Tamil Nadu Tour
- Itinerary Detail
|1||Chennai||Overnight in hotel|
|2||Chennai||Visit Fort St George, St Mary’s Church, Lord Shiva’s Kapeeleshwara Temple,
San Thome Cathedral,Marina Beach (with never-ending coastline)
|3||Rameshwaram||Visit Rameshwaram temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and head to Hanuman Temple.
Later, Unwind at pristine beaches of laikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban
|4||Rameshwaram-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.
|5||Madurai-Kanchipuram||Visit Varadharaja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Head to Kamakshi temple of Goddess Parvati.
These are important heritage halts depicting the rich architecture of ancient southern dynasties
Duration : 05 Nights / 06 Days
Destination : Chennai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Kanchipuram - Chennai
Tamil Nadu redefines religious harmony through Hindu temples at Rameshwaram, Mahabalipuram and colonial churches and monuments in Chennai. Exquisite carvings adorn temple architecture.
Day 1 Arrival Chennai
Welcome on your arrival in evening; upon your arrival you will check in to hotel and relax
Overnight in Chennai
Day 2 Chennai-Rameswaram (overnight train)
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.
Later in evening board on night train from Chennai central railway station.
Overnight in train.
Day 3 Arrival Rameswaram in morning
On arrival you will relax at hotel; after breakfast you will proceed for full day city tour of Rameswaram visiting Rameshwaram temple; Hanuman Temple and Agneetirtham.
Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites and Shaivites. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays to Lord Shiva one will be relieved of one’s sins. It is 197 metres long.The Ramanathaswamy temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.Besides pilgrimage, Rameswaram Island has several places, which are ideal picnic spots. There are beautiful beaches at Olaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban. The Olaikuda beach is 1 km from the main temple and s engulfed by coral reefs, which makes bathing in the sea safe and enjoyable. With diving glasses and respiration tubes, scuba diving is safe and possible. Flamingos, sea gulls and a variety of birds migrate to the Rameswaram Island during winter.Rameswaram is a main fishing centre of Tamil Nadu. Variety of fishes including export quality fish like prawns, sea cucumber, and lobster are available here. Rameswaram is also famous for its dry fish.
Overnight in Rameshwaram.
Day 4 Rameswaram-Madurai (168kms; 4hrs drive approx.)
Morning drive to Madurai, check in at a hotel upon arrival and then relax at hotel. Later in afternoon enjoy half day city 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 5 Madurai-Chennai (morning train) & drive to Kanchipuram
Morning board on train to Chennai as follows:
Upon arrival you will drive straight to Kanchipuram (72kms; 1-2hrs drive approx.); upon arrival you will enjoy 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.
Overnight in Kanchipuram.
Day 6 Kanchipuram-Chennai (72kms; 1-2hrs drive approx.) & fly out
After breakfast you will drive to Chennai airport for your onward flight connection; henceforth our services terminate and we wish you safe, happy journey back your home.