Vizag to Kovalam East Coast & Temple of Tamilnadu
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Vizag to Kovalam East Coast & Temple of Tamilnadu Tour will begin with your arrival in port city Vizag on the Bay of Bengal known for its beaches & museum. Make an excursion to Araku Valley an enticing hill station with millions year old Borra Caves. Drive to Kakinada & enjoy boat safari in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Then drive to Machilipatnam known for fishing hamlet & long beaches. Visit Ranganatha Temple an architectural marvel at Nellore. Proceed to Chennai via visiting magnificent Venkatagiri Fort & Tirupati one of the richest temple in India. Visit the colonial port Chennai & advance toward Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram the city of thousands temples. Explore French colony Pondicherry and then proceed to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed The Great Living Chola Temples comprise of three temples; the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram. Continue your temple discovery and visit the active temples at Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaran & Trivandrum.
Day 1: Arrive Vizag
On arrival at Vizag airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check in/ out time 12pm).
Later city tour of Vizag, a port city and industrial center on the Bay of Bengal. Visit Submarine Museum located inside an actual submarine INS Kurusura. The INS Kurusura served the Indian Navy for 31 years before it was decommissioned in 2001. The museum is situated on RK beach, near the War Memorial. The museum has artefacts, pictures and articles that share stories of strength, sacrifice and patriotism of the warriors. Nearby are the elaborate Kali Temple and the Visakha Museum, an old Dutch bungalow housing local maritime and historical exhibits. Kailasagiri a hill top park & one of the best tourist spots in the city for a bird`s eye view of the bay. Victory at Sea War Memorial located on beach road a well maintained monument that generates a sense of patriotism and pride in our countrymen who fight selflessly for the safety of our citizens. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Vizag - Excursion to Araku Valley (120kms one way)
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Araku Valley, an enticing hill station offers enlivening viewpoints, imposing waterfalls and lush green coffee plantations.
Explore the Borra Caves, one of the largest, million year old limestone caves set at an elevation of 705m above the sea level. The marvellous creation of nature was formed when river waters flow through a limestone area, and the calcium carbonate turns into calcium bicarbonate, which is easily washed out by the running water. The most striking feature of the caves is its exquisite variety of speleothems ranging in size. Tribal Museum, that showcase the tribal culture and house utensils, jewellery, hunting tools & wedding photographs of tribal. Coffee Plantations on Ananthagiri Hills. The smell of coffee leaves is spread through the entire valley on miles and miles long coffee plantations in the mesmerizing hills of Ananthagiri. You will find a lot of tribal population working in the coffee plantations.
Also visit Waterfalls & Galikonda Viewpoint. Drive back for Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Vizag - Kakinada (155km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Kakinada check in at hotel.
Later boat safari in Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the second largest mangrove forest in India after Sundarbans. Merely 22km away from the Kakinada Beach, Coringa is a Wildlife Sanctuary as well as an estuary. It is home to 35 species of mangrove plants, 120 species of rare birds and innumerable species of flora. This sanctuary is also famous for being home to the critically endangered white-backed vulture, long-billed vulture, saltwater crocodiles and various salt-tolerant species of flora like Avincinia, Rhizophora and many more. There are wide wooden bridges built through the dense forest lands that allow you to walk through the forest looking at Flora and Fauna.
Next visit Shri Bhavanarayana Swamy Temple, an important place of worship dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Rest time to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Kakinada - Machilipatnam (255km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Machilipatnam check in at hotel.
Visit Panduranga Swamy Temple, it houses a statue of the Panduranga Vithal that measures 3 feet in height and resembles a lot of the childhood appearance of Lord Krishna. The idol of the lord is further beautified with a diamond studded crown and other ornaments. One will also find a statue of Abhayanjaney Swamy lying in front of the lord`s idol. Another temple dedicated to Goddess Rukmini, Radha and Satyabhama can be visited located just besides the entrance of this temple. Temples of Lord Shiva, five ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva can be spotted in the town. These age old temples reflects the rich cultural heritage & exquisite architectural features. Manginapudi Beach is an ideal place to relax and unwind while either sitting on the shore or swimming amid the shallow water of this natural bay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Machilipatnam - Nellore (300km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Nellore check in at hotel.
Visit Ranganatha Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha a resting form of Lord Vishnu. It is located on the banks of the Penna River and is believed to have been constructed in the 12th century. Just before the main entrance of the temple is a huge tower, called Gaaligopuram, which literally means wind tower. This tower is approximately 70 feet high and has 10 feet of gold plated vessels on top of it, called kalashams. And Sri Vedagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple built in 9th century by the pallava king Narasimha Varma, according to the Rocks sculpture.
