Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

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Summary

Tours Places

  • Tamil Nadu

Places to be Covered

  • Chennai
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Pondicherry
  • Swamimalai
  • Karaikudi
  • Rameshwaram
  • Kanyakumari
  • Madurai
  • Kodaikanal
  • Ooty
  • Trichy

Day/Night

Day 01: Arrive Chennai

On arrival you will be met and transferred to hotel.  Later proceed for the sightseeing of Chennai, “the gateway of South India”. Visit National Art Gallery and Museum which has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art, Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, Drive along Marina Beach (the second longest in the world), San Thome Cathedral, Mylapore Shiva Temple and shopping.


Day 02: Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at Hotel.  Today you will be doing a full day excursion to Kancheepuram and Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram, the first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Lunch at local restaurant and later drive to Mamallapuram and check in at hotel. Mahabalipuram, he only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two – spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum.


Day 03: Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry.  Visit Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Gandhi Museum, etc. Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the  main ashram building is on Rue De  La  Marine and is surrounded by other buildings given over  to the various  educational  and  cultural activities of the aurobindo Society.

Aurovile, the  brainchild  of  The Mother and  designed  by French Architect Roger Anger,  Aurovile  was  conceived as an   experiment   in  international  living  where  men  and women could live   in   peace  and  progressive  harmony  with each other above all creeds.


Day 04: Swamimalai

After breakfast drive to Swamimalai. Swamimalai is a sylvan village, located about five kilometers west of Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery.  The temple has three ‘gopuram’ with three ‘praharam’. The ‘gopuram’ on the south side of the temple is decorated with statues and contains five storeys while the other two entrances have no towers above them.  Swamimalai is fourth among the six padai veedu or sacred shrines built to offer reverence to Lord Muruga. The presiding deity here expounded the inference of the Pranava mantra OM to his own Father Lord Siva Himself


Day 05: Tanjore – Karaikudi

After breakfast drive to Karaikudi enroute  visit Tanjore. Tanjore  The Big Temple of Brahadeeshwara is a World Heritage Monument and is a remarkable architectural feat similar to Egyptian Pyramids.   Many of the treasures of Tanjore and the surrounding area are housed in Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal Library within the Palace.  Karaikudi Chettinadu or the land of Nattukkottai Chettiars, is famous for its fortress like homes and temples that are architectural marvels and lip smacking food.  It is a hidden treasure.  The palaces and mansions reflect a conglomeration of architecture an building styles.


Day 06: Rameshwaram

After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram, one of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai for dinner.


Day 07: Kanyakumari

After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari. Once known as the “Alexandaria of the East”, Kanyakumari is an abode for art, culture, civilization and pilgrimage for years. It was a popular centre for commerce and trade.  Visit the temple, Vivekananda Rock, Valluvar Statue and witness the sunset and sunrise.


Day 08: Madurai

After breakfast drive to Madurai.  Madurai is one of the oldest cities of south India and had originally been designed in a lotus motif. It is an extremely sacred city and here lies the renowned Meenakshi Temple. The vast walled complex of the temple with its shadowy chambers, tank, carved columns, shrines and courtyards built between twelve towering gopurams is considered south India’s finest example of Dravidian architecture.

In the evening visit Nayatkar Temple for the light and sound show.


Day 09: Kodaikanal

Drive to Kodaikanal and check-in to the hotel to relax.  Well laid out walking path through picturesque prospects, tumultuous water falls and steep rock out drops are the attractions of Kodai.  Later proceed for the sightseeing of Kodaikanal, one of the India’s most beautiful hillstation.  Visit Bryants Park – famous for its flowers, hybrids and grafts which is housed in a glass house,  Green Valley view (earlier known as Suicide Point) Coakers Walk, Silver Cascade Waterfalls, Silent valley.  Kodai Lake is a beautiful lake with 24 hectares and a boat ride provides a beautiful view.


Day 10: Ooty

Drive to Ooty, offers scenic beauty and relaxed ambience.  The Beautiful Ooty Lake, Set Among Groves Of Eucalyptus Trees Is A Popular Spot With Its Facilities For Boating.  Nilgiris is India’s first biosphere.  It has been declared has one of the 14 ”Hotspots” of the world because of its unique bio-diversity.


Day 11: Coonoor

Full day excursion to Ooty and Coonoor. Visit Botanical  Gardens, the Lake, Dodabetta peak, which provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and plains at Ooty.  Located at a lower altitude, with a warmer climate, Coonoor is a popular hill resort in its own way.  You can take a Optional toy train to Coonoor to enjoy the scenic beauties. The well laid-out Sim’s park here is a beautiful botanical garden, with many rare flowers, shrubs and trees.  Lambs rock and  Dolphin’s Nose are some of the viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor.


Day 12: Coimbatore Departure

Breakfast at Hotel.   By noon check-out of the hotel and transfer to Coimbatore Station / Airport to connect to onward destination.

Day 01 Welcome to Chennai

Arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport and check into Hotel. Enjoy dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.


Day 02 Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at Hotel.  Today you will be doing a full day excursion to Kancheepuram and Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram, the first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Lunch at local restaurant and later drive to Mamallapuram and check in at hotel. Mahabalipuram, he only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two – spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum.


Day 03 Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry.  Visit Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Gandhi Museum, etc. Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the  main ashram building is on Rue De  La  Marine and is surrounded by other buildings given over  to the various  educational  and  cultural activities of the aurobindo Society.

Aurovile, the  brainchild  of  The Mother and  designed  by French Architect Roger Anger,  Aurovile  was  conceived as an   experiment   in  international  living  where  men  and women could live   in   peace  and  progressive  harmony  with each other above all creeds.


Day 04 Tanjore – Karaikudi

After breakfast drive to Karaikudi enroute  visit Tanjore. Tanjore  The Big Temple of Brahadeeshwara is a World Heritage Monument and is a remarkable architectural feat similar to Egyptian Pyramids.   Many of the treasures of Tanjore and the surrounding area are housed in Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal Library within the Palace.  Karaikudi Chettinadu or the land of Nattukkottai Chettiars, is famous for its fortress like homes and temples that are architectural marvels and lip smacking food.  It is a hidden treasure.  The palaces and mansions reflect a conglomeration of architecture an building styles.


Day 05 Trichy

Breakfast at Hotel and drive to Trichy.  It is a fine blend of temples and monuments and one of the largest city. Visit the Rock fort temple one of the oldest. Atop of the rock is the Uchipillayar temple,  a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha from where one can enjoy  a panoramic view of Trichy.  Srirangam is a 600 acre island-town enclose within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple.  There are 21 gopurams, among which the Rajagopuram is the largest in South India.  Today Srirangam stands as the biggest temple complex in the country.

Overnight at Trichy.


Day 06: Madurai

Breakfast at Hotel and proceed to Madurai – a rich cultural heritage centre. Full day sightseeing of Madurai.  Visit 1000 pillared Meenakshiamman temple, Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace, Gandhi Museum, Alagarkoil, Koodal azhagar temple.  If interested one can also visit Pazhamudircholai and Thirupparakundram one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. In the evening witness the night ceremony at the temple.                                                          Overnight at Madurai.


Day 07: Chennai Departure

Breakfast at Hotel.   By noon check-out of the hotel and transfer to Chennai Station / Airport to connect to onward destination.

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