Essence of Incredible Tamil Nadu

Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destination : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Departure

Day 1: Arrival at Chennai (Madras)
Upon your arrival at Chennai, our company representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel in Chennai. After some relaxation, proceed with Chennai sightseeing tour with first visit to the St. George Fort built by British East India Company. Within the fort, an ancient Anglican Church - St. Mary’s Church and a museum exhibiting British antiques, artifacts, various paintings, coins and armoury etc. are a must-see here. Head to the St. Thomas Mount. It is a small hillock of 134 steps that leads the way to the a church dedicated to St. Thomas (one of the disciples of Lord Jesus). Visit the 16th century San Thome Cathedral where the mortal remains of St. Thomas were buried. This imposing church is inspired from Neo-Gothic style of architecture. Drive to the Kapaleeswar Temple - temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (God of Destruction) and Parthsarthy Temple - an 18th century Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna (Avatar of Lord Vishnu and son of Lord Shiva). Chennai sightseeing ends with excursion to the National Art Gallery that displays the famous Tanjore and Rajput paintings, handicrafts dating back to 11th-2 centuries, potraits of many British officials etc. Overnight stay at hotel in Chennai.

Day 2: Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram [60 km/approx. 2 hrs drive]
After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. En route visit Kanchipuram: Popularly called the “City of Thousand Temples”, this city houses plenty of 7th-8th century temples built during the rule of Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagars (some of the longest-ruling dynasties of South India. This city is also famous for its fine silk weaving and clothing. Here, visit the Ekambareshwar Temple - a revered holy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a 3,500 years old mango tree where Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) used to meditate. Explore the major attractions of Kanchipuram including the Kailasanathar Temple - a megalith rock- cut temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the oldest temple of Kanchipuram. Also, visit the Kamakshi Temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati and the Vaikunthaperumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (responsible for the upkeep of the world). Later, visit the local homes of silk weavers and witness how raw silk sarees adorned with beautiful golden embroidery (known as Zari) are made. In afternoon, continue drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Mahabalipuram: It is a tranquil town renowned for its ancient temples, beaches and stunning rock-cut temples. The Mahabalipuram Group of Temples situated close to the shore of Bay of Bengal, are captivating in every sense. Overnight stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry [110 km/approx. 2.5 hrs drive]
After breakfast, your Mahabalipuram sightseeing tour begins with visit to the Panch Rathas (chariots) that consists of a group of monolithic monuments displaying animal figures carved out of solid rock. These are one of the finest examples of Dravidian (South-style) architecture. Also, capture glimpses of the magnificent Arjuna's Penance, a magnificent relief of mid-17th century. This relief reflects many stories and scenes of the natural and celestial worlds and is separated by a natural cleft. Head to the 7th century Shore temple whose architecture depicts the glory of the Pallavas dynasty. It comprises of three temples - one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and other dedicated to Lord Shiva. In afternoon, drive to Pondicherry, On reaching, you will-check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.

Day 4: Pondicherry-Trichy [210 km/approx. 4 hrs drive]
In the morning after breakfast, go for sightseeing of Pondicherry including visits to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram dedicated to a famous Yogi guru Sri Aurobindo, Auroville that boasts a wonderful monument of spiritual significance initiated by the mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. This monument is called MaitriMandir wherein Maitri means “Mother”. Also, visit the Sri Ganesha Temple and Manakula Lord Vinayagar - popular Hindu temples in Pondicherry. Later, our company representative will escort you to Trichy. Trichy: Also called Tiruchirapalli, its most important landmark is the 3rd century Rock Fort temple perched on a massive hill rock. This city’s origin can be traced back to 3rd century and this makes it one of the oldest inhabited cities of Tamil Nadu. On arrival, check-in at the hotel in Trichy. Overnight stay at hotel in Trichy.

Day 5: Trichy-Madurai [140 km/approx. 2.5 hrs drive]
After breakfast, visit the Rock Fort temple also called Ucchi Pillayar koil. It is a beautiful 7th century where visitors have to climb upto 400 steps barefoot to reach this temple. But it’s totally worth the wait as it offers splendid views of River Cauvery and the city of Trichy. After sightseeing, our company representative will drive you to Madurai. Madurai: It is a city, located on a bank of River Vargai, dotted with prominent monuments, Meenakshi Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most popular ones. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.

Day 6: Madurai-Rameshwaram [180 km/approx. 4 hrs drive] - Madurai
After breakfast, our company representative will take you to Rameshwaram that is renowned for the beautifully-carved Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has great holy significance as it is said that Lord Ram and Sita themselves placed a Shivalingam here (an abstract form of Lord Shiva), as per the Hindu mythology. Also, visit the Tirumalai Nayak Palace - a 17th century palace that got its name from its creator Thirumalai Nayak (a ruler of the Nayak dynasty). This palace houses an archaeological museum with artifacts dating back to 102 A.D. The intricate paintings and sculptures are notable attractions here. It undoubtedly has one of the best architectures of its time. Later in the evening, our representative will drive you to Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. This temple is known for its thousand-pillar hall carved out of single rock that depicts a blend of engineering skills and artistic vision. Here, watch the evening Aarti (a daily holy ritual observed by devotees to seek divine blessings of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati) within the temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.

Day 7: Madurai Departure
After breakfast, our company representative will transfer you to Madurai Airport to board your flight to your onward journey.


Accommodation Chart:

Nights

City

Hotel Names

1 Night

Chennai

Taz Kamar Inn

1 Night

Mahabalipuram

Mammalla Heritage

1 Night

Pondicherry

Hotel Atithi

1 Night

Trichy

Grand Gardenia

2 Nights

Madurai

Madurai Residency

Similar/Suggestive Hotels will be provided in case of unavailability.


Cost of the Tour

USD 425 PER PERSON Valid from Jan, 18 to 31st March, 2018
USD 399 PER PERSON Valid from 1st April, 2018 to 30th Sept, 2018


Inclusions:

  1. 06 Nights’ accommodation at above Hotels.
  2. Arrival Assistance by GeTS Holidays Representative.
  3. Daily Buffet Breakfast at all the Hotels/Resorts.
  4. 1 Liter bottle of Mineral Water per person per day.
  5. Transportation using A/c Sedan Vehicle throughout the journey.
  6. All Applicable Hotel and other taxes.

Exclusions:

  1. Any Airfare or Train.
  2. Guide.
  3. India Visa.
  4. Entrance Fees to monuments/sightseeing places.
  5. Any Personal Expenses.
  6. Tips to Guide & Drivers.
  7. Any other services which are not mentioned above.

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