Explore Tamil Nadu With Beach



DAY 01 - ARRIVE CHENNAI


Arrive Chennai international airport

Meeting and assistance at the airport

Transfer by car to your hotel

Check in at the hotel

Time to relax after your international fight

At around 1400 hrs set out to explore the city of Chennai

Visit Government Bronze museum (closed on Fridays) where you can see some very interesting and rate bronze statue collections and some very rare and interesting sculptures at the Amaravathi Gallery.

Drive along the old part of Chennai

Walk through George Town and explore how British developed this once small fishing Hamlet to become the first modern city of India

Drive to Fort St. George. Walk through the fort and visit St. Mary's church - the first Anglican Church in India

Driver through Marina beach and on the other side you will find excellent colonial building built on Indo sacranic style and learn the history of why all colonial building in India are built on this style of architecture

Visit St. Thomas Cathedral

Walk along the market near Kapaleeshwara temple

Return to your hotel in Chennai

It would be a great option to have dinner at Rain tree restaurant at the Taj Connemara hotel to give you the introduction to South Indian cuisine

Overnight at the hotel in Chennai



DAY 02 - CHENNAI / PONDICHERRY


Breakfast at the hotel

Depart around 0800 hrs to Pondicherry

Arrive Pondicherry at around noon

Check in at the hotel in Pondicherry

You will then have time in the evening to walk around this once French station of business in India which even now have traces of French stay in India

In the evening visit Aurbindo Ashram

Later walk around the beach promenade

Overnight at the hotel in Pondicherry



DAY 03 - PONDICHERRY / TANJORE


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning say around 0730 hrs leave for Tanjore

It is a long but very interesting day

You will first visit Natraja Temple in Chidambaram

Later drive to Gangaikondacholapuram where you will explore the architecture of the chola style temple from the lawns

Leave for Tanjore with enroute visiting Darasuram - a very good example of Dravidian architecture

Arrive Tanjore and check in at the hotel

Overnight at the hotel in Tanjore



DAY 04 - TANJORE / CHETTINADU


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning visit Brihadeeshwara temple - known for its architectural excellence

Later visit Bronze gallery at Tanjore Palace complex

Drive to Chettinadu

You will first sample an excellent Chettinadu cuisine at an outside hotel before checking in at your hotel in a Chettinadu village

Later in the day explore this sleepy little village with more than 1000 palatial houses.

In the evening visit a village temple

Overnight at the hotel in Chettinadu



DAY 05 - CHETTINADU / RAMESHWARAM


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning leave for Rameshwaram

Know as one the two important pilgrimage centres a Hindu has to visit once in his / her life time - you can see the activities of pilgrims.

Check in at the hotel

In the afternoon walk along the temple to see the activities of the pilgrims

Overnight at the hotel in Rameshwaram



DAY 06 - RAMESHWARAM / MADURAI


Proceed on a pre breakfast tour to Danashkodi the south eastern tip of India and from where the northern tip of Sri Lanka is only around 16 miles. The legends say that Lord Rama - the hero of the epic Ramayana had built a bridge over the palk to retrieve his wife kidnapped by the king of Sri Lanka. Geography till date stays at the Palk has some thing underground which restricts movement of ships along this straight and hence the sips travelling from east of India to west of India has to go around Sri Lanka

Return to the hotel

After breakfast check out and leave for Madurai

Arrive Madurai and check in at the hotel

In the evening visit the market and suggest dinner at an restaurant overlooking the temple gopurams

Overnight at the hotel in Madurai



DAY 07 - MADURAI / TRICHY


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning leave for a visit of Madurai visiting the famous Meenakshi Amman temple and The Palace of Tirumalai Nayak.

After lunch leave for Trichy

If you are interested to visit temples, you can visit Narthan malai and Kudumiyan Malai enroute to Trichy

Arrive Trichy and check in at the hotel

In the evening visit Rock Fort temple - it is situated on a small hill lock. You can have a panoramic view of Trichy town and later visit the market near the temple

Suggest dinner at an outside restaurant

Overnight at the hotel in Trichy



DAY 08 - TRICHY / MAHBALIPURAM


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning visit Srirangam - you will be able to see the activities of Hindus performing religious rituals on the banks of river Kaveri at Amma Mandapam

Later visit the temple complex of Sriranganathaswamy

Later proceed to Mahabalipuram

Arrive Mahabalipuram around evening

Check in at your beach resort

Overnight at the hotel in Mahabalipuram



DAY 09 - MAHABALIPURAM / KANCHEEPURAM / MAHABALIPURAM


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning proceed to Kancheepuram - 02 hours drive one way

Visit Kailasanthar temple, Varadaraja Perumal temple and Ekambareshwar temple Kancheepuram is also known for its variety of silk from which the grand wedding silk sarees are made.

Return to Mahabalipuram

In the evening walk around the main street of Mahabalipuram where you can find crafts man carving stones

You can choose to have dinner at one of the many sea food cafes or return to your hotel to have a quite dinner

Overnight at the hotel in Mahabalipuram



DAY 10 - MAHABALIPURAM


Breakfast at the hotel

In the morning take time to visit Arjuna Penance, Five Rathas and Shore temple

Rest of the afternoon at the beach resort

Your departure will be on Day 11 and hence you will be transferred according to the time of your international flight. The departure from Mahabalipuram might be during late night and early morning of Day 11



DAY 11 - DEPARTURE