Temples of traditional Tamil Nadu

(09 nights 10 days)

Overview

Tamil Nadu, a homeland to classical civilizations is a Southern state of India where language, dance and poetry is still alive. One can escape to the southernmost tip of the state to the three seas mingle- the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. Temples of traditional Tamil Nadu Tour takes you on a visit to sacred temples and religious shrines across the cities of the state while creating a perfect environment for those who want to discover their spiritual side



Highlights

Trip will unfold as:

Day 1

Chennai

Arrive at Chennai Airport. The Cloud Itineraries representative escorts you to the pre-booked hotel for staying overnight. You would have the rest of the day free to explore the city or just relax at the hotel.

Day 2

Chennai

Start your day after breakfast with a visit to Koyambedu, flowers and vegetables market. Later visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Santhome Church, Fort St. Geroge Museum and Theosophical Society.

Day 3

Chennai- Kanchipuram- Mahabalipuram (60 kms/1-2 hrs)

In the morning leave for Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram. This 7th century former port city is famous for its rock-cut shore temples. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Day 4

Mahabalipuram

Morning after breakfast, spend the day in Mahabalipuram sightseeing. The major attractions to visit include the Shore and the Five Ratha temples, Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, Krishna Mandapam, the largest cave cut Hindu temple, Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger caves.

Day 5

Mahabalipuram- Puducherry (Pondicherry) (95 kms/ 1-2 hrs)

Post breakfast; set out to explore the Pondicherry for its diverse attractions like Sri Aurbindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, and French War Memorial. In the evening you may take a leisurely walk to the local market of Pondicherry. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6

Puducherry (Pondicherry)- Chidabaram- Thanjavur (180 kms/3-4 hrs)

After breakfast in the morning, drive to Thanjavur and halt midway to visit Chidambaram, a small town. On arrival in Thanjavur, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Day 7

Thanjavur

In the morning leave the hotel to visit Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Vijayanagar Fort, Shiva Ganga Garden, Aalangudi temple, Brahadeshwara temple and the Chandra Bagawan Temple. In the evening return to the hotel for overnight stay..

Day 8

Thanjavur- Madurai (190 kms/3-4 hrs)

Drive to Madurai in the morning after breakfast. In Madurai Visit the Gandhi Museum, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Thousand Pillar Museum and Madurai Meenakshi Temple along with evening aarti ceremony.

Day 9

Madurai- Kanyakumari (245 kms/4-5 hrs)

Leave for Kanyakumari, the meeting place of the three seas, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal. Spend evening at the Kanyakumari beach.

Day 10

Kanyakumari- Thiruvananthapuram (100 kms/3 hrs)

In the morning have breakfast and visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970 in the honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. Later leave for Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) by road and visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, a magnificent 16th century palace and in the. Later head straight to the airport to board the onward flight.

As at Cloud Itineraries we believe in letting you ‘live the journey’, please do not hesitate to speak to us to tweak your holiday or change the route. You could also ‘create your own experience’ with our expert help. So hop on and let’s build the most memorable trip together.

Without a doubt, your trip will give you a memory of a lifetime. In addition to a dedicated tour manager/coordinator, your holiday trip is laced by assistance on arrival and departure at the airport, soothing stays at suggested hotels, quick transfers with a driver, all government and road taxes paid for along with driver’s allowance, splendid sightseeing as mentioned, English speaking guides for tours in plan and delish meals as per your itinerary. Please note, that all applicable taxes and service charges will be included as well.


(Exclusions- international airfares, visa charges, meals outside of plan, monument fees, camera charges, insurance and personal expenses).

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