Tamilnadu Temple Tour
Be dazzled by Art and temple architecture
Summary of Tamilnadu Temple Tour
- Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights
- Major Attractions: Dravidian architecture, Mahabalipuram, Brihadeshwara Temple of Thanjavur & Meenakshi Temple of Madurai
- Destination Covered: Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Trichy & Madurai
Highlights of Tamilnadu Temple Tour
Tamilnadu 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 called 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.
Tamilnadu Temple Tour Itinerary
- Day 01 – Chennai
Arrive at Chennai international airport, you will be received and transferred to your hotel.
- Day 02 – Chennai-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram
In the morning depart Chennai for Mahabalipuram stopping to visit Kanchipuram (one of the seven most sacred places of India). Kanchipuram was a place of Tamil learning and was the erstwhile capital of Chola Dynasty. Upon arrival at Mahabalipuram, relax at the beach resort.
- Day 03 – Mahabalipuram
Take a guided tour of Mamallapuram including the Caves, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, Shore temple and Arjuna’s Penance. It is the perfect place to see the ancient Pallava architecture in South India.
- Day 04 – Mahabalipuram-Tiruvannamalai
Have breakfast and leave Mahabalipuram for Tiruvannamalai (an important pilgrim place of Tamilnadu). Visit the Arunachaleswar Temple and Ramana Mashrishi Ashram.
- Day 05 – Tiruvannamalai-Pondicherry
Have breakfast and leave Tiruvannamalai for Pondicherry. Pondicherry is one of the finest attractions of India. It is also called as the French Colony in India.
- Day 06 – Pondicherry
Today visit the Aurobindo Ashram, which is the major tourist attraction of Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ghose, a noted freedom fighter, philosopher and poet founded this Ashram in 1926. Later, visit Auroville, Promenade and Ganesh Temple.
- Day 07 – Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Kumbakonam
Drive further to Chidambaram and visit Natraj Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The paintings inside the temple are fabulous. In Kumbakonam, visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and Airavatesvara Temple.
- Day 08 – Kumbakonam-Thanjavur-Trichy
In the morning, transfer to Trichy visiting Sri Brahadeeswarar temple (An UNESCO World Heritage Site) en-route. The temple is more than thousand years old and one of the grandest ancient temples in India.
- Day 09 – Trichy-Madurai
After breakfast, take a guided tour of Rock fort located on Kaveri River’s bank which one of the oldest monument of the world around 3800 million years old and also visit the prime attraction of Trichy Sri Rangam – a Vishnu Temple. Later drive to Madurai – the cultural capital of Tamilnadu.
- Day 10 – Madurai
In Madurai, take a guided tour of Meenakshi temple – a magnificent temple and listed as one of the modern wonders in the world. Later, visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace – a superb Indo-sarsanic architecture example.
- Day 11 – Madurai-Chennai-Departure
In time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Chennai and connect with the further international connection.
HTOI Special Activities
- Bharatanatyam Dance Show
Bharatanatyam is a major kind of Classical Dance of India originated from Tamilnadu Temples and is probably the oldest Indian classical dance. Mainly a woman performs the dance and a singer and music accompany her. Bharatanatyam is distinguished for its motionless upper torso, knees flexed out along with amazing footwork. It has a sophisticated dictionary of sign language, which is based on gestures of eyes, hands and muscles of the face. The artist is dressed in a Hindu bridal costume, which is a colorful Saree, adorned with beautiful jewelry, eye lined and appropriate make up on her face, jingling bells in ankles. Her hair is prettily tied up and weaved in with perfumed flowers. The storyline of the dance is narration of Hindu mythology and spiritual ideas derived from holy texts.