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Tour To South India

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Day wise Itinerary
Day 01 : Chennai (By Air) Arrive at Chennai airport.

Our company executives will welcome you and assist you. Then get transferred to a pre booked hotel. Check in and relax. Then go for a city tour of Chennai. The "Bay of Bengal" is the fourth largest city in India. Visit the Fort St. George once a stronghold of the British, San Thome Cathedral, Marina Beach and the beautiful Mylapore temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Chennai

After breakfast gets ready for sightseeing of Madras - the sprawling and gracious city on the "Bay of Bengal" is the fourth largest city in India. Visit the Fort St. George once a stronghold of the British, San Thome Cathedral, Thousand Lights Mosque: Theosophical Society St. Mary's Church: St. Andrew's Church: Ripon Building: Marina Beach and the beautiful Mylapore temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Chennai | Kanchipuram | Mahabalipuram (by Car 139 km approx)

In the morning, leave by road for Mahabalipuram, acclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its spectacular rock-cut temples. On the way, make a brief halt in Kancheepuram, the city of 1000 temples and one of the seven sacred cities in India. Thereafter, proceed to the famous Shankaracharya Seer in Kancheepuram. In the meantime, shop for some exquisite Kanchivaram silk sarees.

Later, continue your journey towards Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, youll be transferred to the hotel then go for a guided sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram which include visits to Mahishasurmardini Caves, Shore Temple, Krishna Mandapam and Arjuns Penance. Later, proceed towards Panch Rathas, a cluster of monolithic temples, Crocodile Farm, home to over 100 crocodiles, School of Art & Sculpture and Snake Venom Extracting Center. In the evening come back to hotel for night stay.

Kancheepuram - Kancheepuram is the city of thousand temples. Kancheepuram is admired for its prominent crafted world famous silk sarees, a traditional home industry. Kancheepuram is also known for its culture and civilization. Kancheepuram is easily reachable from the state capital Chennai. It is a place to visit for everyone.Some of the outstanding temples in Kanchepuram is as follows Sakkiswarar Temple established by the Cholas is located near the Kamakshi Amman Temple. Vaikuntha Perumal Temple is a significant Vishnu temple built by the Pallava King Nandivarman Pallavamalla, in the 7th century AD. Abundant inscriptions are found in the temple, relating to the wars between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas. Kailasanatha Temple was built by Rajasimha and his son Mahendra the 3rd, in the 8th century AD. Ekambareswarar Temple is an ancient temple, renovated by the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar kings. The 57 meter high Rajagopuram, is one of the tallest towers in South India. Varadarajar temple, it is a massive and impressive edifice is a must visit spot in Kancheepuram.

The shrine of Devarajaswamy is situated on an elephant-shaped rock called Hastagiri. Kamakshi Amman Temple is one of the three sacred places of Shakti worship in India. The temple in its present form was constructed by the Cholas, during the 14th century AD.Kancheepuram is easily accessible from Chennai, which is the state capital of Tamil Nadu. Chennai International airport is the nearest airport to Kancheepuram.Trains for Kanchipuram are accessible from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati, and Bangalore. Kanchipuram is 75 km away from Chennai and is well linked by a network of roads. Local transportation is also excellent for local sight tours.

History of Kanchipuram Kanchipuram famous as the 'City of a Thousand Temples' has its history intertwined with the glorious reign of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Rayas of Vijayanagar.The city is also famous as an ancient center of Tamil learning and culture. Kanchipuram was home to great luminaries like Appar, Siruthonder, the great Buddhist bhikshu Bodhidharma and Sri Shankaracharya. Shankaracharya or Adi Shankara established his Episcopal seat here called Kamakotipeetam.

Attractions in Kanchipuram The temples are undoubtedly the foremost tourist attractions in Kanchipuram.The Kamakshi Amman Temple, one of the rare temples where Shakti is worshipped. The golden Chariot in the temple is significant as it is taken in a procession around the temple on Fridays. The temple also has an art gallery which displays the history of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the Shankara Mutt. The Kailashanathar Temple built in the 8th century is dedicated to Shiva and is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram. Its exquisite architectural work makes it one of the finest examples of Pallava architecture. The Ekambareshwar Temple is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram with numerous shrines, mandapams, gopurams and tanks. Other famous temples are the Kumara Kottam Temple and the Varadaraja Temple and the Ullahalanda Temple.

