Day 01 Arrive Chennai
You will be greeted by company representative at Chennai airport and transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. (Standard check in time at hotels is 1400 hours)
Day 02 Chennai-Kanchipuram (75 Kms)
In the morning after breakfast, we drive for a day excursion to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city and is popular for its silk sarees. It is also known for its culture and civilization. The city was the capital of the early Cholas and it was the capital of Pallavas between 6th and 8th centuries. On arrival, we visit Kailasanatha Temple, this is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Tamilnadu. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine, as a compound wall. This shall be followed by a visit to Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple along with Ekambareswarar temple and Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode to trio) while Sri Rangam is referred to as The Koil (meaning ‘temple’) and Tirupathi as the Malai (meaning ‘hill’) . In the evening we return to our hotel in Chennai for overnight.
Day 03 Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (165 Kms)
After breakfast and checkout from the hotel, we start our drive to Pondicherry, en-route visiting Mahabalipuam also known as Mamallapuram (A classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It has historic monuments built largely between the 7th and 9th century and has named after The Pallava King Mamalla. After the visit, we proceed to Pondicherry. On arrival, check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04 Pondicherry-Thanjavur (166 Kms)
Located perfectly on the Coromandel shoreline, Union Territory of Pondicherry was ruled by the French for more than 3 centuries and today it symbolizes the living monument of the French culture in India. Visit Auroville (city of dawn), an experimental township devoted towards ‘Unity of Mankind’. Later we would visit Sacred Heart Church and Shri Aurobindo Ashram. On completion of the sightseeing, we drive to Thanjavur. Upon, arrival, check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 05 Thanjavur-Trichy-Madurai (188 Kms)
After breakfast and checkout from the hotel, we visit Palace Complex and the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple testifies to the brilliant achievements of the Chola empire in architecture, sculpture, paintings and bronze castings. It is one of the greatest glories of Indian architecture. Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola in Thanjavur, Brihadeeswarar temple, also popularly known as ‘Big Temple’ turned 1000 years old in 2010. After visit we drive to Trichy, which is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Must see places include Sri Rangam Ranga Nathar temple and Rock Fort Ganpathi temple. Once we finish the visit, we proceed to Madurai. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 06 Madurai
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Madurai. Madurai is one of the oldest cities in South India and has been the center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal and the Gandhi museum. Later in the evening, visit Sri Meenakshi temple. Meenakshi temple is a spectacular pastiche of Dravidian architecture. The temple occupies an area of 6 hectares. Its 12 highly decorative Gopurams range in height from 45m to 50m and are adorned with carvings of celestial and animal figures. Take a rickshaw ride around the temple. Later return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 Madurai Departure
Day is free until you are transferred to board flight for onward journey.
What is included (In all options – Standard, Superior and Luxury)
– Accommodation with daily breakfast at suggested hotels on twin sharing
– Transportation by private air-conditioned car with reasonably good English speaking chauffeur
– Assistance by company representative at all airport and hotels
– Rickshaw ride near Shri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
– All currently applicable government taxes and levies
What is not included
– International flights
– Visa fees
– Airport departure taxes
– Beverages during meals
– Tips for the driver/guide
– Optional excursions
»All Standard option prices of our Tours will be without Guide and Monument entrance fee. However you can include a guide or Monument entrance fee on request separately.
» Superior and Luxury options prices will include Guide and Monument Entrance fee.
»Our quotes are subject to changes only in case of significant fluctuation in currency or changes in tax structure by the Government of India.