Day 01 : Chennai Receive the guest at Chennai and proceed to check in to a hotel. Later in the day, visit the Sri Parthasarathy Temple (an 8th century temple erected by the Pallava rulers) for Darshan. The next visit is Kapaleeswarar Temple, another 8th century temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kalikambal Temple dedicated to Shri Kaligambal and Lord Kamadeswarar. Further visit Fort St. George, the first English fortress in India, built in 1644 and San Thome Church at Mylapore, built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, over the tomb of Saint Thomas. Stay overnight at the hotel in Chennai.Day 02 : Chennai - Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) After breakfast proceed to Mamallapuram (60 kms - 1.5 hrs), the ancient port city dating back to 7th and 8th century has some of the greatest attractions of the bygone era lie on the Coromandel Coast. The Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On reaching Mamallapuram, check into the hotel for overnight stay. Day 03 : Mamallapuram - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram Post a scrumptious breakfast in the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Mamallapuram. The port city of the Pallava Dynasty is the site of the 7th century architectural marvels like Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas and Shore Temple. The seashore still shines with charm of the bygone era though time has ravaged the spectacular monuments. Thereafter, proceed to the famous Shankaracharya Seer in Kancheepuram (70 kms - 2 hrs). Visit Kanchi Kailasanathar temple is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, built from 685-705 AD by a Rajasimha ruler of the Pallava Dynasty. Also visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Kamakshi, the ultimate form of Goddess Lalitha Maha Tripurasundari(Parvati). In the meantime, shop for some exquisite Kanchivaram silk sarees. Stay overnight at the hotel in Mamallapuram. Day 04 : Mamallapuram - Tanjavur (Tanjore) Today, in the morning after breakfast, take a road trip to Kumbakonam (160 kms - 3.5 hrs). Kumbakonam is known for its temples and mathas. There are around 188 Hindu temples within the municipal limits of Kumbakonam. Apart from these, there several thousand temples around the town thereby giving the town the sobriquets "Temple Town" and "City of temples". Adi Kumbeswarar Temple is considered to be the oldest Shaiva shrine in the town, believed to be constructed by the Cholas in the 7th century. The Nageswaraswamy Temple has a separate shrine for the Sun god Surya who is believed to have worshipped Shiva at this place. Adi Kumbeswarar temple, Nageswaraswamy temple and Kasi Viswanathar temple are Shiva temples in the town revered in the Tevaram, a Tamil Shaiva canonical work of the 7th–8th century. Kumbakonam has one of the few temples dedicated to the god Brahma. Further visit Swamimalai Murugan Temple and proceed to Tamjavur (40 kms - 1 hr). Stay overnight at the hotel in Tanjavur. Day 05 : Tanjavur (Tanjore) Tanjavur also known as Tanjore, it is a city with roots in historical Chola Empire. After breakfast, venture out of your hotel and visit the famous Brihadewswara Temple, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also called as Dhakshina Meru. Built by Tamil king Raja Raja Chola I between 1003 and 1010 AD. Also visit Airavatesvara Temple, a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay overnight at the hotel in Tanjavur. Day 06 : Tanjavur - Srirangam - Madurai Post breakfast start for Srirangam (60 kms - 1 hr), the city of the famous Ranganath Temple. The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple or Thiruvarangam is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of the Hindu deity Maha Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian Architecture, this temple is glorified by Alvars in their Divya Prabhanda and has the unique distinction of being not only the foremost among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, but also the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. Also pay visit to the temples at Jambukeshwar and Srirangam. Further proceed to Chettinad (140 kms - 2 hr). Stay overnight at the hotel in Madurai. Day 07 : Madurai Start your day with a leisurely breakfast. In the day explore Meenakshi Temple known for intricate designs and beauty. Meenakshi Temple, is a historic Hindu temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, a form of Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwar, a form of Shiva. The temple is at the center of the ancient temple city of Madurai mentioned in the Tamil Sangam literature, with the goddess temple mentioned in 6th century CE texts. Also visit Koodal Azhagar Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Koodal Azhagar and his consort Lakshmi as Mathuravalli. Stay overnight at the hotel in Madurai. Day 08 : Madurai After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Trivandrum Airport/Railway Station for drop. Tour ends with loving memories.
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