Chennai (formerly Madras) hugs India's sandy southeast shore. The least pressured of India’s four big cities and the gateway to Tamil Nadu, it makes an excellent introduction to Tamil culture, food, customs and people.
Kanchipuram, 80km southwest of Chennai, was capital of the Pallava dynasty during the 6th to 8th centuries, when the Pallavas created the great stone monuments of Mamallapuram. Today a typically hectic modern Indian town, it's famous for its numerous important and vibrant temples (and their colourful festivals), some dating from Pallava, Chola or Vijayanagar times. It's also known for its high-quality silk saris, woven on hand looms by thousands of families in the town and nearby villages. Silk and sari shops are strung along Gandhi Rd, southeast of the centre, though their wares are generally no cheaper than at Chennai silk shops.
Mahabalipuram is a sleepy coastal town 60 kms south of Chennai. This tiny sea side village set in a boulder strewn landscape is a site of many ancient sculptural marvels. It was the port city of the Pallavas who had mastered the art of construction without using bricks or mortar, carving out exquisite sculptures from rocks. The best examples of the ir art here are the five monolith chariots, the pride of Mahabalipuram. The various panels on the walls depict scenes from Hindu mythology and fables from the Panchtantra. The Mahabalipuram ruins, date to the seventh century and consist of a cave temple, shore temple, monolithic rathas (rock-carved temple chariots) and bas-reliefs (among the world's finest.). It is the ideal place to purchase intricately shaped and skilfully carved statues.
Pondicherry, officially known as Puducherry, and commonly referred to as just Pondy, is one of the seven Union Territories of India. This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both worlds. The streets of the French Quarter of Pondicherry, also known as White Town, are dotted with charming mustard-yellow colonial structures with bougainvillaea laden walls. These are interspersed with cosy cafes and chic boutiques that offer delectable French cuisine and beverages. Simply strolling down these streets, can give the traveller an insight into the fairytale charm of Pondicherry.
Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of India. Ruled by Pandya kings for the longest time in its history, it is called as the 'Lotus City' as it was planned and built in the shape of a lotus. Madurai is known for Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi with a sanctum for her consort, Sundareshwarar. There are many other ancient temples in Madurai. Having trade ties with ancient Rome, the place holds a great cultural heritage.
Day 01 Chennai Sightseeing : -
As you touchdown in Chennai by the means of rail/air , you will be escorted from their onwards by our executive, who will also assist you with checking in at the hotel and then take you out for a splendid sightseeing tour visiting the very famous Santhome Church, Kapaleeswarar Temple and through the scintillating sand of Marina Beach. Overnight stay in Chennai.
Day 02 Chennai Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram :-
As the sun rises you can kickstart your day by a good breakfast and a drive to Kanchipuram visiting the spiritually blessed Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambaranathar Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple. After which you can head to Mahabalipuram to witness the Shore Temple, Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance and end up staying overnight in Mahabalipuram.
Day 03 Mahabalipuram Pondicherry:-
Start this sunny day with healthy breakfast , Later Proceed to Pondicherry. As you reach Pondicherry, check-in at the hotel and then after some rest take a tour to Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Handmade Paper Factory and Aurbindo Ashram. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.
Day 04 Pondicherry to Tanjore/Thanjavur:-
After breakfast, drive to Tanjore which is renowned as the ‘Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu.’ On your way you will visit the highly revered Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Once you reach Tanjore, check into your hotels and later visit the World Heritage, Brihadeeswarar Temple. The museum and art gallery at the Tanjore palace are lined up for a visit after the temple. Overnight stay in Tanjore.
Day 05 Tanjor to Madurai : -
Depart after having breakfast and set foot into the ancient city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. While travelling, visit the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple and Jambukeswarar Temple at Trichy. Thereafter continue your journey to Madurai and check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 06 Departure Madurai :-
Commence your day with breakfast and tour Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Gandhi museum. After that, proceeding to Madurai airport for your flight back home, feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent. Stay in touch with Blue Berrie Holidays!