Day 01: Arrival at Chennai
Upon arrival, the guest will be met by our representative and
transferred to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Chennai
Morning city tour of Chennai - is the fourth largest city in India. The
sprawling city, which is divided in two by the Cooum River, has few tall
buildings to mark the impression of an easygoing market town. Visit the
Fort St. George - Still surrounded by cannon-proof walls the fort was
rebuilt several times between 1642 when its original bastions were
completed and 1749 when the French left, it remains - moats and all -
pretty much today as when first made the seat of empire. Declared a
national monument in 1948, most of its buildings have been converted
into government offices, notably the Legislature and Secretariat. At
various times the fort was home of Robert Clive, Elihu Yale and Sir
Arthur Wellesley. Within the fort, visit the little St Mary's Church the
oldest Protestant church east of the Suez and the first Anglican one in
India. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram
You will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram and
Kanchipuram - known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, is
one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples,
many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks.
Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the
only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar
Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal
Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition
dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth),
Kanchipuram is justly famous for its particularly fine silk saris,
embellished with stunning patterns. Visit the local homes of the weavers
and watch them create magic out of silk thread into saris.
Mahabalipuram is a small, quiet seaside resort with a unique
7th-century Shore Temple, a lovely beach and some of the most beautiful
rock-cut temples in the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of
Bengal, Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the 1st century
AD. This town was a workshop for temple building. Visit the seven
pagoda-style Shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven
rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal
figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of
Dravidian architecture. They were constructed in a single century-long
burst of creative enthusiasm, starting in the reign of Narasimhavarman 1
(AD 630-68). End the visit by photography of the beautiful Shore temples
at sunset. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Chennai - Tirupati
You will be taken for a full day trip to Tirupati (154 km). The "holy
hill" of Tirumala in the extreme south of Andhra Pradesh is one the
most important pilgrimage centers in India, and is claimed to be the
busiest in the world - eclipsing Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca in its sheer
number of pilgrims. Tirumala is an engrossing place where you can spend
the whole day just wandering around. It's one of the few temples in
India, which allows non-Hindus into the sanctum, but, despite this, the
place sees few foreign visitors.
Venkateshwara Temple - Pilgrims flock to Tirumala to visit the
ancient temple of Venkateshwara, an avatar of Vishnu. This is the god
whose pictures graces the reception areas of most lodges and restaurants
in Southern India and garlanded in so many flowers that only his feet
are visible. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 04: Tirupati - Chennai - Madurai
Morning drive to Chennai airport (154 km) to connect flight
Chennai/Madurai. Upon arrival our representative will transfer you to
Madurai is an animated city packed with pilgrims, businesspeople,
bullock carts and legions of rickshaw- wallahs. It is one of southern
India's oldest cities, and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage
for centuries. Madurai's main attraction is the famous Sri Meenakshi
Temple in the heart of the old town, a riotously baroque example of
Dravidian architecture with gopurams covered from top to bottom in a
breathless profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals
and mythical figures. The temple seethes with activity from dawn till
dusk, its many shrines attracting pilgrims from every part of India and
tourists from all over the world. It's been estimated that there are
10,000 visitors here on and one day!
Visit the Meenakshi temple one of the biggest temple complexes in India
- 46 ft. long by 790 ft broad built in the 17th Century. It is a
rectangular twin shrine - the southern temple dedicated to Meenakshi
(the consort of Shiva) and the other to Shiva. It is Madurai's greatest
landmark - a virtual city within a city. The complex includes a bazaar
that bustles from dawn to nightfall.
Overnight will be at hotel
Day 05: Madurai - Kanyakumari
Morning, drive to Kanyakumari (240 km / 5 hours).
Kanyakumari - meeting point of three oceans, the Bay of Bengal
meets the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Kanyakumari is famous for
its beautiful views of sunrise, sunset and moonrise over the waters.
Kanyakumari is also a popular pilgrimage destination and has great
significance to Hindus. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Kanyakumari - Kovalam
Early morning view the rising sun. Thereafter you will drive to
Kovallam (70 km / 1 ½ hours). Upon arrival you will transfer to
Kovallam - Kovallam is one of India's most spectacular beaches
with the boundless blue of the Arabian Sea and the unwinding miles of
fine - sanded beaches washed by the surf, which roars and hisses at the
feet of the stalwart palms. Located in idyllic surroundings, it's a
beautiful getaway for relaxation & recuperation. Rest of the day at
leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or at
the beach. Overnight will be at hotel.
Day 07: Kovallam - Cochin - Bangalore - Puttaparthi
In the morning drive to Cochin airport to connect flight Cochin /
Bangalore (1450 / 1545 hrs.). Upon arrival in Bangalore you will be
driven to Puttparthi (170 km / 3 ½ hours). Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Puttaparthi
You will spend the day at Puttaparthi. Overnight will be at Ashram /
Day 09: Puttaparthi - Bombay
You will transfer to the airport for flight Puttparthi/Bombay flight
(1450 / 1610 hrs.) Upon arrival our representative will transfer you to
the international airport for flight back home.
Day 10: Bombay - Abroad
You will catch the flight back home.