- Take in modern Chennai culture in the Mylapore Tank area
- Stroll through the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram
- Take in one of the world's tallest temples at Brihadeeshwara
- Follow the pilgrimage trail to Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi
|Day 1||Arrive in Chennai||Chennai|
|Day 2||Chennai to Kanchipuram||Mahabalipuram|
|Day 4||Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam||Tanjore|
|Day 6||Tanjore to Tiruchirapalli||Trichy|
|Day 7||Trichy to Rameswaram||Rameswaram|
|Day 9||Rameswaram to Madurai||Madurai|
|Day 10||Return to Chennai and Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in Chennai
The friendly city of Chennai is the gateway to the temple state of Tamil Nadu. You'll start your journey off with the impressive temples of Kapaleeshwar, Kalikambal, and Vadapalani Murugan. Experience Chennai culture in the narrow streets of the Mylapore Tank and Mandavali areas with quaint shops, flower sellers, and street foods.
Day 2: Chennai to Kanchipuram
Drive to the pilgrim city of Kanchipuram, also known as the town of a thousand temples. Here you'll visit the temples of Ekambaranathar, Kailasanatha, Varadharaja Perumal, and Kamakshi Amman. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk saris, and you'll have a chance to visit the silk weavers and learn about the history of this colorful fabric, which is an essential part of a South Indian bride’s trousseau. Then continue to the nearby town of Mahabalipuram for the night.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram
This 7th-century erstwhile port city of Mahabalipuram is famous for its historical stone carvings and rock-cut shore temples. Stop at the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna's Butterball, and the Five Rathas. Don't forget to leave time to enjoy the stunning views of the town and the sea from the lighthouse on the hill.
Day 4: Mahabalipuram to Kumbakonam
Another town of temples, Kumbakonam is known for its silk saris and brass work. It's also famous for the Navagraha Temples, dedicated to the nine major celestial bodies of Hindu astronomy. You'll visit the beautiful Vaitheeswaran Koil temple, devoted to Mars. You'll also stop at the Airavateswara temple and the Mahalingeswarar temple on your way, then overnight in Tanjore.
Day 5: Tanjore
The ancient capital of the Chola empire, the town of Tanjore is known for the Brihadeeshwara Temple, an architectural masterpiece that you'll spend your day exploring. The temple is one of the tallest in the world and the world's first complete granite temple.
Day 6: Tanjore to Tiruchirappalli
Another ancient city, Tiruchirappalli (also known as Trichy) is famous for its ancient temples. Start by visiting the temples of Srirangam and Jambukeswarar. Then continue to another special place, the Rock Fort Temple complex, perched on a rock from where you can enjoy splendid views of the city and the Kaveri river.
Day 7: Trichy to Rameswaram
An island with mythological significance, Rameswaram is one of the holiest cities of Hinduism and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. Experience the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple and the footprints of the god Ram.
Day 8: Dhanushkodi
Set off on a jeep excursion to Dhanushkodi, where the confluence of the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal resemble a bow and arrow. Relax on the shore as you enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and bird life, then head back to Rameswaram for the evening.
Day 9: Rameswaram to Madurai
An important pilgrimage destination, Madurai is famous for its Dravidian-style temples, most notably the famous Meenakshi Temple. You'll also visit the Subramanya Swamy and Pazhamudhir Solai temples.
Day 10: Return to Chennai and Depart
Return to Chennai today to continue your adventure or head back home.