Pondicherry, Thanjavur & Trichy
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Product Code : AGORA83
Explore the rich cultural and architectural heritage of South India with the "Pondicherry, Thanjavur & Trichy" private tour. Visit the charming French Quarters and colonial settlements of Pondicherry, marvel at the Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram, and discover the ancient temples and forts of Thanjavur and Trichy. En route, visit the historical town of Mahabalipuram and ancient city of Kanchipuram, famous for their intricate stone carvings and handwoven silk sarees.
Day 1: Chennai - Pondicherry (235kms)
You will be picked up from your hotel or Chennai airport in the morning, and we will start our journey towards Pondicherry, which is around 235 kilometers away from Chennai. On our way, we will visit the cities of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram is famous for its silk sarees and its ancient temples, while Mahabalipuram is known for its UNESCO World Heritage site, the Shore Temple. After exploring these cities, we will continue our drive towards Pondicherry, where we will check into our hotel.
Day 2: Pondicherry
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our day by visiting Auroville, which is an experimental township founded in 1968. Auroville aims to be a universal town where people from different nationalities, faiths, and beliefs can come together to live in peace and harmony. Next, we will take a drive or walk through the charming French Quarters of Pondicherry, which has a mix of French and Tamil architectural styles. We will visit various colonial villas, French schools, Raj Nivas, Government Square, and churches. We will also explore the vibrant Tamil settlements, which have a unique charm of their own. In the evening, we will head to the beach to relax and unwind. Overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 3: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjavur (185kms)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and head towards Thanjavur. On the way, we will stop at Chidambaram to visit the Nataraja Temple, which is one of the most significant temples of Lord Shiva in South India. The temple is known for its unique Chidambara Rahasya, which is a secret held within a curtain. After that, we will visit the Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram. These temples are UNESCO World Heritage sites and are known for their intricate carvings and architecture. After exploring these temples, we will continue our drive towards Thanjavur, where we will check into our hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our day by visiting the Brihadeshwara Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and most beautiful temples in India. We will also visit the Vijayanagar Fort, Thanjavur Palace, and Thanjavur Art Gallery, which houses a beautiful collection of bronze and stone sculptures. After that, we will drive towards Trichy, which is around 60 kilometers away from Thanjavur. In Trichy, we will visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, which is one of the most significant Vaishnavite temples in South India. We will also visit the Rock Fort, which is a fortress and temple complex built on a massive rock. Lastly, we will visit the Jambukeswarar Temple, which is a beautiful Shiva temple. Overnight stay will be at the hotel in Trichy.
Day 5: Trichy - Chennai (330kms)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will check out and start our drive back to Chennai, which is around 330 kilometers away. On arrival in Chennai, we will drop you off at your hotel or airport, marking the end of the tour.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 4 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 4 nights accommodation
Pondicherry x 2 night
3* - Shenbaga Hotel/ Annamalai International
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Thanjore x 1 night
3* - Grand Gardenia/ Oriental Towers
4* - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort
5* - Svatma
Trichy x 1 night
3* - Red Fox Hotel/ Grand Gardenia
4* & 5* - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.