A voyage into the fantastic world of temples in Tamilnadu in India– that’s the promise this package makes and delivers. A unique tailormade holiday, trip and vacation in a wonderful region of Asia.

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A voyage into the fantastic world of temples in Tamilnadu in India– that’s the promise this package makes and delivers. A unique tailormade holiday, trip and vacation in a wonderful region of Asia.

Get ready to witness the most colorful temples in the world!

It's possible to run the tour also for single travellers starting from €915.

Highlights of the tour:

  • All Inclusive Tour - Hotels / Transport / Guides / Monument Entrances/Backwater
  • Houseboat excursion In Backwater Followed by Lunch
  • Rickshaw Ride in Madurai.
  • Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Evening Arti Ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai
  • Chettinad village walk.
  • Vrihadeshwar Shiva Temple at Tanjore. An architectural marvel.
  • Five Rathas at Mahabalipuram.
  • Jeep Safari in Mountains of Periyar
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Trip summary

  • Departure Chennai
  • End Cochin
  • Countries
    • India
  • City
    • Chennai
    • Pondicherry
    • Tanjore
    • Chettinad
    • Madurai
    • Periyar
    • Kumarakom
    • Cochin
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips and custom tours
  • Travel style Group departure
  • Accommodation Standard
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Arrival In Chennai and sightseeing
    Day 1

    Arrival in Chennai, After the customs formalities, Meet with MTA Representative. Our Representative will be waiting for You Outside the exit gate of International Airport.

    Start Your Day with the panoramic tour of the city with the Marina Beach and the church of Saint Thomas, who came to India in 3rd century AD. In the afternoon excursion to Kanchipuram to visit the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Particularly the Temples of Kailashanataha and Ekanbaranathara.

    Please Note: The Tour Starts at 9 AM in the Morning, please plan your arrival accordingly. Hotel Checkin would be  After the sightseeing.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights : St Thomas Church, Kanchipuram Temple, Kailashanatha Temple’

    Visited places:
  • 2
    Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry ( 220 Km – 5 Hrs Approx)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    Drive to Pondicherry. Along the way, stop at Mahabalipuram to visit the famous seashore rock-cut and monolithic temples. A World Heritage site.

    Visit the 7th-century Shore temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. Later visit the 7th- century Five Rathas and Arjuna Penance These temples are considered as the very first example of the Hindu temple architecture. Continue to Pondicherry.

    Arrival at Pondicherry and in the afternoon, visit the ancient French colony of Pondicherry with the visit of the ashram of Sri Aurobindo, the great philosopher. Built by a disciple of Aurobindo in his memory, one of the most evocative active ashrams in India. Then take a walking tour in the old city followed with the visit of ancient Portuguese and French churches.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Seashore Temples of Mammalapuram, Aurobindo Ashram

    Visited places:
  • 3
    Pondicherry – Gangaikondacholpuram – Darasuram - Tanjore ( 210 Km – 5 Hrs Approx,)
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Tanjore with a stop to visit the temples of Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram and the village of silk weavers. The town of Darasuram is famous for the Airavateswara temple built by Rajaraja Chola II in the twelfth century. The temple is a Unesco world heritage site and is a treasure trove of art and architecture.

    Arrival in Tanjore. Once the ancient capital of Cholas. Tanjore dates back its history to the time of emperors Rajaraja I and Rajendra I, protectors of the arts and brave conquerors, who ruled over the city in the 11th century. Visit the temple of Brihadeshwara, the symbol of the city of Tanjore and a world heritage temple complex, is surrounded by long walls, a cloister with columns and niches, and boasts two gopurams at the east entrance.

    It preserves the classical architecture of the Dravidian temples with a mandapa and a large room that leads to the central sanctorum, made from a single piece of granite weighing 80 tons.

