The Temple Trail
Day 1, MAMALLAPURAM
At Mamallapuram, barely an hour's drive from Chennai, the 7th-century complex of monolithic rock-cut shrines and legendary Shore Temple are now a World Heritage Site. The stunning archaeological remains co-exist with a long white-sand beach, making Mamallapuram a favourite destination for travellers.
Stay at Sea Breeze Hotel
Day 2, MAMALLAPURAM TO PONDICHERRY
The coastal road from Mamallapuram leads to the former French colony of Pondicherry (2 hrs), a small town of multi-coloured villas, quiet, tree shaded lanes and a long boulevard along the sea. There are some delightful small heritage hotels reflecting the French influence.
Stay at Coloniale Heritage
Day 3, PONDICHERRY TO THANJAVUR
From Pondicherry an inland road puts you back on the temple trail, leading to Chidambaram, Kumbakonam and Darasuram. The best bronzes and paintings can be found in Thanjavur (2 ½ hrs), a city which boasts of almost a hundred temples including the monumental Brihadeshwara Temple, built entirely from granite.
Stay at Ideal River View Resort
Day 4, THANJAVUR TO MADURAI
Drive from Thanjavur to Trichy where you visit the Rock Fort and the superb Srirangam Temple complex, probably the largest in India. You end the day in Madurai.
Stay at Royal Court for two nights.
Day 5, MADURAI
Enjoy sightseeing of Madurai where you find the magnificent Meenakshi Temple complex whose soaring temple towers are covered with stucco figures of deities, mythical animals and monsters, painted in vivid colours.
Day 6, ONWARDS FROM MADURAI
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The Bungalow on the Beach
A 100-year old heritage home
Visit Chettinad villages
Fact Finder for this Tour
- Relax on the beach of Mamallapuram
- Visit the former French colony of Pondicherry
- Tour the magnificent temples of Thanjavur, Trichy and Madurai
Daily from Mamallapuram
Not advisable in May and June (due to uncomfortable heat)
From 646 USD per person - based on 2 people sharing
- Accommodation on twin share basis at selected hotels
- Stay on bed & breakfast basis
- English-speaking local guide for tour of Mamallapuram and Madurai
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle with private chauffeur
- All transfers as per the itinerary
Tour price excludes
- International flights
- Entrance fees to historical monuments