The temples of South India has long been respected by all architecture experts around the world, and revered by the devotees equally. They represent the most flourishing period of Hindu Dynasties as well as the religion. The tour package includes the best known temples of Tamil Nadu, which houses numerous splendid temples scattered in and around the state. Besides, the tour package has been designed keeping in view the choices and preferences of the distinct tourists who prefer to visit temples.
|Day 01: Arrive Chennai (Madras)|
Arrive at Chennai Airport/Railway station meet our representative and transfer to the hotel ,check in to the hotel, Rest of the day free at leisure,
Overnight stay at hotel at Chennai.
|Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (55 kms / 1.30 hrs):|
Morning check out from hotel and then visit to City tour of Chennai Includes visit to ParathasarathyTemple, Kapleshwar Temple, the Fort /Museum.
The Parthasarathy Swamy Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams, is said to have been renovated by a King of Pallava dynasty. “Brindaranya” is the traditional Puranic name of Thiru-Alli-Keni now known as Thiruvallikeni or modern Triplicane. It is said that for at least five thousand years, it has been a resting place for pilgrims who had come down from Thirupathy to have a bath in the sea on the days of Solar and Lunar Eclipses and on other auspicious days it being in a direct line to Thirupathy.
Kapaleeshwarar Temple is a temple of Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai. The form of Shiva’s wife Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal the temple was built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture. The temple complex houses many halls. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and four yearly festivals on its calendar. The Arubathimooval festival celebrated during the Tamil month of Panguni is the most prominent festival in the temple.
The Fort St. George Museum was organised and opened to the public from 31st January 1948. The museum began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary’s Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection.
Afternoon drive down to Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram: is a tourist destination situated in Tamil Nadu, which has many beautiful places. It is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. Mahabalipuram is placed along the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal. The name ‘Mahabalipuram’ is derived from a myth. The place was ruled by a very arrogant and cruel king named Mahabali who was later killed by Lord Vishnu and this place is named after that King Mahabali.Mahabalipuram is not only known for its architecture, but also known for its casuarinas trees and silver sand beach. These attractions are an integral part of Mahabalipuram tourism.
Arrive at Mahabalipuram, transfer to hotel, and check in to hotel, Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel at Mahabalipuram.
|Day 03 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry|
Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (90 kms. – 2 hrs.)
After breakfast check out from hotel, and then visit Tour of Mahabalipuram. Visit the Shore Temple, the Five Raths, the Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger Cave.
Then proceed to Pondicherry (90 Kms – 2 Hrs.).
Pondicherry: is an amazing destination with a conspicuous disparity of scenic sights and a peaceful environment. The city of Pondicherry prospers on mere traditions and classiness. The destination is not very big and does not cover a total area of more than 492 square kms and it consists of four tiny separate regions naming Pondicherry, Mahe, Karaikal and Yanam. Karaikal and Pondicherry being the largest and are extremely close toTamil Nadu.
It is an ideal destination which takes you away from the chaotic and busy city life. Pondicherry is very popular for an extended coastline, shrines, churches, mosques, lovely monuments and different fairs and festivals. The former French Colony presents an unusual combination of European culture and Indian traditions- Auroville Ashram, located on the outskirts of the city. Arrive at Pondicherry, transfer to hotel, and check in to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure,
Overnight stay at hotel at Pondicherry.
|Day 04: Pondicherry – Thanjavur (177 kms – 5 hrs):|
Morning Check out from hotel. Then visit to Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Vedapureeswarar Temple and Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Afternoon drive down to Thanjavur via Chidambaram (177 Kms – 5 hrs.).
Thanjavur: District is the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. Thanjavur was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital. Thereafter, it was ruled by Nayaks and Maratta Kings, who nurtured art and culture.
Chidambaram: Chidambaram is an industrial city in eastern part of Tamil Nadu and the taluk headquarters in the Cuddalore district. It is located in 58 km from Pondicherry, 60 km from Karaikal. Chidambaram is also known as Thillai, since the place was originally a forest of the thillai, botanically known as excecaria agallecha shrubs. It is an important pilgrim centre and a holy place for Saivites as the famous Nataraja Temple is located here. The idol of Nataraja is installed in the kanakasabha, the roof of which is covered with gold Plates. The icon is a stunning piece of sculpture that evokes a sense of continuous movement.
Arrive at Thanjavur, transfer to hotel,check in to hotel, Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel at Thanjavur.
|Day 05: Thanjavur – Trichy – Maduari|
Morning check out from hotel.then visit to Sri Brahadeeshwar temple, the Palace and Art Gallery.
The Peruvudaiyar Kovil is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva that is located in the city of Thanjavur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is an important example of Tamil architecture achieved during the Chola dynasty. It is also known as Periya Kovil, Brihadeshwara Temple, Raja Rajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram,It is one of the largest temples in India and one of India’s most prized architectural sites. Built by emperor Raja Chola and completed in 1010 AD Peruvudaiyaar Temple, also popularly known as the ‘Big Temple’, turned 1000 years old in 2010. The temple is part of theUNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples. Later proceed to Madurai via Trichy situated on the banks of River Cauvery (192 kms – 6 hrs.).
Madurai: is Known as Athens of the East , Madurai is a place of great historical and cultural importance. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu and Madurai lies on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the liveliest cities in South India it was originally known as Kadambavanam or the ” forest of Kadamba ” or the Nauclea kadamba . Legend says that Lord Shiva appeared in the dream on the king, Kulasekhara Pandya. The king was amazed to see drops of nectar or madhu falling down of earth from Lord Shiva’s matted hair. The “madhu” was so sweet that the place where it fell came to be known as Madhurapuri, which in course of time became “Madurai.”
Trichy: Tiruchirappalli, also called Tiruchi or Trichy, is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirappalli is 325 km from Chennai. In ancient times it was home to the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Pandyas.
Rock Fort: Tiruchi’s most famed landmark is an 83m high rock which is the only out crop in the otherwise flat land of the City. The most amazing fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest inthe world – approximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of green land and older than the Himalayas. Atop the rock is the Uchipillaiyar koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vingayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchi. At light of stops lead to the Mathrubutheswarar of Thaymanaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva temple there are two pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and centuries. At the foot of the Rock fort is a tank and a Pavilion which are used during the float festival of the temples. Near the tank are the home where Robest clive lived when he was in Tiruchy and an 18th Century Christ Church built by Revernd schwartz of Denmark. The home is now past of Thiruchy’s famous St.Joseph’s College. Arrive at Madurai,transfer to hotel,check in to hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel at Madurai.
|Day 06: Madurai:-|
Morning, Visit to Sri Meenakshi Temple for which Madurai is synonymous with.
Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai Riverin the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu,India. It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500 year old city of Madurai and is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature though the present structure was built between 1623 and 1655 CE. It was on the list of top 30 nominees for the “New Seven Wonders of the World”. The temple is the most prominent landmark and most visited tourist attraction in the city. The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, celebrated during April and May, attracts 1 million visitors. Later visit Thirumala’s Nayak Mahal, Gandhi Museum and Thiruparangundram. Later back to hotel, Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel at Madurai.
|Day 07: Madurai – Chennai – Departure:|
Morning check out from hotel and transfer to airport for flight to Chennai. From Chennai board another flight for onward destination.