01 Day: Arrival Chennai
Welcome to Chennai Airport, our representative will assist and escort you by a/c car and transfer to the pre-booked hotel. During your check in, all the required documents related to the tour, will be given to you and all your queries in concern to the tour and services will be explained. After refreshment, if time permits, you can take a short sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the market and the Marina beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Chennai (Madras): the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu is the most convenient point of entry for the state. Chennai has an international airport, a seaport, a rail and road network that links it to all major towns and cities of the region. Tamil Nadu is a bastion of Hinduism, whose past endures into the present.
02 Day: Arrival Chennai
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Chennai; visit The St. George Fort, built in 1653 & is currently used as the state government’s secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th - 15th centuries and is another colonial structure. Visit Kapaleeswara Temple; the oldest temple in Chennai dedicated to lord Shiva. Another important temple in the city is Parthasarthy Temple; dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Snake Park has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. In the evening, optionally you can visit the flower and fruit market, and then explore Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Overnight stay at the hotel.
03 Day: Chennai – Tirupati (135 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Tirupati, a temple and pilgrim town located at the foot of the Tirumala Hills where the ancient and beautiful temple of Lord Venkateshwara stands tall. Spread over seven hills, this township is the most picturesque pilgrimage centre in the south. One must see the favour with which the devotees stand in long queues for a glimpse of their Lord. Masses of coins, jewellery & hair are received as offerings. Early evening proceed for Darshan of Lord Balaji and Alamelu Mangapuram. Other temples you opt to visit Sri Varahaswami Temple, Sri Bedi Anjaneyaswami Temple, Sri Anjaneyaswami Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Sri Kodandaramaswami Temple. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Tirupati: The presiding deity, Lord Venkateswara, is famous all over the world as the giver of boons, and is paid homages by people from all religions and races. Nestled cozily among seven hills of the Eastern Ghats, Tirupati is the destination divine for the pilgrims in search of God. The sublime seven hills of Lord Venkateswara beckon you to a stimulating experience in the divine destination of Tirupati. Picturesque locations, gorgeous valleys, ancient temples, and enthralling historic places. You will be awe-struck by the sparkle of the exquisitely carved Golden gopurams of this ancient Dravidian temple of Lord Venkateswara, giver of boons, the richest of all deities.
04 Day: Tirupati – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (190 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram to explore the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous for its 1000 temples, of which 124 shrines still remain. Visit the most famous temple: Kailasnathar; built during 685 A.D. to 705 A.D, also visit other temples like Vaikuntaperumal, Ekambareshwara, Kamakshiamma and Sakiswarar. Go shopping at the world famous silk cloth markets. Afterwards drive to Mahabalipuram and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram; a sculptor's delight boasting of some of India's most sublime rock-cut art falling under the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples, Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapa, Shore Temple, Mahishasurmardini Cave, Varaha Mandapa and Mandapams. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Kanchipuram is known as one of India's Seven Sacred cities. Kanchipuram was, one of India's seven sacred cities. Kanchipuram was the historical capital of the Pallavas. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th century A.D and later became the citadel of Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchi is also known centre of the finest silk sarees made in the country.
Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, good beaches, hassle-free tourism and fabulous fish and lobster! Despite the many visitors, drawn by the former Pallava dynasty town, the place is friendly, relaxed, and the villagers are remarkably unperturbed by their crowds of visitors. Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna's Penance.
05 Day: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Ecole Françoise d’Extreme Orient, which is nearly 100 years old and offers programs in Sanskrit, Tamil and Archaeological studies. The French Catholic influence is evident in a number of churches, notably the Jesuit Cathedral (Notre Dame de la Conception’ 16941-1765),The Church of Our Lady of Angels (1855), famous for an oil painting of our Lady of Assumption given to the Church by King Louis Napoleon III, and the 17th century Chapel of Our Sisters of Cluny. Also visit Auroville, the planned city of Dawn of the new world. In the evening take a walk at the promenade by the beach. You will find here some of the most significant landmarks like the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Jeanne d'Arc, Duplex, the elegant War Memorial raised by the French, the heritage building "Mairie", the 27m tall old Lighthouse. After sightseeing return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Pondicherry: This attractive, former French colony exudes a Mediterranean aura with its sophisticated streets, elegant houses, ornamental gardens and the Hotel de Ville. Located along the Bay of Bengal the city didn't come under Indian rule until 1954. You can still hear a fair bit of French being spoken as you stroll along its remaining seaside villas and cobblestone streets. The city is really two towns in one: La Ville Blanche, the colonials' former playground, and La Ville Noire, the crowded inland area where the native Indian population was forced to live.
06 Day: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Tanjore (165 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Tanjore, en route visit Chidambaram - one of the major Hindu pilgrimage places famous for the Nataraja Temple. It is one of the oldest temples of Tamil Nadu. The temple is located in the heart of the city, and covers an area of 40 acres, towers at a height of over 40 metres in height with the roofs covered with gold plates. The presiding deity in the temple is Akasha Lingam and is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe. Afterwards drive to Tanjore, on arrival transfer to the hotel, evening is free for rest and relaxation. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Chidambaram (also Thillai) literally means the sky permeated by an atmosphere of intelligence and wisdom. According to legend, it was once a forest of tillai, a mangrove species of trees. There was once a small shrine on the banks of a tank. The saints Vyagrapada and Patanjali are said to have worshipped at this shrine, now called Thirumoolanathar. It is believed that their penance attained fruition with the revelation of Shiva's cosmic dance by Lord Nataraja on the auspicious Thai Poosam day.
