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09:00am – 07:30pm (Mon to Sat)

09:30am – 06:00pm (Sun)

020 8582 1182
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South India Splendour

Duration: 8 nights and 9 days

South India Splendour for 8 nights and 9 days with Skylord Travel
Enjoy Beauty of South India Splendour with Skylord Travel
Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Chettenadu and Madurai with Skylord Travel
Kanha & Bandhavgarh

Day 1 Chennai

Arrive Chennai. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

Day 2 Mahabalipuram

Proceed for a full-day tour of Chennai. Visit Fort St George built in the 17th century, this fort houses St. Mary's Church and a museum. St. Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India. Visit the Kapeeleshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Gopuram, or entrance tower, has a profusion of sculptured images depicting stories from Puranic legends. Next, visit the San Thome Cathedral, named after St Thomas, the doubting discipline of Jesus Christ. Visit the Government Museum, featuring sections including archeology, zoology, botany, anthropology etc. Later, drive past Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram (65kms / 1.30hrs approx).

Day 3 Mahabalipuram

This morning after breakfast take an excursion tour to Kanchipuram. Visit the Ekambaranathar Temple, where Shiva is worshiped as Prithvi (earth), one of the five basic elements of the physical world. Proceed to the Vaishnavite Vaikunta Perumal temple, with its famous battle scenes depicting Pallava valor. Also visit the Varadharaja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Visit the Kamakshi Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, one of the forms of the goddess Parvati. Evening visit of the Kailasanatha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later drive back to Mahabalipuram. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 4 Pondicherry

Proceed for a half-day tour of Mahabalipuram. Visit the Panch Rathas or Five Ratha temples . of the nine monolithic rock-cut temples found in Mahabalipuram, the most important are these, dedicated to the five Pandava brothers from the epic Mahabharata. Visit Arjuna’s Penance, the massive rock cut bas relief sculpture. Later, visit the Shore Temple a five-storied structure made out of finely cut granite, and one of the earliest and most important structural temples. Afternoon, drive to Pondicherry (90 Kms / 2 hrs approx.). Arrive Pondicherry and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 5 Trichhy

Proceed for a half-day tour of Pondicherry. Visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram. This world-renowned ashram was founded in the year 1926, by Shri Aurobindo, along with The Mother (Mira Alfassa). Later, visit the Government Museum this multipurpose museum houses sculptures from Pallava, Chola and Vijaynagara temples. Thereafter, drive past the beach promenade. Drive to Trichhy (210 kms / 3.5 hrs approx). Overnight in Trichhy.

Day 6 Chettinad

Today proceed for sightseeing of Trichy. The town and its fort were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. Visit the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. At the very top is the ancient temple dedicated to Ganapati. Drive to Chettinad (65 kms / 2.5 hrs approx). Arrive Chettinad and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Chettinad.

Day 7 Madurai

The Chettinad region is fascinating - legend has it that the Chettiars were pivotal in the Chola Empire, dominating coastal business as gem dealers, salt merchants and chandlers. The surrounding area provides an interesting contrast to the ancient history of the temple towns, with traditional craftsmen. Visit the Chettinadu Palace, where you can marvel at the opulence and quality of the workmanship - Burma Teak pillars, brightly coloured floor tiles, jaggery and eggshell plastered walls. Later drive to Madurai (193 kms / 4 hrs approx). Arrive Madurai and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Madurai.

Day 8 Madurai

Proceed for a full-day tour of Madurai. Visit the Meenakshi Temple- the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers, including two golden Gopurams for the main deities. Next, visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum at the Tamukkam Palace. Proceed to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak, an Indo-Saracenic building constructed in 1523. Continue to the Koodal Azhagar Temple, one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In the evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple. Overnight in Madurai.

Day 9 Onwards

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight to Chennai or Bengaluru.

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