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Tamilnadu Tour Packages    

  Divine Tamilnadu    

8 Days 7 Night (Ex - Chennai)    SBTN 06    
  Places covered: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Chidambaram –   Kumbakonam – Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai – Rameswaram – Madurai –   Kanyakumari – Kodaikannal – Ooty.


Day 1:
Early morning 6:00am starting to Mahabalipuram (60Kms 2Hrs) Enroute visit Pondicherry (100 Kms 2Hrs) visit Ganesh Temple, Aurobindo Ashram, Museum, Beach, Auroville, Mudaliar Kuppam (Boating) starting to Chidambaram (60Kms 1.5 Hrs) after darshan proceed to Vaitheeswaram (60 Kms 1 Hrs) visit Vaitheeswaran kovil (Chevaai), Thiruvengadu (puthen), Keezha Perumpallam (Kethu), Thirnallar (Saneeswaran), Check in over night stay at Kumbakonam.

Day 2:
Early morning starting for remaining Navagaraga temples Thirunageswaram (Ragu), Uppliappan (Perumal), Alangangudi (Guru), Suriyanar kovil (Sun), and Swamimali, return back to hotel after
lunch check out from Kumbakonam, visit Kanjanoor (Sukran), and Thanjavur Big Temple (Brigadeeswar Temple) check in at Thanjavur over night stay at Thanjavur.

Day 3:
Early morning check out from Thanjavur enroute Trichy (60 Kms 1.5 Hrs) visit Sri Ranganathar Temple, Rock Fort Temple, proceed to Rameswaram (285 Kms 5 Hrs) check in refresh visit

Pamban Bridge, Rama Theertham, Lakshman Theertham, Sita Theertham, Pamban Bridge, kentha patha parvath, Panch Muki Hanuman Temple, Sri Ramachandra Temple (Floating Stone)
Over night stay at Rameswaram.

Day 4:
Early morning visit Mandir for Sphatik Shivaling Darshan and have a bath in the 22 teerthams (wells).
Ramanatha Swamy temple (bath in 22 wells)
Agni Theertham (seabath)
Check out from Rameswaram starting to Kanyakumari (300 Kms 6 Hrs) Enroute Madurai visit local temples Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, Azhagar Kovil, Mariamman Tank, Thirupparankundram, Gandhi Museum, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, check in over night stay at
Kanyakumari.

Day 5:
The lands end of India is a meeting point of the great seas -the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. A spell binding scene which attracts tourist in large numbers is the unique sunrise and the sunset which is most spectacular at full moon, when sunsets and moon raise takes place simultaneously. Enjoy Sunrise at Kanyakumari. Take a ferry boat to Swami Vivekananda Rock memorial. Visit Kanyakumari Mandir, Gandhi Mandapam, Thiruparappu falls, Suchindram and Trisamudra Milan, check out from Kanyakumari starting to Kodaikannal(300 Kms 5 Hrs) check in over night stay at Kodaikannal.

Day 6:
After breakfast starting to Kodaikannal

Cooker’s walk, Green valley view,Golf course, Pillar Rocks, Devils Kitchen (Guna Cave), Pine forest, Moier point,Shanthi valley view,Upper Lake view

After lunch visit

Jain Temple,Kodai City View,Kurinji Andavar Temple,Palani view,Chettiar Park,Brayant Park

Check out from Kodaikannal starting to Ooty (250 Kms 5 Hrs) check in over night stay at Ooty.

Day 7:
After breakfast starting for sightseeing…

Emerald Lake, Doddabetta Peak, Pykara lake/ Pykara Boat House

Lunch break

6th Mile (Shooting Spot), 9th Mile (Shooting Spot), Glenmorgan,
Kalhatty water falls
Return back to hotel over night stay at Ooty.

Day 8:
After break fast check out from Ooty starting for site seeing…
Dolphin Nose, Botanical Garden Ooty Lake, Rose Garden
Sims park - Coonoor, Kodanad View Point - Kotagiri
starting to Chennai, drop at Chennai by 10:00pm.

Tour concludes…

Package Cost Per Person :
The above Price includes:
Double Room on Twin sharing or Triple Sharing with extra bed, Travel and site seeing by a A/ c Indica / Tavera / Qualis / Innova / Tempo Traveller at the disposal, traveling from one city to another city, fuel, driver allowances, parking, permit and taxes, Meals plan CP (Breakfast only)

The above Price does not include:
Entrance ticket at the place of interest Laundry, Boating, Water bottles, tips. All personal expenses

Note:
Hotels provided with standard Rooms only. This Package tour can be arranged any time during the year.

Known by several names such as Mamallapattana and Mamallapuram, the town was known to ancient mariners as "Seven Pagodas" alluding to the Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram literally means ‘city of the Great Bali’. Derived from Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a modern name of the town.


