1. Chennai – Thiruvannamalai – Chennai
This morning take day tour to Thiruvannamalai, a place which is flanked by Boulder-strewn Mt. Arunachala. It is one of the five ‘elemental’ cities of Lord Shiva which represents ‘FIRE’. Every full moon day Mt. Arunachala is swells with thousands of pilgrims who circumnavigate the base of the mountain. At any time one can see Shaivite Priests, Sadhus & devotees gathered around the temple. Thiruvannamalai is also a home to the Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram which set in green surrounds, where visitors are able to meditate or worship the shrine where the guru achieved Samadhi. Return back to Chennai for your night stay.
2. Chennai – Kanchipuram – Chennai
Morning take a day tour to Kanchipuram which is 70km one way and it is often referred as the ‘golden city of a thousand temples. You can visit Temples like Kamatchi Amman temple, Vaikunda Perumal temple and Ekambereshwarar temple, one of the five elements of nature. Return back to Chennai for your overnight stay.
Then visit to Dakshinacitra – The name denotes “a picture of south”. It exhibits the culture, tradition, art, architecture etc., of the four major states of South India – Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Evening drive back to Chennai for night stay.
3. Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Chennai
This morning you go for a day tour to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is a beautiful beach destination. You shall visit the Shore temple which is an UNESCO monument, Arjuna’s Penance, Five Rathas temple and Krishna’s Butter Ball are the finest examples of Dravidian architecture. Once you return back to Chennai you can do the city sightseeing. Visit Kapaleeshwarar temple, Astalakshmi temple. And if you wish you can visit the Government Museum and Santhome church too. Overnight stay at Chennai.
4. Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Dakshincitra – Chennai
Today morning take day trip to Mahabalipuram & do the sightseeing tour visiting the only surviving shore temple (a heritage monument) popularly known as the seven Pagodas, is ancient rock hewn monument, monolithic temples and figures with carvings and sculptures. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The Arjuna’s Penance, Shore Temple and the Five Rathas are a fine example of the magnificent cut – rock sculpture. This will give you a broad idea of the architectural wonders of the Kings.
5. Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipura
This day you take a day tour to Kanchipuram which is often referred as the ‘golden city of a thousand temples. Visit the following temples. Kanchi Kamakshi Temple is one of the triad of temples. The triad includes Kanchi Kamakshi, Madurai Meenakshi and Kasi Visalakshi. This temple in Kanchipuram is an extremely famous one and is an excellent example of saktis. It is known for its absolutely exquisite sculptures. The Vaikunda Perumal Temple was built by the Pallava king Nadivarman II during the 7th century. This is particular temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. In fact, Lord Vishnu’s image can be seen in standing, sitting and reclining forms on towering vimanas that can be seen throughout the temple. The beautiful Varadaraja Temple was built during the 10th century by the Vijayanagar kings. There is a big outer wall that surrounds this fine temple. It also has an impressive one thousand pillared halls inside that are called the Kalyanamandapam. Each one of these pillars has a description of Lord. The Ekambaranatha Templeis the largest temple in Kanchipuram. It covers an impressive 20 acres. This particular temple has been dedicated to Lord Shiva, and was built by the Pallavas and then in turn was altered by both the Cholas and the Rayas. One remarkable feature of this temple is the fact that it is one among the five elements of nature. Return back to Mahabalipuram and visit Shore temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Five Rathas temple and Krishna’s Butter Ball which are the finest examples of Dravidian architecture. Later explore the town on your own by walk or relax in the beach. In the evening you can opt for a sea food dinner in a beach restaurant. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram
French Culture in India
6. Chennai – Pondicherry – Chennai
Today take day excursion to Pondicherry, it stands as a living monument of the French culture in India. It is a well-planned and well-built town. This is a typical example as one can learn the way the French people gave importance to order and flair. They are known for their rich and quality living. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, a philosopher who developed a system of internal yoga combining the ancient yogic philosophy with his knowledge of modern science. Auroville considered to be the City of Dawn, was planned by Mother Mirra as the futuristic International city, where one can live in peace. Spherical marble with a crystal inside it and the Meditation centre is the main attraction. Visit Gandhi Memorial & Statue of Dupleix. The town has number of colonial buildings, Catholic churches and temples. Later you can explore the French colonies and then drive back to Chennai for overnight stay.
7. Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Pondicherry
Chidambaram can be visited as a day tour which is involves 1.5hrs journey one way from Pondicherry. Here you can visit Chidambaram Natarajar temple which is one of the 5 elements of nature representing Sky. Return back to Pondicherry for your overnight stay.
8. Madurai – Tiruchendur – Madurai
Take a day tour to Tiruchendur from Madurai which would involve 4 hours’ drive one way. You can visit the seashore temple of Muruga Perumal which is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Muruga. After darshan return back to Madurai for your overnight stay.
9. Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai
Today you shall drive to Rameshwaram from Madurai as part of day trip. This is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanatha Swamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Lord Rama. The temple along with the town is considered as a holy pilgrimage site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlinga meaning “pillar of light”. If you wish you can do pooja for your ancestors. Return back to Madurai for your overnight stay.
10. Madurai – Palani – Madurai
Have a day tour to Palani which is one of the 6 abodes of Lord Muruga. Then return back to Madurai for your overnight stay
11. Madurai – Chettinad – Madurai
Today drive to Karaikudi, in the Chettinad region renowned for its culinary specialties, including pepper chicken prepared in copper vessels and served on banana leaves. The Chettinad district is the home of the Chettiars, a banking and merchant sub-caste who, over several centuries, made their fortunes trading with empires to the east and west. Here you can visit the massive buildings of Chettiars & here onc can enjoy bull a cart ride. Evening drive back to Madurai for overnight stay.
12. Madurai – Kodaikanal- Madurai
This day drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal 130km one way as a day tour. Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station with a pleasant cool climate and it’s a perfect spot for honeymooners. Here you can visit Guna caves, Green Valley, Pillars rock and Kodai Lake. Return back to Madurai for your overnight stay.
13. Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Kovalam
Morning go for a day tour to Kanyakumari from Kovalam which is 100 kms one way and you can visit Kanyakumari Amman temple located in Kanyakumari (formerly Cape Comorin) on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean. Then visit Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and the Tall statue of Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar. Evening you can witness the beautiful Sunset. Return back to Kovalam for your overnight stay.
14. Trichy – Tanjore – Trichy
Day tour to Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu – “Tanjore” which is only 65km one way. Tanjore is an important center of South Indian art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments are located in and around Tanjavur. The foremost among the Great Living Chola temples, the Brahadeshwara Temple, is located in the center of the city. Tanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. The city is an important agricultural center located at the heart of the region, known as the “Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu”. Return back to Trichy for your overnight stay.
15. Coimbatore – Ooty – Coimbatore
Morning proceed to Ooty for day excursion. Ooty the “Queen of hill stations” a land of dreams and a picturesque hill station. It has blooming vegetation and wonderful tea gardens and fine pine and eucalyptus trees, which keep enhancing the beauty of the place. Botanical gardens, it has a wide span of more than 50 acres and is spread along the Dodabetta peak, which stays to be the highest peak in the region of Ooty. Dolphin’s Nose, is an enormous rock formation that is entirely unique, there are gigantic ravines found both to the left and right of Dolphin’s Nose. Dodabetta peak, it is the highest known peak in the region of Ooty. Sim�s Park, naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers, are in the park as are many unusual species of plants that have been brought in from a variety of places around the world. Then enjoy peddle boat ride at the Ooty lake. Evening drive back to Coimbatore for Night stay.
16. Bangalore – Mysore – Bangalore
Morning take day excursion to Mysore, Visit Mysore palace with its displays of art from all around the world. Located on top of Chamundi Hill the tour continues by a visit to The Chamundeeswari temple. It houses an impressive sculpture of a bull carved out of a single granite rock which is 4.57 meters in height and 6.10 meters in length. Brindavan Garden, it�s not only been meticulously laid out and has beautiful lawns and shrubs. Later finish your tour by a visit to the Devaraja Market with all its colorful flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Then drive back to Bangalore to overnight stay.
17. Bangalore – Hassan – Bangalore
Today drive to Hassan for day tour, visit Belur & Halebid temples, which are places of architectural wonders, where the sightseeing includes Chennakeshava temple, Hoysaleshwara temple, Jain temples and have a quick glimpse at Chennigaraya, Veeranarayana, Sridevi, and Bhoodevi temples which are all located in the same complex. Then drive back to Bangalore.
18. Bangalore – Grover Vineyards Visit – Bangalore
This morning take Grover vineyard tour, led by a group of professionals in the respective areas:-
tour will start at sharp 11 to the vine yard which is about a 1 km from winery, after a brief history and info about vines and vineyard cultivation, you will be allowed to spend some time on your own, where you can take some pictures there, then we move back to winery for winery tour, wine tasting and lunch.
winery tour starts from the crushing unit, every point you will be provided with adequate info required to understand, then we move to understand filtering, processing, i.e. fermentation, storing in tanks, bottling, labeling, and packaging of wine bottles, which are ready for sales.
Photography is prohibited in this session of tour.
Barrel room is where we age our premium brand i.e. la reserve in imported oak barrels, you will find a lovely ambience with a tasting setup made out of real oak barrels. Note: Photography is allowed in this session of tour.
now you will be taken by our professionals to have some fun ie tasting of 5 different varieties of wine, the tasting session will easily take 60 – 90 minutes, may be little more sometimes. You will have a soothing lovely music, with varieties of wine amidst oak barrels in air-condition cellar.
once you are through with tour, now you have our chefs ready with delicious spread of buffet and a glass of wine for your lunch in our garden by pond side. The whole tour takes approximately 3 to 3.30 hour.