day city tour of Tiruvananthapuram visit Ananthapadmanabha sway Temple chitralaya art gallery etc evening return to the hotel for the over night stay at hotel.
Day 09 : TRIVANDRUM – KANYAKUMARI
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari – is the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples – a symbol of unity and sanctity – dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South – East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Lunch at local restaurant. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set and later return to Trivandrum and over night stay at Hotel.
Day 10 : DEPART
After breakfast transfer to airport to board domestic flight to connect international flight for onward Destination.