Culture of Tamil Nadu
(9 Days & 8 Nights)
Tamil Nadu is the land of the Dravidians, one of the oldest civilization known to man. It is also the cradle of one of the world’s oldest language, Tamil. The written history of Tamil dates back to more than 2000 years. The culture of the Tamil speaking people is very much distinct from the rest of the Indian subcontinent.
Their dress codes, food, their methods of worship, everything reflects their ancient culture which is very much alive today in their architecture, poetry and music as well. Tamil Nadu has been ruled by many kingdoms over the past, however the most prominent of them were the Cholas who left their legacy in form of some spectacular temples clustered throughout the state.
Chennai > Kanchipuram > Mahabalipuram > Tanjore > Chettinad > Madurai > Trichy > Tiruvannamalai > Chennai
Day 1 :
Arrival at Chennai
On arrival in Chennai you’ll be met by an Indian Panorama executive and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Chennai.
Day 2 :
After breakfast, start early for the city tour which includes visiting the historic St.George fort and the Government museum. Vivekanandar House, the prominent Parthasarathy temple and the Kapaleeshwarar temples are some of the fascinating places in Chennai. Overnight stay at Chennai
Day 3 :
Chennai – Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast. Drive to Kanchipuram, the city of temples, where you will end up the entrance of a temple in every street. The city boasts numerous shrines both for Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and most popular among them are the Varadharajar Temple and Kailasanathar Temple. The city is world renowned for the handloom silk sarees loved by women across the world. Finish visiting the places before you proceed to Mahabalipuram, the exotic seashore. On arrival, you will be assisted to check in to the hotel and overnight stay there.
Day 4 :
Morning sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram with a local guide, taking in several UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments and the wonderful natural rock formations around the town. Mahabalipuram was at one time the capital of the Pallava dynasty which ruled large parts of modern-day Tamil Nadu. The landmarks such as Arjuna’s Penance (the largest bas relief carving in the world), the beautiful Shore Temple and many rock cut temples make it a fascinating destination. Enjoy the night in the ocean side with your loved ones tasting the sumptuous dinner at the seafront restaurants. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Day 5 :
Mahabalipuram – Tanjore
Start early from Mahabalipuram, en route your travel, visit the grand Lord Nataraja temple in Chidhambaram, the replica of the Big Temple in Gangai Konda Cholapuram, the living temple in Dharasuram, the famous Mahamaham tank in Kumbakonam and reach Tanjore, the early capital of the Chola Dynasty. Overnight stay at Tanjore
Day 6 :
Tanjore - Chettinad
An early morning visit to the living temple of Lord Brahadeeshwara in Tanjore will be a spectacular experience. Proceed to Chettinad after visiting the places in Tanjore with the help of a local guide. Arrive at Chettinad for lunch. Chettinad is something of a world apart and a truly unique destination. The merchants and traders (the Chettiars) who hailed from this region played the roles as bankers and business go-betweens for many of the empires from both East and West which traded in south India during that time. Many of them poured their fortunes into building remarkable homes- some over 40000sq ft and with dozens of rooms and many courtyards. You’ll be able to tour Chettinad Palace, the biggest of them all, and to stay in another, fully restored mansion overnight. Chettinad is also famous for its unique cuisine which known for complex flavours and innovative use of ingredients. Overnight in Kaanadukathan, Chettinad.
Day 7 :
Tanjore - Chettinad
Depart Chettinad after breakfast and reach Madurai in a two hours’ drive, where you can tour Sri Meenakshi Temple and Nayak Palace in the afternoon. Madurai is a well-planned city built few thousand years ago with the Meenakshi Temple at the exact centre of the city with entire city around it placed in perfect squares. The temple draws visitors from all over India and is not just a place of devotion but a market place and social hub for the city. At the end of each day the temple is closed at the end of a wonderful procession through its innermost sections. This closing ceremony is well worth staying out late for. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 8 :
Madurai – Trichy
Start early for a drive to Trichy, a land of temples. Visit Sri Rangam, world’s biggest functioning temple complex attracting steady streams of visitors round the year and the Rock Fort Temple built atop the four billion years old Rock. You can enjoy shopping on the streets around the Rock Fort. The other places of interest in Trichy includes the Samayapuram temple, Woraiyur temple and the shopping malls. overnight stay at Trichy
Day 9 :
Trichy – Tiruvannamalai – Chennai
Start early from Trichy, visit the famous Arunachaleswarar temple in Tiruvannamalai en-route to Chennai. The huge mountain and the magnificent temple will take a few hours of your time to grasp the beauty. Drive back to Chennai. Overnight Stay at Chennai or you will be transferred to the Airport for your onward journey. Tour Ends !