Chennai with land of Pallavas (Kanchipuram & Mamallapuram)




Chennai, Called the ‘Cultural Capital of India’ for its deep-rooted traditions and age-old heritage.It has grown into a charming city in just over 350 years. This lively metropolis is a blend of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern. Spread over 400 sq km with The Bay of Bengal on the east, the city is the gateway to the rest of South India.Kanchipuram was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. It is considered one of the seven sacred cities of India; between the 6th and 7th centuries, some of the best temples were built here during the reign of the Pallavas. The temples are a testament to the dominance of Tamil heritage and the city’s glorious past when it was ruled by kings who were not only powerful but loved and patronised arts. Kanchipuram is particularly known for being the seat-bearing culture and philosophy. Today it is known, not only for temples but also for its hand-woven, silk fabrics. Kanchipuram is renowned for its majestic temple architecture and Silk sarees. Of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu (DivyaDesams), 14 are located in Kanchipuram.Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram is a small laid back town, once an important city of the ancient Pallava kingdom. The town houses many world heritage-listed temples which narrate the tales of the Mahabharata. These temples are built with granite and different temples are dedicated to different deities. It is the site of some of India’s greatest architectural and sculptural achievements. Mamallapuram is a UNESCO world heritage site and a testimonial to early Tamil architecture.


  • A/c Accommodation on twin sharing basis with Daily Breakfast(Only 1 B/F).
  • AC car for all the transfers and local sightseeing as per the given itinerary.
  • Well-experienced and bilingual driver till the departure.
  • All the expenses related to the vehicle (toll, tax, parking, permits, driver batta, etc).
  • Hotel Check-in at noon and check-out at 10 am.
  • The driver is only available as per the program given above.
  • All the applicable taxes.
  • No hidden costs.
  • The packages do not include Volvo bus tickets.
  • Guide charges, entry fees, Camera Charges, Massages, Elephant Safaris, Personal expenses like laundry, tips and telephone calls, Optional Tours, Travel Insurance, etc.
  • Optional activities are mentioned in the itinerary & anything not mentioned in the above package.
  • In case of payment made by cr card or debit card service charge of 2.5% and 1% will be charged extra.

