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Temples and Tigers of South India

temples and tigers of south India

Duration :13 Days

Destination :Chennai Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram Pondicherry Chindambaram Thanjavur Tiruchirapali Madurai Ooty Mudumalai National Park

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Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
Meeting and greetings on arrival at Chennai Airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02 : At Chennai
Morning after breakfast leave for city tour o Chennai or Madras city. Chennai - the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India.

Visit Kalakshetra - school of art and music that practices Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing, Fort St. George - built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises, Sri Parthasarathy Temple - built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : Chennai Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram
Morning after breakfast leave for Mahabalipurm via visiting Temples of Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is most famous for its exquisitely woven handloom silk saris. It has some very famous temples like the Kamakshi Temple and the Ekambareshwar Temple. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples. Most of the temples and rock carvings were completed around 630 - 660 AD and are notable for their folk- art origins. Arrive Mahabalipuram and check into the hotel. Rest of the afternoon free to relax or explore the beach or bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 : At Mahabalipuram
Full day explore temples in Mahabalipuram and beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 : Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry.
Morning breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pondicherry ( formerly a French colony).

Pondicherry is now famous for the Aurobindo Ashram, which was chosen by the late Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary turned saint and Auroville, the inspiration of The Mother, a French woman who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and conceived the idea of an international city of Dawn. Auroville was established to experiment and develop a new order of integrated living. Arrive Pondicherry and check into the hotel. Afternoon explore Aurobindo Ashram and the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur.
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for Thanjavur enroute visiting Chidambaram - know for the temple of Lord Nataraja, It is believed that Lord Nataraja performed his cosmic dance here.

Arrive at Thanjavur and check into hotel. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of this region. It is the home of Carnatic music and dance. It is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple, constructed more than a thousand years ago. Saraswati Mahal Library, The Art Gallery, and Sangeetha Mahal are also of interest. The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the granary of Tamil Nadu, blessed as it is by the waters of Kaveri River. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 07 : Thanjavur - Madurai.
Morning Bathe in the sea at Agnitheeram, which is considered sacred and a pure place to bathe. Afternoon drive to for Madurai and check into the hotel on arrival. Evening visit Shree Meenakshi temple to see Temple closing ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 : Madurai.
Morning after breakfast proceed for tour of Madurai - The 2600 years old Madurai is often referred to as the 'Athens of the East'. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu both historically and mythologically. A reference is made to Madurai in the Indian epic Ramayana, and great chroniclers Magasthenes (302 BC) and Ptolemy ( 140 AD) have made references to it in their travelogues. Marco Polo, the famous explorer visited this city in 1293 AD. Enjoy a full day tour of city and temples. In the Evening see sound and light show and late night temple rituals.
Overngiht at the hotel.

Day 09 : Madurai - Ooty
Morning after an early breakfast drive to Ooty or Udagamandalam, popularly known as the queen of hill stations. Ooty is located at a height of 2286 m and is famous for its sprawling tea gardens. Rest of the afternoon free to explore Ooty and its surroundings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 At Ooty
Full day exploration of Ooty including adjoining Connoor town and its tea gardens. You may enjoy uphill toy train ride from Connoor to Ooty. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Ooty - Mudumalai Sanctuary.
Morning after relaxed breakfast drive to Mudumalai Sanctuary located in the foothills of the Nilgiris. Mudumalai is part of a much larger sanctuary, which includes Bandipur and Wayanad in the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala. The main attractions here are the Spotted Deer, Indian bison, elephant, wild boar, otters, and crocodiles. Afternoon enjoy jeep safari into the Jungle to view wildlife. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 12 : At Mudumalai
Full day jungle activities in the Tiger Reserve. Mudumalai is one of the 15 selected sanctuaries for Project Tiger. Bandipur was the game reserve of Maharaj of Mysore. Sanctuary is spread around 875 Sq. Kms. Apart from the tigers, the other residents of the area are herds of bison, spotted deer, elephants, and sambhar. Leopards etc. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 13 : Mudumalai to Coimbatore airport
Morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Coimbatore Airport to board flight for onward destination.

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