    After visiting the temple, continue with a stop at "The Raja Museum and Art Gallery" to admire an interesting collection of artifacts and sculptures in bronze and granite in the Chola style. The Saraswati Mahal library contains over 40 thousand rare books and inscriptions on palm leaves in Indian and European languages.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Darasuram Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple at Tanjore

    Visited places:
  • 4
    Tanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (100 Km – 3 Hrs Approx)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    Transfer to Chettinad, en route stop at Srirangam to visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, considered as the most important of the 108 temples dedicated to the deity. Its foundation dates back to the fourteenth century: the complex consists of seven concentric walls, called prakara. with entrances to the four cardinal points, surmounted by high gopurams, for a total of twenty-one towers. At the center of the island the sancta santorum with the main image of Vishnu Ranganatha. Crossing the Indian countryside rich in banana plantations, sugar cane and paddy fields. Continue to the zone called Chettinad from the name of the ancient rich merchants who lived there. In the afternoon, walk in the village to admire the ancient buildings, visit a cotton weaving center and a factory for the manual manufacturing of the tiles.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Sri Ranganathswamy Temple at Trichy, Chettinad Village

    Visited places:
  • 5
    Chettinad - Madurai (100 Km – 2 Hrs)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    Drive to Madurai. Arrive to Madurai and visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Dedicated to Meenakshi (Goddess Parvati) and Sundareshwar (Lord Shiva). The main Attraction of the temple are its colourful towers. Later proceed to take a Rikshaw Ride in the old city. This Rikshaw ride is a different experience everyone should take. This longest Rikshaw Ride in Asia will take you on a journey of old time. Visit the Spice Market, Banana Market, Onion Market, Textile Market, Residential areas and local small scale factories. Evening pay an another visit to the Meenakshi Temple to participate in the evening ceremony.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Meenakshi Temple, Rikshaw Ride, Evening Ceremony

    Visited places:
  • 6
    Madurai - Periyar (145 KM – 4 Hrs)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    Continue in the direction of Periyar, located at 900 meters on the Western Ghats, in a splendid scenery of tea and spice plantations. The Periyar National Park is one of the most important and ancient projects to protect the Indian tiger. Arrival and hotel accommodation in the area of Thekkady.

    In the afternoon take a Jeep Safari in Mountains. Along the way, a brief tour of spice plantation and driving through the gardens of Tea, Coffee and cocoa.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Train, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Jeep Ride, Spice Plantations

    Visited places:
  • 7
    Periyar - Kumarakom (170 Km – 4 Hrs)
    Day 7 Transfer by car

    Drive to Kumarakom. Arrive and check-in at the Hotel. Afternoon free for leisure, relax Ayurvedic treatments and to admire the nature of Kerala.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch, Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrances

    Tour Highlights: Houseboat Excursion followed by Lunch, Backwater of Kerala

    Visited places:
  • 8
    Kumarakom - Cochin ( 260 KM – 5 HRS)
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    Morning free for leisure, Ayurvedic Treatments or relax. Later, check out from the hotel and proceed to Cochin. Enroute excursion with the Houseboat in the backwaters, the series of canals, rivers and natural lakes that cross the region of Kerala like a spider web. Lunch in Houseboat. Disembark from Houseboat and proceed to Cochin.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide

    Tour Highlights: Chitrakoot Dham

    Visited places:
  • 9
    Departure from Cochin
    Day 9 Transfer by car

    Visit the most cosmopolitan city in South India: the Chinese nets, the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, the church of San Francesco which houses the tombstone of Vasco de Gama, the synagogue in the Jewish area. Afternoon enjoy the dance show of Kathakali.

    Transfer to the Airport and international departure. No Accommodation.

     

    Inclusions: Breakfast , Transport, Tour Guide, Monument Entrance

    Tour Highlights: Chinese Fishing Net, Fort Cochin.

    Visited places:
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) in the preferred hotel category on Bed & Breakfast Plan.
    • A well-maintained air conditioned vehicle with a trusted chauffeur throughout the tour.
    • Local Italian/English Speaking Tour Guide for city sightseeing and monument visits. For more than 6 persons traveling together, a language speaking Tour Escort will be provided for the whole tour.
    • Entrance fees to museums, archaeological sites, and parks
    • Houseboat Excursion in backwater followed by Lunch
    • Rikshaw Ride in Madurai
    • Mountain Jeep Safari in Madurai
    • One souvenir gift with compliments from MTA.
    • 2 Bottle of water per passenger per day
    • Local Assistance during the tour
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    Price does not include
    • International flights & Insurance (we can do the same on request)
    • Entry visa to India (we can assist you to get the visa for India)
    • Possible entrance fees for cameras and camcorders (to be regulated on site)
    • Meals, drinks, personal extras and anything not mentioned in the tour or in inclusions
    • Tipping to Tour Guides, Drivers etc