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South India Temple Tour

Duration

6 Nights / 7 Days

Places Covered

Madras - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Tirchy - Madurai - Madras

Overview

South India Temple Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Chennai (Madras)

Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Chennai. Welcome to Vardhman's 'South India Temple Tour'. On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transfered by our representative to hotel.
City tour of Chennai
Visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park..
Overnight : Hotel

Day 2 Madras - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram, 140 km

After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram ( 76 kms/01.50 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.
Later drive to Mamallapooram.
Afternoon visit the city - built in 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipooram, this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town , shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes - of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 3 Mahabalipuram - Tanjore, 280 km

This morning after breakfast drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Pondicherry and upon arrival, check into the hotel. Pondicherry, although the French influence is gradually fading, it retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, The Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Sri Aurobindo 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.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 4 Tanjore - Trichy, 56 km

This morning after breakfast visit tour of Tanjore. Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts and the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. After visiting Tanjore drive to Trichy and upon arrival check into the hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 5 Trichy - Madurai, 142 km

This morning after breakfast visit Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Later drive to Madurai. On arrival,check into the hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 6 Madurai - Madras

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Madurai. Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple.
After visiting Madurai drive to Madras and on arrival, check into the hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 7 Madras / Back home

In time transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your 'Vardhman's South India Temple Tour' escorted by Vardhman Vacations.


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