Trip Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Itinerary: 2 Nights Mahabalipuram | 2 Nights Kanchipuram
Mahabalipuram also known as Mammallapuram, is a temple town on a strip of land between the Bay of ... More
Welcome to your 'Mahabalipuram with Kanchipuram Temple Tour' On arrival at the airport / railway station in Chennai, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Mahabalipuram.
None (Meals on your own)
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram (Private).
Today after a heavy breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. Visit the famous Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave Temple, Krishna's Butter Ball, Arjuna's penance and Old Light House
Shore Temple - Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram is one of the earliest structural temples in Southern India and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is so named as it overlooks the shore of Bay of Bengal. The Shore temples has three shrines devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Pancha Rathas - 'Panch' means 'five' and 'Rathas' means 'chariot'. The Pancha Rathas are a set of magnificent monolithic rock temples located in a sandy compound and are the perfect examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. They are built in the shape of pagodas and they look similar to that of the Buddhist shrines and monasteries. The chariots are named after the Pandavas from epic Mahabharata fame in order of their size - Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula-Sahadeva Ratha and Draupadi Ratha.
Tiger Cave Temple - Tiger Cave is a rock-cut Hindu temple located at a distance of 5 Km from Mahabalipuram in a coastal village on the Kovalam Road. It is dedicated to goddess Durga and gets its name from the carvings of tiger heads on the mouth of the cave. It is said that the animal depicted is the mythological creature - 'Yali', which looks like a tiger.
Krishna's Butter Ball - The butterball is a giant balancing rock said to be a hunk of stolen butter dropped by Lord Krishna. This huge boulder is 5 meters in diameter, perched on a smooth slope, seemingly defying laws of gravity, looking like its going to roll at any moment.
Arjuna's Penance - Arjuna's Penance is skillfully carved rock is the largest bas air relief sculpture in the world situated in Mahabalipuram. The monolith was carved on the face of two massive boulders and has figures of Gods, semi divine creatures, beasts, birds and animals like monkey and elephants. It gets its name from the figure of an ascetic who is believed to be Arjuna, the hero of epic Mahabharata, doing penance to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva.
Old Light House - It is perhaps India's oldest lighthouse. The small and elaborately carved Olakaneeswara Temple in Mammallapuram, located on top of the Mahishasuramardini cave temple, is believed to have functioned as a lighthouse. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and according to legend, wooden bonfires were lit there to alert the passing ships.
Post sightseeing transfer back to your hotel.
|08:00 hrs||10:00 AM|
The rest of the evening is at leisure to relax in this beautiful town.
Today after breakfast, proceed on a drive to the ancient city - Kanchipuram.
On arrival check in to the hotel.
Embark on a half day temple tour of Kanchipuram (Private).
Later in the afternoon, proceed on a half day temple tour of Kanchipuram. Visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple , Kailasnathar Temple
Kamakshi Amman Temple: This temple is dedicated to the goddess Kamakshi (Parvati) and the idol is seated in Padmasana (a yogic sitting posture). It is one of the three holy places of Shakti worship in India and was built by Cholas in the 14th century.
Ekambareswarar Temple also known as Ekambaranathar Temple is one of the largest temples in the sacred city of Tamil Nadu. It is devoted to Lord Shiva who is revered here in the form of Prithvi Lingam (Lingam of Earth) and is considered as one of the oldest Shiva Temples in India. The temple also has a mango tree which is believed to be over 3000 years old.
Kailasanathar Temple was built by the Pallava ruler Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava dynasty. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Kailasanathar and Goddess Shakti as Karpagambal. 58 small shrines with different forms of Lord Shiva surround the main shrine. It contains large number of carvings, the walls are adorned with beautiful paintings and sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in different poses.
Post sightseeing drive back to your hotel.
|Hotel||04:00 hrs||2:00 PM|
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Visit Thiruthani Murugan Temple at Tiruttani(Private).
This morning after breakfast, proceed to visit the Thiruthani Murugan Temple at Tiruttani.
Thiruthani Murugan Temple: Tiruttani, 42 km from Kanchipuram, has a temple which is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. Situated on a hilltop, the temple is accessible by road as well as the 365 steps on the hill which are said to represent 365 days of the year. The Karthigai festival in December attracts lots of tourists.
|Hotel||05:00 hrs||10:00 AM|
The rest of the day is at leisure for various activities.
Today, bid farewell to your 'Mahabalipuram With Kanchipuram Temple Tour' as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Chennai for your onward journey.