Rest time free & easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Nellore - Chennai (275km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Chennai enroute visit Venkatagiri Fort. Constructed by Recherla rulers in the year 1775 & surrounded by dense forest, the fort looks splendidly picturesque. The serene atmosphere in the fort calms your mind while the magnificence of the fort brings to the fore its past importance in the power game.
Further drive and visit Srikalahasti Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva has immense religious importance for Hindus and was constructed in the year 1516 by Krishnadevraya, a king of the Vijayanagara empire. The elaborate structure of the Srikalahasti temple complex is a breathtaking right from the entrance. It has intricate carvings of numerous mythological illustrations that one can explore in the divine surroundings. This magnificent temple is often reffered as the Kailasa and Kashi of the south. The temple represents one of the five elements (Pancha Bhoota) - Air or Vayu. It is known for being the place where Kannappa happily sacrificed both of his eyes to stop the blood flowing out of the Shiva Lingam and he continued doing the same so long till the time, he was not stopped by Lord Shiva.
Continue drive to Chennai check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120km)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Fort St. George & St Mary`s Church inside the fort built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. Kapaleeshwarar Temple a holy shrine of Lord Shiva originally built by the mighty Pallavas and rebuilt in 16th century by the Vijayanagar kings. Vadapalani Murugan Temple one of the most frequented places of worship for Hindus in Chennai. Government Museum built in the Indo-Sarcenic style it houses a rich collection of works of Raja Ravi Varma. Dakshinachitra Museum, one of the living-history museums. Santhome Cathedral a historical and ancient pilgrim centre, which was built during the 14th to the 15th century AD by the then reigning Portuguese. Drive Pass Marina Beach a 13kms long natural urban beach along the Bay of Bengal.
Drive to Mahabalipuram via visiting Kanchipuram. In Kanchipuam visit Kailasanathar temple 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Ekambareswarar temple an ancient temple dedicated to Siva, 2500 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yields different varieties of mangoes. Varadharaja temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vaikundhaperumal temple dedicated to lord Vishnu & Kamakshiamman temple the ultimate form of Goddess Parvati.
Continue drive to Mahabalipuram, On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120km)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Mahabalipuram UNESCO WHS monuments & temples Monolithic Temples Five Rathas an excellent examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. Krishnas Butterball a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline. 7th century Cave Temples cut and decorated with panels in the Mamalla style. Shore Temple built with blocks of granite in 7th century during the rule of King Narsimha-Varman II Rajasimha the temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. The Arjuna`s Penance an enormous rock-cut relief, one of the largest in the whole world.
Drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. Later visit Aurovil an experimental community 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 it houses a fantastic collection of bronze sculptures of god and goddess, a wide gathering of temple lamps, handicrafts and art. Drive pass or walk through stunning French Quarters, charming mustard streets, colonial villas and vibrant Tamil settlements. Besides a very picturesque view of the lovely alleys and narrow lanes, you can also marvel at the gorgeous architecture of the French colonial settlements which include French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, Churches & French schools.
Evening to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180km)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Thanjavur via visiting Nataraja Temple dedicated to the dancing posture of Lord Shiva at Chidambaram. Constructed during the 10th century when Chidambaram used to be the capital of the Chola dynasty, the architecture of temple represents the link between arts and spirituality.
Also visit The Great Living Chola Temples at Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple built in Tamil style of architecture with a square plan. The temple complex includes Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa and Ardha Mandapa. And Darasuram a storehouse of art and architecture with 85 feet high vimana. The front mandapam itself is in the form of a huge chariot drawn by horses. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings. The main deitys consort Periya Nayaki Amman temple is situated adjacent to Airavateshwarar temple.
Continue drive to Thanjavur. On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Thanjavur - Trichy (60km)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple, built in the 10th century it is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in UNESCO world heritage site. The shrine is a 216 feet structure, the sanctum is dotted with paintings from the Chola and Nayak periods and the statue of Nandi the Bull welcomes at the entrance. Vijayanagar Fort built by Nayaks and partly by Maratha rulers during the early 1550 AD. Thanjavur Art Gallery, located in the Thanjavur Palace has an exquisite collection of ancient sculptures and coins. Saraswathi Mahal Library another section of the Palace where over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts are preserved.
Drive to Trichy check in at hotel. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple the largest functional temple in the world. The temple complex along with the surrounding area covers a total area of 156 acres, 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 flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. Also visit Jambukeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Trichy - Madurai (135km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Madurai check in at hotel.
Visit Meenakshi Temple one of the largest temple complexes in India built between the 16th to 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. Thirumalai Nayakar Palace built in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, the palace depicts the perfect blend of Dravidian and Rajput styles.
