Discover Tamil Nadu, a land of magnificent temples and lovely beaches.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in Chennai | Drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram
Arrive in Chennai, meet your Manoyatra representative and proceed to visit Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Varatharaja Temple and Ekambareswara Temple at Kanchipuram. Thereafter, drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check in to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 2 - Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram including visits to Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas, Shore Temple, Tiger Cave and Krishna's Butter Ball. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3 - Drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry (160 km/approx. 4 hours)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Pondicherry, a former French colony. The town still retains a French influence in its architecture, surroundings and planning. On arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 4 - Sightseeing in Pondicherry
After breakfast, visit the Aurobindo Ashram, founded by a Bengali philosopher named Aurobindo in the early 20th century. In the afternoon, you will have the option to visit Auroville or relax on the beach. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5 - Drive from Pondicherry to Trichy (196 km/approx. 5 hours)
In the morning, leave for Trichy/Tiruchirapalli situated on the banks of Cauvery River. A blend of history and tradition make it an important pilgrimage destination. Visit Ranganath Temple at Srirangam. Check in at the hotel. In the afternoon, go on a city tour of Trichy that takes you to Rock Fort and its temple, Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 - Drive from Trichy to Madurai (120 km/approx. 3.5 hours)
After an early morning breakfast, proceed to Madurai. On your arrival, check in at the hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of this bustling pilgrimage city where life revolves around the great Meenakshi Temple. This temple with its Gopurams (pyramidal gateway towers) is covered with a profusion of multi-coloured images of mythical figures, animals and gods. Also visit Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7 - Trip to Rameshwaram
After breakfast, drive to Rameshwaram. Upon arrival, proceed on a local tour of the town. Legend says that Ramanathaswamy Temple stands where Lord Rama performed worship of a sand lingam made by Sita. Have lunch at Rameshwaram and return to Madurai for your overnight stay.
Day 8 - Depart from Madurai
After breakfast, proceed to Madurai airport/railway station for your return journey.
In this holiday package, you will see the splendid sculpted walls of temples in Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram and the towering and colourful gopurams of the Meenakshi and Ramanathaswamy temples. Trichy's Rock Fort is built atop an ancient rock and has been important throughout history, right from the Pallavas in the sixth century to as recent as the British. Pondicherry's French influence over architecture and names of streets will give the impression of being in another country altogether.
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