Arrive into Chennai- “Gateway to the South”
Welcome to Vardman’s “Sensation of South India Tour”. On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Relax for some time. Later proceed on a city tour of Chennai
Visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 2 - Chennai - Tirupathi
Full Day Excursion to Tirupathi. Early morning leave for Tirupathi, a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known ) on the top of the 860mts high Tirumala hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country, but also the richest of them all. In the evening return to Chennai to stay ovenight in the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 3 - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapooram
This morning after breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram – Visit Kanchipuram Temples, Kailasanatha Temple and Vaikunda Perumal Temple that exhibit a fine example of ancient architecture. On arrival, check into your hotel. Later visit Mahabalipuram. The remaining Shore Temple is a World Heritage Monument , High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park etc.
DAY 4 - Mamallapuram-Tiruvannamalai-Pondicherry
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry visiting enruote Tiruvannamallai (112kms/03hrs)- a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. Continue drive to Pondicherry, which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. This erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St.Agasthaya settled down. On arrival, check in to your hotel.
DAY 5 -Pondicherry
After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Pondicherry. Visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo’s ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, visit Auroville – a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony.
DAY 6 - Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Tanjore
After breakfast later proceed on a City tour of Munnar, Eravikulam National Park to see rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, Old Munnar Town, Dairy Farm and the Mattupetty Dam
DAY 7 - Tanjore-Trichy/Trichurapalli
After breakfast leave for Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. On arrival, Check in at the hotel. Later proceed on a city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple.
DAY 8 - Trichy-Madurai
After breakfast proceed to Madurai and check in at the hotel on arrival. Madurai-The ancient city some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre.Proceed on a city tour visiting – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala’s Palace, Great tank and Gandhi museum.
DAY 9 - Madurai
Full Day Excursion to Rameshwaram , After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram- the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. In the evening return to Madurai to stay overnight at hotel
DAY 10 - Madurai-Trivandrum
Early morning drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel on arrival. Relax for rest of the day on the Golden Beach or proceed on a city tour of Trivandrum.Visit Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach etc.
DAY 11 - Trivandrum
Full Day Excursion to Kanyakumari , After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari – is the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea , the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India , it is famous for the Amman Temples – a symbol of unity and sanctity – deidicated to the virgin Goddess , Kanya Kumari. To its South – East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial , a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Lunch at local restaurant. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set and later return to Trivandrum to stay overnight in the hotel.
DAY 12 - Trivandrum
After breakfast transfer to Trivandrum airport to catch flight for your onward journey to back home with pleasant memories of “Sensation of South India Tour” escorted by Vardhman Vacations