South India Temple Tour
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Chennai||Overnight in Chennai|
|2||Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram||Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Temple, Kailasanatha Temple, Panch Rathas|
|3||Mahabalipuram-Chennai||Fort St George,St. Mary's Church and a museum.
Kapeeleshwara Temple, San Thome Cathedral, named after St Thomas, Marina Beach.
Duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days
Destination : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Temple towns of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu are known for their enigmatic architecture. Panch Rathas at Mahabalipuram named after Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata is enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 1 Arrival Chennai in evening
On arrival to Chennai , our representative will welcome and guide you to the respective hotel. Overnight in Chennai.
Day 2 Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram (138kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
Today after breakfast, you will drive to Kanchipuram and thereafter move to Mahabalipuram.
On arrival Kanchipuram you will proceed for a half-day tour of Kanchipuram. Known as the town of a thousand temples, Kanchipuram s one of the seven sacred cities of India. Visit the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, originally built in 1053. It is the third most important of the 108 holy shrines of Vishnu. There is a hundred-pillar mandapam or hall in the temple, full of sculptures exhibiting excellent workmanship and architecture. Visit the Kamakshi Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati. It is popularly associated with Sankaracharya, one of the greatest Hindu gurus. This is the only Parvati temple in Kanchipuram. Later, visit the Kailasanatha Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is one of the finest structural constructions of the Pallava ruler Rajasimha, and features particularly fine car.
On arrival Mahabalipuram you will proceed for a half-day tour of Mahabalipuram.
Visit the Panch Rathas or Pandava Ratha temples…. of the nine monolithic rock-cut temples found in Mahabalipuram, the most important are these, dedicated to the five Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharata. The Dharmaraja Ratha is named after the eldest Pandava, and is the largest one in the line up. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit Arjuna’s Penance, the massive rock cut bas relief sculpture. It measures 27 meters in length and 9 meters in height, and depicts the story of Arjuna. Later, visit the Shore Temple … a five-storied structure made out of finely cut granite, and one of the earliest and most important structural temples. UNESCO has listed it among the world heritage sites.
Later in evening you will check in at a hotel and relax.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram
Day 3 Mahabalipuram-Chennai (53kms/1hr drive approx.)
In the morning you will check out hotel and then drive to Chennai; on arrival Chennai, you will 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.
Later check in at a hotel and relax; thereafter you are at leisure for your independent activities.
Overnight in Chennai
Day 4 Chennai departure
After breakfast you will be given assistance in transfer to airport on board flight for onward destination; henceforth your journey ends with sweet memories.