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Trip Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Chennai | 1 Nights MAHABALIPURAM | 1 Nights Pondicherry | 1 Nights Tiruchirapalli | 1 Nights MADURAI

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the name Chennai originates from the word Chennapattinam or Ch ... More

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Day 1 - Chennai

Welcome to your 'Traditional South India' tour! On arrival at the airport/ railway station in Chennai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour of Chennai visiting places like Fort St. George, The Fort Museum, Kapaleshwarar temple, The Government Museum and Art Gallery. Fort St. George was built in 1640AD, by the British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. This bastion achieved its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The flag staff at the Fort St. George is still the tallest in India. South of the Fort is the War Memorial, a graceful monument built in 1939 in memory of the warriors who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. The Fort Museum is the repository of the exhibits of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and some other artifacts dating back to the British period. Kapaleshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The present structure was renovated by the Vijayanagara Kings in the 16th century. It has some beautiful sculptures among which are the bronze idols of 63 Saivite saints or the Nayanmars. The Government Museum is the second oldest museums in India. This museum is more than 150 years old. The modern building next to the original museum houses the treasured statues of Natraja, Buddha, the Tamil saints and others, in its Bronze Gallery. The National Art Gallery, located within the campus, has the finest collection of the contemporary art, paintings and sculptures. The Jaipur - Moghul architecture gives the building its 'lacy' and distinct look. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Chennai None (Meals on your own)

Day 2 - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast, proceed to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram. En route enjoy temple tour of Kanchipuram, visiting Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple and Devarajaswami Temple,. Kamakshi Amman Temple is an ancient Hindu Temple dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess. It is located in the historic city of Kanchipuram, Kamakshi are the important centers of worship of Goddess, in the state of Tamil Nadu. The Temple was most probably built by the Pallava kings, whose capital was Kanchipuram. Varadharaja Perumal Temple or Hastagiri or Attiyuran is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in the holy city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. It is located in a suburb of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi that is a home for many famous Vishnu temples. The temple along with Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple in Kanchipuram is popularly known as Mumurtivasam (abode of trio), while Srirangam is referred to as ' The Koil' (meaning: "temple") and Tirupathi as the 'Malai' (Meaning: "hill"). Among the Divya Desams, Kanchipuram Varadaraja Perumal temple is known as the 'Perumal Koil'. This is one of the most sacred places for Vaishnavites. Devarajaswami Temple's architecture resembles the South Indian style of the temple architecture. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, it boasts of a huge tank with the idol of Lord Vishnu which is believed to be drained in a cycle of 40 years. On arrival, Check-in to your hotel in Mahabalipuram. Later, proceed to visit shore temple. The Shore Temple (built in 700-728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD as one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.It is one of the oldest structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South India. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Mahabalipuram (B)

Day 3 - Pondicherry

After breakfast proceed to Pondicherry, en route visit Tiruvannamalai . It is an important pilgrim center dedicated to Lord Shiva and is visited by a large number of devotees all round the world. Tiruvannamalai is named after the central deity of the Annamalaiyar Temple, Annamalaiyar. Located on the foothills of Annamalai hills, Tiruvannamalai has been ruled by the Pallavas, the Medieval Cholas, the Later Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Carnatic kingdom, Tipu Sultan, and the British. The history of Tiruvannamalai revolves around the Annamalaiyar Temple. The recorded history of the town dates back to the ninth century, as seen from a Chola inscriptions in the temple. On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Pondicherry. The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities or you can explore the beach in Pondicherry. Overnight in Pondicherry (B)

Day 4 - Tiruchirapalli

After breakfast, proceed to visit The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community (ashram) located in Pondicherry, in the Indian territory of Puducherry. The ashram grew out of a small community of disciples who had gathered around Sri Aurobindo after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry in 1910.The most important organization also inspired by the vision of Sri Aurobindo is Auroville, an international township founded by the Mother and dedicated to human unity. Then, visit Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram or Chidambaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South India. The temple as it stands now is mainly of the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions in similar style. On arrival, check- in to your hotel in Trichy. Later, proceed for sightseeing of Trichy visiting places like Jambukeshwar Temple, Rock Fort Temple. Thiruvanaikaval (also Thiruvanaikal, Jambukeswaram) is a famous Shiva temple in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy).The temple was built by Kocengannan (Kochenga Chola), one of the Early Cholas, around 1,800 years ago. It is located in the Srirangam island, which has the famous Ranganathaswamy Temple.Rockfort is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an ancient rock that may date to over one billion years ago. There are two Hindu temples inside, the Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rock fort and the Thayumanaswami Temple, Rockfort. The fort played an important part during the Carnatic Wars, helping lay the foundations of the British Empire in India. The Rockfort is the most prominent landmark of the city. The evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Trichy (B)

Day 5 - Madurai

After breakfast, proceed to Madurai. It is one of South India's great temple towns; Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. The city has a number of historical monuments, with the Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. Madurai is an important industrial and educational hub in South Tamil Nadu. Madurai has important government educational institutes like the Madurai Medical College, Homeopathic Medical College,]Madurai Law College, Agricultural College and Research Institute. On arrival, check-into your hotel. Later, visit the Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Memorial Museum. Meenakshi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River. It is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city. Legend has it that the Meenakshi temple was founded by Indra (king of Deva celestial deities. Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architec. This palace consisted mainly of two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. In these two parts, there are royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armory, palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and garden. King Thirumalai Nayak celebrated festivals like Sceptre festival, Navarathri, Chithirai festival, Masi festival and the Float festival. Gandhi Memorial Museum, established in 1959, is a memorial museum for Gandhi located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu.Years after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, in 1948 an appeal was made to the citizens of India nationwide to build memorials for him. With the help of contributions from poor and rich citizens of India, a trust was established for this cause, the Mahatma Gandhi National Memorial Trust. The rest of the evening is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Madurai (B)

Day 6 - Madurai

Today, bid farewell to your 'Traditional South India' tour, as you are transferred to the airport/ railway station in Madurai for your onward journey.


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