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Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambram - Tanjore - Madurai
Pickup from a hotel at Chennai and drive to Pondicherry, en-route visit Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram - A beautiful beach which consists of a tiny village by the sea in which all else is dwarfed by a dream world of awesome Tamil art, an open air museum of sculpture in living rock. The piece de resistance is the Arjuna’s Penance or the Descent of the Ganga, which is the world’s largest bas-relief, 764 ft. by 288 ft. (27m by 9m). It is a beautiful composition of hundreds of celestial beings, human and animals all hurrying to a natural rock cleft that divides the giant stone. The best known landmark of Mahabalipuram, is the Shore Temple which has stood by the sea for 12 centuries. Its twin spires are pure poetry in granite.
Late drive to Pondicherry and on arrival proceed for sightseeing of Pondicherry. Pondicherry, is the former capital of the French territories in India. Landmarks include the Raj Niwas, the residence of the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry - a handsome 200-year-old building which faces Government Park (French Place) with its well laid out paths and lawns, a few fountains and a number of sculptures. The Romain Rolland Library has over 60,000 volumes on its shelves. The Pondicherry Museum has an outstanding collection of artefacts relating to all aspects of the French-Indian past. Its prize exhibits the bed that Dupleix slept on when he was Governor of Pondicherry. The church of Notre Dame des Anges was built around 1865. It has a rare oil painting of Our Lady of the Assumption, a gift from Napoleon III.
After sightseeing, check in at the hotel.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Pondicherry.
After breakfast, depart to Chidambaram- the city of the Hindu temples. Chidambaram is an important pilgrimage center for Shivaits (followers of the God Shiva) and known for its famous Nataraja temple which was built during the reign of Vira Chola Raja (927-997 AD). This large temple complex (covering 40 acres) is an excellent example of the Dravidian architecture of Tamil Nadu. The Nataraja Sabhanayaka Temple has 4 gopuram, to the north and south those towering 49 meters high. Two of the gopurams are covered with the 108 classic positions of Nataraja - Shiva in his role as the cosmic dancer. Other notable features of the temple are the hall of 1000 collars.
Later afternoon, visit to Thanjavur.
Thanjavur was the capital of the chola Empire during the 10th century to the 14th century A.D. Later it became a part of the Vijaynagar kingdom, then it was passed into the hands of the Marathas and later to the British. For ages it has been the chief political, literary and religious centre of the South. The celebrated Brahadeshwara temple built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major attraction. The Saraswati Mahal library is one of the oldest libraries in Asia, located in Thanjavur. It has on its display a rare collection of Palm leaf manuscripts and papers written in Tamil and Sanskrit and a few other languages indigenous to India.
After sightseeing, check in at the hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and visit Trichy- the gateway to many eminent spiritual and historical sites.
Tiruchirappalli, universally known as Trichy or Tiruchi, is not just a journey crossing; but also mixed a panting bazaar with some important temples not to be missed. It has a strong character and long history, and a sneaky way reversal of first impression. Trichy may have been a capital of the Chola kingdom in the early 3rd century BC. Later it was conquered by the Pallava, Chola,, Pandya, Sultanate of Delhi and Vijayanagar before the Madurai Nayaks took the prominence, making it a capital in the 17th century and built their famous Fort Rock Temple, perched on a massive spur.
Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple located on an island called Srirangam on the Cauvery River. This temple is a fascinating complex built in the 10th century has an area of over 60 hectares with seven concentric walls and 21 gopurams (towers); it is one of the biggest and largest temples in India.
Later drive to Madurai and on arrival proceed for sightseeing in Madurai. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams, rising high above the surrounding township. Later visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches. Enjoy the light and sound show at the mahal to know the historic background of the palace.
Check in at hotel and overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast Checkout from the hotel and departure transfer at Madurai airport to Chennai.
|Number of Pax||Rates per person||Transport|
|01 pax||USD 950 + 5% GST | INR 69350 + 5 % GST on staying in SGL room||AC Etios or AC Swift Dzire|
|02 pax||USD 525 + 5% GST | INR 38325 + 5 % GST on sharing DBL room||AC Etios or AC Swift Dzire|
|04 pax||USD 390 + 5% GST | INR 28470 + 5 % GST on sharing DBL room||AC Innova|
|30 pax||USD 285+ 5% GST | INR 20805 + 5 % GST on sharing DBL room/SGL room supplement – USD 475 + 5% GST | INR 34675 + 5 % GST||AC Tempo Traveller (09 seats)|
|Hotel name||City||Room category||No of nights|
|Palais De Mahe||Pondicherry||Superior room||01|
|Courtyard Marriott||Madurai||Deluxe room||01|