Vacation Of South India Tour 1

Vacation Of South India Tour

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Day wise Itinerary
Day 1: Chennai

Compass India Inc. Representative Will Meet And Assist You Upon Your Arrival At The Chennai Airport. Transfer To Your Hotel. Check In At Hotel In Chennai. Triplicane Was Rented From The Sultan Of Golconda In 1676. In 1744 Robert Clive Worked As A Writer From The Fort, Later To Become A Military Man Of British Army. The Fort House, Which Housed The Governor And His Council, Were Added In The 17th Century, The Assembly Hall In 1910 And The Secretariat In 1925.Overnight Will Be At Hotel.

Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

Santhome Cathedral Was Built By The Portuguese In The 14th And 15th Century And Is Named After St. Thomas. Historically Important, It Is One Of The Pilgrimages For The Christian Community.Fort St. George, One The First Few Bastions Built By The East India Company, Marks The Beginning Of Chennai As A Modern City. It Occupies A Place Of Pride And Prominence In Chennai.Kapaleeswarar Temple Is Dedicated To Lord Shiva, Kapaleeswarar Temple Has Inscriptions From The 13th Century A.D. The Temple 'Gopuram' (tower) Is In The Characteristic Dravidian Style Of Architecture. The Walls And Pillars Of Temple Have Very Delicate And Intricate Carvings Which Depict The Scenes From Hindu Mythology. Overnight Will Be At Hotel.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram

Caves: There Are Nine Rock-Cut Temples. The Mahishasuramardhini Cave, Depicting The Goddess Fighting A Demon On One Side And Lord Vishnu's Cosmic Sleep On The Other, Is A Particularly Remarkable One.Krishna Mandapam: A Bas-Relief, Notable For Its Realistic Representation. The Panel Relates To One Of The Stories Of Lord Krishna.Arjunas Penance: This Is The World's Largest Bas Relief Measuring 27m X 9m. This Huge Whale-Backed Rock Contains Figures Of Gods, Demigods, Men, Beasts, Birds And Almost All Of The Entire Creation. And, This Is Easily The Pride Of Mamallapuram. Overnight Will Be At The Hotel.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

Nestled On Three Hills, And Enclosed By A Huge Rampart 60 Feet Thick, Stands The Majestic Gingee Fort, In The Villuppuram District, Which Is Located On The Thindivanam To Thiruvannamalai Road About 25 Km From Thindivanam And 130 Km From Chidambaram.The Indomitable Courage And Valour Of Its Erstwhile Rulers Caused Father Pimenta, A Jesuit Priest To Call The Gingee Fort The Troy Of The East. Besieged By The Mughals And Battered By The British, The Fort Still Stands At 800ft. In Height, Guarded By A Moat, Eighty Feet Wide. Much Of The Early History Of This 800 Year Old Fort Is Shrouded In Mystery As The Fort Seems To Have Changed Many Hands Times Before It Was Annexed To The Vijayanagar Empire.

Day 5: Pondicherry - Tranquebar

This Ashram Has Been Created With Another Object That That Ordinarily Common To Such Institutions, Not For The Renunciation Of The World But As A Centre And A Field Of Practice For The Evolution Of Another Kind And Form Of Life Which Would In The Final End Be Moved By A Higher Spiritual Consciousness And Embody A Greater Life Of The Spirit.The Ashram Is Located In The Eastern Part Of Pondicherry. This Place Is Very Different From Any Other Place In India And Has Been Overlooked By All In Favour Of The Tourist Itinerary Which Is Very Common And Does Not Let One Discover India.Tranquebar (Tarangambadi) Is A Coastal Town 24km South Of Chidambaram, Close To Srikazhi. Interestingly This Sleepy Little Town Was An Important Danish Settlement. The Danish East India Company Purchased This Piece Of Land From Raghunatha Nayaka In 1620 And It Was Transferred To King Christian Iv In 1624. Tranquebar Continued To Be The Base For All Danish Commercial Activities In South India, Till The British Gained Control Of The Territory In 1807. Denmark Finally Regained Control In 1814, But In The Years To Come Tranquebar Could Not Regain Its Former Glory And Faded Into Oblivion. The Remarkably Intact Danesborg Fort, Which Overlooks The Sea, Was Built In 1620 By The First Danish Governor, Ovo Gedde. The Fort Has A Small Museum, Which Has An Interesting Collection Of Maps, Documents, Weapons And Other Artefacts. Overnight Will Be At Tranquebar.

