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CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY – KANCHIPURAM

TRIP DATES – 4th to 7th Dec 2019 (4 Days and 3 Nights)

COST – Only Rs. 16000 per person

Sightseeing inclusions:

Chennai – Parthasarathi temple, Marina beach, Vivekananda house,
Elliot’s beach, Asthalaxmi temple, Kapeeleshwar temple.

Mahabalipuram – Shore temple, Pancha rathas, Krishna’s butterball, light house, Mahisasura cave, Varaha cave.

Pondicherry – Aurobindo aashram, Auroville, matri Mandir, promenade beach, French war memorial, Gandhi statue.

Kanchipuram – Varadaraja perumal, Kamakshi Amman temple, Jain temple, Shopping of kaanchi saarees.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in twin sharing basis in 3☆ hotels
  • All days breakfast, lunch, dinner and water bottles
  • Sight seeing by AC vehicle depending on the number of members
  • Pick up and drop from Chennai railway station/ airport
  • Entry fee for Sight seeing at mentioned places, toll and parking charges at all locations, local tourist guide & driver charge.

Note : Flight/ train charges from home town to Chennai airport extra. We can book the flight/ train tickets for you as per actuals.

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Itinerary

DAY 1

Pick up from Chennai airport, Check-in to hotel. After lunch visit Parthasarathi temple, Kapeeleshwarar temple and Marina beach, back to hotel for dinner.

DAY 2

After breakfast proceed to Mahabalipuram, visit Shore temple, Pancha Rathas, Krishna’s butter ball, Mahisasura cave temple, Varaha cave temple and light house. After lunch proceed to Pondicherry, check-in to hotel. Evening visit promenade beach, old light house, Gandhi statue, French memorial.

DAY 3

After breakfast visit Aurobindo ashram and Auroville. Proceed to Kanchipuram visit Varadaraja Ekambareshwar temple, Kailashnatha and Vaikuntha Perumal temple. After lunch proceed to Chennai. Evening visit Eliot’s beach and Asthalaxmi temple.

DAY 4

Morning after breakfast if time permits shopping or proceed to Chennai airport.

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Chennai

Chennai is the capital of Tamilnadu located at the Coromandel coast of bay of Bengal. The city is the gateway for rest of South India. The city for its deep rooted traditions is often called the cultural heritage of India. The city is also renowned for its passion for music and dance. The temples, palaces and beaches are the most popular attractions here.

Marina beach

Marina beach is a natural urban beach along Bay of Bengal. It is one of the longest beach in the world, extending from Beasant Nagar in the South to Fort St George in the North. The white sands of the beach stretch far into the horizon and this makes it one of the most stunning beaches on Indian coast. This beach has many statues of heroes of past. The other attraction is the aquarium, which has rare and beautiful sea and fresh water creatures.

Parthasarathi temple

The Parthasarathi temple is the oldest temple in Chennai. Built by the Pallava ruler Narasimha Varman l in 8th century, later renovated and extended by Vijayanagara kings in 15th century. Among 108 Divya desams this temple is considered as the 61st one.
The Parthasarathi temple is built in Dravidian style, with gopurams and mandapas. The pillars inside the temple are intricately carved. The temple has incarnation of lord Vishnu in his 4 forms. Narasimha, Rama, Varaha and Krishna.
A holy tank is situated inside the temple, it is believed that Goddess Laxmi was born to sage Bhigu in the form of Vedavalli.
Parthasarathi temple is thus a spectacular depiction of history, tradition and art of Indian history, all together it is an amazing tourist attraction in Chennai.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is an ancient port city of Tamilnadu known for its stone carvings and stone temples and rock cut caves.
During the reign of pallava dynasty between 3rd to 7th century Mahabalipuram had become an important centre of art, architecture and literature. 1300 years back Chinese Buddhist monk Hieun Tsang visited the pallava capital Kanchipuram. Later an Indo-China trade relation was built. To rebuilt the relationship our PM Modiji invited President of China Xi at Mahabalipuram. The president of China was very much impressed by the stone cut architecture. Now Mahabalipuram has become a very important tourist place.

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Shore Temple

The shore temple was built in 7th century by Pallava ruler Narasimhavaran ll, later Chollas after invading from Pallavas built the additional part.
The shore temple at the bank of Bay of Bengal is one of the main attractions of Mahabalipuram. It is one of the oldest structural stone temple of South India. In the period of Pallavas Mahabalipuram was a popular trading port. It is said that the shore temple acted as a land mark for the navigation of ships.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry is situated on the South-East coast of India. The city gives a glimpse of France, it is said that in 1673 French people started migrating to Pondicherry.Most of residents in Pondicherry are French, so the houses in the city are in French style. The city offers a glimpse of France.
The most interesting place to visit in Pondicherry is Auroville, and Aurobindo ashram.

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is considered as a holy pilgrimage site by Hindus, located at the bank of river Vegavathy. In 4th to 9th century it was the capital of pallava dynasty. The city Kanchipuram is divided into two parts, Big Kanchi and Small Kanchi. Big Kanchi is also called Shiva Kanchi and most of the Shiva temples are located here. Small Kanchi is also called Vishnu Kanchi and major vishnu temples are located here.
Kanchipuram is one of the 7 theertha sites. It has more than 120 temples. Kailashnatha, Varadaraja, Ekambareshwar and Vaikuntha Perumal temple are some of the popular temples.
Silk weaving is one of the important occupation here. Kanchi sarees are one of the popular silk sarees in South India.

Varadaraja Perumal temple

Varadaraja is the name of Lord Vishnu and means Lord of boons. This temple is one of the Divya desams of the 108 temples of Lord Vishnu. This temple was built by Cholas in 1053, it is the 12th largest Hindu temple in the world.
The idol of deity Varadar is 12 ft long, made of fig tree and placed in silver casket underneath water. After every 40 years the submerged idol is taken out and kept for darshan for 48 days.
The pillars on the temple are beautifully carved,no two pillars are same. The carvings on the pillars depict Lord Vishnu and his avatars, scenes from Ramayana and Krishna Leela are also depicted.
Another major attractions of this temple is an overhead panel with golden and silver lizards. The legend goes likes this sage Gautam cursed his two disciples to become lizards because they failed to do their duty perfectly. Devotees touch these two lizards as it is believed to cure chronic illness.

Exclusion:

  • Roundtrip Flight/Train Tickets from your hometown to Chennai .
  • Pickup or drop from any other airport or stations than mentioned in the inclusion section.
  • Tickets for sightseeing and joy rides which are not mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses like porter, laundry, beverages, camera fee at sightseeing places, medical expenses, meal not part of the group menu, insurances etc.
  • Additional charges for extra day/night stay at hotels.
  • Any expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as road blocks, land slides, accidents and any emergency evacuations.
  • We are not responsible for the valuables carried by the individuals