Tour Overview

A temple is a building reserved for religious or spiritual rituals and activities such as prayer and sacrifice. It is typically used for such buildings belonging to all faiths where a more specific term such as church, mosque or synagogue is not generally used in English. These include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism among religions with many modern followers, as well as other ancient religions such as Ancient Egyptian religion. The form and function of temples is thus very variable, though they are often considered by believers to be in some sense the "house" of one or more deities. Typically offerings of some sort are made to the deity, and other rituals enacted, and a special group of clergy maintain, and operate the temple. 

Arrival in Chennai

Arrive in Chennai to a warm welcome and proceed to Hotel. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Later enjoy visiting places such as Kabalishwara Temple, Santhom Church, St. George Fort and Madras (Chennai) Museum. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at Chennai.

Chennai was born as a metropolitan city soon after the British negotiated a strip of land from the King of Vijayanagar to build the fortified city, Fort St. George, in 1640. Here temples and buildings built by the erstwhile royalty stand side-by-side with the gothic churches and Indo-Saracenic architectural landmarks. Popularly known as “the Gateway to South India”, Chennai is the ever-growing capital of Tamil Nadu, not to mention the largest city in the state. Shopping malls, IT companies, fine dine restaurants, educational institutes, and big business houses make up its cosmopolitan façade that stands in striking contrast to a resolute and religious interior.

Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (190 kms/ 4 hours drive)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to visit Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Varatharaja Temple and Ekambareswara Temple at Kanchipuram, renowned as the city of temples in Tamil Nadu. Thereafter, drive off to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check-in to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.

Mahabalipuram | Sightseeing tour

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram including visits to Arjuna's Penance, Five Rathas, Shore Temple, Tiger Cave and Krishna's Butter Ball. Return to your hotel after the tour and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (160 kms/ 4 hours drive)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Pondicherry, which is a former French colony. The town still retains a French influence in its architecture, surroundings and planning. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.

 
Pondicherry | Sightseeing tour

After breakfast, visit the Aurobindo Ashram founded by a Bengali philosopher, Aurobindo, in the early 20th century. In the afternoon, you will have the option to visit Auroville or relax on the beach. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

 
Pondicherry - Tanjore (175 km/ 5 hours drive)

Today, early morning breakfast proceed to Tanjore. On your arrival, check-in at the hotel. This entire area is rich in South Indian temple architecture. In the afternoon, visit the great Brihadeshwara temple, which is considered to be one of the most magnificent Chola temples in India, standing tall in the temple city. Visit the Art Gallery and Saraswati Mahal library houses in the Tanjore Palace. Thereafter, return to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Tanjore - Trichy (68 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)

Morning leave for Trichy/Tiruchirapalli situated on the banks of Cauvery River. A blend of history and tradition make it an important pilgrimage holiday destination. Visit Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Check into the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Trichy takes you to Rock fort and its temple, Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Trichy - Madurai (120 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)

Today, early morning breakfast proceed to Madurai. On your arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this bustling pilgrimage city whose life revolves around the great Meenakshi Temple, which dominates the old city. This temple with its Gopurams (pyramidal gateway towers) is covered with a profusion of multi-colored images of mystical figures, animals and gods. Also, visit Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Museum. Thereafter, return to the hotel for your overnight stay.

 Madurai to Rameshwaram - Madurai

After breakfast proceeds today visit Rameshwaram - one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Legend says that Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands where Lord Rama performed worship of a Sand Lingam made by Sita. Lunch at Rameshwaram. Return to Madurai in the evening and stay overnight at the hotel.

Madurai

After breakfast, transfer to Madurai airport/railway station to catch a return flight/ train for your onward journey.

Inclusions

  1. Tariff includes:
  2. Local travel: Non A/c Cab or Bus to & fro to a scheduled common pick up point,
  3. Food
  • Includes breakfast and lunch
  • Only Vegetarian food will be served
  1. Team building activities,
  2. Service tax

 

  1. Minimum Group Size:
  • The rates quoted is applicable only for a minimum group size of 30 travelers
  • At any point in time, if the group size is less than six, Madurai Ecotourism reserve all rights
  • to drop the trip
  • The reimbursement will be in accordance with the cancellation policies below.

 

  1. Booking time limit:

For weekend tours and treks in all other destinations, the trip should be confirmed (vide payment

of 50% advance), 7 days before the proposed travel days

 

  1. Payment terms and conditions:

4.1 Advance Payment:

The intent of travel will be confirmed only upon receipt of advance payment (50% of the

total trip cost); ticketing will be initiated only upon receipt of advance.

 

4.2: Full Payment

The trip will be deemed confirmed only upon receipt of full payment, failing which

Madurai Ecotourism reserves all rights to cancel the trip; reimbursement will be in

accordance with the cancellation policies.

 

4.3: Payment modality:

Payment can be through cash deposit/ cash transfer to Madurai Ecotourism

 

Bank Of India ,ponmeni s.s. colony madurai branch acc. No: 826820110000311

Ifsc code :bkidooo8268

 

  1. Cancellation Policy:

For full/ part cancellation of trip order, a part of the total cost will be deducted towards

cancellation charges, subject to the following.

  • 72 hours before scheduled departure time, 20% of the cost will be deducted
  • Between 72 hours and the before scheduled departure time, 50% of the cost willbe deducted
  • The balance payment will be made via Cheque or cash transfer
  • Part cancellations, will be subject to the conditions with regard to minimum group size.

 

  1. Request for changes in travel plan

6.1 Additional traveler(s):

  • Request for additional travelers will also be entertained subject to booking time limit
  • All other terms and conditions apply.

 

6.2: Replacement/substitution of traveler(s):

Any replacements in the personnel traveling, will be considered as part

cancellation and additional booking

 

6.3: Destination

  • Any request for changes in destination will be treated as a cancellation and re-booking, if
  • the revised destination is not within the same zone
  • All other terms and conditions apply.

 

  1. Others:
  • All travelers must carry a valid original identity card (election id card, PAN card or driving license)
  • Madurai Ecotourism is not responsible for the safety of any personal belongings of the traveler.
  • Madurai Ecotourism has a strict NO LIQUOR POLICY in its accommodation premises as well as during its tours and treks. SMOKING IS A STRICTLY BANNED inside the forests and in other public places (wherein smoking is banned by legislation). Consumption of alcoholic beverages during the trip and smoking inside forest and in public places would not be tolerated. Madurai Ecotourism reserves all rights to cancel the trip midway if the travelers are found to be violating these rules
  • Travelers are requested not to switch on the sound system in the cars while inside forest and also not to wear any heavy perfumes
  • Please do not leave any garbage in the places that we visit, other than in designatedgarbage dumping areas or waste collection facilities.

 

 

 

Exclusions

  1. Tariff DOES NOT include:
  • Snacks, tea and water bottles
  • Other incidental expenses at destinations like cost of boating, rides, entry passes, camera
  • pass, etc if any

  • You will be provided [Mini Bus 20 st] for 15 Adults,
  • Covering All Sight Seeing Points Mentioned above in the Itinerary.
  • A Well Mannered English/Hindi Speaking Driver Cum Guide Will Be at Your Disposal.
  • Includes, Toll, Parking, Driver Allowance, Fuel Cost, Night Halting Charges, Hills0 Charge
  • [If Any], Interstate Permit [If Any], Forest Entry Charge [If Any], Basically Every Thing
  • Related To The Vehicle.

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