SPRITUAL TOUR OF SOUTH INDIA

From SGD $ 868

2N Chennai – 1N Mahabalipuram – 2 Pondicherry - 1N Tanjore – 2N Madurai

 

ITINERARY:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Chennai

Meet our representative upon arrival in Chennai - the capital city of Tamil Nadu is sited on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It has played a very crucial role in the traditional, historical and academic growth of the country, representing the different elements of the highest variety of the Dravidian civilization. Also, considered as the cultural hub of South India which is famous for its affluent heritage in classical dance, music, architecture, sculpture, crafts, etc. After reaching, proceed to hotel and check-in for overnight stay.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Chennai

Explore Chennai- Visit Fort St George, St. Mary's Church and a museum, Kapeeleshwara Temple, San Thome Cathedral, Government State Museum & National Art Gallery. Drive past Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Overnight in Chennai.

 

Day 03: Drive from Chennai – Mahabalipuram (65 kms / approx 1.30 hours)

Drive to Mahabalipuram - the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram, and a wander round the town’s great, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset. Take an excursion to Kancheepuram - Visit the Ekambaranatha Temple, Vaishnavite Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Kailasanatha Temple. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

 

Day 04: Drive from Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (99 kms / approx. 3 hours)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to explore highlights of Mahabalipuram – covering Panch Rathas, Arjuna's Penance and the Shore Temple. Later, proceed to Pondicherry- the older part of this former French colony has a lot of quiet, clean, shady, cobbled streets, lined with mustard-yellow colonial townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. You will probably spend most of your time in this part of town, old Pondicherry may well seem a sea of tranquility. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

 

Day 05: Sightseeing in Pondicherry

After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing of Pondicherry, starting with Aurobindo ashram - Founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a French-born woman known as ‘the Mother’, this spiritual community now has about 1200 members who work in the ashram's many departments. Also, cover church of sacred hearts of Jesus, Pondicherry Museum, beaches and a must-visit attraction of Pondicherry – Auroville. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

 

Day 06: Drive from Pondicherry – Tanjore (170 kms / approx. 4 hours)

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive towards Tanjore. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day leisure at the hotel. Overnight in Tanjore

 

Day 07: Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai

After early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and explore Tanjore - Visit Brihadeshwara Temple, Tanjore Palace & Museum. Later drive towards Trichy (approx. 2 hours) and enroute visit Rock Fort, Srirangam and Thiruvanaikkaval. By evening, reach Madurai hotel (approx. 3 hours) for check-in and overnight stay.

 

Day 08: Sightseeing in Madurai – Excursion to Rameswaram  

Visit the Meenakshi Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Tirumalai Nayak and Koodal Azhagar Temple. In the evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple. (Optional) – Ramanathaswamy Temple - Ramesharam Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of God Shiva. Overnight in Madurai.

 

Day 09: Departure from Madurai

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Madurai airport for return flight back home.

 

Tour Concludes

 

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

 

  • 8 night accommodation in well-appointed rooms as mentioned above hotels or equivalent
  • Assistance at the airport
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary by private tourist vehicle
  • Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
  • Drivers allowances, toll taxes and Govt. Service Tax

 

NOTE:

MONUMENT CLOSED ON

Chennai – Govt. Museum & St. George Church will remain closed on every Friday

Madurai – Gandhi Museum will remain closed on every Monday.

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