The word spiritual strikes immediately whenever one thinks of India. This is because India houses various ancient temples which give a glimpse of the past and an opportunity to live it. There are many states in India which are a home to many temples. One such state is Tamil Nadu which is quite different from others as it is filled with ancient and significant temples. Many people when think of Tamil Nadu associate it with its temples. They can be described as massive, ornate, sprawling and richly carved. The elaborate architecture and brilliant structure of these temples will surely leave you spellbound at the end of the Tamil Nadu tour.
This Tamil Nadu vacation will begin from Chennai where you will visit the famous Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Karpagamba- a form of Parvati, it was built by the Pallavas in 7th century. This temple is a fine example of Dravidian style of architecture and allures devotees throughout the year. After this, witness the Ratha temples of Mahabalipuram and Aalangudi Temple of Thanjavur.
There is no way one can miss the Meenakshi Temple of Madurai. It is among the most important temples of India and is dedicated to form of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Besides visiting temples in Madurai, one can witness the beauty of this city constructed in the form of a lotus. Talking about the temples of Tamil Nadu, one cannot miss Brihadeeswarar Temple of Thanjavur which is one of the largest temples of India and is a UNESCO World heritage site. Trip to Tamil Nadu will also give you a chance to explore some amazing places of interest including Santhome Church, Fort St. George museum and Sri Aurobindo ashram.
Tamil Nadu vacation is incomplete without drooling over its delicious cuisine since it is considered as a hub for food lovers. Idli, sambar, uttapam and paysam are some major dishes of Tamil Nadu. Trip to Tamil Nadu is perfectly designed to offer you with the best of this beautiful state within a minimal time period of ten days. So what are you waiting for? Get on board to discover your spiritual self!
Day 1 Chennai
Arrive at Chennai airport. A representative of the Cloud Itineraries will escort you to a pre booked hotel. You have rest of the day to relax in the hotel.
Day 2 Chennai
Post breakfast, visit Koyambedu, flowers and vegetable market. Later visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple which is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this temple was built in 7th century. Also visit Santhome Church, Fort St. George museum and Theosophical Society.
Day 3 Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (60 kms/1-2 hrs)
Leave for Mahabalipuram while visiting Kanchipuram on the way. Kanchipuram is located on Palar river and is one of the ancient cities of Southern India. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Day 4 Mahabalipuram
After breakfast leave for sightseeing. Visit the shore and the five Ratha Temples along with Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa, Krishna Mandapam, the largest cave cut Hindu temple, Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger caves.
Day 5 Mahabalipuram – Puducherry (95 kms/1-2 hrs)
Post breakfast, set out to explore Pondicherry. It is one of the seven union territories of India. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry museum which houses sculptures and artifacts belonging to Cholas and Pallavas. Also witness the French war memorial. Later in the evening, you can enjoy a walk to the markets of the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6 Puducherry (Pondicherry) – Chidabaram – Thanjavur (180 kms/3-4 hrs)
Post breakfast, set out for Thanjavur. Halt at Chidabaram which is a small town. Upon arrival at Thanjavur, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Day 7 Thanjavur
In morning, head out to visit Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library, Vijaynaga Fort, Shiva Ganga Garden, Aalangudi Temple, Brihadeeswara Temple and the Chandra Bagawan Temple. Return to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8 Thanjavur – Madurai (190 kms/3-4 hrs)
Drive to Madurai in the morning after breakfast. Visit the Gandhi Museum, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Thousand Pillar Museum and Madurai Meenakshi Temple along with evening aarti ceremony.
Day 9 Madurai – Kanyakumari (245 kms/4-5 hrs)
Kanyakumari is the meeting point of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Spend the evening capturing splendid views at Kanyakumari beach.
Day 10 Kanyakumari – Thiruvananthapuram (100 kms/3 hrs)
Post breakfast; visit Vivekanand Rock Memorial which is situated on a small island. It is a serene and peaceful destination. Later head out for Thiruvananthapuram by road and visit Padmanabhapuram Palace, a magnificent 16th century palace and a fine example of Kerala’s architecture. Head to the airport to board the onward flight.
- Visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Chennai
- Visit to famous Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
- Witness one of the largest south Indian Temple, Brihadeeswarar Temple
- Explore Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Puducherry
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