Day 01     Arrive Chennai
On arrival at Chennai before noon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Evening visit Sri Parthasarathy temple-one of the divya desom temple, Kapaleswarar temple- ancient 7th century temple where Lord Muruga was believed to have received his spear "Sakthi Vel" from Goddess Shakthi to quell the Sura and Vada Palani Murugan temple where the standing posture of Lord Muruga resembles the Palani temple in every way. Overnight at Chennai
Day 02     Chennai-Kalahasti-Kanchipuram
After early breakfast drive to Sri Kalahsti (130 Kms, 3 Hrs) located in Andhra Pardesh 35 Kms before the world famous Tirupati. On arrival we visit Srikalahasthiswara Swamy Temple - A Pancha Booda Stalam where Lord Shiva is worshiped in his element of Vayu/Air/wind. This is the temple where lord's staunch devote Kannappa was ready to offer his eyes to stop the blood flowing from the Linga and this place is also famously called as Kailash of the South or Dakshin Kailash. After darshan drive to Kanchipuram (130 Kms, 3 Hrs). On arrival we visit Ekambaraeshwarar temple- A Pancha Booda Stalam where lord Shiva is worshipped in his element of Land. Time permitting you can visit Kalilasanathar temple famous for its sculptures, Kamakshi Amman temple- famous for its golden tower over the sanctum, golden chariot and depictions of Adi Sankaracharya's and Varadraja Perumal Temple - famous for its amazing paintings, sculptures along with its 100 pillar halls. Overnight at Kanchipuram(B)
Day 03     Kanchipuram-Golden Temple Vellore- Tiruvannamalai-Pondichery
After breakfast we drive to Vellore ( 75 kms, 2 Hrs) where we visit the Vellore Mahalakshmi temple, commonly called as Golden temple. Later we drive onward to (85 Kms, 2 Hrs) Thiruvannamalai, where we visit the famous Annamalayar temple- A pancha Booda Stalam, where Lord Shiva is worshipped in his element as fire. The hill behind the temple itself is believed to be a Lingam, where Lord Shiva is believed to have appeared as a column of fire and hence "Giri Valam" is very famous in this temple. Late in the evening we drive to Pondicherry. Overnight at Pondicherry.(B)
Day 04     Pondicherry- Chidambaram- Kumbakonam - Trichy
After early breakfast we visit world famous Sri Aurobindo ashram and Manakula Vinayakar temple before we drive to Chidambaram where we visit Thillai Nataraja Temple- A pancha Booda Stalam where Lord Shiva is worshiped in his element of Sky. One of the Padal petra stalam, the temple is famously associated with Lord Nataraja- Lord Shiva in his Ananad Thandava Pose (Cosmic dance of Bliss). We also visit Sri Govindaraja Perumal shrine here which is one of the divya desom temple. Later we drive onward to Kumbakonam where we visit Adi Kumbaeshwara temple- Which is associated with Mahamaham festival and believed to be very first temple made by the lord himself mixing the nectar of immortality with sand, Kasi Viswanathar temple- where nine rivers are believed to have prayed to Lord Shiva to wash away the sins of the bathers.The lingam which is believed to be prayed by Lord Rama is here in this temple and it is believed to grow in size with time. Later we drive onward to Trichy. Time permitting you can visit Tanjore Big temple on the way. Overnight in Trichirapally.(B)
Day 05     Trichy-Chennai
After early breakfast we visit Jambukeswarar temple at Tiruvanaikaval where Lord Shiva is worshipped in his element as Water and goddess parvati did her penance as Sri Akilandeswari in this temple after building a lingam out of water. Uthamar Koil-A small and tiny temple which houses the three trinities Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu and it the place where Lord Shiva is relieved of his curse after quelling Brahma's head- which is the skeleton on his hand. Time permitting visit Tirupparaithurai temple - where Lord Shiva in his clash with Thrugavana hermits killed the tiger, created by the hermits to kill him, and wore it's skin as his dress, took their Trishul as his weapon, their snakes as his ornaments and took their baby deer in his left hand. Later we drive onward to Chennai (320 Kms, 6 Hrs). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Overnight in Chennai. (B)
Day 06     Chennai Departure
After breakfast you have free time for last minute shopping an packing. Later you will be transferred to Chennai airport or railway station for your return journey. We sincerely believe that you carry back lots of belssings from the God along with ever lasting memories. (B)
Tour Joining Instructions
To take part in this tour you arrive at Chennai airport (MAA) or Chennai Railway Station (MAS) before noon. If you arrive late you may have to miss out some temples on day 01
Last day, you can depart from Chennai airport or Chennai Railway Station anytime. You can leave Trichy on day 05 after 1700 Hrs.
For passengers arriving from International destinations like Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore you can try carriers like Air Asia, Srilankan airlines who fly to Chennai, Trichy, Madurai. Incase you arrive or depart from airports different than the itinerary we will have to re-do the program based on your arrival/departure details. Check with us
Though there are no special dress code in Tamilnadu temples it is very important that you are dressed appropritaley while visiting holy places. Avoid shorts, skirts and similar type of exposing dresses.
Normal temple timings in Tamilnadu is from 0430 Hrs to 1130 Hrs and from 1600 Hrs till 2030 Hrs. This timings and the crowds at temple may change depending visiting day and month. Hence we may have to start early from your hotel to follow the above program and reach back to the starting point in time. Generally be prepared for the early morning drive outs or late evening return. The road condition in Tamilnadu is generaly good and highways are lovely.
Trip Ideas from our Trip Makers
On last day if you depart late then you can have a short shopping in Chennai. If you have time add an extra night in the ancient city of Madurai so that you have time to cover more famous temples.
If you have time you can extend the trip to Kanyakumari via Nallai Appar temples and even to Kovalam beach for few days and fly out from Trivandrum.
If you have time you can add-on two nights at Kodaikanal, the most pristine Hill Station in South India or Thekkady the forest area in Kerala. If you add Kodaikanal or Thekkady you will have to depart Madurai or Trichy only as Kodai Chennai drive will be tiring