Tamilnadu Temple Tour
Duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Destination Covered: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Sawamimalai – Tanjore
With our Tamil Nadu tour packages, visit the magnificent Dravidian temples, beaches & hill stations to uncover the rich cultural heritage of Tamil Nadu. Chug along a lusciously mesmerizing trail aboard the ‘toy train’ to reach Ooty in Nilgiri Hills renowned for its lakes, gardens, tea & spice plantations and distinct colonial charm.
Arrive at the shores of Bay of Bengal to pay homage to and marvel at the Group of Monument at Mahabalipuram which have been inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seek unity with the divine and reclaim yourself at Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry or visit the Great Living Chola Temples sprinkled across the state. With our Tamil Nadu Tour packages embark on a life changing journey to one of the most culturally rich destinations in India.
- visit the major tourist attractions like the Shore and the Five Ratha temples, Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger caves in Mahabalipuram
- Guided tour to major tourist attractions of Jorhat including Majuli, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam, Chandra kanta Handique Bhavan and the Thengal Bhawan.
- Excursion to Marina beach
- Guided tour tothe major Kanchipuram tourist attractions include visits to the Kailasanthar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, The Vardarajanperumal Temple and the Sakkiswarar Temple.
- Explore the Aurbindo Ashram and Auroville, at Pondicherry
- Guided city tour of Tanjore including major tourist destinations like the Vijayanagar Fort, Shiva Ganga Garden, Brahadeshwara temple and the Chandra Bagawan Temple.
Day 1: Chennai
On arrival at Chennai airport, meet our representative who’ll guide you to one of our listed hotels. Check-in at the hotel. After resting for a while, embark on a sightseeing tour of Chennai. The major tourist attractions in Chennai include the Fort St. George, St. Thomas Mount, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleeswar Temple and the National Art Gallery.
In the evening visit the beautiful Marina. Don’t try swimming at Marina beach since there are strong currents present along the shoreline and no rescue equipments and lifeguards are available at this beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
In the morning leave for Mahabalipuram via. Kanchipuram. The major Kanchipuram tourist attractions include visits to the Kailasanthar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, The Vardarajanperumal Temple and the Sakkiswarar Temple. Then resume with your drive to Mahabalipuram.
This 7th century former port city is famous for its rock-cut shore temples. On arrival, check-in at one our listed hotels.The rest of the day is to be spent at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Next morning after breakfast, move out on a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. The major attractions to visit include the Shore and the Five Ratha temples, Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger caves. After the visit leave for Pondicherry.
As on reaching Pondicherry, check-in at one our listed hotels. Rest and relax for the day.
In the evening you may take a leisurely walk to the local market of Pondicherry. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4:Pondicherry – Swamimalai
Post breakfast, set out to explore the Pondicherry for its diverse attractions like the coastline of 32 Kms, palm-fringed beaches, backwaters and fishing villages.
Later in the afternoon visit Aurbindo Ashram and Auroville. After visit drive to Swamimalai. Stop midway to visit Chidambaram, and Gangaikonda Cholapuram.
On reaching Swamimalai, transfer to one of our listed hotels. Later in the day visit the Swamimalai Murugan Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Swamimalai – Tanjore
After breakfast head straight to Tanjore. Tanjore is known as the city of temples as it has many famous temples in and around the city including the Navagraha temples. On reaching Tanjore, check-in at one of our listed hotels.
After resting for a while, set out on a guided city tour of Tanjore including major tourist destinations like the Vijayanagar Fort, Shiva Ganga Garden, Aalangudi temple, Brahadeshwara temple and the Chandra Bagawan Temple. In the evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 6: Tanjore – Departure from Madurai
Post breakfast on the last day of the tour, get transferred to the Madurai airport to go aboard a flight for your onward destination.
Ooty-Queen of Nilgiris
Duration:4 Nights / 5 Days
Destination Covered: Nilgiri Mountain Railway – Ooty Lake – Ooty Rose Garden-Ooty Botanical Garden-Thread Garden-Emerald Garden
The Toy Train, also known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train, is the key attraction of the popular hill station Ooty. Started in the year 1899, it has continued to charms its visitors with equal zest winding its way through the best of nature. The Toy Train covers a distance of total 46 km in a span of 5 hours and takes one through a truly spectacular journey filled with picturesque views en route. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Another fascinating feature of the train is that its youngest X class loco is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old.
Weaving amidst the forests, dark snaking tunnels, sharp bends and amid the mist and fog, the Toy Train is a spectacular trip up and down the slopes with birds and trees dancing along. As the train passes through the stunning gorge, the dancing sunlight above and dream-like drizzling makes it the experience of a lifetime. Apart from offering a beautiful journey, the uniqueness of the trip lies in the fact that the rail system is the steepest in Asia and worth a visit. The ride `starts from Mettupalayam; a small place on river Bhavani. The first 5 miles are plain, but in the next 12 miles engine pushes the coaches upwards to a height of 4363 feet. Covering Mettupalayam, Kellar, Coonoor, Wellington, Lovedale and Ootacamund on its way, this is the best means to discover the pristine treasures of the Nilgiris.
