GLIMPSES OF SOUTH INDIA

 

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Chennai

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Trip Highlights

  •   Art Gallery
  •  Antique Sculptural Marvels
  •  Sri Aurobindo Ashram

 

Trip Outline

Title:           Glimpses Of South India

Details       Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Chennai

Duration    03 Nights / 04Days

 


Glimpses of South India

This programme provides a Glimpse and discovery through Southern India in all its diversity. From Tamil Nadu to Kerala we shall visit some of the most outstanding historical sites in India – Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry.

We start off by exploring Tamil Nadu, where the focus is on the Art Gallery in Chennai and Indian bazaars.

We also have the opportunity to explore Pondicherry, the former French trading post of the East Indies, with its old world charm as well as the fishing villages and magnificent beach at Mahabalipuram.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 01          ARRIVE CHENNAI

Welcome to Chennai, because of its location known as ‘The Gateway to Southern India’. Chennai is like other state capitals such as Mumbai and Calcutta, it is a modern creation, founded by the East India Company in 1639, just north of the ancient Tamil port of Mylapore and the Portuguese settlement of San Thome. A fortified trading post, Fort St. George, was quickly erected, and over the course of the next century the city flourished, expanding rapidly to absorb many surrounding villages.

Upon arrival proceed to your hotel.

Afternoon visit you will visit the National Art Gallery houses a fine selection of rare Mughal, Rajput and South Indian-style paintings, and an unsurpassed collection of Chola bronzes, originally sacred temple objects, the most memorable being the Natarajas, or dancing Shivas. This image of Shiva, balanced on one leg and encircled by flames, has become almost as recognizable an icon of India as the Taj Mahal.

Overnight in your hotel.

DAY 02          CHENNAI TO MAHABALIPURAM

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Mahabalipuram (72 Kms / 1.5 hours), upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), built in the 7th century, is an ancient Pallava port. Today it is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. Declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Mahabalipuram boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock-cut art. The town was earlier called Mahabalipuram, but was later renamed as Mamallapuram or the place of the great wrestler – Narasimhavarmam I. He made this port a flourishing trade center. The only shore temple, which remains here, is the spectacular two-spired shrine, which is unique in that it houses both Vishnu and Shiva in its sanctum. The Pallavas perfected the art of sculpting rocks to build temples without brick, mortar or timber. The open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and the five monolithic “rathas” (chariots carved from single processions) reflect this art at its best. “Arjuna’s penance” here is the world’s largest bas relief measuring 27 meters by 9 meters.

Afternoon, you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, good beaches, hassle-free tourism and fabulous fish and lobster! Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna’s Penance. The magnificent Shore Temple, built by king Rajasimha in the seventh century, is a unique temple that houses the shrines of both Shiva and Vishnu while the Varaha Cave is a rock-cut mandapam with two incarnations of Vishnu—Varaha and Vamana—besides scenes of kings and queens. The Krishna Mandapam has a bas-relief of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill in his fingertips. Other important attractions of Mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Cave, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave.

 Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03          MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry (132 KMS / 3. 5 Hours), upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Pondicherry has a rich French cultural heritage, having been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. The French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches and public buildings and the statues. Split into two parts, Pondicherry is, on one hand a bustling Indian Market town, and on the other hand, towards the sea, the streets are emptier, cleaner and decidedly European.

Later you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry – visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on Rue de la Marine, is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry. The Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. Sri Aurobindo, the poet philosopher founded the Ashram to help man reach the zenith of his evolution through spiritual exercises and yoga, combined with physical activity and productive work.

Overnight at the hotel

DAY 04          PONDICHERRY TO CHENNAI – DEPARTURE

Rise early and transfer to Chennai by road in time to board your flight for home / onward journey.