Southern Vivid Trails

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations CoveredTrichy~Madurai~Tirunelveli~Kanyakumari~Rameshwaram     ~Tanjore~Thiruvannamalai~Vellore~Thirupathi~Chennai~Departure


Day 01 :: Arrival Trichy  & Tour
Morning arrival at Trichy airport. Our officer / representative will receive you with warm welcome and assist you to transfer to the hotel. Later sightseeing of Trichy city which includes the ancient temples (Rock fort) dedicated to Lord Ganapathi. It is a magnificent temple where 434 steps cut out into the rock side, interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple. Visit Srirangam, a huge temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, on an Island in Cauvery River, which contains within its walls a Bazaar (traditional market of India) as well. You will be amazed to see twenty-one magnificent towers of the temple, surrounded by seven walls. Return to hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 :: Trichy / Madurai (150 Kms/ 2-3  Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Madurai. On arrival  check into the hotel. Later have a tour  taken to the world famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple-is a historic Hindu temple located in the south side of river Vaigai in the temple city of Madurai. It is dedicated to Parvati who is known as Meenakshi and her consort, Shiva named here as Sundareswarar(beautiful deity). The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 gopurams(gateway towers) ranging from 45-50m in height, the tallest being the southern tower, 51.9 meters (170 ft) high, and two golden sculptured vimana(shrine) over sanctum of the main deities. Thirumalai Nayak Mahal-is one of the important palace which was built by Thirumalai Nayaakar in 1636. The paintings, carvings and designing of the mahal shows the amazing talents of the nayak kings. This Mahal is situated 2kms south east of Meenakshi Amman Temple. A classic example of the Indo-saracenic style, the piece de resistance of this mahal is its carved dome outsoars without the support of girders or rafters. This mahal has 248 pillars of each 58 feet tall and 5 feet in diameter. The gigantic pillars and paintings of the events that took place before, the ethics impress ourselves and takes us to the 16th century. Also visit Mariamman Teppakulam Tank-Also know as Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam is situated at a distance of about 5 km from the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The area of the tank, and the island pavilion with a garden in the center, is approximately equal to the area of Meenakshi Temple. It is one of the largest temple tanks in South India and gets water supply from the Vaigai River. There is a Vinayakar temple situated right in the middle of the tank, which is dedicated to Lord Vigneshwara, the Elephant-faced God.  
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 :: Madurai / Tirunelveli (160 Kms/ 2-3  Hrs) 
After breakfast you will be driven to Tirunelveli. On arrival check into the hotel. Later visit Swamy Nellaiapper - Kanthimathi Temple-This temple is situated in the heart of the city. This is a twin temple dedicated to Siva and Parvathi. Rare jewels the Golden lily tank, Musical pillars, the hall of thousand pillars and abundance of sculptures in stone and in mortar are worth seeing. Every year Car Festival will be held in this temple. Kurukkuthurai Muarugan Temple-Lord Muruga temple here on the bank of the Tamiraparani river is beautifully carved out of a rock known as Thiruvuruvamalai. It is said that the same rock was used for carving the temple of Lord Muruga at Tiruchendur in 1653. Vaikasi Visakam (may-June) is a popular festival celebrated here. 
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 :: Tirunelveli / Kanyakumari (90 Kms/ 1-2  Hrs) 
After breakfast leave for Kanyakumari. On arrival check into the hotel. Later visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial -it is essentially a sacred monument, built by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee to commemorate the visit of Swamy Vivekananda to Shripada Parai during 24 24th, 25th and 2d 26th December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. From very ancient times, the rock has been regarded as sacred place. In Puranic tradition, it has been known as Sripada a Paraiaiai: meaning the rock, that has been blessed by the touch of Shripada feet of the Goddess. Visit Kanyakumari Bagavathiamman Temple -Kanyakumari derives its name from from Goddess Kanyakumari Amman, the presiding deity of the area. The most prominent temple, the Kumari Amman, is dedicated to the goddess Parvathi as a virgin. The temple situated at the edge of the ocean for Goddess Kanyakumari has the legendary account that once Banusura, the demon king got supremacy over Devas and meted out cruel punishment to them. The Devas performed a Yagna pleading to annihilate the evils. Goddess Parasakthi came to Kumari in the form of a virgin girl and began her penanc. Also visit Thiruvalluvar Statue- is the immortal poet of Tamil Nadu and has given to the world Thirukkural. The memorial statue of Thiruvalluvar is in Kanyakumari. The pedestal of the statue is of 38 feet height and the statue over it is 95 feet tall with a grand total of 133 feet for the entire sculpture. The 3 tier pedestal known as Atharapeedam is surrounded by an artistic Mandapa known as Alankara Mandapam with 38 feet height. Surrounding the Alankara Mandapa stand 10 elephant statues signifying 8 directions with earth and space down 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Kanyakumari-Surrounded by Majestic Hills and the plains bordered by colourful sea-shores, fringed with coconut trees and paddy fields, here and there are few elevated patches of red cliffs with undulating valleys and plains between the mountainous terrain and the sea - coast, so closely interwoven with Temples and Churches and other edifices lies the district, 'Kanyakumari'. 

