Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state, is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. In Madurai, Meenakshi Amman Temple has high ‘gopuram’ towers ornamented with colourful figures. On Pamban Island, Ramanathaswamy Temple is a pilgrimage site. The town of Kanyakumari, at India’s southernmost tip, is the site of ritual sunrises.
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. Assistance and transfer to hotel. After lunch at hotel, half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and marina beach. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram (110 kms/ 02 ½ 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 . Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, enjoy a morning’s sightseeing around Mahabalipuram; visit the Shore Temple, Trimurti Cave Temple , Arjuna’s Penance, Five Rathas and Sculpture Museum. Afternoon free at the beach with option to visit Dakshinachitra Cultural Centre. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Today on we drive to Pondicherry at a distance of (90/02 hrs). Check in to the hotel and proceed for a half day city tour to Aurobindo Ashram, you will be transported to a world of bliss and peace. Here the day starts with meditation and visitors are allowed to take a look of Sri Aurobindo and his chief disciple Mother’s room. You will also visit the Pondiocherry museum where among the artifacts you will see the discoveries of Arikamedu, Chola bronze items. You spend the night at Pondicherry.
Day 05: Pondicherry
Today day free. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: Pondicherry – Tanjore
After breakfast drive to Tanjore (180/ 04 ½ hrs) and on the way visit Chidambaram Nataraj Temple and Gangakondacholapuram Temple. Upon arrival at Tanjore. Check in at your hotel. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 07: Tanjore – Trichy
After breakfast visit Palace, Art Gallery and Museum. Later in the day you will visit Brihadewswara Temple known as the ‘ Big temple’ , built by the Chola dynasty. This massive temple is 216 feet high and the single spherical stone on top weighs 80 tonnes. This is a UNESCO World Heritage listed monument. Later drive to Trichy (60Km / 01 ½ hrs) and check in at your hotel. In the evening you can visit Srirangam Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in all of India. Overnight in Trichy.
Day 08: Trichy – Madurai
This morning enjoy the then drive to Madurai ( 140 Km / 03 hrs). Check in at the hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the famous Shree Mennakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakiar Palace and Marie Amman Tank. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 09: Madurai
Morning sightseeing of Madurai includes Madurai Meenakshi Temple and the Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 10: Madurai (Departure)
After breakfast check – out from hotel and drive to Madurai airport / railway station in time to connect your Departure Flight/ Train.
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