Enchanting Tamilnadu

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Day Place Highlights
1 Trichy Overnight in hotel
2 Trichy-Kumbakonam Check out temples at Kumbakonam
3 Kumbakonam-Chettinad enrote Thanjavur Thanjavur - the centre of Tamil learning and culture. Visit Brihadeshwara temple of Cholas with intricate carvings and sculptures
4 Chettinad-Rameshwaram Athmanathaswammy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is known for exquisite outdoor inscriptions ans intricate interiors. Chettiar mansion, an ancient heritage halt, now converted into a hotel stands out for its rich sculpture and exotic architecture
5 Rameshwaram Evening prayers Hanuman temple
6 Rameshwaram-Thirunelveli You can check out temples at Thirunelveli
7 Thirunelveli Leisure
8 Thirunelveli-Madurai Overnight in Madurai
9 Madurai Madurai was the seat of Pandyas. Meenakshi Temple is popular among pilgrims. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sees over 10,000 devotees everyday. The Gandhi Museum of Madurai bears pictures, paintings and artifacts of Gandhiji’s life and Indian freedom struggle.
10 Madurai-Palani Overnight in Palani
11 Palani-Trichy Visit Rock Fort Temple at Trichy, Lord Vishnu’s shrine at Srirangam.
12 Trichy-Thiruvannamalai Overnight in Thiruvannamalai
13 Thiruvannamalai Annamalaiyar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at the foothills of Annamalai hills is the chief attraction of Thiruvannamalai
14 Thiruvannamalai-Chennai Overnight in Chennai
15 Chennai Visit Fort St George, St Mary’s Church, Lord Shiva’s Kapeeleshwara Temple, San Thome Cathedral,Marina Beach (with never-ending coastline)
16 Chennai Airport Departure

Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination : Trichy - Kumbakonnam - Thanjavur - Chettinad - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Chennai

Kumarakom


South Indian state of Tamil Nadu boasts of homing the second largest coastline, Marina Beach in Chennai. Rich Hindu temples dot the state and draw thousands of tourists owing to religious sanction and spectacular architecture. Colonial church in Chennai is coveted for plush interiors and exquisite artwork.


Day 1 Arrival at Trichy

Our representative will welcome and escort you to your hotel post arrival.
Overnight in Trichy


Day 2 Trichy-Kumbakonam (88kms; 2-3hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Kumbakonam; on arrival visit temples; thereafter check in at a hotel and relax at hotel.

Overnight in Kumbakonam


Day 3 Kumbakonam-Thanjavur-Chettinad (140kms; 3hrs drive approx.)

Drive to Chettinad en route visit the temple city Thanjavur; Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Thanjavur…. the centre of Tamil learning and culture. Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Marathas, and the original home of Dravidian art and architecture. Visit the Brihadeshwara temple, also known as the Big Temple; it is the crowning glory of Rajaraja Chola’s reign in 1005 AD. The temple a has gigantic lingam cut from a monolithic rock, about 8.7mtrs height. There is a huge Nandi Bull within the inner shrine of the temple… the second largest monolithic Nandi in the country. Continue your tour with a visit to Tanjore Palace & Museum, which houses an art gallery, a library, the hall of music, and the audience hall. On display here are relics of royalty - clothes, hunting weapons, headgear and much more. The other two great Chola Temples in Thanjavur are the Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple.

Overnight in Chettinad

Rameshwaram


Day 4 Chettinad-Rameshwaram (148kms; 3hrs drive approx.)

Morning visit Athmanathaswammy Temple, Chettiar mansion; thereafter drive to Rameshwaram, check in at a hotel upon arrival.
Overnight in Rameshwaram

 

Day 5 Rameshwaram
Day visit of Rameshwaram temple; Hanuman Temple and Agneetirtham

Overnight in Rameshwaram


Day 6 Rameshwaram-Thirunelveli (214kms; 4-5hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Tirunelveli; after day long drive you will arrive Tirunelveli in evening; check in at a hotel and relax; thereafter you are free at leisure on your own
Thirunelveli

 

Day 7 Thirunelveli
Visit the main temples within the city

Overnight in Thirunelveli

Madurai


Day 8 Thirunelveli-Madurai (159kms; 304hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Madurai; upon arrival you will check in to hotel and relax at hotel

Overnight in Madurai


Day 9 Madurai

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Madurai. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai was the capital of the Pandya kings, and an important cultural and commercial centre as early as 550 AD. Visit the Meenakshi Temple- the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers, including two golden Gopurams for the main deities. Next, visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Tamukkam Palace. The museum houses the history and relics of the freedom movement. Proceed to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak, an Indo-Saracenic building constructed in 1523. It was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles. Continue to the Koodal Azhagar Temple, one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Three separate altars feature three figures of Vishnu, in standing, sitting and reclining postures. In the evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple.

Overnight in Madurai

 

Day 10 Madurai-Palani (119kms; 2-3hrs drive approx.)
Morning drive to Palani; upon arrival you will visit the temple and thereafter check in at a hotel.
Overnight in Palani

Tamil Nadu


Day 11 Palani-Trichy (155kms; 3hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Trichy; upon arrival visit Trichy. Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. The town and its fort were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. Visit the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the very top is the ancient temple dedicated to Ganapati. Continue your tour with a visit to Srirangam … the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). The temple complex covers 156 acres of land, and comprises seven concentric walls, and twenty one gopurams or towers. Non Hindus are not allowed the innermost sanctum of the temple.

Overnight in Trichy


Day 12 Trichy-Thiruvannamalai (187kms; 3-4hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Thiruvannamalai; on arrival check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure on your own

Overnight in Thiruvannamalai


Day 13 Thiruvannamalai

Visit Ashram and temple

Overnight in Thiruvannamalai

Chennai Tour Packages


Day 14 Thiruvannamalai-Chennai (185kms; 3-4hrs drive approx.)

Morning drive to Chennai; upon arrival check in at a hotel and relax
Overnight in Chennai

 

Day 15 Chennai
Today, enjoy a half-day tour of Chennai. Formerly known as Madras, the city of Chennai is nourished by its rich traditions… classical music, architecture, art and dance form an indigenous part of the city's identity. Visit Fort St George… built in the 17th century, this fort houses St. Mary's Church and a museum. St. Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India. Visit the Kapeeleshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gopuram, or entrance tower, has a profusion of sculptured images depicting stories from Puranic legends. Next, visit the San Thome Cathedral, named after St Thomas, the doubting discipline of Jesus Christ. Located at the southern tip of Marina Beach, it features a beautiful stained glass window at the basilica, depicting the story of St Thomas. Later, drive past Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world.

Overnight in Chennai


Day 16 Chennai departure

Morning at leisure; at noon check out hotel and transfer to airport for onward connection; henceforth our services terminate and we wish you safe, happy journey back your home

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