Day 03 Chennai – Tirupati
(140 kms drive, 3-4 hrs):
Early morning leave for Tirupati by road. On arrival check in at hotel. Tirupati - A temple and pilgrim town. In the afternoon proceed for Darshan of LORD BALAJI. Overnight at Tirupati.
Day 04 Tirupati - Chennai (140 kms drive, 3-4 hrs):
After breakfast, leave for Chennai. Check in at hotel in Chennai. Relax in the evening. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 05 Chennai -
Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (130 Km, 05 hours):
Morning after breakfast leave for Mahabalipuram en route visit Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi temples. Later continue towards Mahabalipuram. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 06 Mahabalipuram:
In the morning visit 6-8th century Pallave rock cut caves, Panch Ratha temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu & Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market who designs and made sculptures by chisel & hammer. Enjoy the sea beach in the afternoon. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 07 Mahabalipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram – Tanjore:
In the morning leave for Tanjore, the first halt is at Chidambrum golden Natraja temple. Later drive to Gangekondcholapuram, an exciting Shiva temple built from 1012-1044 AD by Kind Rajendra 1. The specialty of the temple is the rays of sun falls on Nandi ( bull ) and it reflects and give light to the Shiva Lingam since sun rise to sun set. The next halt is Kumbakonam water tank, it is believed that after every 12 years 9 scared holy rivers including holy Ganges meets here. During these days thousands of pilgrims dip into the tank to wash their sins. The next halt is at 13th century Shiva temple at Darasuram. In the evening reach Tanjore. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 08 Tanjore - Trichy (56 Km, 01.1/2 hours):
In the morning go for a sightseeing tour of Tanjore visiting Brideshwarar Shiva Temple, built by King Raja Rajan from the year 985 - 1010 AD. As usual South Indian temples have big Gopurmas (towers) but this temple is parameter shaped, 65 meters high from the ground. This is one of the superb examples of temple architecture of the Chola dynasty. Later visit Raja Rajan art gallery to see bronze statures of 9-16th century. Return back to Hotel and after some rest drive to Trichy. On arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit Srirangam Vishnu temple, which has 21 gopurmas (towers), one of the gopurma is 73 meters highest in India. Later visit Rock Fort 83 meters above the ground having 344 steps to reach on the top to see Vinayaka temple. In the evening return back to the hotel. Overnight at Trichy.
Day 09 Trichy - Madurai (131 Km, 03 hours)
In the morning leave for Madurai by road. On arrival, check in at Hotel. In the afternoon visit the 16th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Later visit the biggest Meenakshi temple, the temple has two main shrines one is dedicated to goddess Parvati (Meenakshi) and other one to Sunereshwara (Shiva). The domes of both the shrines are covered with heavy gold plates. One can also see 1000 pillars hall built in 16th century by Nayakas by pure granite stones. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 10: Madurai-Rameshwaram
by surface. (172kms, 3-4hrs)
Morning after breakfast leave for Rameshwaram by road to reach by afternoon .Later go for the sightseeing tour. Overnight stay Rameswaram.
Rameshwaram is one of the holy cities in India. Ramanathswamy temple is very famous for India’s longest temple corridor ever built. Rameswaram is known for one of India’s most venerated and most visited Shiva shrines, dedicated to Sri Ramanathswamy. It is so intimately associated with the life of Sri Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, that both Saivites and Vaishnavites consider every grain of Rameshwaram sand very sacred. There is a traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi will be complete only after a visit to Rameshwaram, also hailed as “Benaras of the South”.
11: Rameshwaram- Madurai
After a leisurely breakfast leave for Madurai by road. On arrival, check in at hotel. Evening free for activities of your own. Overnight at Madurai.
12: Madurai- Cochin
After breakfast leave for Cochin by road. Tour ends on arrival.
Tour Cost (Standard Package)
Based on 2 Pax
Based on 4-6 Pax
Based on 8 Pax
825 USD Per Person
715 USD Per Person
620 USD Per Person
* The above Costs are valid till 30 September 2009.
1. All accommodation on twin sharing basis.
2. All accommodation on bed & breakfast basis.
3. All road transport by private A.C Indigo/Innova/Tempo traveler, as per the group size.
4. Services of local English speaking guide.
5. Luxury taxes on the hotel.
1. Any thing of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, mineral water, tips etc.
2. Any kind of airfare.
3. Entry fees for the monuments.
4. Any thing that is not included in the cost.
5. Any kind of Insurance.
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