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Chennai - Pondichery - Kanyakumari - Chennai

Chennai | Pondicherry | Kanyakumari
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It appears as if the gold pieces are spread all over the city and that is the place of temples many of them are of lord Vishnu. Kanchipuram (Means a city of gold) is shining in south and attracts tourists with temples and handmade sarees. Move in to Mysore a place made and nurtured by brave King Tipu Sultan (the inventor of Rockets). Periyar is famous for elephants. Tanjore is a center of attraction for Tanchhoi : silk sarees.

CHENNAI

 

Chennai Capital of the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is one of the four major metropolitan cities in India. Today, it is hard to believe that a place that was till 1639 just a small fishing village would become such an enormous and beautiful city. Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is perhaps the most peaceful and green metropolis in India. Chennai has a number of attractions for the tourists to see. One of them is the beautiful Marina beach, where the blue waters of the Bay of Bengal mingle with the golden sands. The city also has its share of forts and palaces reminding the tourists the glory of bygone eras.

 

SightSeeing


Visiting , Kapaleeshwarar Temple : A masterpiece of Dravidian architecture, this ancient Shiva temple, is the biggest in Chennai . Fort St.George : Located on the seashore near the harbour, Fort St. George was built for the East India Co. in 1960 AD. Marina Beach : the pride of Chennai is the second longest beach in the World and has a wide sandy foreshore. Other attractions are Fort Museum and St. Mary's Church and  Little Mount Shrine. Overnight at hotel.


KANYAKUMARI

 

Located at a distance of about 87 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari is the southernmost part of the Indian mainland. The place is the meeting point of the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Kanyakumari has great religious significance for the Hindus. The place is dedicated to the Goddess Devi Kanya, believed to be an incarnation of Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife. Pilgrims come here to visit the temple and bathe in the waters here, as they are considered sacred.



One of the major tourist attractions at Kanyakumari is the Vivekananda Memorial. The memorial is built about 400 metres offshore. It was here that Swami Vivekananda meditated in 1892 before embarking on a journey to usher in the religious reforms throughout the country. The mandapam built here in his memory reflects the architectural styles from all over the country.

 

SightSeeing : Places to visit in destination - Kanyakumari


Visiting , Vivekananda Rock Memorial -  On the seaside, is built a large, beautiful memorial, dedicated to Swami Vivekananda. Here Swami Vivekananda did his meditation. The memorial was built in 1970. It houses a huge metal statue of Vivekananda.


PONDICHERRY

                                                                                                                       

The Union Territory of Pudhucherry (earlier Pondicherry) comprises of the four unconnected, erstwhile French settlements of Pudhucherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. While Karaikal lies 150 km south of Pudhucherry on the east coast, Mahe is on the Malabar Coast and Yanam in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. As you travel down the scenic East Coast road you hit Pudhucherry about 160 kms south of Chennai on the Coromandel Coast. It is bound on the east by the Bay of Bengal and by South Arcot District of Tamil Nadu on the other three sides. Pudhucherry traces its origin to Sage Agasthya. Its shores have also been home to different cultures, from the Romans to the Frenc.

 


MAHABALIPURAM

 

A soft pearly light dims the stars and lifts the opaque veil of darkness from Mahabalipuram and the pyramidal contours of a diminutive temple swim into view silhouetted against a vast cathedral sky, like a wondrous unreality spun out of early morning magic. The colours deepen; the virginal blush of dawn smears the sky. Delicate skeins of pale gold and searing orange lie intertwined in intimate embrace across the smudged horizon, suffusing the idle waters of the Bay of Bengal—an unabashed foreplay of colours. A thin hot wedge of vivid red emerges out of the sea, growing every moment into a flaming, pulsating disc that soon disowns the theatre of its birth. The lone temple, that guardian of the shore, is a becalmed spectator. It has been an apathetic witness to this impassioned spectacle every dawn for the last 1,200 years.
Mahabalipuram (or Mamallapuram, its ancient name) is one of history’s intriguing enigmas. Situated just 60 km off Chennai on the Bay of Bengal coast in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram was a flourishing port town of the Pallava rulers of South India who chiselled in stone a fabulous open-air museum of sculptures under the vault of a burning sky. That much is known. But was this sculptural glorification a king’s fancy? A celebration of war victories? A queen’s fantasy? No one actually has any answer. The mystery of Mahabalipuram lingers, unravelled, but its sculptural extravaganza is a living testament of the virile artistic temperament of the Pallavas who were trendsetters in South Indian art.

 

SightSeeing : Places to visit in destination - Mahabalipuram


Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, good beaches, hassle-free tourism and fabulous fish and lobster! Despite the many visitors, drawn by the former Pallava dynasty town, the place is friendly, relaxed, and the villagers are remarkably unperturbed by their crowds of visitors. Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna’s Penance. The magnificent Shore Temple, built by king Rajasimha in the seventh century, is a unique temple that houses the shrines of both Shiva and Vishnu while the Varaha Cave is a rock-cut mandapam with two incarnations of Vishnu—Varaha and Vamana—besides scenes of kings and queens. The Krishna Mandapam has a bas-relief of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill in his fingertips. Other important attractions of Mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Cave, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave.

