8 Days / 7Nights
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
- Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai -Chennai
Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Check-in time is 12 Noon.
Day 02: Chennai
Morning sightseeing tour.
Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway
to the South represents a culture that is distinctly different
from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra,
a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam,
Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St.
George built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses
the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St.
Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its
premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the
8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth
century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral
Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made
a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters
of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of
comparative religion philosophy and science.
Afternoon at leisure
Day 03: Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram, 140 km
Morning drive to Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, this city of thousand
temples lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was
the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century
BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an
important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus.
Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers,
settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable
Later proceed to Mahablipuram.
Mahabalipuram, driving south of Madras on the coast lies Mamallapuram
(Mahabalipuram), the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas
have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels,
caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has
a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation.
The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back
shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men .beasts,
birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple,
one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is
a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed
in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic
temples, each created in different style.
Overnight at the hotel in Mahabalipuram
Day 04: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry drive, 135 km
Morning drive to Pondicherry.
Afternoon visit Pondicherry.
Although the French influence
is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents.
Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart
Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was
founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual
authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known
as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding
the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original
charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people
from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual
environment. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Arrive Tanjore and on arrival, check-in at the hotel for overnight.
Day 05: Pondicherry-Tanjore drive, 175 km
Drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Chidambram.
Chidambram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer; dedicated to Lord
Nataraja. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on
each side, the temple is distinguished by the five sabhas or
counts. The towering gopurams, the tallest one on the north
is 42.4 m are carved on it with 108 dance poses of Bharatanatiyam.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Tanjore.
Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance
and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for
the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than
a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's
marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are
also well known places of interest.
Day 06: Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai, 201 km
Drive to Trichy, 56 km for sightseeing.
Srirangam - 5 kms from Trichy, located in an island is Srirangam.
Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed
within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple.
There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest
in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape
for miles around.
The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's
most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest
in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not
for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn
out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating
back to the 3rd century B.C.
Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Day 07: Madurai
Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai
Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest
city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be
more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops
of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came
to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai
where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent
'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four
of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8
m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over
1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi
temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful
princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.
Afternoon at leisure.
Evening witness Prayer Ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Madurai-Chennai flight 1350/1445 hrs
Transfer to the airport for flight to Chennai. Arrive Chennai
and transfer to International Airport for flight back home.
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