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The art of the rocks “Temples of South India”

  • Best time
  • October to March
  • Total Duration
  • 11 Days
  • Destinations Covered
  • Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Puducherry – Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai – Karaikudi, Madurai etc
  • Hotel Category
  • Luxury, Deluxe, Mid-Budget, Budget and Heritage
  • Main Attraction
  • South Indian Temple architecture, Beaches, Colonial city, Aurovilla, Art & Craft, Classical dance, cuisine etc.

Detailed Itinerary

Map

  • Days
  • Events
  • Day 01
  • Arrive in Chennai
    Meet on arrival and transfer to the hotel
    After traditional Indian welcome at hotel check in to the room
    Day free or explore or stroll at Marina Beach local area with our guide
    Overnight: Hotel
  • Day 02
  • Chennai
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing- visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museums that contain the World's most complete and impressive selection of Chola bronzes and stone sculptures from South India and the Deccan. 
    Overnight: Hotel
  • Day 03
  • Chennai- Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram (72 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram – Situated on the Coromandel Coast, Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to see port of between 7th to 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. 
    This was the second capital of the Pallavas who ruled Kanchipuram. 
    En route visit Kanchipuram- the erstwhile capital of Pallavas during 07th-09thcenturies, this place is famous for hand woven silk fabrics and Sarees (Dress for Indian Women) 
    After visiting the main temples and local bazaar, drive continues to Mahabalipuram.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 04
  • Mahabalipuram
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing of the city - Shore Temple. The oldest structure in the area, build c. 700 AD, this temple has been here for more than 1400 years. 
    Also see: Five Rathas (Five Chariots) this site contains five Rathas, literally chariots, dating from the 7th century. The sculptures are complemented by some enormous stone animals, including a large elephant.
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 05
  • Mahabalipuram- Pondicherry (99 KS)
    After leisurely breakfast, drive to Puducherry- the French acquired Pondicherry in 1674 and held control, with occasional interruption from the British and Dutch, until 1954, when it was incorporated into the Indian Union along with the rest of French India. 
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel 
  • Day 06
  • Pondicherry
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing- visit Shri Aurobindo Ashram (Auroville) and many beautiful colonial buildings and museums.
    Evening is free to take a stroll at calm beaches of Pondicherry or visit local bazaar.
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 07
  • Puducherry- Thanjavur (167 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur- was the cultural capital of the country in 1790. Thanjavur gained prominence during the period of Chola Kings, who made it as their capital.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    In the evening, explore the local bazaar. Thanjavur is famous for Tanjore Paintings.
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 08
  • Thanjavur- Trichy (59 KS)- Madurai (132 KS)
    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing- visit The Great Living Chola Temples which are also the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Of these temples, the Brahadeeshwara Temple or The Big Temple is the most famous one. 
    Also visit Royal Museum, Serfoji Memorial Hall and Thanjavur School of Painting - The art form dates back to the early 9th Century, a period dominated by the Chola rulers, who encouraged art and literature.
    Post lunch, drive to Madurai. En route visit Trichy, famous for its temples and the Rockfort. Drive continues to Madurai.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 09
  • Madurai
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing of Madurai city, one of the oldest cities of India also called the Athens of East- visit the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, around which the city is built. 
    Dinner and overnight: Hotel
  • Day 10
  • Madurai- Karaikudi – Madurai (89 KS+ 89 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Karaikudi, famous for spicy Chettinad cuisines and big mansions. Visit the local market
    Later drive back to Madurai. Optionally, stay in a Chettinad Mansion - existence since 1902. Located in Kandukathan. The Mansion is spread over a sprawling 80,000 square feet in area. The Heritage of the Mansion has been carefully protected and just 12 rooms are open to guests who get the privilege of privacy. 
    Dinner and overnight: Mansions
  • Day 11
  • Madurai- Chennai - Home
    After breakfast, fly to Chennai
    Arrive and check in to the hotel. Day is free to relax or explore Chennai’s craft and arts, 
    Also optional tour to attend Bharata Natyam Dance – A classical dance form Tamil Nadu reagion. A possible origin of the name is from Bharata Muni, who wrote the Natya Shastra to which Bharathanatyam owes many of its ideas. 
    After farewell dinner, departure transfer to the Airport of Chennai
    (As per your flight scheduled)