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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Today, bid farewell to your 'Traditional South India' tour, as you are transferred to the airport/ railway station in Madurai for your onward journey.
Trip Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights TIRUPATI | 1 Nights Pondicherry | 1 Nights MADURAI | 1 Nights Rameswaram | 1 Nights Tiruchirapalli | 1 Nights CHIDAMBARAM | 1 Nights MAHABALIPURAM
Tamil Nadu, a southeast Indian state, is famed for its temples, heritage sites, hill stations and ... More
Welcome to your 'Tamil Nadu Spiritual' tour! On arrival at the airport / railway station in Chennai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Tirupati.
In the evening, proceed to visit Sri Venkateshwara temple, famous for Lord Balaji. Tirumala, adobe of Sri Venkateshwara (also known as Balaji - an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is one of the most celebrated pilgrimage centers in India and it attracts millions of devotees every year. Tirumala is situated atop the Tirumala Hills which consists of seven peaks known as Sapthagiri at an altitude of 3,200 feet. The seven peaks represent the seven hoods of Adishesha, the serpent on whom lies Lord Vishnu.
Later, we visit Padmavati Temple, which is dedicated to the Goddess Padmavathi, wife of Lord Venkateswara. It was built during the rule of King Thondaman Chakravarthy.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Tirupati. (LLR, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Pondicherry via Kanchipuram. En route visit Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple
The Kamakshi Temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of Goddess. It is located in the historic city of Kanchipuram. The temple was most probably built by the Pallava kings, whose capital was Kanchipuram. The Devi in this Adi Kamakshi temple is called by various names like Kirtimati, Devagarbha in extant Tantric works like Tantrachudamani. She has four hands containing in each of them respectively, Ankusa, Pasa, Abhaya and a Kapala. This description corresponds to those extant old tantric works.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Pondicherry. (B, LLR, D)
After breakfast, check-out and proceed for a half day city tour of Pondicherry. Visit the Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Sri Aurobindo Handmade Paper Factory, Ayee Mandapam Park Monument (Bharathi Park) and French war Memorial, the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus. Auroville, a universal town of humanity with its quiet spiritual experience is a must see in Pondicherry. In the middle of Auroville lies the Matri Mandir - a gigantic golden golf ball and the meditation chamber within.
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. Aayi Mandapam (Park Monument) is a white monument in Pondicherry, India built during the time of Napoleon III, Emperor of France. It is situated in center of Bharathi park. The monument commemorates the provision of water to the French city during his reign. It was named after a lady courtesan called Ayi. She destroyed her own house to erect a water reservoir to supply water for the city. The French War Memorial on Goubert Avenue in Southern India is a reminder of those brave soldiers who laid down their lives, for their country during the First World War.
Later, proceed to Madurai via Trichy, en route visit Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, Lord Shanmuganathar temple, Rock Fort Temple. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu deity Vishnu, located in Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu, India. Constructed in the Tamil style of architecture this temple is glorified in the Thiviya Pirabandham, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD and is counted among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. Tiruchirappalli Rockfort is a historic fortification and temple complex built on an ancient rock. It is located in the city of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. It is constructed on a 83 metres (272 ft) high rock, that may date to over one billion years ago. There are two Hindu temples inside, the Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rockfort and the Thayumanaswami Temple, Rockfort.
On arrival at Madurai, check-in to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Madurai. (B, LLR, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Rameshwaram. En route visit the Meenakshi temple, one of the biggest temple in Madurai. Meenakshi Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai river in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. 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 of Madurai and is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature. On arrival, check in to your hotel
Later, proceed to Dhanushkodi, an abandoned town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is situated to the South-East of Pamban and is about 18 miles (29 km) west of Talaimannar in Sri Lanka. The town was destroyed during the cyclone and remains uninhabited in the aftermath.
Adam's Bridge, also known as Rama's Bridge or Rama Setu (Tamil), is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. Geological evidence suggests that this bridge is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Rameshwaram. (B, LLR, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Trichy. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Later, visit Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, a Hindu temple in Samayapuram near Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India. The main deity Samayapurathal or Mariamman is made of sand and clay like many of the traditional Mariamman deities, and hence unlike many other Hindu deities there are no abhishekams (sacred washing) conducted to the main deity, but instead the "abishekam" is done to the small stone statue in front of it.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Trichy. (B, LLR, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Chidambaram. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Later, visit Thillai Nataraja Temple and Vaitheeswaran Temple in Chidambaram.
Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South India. The temple is known as one of the foremost of all temples (Kovil) in Shaivism and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art for over two millennium. It is also famous for the annual Natyanjali dance festival on Maha Shivaratri. The Sangam classics list chief architect Viduvelvidugu Perumthachchan as directing an early renovation of the shrine.
Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or the "God of healing" and it is believed that prayers to Vaitheeswaran can cure diseases. Vaitheeswaran is a Tamil derivative from vaidya (Doctor) and Ishvara (God/Master). The presiding deity is Sri vaidyanAtha. He is the God of Healing. When pronouncing in Tamil, it sounds like "Vaideeswaran". It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples and is associated with the planet Mars.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight in Chidambaram. (B, LLR, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Later, visit to Shore Temple and Pancha Rathas.
The Shore Temple (built in 700728 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. It was built on a promontory sticking out into the Bay of Bengal at Mahabalipuram, a village South of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. At the time of its creation, the village was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. 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.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram. (B, LLR, D)
Today, bid farewell to your 'Tamil Nadu Spiritual Tour', as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Chennai for your onward journey.