Day 05 ::  Kanyakumari / Rameshwaram (280 Kms/ 7-8  Hrs) 
After breakfast leave for Ramswaram. On arrival check into the hotel. Get relaxed for the day.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 06 :: Rameshwaram / Tanjore (240 Kms/ 5-6  Hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Rameshwaram, is the most sacred temple town in India is actually an island. Legend has it that Lord Rama along with Sita offered prayer to Lord Shiva after defeating Ravana, by praying to a sand Lingam made by Sita on this island. And at this very spot is located the Ramanatha Swamy Temple.
Later check out from the hotel and leave for Tanjore. On  arrival have a tour of  magnificent and beautiful Chola temple, the Brihadeshwara temple. This temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp- an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Go down the history while visiting the Palace and its Art Gallery, which contains several granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Later check into the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 :: Thanjavur / Thiruvannamalai (200 Kms/ 3-4  Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Thiruvannamalai. On arrival check into the hotel. Later visit Ramanamaharishi Ashram and Sri Arunachalaeswarar Temple and check in at Hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 :: Thiruvannamalai / Vellore / Tirupati (198 Kms/ 3-4  Hrs)
After breakfast leave for Tirupati. Check into the hotel. Later in the evening  Darshan of Tirupati Balaji Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Balaji Temple/ Tirumala Perumal:-Also known as The Srivari Temple dated back to 1200 BC has developed into a huge shrine spread over 415 feet long and263 feet wide. There are several exquisitely granite and sand stone-carved doorways, mandapams, sub- shrines, mini gopurams, gold and silver plated doorways, huge prakrams and pradakshinams inside the Temple complex. It also houses separate chambers for keeping his ornaments, holy silks, fresh garlands, sandal wood grinder all along his temple. Besides a Potu (kitchen) to make Laddu prasadam for devotees, there is also a special kitchen where the lords daily food ( naivedyam ) are prepared on a clock orange basis throughout the day . In all there are 27 historic, holy and also unique structures inside the Srivari temple which includes three prakarams ( compound walls) built with heavy boulders and metal sealing as old as 1000 year . Added to the religious and devotional elixir and extravaganza is the Holy Mada streets .While the North and south Mada streets measure 800 feet each while the West streets is 900 feet but the East Mada street running infront of the main temple is about 750 feet . 

Day 09 :: Tirupathi / Kalahasti Temple (36 Kms/ 40 mnts) / Tirupati
After breakfast drive to Shrekalahasti to visit Kalahasti Swami temple.
Kalahasti Swamy Temple-has four major entrances each with a huge tower. A miraculous feature of this temple is that the flame of a lamp, present in the garbha gudi (Sanctum Sanctorum) flickers even though there is no ventilation inside and even when the pujaris close the entrance. The skilful Yadava architecture of the temple indicates the presence of a shaft of wind near the deity and hence the fire in the lamp flickers. The main Linga, which is in the shape of an elephant trunk, with tusks on each side and a figure of a spider at the bottom, is untouched by human hands, even by the priests. Abhishekam (anointing the Lord) is done to the 'Utsava Murthi' by pouring a mixture of water, milk, camphor and Panchamritam.  Even sandal paste, flowers and sacred threads are offered to the utsava murthi and not to the main idol.
Later drive back to Tirupati. 
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 :: Tirupathi / Chennai ( 160 Kms/ 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Chennai. On arrival check into the hotel. Get relaxed. Day at your leisure.
 Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 :: Chennai Tour
After breakfast sightseeing of Chennai city which includes Fort St. George- located on the banks of Bay of Bengal, was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. The military architecture marvel, it was erected as a trading post. War Memorials-If you want to explore the vibrant heroic past of India, visit the War Memorial of Chennai. The memorials are dedicated to those soldiers who laid their lives for the welfare of the nation as well as those who died as martyrs, serving their nation.Thousand Lights Mosque-The 'Thousand Lights Mosque' is a well-known holyplace for Muslims in Chennai. The Mosque attracts number of non-Muslims as well and is primarily popular for a number of reasons, such as its name, its architecture and its historical and religious importance.Aslo visit Parthasarathy Temple-The temple situated at Triplicane pays homage to Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu for playing role of the charioteer of the brave warrior Arjuna in the battle field of Mahabharata. Evening free on Marina Beach- is situated at Kamaraj Road, just 3 km away from the city Chennai. Extending to a length of 13 km, it is considered to be second largest beach of the world covering the region from St. George Fort to Mahabalipuram.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12 :: Chennai / Departure
After breakfast you will be dropped at the airport to catch the international connection for onward journey.


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