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South India Temples Tour

The rich heritage and culture of south India get mirrored in its ancient architectural achievements that include splendid temples and other architectural marvels. The former rulers of dynasties in south India were highly religious and patronized the creative pursuits, including the building of exquisite temples. The Pallavas and Cholas were known for their extraordinary sense for creative arts and for promoting Dravidian architecture. There are so many temples dotted all over south India and several of them are major crowd pullers attracting tourists from all over the world. Enjoy the beauty of the South India temples while you enjoy the amazing diversity of peninsular India.

Destinations Covered :Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Trichy, Madurai & Back.

Duration:7 Nights/ 8 Days

Tour Cost: Tour Cost: Per Person (On Twin Sharing) Starting From US$ 1190

Tour Programme

Day 01, Arrive Chennai
Upon your arrival in Chennai you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Chennai : India’s fourth largest city, Chennai is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai was the site of the East India company’s first settlement founded in 1639 on land given by the Raja of Chandragiri, the last representative of the Vijaynagar rulers of Hampi. The East India Company was an English trading establishment and thus was the forerunner to the British Empire which, came into political prominence towards the end of the 17th Century. Chennai is basically a conglomerate of over grown villages, and being a major port, today it is also known as the gateway to the South.

Day 02, Chennai
Your afternoon tour of Chennai takes you to Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Chennai Museum. The Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeswarar Temple complete your visit.

Day 03, Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram Excursion (2 hours drive)
Proceed to Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India. Visit three of the best temples‚ÄĒKailasanatha and Ekambareshwara (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Vaikuntaperumal (dedicated to Lord Vishnu). In the afternoon, tour Mammalapuram (Mahabalipuram), where you will visit the seventh century rock hewn monuments. The shore temple, the only surviving one of seven, is a unique example of a temple built of rock quarried elsewhere and carried to shore. Check into your hotel.

Day 04, Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (4 hours drive)
In the morning drive to Pondicherry. In the afternoon visit the Botanical Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, The Promenade, Government Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman Rolland Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute, Museums and Art Galleries.

Day 05 Pondicherry - Tanjore (3 hours drive)
Drive this morning to Tanjore, en route visit Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram, and also visit the temples at Kumbakonam. Arrive in Tanjore and check-in at the hotel.

Day 06, Tanjore - Trichy (1 hours 30 mimutes drive)
Morning tour of Tanjore, visiting Brihadeeswara Temple, The Palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Saraswati Mahal, Library, Raja Museum, Temple Museum and Schwarz Church. Later drive to Trichy where you will visit the Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, Tiruvannaikaval, Srirangam, Museums and Art Galleries.

Day 07, Trichy - Madurai (4 hours drive)
Depart for Madurai. In the afternoon visit Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Tank and Koodal Alagar Temple. In the evening, visit Meenakshi Temple again for the evening prayer ceremony.

Day 08, Depart - Madurai
You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. END OF OUR SERVICES

Tour Includes

» Accommodation with private facilities
» Daily Breakfast
» Arrival & departure transfers by Private Air-conditioned transport
» Road travel, excursions and sightseeing tours by Private Air-conditioned transport as per the itinerary
» Local English-speaking guides for sightseeing
» Entrance fee to monuments (Only for the places mentioned in the itinerary) and cultural events
» Government Service Tax.

Tour Exclusions

» Any airfare or airport tax.
» Camera fee.
» Any expense of personal nature such as hard / soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
» Any other expense not mentioned in the "Inclusions".