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Temple of Tamilnadu Tour from Chennai

Eight days private round trip Temple of Tamilnadu with entry & exit from Chennai is design to cover all major small & large temple of Tamilnadu in South India. Begin in Chennai then proceed to Kanchipuram a temple town to Vellore a fort city with largest golden temple in world. Further drive to Tiruvannamalai to Trichy to Madurai to Rameshwaram see some largest active temple. Continue to explore Thanjore, Darasuram & Gangaikonda Cholapuram UNESCO WHS of the Great Living Chola Temples. Also visit Chidambaram Temple, Pondicherry the French colonial town & Mahabalipuram temple before ending the tour in Chennai.

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$1,575

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Duration

8 days

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 7 nights
    • Private airport transfer with assistance of office executive.
    • 7 Night accommodation in selected category hotels or similar.
    • Deluxe air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.
    • Monuments entrances of sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.
    • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide).
    • Bottled water in car
    • Government taxes.
    • Entry/Admission - Vellore Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Adam's Bridge - Rama Setu
    • Entry/Admission - Chettinad
    • Entry/Admission - Darasuram Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Monuments at Mahabalipuram
    What's excluded :
    • Any air fare
    • Camera charges at monuments
    • Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
    • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
    • Or anything not mentioned above.

  • Day 1: Arrive Chennai

    Stop At: Chennai (Madras), Chennai (Madras), Chennai District, Tamil Nadu
    On arrival at Chennai airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
    Later city tour of Chennai. Visit Fort St. George & Museum built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. Kapaleeshwarar Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva, Semmozhi Poonga a beautifuly landscaped botanical garden. Dakshina Chitra a living history museum & Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Temple an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Evening walk on the on Marina beach.
    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Vellore (140kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu
    Pick up from your hotel in Chennai and drive to Vellore via visiting Kanchipuram & Vellore.

    In Kanchipuram visit Kailasanathar 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, noted for its architecture and sculptures. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine compound wall. Ekambareswarar temple another ancient temple dedicated to Siva. The 2500-year-old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yields different varieties of mangoes. Varadharaja temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, noted for its wonderful sculptures. Vaikundhaperumal temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, it is also one of the 108 Divyadesams. Kamakshiamman temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi the presiding deity, one of the holy Sakthi worship places in India.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Vellore Fort, Vellore India
    Continue drive to Vellore and check in at hotel.

    Later city tour visit 16th-century Vellore Fort, with its imposing granite walls and surrounding moat. Inside the fort, the Jalakandeswarar Temple features many ornate sculptures. Nearby, the Government Museum has prehistoric relics and natural history displays. Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple inside the Sripuram spiritual park is situated at the foot of a small range of green hills. This temple is gilded with 1,500 kg of pure gold, double the 750 kg gilding of the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Rest time free and easy to relax.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 3: Vellore - Tiruvannamalai - Trichy (280kms/ 6hrs approx)

    Stop At: Girivalam, Arunachaleswarar Temple, Tiruvannamalai Temple road, Tiruvannamalai India
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Trichy via visiting Tiruvannamalai a Hindu pilgrimage town. At the foot of sacred Arunachala Hill is the vast, ancient Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, with intricately carved gopurams (towers). Shiva is worshiped as Arunachalesvara and is represented by the lingam, with his idol referred to as Agni lingam. His consort Parvati is depicted as Unnamalai Amman. To the west, the huge Sathanur Dam was constructed in 1958 on the Thenpennai River. Nearby there are gardens, plus a crocodile farm and a small zoo.

    Continue drive to Trichy check in at hotel. Evening visit Ranganathaswamy Temple to attend the Arti ceremony.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 4: Trichy - Madurai (135kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam 7 km north of Tiruchy, Tiruchirappalli 620006 India
    Breakfast at hotel. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple there are 22 gopurams including India’s tallest (72 meters, 13 storey high). Many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. Rock Fort Temple -The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. Also visit Tiruvanaikkaval the Jambukeshwara temple, dedicated to Shiva, and it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple, Venmani Rd, Sellur, Madurai 625002 India
    After sightseeing drive to Madurai check in at hotel. Later city tour of Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls. Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple a Hindu temple and one of the Six Abodes of Murugan, built in rock-cut architecture by the Pandyas during the 6th century. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 foot high stone pillar, still stands.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 5: Madurai - Rameshwaram (170kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Arulmigu Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Rameswaram 623 526 India
    Breakfast at hotel drive to Rameshwaram, check in at hotel. Rameshwaram is an island separated from the mainland by a small strait of water. Rameshwaram is famous for the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Rama who, it is believed, had descended on its shores and built a bridge across the Palk Strait to reach Lanka in his quest to rescue Sita from Ravana. Additionally, the temple is famous for being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Siva. Lord Rama had constructed a Siva linga in order to offer thanks to the Lord after killing Ravana. Hence, the temple is a sacred site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. The grandest part of the temple is the 1219 m pillared corridor consisting of 3.6m high granite pillars, richly carved and well proportioned. Built in the 12th century AD, the temple with its awe-inspiring corridors are the longest in India.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Adam's Bridge - Rama Setu, between Pamban Island and Mannar Island, Rameswaram India
    Also visit to Adam's Bridge the name given to the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. According to legend, this is the series of stepping stones used by the monkey army, lead by Hanuman to cross the ocean in a bid to rescue Sita from the clutch of Ravana.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 6: Rameshwaram - Chettinad - Thanjore (250kms/ 5hrs approx)