Day 1: Arrival to Ooty
Ooty Rose Garden – The pride of Ooty lies in the Rose Garden With more than 20 thousand variety of roses. It belongs to an elite club of 35 rose gardens around the world which has won the Garden of Excellence Award for South Asia.
Ooty Lake – An artificial lake, built in 1825 by John Sullivan, Ooty Lake is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Its scenic beauty captivates everyone. Walking around the lake on a well laid footpath and boating are also quite popular here.
Doddabetta Peak – It is the highest point of Nilgiris hills with a height of about 2,623 meters. It is also the second highest peak in South India. A junction of Western and Eastern Ghats, its breathtaking view of the landscape around is something not to be missed.
Ooty Tribal Research Center – Located about 10 kilometers from Ooty, it conducts research on the tribals inhabiting South India and the Andaman and Nicobar islands. It also houses guest house and a library.
Day 2: Ooty Local Sightseeing
Wax World Ooty – 2 kilometers away from the main city, Wax World display wax statues of many popular Indian personalities and also replicas depicting the typical Indian way of life, especially in the villages.
Deer Park – It is located about 1 km away from the Ooty Lake. Along with deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, this park hosts a variety of flora and fauna, especially avian fauna.
Avalanche Lake – Located at a distance of 28 kilometers from Ooty, surrounded by lush greenery, this lake presents breathtaking scenic beauty. As the name suggest, this lake is the result of an avalanche. It is Trout fishing is also quite popular here.
Kalhatti Waterfalls – Located about 15 kilometers from Ooty, the waterfalls can be reached after a two mile trek from the Kalahatti village. It is fabled that Saint Agastya used to live here. Along with a variety of flora and fauna, it is also ideal for bird watching.
Kamraj Sagar Dam – Also known as the Sandynallah Reservoir, it is a wonderful picnic spot with refreshing nature around. It is also frequented by a lot of bird watchers.
Day 3: Ooty to Kodaikanal (251 kms 6Hrs 20 Min)
After Breakfast, check-out from Ooty Hotel & proceed to Kodaikanal. On Arrival check-in to Kodaikanal Hotel. After fresh up, If time permits proceed below to Ooty Sightseeing Places
Kodaikanal Lake – Built in 1863, it is an artificial lake in the shape of a star. Also known as Kodai Lake attracts visitors with its incomparable scenic beauty. Walking by the side of lake, boating, horse riding, bicycling are a few of the popular activities here.
Shopping – No tour to Kodaikanal is complete without shopping of homemade chocolates, cheese and marshmallows. Aromatherapy products and herbs are also bought by almost every tourist. Places such as Kashmir Handicrafts centre, Khadi Emporium, Government Sales Emporium and Handloom Co-operative Stores are a must visit if you are looking for something unique to take back home.
Day 4:Kodaikanal Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed to full day Kodaikanal local sightseeing:
Pillar Rocks – At a height of 122 meters, Pillar rocks is a set of three massive rock pillars, offering captivating view of lush green surroundings. Surrounded with thick threads of clouds and dense woods, it also offers magnificent view of the Vaigai Dam; a must for every Kodaikanal tour.
Dolphin’s Nose – Located at a height of 6,600 ft, 8 km away from Kodaikanal, it is a captivating view point. It is naturally formed flat rock with a shape that resembles a dolphin’s nose. View of Catherine Falls from this massive rock is worth capturing.
Pine Forest – Set up by Mr. Bryant in 1906 to grow timber, Pine forest has become a preserved natural heritage of Kodaikanal. A paradise of photographers, this is a must visit for nature lovers too. Horse riding and walking is quite popular here.
Guna Caves / Devil’s Kitchen – Arranged between Green Valley and Pillar Rocks, Guna Caves is a narrow hidden valley that appears as dark furrow. Also known as Devil’s Kitchen, these rock formations are said formed as a result of soil erosion from cliffs. It is said that many bats live in the dark chambers between the rocks.
Solar Physical Observatory – Built in 1898, this observatory presents an amazing opportunity to study the planetary movements and stars. It is situated at a height of 7700 feet which is the highest point of Kodai Hill.
Silver Cascade Waterfalls – At an altitude of 5,900 feet, Silver Cascade Waterfalls are located 8 km away from Kodaikanal. Mesmerizing view of the waterfall and the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas is not to be missed.
Day 5: Check-out, Optional Kodaikanal Sightseeing & Departure
Morning after Breakfast, check-out from the Kodaikanal hotel. Depending on your departure time, if time permits, we can recommend the following tourism places:
Coakers Walk – Built in 1872, it is a well-maintained 1 km long pathway along the edge of steep slopes. Walking here is an experience of lifetime. View of clouds slowly crossing the hills, Dolphin’s Nose in the south, Pambar River and even of Madurai city is something one cannot miss.
Telescope House – Located at northern tip of Coaker’s Walk, Telescope House is the best place to enjoy the enthralling view of the surrounding areas. The sight of Vaigai Dam, Sothupparai Dam, Periyakulam and Varaha River from here is absolutely spectacular.
Bear Shola Falls – A perfect picnic spot, Bear Shola Falls is located in the Reserve forest. It is believed that bears come here to drink water which led to this name of the waterfalls. Located only 2 km away from Kodaikanal Lake, it presents mesmerizing scenic beauty.