Grand reception at Trichy and check in to the hotel and after breakfast Visit Temples of Trichy one of the very ancient towns of Tamil Nadu, has many interesting relics of Pallay art (7th century A.D.) - only 6 miles away is the great temple of Srirangam - an island on the Cauvery. This is a massive temple with a 100 pillar hall highly decorated with carvings, also visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Night stay in Trichy.
After healthy breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and proceed to Chennai airport to board your flight back to Madurai. Reach there in the afternoon, check in at the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing 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. Afternoon city tour visiting - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum. Night stay in Madurai.
After healthy breakfast in the morning go for sightseeing tour of Rameshwaram- the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Rameshwaram – Tanjore (230 kms/ 5 hrs drive)
After healthy breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and proceed to Tanjore reach there in the afternoon and check in at the hotel, in the evening go for sightseeing of Tanjore where you will visit temples built during the 10th and 14th centuries. These later became a part of the Vijaynagar Kingdom, which subsequently passed into the hands of the Marathas and went to the British. The most famous landmark is the Brihadeshwara temple, which is now a world heritage site. Come back to the hotel in the evening, overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Tanjore – Chidambaram (120 kms/ 2:30 hrs drive)
After healthy breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and proceed to Chidambaram also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the root of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Evening free for own leisure activities, overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down, visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony, Night stay in Pondicherry.
Day 09: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram (100kms) - After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram. This is a small, quiet seaside resort with a unique 7th-century Shore Temple, a lovely beach and some of the most beautiful rock-cut temples in the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. This town was a workshop for temple building. Visit the seven pagoda-style Shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. They were constructed in a single century-long burst of creative enthusiasm, starting in the reign of Narasimhavarman 1 (AD 630-68). End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore temples at sunset.
After healthy breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and drive to kanchipuram known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth), Kanchipuram is justly famous for its particularly fine silk sarees, embellished with stunning patterns. Visit the local homes of the weavers and watch them create magic out of silk thread into sarees.
Day 11: Kanchipuram - Tirupati (100 kms/ 02 hrs drive)
After healthy breakfast in the morning check out from the hotel and proceed to Tirupati; it is a major pilgrimage site and is also the cultural city of Andhra Pradesh. It is approximately 20 kilometres away from the famous Lord Balaji Temple situated on the beautiful hills of Tirumala. Reach there and do the prayers later in the afternoon. Evening free for own leisure activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Tirupati - Chennai (150 kms/ 03 hrs drive)
After healthy breakfast in the morning proceed to Chennai reach there in the afternoon, check in at the hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Chennai covering St.Thomas Church, Kapaleshwar Temple and Fort St.George. Drive past the Marina Beach, the natural sandy beauty and spacious promenade and beautiful gardens of the beach attracts tourists visiting Chennai. Night stay in Chennai.