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Exploring Tamil Nadu

Exploring Tamil Nadu

per person

Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state, overflows with numerous charms for the tourist, amongst which the large chunks are the man-made wonders particularly, the temples. You will get a chance to traverse through famous towns such as Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Madurai and Thanjavur. Some magnificent temples like the Rameshwaram temple, Krishna Mandapam temple are among the major sightseeing places.

Key Tags: Tamil Nadu Luxury Tours | Places to Visit in Tamil Nadu

Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Cities

Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram

1

DAY 01

Arrive Chennai

Upon arrival in Chennai, meet our representative who'll assist you in smooth transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
2

DAY 02

In Chennai

On day 2 of the tour, leave your hotel for a city tour. Fondly known as the ‘Gateway of South’, Chennai is home to a number of tourist attractions. The list of attractions that you cover during the sightseeing includes the Theosophical Society, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Kalakshetra, the St. Mary's Church, Kapaliswara Temple, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Mylapore, Fort St. George which houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu. The evening is at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
3

DAY 03

Chennai to kanchipuram => kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram

Leave for Kanchipuram, by surface (approx. 70 km) westwards of Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram is referred to as one of the 7 sacred cities of Hinduism. The Chola capital during the 2nd century, Kanchipuram today is an important place where people come to gain knowledge about Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism. You may visit the city’s popular temples such as Kamakshi Amman temple, Ekambareswarar temple and so on. Also visit the silk weavers of the city, residing here for past four centuries. Thereafter, continue towards Mahabalipuram. On arrival, complete the check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
4

DAY 04

In Mahabalipuram

Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. Also known as Mamallapuram, it has been the ancient port of the Pallava rulers. During their reign, the Pallava rulers constructed a number of architectural marvels such as caves, sculptural panels, temples and Monolithic rathas. One of such attractions that you will visit today includes Krishna Mandapam. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is the world’s largest cave-cut Hindu temple. The walls of this temple consist of several figures, including those of Lord Krishna, humans, birds and demi-gods. The other attraction will be the Shore temple. Dating back to the 8th century, this temple is one of the finest examples of Dravidian style of architecture. The last attraction of the day is the Five Rathas. Also called the Paandava Rathas, it is a group of 5 monolithic temples, each erected in a different architecture styling.
Overnight at the hotel.
5

DAY 05

Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry (Surface)

Morning, we will drive to Pondicherry (100 kms / 2.5 hrs). On arrival check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. You can interact with the locals, relish sumptuous local delicacies, explore the surroundings on your own, visit the local market and more.
Overnight at the hotel.
6

DAY 06

In Pondicherry

Morning sightseeing of Pondicherry. Your visit today will include the Sacred Heart Church, the Rai Niwas and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Apart from being a religious site, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is an oriental specimen of Gothic style of architecture. The other attraction, Raj Niwas, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry. The last attraction of the day is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo, way back in the year 1926. This spiritual community is flocked by a huge number of visitors all round the year.
Overnight at the hotel.
7

DAY 07

Pondicherry to Thanjavur (Tanjore) via Chidambaram (Surface)

Today, get all set to drive to Tanjore in the morning. En-route halt at Chidambram. This quaint town of Tamil Nadu is known as the seat Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. Here, you visit Chidambram Temple, which is spread in around 40 acres of land. Also called Thillai Nataraja temple, it has a distinct feature of 5 sabhas. Thereafter, continue to Tanjore. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. After some rest, the rest of the day is for sightseeing in Tanjore including the very well-known Brihadeeswarar Temple. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other attractions of the day include the Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery.
Overnight at the hotel.
8

DAY 08

Thanjavur - Trichy (Surface)

Morning Leave for Trichy (or Tiruchirappali) by surface ( Approx 60 Kms / 1.5 hrs) On arrival, you are free to spend the day as per your own liking. You can explore the surroundings and the nearby attractions, visit the local market to shop for souvenirs, interact with the locals and relish tasty food and more.
Overnight at the hotel.
9

DAY 9

Trichy To Madurai (Surface)

Morning Leave for Madurai by surface (Approx 140 Kms / 3 hrs), also known as the Athens of the East. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. You are free to do your independent activities. You can explore the surroundings and the nearby attractions, visit the local market to shop for souvenirs, interact with the locals and relish tasty food and more.
Overnight at the hotel.
10

DAY 10

In Madurai

Morning sightseeing of Madurai. Located on the banks of Vaigai River, this popular city of Southern India is around 2500 years old. Visit the splendid Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple. This magnificent temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. While the Goddess is known as Meenakshi in this part of the country, the Lord is known as Sundareswarar. This magnificent temple has 14 gopurams. Afternoon at leisure. Attend the wonderful evening prayer ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple.
Overnight at the hotel.
11

DAY 11

In Madurai – Day Trip To Rameshwaram (Surface)

After breakfast day-trip to Rameswaram (Approx 185 Km / 3.5 hrs) to see the Rameshwaram temple. If history is to be believed, the island and the temple got their names from the event when Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to gain penance when he was coming from Lanka after killing Ravana. Return to Madurai in the evening.
Overnight at the hotel.
12

DAY 12

Madurai to Chennai (Train)

Morning transfer to the railway station to board train for Chennai. On arrival in Chennai transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
13

DAY 13

Depart Chennai

In time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.

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