Also visit Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple & Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Madurai - Rameshwaram (170km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Rameshwaram, check in at hotel.
Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples with world longest corridor and immaculate carvings on pillars. The lingam in the Rameshwaram Temple was installed by Lord Rama but, the construction was led by several rulers over the centuries. Inside the temple, there are two lingams Ramalingam and Shivalingam (only Hindu can enter temple sanctum). Lakshmana Tirtham constructed in the loving memory of Lord Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama. Several wonderful sculptures of Lord Lakshmana have been carved out from marble and the temple has the statues of lord Rama and Goddess Sita too which signifies the spirit of unitedness that exisited between them.
Also visit to Adams Bridge the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects Sri Lanka with India. According to legend, this is the series of stepping stones used by the monkey army, lead by Hanuman to cross the ocean in a bid to rescue Sita from the clutch of Ravana. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari (320km)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Kanyakumari check in at hotel.
Rest time to relax on the beach and watch sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Kanyakumari - Kovalam (80km)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial built on the site where Vivekananda attained enlightenment, located at about 500 meters east of the mainland of Vavathurai and can be accessed by regular ferries. The Shripada Mandapam has a study hall and a museum, where you can explore Vivekananda`s life and work in depth. Vattakottai Fort, a seaside fort largely made of granite blocks. The historical fort provide a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal Sea on one side and majestic hills of the Western Ghats on other. Kumari Amman Temple believed to be built by Lord Parshuram 3000 years ago to worship Devi Kanyakumari who is the reincarnation of goddess Parvati, on the coast rising above the sea level while affording a beautiful view of foamy water touching the temple walls (only hindu can enter the temple). Kanyakumari Beach, the beautiful hue-changing beach on the confluence of three water bodies: Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, here you can see that the water of three seas does not mix, you can distinguish between the turquoise blue, deep blue, and sea green waters of the three seas, though the colors keep changing with the season and the day`s weather. Overnight at hotel.
After sightseeing drive to Kovalam check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Kovalam
Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Trivandrum & Kovalam. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple embellished in gold-plated covering, the temple sanctom is opened only to Hindu. Attukal Temple, rich in cultural heritage and adorned by impeccable Tamil architecture. The city has a rich tradition of nurturing art and culture since ancient times, witness same by visiting Museums. Napier Museum, renowned for its fine collection of sculptures, paintings and musical instruments. Kuthira Malika built in the 1840 is an iconic monument that gives you a curious insight into the glorious history of Kerala. The museum houses artifacts like the ethnic jewelry that was once worn by the queens, wooden paintings and carvings, armory and idols made of the purest metal. Sri Chitra Art Gallery a perfect place for art lovers housing some of the famous work of Raja Ravi Verma and art objects belonging to the Mughals, Rajputs and Tanjore art schools.
Drive through famous beaches which include Shankumugham Beach, Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam Beach & Light House Beach Road. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16: Kovalam - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule departure transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.+
Assistance on arrival at airport.
15 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
Daily breakfast at hotels. Any other meal (lunch/ dinner) if clearly mentioned in the itinerary).
Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per 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.
Hotels used or similar for 15 nights accommodation
Vizag x 2 night
3* - Best Western Ramachandra Hotel/ Keys Select Visakhapatnam - By Lemon Tree Hotels
4* - The Park Hotel/ Fairfield by Marriott
5* - The Gateway Hotel Beach Road/ The Bheemli Resort Managed By AccorHotels
Kakinada x 1 night
3* / 4* & 5* - Paradigm Sarovar Portico/ Royal Park Hotel
Machilipatnam x 1 night
3* / 4* & 5* - Hotel SS Grand INN/ RK Good Times
Nellore x 1 night
3* / 4* & 5* - Minerva Grand/Bergamont Hotels
Chennai x 1 night
3* - Raj Park/ MGM East Woods
4* - The Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
5* - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Mahabalipuram x 1 night
3* - INDeco Hotels/ Mamalla Beach Resort
4* - Ideal Beach Resort/ Confluence The Banquet & Resort
5* - Radisson BLU Resort Temple Bay/ Fisherman's Cove
Pondicherry x 1 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
Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Rameshwaram x 1 night
3* & 4*- Daiwik Hotel
5* - Hyatt Place Rameswaram
Kanyakumari x 1 night
3* - Sea Shore/ Hotel Seaface
4* & 5* - Anantya Resorts/ Annai Resorts and Spa
Kovalam x 2 nights
3* - Harmonia Beach Resort/ Sagara Beach Resort
4* - Estuary Island Resort/Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel
5* - Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove/ The Leela Kovalam Beach
Any flight tickets.
Camera charges at monuments.
Meals other than mentioned in day plan.
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Gratuities & optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in inclusions.