Our Tamilnadu Temple Tour is a great opportunity to explore some of the best temples of Tamilnadu. This is India’s southernmost state and full of art, culture and architecture. Tamil is the main language of the state and is a classical one at par with Sanskrit. Chola, Pallava, Nayaka and Pandya dynasties enriched the architecture with some of the grandest temples.
One cannot take the eyes off from the magnificent Gopurams – the gateway towers in all four directions. Dravidian architecture of the sculptures on Cave temples in Mahabalipuram blows the mind that is why UNESCO has rightly classified the group of monuments as world heritage site. Brihadeshwara Temple of Thanjavur has already completed 1000 years in 2010 and know as “Great Living Chola Temple”.
The engineering and architecture of one of the biggest temples of India is unparalleled. It is a father figure of all craftsmanship in India. Meenakshi Temple of Madurai houses 15 gigantic gateway towers each ranging in height from 45-50m. There are 33,000 sculptures in this temple, thus it was included in the list of New Seven Wonders of the World.
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On your arrival at Chennai Airport, you will be received and transferred to your pre-booked hotel by our representative. Check-in to the hotel and take rest.
Our tour of Tamilnadu Temples will begin today. Post breakfast depart from Chennai to visit Mahabalipuram. En route, visit Kanchipuram, the ancient city which is one of the holy cities of Tamil Nadu.
Also referred as ‘city of temples’ Kanchipuram houses numerous temples that depict Dravidian style architecture. Kanchipuram Temples were built during various dynasties such as Cholas, Pallava and Chalukyas etc. On your arrival at Mahabalipuram, check-in to the beach resort for relaxed overnight stay.
Start off your day tour of Mahabalipuram by visiting Krishna Mandapam, the biggest cave-cut Hindu temple which is linked to Lord Indra and Lord Krishna. The temple is the great exemplar of realistic art and architecture. Later, get an insight of Pallava architecture by visiting Pancha Rathas, an excellent architectural edifice.
The five structures in the temples are made in the shape of chariots (rathas) that are named after Pandavas and their wife Draupadi from Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. Also visit nearby attractions – Shore Temple (a structural temple, which is constructed with blocks of granite) and Arjuna’s Penance (The great 43 feet tall bas air relief monument that depicts how Arjuna executed stern austerities to get Shiva’s weapon).
Post breakfast leave for Tiruvannamalai, the significant pilgrim in Tamilnadu. On arrival check-in to the hotel and get ready to visit Arunachaleswar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (also known as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar by the devotees). It seized special position during Saivite Empire and is also considered one amongst the Pancha Bhoota Stalams. Afterwards, visit Ramana Mashrishi Ashram, which is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Mashrishi.
Post breakfast, leave for Pondicherry. Also known as “French Colony of India”, Pondicherry is a must visit attraction. The place is occupied with calm, clean streets and bougainvillea- wrapped colonial-style houses. En route see the beautiful scenic views to make your trip more memorable. On arrival check-in to the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Have breakfast and get ready for Pondicherry sightseeing. We will start off with the renowned Aurobindo Ashram. The Ashram was established by a noted freedom fighter, Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. It is a vivacious centre of life in a contemporary urban setting where Yoga is performed as an offering to divine.
Later visit other attractions of the place like Auroville, Pondicherry Beach and Ganesh Temple. Auroville is the small town near Pondicherry. The community of Auroville is destined to be a worldwide town where both men and women of every nation can reside in harmony and progressive accord, above all beliefs, politics and nationalities.
Ganesh Temple is also known as Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a lively Hindu temple acknowledged for its elaborately carved stone walls, elephant blessings as well as the golden chariot. In the evening stroll around or do water activities at the Pondicherry beach side.
On day seven our tour will move further to Kumbakonam. En route, visit Chidambaram to witness the magnificence of Natraj Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Nataraja (one of the form of Lord Shiva). The temple is also known as Chidambaram Nataraja temple and it depicts the architectural style of 12th and 13th century. Annually Natyanjali dance festival is celebrated in the temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The temple is also well-known for its beautiful paintings.
On your arrival at Kumbakonam visit Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara Temple. Built by Rajendra Chola I, the Brihadisvara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Airavatesvara Temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that depicts Vaishnavism as well as Shaktism customs of Hinduism.
Post breakfast leave for Trichy, en route visit Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by Raja Chola I in 1010 AD the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple features a spectacular architecture representing the superiority achieved by the Cholas in fresco painting sculptures and metallurgy. The temple houses a giant Shivaling in its chamber.
After breakfast visit, Rock Fort, located on Kaveri River’s bank the fort is one of the oldest structures in the world. The fort complex houses two main temples the Thayumanaswami Temple and the Ucchi Pillayar Temple. The fort compound had witnessed various fierce battles during different dynasties.
To know more about the ancient architectural art of the place visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Srirangam Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha (one of the form of Lord Vishnu). The architecture of the temple exhibits about the early medieval South Indian culture and society. Later drive to the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, Madurai.
Today, go for Madurai sightseeing and see the historical and magnificently built monuments in the city. First of all, take a guided tour of Meenakshi temple – a magnificent temple, which is listed as one of the modern wonders in the world. The temple holds great historical and mythological significance.
It is assumed that Lord Shiva (in the form of Sundareswarar) married Goddess Parvati (in the form of Meenakshi) in this temple. Afterwards visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace, built in 1635 the palace once served as a residence to King Thirumalai Nayak. The palace is an exceptional blend of Dravidian and Islamic architectural styles. The interior of this palace is filled with beautiful intricate paintings and carvings.
Today is the last day of your tour; our representative will transfer you to Chennai International Airport for your onward journey. Get back to your home with beautiful memories of Tamilnadu.