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  • Temple Tour of Southern India - Chennai | Madurai | Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Rameshwaram | Tanjore | Trichy - 13 Nights / 14 Days
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    Chennai - Madurai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Rameshwaram - Tanjore - Trichy
    Days: 13N 14D
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    Package Description

    The southern region of India boasts of being home to some extremely beautiful ancient temples of the country. If you want to visit these temples, Temple Tour of South India, a package of 13 nights and 14 days is a perfect one for you.

    During the tour, you visit some of the very well-known temples of the Hindu sect at various destinations like Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chennai, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai and Rameshwaram. 

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    Day 1

    Once you reach Chennai, meet our representative who helps with an assisted transfer to your pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure- interact with the locals, visit the famous markets, explore the surroundings on foot, taste the lip-smacking dishes of South Indian cuisine. Stay overnight.

    Day 2

    Chennai sightseeing tour that includes Kalakshetra- a school of traditional art and music, Fort St. George – previously a fort which is now the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu, St. Mary's Church- the oldest Anglican Church in the country.

    Later in the day, visit the Sri Parthasarathy Temple (an 8th-century temple erected by the Pallava rulers) for Darshan.

    The next visit is Kapaleeswarar Temple, another 8th-century temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other visits of the day are St Thomas Cathedral Basilica and the Theosophical Society. Stay overnight.

    Day 3

    Today, begin driving to Mahabalipuram. On the way, stop at Kanchipuram, housing one of the most well-known temples of the southern part of India.

    One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the Chola rulers. Visit the various temples including the most well-known one, the Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess Parvati. Later, continue to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check- in your hotel for staying overnight.

    Day 4

    Day 4 is for sightseeing in Mahabalipuram, where the Pallava rulers erected several beautiful monuments and temples. The first visit of the day is Krishna Mandapam- the largest and the oldest Hindu rock-cut temple in Mahabalipuram. Later, visit the Shore Temple Complex that comprises of one large and two small temples.

    This UNESCO World Heritage Site was erected during the 8th century. The last visit is The Five Rathas, known as Panch Rathas or Pandava Rathas. This example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture in India is associated with the Pandavas of the Mahabharata. Stay overnight.

    Day 5

    On the 5th day of the tour, begin driving towards Pondicherry. Complete the check-in formalities at your hotel.

    The rest of the day is free for leisure activities- interact with the locals, taste the sumptuous local delicacies, explore the surroundings on foot. Stay overnight.

    Day 6

    Today, take a city tour covering the Rai Niwas, the former official residence of the French Governor Dupleix where now the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry resides.

    The next in line is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus- a Gothic architecture specimen and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram- a retreat founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo. Stay overnight.

    Day 7

    After breakfast, begin driving to Tanjore. En-route, visit the Chidambaram temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Thillai Nataraja - Shiva, The Lord of Dance. Also known as Thillai Natarajah Temple, it was erected between the 12th and the 13th centuries.

    Afternoon arrival in Thanjavur, check-in your hotel. Leave for city tour. Visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built during the reign of Chola ruler Raja Rajan. The other visits of the day are the Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library. Stay overnight.

    Day 8

    Today, drive to Trichy. On reaching, check-in your pre-booked hotel. This place is a perfect example of an amalgamation of past and present cultural sensibilities.

    The rest of the day is free for leisure activities- explore the surroundings on foot, taste the local delicacies, interact with the locals etc. Stay overnight.

    Day 9

    Day 9, after breakfast is for a tour of Trichy: Visit Srirangam, an island that houses the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple- dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu.

    The next visit is the Rock Fort, a well-known landmark in Trichy on 84 m high rock, attracting a large number of tourists. An added attraction in this fort is an ancient temple, called Lalitankura Pallaveswaram that was built during the reign of the Pallava rulers. Stay overnight.

    Day 10

    After breakfast on day 10, begin driving towards Madurai, also known as the Athens of the East. On reaching Madurai, complete the check-in formalities at your hotel.

    Spend the day at leisure in this city, believed to be more than 2500 years old- interact with the locals, explore the surroundings on foot etc. Stay overnight.

    Day 11

    On the 11th day of the tour, enjoy sightseeing in Madurai. Visit the Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple, also known as Meenakshi Amman Temple- dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her consort Lord Shiva. The temple complex consists of 14 gopurams ranging from 45 to 50 meters in height.

    Post lunch, the afternoon is free. In the evening, attend the Prayer Ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. Stay overnight.

    Day 12

    Day 12 is booked for a day trip to Rameshwaram, to visit its main temple for Darshan. The Rameshwaram temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was constructed during the 17th century.

    If the legends are to be believed, this temple was built by Lord Rama himself and what we see today is a renovated version. Return to Madurai for an overnight stay.

    Day 13

    In the morning, get transferred to the railway station to board a train to Chennai. On arrival, you are transferred to the airport for your onward travels. Return home with wonderful memories of Southern India.

    Day 14

    Today, you are transferred to the airport to catch the flight for your onward journey.

    Inclusion

    Transportation by Non-A/C or A/C Indica Car (2 Pax) or Tavera or Innova(4 Pax or 6 Pax) for the entire tour. Inc of Toll Tax, Parking, Driver allowance, State tax.

    Exclusion

    Any Airfare and GST (5%)
    Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
    Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
    The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
    Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
    Medical & Travel insurance
    Any changes you may choose to make during your tour
    Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc.

    Package Note

    This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays to your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.

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