This 'tamil nadu tour package' takes the historical route of Chennai (01 Night) - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (01 Nt)- Pondicherry (02 Nights) - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Tanjore (01 Night) - Trichy - Madurai (02 Nights). Covering the popular " toursit places in tamilnadu', this legacy tour showcases the best of the heritages from Pallava, Chola and Pandya rulers. This will suitable for families and for those who seek to discover the glorious past of Tamilnadu. For modification ideas, please read through the trip ideas. Send an enquiry!
Day 01     Arrive Chennai
On arrival at Chennai, the capital metropolis of Tamilnadu, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. [If you arrive before 1300 Hrs you can have do the Chennai city tour today covering Marina Beach, St George Fort, Museum etc.,]. Overnight at Chennai.(B)
Day 02     Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram
After breakfast visit Kapalaeaswara temple at Mylapore and drive onward to Kanchipuram, one of the seven holiest cities in India, which is rightly called as city of thousand temples. The sightseeing tour takes you to important temples like Kamatchi Amman temple, Kailasanathar temple and Ekambareshwar temple (Where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Land), the temples which are storehouse of ancient architecture and sculptures. Kanchipuram is equally famous for its silk sarees and you have some time check on the same before driving to Mahabalipuram. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.(B)
Day 03     Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
After breakfast Mahabalipuram sightseeing showcases the architectural wonders of this town which was once a thriving port during the Pallava dynasty rule. The tour of this UNESCO site takes you to important monuments like Pancha Pandava Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, Cave temples and sea shore temple etc.. Later drive onward to Pondicherry-once a French colony which retains the old age charm even now. Overnight at Pondicherry(B)
Day 04     Pondicherry sightseeing.
After breakfast the sightseeing tour takes you to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar temple, Park Monument, Notre Dame Church, Sacred Heart church, Dupleix Statue etc., Afternoon go on a short excursion to Auroville-An international township devoted to the experiment in human unity. Evening stroll around the beach promenade and can consider a local dinner. Overnight in Pondicherry(B)
Day 05     Pondicherry - Chidambaram- Gangaikonda Cholapuram- Darasuram- Tanjore.
After early breakfast drive to Chidambaram where Lord Shiva is worshipped as sky. For over thousand years, Chidambaram temple is inseparable from worship, beauty and performing arts of Tamilnadu. Later drive to Gangaikonda Cholapuram temple which is famous for its architectural and sculptural genius. For example the shadow of the Kalasam at top never falls on the ground at any time of the day, sunlight which falls on the nadhi gets reflected onto Linga thus keeping temple bright even when lights are not there. Later we continue our journey to Darasuram Airavatheshwara Temple which is the store house of ancient art and scluptures. Later we retire for the day at Tanjore. Overnight at Tanjore.(B)
Day 06     Tanjore - Trichy- Madurai.
After a leisurely breakfast we visit Tanjore Brahadeswara temple (commonly called as Big Temple) which is an outstanding architectural marvel where you can wonder at the engineering skills that existed thousands of years back. Later we visit art gallery and museum before driving down to Trichirapalli, an ancient city, where we visit ancient Sri Rangam temple and Rock fort temple before heading to Madurai, the temple city with known history of over 2500 Years for overnight stay. Overnight in Madurai.(B)
Day 07     Madurai
After leisurely breakfast the sightseeing tour takes you to places like Thiru Malai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Memorial Museum, St Mary's Cathedral, the market area etc., Evening we visit Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, which is world famous for its architectural and spiritual magnificence. Enjoy the beauty of various gopurams which has thousands of stone figures of animals, gods and demons, halls with various sculptures and various shrines dedicated to different deities. Later you can witness the temple ceremony. May be late in the evening you can go out for dinner and check-out local delicacies. Overnight in Madurai.(B)
Day 08     Madurai
After breakfast you have some free time for last minute photo and packing sessions. By noon we transfer you to Madurai airport or rail station for your return journey. We sincerely believe that you will go back with lovely memories and happy moments.
Tour Joining Instructions
Arrive at Chennai (MAA) or Chennai Railway Station (MAS) before 1100 Hrs to take this Tamilnadu Trip. If you arrive late in afternoon you will miss Chennai sight seeing. If your connections are so that you arrive very late, it is better to take one extra night at Chennai.
Depart from Madurai Airport (MDU) or Railway Station (MDU) anytime in the morning. If your connections are so that you arrive and depart Chennai Airport only, you can still drive Madurai-Chennai (07-08 Hours) on last day. Make sure your flight is after 2000 Hrs.
For passengers arriving from International destinations like Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore you can try carriers like Air Asia, Srilankan airlines who fly to Chennai, Trichy, Madurai. Incase you arrive or depart from airports different than the itinerary we will have to re-do the program based on your arrival/departure details. Check with us
Though there are no special dress code in Tamilnadu temples it is very important that you are dressed appropritaley while visiting holy places. Avoid shorts, skirts and similar type of exposing dresses.
Normal temple timings in Tamilnadu is from 0430 Hrs to 1130 Hrs and from 1600 Hrs till 2030 Hrs. This timings and the crowds at temple may change depending visiting day and month. Hence we may have to start early from your hotel to follow the above program and reach back to the starting point in time. Generally be preapred for the early morning drive outs or late evening return. The road condition in tamilnadu is generaly good and highways are lovely.
Trip Ideas from our Trip Makers
If you want to discover more of Kumbakonam temples you can add-on one night in Kumabakonam. By adding on a night you can also access places like Velankanni, Nagore etc., The add-ons will be at extra cost and the program will have to finalised before you arrive.
If you have time add an extra night in the ancient city of Madurai so that you have time to cover more important temples like Rameswaram or you can do Lord Muruga temples like Palani, Azhakarkoil, Thiruparamkundram etc.,
If you have time you can extend the trip to Kanyakumari via Nallai Appar temple and even to Kovalam beach for few days and fly out from Trivandrum.
If you have time you can add-on two nights at Kodaikanal, the most pristine Hill Station in South India or Thekkady the forest area in Kerala. If you add Kodaikanal or Thekkady you will have to depart Madurai or Trichy only as Kodai Chennai drive will be tiring