Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days Places Covered: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapooram - Tiruvannamalai
- Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Trivandrum
Day 1: 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. Assistance
and transfer to hotel.
After lunch at hotel, half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial,
Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Dinner and overnite at
Day 2: Chennai - Tirupathi
After breakfast, proceed to Tirupathi. Lunch at local restaurant Tirupathi
is a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara
(Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known ) on the
top of the 860mts high Tirumala hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara
is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country,
but also the richest of them all. In the evening return to Chennai for
dinner and overnite stay.
Day 3: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapooram After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram ( 76 kms/01.50 hrs ) - 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 drive to Mamallapooram
and check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the city - built in 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipooram,
this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural
marvels. Dinner and overnite at hotel.
Day 4: Mamallapooram - Tiruvannamalai - Pondicherry After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai(112kms/03hrs)- a pilgrim centre
with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. After lunch at local restaurant, proceed
to Pondicherry (131kms/ 3.5hrs), which carries a strong whiff of the French
presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South
India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry
is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down. Checkin ,dinner and overnite
Day 5: 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 overnite
Day 6: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore 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.
Checkin, dinner and overnite at hotel .
Day 7: Tanjore - 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. Checkin
at hotel. After lunch city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height
of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Dinner and
overnite at hotel.
Day 8: Trichy - Madurai After breakfast proceed to Madurai and checkin 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. After lunch city
tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and
Gandhi museum. Dinner and overnite at hotel.
Day 9: Madurai - Rameshwaram After breakfast proceed 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 Srilanka. 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, Sita 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. Overnite stay
Day 10: Madurai - Trivandrum After breakfast drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel. Afternoon
Day 11: 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 - deidicated 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. Dinner
and overnite at hotel.
Day 12: Trivandrum - Chennai After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey.
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