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DAY 01: Chennai

ChennaiMeet on arrival and transfer to Hotel, depending on the arrival time to Chennai, sightseeing or relax, dinner and overnight.

DAY 02: Chennai

Fort St.GoergeMorning breakfast and full day city tour. Visit to Fort St. George - occupies a place of pride and prominence in Chennai. It was built in 1640 AD, by the British East India Company under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. This bastion achieved name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The fort houses St. Mary's Church and fort museum. San Thome Cathedral Basilica - San Thome at the southern end of Marina derives its name from St Thomas, the apostle of Christ who is believed to have come to Madras sometime during 52 AD. He was killed on St Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD. Theosophical Society - The world headquarters of the Theosophical Society, formed to facilitate and encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science is situated in beautiful sylvan settings in Adyar. Marina Beach - the pride of Chennai, is the second largest beach in the world and has a wide sandy foreshore. Situated on the beach ,the Anna and MGR samadhis which are the memorials of the most popular former Chief Ministers of the State attract good crowd everyday. An aquarium is also located on the Marina Beach. Return back to the hotel and overnight.

DAY 03: Chennai

V.G.P Golden BeachMorning breakfast and proceed for a full day excursion. Visit to Mamallapuram - Built in the 7th century, this ancient Pallava port is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. The only remaining shore temple is a spectacular two-spired shrine which is unique in that it houses shrines for Vishnu and Shiva. Arjuna's penance is the world's largest bas relief measuring 27m by 9m. This sculptural panel shows animals, Gods and Angels contemplating the descent of the Ganges from it's source in the Himalayas and also depicts popular fables from the Panchatantra. Besides these, the Mahishamardhini Cave, the Krishna Mandapam and Varsha Mandapam also have beautiful reliefs depicting Vishnu reclining on the coils of seven headed serpent, Krishna as incarnation of Vishnu lifting mount Goverdhana to protect his kinsman from the wrath of Indra respectively. Crocodile Bank - not far from Mamallapuram, this crocodile breeding and research centre is run by Romulus Whittaker. Here several species of Indian and African crocodiles and alligators are bred in captivity.The reptiles are kept in their natural habitat in open pools and can be viewed from safe proximity. This farm breeds crocodile to augment the crocodile population of the wildlife sanctuaries. V.G.P Golden Beach - This beach is popular not just with the people of the city, but also with tourists. There is an entertainment arcade for children and for adults. There are folk dance performances apart from an Art Centre which sells handicrafts and articles made out of sea shells. The beach is clean and ideal for sun-bathing. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 04: Chennai / Pondicherry (150 Kms / 04 Hrs)

Pondicherry MusuemMorning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Pondicherry - Pondicherry has a special ambience, not felt anywhere else in India. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied town. The inherent ambience of Pondy, as it is fondly called, becomes most evident in the oldest part of the town which flanks the seashore boulevard. Colonial buildings, some which trace back to the 18th century. On arrival check into hotel/resort, lunch and relax. Later on half day sight seeing, visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Musuem, Chunnambar water sports complex, Matrimandir at Auroville and the Anglo-French Textiles showroom. Return back to the resort, dinner and overnight.

DAY 05: Pondicherry / Tiruchinapally (200 Kms / 05 Hrs)

TiruvanaikkavalMorning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Tiruchirappalli - now called Trichy is situated on the banks of the Cauvery river. Trichy, the fourth largest city in the state was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. But the Pallavas never really managed to retain control of this strategic city and lost it to the Pandyas several times. The struggle for power between the Pallavas and Pandyas continued till 10th centuries the Cholas asserted and assumed the reigns until the deadline of the century. On arrival check into the hotel, lunch and half-day sightseeing, visit to Rock Fort - the view from the fort is spectacular. The Vinayaka temple at the top is reached by climbing a tunnel in rock. Half way up is the Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Siva. It has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. On the southern face of the rock are several beautifully carved rock-cut cave temples of the Pallava period. Tiruvanaikkaval (7 kms.) - the temple here has a Siva lingam almost submerged in water, which flows from a subterranean spring in the sanctum sanctorum. The Lord's name Jambukeswarar is derived from a legend that an elephant once worshipped Him under the holy Jambu tree. Srirangam - The most important pilgrim center in the district is located in an island just 5kms from Trichy. Srirangam, surrounded by the waters of the Cauvery on one side and its tributary Kollidam on the other, is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganatha Temple. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 06: Tiruchinapally / Tanjavur / Tiruchinapally (60 Kms / 01 Hr Each Way)

