Enchanting and traditional, Tamil Nadu truly encompasses the rich ancient cultures and traditions of India dating to centuries, even milliniums back. The soul of India, Tamil Nadu is as deeply immersed in tradition as it is flapping its wings into the future.
Upon your arrival in Chennai, check into your hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, leave your hotel for a city tour. Fondly known as the ‘Gateway of South’, Chennai is home to a number of tourist attractions including temples, churches and colonial era buildings. Spend the evening at leisure.
After breakfast, leave for Kanchipuram by road. It’s around 70 km westward of Mahabalipuram and is referred to as one of the 7 sacred cities of Hinduism. The Chola capital during the 2nd century, Kanchipuram today is an important place where people come to gain knowledge about Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Apart from the famous temples, you may visit the silk weavers of the city, residing here from the past four centuries. Thereafter, continue towards Mahabalipuram. On arrival, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel and stay overnight.
The day is scheduled for sightseeing in Mahabalipuram. It was the ancient port of the Pallava rulers. During their reign, the Pallava rulers constructed a number of architectural marvels such as caves, sculptural panels, temples and Monolithic rathas. Visit the Krishna Mandapam. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is the world’s largest cave-cut Hindu temple. The other attraction is the Shore temple. Dating back to the 8th century, it is one of the finest examples of Dravidian style of architecture. The last attraction of the day is the Five (Paanch) Rathas. Also called the Paandava Rathas, it is a group of 5 monolithic temples, each erected in a different architecture styling. After exploring, return to the hotel and stay the night.
Post breakfast, drive to Pondicherry by car. On reaching, check-into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to partake in the activities of your interest.
After breakfast, get all set for sightseeing in Pondicherry. Visit the Sacred Heart Church, an oriental specimen of Gothic style of architecture. The other attraction, Raj Niwas, is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry. The last attraction of the day is Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo, way back in the year 1926. This spiritual community is flocked by a huge number of visitors all round the year. Return to your hotel and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Today, get all set to leave for Tanjore in the morning, by car. Enroute, halt at Chidambram. This quaint town is known as the seat of Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer. Here, you visit Chidambram Temple, which is spread across 40 acres of land. Thereafter, continue to Tanjore. On arrival, check in. After some rest, go for sightseeing in Tanjore. Start with the very well-known Brihadeeswarar Temple. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other attractions include the Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery. Stay overnight in Tanjore.
This morning, gear up for an on-road transfer to Trichy or Tiruchirappali. After you reach Trichy and complete the check-in formalities, you are free to spend the day as per your own liking.
Post breakfast, visit and explore the prime attractions of Trichy. Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu boasts of having one of India’s largest temple complexes. Next, visit the Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, placed on the banks of the River Kaveri. Stay overnight at Trichy.
After breakfast, leave by road for Madurai, also famed as the Athens of the East. After checking in, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Return to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Post breakfast, visit the prime attractions of Madurai. Situated on the banks of Vidai River, this popular city of Southern India is around 2500 years old. Visit the splendid and magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple. There, attend the wonderful evening prayer ceremony. Stay overnight in Madurai.
This day is scheduled for a day-trip to Rameshwaram for darshan at the Rameshwaram temple. If history is to be believed the island and the temple got their names from the event when Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to gain penance when he was coming from Lanka, after killing Ravana. Afterwards, get back to Trichy hotel for an overnight stay.
In the morning, get transferred to the railway station to go on-board a train for Chennai. Upon your arrival, check into your hotel. Spend the rest of the time relaxin. Stay overnight.
Get in time to the airport to board your flight for the next journey.