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Temples of South - Tamilnadu (09 Nights / 10 Days)
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Temples of South(Tamilnadu)
Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai and transfer by private vehicle to Taj Fisherman's Cove, a scenic sea side resort built on the ramparts of an 18th century Dutch Fort. Later half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 2 :: Chennai Tirupati - Chennai

After breakfast, proceed to Tirupathi- 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.

Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 3 :: Chennai Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram

After breakfast, visit the ancient capital city of Kanchipuram, the second holiest Hindu town in India and an important pilgrimage site that was once home to a thousand temples. Explore enormous stone temples (Ekambareswara, Kailashnath & Varadaraja Temple) with surfaces covered in elaborate carvings of Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu gods. See tall gopurams (tower entrance gates) and vast stone halls filled with hundreds of carved pillars.

Later, visit the seaside town of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), where Pallavan stonecutters produced some of the finest carving in India. Explore cave temple halls hewn from stone, stone rathas carved from single boulders, a magnificent stone bas-relief of nearly life-size elephants and humans ("Arjuna's Penance" or "Descent of the Ganges") and the romantic Shore Temple, an eighth-century carved brick shrine fronting the beach.

Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 4:: Mamllapuram Tiruvanamallai - Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai(112kms/03hrs)- a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Continue drive 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. Overnight at the Ashram. Meals ( B)

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.

Overnight stay at the Ashram. Meals (B)

Day 6:: Pondicherry Chidambaram Tanjore(Thanjavur)

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. Later drive to Thanjavur (104kms/03hrs) en route 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.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

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. Later city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Night stay in Trichy. Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 8:: Trichy - Madurai

After breakfast proceed to Madurai and transfer to 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. Afternoon city tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 9:: Madurai Rameshwaram - 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. Return to Madurai and transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 10:: Madurai Chennai - Depart

After breakfast, transferred to Maduari airport to board flight for Chennai to take an international flight for onward destination taking sweet memories of a wonderful trip.

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Tour Inclusions :- (Price on Request)

02 Nights stay at hotel in Chennai with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Mamllapuram with Breakfast
02 Nights stay at hotel in Pondicherry with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Tanjore with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Trichy with Breakfast
02 Nights stay at hotel in Madurai with Breakfast
Transportation in an A/C vehicle throughout the tour
Temple tour of Tirupati
City tours of Kanchipuram, Mamllapuram, Pondicherry
Temple tour of Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram
Kanyakumari excursion
Applicable Luxury Taxes

Tour Exclusions:-

Entrances Fees
International Airfare
Personal items
Phone Calls
Tipping
Laundry
Drinks & Meals when taken outside of the hotel or retreat centre.

Additional Excursions:-

01 Night stay at local family in the Pondicherry (Price on Request)
02 Hrs Cooking class at a local family with Madurai (Price on Request)

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