TanjavurMorning breakfast and proceed for a day trip to Tanjavur - Scenically one of the most enchanting districts in the state, green, airy, Tanjavur lies to the east of Trichy and has the reputation as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. It is not surprising that the great Cholas chose Tanjavur as the location of some of their most magnificent creations, since this now small city once occupied the proud position as their capital and most treasured territory. Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple - b uilt by the great Chola King, Rajaraja.1 in the 10th century AD is an outstanding example of Chola architecture. The Palace - t he Palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas , Art Gallery - In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Return back to Tiruchinapally. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 07: Tiruchinapally / Kodaikanal (160 Kms / 05 Hrs)

Star Shaped LakeMorning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Kodaikanal. On arrival at Kodaikanal check in on arrival to Hotel/resort. Afternoon half day tour visit to star shaped lake - spread over an area of 24 hectares where fishing allowed and boating facilities are available; one of the world's oldest Solar Observatories that was built in 1899; and the Orchidorium - at the Sacred Heart College where about 300 species of orchids can be seen. Return back to the hotel/resort and overnight.

DAY 08: Kodaikanal

Fairy FallsMorning breakfast and proceed to full day sightseeing, visit to number of picturesque walks like Coaker's Walk and Priest's Walk . Kodai's best view points are Pillar Rocks , and Green Valley View . Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade, Fairy Falls and Glen Falls are popular with picnickers while the Perumal Peak is a favourite with trekkers. The Kurinji Andavar temple 3.2 kms away is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. Return back to hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 09: Kodaikanal / Madurai (220 Kms / 05 Hrs)

Meenakshi TempleMorning breakfast, checkout of the hotel/resort and proceed to Madurai - Known as the Athens of the East, Madurai, the second largest city in Tamil Nadu is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. An ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, Madurai is believed to have been built by the Pandyan King Kulasekara in the 6th century BC. On arrival check in to the hotel. Lunch and later on visit the famous Meenakshi Temple - Located at the heart of the city, the Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple has long been the focus of both Indian and international tourist attraction as well as one of the most important places of Hindu pilgrimage. For the people of Madurai, the temple is the very centre of their cultural and religious life. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 10: Madurai / Kanniyakumari (235 Kms / 05 Hrs)

Vivekananda Memorial RockMorning breakfast, early check out of the hotel and proceed to Kanniyakumari - Described as the southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land end of India or the point where the land's three seas meet, enchanting Kanniyakumari or Cape Comorin is one of the most popular tourist spots in the state and indeed, in the country. on arrival check into the hotel. Later on visit to Vivekananda Memorial - The memorial has been built on the Vivekananda Rock where the great philosopher - guide Swami Vivekananda went into meditation that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leaders of this century. The unique, structure was built in 1970 and is a blend of various architectural styles of India. You can watch sunset here. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 11: Kanniyakumari

KanniyakumariMorning breakfast and full day sightseeing, visit to Kumariamman Temple - The legend of this temple is as romantic as the place itself. Dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanniyakumari (Parvati) who stands guard over the country, the temple is built at the spot where the goddess is believed to have waited for her consort Lord Siva to come and claim her hand in marriage. Gandhi Memorial - The Gandhi Mandapam has been constructed at the spot where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept for public view in an urn before a portion was immersed into the three seas. Olakkay Aruvi Water falls - Olakkay Aruvi Water in the Western Ghats is about 8 kms., North of Azhgiapandiapuram, 14 kms., from Nagercoil and 33 kms., from Kanniyakumari. The beautiful water falls and the natural scenery all around the place attract many holiday seekers and this place has become an important picnic center. Return back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 12: Kanniyakumari / Trivandrum (90 Kms / 02 Hrs)

Morning breakfast and check out of the hotel and proceed to Trivandrum International Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey. Tour Ends .

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