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Temple Tour South India
Duration : 10 Days / 09 Nights
Destinations : Chennai -Tirupathi - Mamallpuram - Pondicherry - Tanjavur - Trichy - Tiruchchirappalli-Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai- Chennai

There are more than 30,000 temples in this particular state, which has given the title "Land of Temples". Built by various dynasties these temples bear a superficial resmblance to each other in that they share the same physical feature.

Day 01 : Chennai
Arrive Madras ( Chennai)-the gracious capital city of Tamil Nandu and the Gateway to the South.On arrival at the airport , assistance and transfer to hotel. After noon half-day sight seeing tour, visiting Gandhi, Rajaji and Kamraj memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marina beach. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 02 : Chennai-Tirupathi
After breakfast leave for Tirupathi (154kms/3½hrs) by road Proceed to Tirupathi in the morning. Tirupathi is famous for temple of Lord Venkateshwara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known) which is the oldest and richest temple in India. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Chennai-Mamallapuram
After breakfast leave for Mamallapuram until recently known as Mahabalipuram, this ancient port of the Pallavas was constructed by Emperor Mahendravarman in the 7th century. (64kms/2hrs) by road . On arrival check in at hotel , afternoon visit of rock cut outs, shrines, carvings on rock depicting demons, gods and animals are poetic in nature. the unique temple houses both Lord Vishnu (The god of growth and life) and Lord Shiva (The god of death). Shore temple, Five Rathas, Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04 : Mamallpuram-Pondicherry ( via Tirukkalukunram )
Mamallapuram to Tirukkalukunram to Pondicherry by road After breakfast, drive by surface to visit Tiruvanamalai and Tirukkalukunram (112kms/3hrs) to. This Village is famous for its two Lord Shiva. After lunch at local restaurant proceed to Pondicherry (131 kms / 3 ½ hrs) , situated on the Coromandel coast a place which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. On arrival in the afternoon Check in at the hotel , relax at the beach in the evening .Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 05 : Pandicherry
After breakfast visit Aurbindo Ashram- which presents a synthesis of Yoga and modern science so as to unite spirit and matter as stated in Shri Mad Bhagvat Geeta (the holy preaching given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna). Afternoon visit to Auroville-a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06 : Pondicherry-Tanjavur ( via Chidambaram )
After breakfast drive to Chidambaram (65-kms/1-½ hrs) to visit famous Natraja Temple. In this temple postures of Bharatnatyam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraj is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Afternoon drive to Thanjavur to view 15 meter high temple tower on a square base of 29 meters and then tapers off making a total of 66 meters. Check in and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07 : Tanjavur-Trichy
Thanjavur to Trichy (54kms/2hrs) After breakfast, leave by surface for Trichy-situated on the banks of Kaveri River. Tiruchchirappalli is a fine blend of the traditional and modern and is built around the Rock Fort. It is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Rock fort. Then visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 : Tiruchchirappalli-Madurai
After breakfast leave for Madurai (133kms/3 ½ hrs) On arrival check in at the hotel. This city is at the bank of river Vaigai with Meenakshi temple in the center. Madurai an ancient city , more then 2500 years old. Afternoon city tour visiting Meenakshi temple, King Tirumalai's Palace, Great Tank and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09 : Madurai-Rameshwaram
After breakfast leave for Rameshwaram (167kms/4hrs) Rameshwaram - the holy island town of India, where Lord Rama came before going into battle at Sri Lanka. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines that are well known for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars is the main attraction of Rameshwaram. Return to Madurai. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10 : Madurai- Chennai
After morning breakfast on time departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight for Chennai and then tranfer to the International airport to catch your flight for onward destination.