Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore – Swamimalai – Madurai - Chennai
South Indian splendour is famous all over the world. There is heritage beauty, architectural beauty and natural beauty in this land. One important part of the heritage beauty that has been received as legacy by South India is Yogic science and Art of Meditation. We thus take you on to explore all these aspects of South India put together in a single itinerary! On one hand you see the architectural finesse of craftsmen of olden times in Mahabalipuram temples, the mesmerizing sites of Chennai and on the other hand you will get to see get the ultimate ecstatic experience of staying at an Ayurvedic resort (where your diet and routine will be strictly planned suited to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul).
On day one, arrive at Chennai where you will be met by our officials on the airport. They will pick you up from the airport and will transfer you to a pre-booked hotel. After completing all the check-in formalities the day will be devoted to the exploration of famous tourist sites of Chennai like the Kapaleeshwar Temple, grand Fort St. George and the ever interesting National Art Gallery. Evening pay a visit to Vivekananda House where Swami Vivekananda had stayed for a very short duration. Overnight stay at Chennai.
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After serving you with a luscious morning meal, we take you to a road trip covering the magnificent architectural remnants of a rich South Indian history- Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram Temples. First we will take you to Kanchipuram where temples like Ekambareshwar Temple, Sakkiswarar temple, Kailasanthar temple etc will leave you spell bound. Then we proceed towards Mahabalipuram where after checking into a hotel, we visit the brilliantly made rock-cut shore temples. Reposeful night stay at Mahabalipuram.
This day will start with a hearty breakfast which will be followed by sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. The not-to-miss sites here will be Arjuna Penance which is considered as one of the most lovely stone carvings in Mahabalipuram, the Tiger’s caves and Pancha Ratha Temples. These Pancha Ratha temples look like five mighty chariots standing in one complex. Return to the hotel in the evening to spend the left over time in personal activities. Dine at the hotel and then sleep well with sweet dreams.
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by transfer to Tanjore via road. Tanjore is famous for the temples like Brihadeshwara Temple, Ranganath Temple etc. On arrival, you will be shifted to a hotel after which you embark on an expedition of the city visiting the famous temples and sites like Jambukeshwar, Srirangam, Nandi Bull etc. Also we have put the regal Tanjore Royal Palace in the schedule for you today. Night stay at Tanjore.
A drive at the dawn will take you to Swamimalai which is situated at a distance of 36 kms away from Tanjore. Here you will be taken to a specialised Ayurvedic resort as you reach. The day will be free for you to relax and spend your time in activities of your choice. Evening you can take a stroll in the calm environs of the resort. Healthy dinner and reposeful night stay at the resort.
Spend four days in the resort away from the hustle-bustle of metro life. A typical day will include yoga and meditation session, herbal aromatic massages, spa treatments, properly prepared healthy meals etc. In between the day you can go to out for excursion. Evening enjoy some cultural performances and traditional games at the resort.
On day eleventh, a drive will convey you to Madurai. Madurai has the extremely famous Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the worship of Parvati. On the way there will be a stopover at Trichy which stands on picturesque Kaveri’s banks. On reaching, hotel check in after which visit to the Meenakshi Temple, sacred Rameshwaram sea, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum etc on schedule. Peaceful night stay at Madurai
Another exciting day in Madurai. The tourist spots which are excursed on this day are Mariamman Teppakulam, Vaigai dam, Gandhi museum. Thrirumalai Nayak Palace and the beautiful Meenakshi Temple are visited again in the evening. We take part in the prayer ceremonies taking place in the Meenakshi Temple. Come back to the hotel for night stay.
Breakfast at the hotel in Madurai after which you will be driven to the airport to board a flight to Chennai. As soon as you de-board the flight you will be greeted by our officials. They will escort you to a hotel where they will be helping you complete the check in formalities. Rest of the day free to relax and chill out at the heavenly Marina Beach. Scrumptious dinner and overnight stay at the capital city of Tamil Nadu.
After a fulfilling breakfast, you will be conveyed to Chennai airport from where you board the flight back home. We promise you sweet memories throughout this trip.