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International air ticket. Lunch and dinner. Entrance ticket at the places of interest. Guide service. All personal expenses. Gala dinner on special occasions - Christmas and New Year, etc.
Day 1 : Chennai
Overnight Stay - Chennai
Meet the Guest on arrival and transfer to hotel for rest and relaxation. Sightseeing - Marina Beach, Kapaleeswar temple, Fort St. George, Museum, Santhome Church, Apparswamy temple and St. Thomas Mount.
CHENNAI Marina Beach, Kapaleeswar Temple, Fort St. George, Museum, Santhome Cathedral Basilica, St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas Mount. Chennai has innumerable places of tourist interest. It is the Gateway to South India and 368 years old, and the 34th largest metropolitan city in the world. One cannot fail to notice the dominant British influences in the city. But Chennai retains a charming characteristic of a typical South Indian heritage. Fort St. George was built by the East India Company. Fort Museum contains many relics pertaining to the reign of the East India Company and British India. St. Mary’s Church is the oldest Anglican Church in Asia, the first English Church in Chennai and the oldest surviving British Church in India National Art Gallery and Government Museum has an excellent archaeological section and also houses a good ethnological collection of the Cholas. The Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world. St. Thomas Mount is a small hillock, where the Apostle, St. Thomas was believed to have been killed by his assassins. Kapaleeswar temple is an ancient Shiva temple constructed in the Dravidian style and displays the architectural elements. St Thomas Cathedral- Santhome Cathedral Basilica is said to house the remains of St. Thomas, the Apostle.
Day 2 : Bangalore
Overnight Stay - Bangalore
Drive - Chennai to Bangalore - 6 Hrs. Bangalore Sightseeing - Lalbagh, Vidhana Soudha, Mahalakshmi temple, Garuda Vahana Anjaneya temple, Infant Jesus Church, Iskcon Krishna temple and Cubbon Park.
BANGALORE - This is claimed to be the cleanest city of the country. The city has two beautiful parks called Lalbagh and Cubbon Park. These occupy the maximum land area of the city. The Radha Krishna temple is attractive and was built recently. The Vidhana Soudha is the State Legislative Assembly and a part of the Secretariat was built on the lines of neo Dravidian style. Lalbagh-the Botanical Garden is spread over 240 acres and the Cubbon Park over 120 hectares which was laid out in 1864. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic and cultural hub and the fastest growing metropolis in India. Roadside vendors, tea stalls, South Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Western fast food joints are all very popular in the city. Bangalore is also sometimes called as the “Pub Capital of India” and is one of the premier places to hold international rock concerts.
Day 3 : Mysore
Overnight Stay - Mysore
Drive - Bangalore to Mysore - 3 Hrs via Bangalore Film City. Mysore Sightseeing - Chamundeswari Temple, Brindavan Garden, Srirangapatna Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Maharaja Palace.
MYSORE - One of the most visited monuments in India, the Ambavilas Palace is also known as Mysore Palace. It has all the trappings of royalty. The Jaganmohana Palace, the Jayalakshmi Vilas and the Lalitha Mahal are some of the other palaces in the city. Chamundeshwari Temple, atop the Chamundi Hills and St. Philomena’s Church are popular religious places in Mysore. Brindavan Garden - These tranquil ornamental gardens are laid out below the immense Krishnaraja Sagar Dam. Chamundi Hills - Standing up in a little hill, they command a stunning view of the city. Srirangapatnam - Historically a great battle field for a brave King Tipu Sultan stands the ruins of the capital from where Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled most parts of the south. Water Gate - It was near here that Tipu met his death and in addition to the small plaque on the gateway, there’s also a simple stone, slightly further to the east, that marks the spot where he fell. Summer Palace- Every square centimeter of the inner walls is covered with murals depicting his armies and the splendour of his kingdom. Gumbajs - Tipu Sultan and his father, Hyder Ali were buried here with full military honours.
