Trails of God

Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations CoveredChennai~Kanchipuram~Mahabalipuram ~Pondicherry ~Tanjore ~Trichy~Madurai~Rameshwaram~Kanyakumari~Trivandrum~Departure
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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 01 :: Arrival Chennai & Tour
Arrival at the airport. Our officer / representative will receive you with warm welcome and assist you to transfer to the hotel. Later sightseeing tour 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 02 :: Chennai  / Tirupathi (154Kms / 2-3 Hrs) / Chennai
After breakfast leave for Tirupathi to visit the famous temple of Lord Venkateshwara on the top of the Tirumala hills. This temple is believed to be the oldest temple in the country and is the richest temple too. Return to Chennai in the evening.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 03 :: Chennai  / Kanchipuram / Mamallapooram (160 Kms/ 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram -This city was the ancient capital of the Pallavas and was known for its 1000 temples, many of them are still used to this day. The most famous being the Sri Kamakshi temple. The city is today well known for the silks it produces. Later drive to Mamallapooram. Mamallapooram earlier known as Mahabalipooram was a port during the Pallava period. It has some of the most beautiful rock cut temples in South India. It also is home to the famous Shore Temple that is unique because Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are housed in the same sanctum sanctorum. Visit Arjuna Penanc & Panch Ratha. Later check into the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 04 :: Mamallapooram / Tiruvannamalai /Pondicherry (250 Kms/ 5-6 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai (116Kms / /03 Hrs) an important pilgrim center that has an old temple of Lord Shiva. Lunch at a local restaurant and drive on to Pondicherry (131Kms / /3.5 Hrs). This town has a strong French influence, as it was an erstwhile French colony. Check in at the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 05 :: Pondicherry Tour
In the morning after breakfast visit Aurobindo Ashram, which is 10Kms /  north of Pondicherrry. After lunch at the hotel visit Auroville an interesting experiment where people from various nationalities live together in harmony.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 06 :: Pondicherry / Chidambaram / Tanjore (170 Kms/ 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Chidambaram (65Kms / /1.5 Hrs) to visit the famous Nataraja Temple. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is gold plated. Here Lord Shiva is depicted as the cosmic dancer-Nataraja. Later drive to Tanjavur or Tanjore (105Kms / /3 Hrs). On the way visit a Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore was the capital of the Chola dynasty. On arrival visit the famous Brahadeswara Temple. Check into the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 :: Tanjore /Trichy (65 Kms / 1-2 Hrs)
After breakfast leave for Trichurapalli or Trichy located on the banks of the River Kaveri. In Trichy visit temple (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. On arrival check into the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 08 :: Trichy / Madurai (133Kms / 3-4 Hrs)
After breakfast leave for Madurai. On arrival check into the hotel. Later visit 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. Also visit . 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. Head towards to 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 09 :: Madurai / Rameshwaram (154Kms / 4 Hrs)-Madurai
After breakfast travel to 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. Return to Madurai.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 10 :: Madurai / Kanyakumari (250 Kms /6 Hrs)
After breakfast travel to Kanyakumari, which is the land's end of India. It is an important pilgrim center as well, famous for its Amman Temples dedicated to the Virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial as well Watch the sun set over the sea.
Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 11 :: Kanyakumari / Trivandrum (87 Kms/ / 1-2 Hrs) / Departure
After breakfast drive to Trivandrum airport to catch the flight for onward journey.


Tour Ends



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