The town got its name after the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I took on the epithet Maha-malla (great wrestler) and Mamallapuram was ‘the city of great wrestler’. Pallava kings ruled Mamallapuram from their capital Kanchipuram and used the port to launch diplomatic missions to Ceylon and Southeast Asia

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Chinese and Roman coins have been found at Mamallapuram revealing the port as an active hub of global trade. The city of Mahabalipuram was largely developed by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I in the 7th century AD. The modern city of Mahabalipuram was established by the British in 1827.

                                          


CULTURE


Mamallapuram is also the venue of a vibrant dance festival organized during the months of January and February. Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali and other exponents of Indian dance forms perform against the magnificent backdrop of the ancient stone temples.


Visit Dakshina Chitra to get a better understanding of the art, craft and architecture of India. Also visit the traditional homes featuring the distinctive architectural and cultural styles of the southern states of India. Craftsmanship from the southern states is represented via weavers, potters and other artisan workshops.


To understand the rich and varied culture of India, there is no other place than Kalakshetra. Performing artists teach Indian classical dance, music, painting, drama and other fine arts at the internationally acclaimed institution.
Don’t forget to visit the Cholamandalam Artists Village to learn more about Indian art. Established in 1966, the Village is the largest artists' commune in India. Artists from the Cholamandalam Artists Village are credited for the Madras Movement of Art which brought modernism to art in the South India.

                


SHOPPING


Stone sculptures made by local artisans can be picked up at Mahabalipuram. Avoid the big shops on the main road and look for shops in the small side roads for a bargain. Conch shells and other trinkets made of shells can also be purchased in Mahabalipuram.


WHERE TO STAY


There are a number of quality hotels in Mahabalipuram. Most of the hotels and resorts are located close to the shore and offer an unmatched panoramic view of the spectacular beach. It is advisable to make hotel reservations in advance, especially during peak season. Being a beach town, one can find more resorts. However, budget hotels are also available. Summers can be especially hot and it would be advisable to book AC rooms.

Je voudrais une baguette, deux croissants et trois cafés crème. Of all the sentences you expect to utter when you get to India, this really isn't one of them. But there I was in the bakery - sorry, boulangerie - at Pondicherry and standing across the counter from me were two South Indian women, strikingly elegant in silk saris, speaking French as their first language.

The local policemen wear kepis, and war veterans play boules in the evening on the Rue Dumas (road signs are in Tamil and English and made of blue enamel with white lettering) across from the Eglise de Notre Dame. They go on from there for a quick pastis or two at their club, Le Foyer du Soldat, at the entrance to which hang portraits of presidents of the Fifth Republic, from de Gaulle to Hollande.
 

The buildings in this part of town are all French colonial style. The sun has not quite set on this little outpost of the French empire. OK, so I didn't see men on bicycles wearing berets and stripy T-shirts and selling strings of onions, but in every other way could it get any more French?


                               


By way of explanation, let me try to condense 350 years of history into one brisk paragraph. French get jealous of British wealth being garnered in India and think, 'We'll have some of that.' They need to find a seaport where they can land which isn't too well protected. Voila Pondicherry.
The Brits fight them off, the French fight back, and this goes on until the Brits are humiliated in the 18th Century. They are so busy preparing to fend off the French again at Pondicherry that they forget to protect Madras, the British headquarters in East India, and the French invade. At this point the Brits say: 'Give us Madras back and you can have these towns clustered in the south.' The French agree. The Tricolour continued to fly over Pondicherry until 1954 (interestingly, seven years after the end of British rule in India).

What you are left with today is an intriguing Indian town with a decidedly French accent: the French quarter is called La Ville Blanche and the Indian section is La Ville Noire. Both are well worth exploring.
 

Pondicherry is dominated by the ashram set up in the Twenties by Sri Aurobindo and a French woman, Mirra Alfassa, known by everyone as 'The Mother'. She died in 1973, but the spiritual community continues to thrive. It has to be the biggest landowner in the town - the ashram occupies a good chunk of the waterfront and also includes a school, guesthouses, laundry and bakery.

Much of the ashram is closed to the public but the areas that are open reveal the deeply spiritual, beating heart of India. You leave your shoes at the door and walk through courtyards and alleyways where the smell of jasmine hangs in the air and disciples pray and practise yoga.

We stayed at the Maison Perumal, a delightful Tamil merchant's house which has been converted into a guesthouse-cum-hotel. There area handful of rooms built around a fragrant courtyard - trees grow up in the middle of the courtyard and a sprinkler system on the roof creates the effect of light, misty rain falling. Stained glass windows illuminate the area with wonderfully refracted colours.

The bedrooms are simple but stylish, with lots of dark wood and comfortable beds. There's a real feeling of tranquillity in an otherwise bustling town. The proud boast of Maison Perumal's chef is that his kitchen has no freezer.
 

 

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