Day 6: Tranquebar

Enjoy Breakfast And Then The Day At The Peaceful Destination.Visit The Danish Fort And The Shore Temple. It Is Best To Feel The Culture Of The Place And Know Of The History.Overnight Will Be At Tranquebar.

Day 7: Tranquebar - Tanjore

Tanjore Or Tanjavur As It Was Earlier Called, Was The Capital Of The Chola Empire From The 10th Century To The 14th Century A.D. Later Is Become Part Of The Vijaynagar Kingdom, Then Passed Into The Hands Of The Marathas And Later Still Went To The British. For Ages It Has Been The Chief Political. Literary And Religious Centre Of The South. The Celebrated Temple Brihadeshra Built By The Chola King During The 11th Century Is Its Major Attraction. The Saraswati Mahal Library, Dating Back From The Time Of The Marathas, Containing A Rare Collection Of Books And Manuscripts On Paper And Palm Leaves. The Home Of Carnatic Music, Musical Instruments, Dance, And The Traditional Handicrafts. Tanjore Is Famous For The Lord Brahadiswara Temple {lord Siva}. Tanjore Is The Rice Bowl Of India. It Is Well Contacted By Air, Train, And Road Transport.Check In At The Hotel And In The Afternoon Proceed For Sightseeing.Brihadeshwara Temple Or Big Temple The Brihadeeswara Temple Is The Main Attraction Of Tanjore. Overnight Will Be At Tanjore.

Day 8: Tanjore - Trichy - Chettinad

After Breakfast Leave For Trichy, Short Name Of Trichurapalli, Situated On The Banks Of Kaveri River Is A Blend Of History And Tradition As Well As Pilgrim Centre.Trichy Is An Ancient City Famous For Its Beauty Of Architectural Monuments And Culture And A Must Visit Place For A Tourist. It Is Considered As The India's Top City For Temples And Monuments. The 83m High Rock Fort Is The Only Outcrop In The Otherwise Flat Land Of The City.They Were Made Of Lime, Sand And Egg Yolk Especially Imported From Rangoon. The Construction Material, Decor Items And Furnishings Were Mostly Imported From East Asia Europe. The Chandeliers And Teak Came From Burma, Crockery From Indonesia, Marble From Italy, Wall-To-Wall Mirrors From Belgium And Crystals From Europe. French And Other European Destinations Inspired The Woodwork And Stonework.Overnight Will Be At The Mansion In Chettinad.

Day 9: Chettinad

Sightseeing Will Include Lord Ganesh Temple At Pillayarpatti This Image Of Ganesha Is Bound To Be Familiar To Anyone Of Tamil Origin; However, Little Is Known To Many About The Fact That This Is An Image Of The Rock Cut Karpaka Vinayakar Shrine At Pillayarpatti Near Karaikkudi At One Of The Oldest Cave Temples (Rock Cut) Temples Of Tamilnadu.Overnight Will Be At Chettinad.

Day 10: Chettinad - Madurai

One Of South India's Great Temple Towns, Madurai Is Synonymous With The Celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated On The Banks Of River Vaigai, Madurai Has A Rich Cultural Heritage Passed On From The Great Tamil Era More Than 2500 Years Old. Madurai Was An Important Cultural And Commercial Centre Even As Early As 550 Ad. Madurai Was The Capital City For The Great Pandyas Kings. Tamil And Greek Documents Record The Existence Of Madurai From The 4th Century Bc. There Are 12 Temple Towers (Gopurams). The Outer Towers Are The Landmarks Of Madurai. The Enormous Temple Complex Is Dedicated To Shiva, Known Here As Sundareshvara And His Consort Parvati Or Meenakshi. Kulasekara Pandyas, But The Entire Credit Built The Original Temple For Making The Temple As Splendid As It Is Today Goes To The Nayaks. The Nayaks Ruled Madurai From The 16th To The 18th Century And Left A Majestic Imprint Of Their Rule In The Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple. Enjoy The Day At The Hotel And In The Early Evening Visit The Flower Market.Enjoy The Evening Celebrations At The Temple.Overnight Will Be At Madurai.

