|Glorious Temples of the South Tour - 8 Days/ 7 Nights|
( The cost includes :- 8 Days AC transportation, fuel, Drivers batha + All accomodations with Bf + all food in House Boat + sightseeing prescribed in the itinerary )
Destination Covered:- Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameswaram - Kanyakumari.
|Day 01 :- Chennai - Mahabalipuram|
On arrival in Chennai, begin your journey to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram. Visit the famous Sri Kamakshi Amman temple, Sri Ekambareshwar temple and Sri Kailasanadar temple. After darshan, have a delicious lunch on direct payment basis. Later on, proceed for Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, check into your hotel. After resting for a while, visit the shore temple – it has shrines of Shiva and Vishnu. Next, visit Arjuna’s Penance and Krishna’s Butterball. Later on, visit Five Rathas which have been carved out of monoliths and each one is associated with one of the Pandava brother’s. After an eventful day, return back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel.
|Day 02 :- Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry|
After an early breakfast, proceed to Pondicherry via Tiruvannamalai. Visit the Arunachaleshwar temple, one of the jyothirlingams (the fire incarnation of God). After darshan, depart for Pondicherry. On arrival, check into the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed to the Promenade Beach in Pondicherry and spend time relaxing at the beach. You're also free to visit the Nehru street market. Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay
|Day 03 :- Pondicherry|
After breakfast, visit the Auroville City, an experimental township - one which would be incomprehensible unless seen in person. Next, visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram founded by the great Bengali philosopher, Sri Aurobindo, in the early 20th century. Later, visit the Vinayaka temple. In the afternoon, enjoy boating in the Chunnambar backwaters and relax on the beautiful beaches of Pondicherry. Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
|Day 04 :- Pondicherry - Thanjore|
After breakfast, proceed to Tanjore via Chidambaram visit the famous Natraja temple. It is one of the five Shaivaite Mukti Sthalams. After darshan, depart for Tanjore. On arrival, check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed for a sightseeing tour. Visit the famous Sri Brihadeeswarar temple and later visit the Tanjore Palace. In the evening, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
|Day 05 :- Thanjore - Trichy|
After breakfast, proceed to Trichy. On arrival, check into the hotel. After a fulfilling lunch, visit the Ranganathaswami temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Later, visit the Rock Fort temple at the top of the hill from where one can enjoy a panaromic view of the entire city. Return back to the hotel in the evening for a peaceful overnight stay.
|Day 06 :- Trichy - Madurai|
After breakfast, embark on a journey to the temple city of India - Madurai. On arrival, check into the hotel. After lunch, visit Meenakshi Temple, one of the biggest temple complexes in India. It is an ancient centre of worship as well as an art gallery of megalithic proportions. Later on, enjoy a delicious lunch on direct payment basis. After a day of exploration and piety, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
|Day 07 :- Excursion to Rameswaram|
Today, after an early breakfast, go for an excursion to Rameshwaram - very important pilgrim centre of the Hindus and also one of the most sacred places in India. The temple has 22 holy springs which are believed to have medicinal properties. After darshan, visit the Ghanthamathana Parvatham which provides a fine view of the island. Later, visit Dhanushkodi. After the visit, enjoy a delectable lunch at a local restaurant and take a return journey to Madurai. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
|Day 08 :- Madurai - Kanyakumari|
After an early breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Kanyakumari. Kanykumari was named so after goddess Parvathi, in one of her incarnations as Devi Kanniya, who did penance on one of the rocks in this beautiful land of greenery and blue waters to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. On arrival in Kanyakumari, check into the hotel. Relax for some time and then pay a visit to Sri Kumari Amman Temple. After darshan, visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue. Enjoy your boat ride to this beautiful memorial spot.
In the evening, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Transportation by AC Indica