» Tamil Nadu Cultural Tours
Tamil Nadu Cultural Tours
07 Nights / 8 Days
Chennai - Kanchipuram- Mahabalipuram
- Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Chennai
Day 01 : Chennai
Begain your tour
Arrive into Chennai
Welcome to Vardhman's "Tamil Nadu Cultural Tour". On arrival
in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative
to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 02: Chennai
This morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Chennai,
the capital city, popularly regarded as the "Gateway to the South"represents
a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India.
Visit the Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents
of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing;
Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses
the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamilnadu; St. Mary's Church,
the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy
Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple,
Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva;
San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in
1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters
of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative
religion philosophy and science.
Day 03: Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram, this city of thousand temples
lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of
the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major
seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for
Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous
for its silk weavers, settled here some 400 years ago and have given
it an enviable reputation.
Later drive to Mahablipuram.On arrival check in at your hotel.
Mahabalipuram, driving south of Madras on the coast lies Mamallapuram
(Mahabalipuram), the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created
many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic
Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big bas relief, notable
for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring
27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods,
men .beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore
Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is
a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed
in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic temples,
each created in different style.
Day 04: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
This morning after breakfast drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival
at Pondicherry check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Pondicherry.
Pondicherry: Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry
retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai
Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram
retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual
authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the
Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn
Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating
a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and
work together in a spiritual environment.
Day 05: Pondicherry-Tanjore
After breakfast drive to Tanjore enroute visit Chidambram.
Chidambram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer; dedicated to Lord Nataraja.
Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple
is distinguished by the five sabhas or counts. The towering gopurams,
the tallest one on the north is 42.4 m are carved on it with 108 dance
poses of Bharatanatiyam.
Upon arrival at Tanjore check into your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Tanjore.
Tanjore: The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and
traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar
Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the
Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and
the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
Day 06: Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai
This morning after breakfast drive to Madurai enroute visit Trichy.
Srirangam: 5 kms from Trichy, located in an island is Srirangam. Surrounded
by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed within the seven
walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less
than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high
13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around.
Rock Fort :
The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most
famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world
aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but
the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top
where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Day 07: Madurai
Day 08: Madurai - Chennai (By flight)
This day of your tour proceed for sightseeing of Madurai.
Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city
on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500
yeras old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram)
that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing
a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns
is proud of magnificent 'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12
gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple.
The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over
1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple,
the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai
and her marriage to Lord Shiva.Evening witness Prayer Ceremony at the
This morning after breakfast transfer to the Madurai airport to catch
flight for Chennai. On arrival transfer to International airport to board
the flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories
of "Tamil Nadu Cultural Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.