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Upon your arrival at Chennai airport, our local rep will be there to welcome you and transfer you to the dynastic capital of Kanchipuram. Here you'll visit the Kailasanatha Temple - the oldest structure in Kanchipuram and the finest example of Pallava architecture in south India, and the Kamakshi Amman Temple that combines several styles of architecture from the 14th and 17th centuries. Continue to Mahabalipuram to see the famous bas-relief of Arjuna's Penance and the Five Rathas ('chariots' carved from single boulders).
After breakfast this morning we transfer you by car to Kumbakonam (approx. 4hrs). Hotel check in and time for lunch before embarking on a tour of Kumbakonam including Nageshwara Swami Shiva Temple with its exquisite sculpture and stone carving. You'll also visit 17th century Kumbareshwara Temple and Sarangapani Temple with a ten-storey pyramidal gopura gate.
This morning we transfer you to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in South Asia (approx. 4hrs by car). A stop is made along the way at Thanjavur to visit the breathtaking Brihadishwara Temple - the most impressive Chola monument in the state of Tamil Nadu with a fine bronze collection. On arrival at Madurai the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today enjoy a day of guided sightseeing taking in the mighty Meenakshi Temple - one of the largest temple complexes in India, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal - a 17th century palace, and Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam - a huge water tank.
Leaving Madurai this morning we drive to Munnar (approx. 3.5hrs). Munnar in offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills carpeted with verdant tea plantations. Exuding old world charm, the combination of lofty peaks, manicured tea estates and the cool mountain air makes Munnar an ideal lunch stop. Continue to Kochi (approx. 3hrs by car) on the coast of Kerala.
Today marks the end of your journey with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.
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