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Explore Tamil Nadu (South India)

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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.
customer reviews about GeTS Holidays PVT LTD
5.0 - Excellent Based on 52 reviews
Johannes' review for another GeTS Holidays PVT LTD tour
5 - Excellent
“I am a very well-versed traveller of the world and have been traveling for 25 years and seen 34 countries. My sister turned 50 this year and her long-time dream has been to do a trip to India. I offered to assist her husband with the trip arrangements as we planned this trip as a surprise for her.

From the time I started the research and the planning Apurva and Manish have been absolutely phenomenal to say the least. They custom designed a trip of 14 days which included the Golden Triangle with Jodhpur and Udaipur. The driver's, hotels, tour guides and all excursions and transportation arrangements were awesome. Nothing is too much to ask and they bend over backwards to accommodate any requests !

My sister was in awe of everything and she even had an emotional spiritual experience at sun-rise at the Taj Mahal. This has really been such a memorable trip that she will always remember for the rest of her life ! Well done GeTS Holidays for your wonderful contribution to make this dream come true ! You truly live up to your promises and I wish you many years of making travel dreams happen !”
Aarti's review for another GeTS Holidays PVT LTD tour
5 - Excellent
“Dear Nishant, Ragu and Ahmer,

We have just returned from our trip to Rajasthan and have had a great holiday! I wanted to send an email to thank you and your team for making our holiday very memorable, from Ahmer for dealing with the initial enquiry and booking, Ragu for finalising the trip and Nishant for the daily phone calls to check everything was ok.

Drivers
Our biggest thanks goes to our driver, Mangiram, who was a real pleasure to have had with us on our trip. He was very knowledgeable and we always felt very safe with him during the long distances we were travelling. He is an asset to your company and we would be grateful if you would pass on our thanks to him personally. We were lucky to be given his nephew, Vikash, as a driver on the final part of our trip in Delhi and was also very good in making sure we made the best of the limited time we had in Delhi.

Company reps
We also thank the reps who visited us at the hotels and ensured a smooth check in and arranged activities for us. A special mention must be made of your rep Ahmed who met us at the airport in Delhi on the first day, again when we arrived from Udaipur and who also dropped us at the airport on our final day. Our flight was slightly delayed and he waited some time to welcome us.

As we also had a limited time in Delhi, he went above and beyond his duty to help us find some places where we wanted to shop and stayed with us until we had finished. Tour guides We booked some tour guides in Agra, Jodhpur and Udaipur through your company. All of the guides, Jugnoo, Surendra and Umad, were very passionate and knowledgeable, and we thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent with us explaining the rich history of the places we visited.”
Tracey's review for another GeTS Holidays PVT LTD tour
5 - Excellent
“Can not fault GeTSholiday travel from the time of my first email looking a the golden triangle tours Delhi Agra Jaipur they were brilliant. They were very prompt returning all my enquires prior to booking and changed the original tour as the Taj is closed on Fridays. payment for the fully escorted tour was easy and only a deposit was require the rest on arrival.

We were met at the airport even though our plane from Singapore was several hours late.While in India they rang each day to see if everything was going ok. Our driver was excellent and each guide we had for each district were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Second time in India and wouldn’t not hesitate to use them again.”
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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.
3 Star Hotel
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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  • Breakfast
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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  • Breakfast
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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  • Breakfast
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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  • Breakfast
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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  • Breakfast
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.
Meals
  • 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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  • Breakfast
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.
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Chennai, India
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