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South India Temples & Ayurveda Treatment

Package price per person sharing twin

Product Code : AGORA348

The private tour will begin in Chennai and include Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Darasuram, Thanjore, Trichy, Chettinad, Madurai & Kovilakom in its itinerary. You will visit few active, few non active, small to largest temple complexes in India, before entering in the lush green natural land of Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment. You will visit all destination by private car which will remain with you from arrival till drop off at Kovilakom, When you are in Ayurvedic retreat there will not be any requirement of transport hence departure to airport will be arrange with local vehicle.

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Arrival Chennai airport assistance and transfer to hotel.

Later city tour of Chennai. Visit Fort St. George & Museum - It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. Kapaleeshwarar Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva, Semmozhi Poonga a beautifully landscaped botanical garden. Dakshina Chitra a living history museum & Arulmigu Sri Parthasarathy Temple an 8th-century Hindu Vaishnavite temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. Later walk on Marina beach. Overnight at hotel. 
 

Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (120kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Mahabalipuram via visiting Kanchipuram - the City of Thousand Temples. 

Visit Kailasanathar 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, noted for its architecture and sculptures. There are 58 small shrines situated around the main shrine as compound wall. Ekambareswarar temple another ancient temple dedicated to Siva. The 2500-year-old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yields different varieties of mangoes. Varadharaja temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, noted for its wonderful sculptures. Vaikundhaperumal temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, it is also one of the 108 Divyadesams. Kamakshiamman temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi the presiding deity, one of the holy Sakthi worship places in India. Optionaly visit Handloom industry famous for handloom Silk Sarees the main profession of people in Kanchipuram. 

Continue drive to Mahabalipuram check in at hotel. 

Later visit Monolithic Temples locally known as Rathas. They were executed by chiseling out the exterior face of the boulder. Shore Temple built with blocks of granitein in 7th century the temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Cave Temples cut and decorated with panels in the Mamalla style of the Pallava period in the 7th century. Remnants seen in the caves also indicate that they were plastered and painted when built. Krishna's Butterball a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline. Rest time free & easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
 

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel.

Later visit Aurovil founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Pondicherry Museum an art and history museum especially noted for its collection of fine lost wax bronzes form the period of the Chola Empire. The Museum's collection includes 81 Chola bronze sculptures, ranking as one of the largest collections of Chola bronzes. Later walk in French Colony. Pondicherry has some of the finest examples of old French culture with a hint of Tamil influence in its visual aesthetics. Observe and get inspired by the architectural beauty of the French part of the town while enjoying a cup of coffee and some deserts along the way. Customise your walk with your guide to cover French consulate, French Institute, Raj Nivas, Bharati Park (Aayi Monument), Government Square, Beaches, Monuments, Churches, French schools.

Evening to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjore (180kms/ 4hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Thanjore. Enroute visit Chidambaram Nataraja Temple which is dedicated to the Nataraja the dancing posture of Lord Shiva. Further drive & visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple - The temple complex includes Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa and Ardha Mandapa. Continue drive & visit Darasuram Temple - a storehouse of art and architecture. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings. Continue drive to Thanjore check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 

Day 5: Thanjore - Trichy - Chettinad (140kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort - built by great Chola king in the 10th century. It is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. Thanjavur Palace & Museum - The palace houses an art gallery, a library and a hall of music. Art Gallery - in the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Saraswathi Mahal Library - another section of the Palace is the library where over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in India and European languages are preserved.

After sightseeing drive to Trichy. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - there are 22 gopurams including India’s tallest (72 meters, 13 storey high). Many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. Rock Fort Temple -The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. Also visit Tiruvanaikkaval the Jambukeshwara temple, dedicated to Shiva, and it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams.

Afterward drive to Chettinad check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Chettinad - Madurai (90kms/ 2hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing in Chettinad - the region is well known for its 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Construction materials, decorative items, and furnishings were mostly imported from East Asian countries and Europe. The marble was brought from Italy, chandeliers and teak from Burma, crockery from Indonesia, crystals from Europe and wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium. Many of these mansions were built using a type of limestone known as karai.

It is estimated that 11,000 such mansions still remain—about half the number that existed 100 years ago. They were built by men who once traded in everything from salt to gems, with countries like Burma, Malaysia and Singapore. Much of their profits went into building these grand residences, which used to be called natukottai or regional fort. But in the mid-20th century, most Chettiar families moved to cities. Their palatial homes were left in the custody of caretakers, who maintained them for those rare occasions, such as weddings or Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival, when the family came to visit.

Visit few massions open for tourist like Chettinad Mansions, Chettinad Palace and few Chettinad Temples like Vairavan Kovil Temple, Karpaga Vinayakar temple, Kundrakudi Murugan temple, Kottaiyur Sivan temple.

Afternoon drive to Madurai check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Madurai - Kalari Kovilakom (225kms/ 5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Apart from the estimated 33 million sculptures there, the temple is absolutely absorbing with the endless rounds of ceremonies, prostration of countless devotees and glittering market stalls. Later visit Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace; a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 – foot high stone pillar, still stands. In the evening visit the famous Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple to attend the Aarti (Prayers) witnessing interesting rituals and ceremonies. 

Afternoon drive to Kalari check in at Ayurvedic Retreat for next five night. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

Kalari Kovilakom - a restored, 19th century mansion offers a program of only the most traditional Keralan Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic herbs and ingredients used in the facility are sourced locally – many even from Kalari Kovilakom’s own on-site gardens – while expert therapists offer complete, full-body care, from customised vegetarian meals and purifying baths to massages, medicines, and other treatments. Mindfulness, awareness, a therapeutic engagement of the senses and an inward integration of the body, mind and spirit aspects of the Ayurvedic healing process are what one gains at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 9: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 10: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 11: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 12: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 13: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 14: Kalari Kovilakom - Cochin/ Coimbatore (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to either Cochin or Coimbatore airport to board flight for onward destination.

Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport

13-nights / 14-days accommodation in below offered hotels or similar (standard room)

Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price

Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary (almost all places of tourist interest are included in our itinerary)

Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Applicable GST (government taxes).

Any air fare

Camera charges at monuments 

Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.

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