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Temple Treasures of Tamil Nadu: Pilgrimage to Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram & Thanjavur

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Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a transformative pilgrimage through Tamil Nadu’s Temple Treasures, where spirituality meets architectural marvels. Begin in Trichy, where the towering Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and the ancient Rock Fort Temple beckon with their intricate carvings and panoramic views. Journey to Madurai, adorned with the majestic Meenakshi Amman Temple and the grandeur of Tirumalai Nayak Palace, echoing tales of bygone eras. Discover Rameshwaram, where the sacred Ramanathaswamy Temple and the serene shores of Dhanushkodi offer moments of reflection and tranquility. Finally, in Thanjavur, marvel at the colossal Brihadeeswarar Temple and explore the regal Thanjavur Maratha Palace, unveiling centuries of history and devotion. This pilgrimage promises a soul-stirring exploration of South India’s profound spiritual heritage and architectural splendor.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
9 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
10 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Trichy

Arrive in Trichy and check-in at your hotel. Visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple: Explore one of the largest functioning Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, renowned for its intricate carvings and religious significance. Explore the historic Rock Fort Temple: Climb up to enjoy panoramic views of Trichy and the Cauvery River, and visit the ancient temples inside the fort complex. Visit the Jambukeswarar Temple: Explore the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its unique underground water stream and architectural marvels. Participate in the temple rituals and experience its spiritual ambiance. Explore the bustling markets of Trichy: Visit the local bazaars and shops famous for traditional handicrafts, silk sarees, and local delicacies. Enjoy a shopping experience and interact with local artisans.

Day 2: Trichy - Madurai (140kms)

Depart for Madurai after breakfast. Visit Meenakshi Amman Temple: Discover the iconic temple complex with its towering gopurams, adorned with colorful sculptures depicting mythological tales. Explore the Thousand Pillar Hall and marvel at the exquisite architecture. Explore Tirumalai Nayak Palace: Marvel at the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and grandeur of this 17th-century palace, known for its massive pillars and ornate ceilings. Attend the sound and light show in the evening to learn about its history. Visit the Gandhi Memorial Museum: Learn about Mahatma Gandhi's life and his association with the freedom struggle through photographs, artifacts, and exhibits.

Day 3: Madurai - Rameshwaram (170kms)

Travel to Rameshwaram after breakfast. Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple: Explore the sacred temple known for its 1,200 intricately carved pillars and the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India. Take a holy dip in the Agnitheertham, the temple's sacred water tank. Explore Dhanushkodi: Visit the ghost town and experience the serene beauty where the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean. Explore the remnants of the railway station and the church destroyed during the cyclone of 1964. Visit Gandhamadhana Parvatham: Enjoy panoramic views of Rameshwaram Island and visit the Hanuman Temple, believed to be the place where Hanuman delivered the news of finding Sita to Lord Rama.

Day 4: Rameshwaram - Thanjavur (250kms)

After breakfast, depart for Thanjavur, a journey of approximately 250 kilometers. Enroute visit Chettinadu: Explore the cultural richness and heritage of the Chettinad region, renowned for its distinctive architecture characterized by palatial mansions known as "Chettinad mansions." Marvel at the ornate craftsmanship, intricate woodwork, and vibrant tiles that adorn these historic homes. Indulge in Chettinad cuisine known for its spicy flavors and unique blend of spices, which reflect the region's culinary heritage and cultural diversity. Continue your journey to Thanjavur, soaking in the sights and flavors of Chettinad along the way.

Day 5: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)

After breakfast, visit Brihadeeswarar Temple: Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its massive gopuram and intricate sculptures, including the colossal Nandi statue. Attend the evening puja to experience the temple's spiritual ambiance. Explore Thanjavur Maratha Palace: Visit the royal residence featuring the Saraswathi Mahal Library, housing ancient manuscripts and art collections. Explore the various halls showcasing the history and culture of the Maratha dynasty. Return to Trichy and drop off at the airport for your departure.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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