    Stop At: Chettinad, Tiruchirappalli India
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Thanjore. Enroute visit Chettinad the region is well known for its 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Construction materials, decorative items, and furnishings were mostly imported from East Asian countries and Europe. The marble was brought from Italy, chandeliers and teak from Burma, crockery from Indonesia, crystals from Europe and wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium. Many of these mansions were built using a type of limestone known as karai.

    It is estimated that 11,000 such mansions still remain—about half the number that existed 100 years ago. They were built by men who once traded in everything from salt to gems, with countries like Burma, Malaysia and Singapore. Much of their profits went into building these grand residences, which used to be called natukottai or regional fort. But in the mid-20th century, most Chettiar families moved to cities. Their palatial homes were left in the custody of caretakers, who maintained them for those rare occasions, such as weddings or Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival, when the family came to visit.

    Visit few massions open for tourist like Chettinad Mansions, Chettinad Palace and few Chettinad Temples like Vairavan Kovil Temple, Karpaga Vinayakar temple, Kundrakudi Murugan temple, Kottaiyur Sivan temple.

    Continue deive to Thanjore check in at hotel.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 7: Thanjore - Darasuram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Chidambaram - Pondicherry (180kms/ 4hrs approx)

    Stop At: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
    Breakfast at hotel. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort - built by great Chola king in the 10th century. It is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. Thanjavur Palace & Museum - The palace houses an art gallery, a library and a hall of music. Art Gallery - in the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Saraswathi Mahal Library - another section of the Palace is the library where over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in India and European languages are preserved.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Darasuram Temple, Darasuram, Gurunathan Pillai Colony, Dharasuram, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu 612702, India
    Then after drive to Pondicherry. Enroute visit Darasuram Temple - a storehouse of art and architecture with 85 feet high vimana. The front mandapam itself is in the form of a huge chariot drawn by horses. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings. The main deity's consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple. Gangaikonda Cholapuram - built in Tamil style of architecture with a square plan. The original courtyard is two squares stacked next to each other, all mandapas, the upapitham, the shrine plans, the garbha griha (sanctum) and the tower elements are all square shaped and incorporate circles and principles of geometric symmetry. The temple complex includes Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa and Ardha Mandapa. Thanjavur, Darasuram & Gangaikonda Cholapuram temples are the The Great Living Chola Temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) built by the Cholas between the 10th and 12th centuries CE and have a lot of similarities. Continue drive & visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple which is dedicated to the Nataraja the dancing posture of Lord Shiva. The temple has mythical roots and a Shiva shrine existed at the site when the town was known as Thillai.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 8: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (160kms/ 3hrs approx)

    Stop At: Pondicherry, Pondicherry, Union Territory of Pondicherry
    Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Pondicherry visit Aurovil founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Pondicherry Museum an art and history museum especially noted for its collection of fine lost wax bronzes form the period of the Chola Empire. The Museum's collection includes 81 Chola bronze sculptures, ranking as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. Later walk in French Colony. Pondicherry has some of the finest examples of old French culture with a hint of Tamil influence in its visual aesthetics. Observe and get inspired by the architectural beauty of the French part of the town while enjoying a cup of coffee and some deserts along the way. Customise your walk with your guide to cover French consulate, French Institute, Raj Nivas, Bharati Park (Aayi Monument), Government Square, Beaches, Monuments, Churches, French schools.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Mahabalipuram India
    Later drive to Chennai via visiting Mahabalipuram. In Mahabalipuram visit Monolithic Temples locally known as Rathas. They were executed by chiseling out the exterior face of the boulder. Shore Temple built with blocks of granitein in 7th century the temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Cave Temples cut and decorated with panels in the Mamalla style of the Pallava period in the 7th century. Remnants seen in the caves also indicate that they were plastered and painted when built. Krishna's Butterball a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline.

    Continue drive to Chennai and drop off to airport for evening or late night flight for onward destination.
    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Chennai Airport, Chennai (Madras) India
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    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Price with 4 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Price with 5 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Price with 3 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

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Group Size

10

Organised by Agora Voyages OPC Pvt. Ltd.

Activity ID: V-135633P277

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