Places covered: Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai
Duration: 8Nights/ 9Days
Category: Heritage Tour Packages
Pick up from Chennai airport/railway station. Check in to the hotel. Evening visit Marina Beach, the longest natural urban beach in India. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Visit the Fort St. George (the British built fortress, which still retains its colonial charm, San Thoma Basilica, the National Art Gallery, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an 8th Century old Pallava Temple, dedicated of Lord Shiva and Sri Parthasarathy Temple. Later proceed to visit the sacred hillock St. Thomas Mount. It is a church built on a hilltop in 72 AD and that St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, carried out his missionary activities there. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Checkout from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram- a 7th-century former port city is famous for its rock-cut shore temples. En-route visit Kancheepuram which includes Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, The Vardarajanperumal Temple. Check in to the hotel and proceed for a sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. Visit Shore Temple- overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. Visit Five Rathas, Arjunas Penance, and Tigers Cave. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Today drive to Pondicherry- The Europe of India. A small town with its French heritage, the tree-lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the international city of Auroville, the endless stretches of unspoiled virgin beaches makes it a travellers paradise. Check in to the hotel and relax for the day. Overnight stay at the day.
Today proceed for a sightseeing of Pondicherry. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, the rooms of saint philosopher Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, Mira Alfassa, fondly called the Mother and Auroville – an experimental township dedicated to human unity. Continue visiting Seaside Promenade, Botanical garden, French War Memorial, Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Chunnambar boathouse and the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Tanjore – an important centre of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Today get ready to visit the Brihadeeswara Temple – 1000+ years old shrine. The temple was constructed more than a thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect’s marvel. This UNESCO World Heritage is located in the centre of the city.
Later, visit Thanjavur Palace, Royal Museum and Art Gallery. Evening return back to the hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Madurai- the third-largest city and is located on the banks of River Vaigai. Enroute visit Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple at Trichy. On arrival at Madurai check-in at the hotel. Later relax for the day. Overnight stay at hotel.
Today morning visit Meenakshi temple- India’s greatest cultural & architectural landmarks. This temple is dedicated to Meenakshi – Goddess Parvathy. Explore the sprawling temple complex with 12 massive gopurams. Visit Thousand Pillar Hall, musical pillars which produces a different musical note when struck. Then visit Mariamman Teppakulam – a huge water tank located near the Meenakshi Temple. Later visit Madurais other important landmarks like Thirumalai Nayakar Palace – a splendid palace of the former Madurai King, Koodal Alagar Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum. In the evening watch the light and sound show at the temple. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
Check out from the hotel and proceed to Chennai airport/railway station for your return journey.