Madurai Holidays

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Chennai Sadhu

Day 1: Chennai

Nigel once again we would like to offer you a very warm welcome to India and another on the go tours adventure! Arriving into Chennai, you will see our friendly local team waiting to receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight - Leela Hotel.

Chennai street

Day 2: Chennai

Enjoy a morning orientation tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. For the remainder of the day, head out and explore at your leisure. Overnight - Leela Hotel.

The local  bus station

Day 3: Chennai - Pondicherry

En route on our drive to Pondicherry, we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India and the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries.

Clock Tower

Days 4-5: Pondicherry

Spend today and tomorrow in Pondicherry exploring as you wish.

Temple

Day 6: Pondicherry

Today we have organised our driver to take you for the day to Tiruvannamalai which is home to the Annamalaiyar Temple, the temple complex covers an area of 10 ha (25 acres), and is one of the largest temples in India!

Hotel de Ville

Day 7: Pondicherry - Tanjore

This morning we drive to Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur, Tanjore is an ancient fortified town, with a glorious history dating back more than 1500 years. Thanjavur was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins date back to the beginning of Christianity. Spend the afternoon exploring here at your leisure.

Tanjore street

Day 8: Tanjore - Trichy

Spend the morning exploring Tanjore before a short drive to Trichy. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. Built by Raja Raja in 1010, the World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian pyramids. Trichy has been ravaged by war through the centuries. A lasting legacy is the Rock Fort and its temples.

Trichy Rock Fort

Day 9: Trichy - Chettinad

Spend the day exploring the city at leisure. Later, we drive to Chettinad to experience the CG Hearth hotel.

Days 10-11: Chettinad

Today and tomorrow are at your leisure to explore the area, our driver is at your disposal to take you out and about.

Brightly clothed local women

Day 12: Chettinad - Madurai

Our journey continues to Madurai. An important centre for worship and commerce, Madurai has been around since the dawn of civilisation in southern India. A bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar crammed to the gunnels with shops, markets and lodgings for tourists and pilgrims,

Local flower seller

Day 13: Madurai

Enjoy a sightseeing tour with our guide this morning. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The afternoon is then free for you to further explore the city.

Gandhi museum

Day 14: Madurai

Today is at your leisure to explore, our driver is on hand to take you any where you may like to go.

Tamil Nadu Cathedral

Day 15: Madurai

This morning we wish you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Chennai, where you can connect to your flight home.

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