South India Temple Tour
06 Nights / 07 Days
Madras - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Tirchy - Madurai -
Day 01 - Arrive Madras
Arrive Madras by international flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to
the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour. Madras, the capital city, popularly regarded
as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different
from that of northern India.
Day 02 - Madras - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
Morning drive to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, this
city of thousand temples lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it
was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi
was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage
for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Overnight at the hotel in Covelong. Kanchipuram,
the capital of the Pallava and dynasty is one of the serene sacred cities of
India. It is situated 76 kms from Madras, 35 kms from Chingleput & 64 kms
from Mahabalipuram via Chingleput. Places of Interest: Kailashnath Temple, Shri
Vaikuntaperumal Temple, Shri Varadaraja Temple, Ekambareshwara Temple and Shri
Day 03 - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore
An early departure for Tanjore visiting enroute Pondicherry. PONDICHERRY - Although
the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents.
Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the
Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) also close to Chennai (Madras)
is on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, along the eastern coast. Mamallapuram
known for its rocks carvings and monolithic sculptures has the famous shore
temple, the only one to have survived the ravages of nature. Also known as the
Seven Pagodas (temples), six now lie submerged in the sea.
Known as the Pallava Art, this was built during the period 830 - 1100 AD.
Day 04 - Tanjore - Trichy
Morning sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music,
musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur)
is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than
a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel.
Day 05 - Trichy - Madurai
Morning visit Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri
river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest
in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself
but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where
are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Later drive to Madurai
and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Overnight stay. Madurai is one of the
oldest cities of India, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam
period of the pre Christian era. The glory of Madurai returned in a diminished
form in the earlier part of this millennium; it later on came under the rule
of the Vijayanagar kingdom after its ransack by the ravaging armies of Delhi
(Malik Kafur). During the 16th and 18th centuries, Madurai was ruled by the
Nayak Emperors, the foremost of whom was Tirumalai Nayakar. The Sangam period
poet Nakkeerar is associated with some of the Tiruvilayaadal episodes of Sundareswarar
- that are enacted as a part of temple festival traditions even today.
Day 06 - Madurai - Madras
Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai Madurai, known as Athens of the East,
it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed
to be more than 2500 yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar
(Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for
constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant
of hymns is proud of magnificent 'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple.
Day 07 - Madurai - Madras
Transfer to the airport for flight to Madras.