Mahabalipuram: Located at a distance of 58-km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has everything that makes a site memorable; tradition, history, piety, western annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism. The proper name of the site is "Mamallapuram", after Mamalla, an honorific of the Pallava king, Narasimha Varman I (630-668), who created the earliest of its monuments. But it is popularly called "Mahabalipuram", or "The city of Bali", whom Lord Vishnu chastised for his pride and of whom there is a relief in one of the excavated temples here. The history of Mahabalipuram dates back to two thousand years, it contains nearly forty monuments of different types including an "open air bas relief" which is the largest in the world, for centuries it has been a centre of pilgrimage, it figures in the early annals of the British search for the picturesque in India in the 18th century, today it attracts shoals of foreigners in search of relaxation and sea bathing, and most strange of all, it has an atomic power plant for neighbor. A small library has been written on it. Over its history and that of its monuments a number of scholarly controversies rage. Mahabalipuram was already a centre of pilgrimage when, in the 7th century Mamalla made it a seaport and began to make temples fashioned of rock. It was through Mahabalipuram that many Indian colonists, who included sages and artists, migrated to Southeast Asia. Sri Lanka's national chronicle, the "Mahavamsa" testifies to this fact. When the first British visitors went to Mahabalipuram in the eighteenth century, they found the monuments under sand, a few completely so. It must have fallen into neglect after the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire or, at least, Vijayanagar authority. It had prospered under the Cholas and their successors until about the seventeenth century. Europe knew of it as early as the 13th century when, following Marco Polo's visit, it appears in the Catalan Map of 1275. The first European to mention it directly, but with no personal knowledge, of it, did so in 1582.

Day 4 : Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry( By car105 km approx)

After breakfast get driven to the Pondicherry and check in your pre booed hotel. Relax, and get ready for the sightseeing of Pondicherry - visiting Botanical garden, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Later visit township of Auroville or the city of Dawn. Designed by a French architect Roger Arger, it is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. Overnight at hotel.

Pondicherry: Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry) is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named after the largest, Pondicherry. In September 2006, the territory and the city changed its official name from Pondicherry to the vernacular original, Puducherry, which means "New village" It is also known as The French Riviera of the East (La Cte d'Azur de l'Est). The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, of the 1st century, mentions a marketplace named Poduke or Poduca (ch. 60), which G.W.B. Huntingford identified as possibly being Arikamedu (now part of Ariyankuppam), about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the modern Pondicherry. Pondicherry was apparently an important element of Roman trade with India. Huntingford further notes that Roman pottery was found at Arikamedu in 1937, and archeological excavations between 1944 and 1949 showed that it was "a trading station to which goods of Roman manufacture were imported during the first half of the 1st century AD". Before this period nothing is known with certainty. The "Bahur Plates", issued in the 8th century speak of a Sanskrit University which was here from an earlier period. Legend has it that the sage Agastya established greatly his Ashram here and the place was known as Agastiswaram. An inscription found near the Vedhapuriswara Temple hints at the credibility of this legend. History continues at the beginning of the fourth century A. D. when the Pondicherry area is part of the Pallava Kingdom of Kanchipuram. During the next centuries Pondicherry is occupied by different dynasties of the south: in the tenth century A.D. the Cholas of Thanjavur took over, only to be replaced by the Pandya Kingdom in the thirteenth century.

Day 5 : Pondicherry | Tanjore (167 km by road approx)

After breakfast, gets driven for Tanjore, popularly known as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. On arrival, check-in at a hotel. After relaxing for a while, continue on sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore is renowned for the Brahdeeswarar Temple, built more than thousand years ago by King Rajarajan. The temple is one of the finest examples of Dravidian temple architecture. An erstwhile royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and Mahrattas, this historical city was at its zenith during the reign of Rajaraja Cholan. It was also the cultural capital of the country in 1790. After seeing the temples of Tanjore, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Tanjore: Tanjore is the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu" and famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple was constructed more than thousand years ago by the King Rajarajan, is an architect's marvel. It is a flourishing centre for bronze sculpture and painting. Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas. Thanjavur was at height of its glory during Rajaraja Cholan. The Big Temple and the other famous temples in the district are known all over the world. 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.

