Welcome to the capital city of the state of Tamil NaduChennai, earlier known as Madras. The British came here and developed the area as one of the major ports city along The Bay of Bengal. Today, Chennai stands as the fourth largest metropolitan city in India commanding a major share in the trade from South.
You will be met on arrival by our tour executive who will assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel
In the afternoon, proceed for a half day city tour of Chennai. Visit the famous church and cathedrals here along with the Fort Museum, famous for contemporary paintings of the East India Company. Visit the Marina Beach at the sunset.
Day 2: Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram (58 Kms/ 1 hrs)
After a leisurely breakfast, spent the morning for your independent activities.
Afternoon, proceed for Mahabalipuram. The town of temples, sand and seaMamallapuram, formely known as Mahabalipuram is famous for its beautiful Shore Temple. This small shore town was once the main port and naval base of the Great Pallava Dynasty and was later made the capital of this kingdom.
Mamall, meaning the great wrestler was the name given to King Narasimha Varman I. Most of the temples found here is dedicated to the mythological Hindu GodLord Siva and Vishnu, and the temples were completed between 630 A.D and 728 A.D during the reign of Narasimha Varman II.
Upon arrival, check-in at hotel or resort.
Late afternoon, relax in Mahabalipuram or see various activities by the sea beach
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of this temple town. The things to visit here are:
Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjunas Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya the panel depicts animal, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva.
The Shore Temple:
This beautiful temple, ravaged by the wind and sea, represents the final phase of The Pallavas art and was built in the late 7th century during the reign of Rajasimha. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This temple has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva.
See the eight mandapams shallow, rock-cut halls) scattered over the main hill, two of which have been left unfinished. They are mainly of interest for their internal figure sculptures. On the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishnas Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter.
See the architectural prototypes of all Dravidian temples, demonstrating the imposing gopurams and vimanas, multi pillared halls and has sculptured walls which dominate the landscape of Tamil Nadu.
Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai enroute visiting
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Chennai visiting Kanchipuram enroute. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Madras) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas and is famous as a city of thousand Temples has 124 shrines. Picture a land of legends and dreams, a land of Gods and Goddesses, of kings and thinkers, of temples and exotic silks.
The first temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in the 7th and 8th century and has interesting paintings on the walls. See the temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy.
Kanchipuram, is also famous for its worldwide appreciated silks.
Upon your arrival in Chennai you will be transferred to the international airport to board your international fligh