Arrival assistance in Chennai Airport, then transfer to the hotel. Have a rest in the hotel till afternoon. Have a lunch and proceed your visit to the important places of Chennai.
Chennai – "The capital city of Tamil Nadu" was established in the 17th century by the British as a major urban centre. By the 20th century, this city was turned into an administrative centre.
Government Museum: This museum was housed in the colonial building of 1857, exhibits lot of archeological findings and bronze gallery, numismatics etc. Fort St.George: Built in the 17th century where the present Tamil Nadu State Government has its Secretariat. Behind the fort, St. Mary’s Church, an Anglican church was built in the same period. Santhome Church: This Catholic Church was declared as the National Shrine and is located near by the Marina beach, built over the tomb of St.Thomas who was the Apostle of Jesus. Kapaleeswarar Temple: The Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva depicts the finest example of Dravidian Architecture
Overnight Stay in Chennai.
In the morning, Have an excursion to the Silk city named "Kanchipuram", the ancient capital of the Pallava dynasty ruled between 7th and 8th centuries. First and foremost, Visit the Ekambareshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most famous one with tall towers, massive halls with sculptured pillars. Next, proceed to Kailasanatha temple which is also meant for Lord Shiva is the finest specimen for Pallava architecture with beautifully carved sculptures. Then have a lunch in the same city. In the afternoon, Drive to Mahabalipuram, the ancient port city of the Pallavas in the 7th century. Check into the hotel. Have a relax in the beach side.
Overnight Stay in Mahabalipuram.
After the breakfast, before departing to Pondicherry have a visit to some monumental sites of Mahabalipuram. First, to Shore temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and then to Five Rathas "Five Chariots", a monolithic structure, representing an unique style for each chariot built by the pallavas, then finally toArjuna’s Penance where we can find numerous bas-relief sculptures depicts gods, semi gods, sages and living creatures. Every year in the month of December and January, an annual dance festival will be organized in this city by the Department of Tourism.
In the afternoon, Drive to Pondicherry " The French Colony" and Check into the hotel. In the evening have a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, an Ashram dedicated to Sri Aurobindo who has introduced the Internal Yoga and Spiritual realizations. The Mother formerly known as "Mirra Alfasa", a Parisien who was worked with Sri Aurobindo is very popular. Lot of buildings in Grey & White colour belongs to Asharam and is situated in the French quarters. Also near by the ashram, there is a religious temple "Manakula Vinayaga" dedicated Lord Ganesha where you can see many rituals and real functioning of the temple. Have a visit to "The Church of Sacred Church" and "Notre dame des Anges" .Have a walk to the commercial streets, markets and then to beach side.
After the breakfast, drive to Tanjore. On the way, visit the famous Nataraja temple dedicated to lord shiva in a small town named Chidhambaram. The roof plated with gold leaves is the major sanctum sanctorum and the presiding deity symbolizes the space, one of the five elements of the Universe. Then continue your drive to Tanjore. Enroute, visit the famous Gangaikondacholapuram belongs to 11th century built by the Chola dynasty, one of the World Protected UNESCO Site. In the late afternoon, visit the 12th century Chola temple in a small villageDarasuram and then proceed your travel to Tanjore.
Overnight stay in Tanjore.
Have a day excursion to Trichy. In the morning, have a stop in a place called AmmaMandpam – the holy banks of River Cauvery, where you can see the Hindu rituals after the cremation. It's quite interesting to see the rituals performed by the Hindus. Then visit the famous Vishnu temple in Srirangam, the most pilgrimage centre of the Hindus. This small holy city is also termed as the "Paradise on the earth". This magnificent temple has 21 colorful towers with the surface area of 60 hectares. Have a lunch in Trichy. Then return back to Tanjore to visit the Tanjore art gallery which houses the collection of sculptures and statues. In the evening , visit the most famous World Heritage Monument Sri Brihadeeshwara Temple built by the chola dynasty in the 10th century.
Overnight stay in Tanjore.
Mr Ram Kumar R.