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  Tamil Nadu Explorer

Destinations Covered: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai
Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Arrive Chennai On arrival in Chennai situated on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

After breakfast proceed to chennai sightseeing covering Kapaleeswarar Temple, Marina Beach, Fort St. George & Secretariat, Vivekananda House, Santhome Church, Govt Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Central Station, Ripon Building, Poompuhar - Handicrafts of Tamilnadu. Before departing for the ocean side town of Mahabalipuram, a great place to stroll on the beach, dine on delicious seafood at a beachfront restaurant.On arrival in Mahabalipuram transfer to hotel & overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Morning sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, taking in several UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments and the wonderful natural rock formations around the town. Mahabalipuram was at one time the capital of the Pallava dynasty which ruled large parts of modern-day Tamil Nadu. These Days it is a sleepy village but landmarks such as Arjuna’s Penance (the largest bas relief carving in the world), the beautiful Shore Temple and many rock cut temples make it a fascinating destination. After your tour, depart for Trichy, a drive of around 5 hours through the rich agricultural lands of Tamil Nadu. On arrival in Trichy, transfer to hotel & overnight in Trichy.

Trichy and the neighbouring river-island of Srirangam are important pilgrimage sites with the Rock Fort temple in the city and Vishnu temple at Srirangam attracting steady streams of devotees from far and wide. You may spend time exploring the bazaar around Rock Fort, before departing for Tanjore in the afternoon. Tanjore’s Brihadishwara Temple is one of the most spectacular sights in Tamil Nadu and the best time to visit is at sunset. Tanjore is also a great place to explore in a largely tourist-free environment. On arrival in Tanjore, transfer to hotel & Overnight in Tanjore.

A guided tour of Tanjore in the morning before departing to the Chettinad region to arrive in time for lunch. Chettinad is something of a world apart and a truly unique destination. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) who hailed from this region amassed significant fortunes throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries from their roles as bankers and business go-betweens for many of the empires from both East and West which traded in south India during that time. Many of them poured their fortunes into building remarkable homes- some over 40000sq ft and with dozens of rooms and many courtyards. You’ll be able to tour Chettinad Palace, the biggest of them all, and to stay in another, fully restored mansion overnight. Chettinad is also famous for its unique cuisine which known for complex flavours and innovative use of ingredients. On arrival in Chettinad, transfer to hotel and Overnight in Kannudakathan, Chettinad.

A full day in the Chettinad region to visit the local markets and temples, observe the local craft of tile-making, ride around the village by bullock cart, and explore the district headquarters of Karaikudi. There are not many ‘interesting’ villages which offer top class accommodation in this part of India, making Kannudakathan. Overnight in Kannudakathan, Chettinad.

Depart Chettinad after breakfast and drive 2 hours to Madurai, where you can tour Sri Meenakshi Temple and Nayak Palace in the afternoon. Meenakshi is perhaps the most famous and popular of the major Temples in Tamilnadu and its location at the very heart of Madurai makes this bustling city truly a Temple Town, no matter how modern parts of it are becoming. The temple draws visitors from all over India and is not just a place of devotion but a market place and social hub for the city. At the end of each day the temple is closed at the end of a wonderful procession through its innermost sections. This closing ceremony is well worth staying out late for. On arrival in Madurai, transfer to hotel and overnight in Madurai.

After breakfast connect to Chennai from Madurai airport. On arrival in Chennai proceed to International Airport for return flight connections.


Disclaimer: Above is a standard itinerary. Final tour may vary depending upon the exact air, rail, road schedule and passenger requirement.