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|On the way to Mahabalipuram, visit Dakshinachitra - an amazing place to visit, as various kinds of traditional houses have been transported to Chennai from interior parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala and rebuilt here piece by piece.
Mahabalipuram, a coastal town 64 kms from Chennai is a sculptor's delight. Mahabalipuram, is now known as Mamallapuram. It is believed to have been called Mahabalipuram after the great king Mahabali, who was blessed by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avatar. It is known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava king Narasimha varman I, who bore the title of Mamallan (great wrestler). The major contributions were by the Pallava rulers Narasimha Varman & Rajasimhan. The five rathas are mini shrines which are carved out of one rock constructed in the form of chariots. The Dharmaraja, Bhima, Arjuna & Draupadi rathams have been carved out of one single boulder. The shore temple is located at the sea shore and has withstood the ravages of the sea. Unlike the rock cut structures in Mamallapuam, this is a structural temple, built by Rajasimha out of hard blackish leptinite. This shrine is dedicated to both Siva and Vishnu. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
|After check-out from Mahabalipuram, drive via Pondicherry to kumbakonam.
Often referred to as "A little piece of Medieval France in India" and "... a sleepy provincial French town", Pondicherry has managed to retain its French aura. From its delightful restaurants offering French cuisine and streets bearing French names, Pondicherry's French connection is very much alive - yet, very subtle. Visit Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and the beach if time permits. After lunch, drive to Kumbakonam - the temple town which has innumerable temples, some are ancient ones too belonging to 7th and 8th Century. The nine planets temples called Navagrahas are also close to Kumbakonam and it is difficult to locate an Hindu who had not seen Kumbakonam in his life. The Mahamaham Festival which is celebrated once in twelve years attracts several million people. The temple tank will attract most of such visitors who will have a holy dip there.
Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.
Thanjai Periya Kovil Is largest temple in tamil nadu with 200 feet height . This temple is located in thanjavur district, tamil nadu about 4kms from high way and its major god is Lord Shiva.
Raja Raja chola ( 985 - 1014 AD ) was one of the greatest emperors of the Chola dynasty. By birth he was known as Arulmozhi Verman, the third son of Parantaka Sundar Chola. He was trained to be a warrior to lead the cholan army in conquest against the Pandya and Sinhalese kingdoms. Aditya Chola II, the eldest son was murdered under suspicious circumstances. The theory is that he was murdered by the concubines with snake venom while engaging in an orgy session. This was a conspiracy hatched by the vanquished Pandyan King supporters ( Vira Pandya ) whose beheaded skull he paraded on the streets. He was succeeded out of turn by Uttama Chola ahead of Arulmozhi.
|After breakfast drive to karikudi via tanjore, visit UNESCO Heritage sites - Darasuram which was built in the 12th Century and Gangaikonda cholapuram. The Gangaikondaan temple is an architectural and engineering marvel because the shadow of the main tower never falls on the ground throughout the year.
If time permits, visit more temples in Kumbakonam. Alternatively you can also go for a village walk around your resort or take a bullock cart ride to villages around.
Overnight stay at Karaikudi (Chettinadu).
Karaikudi is a city and municipality in Sivaganga district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the area commonly referred to as "Chettinad". Karaikudi is declared a heritage town by the Government of Tamil Nadu, on account of the palatial houses built with limestone called karai veedu.
|After Breakfast from karaikudi drive to Madurai.
Madurai is One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers.
Overnight stay at Madurai.
|Day 5||Thank you!||From Madurai To Chennai via Trichy back home. End of tour.|