Day 4 : Ooty
Overnight Stay - Ooty
Drive - Mysore to Ooty - 4 Hrs. Ooty Sightseeing - Botanical Garden, Lake, Doddabetta and Childrens’ Park.
OOTY is inhabited by the Thodas, the tribal people whose belief system and practices, centre on the buffalo. Today, however, only about 1500 Thodas remain. Much of Ooty is at the altitude of 2,286 meters above sea level. Its stunning beauty and splendid lush green valleys inspired the British to name it the “Queen of Hill Stations”. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. Ooty Botanical Gardens - The Botanical Garden is vibrantly green and well-maintained. The garden has a 20-million-year old fossilized tree. Ooty Lake & Boat House is an artificial lake built by John Sullivan. Centenary Rose Park - The garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers and the largest collection of roses in the country, hybrid tea roses, miniature rose, floribunda, ramblers and roses of unusual colours like black and green. Stone House was the first properly built house in Ooty, built by John Sullivan. Thoda huts - There are a few Toda huts on the hills above the Botanical Garden, where Thodas still dwell. Ooty Mountain Railway -The station is part of the World Heritage Sites. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the oldest mountain railways in India with steam locomotives. St. Stephen’s Church - This is one of the oldest churches in the town and is a local landmark. Ooty Golf Links -A forested and grassy area, it is home to a splendid golf course. Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak, situated at a height of 2623 meters in the Nilgiris.
Day 5 : Trichy
Overnight Stay - Trichy
Drive - Ooty to Trichy - 6 Hrs. Trichy Sightseeing - Srirangam Ranganatha Swamy temple, Rock fort Uchipillayar temple and Samayapuram Mariamman temple.
TIRUCHIRAPALLI or Trichy is a city of great antiquity and has been ruled by the Early Cholas, the Early Pandyas, Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Later Pandyas, Delhi Sultanate, Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, and the British at different times. Tiruchirapalli has a number of historical monuments, magnificent forts, churches and temples. Sri Ranganthaswamy Temple - This superb temple complex at Srirangam is situated on a beautiful island, formed by two arms of the Cauvery River. God Vishnu is worshipped in the name of “Renganathar” in a sleeping posture, which cannot be seen anywhere else. There is a flower market in this place called as “sathara veedhi” from where flowers and garlands are exported to various foreign countries. Thiruvanaikaval Sri Jambukeshwara Temple has five concentric walls and seven Gopurams, with the customary decrease in size towards the sanctum sanctorum. The oldest human-built dam, Kallanai, which was built by Karikala Cholan across the Kaveri River, is near Trichy. One famous landmark in Tiruchirapalli is the Rock Fort, a big outcrop of rock, 83 metres in height. It is the only such outcrop, of its kind. On top of the rock fort is the Ucchi Pillayar Koil, a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Vinayaka-Ganesh, from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchirapalli. The area surrounding the rock temple is a busy commercial region, mainly known for its textiles, Burmese, Chinese and Japanese goods. It has the greatest number of Christian Churches in India some of which are the Holy Redeemer’s Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Church and The Cathedral in Melapudur.
Day 6 : Tanjore - Chidambaram - Pondicherry
Overnight stay at Pondicherry
Drive - Trichy to Tanjore - 1 Hr for visiting Big temple and Sarawathy Mahal Library.
Drive - Tanjore to Chidambaram - 3 Hrs for visiting Nataraja temple and Thillai Kali temple.
Drive - Chidambaram to Pondicherry -2 Hrs. Sightseeing - Auroville Aurobindo Ashram,Manakula Vinayagar temple and Beach.