07 Day: Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai (190 kms: 5 hrs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Brihadeshwara temple built by Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture and falls under the World Heritage sites. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace, which was constructed in 1550 with huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers, the Saraswati Mahal Library - housing some of the most important oriental manuscripts collections in India. Afterwards drive to Madurai, en route visit Trichy; the most famous landmark of this bustling town is the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop. The Sri Ranganathanswami Temple is one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River and covers a staggering 2.5 sq km followed by a visit to Jambukeshwara temple. Afterwards proceed to Madurai, on arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Tanjore or Thanjavur as it was earlier called, was the capital of the chola empire from the 10th century to the 14th century A.D. later is become part of the Vijay nagar kingdom political. Literary and religious centre of the South. The celebrated temple Brihadeshra built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major attraction. The saraswati Mahal library, dating back from the time of the Marathas, containing a rare collection of books and manuscripts on paper and palm leaves.
Trichy is a city surrounded by the rock fort. On the top of the rock there is a fort and a temple. After crossing 434 rocks cut steps, there is a temple called Mathrubhutewarar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Siva. There is another temple called Ucchi Pillar temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and located at the top of the rock. The entire city can be seen from this place. Srirangam temple and Sri Jambukeswarar temple are famous in Trichy.
08 Day: Madurai
After breakfast, visit the Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries, visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple, also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace; a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 – foot high stone pillar, still stands, visit the Koodal Alagar Temple and Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam where annual boat festival takes place. In the evening visit the famous Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple to attend the Aarti (Prayers) witnessing interesting rituals and ceremonies. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Madurai with 2500 Years old history is the oldest city in Tamilnadu both historically and myth logically. Legend says, Madurai was originally called a forest Kadambavanam. Once a merchant saw INDRA the king of Devas worshipping a Swayambhulingam under a kadamba tree in the forest. This incident was informed by Dhananjayan (the merchant) to the king Kulasekara Pandian. The king immediately cleared the forest and built a temple around the lingam. And a city was planned around the temple.
09 Day: Madurai – Rameshwaram (170 kms: 4 - 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Rameshwaram, on arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rameshwaram, often referred to as the ‘Island of Prayer’, and also considered to Varanasi of the South this major pilgrimage centre is on an island in the Gulf of Mannar. Most of the town’s places to stay and eat are cluttered around the Ramanathaswamy Temple. Built in the 12th century AD, the temple with its awe-inspiring corridors, and the longest in India. Evening visit Adam's Bridge (Ram Setu) the name given to the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Rameshwaram is an island separated from the mainland by a small strait of water. Rameshwaram is famous for the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama who, it is believed, had descended on its shores and built a bridge across the Palk Strait to reach Lanka in his quest to rescue Sita from Ravana. Additionally, the temple is famous for being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Siva. Lord Rama had constructed a Siva linga in order to offer thanks to the Lord after killing Ravana. Hence, the temple is a sacred site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites.
10 Day: Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari (325 kms: 6 – 7 hrs)
Morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Watching sun set from here is the big attraction, especially on the full moon day in April, when it's possible to see both the setting sun and rising moon on the same horizon. In the evening enjoy the wonderful view of Sunset from Murugan Kundram hills, after visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Kanyakumari Referred to by the British as Cape Commorin, Kanyakumari in the state of TamilNadu is located at the southern most tip of the peninsular Indian. The small temple dedicated to Kanyakumari or the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore, in the town known by the same name. Kanyakumari is the point of confluence of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This well-known Hindu pilgrimage center is famous for its beautiful sights of sunrise and sunset over the waters.
11 Day: Kanyakumari
Today early morning enjoy the speculative SUNRISE, just behind The Vivekananda Rock Memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue, visit Kanyakumari Temple is also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple and is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology. Gandhi Mandapam and Vivekananda Memorial. Padmanabhapuram Palace, A temple town, Suchindrum is located 11 kilometers from the city of Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari is an excellent shopping destination for buying various seashell items. Nothing better than to purchase beautiful seashell trinkets and souvenirs for your loved ones from this popular beach destination! Overnight stay at the hotel
12 Day: Kanyakumari – Trivandrum (100 kms: 3 hrs) – Hometown (By Air)
Today morning enjoy the capacitive sunrise at Kanyakumari, after breakfast, morning will be free for relax. Afterwards check out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum city, the capital of the state of Kerala is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. Take a short sightseeing tour visiting the famous Sri Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple (from outside) is dedicated to Vishnu and is a landmark in the city. If time permits, also visit Horse Palace, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, and Padmatheertha Kulam (Temple Pond). After visit transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight for hometown. On departure, tour concludes here with happy memories.
Since the precise cost of a customized tour is subject to specific accommodation choices, travel period (date/month/year), nos of pax travelling together and other custom preferences. However, to enable you to chalk out your holiday plan, we suggest following budget guidelines (minimum 2 people are travelling together & sharing one double room) for a customized tour: