Our Heritage in South India 16 Days

Our Heritage in South India 16 Days
Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) – Kumbakonnam – Thanjavur – Chettinad Rameshwaram – Madurai – Chennai

Day 1

TRICHY

Our representative will welcome and escort you to your hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 2

TRICHY / KUMBAKONAM

Morning after breakfast drive to Kumbakonam (88kms;) on arrival visit temples; thereafter check in at the hotel and relax at the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 3

KUMBAKONAM/THANJAVUR/CHETTINAD

After breakfast, drive to Chettinad (140kms.) and en route visit the temple city Thanjavur. Enjoy a half-day tour of Thanjavur, the centre of Tamil learning and culture. Thanjavur was the royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Marathas, and the original home of Dravidian art and architecture. Visit the Brihadeshwara temple, also known as the Big Temple; it is the crowning glory of Rajaraja Chola’s reign in 1005 AD. The temple has gigantic lingam cut from a monolithic rock, about 8.7mtrs height. There is a huge Nandi Bull within the inner shrine of the temple… the second largest monolithic Nandi in the country. Continue your tour with a visit to Tanjore Palace & Museum, which houses an art gallery, a library, the hall of music, and the audience hall. On display there are relics of royalty – clothes, hunting weapons, headgear and much more. The other two great Chola Temples in Thanjavur are the Temple of Gangaikondacholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 4

CHETTINAD/RAMESHWARAM

Morning enjoy your breakfast and then visit Athmanathaswammy Temple, Chettiar mansion; later drive (148 kms.) to Rameshwaram, check in at the hotel upon arrival.
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 5

RAMESHWARAM

After breakfast, proceed on a day visit of Rameshwaram temple, Hanuman Temple and Agneetirtham.
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 6

RAMESHWARAM/THIRUNELVELI

Morning drive to Tirunelveli (214 kms.) and after a day long drive will arrive Tirunelveli in the evening. Check into the hotel and relax.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 7

THIRUNELVELI

Breakfast and then visit the main temples within the city
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 8

THIRUNELVELI/MADURAI

Morning enjoy your breakfast and then drive to Madurai (159 kms.) and upon arrival check into the hotel and relax.
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 9

MADURAI

Today after breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour of Madurai. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai was the capital of the Pandya kings, and an important cultural and commercial centre as early as 550 AD. Visit the Meenakshi Temple- the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers, including two golden Gopurams for the main deities. Next, visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Tamukkam Palace. The museum houses the history and relics of the freedom movement. Proceed to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak, an Indo-Saracenic building constructed in 1523. It was built with the help of an Italian Architect and is a classic fusion of Dravidian, Islamic and European styles. Continue to the Koodal Azhagar Temple, one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Three separate altars feature three figures of Vishnu, in standing, sitting and reclining postures. In the evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple.
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 10

MADURAI/PALANI

Morning after breakfast drive to Palani (119 kms.) and upon arrival you will visit the temple and then check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 11

PALANI/TRICHY

After breakfast, drive to Trichy (155 kms.) and upon arrival visit Trichy. Enjoy a half-day tour of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. The town and its fort were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. Visit the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the very top is the ancient temple dedicated to Ganapati. Continue your tour with a visit to Srirangam … the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu. It is also considered the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). The temple complex covers 156 acres of land, and comprises seven concentric walls and twenty one gopurams or towers. Non Hindus are not allowed within the innermost sanctum of the temple.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 12

TRICHY/THIRUVANNAMALAI

Morning after breakfast, drive to Thiruvannamalai (187 kms.) and on arrival check in at the hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure on your own
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 13

THIRUVANNAMALAI

Enjoy your breakfast and then visit an Ashram and temple
Overnight at the Hotel.


Day 14

THIRUVANNAMALAI/CHENNAI

Morning have your breakfast and then drive to Chennai (185 kms.) and upon arrival, check into the hotel and relax .
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 15

CHENNAI

Today after breakfast, enjoy a half-day tour of Chennai. Formerly known as Madras, the city of Chennai is nourished by its rich traditions such as classical music, architecture, art and dance that form an indigenous part of the city’s identity. Visit Fort St George built in the 17th century, this fort houses St. Mary’s Church and a museum. St. Mary’s Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India. Visit the Kapeeleshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gopuram, or entrance tower, has a profusion of sculptured images depicting stories from Puranic legends. Next, visit the San Thome Cathedral, named after St Thomas, the doubting disciple of Jesus Christ. Located at the southern tip of Marina Beach, it features a beautiful stained glass window at the basilica, depicting the story of St Thomas. Later, drive past Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world.
Overnight at the Hotel


Day 16

CHENNAI

Morning have your breakfast and then relax and then at noon check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your journey.