THANJAVUR is the home of Tanjore painting that is unique and popular around the world. It is one of the oldest cities in India and has a long and varied history. The city rose into prominence during the rule of the Later Cholas when it served as the capital of the Chola empire. The historical buildings are the Vijayanagara Fort, which contains a palace, a Bell Tower and the Saraswathi Mahal Library, which contains over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper. The Brihadeeshwara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola was completed around 1010 AD. It also acted as a repository of the empire’s records, as the great Rajaraja had its walls covered with numerous inscriptions, recording his conquests and his endowments to various charities. The Big Temple is a superb and fascinating monument. Thanjavur has produced many classical musicians and Bharathanatyam dancers. Tanjore is well known for bronze sculptures, unique Tanjore paintings, Thavil, a divine instrument Veena, Thanjavur dolls and Tanjore plates.
CHIDAMBARAM Nataraja temple is one of the panchabhoota temples representing space.The ancient Chidambaram Nataraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of the Cosmic Dancer and is the oldest temple in Southern India. The 1000 pillared hall, the Nritya Sabha or court is carved out like a gigantic chariot. Sambanthar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundaramurti Swamigal, Manickavasagar and Nandanar attained Mukti in Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam dancers from different parts of the world offer their prayers to Lord Nataraja during the famous annual Natyanjali festival. A number of families are engaged in the gold and silver ornament-making business for generations. Most of the artifacts are hand created, which are rich in quality and artistry. Sri Raghavendra Swami was born near Chidambaram. Chidambaram is home to the Annamalai University.
Goddess Kali is a deity in anger and her anger was pacified, ARULMIGU THILLAI KALI AMMAN Temple, Chidambaram - There is an interesting story about the construction of this temple in the outskirts of the town. It seems there was an argument as to who was superior between Lord Shiva and his wife Shakthi. In order to clear this doubt, Shiva decided to perform a dance at Chidambaram, in front of Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Both Shiva and Sakthi were performing when Shiva was about to be defeated, he performed "Oorthava Thandava" one of the positions in dance where one raises his leg above his head. This could not be performed by Sakthi due to her shyness. Since she could not do it, she accepted her defeat and in anger went to the extreme end of the town. Her idol at Thillai Kali Temple is a deity in anger and has four faces. Her anger was pacified by Brahma's chanting and singing praises of her and thus 'Kali' calmed down. People whose birth star sign is Magha Nakshatra should visit Arulmigu Thillai Kali Amman Temple at Chidambaram
PONDICHERRY is a living monument of French culture in India. The town was once upon a time, an abode of scholars well versed in the Vedas. Joseph François Dupleix became the Governor of this French Territory in India. Internal disturbances in Puducherry gave the British, the opportunity to gain control. However, after the Treaty of Paris, the British restored the settlements to the French. French Influence - The design of the city was based on the French grid pattern. (Originally Dutch, the plans of Pondicherry dating from the end of the seventeenth century are preserved in the National Archives at The Hague). The city has many colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues, which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambience. Beaches in Puducherry are Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, The Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the best-known and wealthiest ashrams in India. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above any creed, politics and nationalities. The heritage buildings and monuments present around the Promenade beach are the Children’s Park & Dupleix Statue, Gandhi statue,Nehru Statue, Le Café, French War Memorial, 19th Century Light House, Bharathi Park, Governor’s Palace, Romain Rolland Library, Legislative Assembly, Puducherry Museum and the French Institute of Pondicherry. The French and the British tried to remove the deity from this place and even threw the deity in the sea. But the deity came back to the same place.Peace Of Mind - PONDICHERRY SRI MANAKULA VINAYAGAR TEMPLE was in existence even before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. The local people called their God as Manal Kulathu Vinayagar meaning God near the pond of sand. Later it was known as MANAKULA VINAYAGAR. The Jesuits and missionaries tried butcould not demolish Manakula Vinayagar temple. The French and the British lived in this part of the town. They made every effort to remove the deity from this place and even threw the deity in the sea but every time they did this, the deity came back to the same place. Later a temple was built near the shores of the Bay of Bengal as per the Ganapathy Agamam and was named Bhuvanesa Vinayagar Temple. Thollaikkathu Siddhar, a saint standing 6ft tall, with broad forehead, glittering blissful eyes, big hole bearing ear, small pot bellied with hand extending up to knee cap and hands with lotus regai, guru medu and sanimedu at a height showing arul gnana regai, got enlightenment from this deity and attained Samadhi in this temple, nearly 300 years ago. From then on, people bring their new born here for worship before going to any other temple. The temple is 300 years old and its early history is marked by trouble, with the French ordering that the annual festival around the streets of Pondicherry should not take place. This caused unrest among the people and 15,000 of them gathered to set off towards Chennai. As they were all workers in a textile factory, the authorities revoked their decision, fearing that work would be affected. This type of incident kept repeating till, strangely, Dupleix, the great French leader himself developed affection for the idol. Such are the winning ways of Lord Vinayaka! who lives in a region bound by sand”. To the Eastern side of the temple lies the sea and the sand. Inside the temple, there is a small pond, which the priest will show to the devotee with the help of a lit camphor. Though the pond is close to the sea, the water is clear. It is believed that anything put into the pond will turn black in colour.
