Day 1 : Arrive Chennai. Met and transferred to hotel.
PM Sightseeing of Chennai covering Fort St.
George, Government Museum, Kapaleeshwar Temple and Marina Beach. Fort St.
George: this fort is one of the finest representation of
British Military's Construction in India. The fort was the centre from where
Robert Clive, the founder of British Empire began his empire building process.
Government Museum: one of the great museums of
India established in 1857. Exquisite carvings, authentic relics, sculptures and
other interesting collections can be found here. National art
Gallery: has a finest collection of old paintings.
Kapaleeshwar Temple: this temple was constructed
in the 13th century BC. This is a live example of the architectural skills of
Day 2 : Drive
to Mahabalipuram (50 Kms. / 2 hrs.) enroute visiting Kancheepuram
Temples. On arrival check into hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3 : After Breakfast Sightseeing of
Mahabalipuram covering Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple and the Five Rathas. Arjuna's Penace
: This sculptured marvel, is an enormous relief made
on two huge boulders. One of the biggest open-air rock canvases in the world,
this bas-relief is
31m long and 9m high. The surface of the rock has
detailed carvings, showing the most endearing and natural rendition of animals Shore Temple : It
is one of the oldest temples in south india nestling on the shores of the Bay
of Bengal, was once a port of the Pallavas consisting of two Siva temples and a
carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. This historic monument built largely between
the 7th and the 9th century has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage
Five Rathas : The five rathas are Dharmaraja
Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Draupadi Ratha and Nakul Sahadev Ratha. These
are monolithic temples, each created in a different style, They are also known
as the Pancha Pandava Rathas, and the fort of the rathas are supposed to have
been scooped out of a single rock formation
PM At leisure
Day 4 : After Breakfast Drive to Pondicherry (160 kms/ 3 hrs).
Arrive and check in to hotel.
PM At leisure.
Day 5 : After Breakfast Sightseeing of
Pondicherry covering Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville.
Aurobindo Ashram is the soul of Pondicherry. It was founded
by the great spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926 and now houses his
samadhi as well as that of The Mother, his main disciple. The ashram attracts
thousands of visitors of all nationalities.
Day 6 : After Breakfast Drive to Swamimalai (130 Kms. / 3
hrs.) enroute visiting Chidambaram & Gangaikondacholapuram temples. On
arrival check in to hotel. Gangaikondacholapuram
: The beautiful town of Gangaikondacholapuram was
constructed on the banks of the river Ganges by the Chola King Rajendra I to
commemorate his victory over the kingdoms bordering it. The rock carvings here
are bold and make an impact with their keen sense of detailing and style.
Day 7 : After Breakfast Drive to Tanjore (36 kms.
/ 45 mins) via Darasuram temple. On arrival check into Hotel.
The Darasuram temple is a fine testimony to the skill and
craftsmanship of 12th century Chola architects. The temple is covered with
exquisite sculptures of Lord Siva in all his magnificence.
Day 8 : After Breakfast Sightseeing of Tanjore covering
Brihadeshwara Temple and Library and later drive to Chettinad (65 Kms. /
Brahadeeswara Temple : Built by the Chola King, Raja Raja I
in the 10th century AD. The temple has a gigantic Mahalingam and the second
largest monolithic Nandi in India. Besides this, it has a gigantic 14-tiered
pyramid-shaped tower over the temple sanctum, 64.8m tall with a square base
topped by huge monolithic granite cupolas. Its unique construction ensures that
the shadow of the cupola never falls on the ground.
Day 9 : After Breakfast Sightseeing of Chettinad and later drive to
Madurai visiting The Rockfort Temple and Srirangam Temple in Trichy enroute
(210 kms. / 6 hrs.) The Rockfort
Temple : This magnificient temple is dedicated to Lord Siva, his
consort Parvathi and Lord Ganesha. Built on an 83m high rock that dates back to
3800 million years ,it offers a spectacular view of the city. Climbing up the
437 steps cut into the rock face is a picturesque and spiritual experience as
several small shrines dot the way. Srirangam
Temple : A Marvel of South Indian architecture and spread over
an astounding 2.5 sq.kms with 21 huge gopurams. The temple was built between
the 14th and 17th centuries on an island in the Cauvery. It boasts of the
world’s largest temple tower,a mammoth 13-tiered, 72 mt marvel! It is known as
the Raja Gopuram and has a gleaming golden dome which is plated with pure gold
Day 10 : After Breakfast Sightseeing of Madurai covering
Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Theppakulam.
Evening visit the Meenakshi Temple for Puja
Temple : The Madurai Meenakshi Temple is dedicated
to Goddess Meenakshi, the protectress of Madurai. Built in the 16th Century by
Tirumalai Nayak, it is spread over 350 hectares. Enclosed by walls, each has a
nine-storey gopuram which is adorned by thousands of intricately carved
celestial and animal figures Tiurmalai
Nayak Palace : One of the grandest monuments in Madurai and a stunning
piece of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was built in the early 17th century by
Tirumalai Nayak with the finest of craftsmen. The massive columns and finely
carved arches and ceilings envelop the viewer in a sense of awesome grandeur.
Day 11 : After Breakfast Drop to Airport to connect flight
Monument Entry Fee
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