01: Arrive Chennai
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the
Check-in time is 12 Noon.
Day 02: Chennai
Morning sightseeing tour.
Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded
as the 'Gateway to the South represents
a culture that is distinctly different from
that of northern India. The places of interest
are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music
that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam,
Carnatic music, traditional weaving and
designing; Fort St. George built in 1653
during British reign in India, - now houses
the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly
of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest
Anglican Church in India with its premises;
Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas
in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple,
Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava
Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas
Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a
cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica;
and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters
of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage
the study of comparative religion philosophy
Afternoon at leisure
Day 03: Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram,
Morning drive to Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram,
this city of thousand temples lies. One
of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it
was the capital of the early Cholas as far
back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a
major seat of Tamil learning as well as
an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists,
Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the
city is also famous for its silk weavers,
settled here some 400 years ago and have
given it an enviable reputation.
Later proceed to Mahablipuram.
Mahabalipuram, driving south of Madras on
the coast lies Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram),
the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas
have created many marvellous monuments with
sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas
and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big
bas relief, notable for its realistic representation.
The world's largest bas relief measuring
27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains
figures of gods, demi-gods, men .beasts,
birds and representation of the entire creation.
Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south
dating back to 8th century AD is a good
example of the first phase of structural
temples constructed in Dravidian style.
The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic
temples, each created in different style.
Overnight at the hotel in Mahabalipuram
Day 04: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
drive, 135 km
Morning drive to Pondicherry.
Afternoon visit Pondicherry.
Pondicherry - Although
the French influence is gradually fading,
Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents.
Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas,
the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo
Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in
1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death
the spiritual authority passed to one of
his disciples, a French woman known as the
Mother. The Mother was also instrumental
in founding the city of Dawn Auroville,
10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter
aimed at creating a city of the future where
people from India and abroad could live
and work together in a spiritual environment.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Arrive Tanjore and on arrival, check-in
at the hotel for overnight.
Day 05: Pondicherry-Tanjore
drive, 175 km
Drive to Tanjore visiting enroute Chidambram.
Chidambram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer;
dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Spread over
an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each
side, the temple is distinguished by the
five sabhas or counts. The towering gopurams,
the tallest one on the north is 42.4 m are
carved on it with 108 dance poses of Bharatanatiyam.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Tanjore.
Tanjore - The home of Carnatic
music, musical instruments, dance and traditional
hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous
for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple
constructed more than a thousand years ago
by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's
marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi
Mahal Library are also well known places
Day 06: Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai,
Drive to Trichy, 56 km for sightseeing.
Srirangam - 5 kms from Trichy, located in
an island is Srirangam. Surrounded by the
Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed
within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri
Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less
than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest
in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram
dominates the landscape for miles around.
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
Later drive to Madurai and on arrival,
check-in at the hotel.
Day 07: Madurai
Morning sightseeing tour 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. Of its
12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at
the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8
m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular
and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta
Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple,
the sculpted pillars tell the story of the
beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage
to Lord Shiva.
Afternoon at leisure.
Evening witness Prayer Ceremony at the Meenakshi
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Madurai-Chennai
flight 1350/1445 hrs
Transfer to the airport for flight to Chennai..