Day 7 : Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Overnight Stay at Chennai
Drive - Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram - 2 Hrs. Mahabalipuram Sightseeing - Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Shore Temple and Beach
Drive - Mahabalipuram to Chennai - 1½ Hrs. “ Free and Leisure Tour “ - Based on operational possibilities, Vehicle will be provided for Guest’s own choice of programmes i.e. sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, village tour, meeting friends & relatives and cultural programmes like dance, music, cinema etc.
MAHABALIPURAM - The rock carvings at Mahabalipuram are notable for the delightful freshness and simplicity of their folk art origins. It is one of the world famous monument sites of the country and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mandapa or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from a granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple, erected half a century later, was built from dressed stone. The Shore Temple in particular, strikes a very romantic theme and is one of the most photographed monuments in India now ravaged by wind and sea. Five Rathas - The five rathas are sculptured temples in the style of chariots and carved from solid rock. Krishna Mandapam - It features carvings of a pastoral scene. Arjuna’s Penance - Carved in relief, on the face of a huge rock, it is a giant open relief - sculpture on a massive scale, extolling an episode from the Hindu epic. The other monuments are Ganesh Ratha, Mahishamardhini Mandapam & Olakkaneswvara Temple, Dharmaraja Mandap and Varaha Cave Temple. Thirukadalmallai - This temple was also built by a Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. It is said that after building this temple, the remaining architecture was preserved and not corroded by the sea.
Day 8 : Chennai Fly Back
"Transfer" to Airport or Railway Station for return journey after completion of tour. Based on the Guest’s Departure time and Operational possibilities, Vehicle will be provided for Guest’s own choice of programmes i.e. sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, village tour, meeting friends & relatives and cultural programmes like dance, music, cinema, etc at Departure city. Vehicle is placed at the Guest’s disposal.
Other Terms & Conditions :
Hotel check - in & out will be 12 noon.
Generally all Hindu Temples in India are closed from 12 Noon to 16.00 Hrs. on all days.
3 rd Bed as Additional Bed is provided on the floor with foam mattress (1 Room for 3 Persons).
Drive from one city to another city can be undertaken at any time of the traveller's choice, based on comfort, convenience, possibilities, driving feasibility (Not during night) and sightseeing timings.
The vehicle will not be available for use by travellers from 22:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs i.e. during night hours. This is to ensure safety of the travellers and rest for the driver to enable the driver to drive the vehicle safely during the day.
The places mentioned in the sightseeing visit of each day can be skipped on operational reasons by our agencies and travellers for various unknown reasons such as traveller's interest, shortage of time, requirement of more time for another place, visiting alternate place instead of the scheduled place, traffic jam, closure of the place, strike, bandh, etc. The traveller's punctuality and co- operation will help us follow the scheduled programme of visit to every place and cover all the places.
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