Tamil Nadu, Chennai,Mahabalipuram,Pondicherrym,Tanjore - 12 Days
Arrival at Chennai International Airport. Transfer to the Hotel. Have a city tour of Chennai. Visit the famous places like Bronze Museum,Fort St.George and St.Mary's Church, Marina Beach, Santhome Church, where the Basilica is built over the tomb of St.Thomas. Then have a visit to the famous Kapaleeshwara Temple dedicated for Lord Shiva in Mylapore city. Overnight Stay at Chennai.
In the morning, Drive to Mahabalipuram, an ancient port city of the Pallavas. visit the famous World Heritage UNESCO sites of Mahabalipuram. First, to the Sea Shore temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and then to Five Rathas "Five Chariots", a monolithic structure, representing an unique style built by the Pallavas, then finally to Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave and Krishna's Butter Ball. Have a walk in the artisan's streets who makes stone sculptures. Return back to the Hotel. Overnight Stay at Mahabalipuram.
In the morning, drive to Pondicherry "The French Colony". Check-in to the hotel. In the late afternoon have a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, an Ashram dedicated to Sri Aurobindo & "The Mother" Have a visit to "The Church of Sacred Heart" and "Notre dame des Anges", French Colony and markets. Have a rickshaw ride in the commercial streets. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Pondicherry.
In the morning have a visit to Goubert Market. Then drive to Auroville. Visit the famous "Matrimandir", only the exterior view and visit some boutiques. Return back to Pondicherry. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Pondicherry.
After the breakfast, drive to Kumbakonam. Enroute visit the famous visit the famous Shiva Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram which was built in the 11th century by the Chola dynasty, one of the World Protected UNESCO Site. Have a lunch in Kumbakonam city. In the late afternoon, visit the 12th century Chola temple Airavatesvara Temple in a small village named Darasuram. Then proceed your drive to Tanjore. Overnight Stay at Tanjore.
In the morning, visit the famous Tanjore Art Gallery which houses the collection of sculptures and statues, Saraswati Mahal Library Museum, Brihadeeshwara Temple also known as Big Temple which is one of the World Heritage Monument built by the chola dynasty in the 11th century. In the afternoon, Optional visit to the Bronze Making Artisan's factory to see the Bronze Casting. Then drive to Trichy. In the evening climb the Rockfort to visit the famous Ganesha Temple and have a panoramic view of the city. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Trichy.
In the morning have a visit to the banks of River Cauvery 1km away in a Cordinal point to the srirangam temple main entrance to see the performance of the rituals by the Hindus and visit the famous Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. Drive to Chettinadu, the land of Chettiars. Explore the village ambience by walking around the village streets. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Chettinadu.
Drive to Madurai. In the late afternoon visit the famous Gandhi Museum where you can see lot of exhibits about the life of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation. Then have a visit to Tirumalainayak Palace built in 17th century with grand pillars is the most attractive one. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati and a thousand pillared hall with eye-catching sculptures. Overnight Stay at Madurai.
In the morning drive to Rameshwaram. Drive along Pamban's Bridge, is a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait which connects the Rameshwaram Town on Pamban island to mainland India. Then have a visit to the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on Rameshwaram Island nd a long corridor inside the temple is a remarkable one with beautiful grand pillars. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Rameshwaram.
In the morning visit the famous Dhanushkodi located at south east of Pamban. See the ramparts of Dhanushkodi, the entire town was completely damaged by 1964 Cyclone. Drive to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula, where Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet. Visit the famous Vivekananda Rock, a sacred place of a great saint and philosopher Swami Vivekananda. Then have a visit to Gandhi Memorial and Kanyakumari Amman Temple. It is possible to see both the sunrise and sunset in this town. Overnight Stay at Kanyakumari.
In the morning drive to Trivandrum. Enroute have a visit to the famous Padmanabhapuram Palace, a 15th century palace built by Kerala Varma dynasty. Continue your drive. In the evening see the outer view of Padmanabhaswamy Temple and a small museum closer to the temple. Have a rest in the hotel. Overnight Stay at Trivandrum.
Departure to Trivandrum Airport.