Excursions : Places nearby city - Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a part of the Golden Triangle circuit of South India along with Chennai and Kanchipuram. As such, it is generally visited in combination with these two places. Kanchipuram (65 km) is the synonym for some of India’s finest silk saris. This dusty, small town, popularly called the Golden Town of a Thousand Temples, is renowned for the Kamakshi, Varadarajaswami, and Kailasanathar temples, all more than worthy of a visit. And about the Kanchi weavers, any ode would fall short! Vedanthangal is the site of a bird sanctuary, one of India’s largest, while Covelong is famous for its golden beach and other historical monuments.


SightSeeing : Places to visit in destination - Mahabalipuram


Visiting Mahabalipuram  visiting charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna’s Penance.  Shore Temple - a unique temple that houses the shrines of both Shiva and Vishnu while the Varaha Cave is a rock-cut mandapam with two incarnations of Vishnu—Varaha and Vamana—besides scenes of kings and queens. The Krishna Mandapam has a bas-relief of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill in his fingertips. Other important attractions of Mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Cave, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave. On arrival check in at hotel Lotus Comfort. Overnight at hotel.

 


MADURAI


Madurai is called the temple city of India, which makes it one of the most visited religious destinations of southern India. Located at a distance of about 174 km from Thekkady, this must visit excursion site is situated on the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is also the modern industrial city of the state. The political capital of the Pandyan and the Nayakan dynasties, Madurai has also been the centre for learning and the heart for South Indian culture and tradition for the last 2,500 years.


The magnificent gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple are the first and main attraction of the city. Spread across six hectares of area, the temple is situated in the middle of the town. Apart from the massive Meenakshi temple, the Mariamman Teppakulam, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Thirupparankunram, Azhagar Koil and Koodal Alagar Temple are some of the other important sites to visit in Madurai. Moreover, as Madurai makes a good base point to visit some of the exotic destinations nearby, you can also decide on spending some more time here to complete your visit to the southern India.

 

Mangla Devi Temple 


Just 15 kilometres from Thekkady, Mangla Devi is an interesting place to go out on an excursion. Located at an elevation of 1337 m above sea level, the temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture and holds ample importance as a Hindu pilgrimage site. From the temple, you can also have a panoramic view of the slopes of both eastern and western ghats and of some hill villages of Tamil Nadu. 

 


TANJORE


Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur or Thanjavoor is located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu. Also called the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, Tanjore is famous for many reasons since the time of Cholas. The name itself has many interesting legends related to it. According to one of them, Tanjore probably was called Tanjai. The other legends attribute the name of the city to Tanjam, a demon who was haunting the locality and was destroyed by God Vishnu. However, apart from these legends Tanjore also has a sound history of different dynasties that ruled over it. The Cholas conquered Thanjavoor in about 850 A.D. replacing the Mutharayar Chiefs and made it their capital. The Cholas ruled over Tamil Nadu for more than 400 years (850 to 1279) and have left an imperishable mark on its history. Besides the Cholas, the southern part of the Indian peninsula was also ruled by Pallavas, Pandyas and Cheras. The present day Tanjore is the headquarters of the Tanjore District.


SightSeeing : Places to visit in destination - Tanjore

 

Tanjore has a number of important places that attract the attention of many tourists all through the year. You can see the influence of history, religion and nature in all the places of attraction here. Tanjore is primarily a place for the art lovers, especially for those who love temple architecture and wonder about kings who erected these magnificent monuments. During their reign, the Cholas made significant contribution to the various fields of art and architecture. The famous Thanjavur style of painting was developed by Serfoji, the 19th-century Maharaja of Thanjavur. This distinguished art of Thanjavur is a combination of raised and painted surfaces. Krishna is the deity depicted here keeping his complexion as white, rather than the traditional blue. The Brihadeeswara temple, the wonderful Palace, Art Gallery and the Saraswati Mahal Library are some of the other things to see in Tanjore.


Excursions : Places nearby city - Tanjore


Apart from the sites to visit inside the city, Tanjore also has some of the interesting excursion points that one must not miss. Being an important base point to visit the many nearby places, Tanjore also takes you to some of the exotic natural, religious and historical places nearby. Thirukandiyur (10 km away from Tanjore), Thiruvaiyaru (13 km), Swamimalai (32 km), Kumbakonam (36 km), Tiruvarur (55km) and Tirunallur (95 km) away are some of the many must see excursion points from Tanjore. 

Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
On arrival. Meeting and assistance and transfer to hotel . Afternoon city tour visiting Temples, churches and museum . Evening free at Marina Beach . Overnight at hotel . 

 

Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning depart for Pondichery , enroute visiting Mahabalipuram & Kancheepuram . On arrival check-in at hotel . Overnight at hotel . 

 

Day 03 : In Pondicherry
Morning city tour visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram and museum . Evening free to enjoy the Beach .Overnight at hotel .

 

Day 04 : Pondicherry - Kanyakumari
Morning depart by surface to Kanyakumari .On arrival check-in at hotel . Overnight at hotel .

 

Day 05 : Kanyakumari – Madurai
Morning visit the Vivekanad Roack Memorial . Drive continue to Madurai . On arrival check-in at hotel . Afternoon city tour visiting the Meenakshi Temple . Overnight at hotel .

 

Day 06 : Madurai - Tanjore  
Morning depart for Tanjore by surface . On arrival check-in at hotel . Afternoon city tour visiting Sri Bhradereeshwarar Temple . Overnight at hotel .

 

Day 07 : Tanjore - Chennai  
Morning depart for Chennai . On arrival check-in at hotel . Overnight at hotel . 

 

Day 08 : Depart Chennai 
Morning transfer to airport / Railway station for onward journey .

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