Day 11 - Madurai

After Breakfast Go For City Tour Of Madurai.

The Ancient City Of Madurai, Some 2600 Years Old Is Laid Out In The Banks Of River Vaigai As A Lotus Flower With The Meenakshi Temple In The Centre. After Lunch City Tour Visiting - Meenakshi Temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great Tank And Gandhi Museum.Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple: Dated Back To 2000 Years Back And Designed In 1560 By Vishwanatha Nayaka And Built During The Reign Of Tirumalai Nayaka. The Temple Occupies An Area Of Six Hectares. There Are 12 Temple Towers (Gopurams). The Outer Towers Are The Landmarks Of Madurai.Gandhi Museum: The Gandhi Memorial Museum Is One Of The Distinct Places To Be Visited In Madurai. This Museum Is One Of The Rare Living Memorial Of "The Father Of India". The Museum Is Set In Relaxing Grounds And Has A Clear Historical Account Of Indias Struggle For Independence.Overnight Will Be At Madurai.

Day 12: Madurai Kanyakumari - Kovalam

By Its Very Location, Kanyakumari Occupies A Unique Place Among The Tourist Centres Of India. It Is One Of The Important Pilgrim Centres Of India. This Is The Only Place In India Where One Can Enjoy The Unique Experience Of Watching The Sunset And Moonrise Simultaneously On A Full Moon Evening. A Fine Beach Landscape With Sands Of Different Colors Is Another Interesting Aspect Of Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari Was Once Referred To As The "ALEXANDRIA Of The East. This Place Has Been A Great Centre For Art, Culture, Civilization And Pilgrimage For Years. It Was Also A Famous Centre For Commerce And Trade. During The Early Part Of The 8th Century A.D, Islam Entered The Southern Part Of India Through The Sea Route With Traders And Missionaries. Through Saint Thomas, One Of The Twelve Apostles Of Christ, Christianity Arrived In This Area In 52 A.D. Islam. Christianity And Jainism Religions Have Greatly Contributed To The Architectural Wealth And Literal Heritage Of This Place. Kanyakumari Was Also Under The Control Of The Cholas, The Cheras, The Pandyas And The Nayaks Who Were The Great Rulers Of South India. To Help The Tourists To Worship The Holy Feet Of Thiruvalluvar 140 Steps Are Constructed Inside The Mandapa.

Day 13: Kovalam - Aleppey

Aleppey Is One Of The Most Important Tourist Centers In The State, With A Large Network Of Inland Canals Earning It The Sobriquet "Venice Of The East". These Large Networks Of Canals Provide Alleppey Its Lifeline. Alleppey Was One Of The Busiest Centers Of Trade In The Past With One Of The Best Known Ports Along The Malabar Coast. Even Today It Retains Its Charm As The Centre For Coir Carpet Industries And Prawn Farming. Alleppey The Ideal Headquarters For Backwater Tourism As Well As For Visits To The Lovely Church Filled Town Of Kottayam, And The Town Of Aranmula, Famous For Its Historic Aranmula Snake Boat Race Which Is An Annual Event.Board A Traditional Boat Of Kerala And Go On A Leisurely Backwater Cruise Along The Lake. Discover The Countryside At Your Own Pace.

The Crew Would Cook A Hot Dinner For You And You Could Also Get Some First Hand Cooking Classes From Them. Enjoy Dinner And Retire Early.Overnight Will Be On The Houseboat.

Day 14: Kumarokom - Periyar

Continue Cruise Towards Kumarokom. An Enchanting Backwater Destination, Kumarokom Offers Visitors Many Other Leisure Options. An Unbelievably Beautiful Paradise Of Mangrove Forests, Emerald Green Paddy Fields And Coconut Groves Interspersed With Enchanting Waterways And Canals Adorned With While Lilies - This Is Kumarokom.Disembark Your Boat And Drive To Periyar Enjoying The Beauty Of The Traditional Kerala Houses. You Will Also Pass Through Paddy Fields, Rubber Plantations And Finally Through Rolling Tea Gardens. Stop At A Tea Factory To See The Tea Making Process.

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