South Spiritual Tour
Day 1 Chennai
Welcome to Chennai, India’s fourth largest city. Chennai, formerly known as Madras or Madarasapatinam, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. On arrival at Chennai airport or railway station, begin your tour and transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Chennai visiting Fort St. George, San Thome Church, the Kapeeleshwar Temple in Mylapore and finally Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world.
Day 2On to Tirupati (150 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)
This morning, drive to Tirupati.
Tirumala’s Balaji shrine is among the more famous temples of India. It has a reputation of being one of the richest shrines in the world. On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the Balaji Temple for darshan of Lord Venkateshwara.
Day 3On to Puducherry (275 kms / approx. 7 hour drive)
Today, you will drive to the city of Puducherry. “Puducherry” is the French interpretation of the original name “Puducheri” meaning “new settlement”. A trip to Puducherry is like a journey in time with a vibrant present celebrating its interesting past.
On arrival, check into your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the township of Auroville and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Day 4In Puducherry
The day is at leisure to explore the city that has a rich French cultural heritage.
Day 5On to Thanjavur (177 kms / approx. 4 hour drive)
Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjanan asura (giant), who according to local legend devastated the neighbourhood and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Vishnu. Sri Neelamegapperumal Tanjan’s last request that the city might be named after him was granted. Chola, Chera and Pandya kings were ruling Tamizhagam even before Mahabharat period.
In the afternoon, visit the famous Brihadeeshwara Temple built in the 10th century, the Palace, housing the Tamil University Museum, the Art Gallery and the Saraswati Mahal Library which houses palm leaf and paper manuscripts. The evening is at leisure.
Day 6On to Chennai (350 kms / approx. 9 hour drive)
This, morning, drive to Chennai.
On arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of evening is at leisure.
Day 7Depart Chennai
Today bid farewell to your ‘South Indian Spiritual Tour’, as you are transferred to Chennai airport / railway station for your onward journey.
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