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Tour Plan

Marina Beach is India’s longest and the world’s second longest beach. It is primarily sandy and is located on the eastern side of Chennai, adjoining the Bay of Bengal. Numerous statues of famous personalities adorn the roadside along the beach.
Santhome Cathedral Basilica: It is one of the Basilicas built over the tomb of an Apostle in the world. It is believed that the remains of St. Thomas were informed / Buried on this beach in 78 AD, on which a Church was built. Several years later it was shifted to the present location further towards the land. It houses the mortal remains of St.Thomas. Since then this is popularly called Santhome Church.
Kapaleeswarar Temple:
One of the sacred shrines in Chennai with a lovely and majestic tower exhibits Tamil architecture. There is a big tank [water body] on its Western Side. The picturesque temple is amidst a crowded residential area. Replicas of 63 revered Saivaite Saints called Nayanmars are located here. Government Museum & Connemara Library: This is the second oldest museum, next to Kolkatta. This is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, spread over an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings have 46 galleries. It is rich in archaeological, numismatic and largest Roman collections too. Buddhist Ruins from Amaravathi find a prominent place here.
Valluvar Kottam: Popular Modern Land Mark site of Chennai City shaped like a Temple Charriot. This was built in 1976 in honour of the Great Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar. He had created the most popular couplet TIRUKKUARAL. 33 ft tall Statue of Tiruvalluvar has been installed for public view. 133 chapters in bas relief and the 1330 couplets on the granite pillars are special feature of this Kottam.
Elliot’s Beach: It is the stretch of beach along the coast south of the famous Marina beach. This area has three popular religious establishments called Velankanni Church, Ashta Lakhmi Temple and a Holistic Granite replica of Arupadai Veedu.
Muttukadu: It is an enjoyable backwater and water sports zone with boating and water surfing experience. TTDC operates a Boating Centre in this ideal picnic destination with an enticing green background and glittering blue sky and sea, with a food court facility. A windsurfing regatta is organized every year in February.
Cholamandal Artists Village: A place for artists started in 1966 and is located on East Coast Road. It is perhaps the first of its kind. Working in a seaside colony in idyllic surroundings, painters and sculptors exhibit and sell their work which consists of contemporary art, sculpture, batik, terracotta and granite. These are often exhibited and also sold. Cholamandal also has an open-air theatre in which dance performances.
Arjunan Penance is a 27m x 9m World's largest. It has over 100 sculptures of Gods, Birds Beasts and Saints. This bas -relief is believed to illustrate an instance from Mahabharata when Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, performed rigorous penance with a prayer to Lord Shiva to obtain the Powerful and Divine Bow. The other name for this Bas- relief is the “Descent of the Ganges” Crocodile Bank: This Park provides ample opportunities to watch crocodiles from a safe distance. It is centre houses thousands of crocodiles and alligators of different species found around the world. There is also a tribal society that runs a snake venom extraction centre. Dakshinachitra: One can see reconstructions of traditional houses and other artefacts from rural South India. It aims at providing an insight into the lifestyle of the four southern states. Five Rathas are five free-standing temples. There are about nine monolithic temples at Mahabalipuram. They are the unique contribution of the Pallavas to Indian Art. The monolithic temples are called locally Ratha (Chariot) as they resemble the processional chariots of a temple. The Five rathas, the best of all monolithic temples, are hewn out of a huge boulder. Temples of different plans and elevations have been carved and the leftover portions were intelligently used to cut animals naturally. Krishna's Butter Ball: The huge boulder rests precariously on a narrow rock base defying gravity. Legend has it that several Pallava kings attempted to move it, but all the kings and their elephants could not shift the boulder even by an inch. It is now a popular tourist attraction which stuns the visitors with its balance. Mahishamardhini Cave: The cave has a front mandapa, a triple cell, four pillars, and two pilasters. On either side of this mandapa two large panels one representing Seshasayi Vishnu and the other Mahishamardhini. Panchapandava Mandapam: A large cave temple of which only six lion pillars and similar pilasters at either end are finished. The brackets above the capitals of these pillars are decorated with lions and gryphons with human riders. Shore Temples: This is one of the oldest temples in south India, As it is on the shore overlooking the Bay of Bengal it is called the Shore Temples. it is an excellent example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in the Tamil style of architecture. Trimurthi Cave: A Triple celled temple with a superstructure is believed to be dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, the three gods of the Hindu pantheon. Varah Cave: The mandapa in the front has two lion- pillars and two pilasters, and beyond this in the centre, the cell is guarded by two dwarapalas. There are four panels on the walls of the front mandapa representing Varaha raising goddess earth from the ocean.
Kailasanathar Temple: the temple of the Lord of Mt. Kailash dedicated to Lord Siva. It is made up of a typical Pallava style of a Pyramidal Tower, pillared halls and a vestibule. More than 50 small shrines are enshrined in this temple complex. Varadaraja Perumal Temple: A 23 acre temple complex, with 19 vimanams and around 400 pillared halls, dedicated to Varadarajaperumal. One of the 108 Divya Desam and all the 12 Alwars have visited and sung hymns in praise of the Lord. Vaikunta Perumal Temple: Temple of Lord Vishnu called Vaikunta Perumal, built by Nandivarman dates back to the 8th century. This temple is under the care of the Archaeology Department, Govt. of India. Vaikunda Ekadasi is the most important festival of the temple. Ulagalanda Perumal: This temple was built by Jayam Konda Cholan. This incarnation of Lord Vishnu is called the Vamana Avatharam. This talks about the Divine happening of measuring the entire universe [ulagu = world; alantha=measured] in one step by Lord Vishnu. The Sanctum Sanctorum has a 35-foot Idol of Lord Vishnu. Ashtabuja Perumal Temple: Deviating from the normal posture with four arms, Lord Vishnu is in a standing posture with 8 arms called Ashtabuja Perumal. The temple is one of the 108 Divyadesams of Perumal. A separate Mangalasasanam [hymns] is addressed to Goddess by Azhwar only in this temple. Ekambareswarar Temple: It is one of the Panchabootha Sthalam [five elements of Nature] representing Prithivi [Earth]. Ekam = one, Amaram: Mango tree means Singe Mango Tree. The Single Mango Tree in the outer court is revered as the most sacred. It has an almost 60 m tall Tower. Kamakshi Temple: It is a 12th Century temple in the heart of the town. “Ka” means Goddess Saraswati (God of Education), “Ma” means Goddess Lakshmi (God of Wealth), and “Akshi” means Eye. It is one of the important Temples of Kanchipuram. Kanchi Mutt: It is called Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam established by Adi Sankara himself. Kanchi Kudil was born of a desire to turn a nearly 100-year-old ancestral house into a place of tourist interest. The Tourist gets a feel of the classical living of life in a historic place like Kancheepuram. Craft exhibitions and live demos by artisans are arranged during peak tour seasons to attract overseas tourists. Sriperumbudur: The place is mainly known for the RamanujaSwamy Temple, also known as AdhikesavaPerumal Temple, the birthplace of SrimadRamanuja, the great philosopher of ‘Vaishnavism’. This leads to the ancient temple. The temple here has one of the three important images of Saint Ramanuja made during his lifetime which was set up in Srirangam, Sriperumbudur (his birthplace) and Melkote in Karnataka. End of a Great Cultural & Spiritual Tour!



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