Destinations Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram
Savour the magnificent structures dedicated to numerous forms of Hindu deities. The temples of the south are quintessence of the rich heritage of Indian art and culture. These creatively designed and intricately carved temples are reflection of the unique achievement of art and of human endeavor. The culture and the heritage of the dynasties of bygone eras spread through the interiors of these temples. In this heritage oriented sojourn you get to relive the legends of a time long past.
World Heritage Sites: Brihadeeswara Temple, Group of monuments at Mahabalipuram
Temples/Churches: St. Mary's Church, Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaliswara Temple, , San Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Sacred Heart Church, Chidambaram Temple, Shri Ranganathaswami Temple, Meenakshi Temple, Rock Fort Temple, Rameshwaram Temple, Ramanathaswamy Temple
Museums: Saraswati Mahal Mandir, Art Gallery
Others: Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville
Arrive at Chennai Airport from where you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After your morning breakfast, begin the day with the tour of the city. The attractions you'll visit today include Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church, St Thomas Cathedral Basilica, Parthsarthy Temple and Kapileshwara Temple. The afternoon is at your leisure and your overnight stay is at your hotel.
After breakfast, drive towards Mahabalipuram, visiting Kanchipuram (65 km/1.5 hrs) en route. Kanchipuram is also known as the 'city of 100 temples'. After visiting temples of Kanchipuram head towards Mahabalipuram (68 km/1.5 hrs). Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in, the rest of the evening is at your leisure, and an overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast this morning embark on an all day tour of the city as it contains several temples of historical and cultural importance. Several structures here are listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today's itinerary includes a visit to the Mahabalipuram group of monuments where you will get to see the Rathas, Mandapas and the famous 'Descent of the Ganges'. In the evening return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After a leisurely breakfast this morning, head towards Pondicherry by surface. Upon your arrival you will check in at your hotel, the rest of the evening is at your leisure to do as you wish, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning after breakfast indulge in local sightseeing across the length and breadth of Pondicherry. The attractions you will visit today are Raj Niwas, Sacred Heart Church, Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. In the evening return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast this morning leave for Thanjavur, visiting Chidambaram Temple, the seat of the Nataraja, en route. Drive ahead to Thanjavur where you will be checked into your hotel. Later explore Thanjavur and discover its famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brihadeeswara Temple. The itinerary includes a visit to the Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Mandir. In the evening return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast this morning depart for Trichy where you will be check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning after breakfast you will be visiting the Rock Fort and the stunning Shri Ranganathaswami temple. These temples reverberate with the rich heritage of Dravidian past and glory. Once you've completed the sightseeing you will return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Today, following breakfast you will drive towards Madurai which is approximately a two and a half hour drive from Trichy. Upon your arrival you will proceed to check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Also known as the 'Athens of East', this vibrant city houses the stately Meenakshi-Sundareswar Temple. After your morning breakfast, you will be taken to bask in the glory of this majestic and breathtaking structure. After lunch you will visit the temple again for a special aarti. Upon completion return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After your breakfast this morning embark on your journey towards legendary island city Rameshwaram where you will be visiting Ramanathaswamy Temple and other landmarks that resonate with the ancient Indian legend. Return to your hotel in the evening for an overnight stay.
On the 13th day of the tour, following your breakfast, you will be assisted by our representative in your transfer to Madurai airport to board the flight for Chennai. Upon your arrival in Chennai, check-in at the hotel and the rest of the time is at your leisure. You can relax or explore the nearby places in the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.
After breakfast this morning our representative will assist you in a smooth transfer to the airport for your return journey home.