First step in Tamil Nadu | 07 days

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry – Kanchipuram – Madras
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Tour Overview

A Journey in First step in Tamil Nadu passes through the colorful cities, diversity, and Heritage UNESCO sites and of the galloping megalopolis, the former French counter and the sanctuary city

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the sea side town Mahabalipuram
  • Visit the shore temple  and Arjuna’s Peace
  • See the ancient temple of Kanchipuram
  • Visit to City of Seven Pagoda
  • Enjoy Tuk Tuk ride to see the colorful market or to stroll
  • Visit the Auroville & Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Enjoy the sea side in Pondicherry
  • Enjoy the luxury of Homestay/heritage /luxury hotels
  • UNESCO Heritage site of Mahabalipuram

Day 01    Arrive Chennai – Mahabalipuram

Arrival at Chennai International Airport meets & greet by representative transfer to the little Sea Side town of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), an hour’s drive from Chennai situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu has pris time beaches, spanning 20 kms, bright Sun & Crisp Sand, Wrapping up untold tales of the 7th Century. Here time stands still; and presents meet the past. A serene town nested amidst the historical stone sculptures and medieval architecture, that stands witness to the rich heritage – Mahabalipuram. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram

Day 02 Mahabalipuram

Today visit to Shore Temple: The most renowned landmark of Mamallapuram is the Shore Temple. Standing alone on the shore, this temple is protected by a wall constructed to minimise erosion. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion.

Arjuna's Penance: This quaint little town of Mamallapuram in enriched with ancient with ancient and splendid sculptures. Each of the beautiful works of art has a story to tell. Like the large 27 m by 9 m bas-relief that narrates the tale of Arjuna's Penance. Arjuna here is shown standing on one leg to please Lord Shiva into helping him winback the Pandava Empire. A fascinating combination of humans, animals and celestial beings seem to be rushing to the revered scene. Most prominent among them is a 4.8 m majestic elephant leading a procession. Also known as the Descent of the Ganga, this impressive canvas portrays the life giving River Ganges flowing out from its high source in the Himalayas. Enchanting stories from the Panchatantra are also a part of this magnificent bas-relief. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram

Day 03 Mahabalipuram -Pondichery 100 kms /2.30 hrs

After breakfast country side drive to Pondicherry presents an unusual combination of European culture & Indian traditions. An added attraction fair is the township of Auroville, an Oasis of Peace & Enlighten.

Auroville - or the ‘City of Dawn’ - was conceived as a place of research into the ideal of human unity by the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The idea is to build a futuristic city where people of goodwill can live together in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Auroville came into existence in 1968. Its Charter says, “To live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness”, and describes it as “belonging to nobody in particular, but to humanity as a whole”; as a place “of constant progress”; and as “a bridge between the past and the future.” Overnight stay Pondichery

Day 04 Pondichery

After breakfast A day to taste the charms of this city and its contrasts: the "black city" and its temples very lively dedicated to Ganesh, Shiva or even Durga the goddess of war, its colorful markets. In the white city the churches of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the Angels or Our Dame of the Immaculate Conception. A walk in the city in cyclo-pousse, in the discovery of the old French districts. You pass by the ocher walls of the Alliance française and the French school created in 1826. Finally the consulate General of France which retains its authentic charm of the 18th century.

Visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram whose buildings sprawl throughout the town: they also make paper and books, often beautifully bound in silk. The old seafront - Beach Road - makes a lovely morning stroll, there is a museum, several elaborate Catholic churches and 19th century Botanical Gardens planted with around 900 species of plants. In the late afternoon you will not miss making the inevitable stroll along Beach Road. Overnight stay in Pondichery

Day 05 Pondicherry

Third day to enjoy this charming town, You can hier the Tuk Tuk enjoy the colorful market or to stroll at leisure or to enjoy the seaside.

Day 06 Pondichery – Kanchipuram

After breakfast drive to scares city of Kanchipuram the “City of seven Pagodas” where we see outcroppings of rock that have been delicately carved into temples and life-sized replicas of elephants, lions and bulls. The carved Penance of Bhaghirata here is the largest bas-relief in the world.

Kanchipuram was one of the main centers of diffusion of Buddhism. You begin the visit of the site to the 7th century temple of Kailashnatha, perfect example of the Dravidian style. Dedicated to Shiva, it is the first monumental temple built in South India. Its surrounding wall is one of the most richly decorated of South India. Then the temple of Ekambareshvara, the holiest of the temples of the city, dominated by its huge gopuram 58 meters high.

Kanchipuram will also tell you the colors of his saris and the art of weaving silk. This craft activity already flourishing at the time of the kings pallavas, is renowned throughout India. Overnight stay in Kanchipuram

Day 07 Kanchipuram – Madras –Onward Destination

After breakfast drive to Madras and visit the city. Not far from the beach of Elliot Beach are the headquarters of the Theosophical Society whose park is home to a dozen temples, all religions combined, and a rich library. Continuation by visiting the Sumukha Gallery which exhibits contemporary Indian artists. End your day with a walk in the famous temple district of Mylapore. You can also see the small church Luz Church and the basilica Sandhome. You then cross an ancient district, filled with colorful Hindu temples, an ideal stroll at sunset. You end your stay in the neighborhood of Besant Nagar, on the beach of Elliot Beach, a small corné of paradise, clean and calm, in this immense metropolis. Transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination

Accommodation

  • O2 night stay in Mahabalipuram
  • 03 night stay in Pondicherry
  • 01 night stay in Kanchipuram

Dinning

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • Inclusive of Taxes

Transportation

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by Air conditioned vehicle
  • Services of local English Speaking Guides at destination
  • All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges
  • All monument entry fees wherever applicable

Exclusions

Language guide, Major meal Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard drink /beer and Expenses like personal nature