It is known as the Granary of the South India lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and criss-crossed by lengthy network of irrigation canals. Thanjavur lies to the east of Trichy and has the reputation as the "Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu". The Tamil University, set up recently is situated here and is devoted to the growth of Tamil literature and language. One of the best temples in South India, the Brihadeeswarar Temple or the Big Temple built by the greatest Chola emperor Raja Raja Chola, is that dynasty's finest contribution to Dravidan temple architecture. If the Big Temple is an ancient landmark of Thanjavur, the Tamil University a Temple of learning could be spoken of, as its modern counterpart with its impressive temple-like facade along with its library housed in a circular building resembling the architectural style of India's parliament.

Day 6 : Tanjore | Madurai(190 km by road approx)

After breakfast, travel by road about 183 kilometres to Madurai. En route, visit Karaikudi (Chettinad). On arrival at Madurai, check-in at a pre-booked hotel and spend the night. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the temple city of Madurai on your own. You could visit the famous 1,000 pillared Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Palace. Stay overnight at Madurai.

Madurai: Madurai or the "city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had built a gorgeous temple around which he created a lotus shaped city. Mythology says when city was being named; Lord Shiva blessed the city and its people. On the auspicious occasion some Divine nectar ("Madhu") fell from the matted locks of Shiva and hence the city was named "Madhurapuri". This sacred town of south attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors from India as well as abroad. The life of Madurai revolves around the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. This magnificently carved temple is the main attraction of Madurai and its huge Gopurams towers over the city. Meenakshi temple has a thousand pillared 'Mandapam'.

Precisely there are 985 pillars and each of them is delicately and exquisitely carved. Among these are the musical pillars, which produce music when tapped. Surprisingly, these musical pillars are carved out of a single granite rock. The temple has been a hub of Tamil culture and has been sponsoring literature, art, music, and dance in the region for a long time. The temple also has an art museum. The city apart from temple is crammed with shops, street markets and temples, pilgrims choultries, hotels and restaurants. Though Madurai is considered as pilgrimage but it has also developed as a business centre and is famed for its traditional handicrafts in bronze and brass.

Meenakshi Amman Temple - An excellent example of Dravidian Architecture, the Meenakshi Temple attracts devotees from all over India and Tourist from all over the world. One can climb to the southern Gopuram of the temple to get a great view of the city.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal - This palace is an excellent example of Indo-Sarcenic architecture. It was built in 1523 AD and originally was four times larger than what it is today. The gardens, the defensive wall all have gone and what remains are the main entrance gate, the dancing hall and the main hall. Lord Napier renovated the palace in 1866-72 and later further restoration works were carried on. Today, the main attraction of the palace is light and sound show, which is based on the life of "Tirumalai Nayak" and "Silapathikaram".

Day 7 : Madurai | Trichy (130 km by road approx)

After breakfast, proceed to the city of Trichy and enjoy a full day sightseeing here. Trichy is situated on the banks of Cauvery River and was a citadel of the early Cholas, only to be conquered by the Pallavas later. Built around Rock Fort, you will come across several churches, colleges and missions dating back to the 1760s. Dont miss out the most popular landmark Rockfort Temple, perched precariously on a rocky outcrop standing sentinel over the city. Explore the local market and pick up handloom cloth, wooden and clay toys and an array of beautiful glass bangles among others. Visit the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi. A total of 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple. Explore the temple complex and get an insight into its history from your guide. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Trichy: Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant.

The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India. The city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu and is famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.

Day 8 : Trichy | Thiruvannamalai (By car190 km approx)

In the Morning gets driven to Thiruvannamalai. Reach there and get ready to visit Thiruvannamalai houses the holy temple of Lord Arunachaleswara and Ashrams. The Arunachaleswara temple lies at the foot of the Arunachala hill, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the largest temples in India. Stay overnight at hotel in Thiruvannamalai.

Day 9 : Thiruvannamalai | Vellore Tirupati(By car190 km approx)

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel & leave for Tirupati. Enroute visit Vellore, Visit Sripuram, A grand 'Golden Temple', the Mahalakshmi temple located on a sprawling 100 acres of land at Sripuram near Vellore. In the afternoon gets driven to Tirupati reach there and check-in to the hotel and then leave for the "darshan" of Lord Balaji.Late in the evening, return to your hotel and have a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 10 : Tirupati | Chennai--fly home

After breakfast at hotel gets driven to Chennai, reach at Chennai and we will drop you at the airport for catch the flight to your onward journey.
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