Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner. Overnight at the Hotel D
Morning after a buffet breakfast, visit Marina & Golden Beach (a very beautiful beach in India). Also tour St. Thomas Church, Fort St. George, Fort Museum, Birla Planetarium, Light House, Vivekananda House, Shiva Temple – Kapileswar Temple & others. Chennai is the gateway to South India, established in 1639 by the East India Company. Overnight at the Hotel.
After buffet breakfast proceed to Kanchipuram (70 kms) – explore the Kanchipuram Temples. This city is the ancient capital of the Pallavas with 1000 Temples and 124 shrines. The first Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailashnatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of importance. Kanchipuram is also famous for its Silk Fabric. Arrive Mahabalipuram and check in to your Hotel. Evening free to explore the Beaches. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast in the Hotel, visit Mahabalipuram the Pallavas Panch Rath & the Arjun Shilanyas Temple. This ancient Pallava Port, built in the 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipooram, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes – of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others – are truly poems in stone. The only Shore Temple which remains here is the spectacular two – spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Later proceed to Pondicherry (70 kms). Arrive & check in to the Hotel. Evening free to explore the beaches. Overnight at Hotel.
After buffet breakfast in the Hotel, tour the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Ganesh Temple (Manakula Vinayagar Temple), Vedapureeswarar Temple, Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Navagraha Temple, French Colonies & Churches. Overnight at the Hotel.
Morning after breakfast proceed to Chidambaram (70 kms). Arrive & find explore at the centre of the town the large Natraj Temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva as the divine dancer or Natraj, the foremost of all dancers. This complex, spread out over 40 acres is dedicated to the God who is usually represented by the phallic symbol, houses other Temples, a tank, and the ‘thousand pillared hall. Non-Hindus are allowed into the complex but not into the Gold plated sanctum sanctorum that houses the idol. Move on to Kumbeswar Temple located on the Tanjore main Road Kumbakonam (75 kms). Aathi (Origin) Kumbeswara Swamy is the main deity of the Temple Aathi Kumbeswarar. The Kumbeswarar is in Shiva Linga form which is a formless form. The conical shaped Linga is of very special significance. If time permits, we will also visit the Brass factory in Kumbakonam. Then drive to Thanjavur (45 kms), arrive & check in. Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast, explore the city of Cholas – Thanjavur, for great Temple Architecture. Visit Brihadeswara Shiva Temple & the Nandi Temple, carved out of a single stone. This city is famous for old Temples & known as the Rice bowl of Tamilnadu. Move on to Trichy (60 kms), arrive & check in to the Hotel. Explore the city & visit: the largest Temple of Lord Vishnu situated in Srirangam on a 600 acres Island, Rock fort Temple, Sri Ranganathaswami Temple in Srirangam, Jambukeswarar Temple & St. Josephs Church. Overnight at the Hotel.
Buffet breakfast in the Hotel and then proceed to Rameswaram (170 kms). Arrive & check in to the Hotel. Visit Ramanathaswami Temple, Ram Setu, Dhanushkodi & Agni Theertham Temple. Overnight at the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel. BAfter breakfast, your day is free until you depart for the Delhi Airport (265 kms) to board your Flight home. Enjoy your farewell lunch.