South India Temple Tour

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Day 01: Arrival in Chennai

 

As you arrive at the Chennai International airport, our tour representative helps you in getting
transferred to the hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and have some rest. Later on, embark on
a Chennai city tour.
The prime tourist attractions in Chennai that you explore today are the Fort St. George – the first
English fortress in India, St. Thomas Mount Church – a beautiful church built on a hillock, San
Thome Cathedral – a 16th century Roman Catholic church made by Portuguese, Kapaleeshwarar
Temple- one of the most prominent temples of Lord Shiva in Chennai, and the National Art
Gallery. The evening is scheduled for a visit to the beautiful Marina beach. India's longest beach, it is
an ideal place to savor the fun side of the city.
Overnight at Chennai

Day 02: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (142 km)

 

After breakfast drive for Mahabalipuram; en-route visit – Kanchipuram. Half-Day at Kanchipuram
for exploring some of its exotic temples of Kanchipuram, such as the Kailasanthar Temple – the oldest
structure of the city has a Dravidian style of architecture, Ekambareswarar Temple- also known as
Ekambaranathar Temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple – one of the
Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. Kanchipuram consider one of the seven holiest cities to the Hindus
of India.

After the visit continues to drive towards Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. The rest of
the day is at leisure. A 7thcentury former port city of the Pallava Kingdom, it is famous for its rock-
cut shore temples, which are under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is also known as
Mamallapuram.
Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (99 km)

 

After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. The Shore temple- built in the
8thcentury, it is the earliest free-standing stone structure, the Five Rathas – carved in 7th century
from a single large rock, these chariots are dedicated to Pandava brothers of Mahabharata, Arjuna's
Penance – this giant relief carving is a great piece of work and the Tiger caves- dating back to the
8th century, this temple is also known as Yali- are some of the most popular attractions of
Mahabalipuram that you explore today.
Later start your road journey to Pondicherry. Complete the check-in formalities at the hotel as you
reach. The rest of the day is for leisure activities. In the evening, take a walk till the local market of
Pondicherry.
Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 04: Pondicherry – Swamimalai (131 km)

After breakfast proceeds for Pondicherry city tour including the palm-fringed pristine beaches, and
the fishing villages. Also known as Puducherry, this city was ruled by the French till 1954 and still
carries the same charm. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram – a spiritual ashram that is a world in itself and
Auroville – an experimental township that was established in 1968.
After visit start driving to Swamimalai, a small religious town placed on the banks of a tributary of
river Cauvery. On the way, halt to visit Chidambaram, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram – one of the
Great living Chola temples, it is a wonderful temple complex. Continue to Swamimalai. On arriving,
check-in at the hotel. Visit the very popular Swamimalai Murugan Temple. This Hindu temple is one
of the six holy shrines of Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva.
Overnight at Swamimalai.

Day 05: Swamimalai – Tanjore (35.3 km)

 

Following breakfast and start your road journey to Tanjore (Thanjavur ) is a city in the south Indian
state of Tamil Nadu. Famed as the 'City of temples', Tanjore has some famous temple including the
Navagraha temples. On arriving, check-in at the hotel. Also known as Thanjavur, this place is
known for its South Indian art, religion and architecture.
On completing the check-in, set out on a guided city tour of Tanjore including important attractions
such as the Vijayanagar Fort- majestic fort built by the Nayak rulers in 1550 AD, Siva Ganga
Garden- a recreational park, Alangudi temple or Apatsahayesvarar Temple- a temple dedicated to
Lord Shiva, Brihadeeswarar temple- one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva in Tamil Nadu
and the Chandra Bhgawan Temple – a holy place where Moon God is worshipped along with Shiva.
Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 06: Tanjore – Madurai Temple Tour

 

After breakfast for a temple tour in Madurai. Energetic and ancient, the city is on the Vaigai River.
The 14 vibrant gopurams (gateway towers) of Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the most famous
temples in South India, dominate the skyline of the city.
Today, you will visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple. An active house of Hindu worship, the temple
is nothing less than an architectural wonder. Also known as Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, the
shrine is one of the oldest and most important temples in India. You will be visiting some temples as
well.
Overnight at Madurai.

Day 07: Madurai Departure

Post breakfast you will be departure transferred to the Madurai airport to connect flight for onward
destination

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