First Day: Arrival at Chennai (Madras)
Upon arrival at Chennai, our representative will assist and transfer you to hotel. Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, is known as the ‘Gateway to South India’. Chennai is popular for hundreds of amazing temples and historic monuments. After resting a little, proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Chennai covering Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Snake Park, Anna Zoological Park, St. George Fort, Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Parthasarathi temple and Kapaleeshwar temple. Evening visit the picturesque Marina Beach that is the most popular tourist attraction in Chennai. Overnight stay at hotel.
Second Day: Chennai/ Kanchipuram/ Mahabalipuram (76km-2hrs)
After breakfast, you will be driven to Kanchipuram and later Mahabalipuram. Renowned for its crafted silk sarees, Kanchipuram is also known as the city of thousand temples. Visit the important temples Vaikuntha Perumal temple, Varadaraja temple, Kailasnatha temple and Kamakshi Amman temple in Kanchipuram. Then drive to Mahabalipuram, famous for its historic monuments and has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage. Check in to the hotel. Later, visit the Shore temples, Arjuna’s Penance, the world’s largest bas-relief, Cave Temples, Rock Temples, Monolithic Temples and the Five Rathas. Over night stay at the hotel.
Third Day: Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry
Morning after breakfast, proceed to explore the Famous Indian – French land “Pondicherry”. On arrival check in to hotel and proceed for a full day sight seeing 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, Matrimandir, Old French Colony, 16 century Greco-Roman architectural Aayi Mandapam, Dupleix statue, 19th century light house, Pondicherry museum and serenity beach. Over night stay at hotel.
Fourth Day: Pondicherry – Chidambaram (65kms/1.5hrs)
After breakfast drive 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.
Fifth Day: Chidambaram – Thanjavur (104kms/03hrs)
After lunch proceed to Tanjore – the home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is popular for its temples and paintings. Visit the famous Brihadeeswarar temple housing a huge Shiva lingam and a stone sculpture of the Nandi bull. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest. Overnight stay will be at Tanjore.
Sixth Day: Thanjavur – Trichy
After breakfast leave for Trichy. It is also called Trichurapalli. The place is one of the most sacred towns of south India. Check in to hotel. City tour includes visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts and also visit Ranganath temple at Srirangam, Jambukeshwar Temple, St John’s Church, Vayalur, Thiru Erumbur and Thiruvellarai. Over night stay at hotel.
Sixth Day: Trichy – Madurai (140 km- 4hrs)
Morning we drive to Madurai, a 2600 years old famous temple town of south India. Arrive and check into the Hotel. In the afternoon visit the famous Meenakshi temple, the Mariamman Teppakulam (Great Tank), the 1000-pillared Hall, Gandhi Museum and the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak. In the evening visit the Alagar Hills and Thirupura Rock Temple. Over night stay at hotel.
Seventh Day: Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai (172 km- 4hrs).
After morning breakfast we leave for Rameshwaram, a sacred pilgrimage destination for Hindus known for its enchanting scenic beauty. Visit the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple, located close to sea on the eastern side of the island. Also visit Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Ramlinga Vilasam Palace and Gandamadana Parvatham, the stepped mandapam which gives an exceptional view of the countryside. Return to Madurai by evening. Overnight stay will be at Madurai.
Eighth Day: Madurai – Thiruvananthapuram
Morning we drive to Tiruvananthapuram and check in to hotel. Later proceed for a half day city tour of Tiruvananthapuram visiting Ananthapadmanabha swamy Temple ,chitralaya art gallery, Puthen Malika palace etc .Over night stay at hotel
Ninth Day: In Thiruvananthapuram
Morning go for a whole day sightseeing tour of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala covering Science and Technology museum, Napier Museum, Sree Chithra Art Gallery, Zoological Gardens, Reptile House, Observatory and Kanakakannu Palace, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club and Shangmugham Beach to enjoy the unique experience of Sunset & Moon rise over the ocean simultaneously. Over night at hotel.
Tenth Day: Kanyakumari (75kms)
Full day excursion to Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India where the three oceans meet. Enroute visit Padmanabhapuram Palace and Suchindram temple. Check in to your hotel.In the afternoon visit Vivekananda Rock, Kanyakumari temple and Gandhi Memorial. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set and later return to Trivandrum. Over night stay at Hotel.
Final day: Depart
Later on time transfer to international airport to board a flight for your onward destination or way back home with sweet memories of India Tour.
Reservation: Khorlo Tours & Travels (Private) Ltd