Fort & Temples Tour Packages – Tamil Nadu

 

Fort & Temples Tour Packages – Tamil Nadu  
Tamil Nadu, formerly known as the Coromandel Coast, is the 11th largest state in India occupying 4% of the country’s total area. The state represents the heart of the Dravidian Culture in India, which precedes the Aryan culture by over a thousand years.
Tamil Nadu has a rich tradition of art, literature and poeting dating back centuries before the birth of Christ. Splendid temples and historic sites that dot the region bear witness to the architectural skill of the Tamils since time immemorial. Tamil Nadu, the land of Tamils and Temples is situated on the southern tip of the Indian Peninsula, bounded on the east by the Bay of Bengal, on the South by Indian Ocean, on the west by Kerala and Karnataka and on the north by Andhra Pradesh.This gateway to the South, offers everything that excites a visitor…clean and quite unspoilt hill stations, beautiful

Day -1  – Chennai
Your exploration in Tamil Nadu will start from Chennai (formerly known as Madras) owes its origins to the British Empire, which established a fort-Fort St.George-and trading post here in the 17th century. Chennai is today the 4th largest city in the country.

Arrival at Chennai meet and assistance at the airport by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Later in the evening enjoy the drive through Marina Beach-considered one of the longest beaches in the world, the Marina is about 12 Kms long and is the favorite place for evening promenades. Overnight at the hotel in Chennai.

Day – 2  – Chennai
To day after breakfast proceed to visit:
Fort St.George: The fort, built in the 17th century by the British East India Company is one of the finest example of British military construction in India.

High Court & Light House: Built in 1892,it is said to be the largest judicial builting in the world after the courts of London.

St.Andrews Church: The Kirk as its popularly referred to, with a 55m steeple was completed in 1821 in the classical style.

St.Thomas Mount: Situated between the airport and the city, this tiny cave is where St.Thomas lived and preached when he came to India in 58 AD.

Day – 3  – Chennai – Mahabalipuram
After breakfast check out and drive to Mahabalipuram.On the way to Mahabalipuram, we visit Cholamandal Artist’s Village. Many years ago about 30 painters and sculptures got together and acquired this land so that they could work in comparative peace.

Mahabalipuram itself, or Mammallapuram as it was originally called, is ancient sea port named after Mammala or Narasimha Varman 1,the Pallava ruler who set up his capital here and established a center of sculpture and art in the seventh century AD.

One very good reason for driving down to Mahabs is the drive itself. There are more than 40 carved monuments here but the must-see are Shore Temple, the great open -air bas relief called Arjunna’s Penance and the Five Ratha.

Crocodile Bank -A unique wildlife park created by famous conservationist Romulus Whitaker, it saves several crocodile and Alligator species from extinction.

Day – 4  – Mahabalipuram
This day is free for leisure at Mahabalipuram and surrounding or you can spent  the whole day at Kovalam Beach.

Day – 5  – Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
After breakfast check out and drive to Pondicherry.A former French colony settle in the 18th century. Pondicherry is indeed is a beautiful Indian town with traces of French culture still intact and an ashram by the sea.

Walking is the best way to see Pondicherry.A walk around the white Town-begin at the southern end of Goubert Salai, also known as Beach Road-will take you past most of Pondicherry’s sights: the palace de la Republique, the Light house, the French War Memorial, the statue of Joan of Arc, the church of Our Lady of the Angels, the Pondicherry Museum and the Government Garden.

Day – 6  – Pondicherry
Day free for explore Pondicherry.We will visit:

(1) The Aurobindo Ashram: This ashram is now one of the most popular and affluent in India today.

(2) The Pondicherry Museum: This building with its huge rooms, wide windows and high ceilings is itself worth a visit.

(3) Shopping: Pondicherry is excellent for pottery, handmade paper products, candles, incense sticks and other new age accoutrements.

Day – 7  – Pondicherry –Trichy

Travel by road to Trichy, on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free to relax, overnight in Trichy.

Day – 8  – Trichy 
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Trichy. Trichy the most famous landmark of this bustling town – the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop, which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It is reached by a flight of steep steps cut into the rock and from its summit you get a fantastic view of the town plus its other main landmark, the Sri Ranganathanswami Temple. This temple is one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River and covering a staggering 2.5 sq km and Jambukeshwara Temples. Evening drive back to hotel or take a walk through old city particularly big bazaar street and China bazaar. Overnight in Trichy.

Day – 9  – Trichy – Thanjavur
Later travel by road to Tanjore, (Thanjavur) which was the ancient capital of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadeshwara temple, which was built by Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace, which was constructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers. Overnight at Thanjavur.

Day – 10  – Thanjavur –Swamimali – Thanjavur
Travel by road to Swamimalai, 8km west of Kumbakonam, is reversed as one of the six sacred abodes of Lord Murugan, Shiva’s son, whom Hindu mythology records become his father’s religious teacher on a hill here. But of more interest to non-Hindu are the hereditary bronze-casters workshops dotted around the bazaar and outlying hamlets. Drive back to Thanjavur and overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.

Day – 11  –  Thanjavur-Madurai
On early morning check out and drive to Madurai-one of south India’s most ancient city. The Meenakshi Temple in the heart of the old town is the supreme attraction here. A rightfully flamboyant example of Dravidian architecture it has gopurams covered from top to bottom with vibrant images of deities, animals and mythical figures.

Day – 12  – Madurai
After breakfast take a sight seeing of Madurai visiting the Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum, Government Museum, Koodal Alagar Temple and Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam.Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.

Day – 13  – Madurai-Kodaikannal
After breakfast check out and drive to Kodaikanal-situated on the southern crest of the Palani Hills at an altitude of 2100 M is this charming retreat of Kodikanal.Set up as a sanatorium in 1845 by the American Madura Mission, Kodai holds a unique distination. It happens to be the only hill station in India to be established by Americans.

Day – 14  – Kodaikannal
The town is a maze of churches, hotels, restaurants, touts and homemade signs advertising homemade chocolates. No sightseeing tour of Kodai can commence without the customary amble down Croaker’s Walk a strip of paves road on the steep southern mountainside. Later take sight seeing of Kodai visiting the Bryant’s Park, Green Valley View Point, Pillar Rock, and Silver Cascade.

Day – 15  – Kodaikannal-Madurai
Check out from the hotel and drive to Madurai to catch your flight to Chennai.On arrival transfer to the international airport in time to board connecting flight for onward destination. Tour concludes

beaches, magnificent temples with towering gopurams, waterfalls, historical monuments, art, culture, heritage and much more.