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  • Pay a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry
  • See the unique Rockfort Temple in Trichy
  • Explore Thanjavur, the erstwhile capital of the Chola Dynasty
  • Visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in India
Tamil Nadu has a lot to offer in terms of cultural heritage and architectural beauty, specially so since this area has been under the rule of some of India's most famous dynasties like the Pandya, Chola and Chera. Book this 11-day tour and cover prominent cities of Tamil Nadu, such as Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Chettinad and Madurai.

Starting from Chennai, where we will pick you up on arrival at the airport, this tour will take you through Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur and Chettinad before coming to an end in Madurai. Discover some of Tamil Nadu's world heritage sites. Admire ancient culture, see stunning temples and feast upon masterpieces of art and architecture during this tour.

Stay in 3-star hotels or similar during the tour. Please note that entrance fees to the monuments mentioned on the itinerary as well as domestic flight tickets are not included in the tour price. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
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We enjoyed our trip to India
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“We really enjoyed our trip to India.
Thanks for good hotel and Transportation.
Hoping to see you soon with some other good places to visit.”
Everything was well arranged
Usha On
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“Gets Holidays arranged a very 13-day trip for my friend and I to tour different places in South India. They were able to accommodate the places we wanted to see in South India (Tamil Nadu). They arranged nice hotels for us to stay in, had a nice safe driver who drove us to places we wanted to see, and arranged an overnight stay on the houseboat. Everything was well arranged and someone from the company was checking with us daily to see how out trip was panning out, and if we were enjoying our trip. My friend and I enjoyed our stay in the hotels they had chosen for us, and I would use them again if I plan to travel to India again, and would definitely recommend them to friends.”
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Land in an ancient South Indian city, Chennai, and meet our representatives at the airport. They will drive you to your hotel in Mahabalipuram. You are free for the rest of the day.
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Your Mahabalipuram sightseeing tour begins after breakfast with a visit to Pancha Rathas, fine examples of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture that came into existence during the reign of King Narasimhavarman I, in the seventh century AD.

Next, visit Arjunas Penance, which was carved out in the mid 17th century and depicts a story from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Also see Mahasura Mandapam, a rock-cut cave temple dating back to the late 17th century. Then take a trip to the Shore Temple complex, a Unesco World Heritage site that dates back to the eighth century AD. This temple complex has two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and one dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Stay overnight at your hotel in Mahabalipuram.
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3 Star Hotel
Drive to Pondicherry after breakfast. On arrival, check into your hotel. You are free for the rest of the day.
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3 Star Hotel
Your Pondicherry sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community founded by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa in 1926. Next, drive past Pondicherry's Seaside Promenade, a 1500 m long stretch along the ocean.

Visit the Pondicherry Museum, a treasure trove of rare bronze and stone sculptures dating from Pallava and Chola dynasties and items from the French colonial time etc. You are free in the evening.
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  • Breakfast
3 Star Hotel
Head for Thanjavur after breakfast. Thanjavur enjoys a rich history as the capital of the Chola Dynasty. Checked into your hotel before setting off for a Thanjavur sightseeing tour. See the Brihadeshwara Temple, built by Raja Chola I in the eleventh century, a perfect example of the Dravidian style of architecture.

Next, visit Thanjavur Palace, locally called Aranmanai, the residence of the Bhosle family that ruled over Thanjavur from 1674 AD to 1855 AD. Stay overnight stay at your hotel in Thanjavur.
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3 Star Hotel
Today, we will drive to Trichy in the morning. Trichy is known for the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky outcrop that rises abruptly from the plain. You can reach the fort temple via a flight of steep steps cut into the rock. The view from the top is nothing less than spectacular.

The other major landmark of Trichy is Sri Ranganathanswami Temple, one of the largest and most interesting temple complexes in India, built on an island in the middle of the Cauvery River. Your Trichy sightseeing tour ends with visit to the Jambukeshwara Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. We will drive back to Thanjavur after that.
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3 Star Hotel
Your next destination on the itinerary is Chettinad. Upon reaching the city and dropping your luggage at the hotel, we will visit a school in Kanadukathan where you can interact with children. Later, enjoy a bullock cart ride in Chettinad Mansion. Stay overnight in Chettinad.
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3 Star Hotel
Transfer to Madurai after breakfast. You are free for the rest of the day after checking into your hotel in Madurai.
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3 Star Hotel
Your Madurai sightseeing tour begins with visit to the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in India built between 16th and 18th centuries. The presiding deities of the temple are Goddess Meenakshi and her consort Lord Sundareshwara.

Later, we will take you to the Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan. This temple was built by King Maravarman Sundara Pandiyan in the eighth century. Your Madurai sightseeing tour ends with visit to the Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple.

We will return to the Meenakshi Temple in the evening to see the aarti ceremony. Stay overnight at your hotel in Madurai.
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  • Breakfast
3 Star Hotel
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Madurai Airport for your flight to Chennai. Check into your hotel in Chennai on arrival. You are free for the reminder of the day.
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  • Breakfast
We will drive you to the airport in Chennai for your flight home.
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what’s included
  • 10 breakfasts
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel or similar (twin room category)
  • Pickup and drop off. All transfers and sightseeing tours by an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver
  • English-speaking local guides in Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Chettinad, Madurai and Chennai
  • Bullock Cart Ride in Chettinad
  • One mineral water bottle per person per day
  • All applicable taxes including GST
what's excluded
  • Airfare (international or domestic) including the Madurai - Chennai flight tickets
  • Entrance fees to the monuments mentioned on the itinerary.
  • Any mandatory gala dinner on Christmas and New Year's Eve
  • Expenses that are personal in nature, such as telephone bills, laundry, shopping, etc
  • Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Tipping, though not compulsory, is a common custom and we always suggest our travelers to tip their guides and drivers.
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A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationThe mentioned prices will not be valid from 14 December 2019 - 10 January 2020 We can customize your itinerary on the basis of 4 & 5 star category of hotels.
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