||11 Nights / 12
||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
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 .Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara borrowed money
from the divine treasurer Kubera for his wedding expenses. He is still
paying back this debt which is why the pilgrims donate generously to the
temple funds. 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. 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 in its sanctum-sanctorum. 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 at hotel.
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 at hotel.
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.
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.Checkin, dinner and overnite at hotel .
Day - 7 » Tanjore - Trichy
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
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
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. 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 for dinner and overnite stay at hotel.
Day - 10 » Madurai - Trivandrum
( 329 kms/08.50 hrs
After breakfast drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel. Afternoon at
Day - 11 » Trivandrum
87 kms/02.00 hrs )
After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari is the lands 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 » Tivandrum - Back Home
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey.
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