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IMAGES OF SOUTH INDIA
Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights
Day 01 Chennai > Arrival
Arrive Chennai - home to ancient Dravidian civilization, hardly touched by the invasions from the North, which is often claimed to be the "pure" India. Assistance on arrival by our local representative. Check in at Hotel. Later visit city tour of Chennai visiting Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government's secretariat, Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th-15th century. Later visit the Snake Park which has a large collection of snakes and many other reptiles. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 02 Chennai > Triupati > Chennai [Excursion](180 Kms 4 Hrs Drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Triupati. A temple and pilgrim town located at the foot of the Tirumala Hills on which the ancient and beautiful temple of Lord Venkateshwara stands. Spread over seven hills, this township is the most picturesque pilgrimage centre in the south. On arrival relax & freshen up later proceed for Darshan of Lord Balaji. After Darshan drive back to Chennai. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 03 Chennai > Mahabalipuram (70 Kms 2 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast, half-day sightseeing tour touching Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museums that contain the world's most complete and impressive selection of Chola bronzes and stone sculptures from South India. Later drive to Mahabalipuram, The city, built in the 7th century, this ancient city is said to be a sculptor's delight, boasting of some of India's most sublime rock-cut art, for which it is now a World Heritage site. On arrival transfer to the hotel. The evening free for visit to local market. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 04 Mahabalipuram > Kanchipuram > Mahabalipuram (70 Kms 2 Hours Drive)
After breakfast, day for the sightseeing covering Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance & Five Rathas. Later after Lunch drive to Kanchipuram, the golden city of thousand temples, one of Hinduism's seven most sacred cities of the early Chola Period of the 2nd century. After visit drive back to Mahabalipuram. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 05 Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry (135 Kms 3 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry, the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. Arrive & check in at hotel. Afternoon visit the local market and evening free for leisure. Overnight at Pondicherry.
Day 06 Pondicherry > Tanjore (280 Kms 6 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast a day for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram - the final resting place of Sri Aurobindo, a saint-cum-yogi who synthesized yoga and modern science. It is also the final resting place of the Mother. Also visit the Museum, which has rooms, furnished with period furniture of French India, Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Later drive to Tanjore. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening free for relax. Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 07 Tanjore > Trichy > Madurai (158 Kms 3 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast a day for local sightseeing tour of Tanjore visiting beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. After visit depart by surface for Madurai en route sightseeing tour of Trichy visiting the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapati, 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines lead to the temple. Yet another flight leads to Temple of Lord Shiva. After visit continue to drive to Madurai. Arrive & check in at hotel. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 08 Sightseeing of Madurai
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls, later visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 09 Madurai > Rameswaram > Madurai [Excursion] (180 Kms 4 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast a day for a Excursion tour to Rameswaram - is an island situated in the gulf of manner at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. A very important pilgrim centre of the Indians. Rameshwaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge across the sea to rescue his wife Sita, from Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. On arrival relax & freshen up later visit the Temple. After visit drive back to Madurai. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 10 Madurai > Kanyakumari (240 Kms 5 Hrs Drive)
Today after breakfast drive to Kanyakumari which is the foot point of India. Kanyakumari is the southern most tip of peninsular India. It is also known as Kanniyakumari in Tamil Language. It is the confluence point of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Apart from this, it is also a vital Hindu pilgrim center, renowned for its exotic sunrises and sunsets over the horizon. One of the unique features of Kanyakumari is the multicolored sand found on its beach. On arrival check in at Hotel. Evening relax on beautiful beaches. Overnight at Kanyakumari.
Day 11 Kanyakumari > Trivandrum (90 Kms 2 Hrs Drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Trivandrum. Arrive & transfer to Airport/Railway Station for your onward journey.
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