Day 1 ARRIVAL CHENNAI
ARRIVAL CHENNAI : Arrive Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. Meet and Greet and transfer to hotel. After refresh start your city tour visit Gandhi Memorial, Kala Skhetra, Mylapore temple, Marina beach etc. Back to Hotel, overnight stay at Chennai hotel.
Day 2 CHENNAI (EXCURSION-TIRUPATHI)
CHENNAI (EXCURSION-TIRUPATHI) : After breakfast, Drive 154 Km 3 & Half Hrs to Tirupathi. Tirupathi is a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known) on the top of the 860mts high Tirumala hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country, but also the richest of them all. Legend has it that Lord Venkateswara borrowed money from the divine treasurer Kubera for his wedding expenses. He is still paying back this debt which is why the pilgrims donate generously to the temple funds. Evening drive back to Chennai. Overnight stay at Chennai Hotel.
Day 3 CHENNAI-KANCHEEPURAM-MAHABALIPURAM
CHENNAI-KANCHEEPURAM-MAHABALIPURAM : After breakfast drive 76KM, 1 and Half Hrs to Kanchipuram – 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. Other places of interest are Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Later drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel after fresh up 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 - spire shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Back to Hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Day 4 MAHABALIPURAM-THIRUVANNAMALAI-PONDICHERRY
MAHABALIPURAM-THIRUVANNAMALAI-PONDICHERRY : After breakfast drive 112Kms, 3Hrs to Tiruvannamallai- a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Later drive 131Kms, 3 and half Hrs to Pondicherry, which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agasthaya settled down. Check-in the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
Day 5 PONDICHERRY
PONDICHERRY : After breakfast, visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindos ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. Later visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
Day 6 PONDICHERRY-CHIDAMBARAM-TANJORE
PONDICHERRY-CHIDAMBARAM-TANJORE : After breakfast drive 65Kms, 1 and half Hrs to Chidambaram also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Later drive 104 Kms, 3Hrs to Thanjavur. On the way, visit the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple(or the big temple of God).The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts. Check in the Hotel, Overnight stay at hotel in Tanjore.
Day 7 TANJORE-TRICHY
TANJORE-TRICHY : After breakfast Drive 54Kms, 2Hrs to Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre. It is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Checkin at hotel. After fresh up visit Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Trichy.
Day 8 TRICHY-MADURAI
TRICHY-MADURAI : After breakfast Drive 133Kms in 3 and Half Hrs to reach Madurai. Checkin at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. After fresh up visit – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumalas Palace, Mariamman Tepakkulam and Alagar Kovil. Back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel in Madurai.
Day 9 MADURAI (EXCURSION-RAMESHWARAM)
MADURAI (EXCURSION-RAMESHWARAM) : After Breakfast, Drive 154Kms in 4Hrs to Rameshwaram - the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Drive back to Madurai , Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.
Day 10 MADURAI-KANYAKUMARI
MADURAI-KANYAKUMARI : After breakfast drive 259Kms in 7Hrs to reach Kanyakumari – The city is the lands end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples - a symbol of unity and sanctity - dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, dedicated to Indian Saint Vivekananda, who meditated on this very rock before he proceeded to West to propagate Hinduism, where otherwise was perceived as a barbaric religion. Also is a recently erected memorial of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil saint who had written the Thirukkural, containing 1330 verses for a better living for every human. Evening view the sunset at the southern most tip of India, where the 3 seas meet (Namely Indian Ocean in the south, Arabian sea in the west and Bay of Bengal in the east). Overnight at hotel in Kanyakumari.
Day 11 KANYAKUMARI-TRIVANDRUM
KANYAKUMARI-TRIVANDRUM : Early morning you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise. Visit to Suchindram and Drive 87Kms in 2Hrs to Trivandrum, en route visit Padmanabapuram Palace. Arrive at Trivandrum. After Fresh up visit Padmanabaswamy temple from outside, visit the palace and the city palace museum. Later drive up to Kovalam. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kovalam.
Day 12 TRIVANDRUM DEPARTURE
TRIVANDRUM DEPARTURE : After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey.