“Explore Tamil Nadu’s charm on a 9-day train adventure.”
Your journey will start at the tip of Southern India – Trivandrum. You will then embark towards the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu – the state which is known as the cultural center of South India. In this tour the exquisite temples of Tiruchirapalli will blow your mind while the beauty of Madurai temple architecture will mesmerize you. Later you will continue to Pondicherry which is a former French colony which still exudes a European aura and later explore a UNESCO World Heirtage site – Mamallapuram, ending the tour in Chennai. So come and indulge yourself in unadulterated opulence and beauty.
Country Region:- Southern India, Tamil Nadu
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
Day 1 Arrive – Trivandrum
Day 1 Arrive – Trivandrum
Arrive at Trivandrum Airport and get transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Trivandrum Sightseeing & then board overnight train for Madurai
Day 3 Arrive Madurai & Sightseeing
Day 4 Madurai / Trichy ( Sightseeing ) & Drive to Tanjore
Morning board train for Trichy. It is a scenic 2 hours train journey. On arrival at Trichy Feel the magnificence of this gateway to several historical and pilgrimage places of Tamil Nadu. Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy, is situated on the banks of the Kaveri River. It is also Tamil Nadu’s 4th largest city that attracts millions of travelers every year. You can experience a mild climate in Trichy, ranging from 24 Degrees Celsius to 37 Degrees Celsius.
The locals of Trichy have a prosperous ancient cultural legacy. You, as a tourist, can get to explore many spectacular locations, beautiful churches, numerous temples, and historical sites during your Trichy trip. Opt to visit Rock Fort Temple built by Pallavas back in 508 AD. Also visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is one of the Tiruchirappalli beautiful places. Dharma Varma Chola first constructed it, and later the temple vimanam got demolished by the Kaveri river flood. It was later on reconstructed by the Early Cholas King Killivalavan. The temple consists of 21 tower gateways. If you want to experience something spiritual, this is one of the best places to visit.
Later drive to Tanjore for your overnight stay
Day 5 In Tanjore
Thanjavur (Tanjore) once a thriving capital of the celebrated Chola Empire, known as the "rice bowl" of the Tamil Nadu region
Visit the spectacular Maratha Palace, within a maze-like complex; walk through the open courtyard Art Gallery displaying priceless collections of superb Chola bronzes and stone carvings and visit the Saraswathi Mahal Library.
Visit Brihadeeswarar Temple
Begin the day with a visit to the grand Lord Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where thousands of people worship daily. Built by King Raja Raja Cholan over a thousand years ago, this impressive temple is one of South India's most magnificent architectural accomplishments.
The remainder of the day is at leisure in Thanjavur
Day 6 Thanjavur – Pondicherry
Morning you will by travelling by train to Pondicherry. On arrival at a railway station near Pondicherry you will be transferred to Puducherry.
Your journey along the coast takes you to enchanting Pondicherry, a former French colonial settlement that still retains its carefree French atmosphere and architectural legacy. In the charming Old Quarter, with its tree-lined cobbled streets, colonial villas are draped with fragrant bougainvillea, and sidewalk cafes abound. Even the policemen are dressed in traditional French red hats and belts!
Enjoy your French life in Pondicherry. Night stay is in Pondicherry.
Day 7 Puducherry - Mamallapuram
Today visit serene Auroville, City of Dawn famous for the meditation center inspired by the teachings of the Indian yogi Sri Aurobindo. Many spiritually minded visitors come here and stay to nurture his vision of human unity. Next, view the golden-domed Mother Temple. Later, tour a factory where delicate individually handcrafted papers are produced followed by a visit to Aurobindo Ashram. Take a rickshaw ride around the French, Hindu and Muslim quarters of Pondicherry.
In time you will be driven away to Mahabalipuram. Night stay is in Mahabalipuram
Day 8 : In Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, embark for Mahabalipuram tour. Think about the Shore Temple standing by the sea for over 12 centuries, with an impressive bas-relief and imposing twin towers. At the southern end of the site, see the Five Rathas carved from large boulders and Arjuna's Penance, a massive bas-relief that magnificently depicts the flow of the Ganges down from the Himalayas coupled with scenes from Indian daily life. This temple complex is considered the finest early example of ancient southern Indian architecture.
Spend your rest of the day at the lovely beaches this coastal city has to offer before going for dinner at the hotel. Night stay is in Mahbalipuram
Day 9 Mahabalipuram – Chennai Depart
In time you will be transferred to Chennai airport to board your flight for onwards journey. Tour Ends