Colonial Cormandel- Cultural Tamilnadu with Tranquebar
This itinerary is a great mix of the East Coast in Tamilnadu with the colonial stories. Chennai has a great history for the British Colonialisation and Tranquebar tells about the Danish connection. To add a bit of local life and culture, we have beautifully handcrafted some nice story telling tours through Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry and Kumbakonam etc. Tranquebar is still known for its great Danish style and influence which are incorporated with the local life. The fishermen community in Tranquebar is an interesting case study for philanthropists.
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Day 01 – Chennai
On arrival in Chennai, you will be transferred to your Hotel. Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon go for an orientation tour of Chennai. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 – Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples. Visit Kailasanatha Temple from the 8th century AD. In Kailasanatha Temple, the Pallava Style of Dravida Vimana (The Tower over Sanctum) was imitated later at Pattadackal in Karnataka in the second half of 8th Century AD by Chalukyas. From there the Rashtrakudas borrowed the style in the 9th Century AD at Ellora, Maharashtra. Later visit the famous Ekambareswara Temple which is a good example of the typical Composite style of Architecture. The construction was started in 8th or 9th Century by the Pallavas but continued by Cholas in 12th Century and finished by the Vijayanagar Dynasty during 16th Century. Also visit Varadaraja or Devaraja Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and visitable parts are of 16th Century AD. You may also visit a Silk weaving unit. Later, drive to Mahabalipuram to check into your hotel in mahabalipuram. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 – Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, sightseeing of Mahabalipuram to explore the heritage of Mahabalipuram temples, built in 7th & 8th century AD which are today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. Afternoon at leisure for free walks. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 – Gangaikondacholapuram-Darasuram-Kumbakonam
After an early breakfast at the hotel,drive to Gangaikondacholapuram (UNESCO temple) to visit the amazing architectural Marvel. Later visit Darasuram Iravadeeswarar Temple (UNESCO Monument).On arrival at Kumbakonam, check in to your hotel. Evening experience a cookery demonstration on traditional snack & Sweet for your evening tea/coffee. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.
Day 05 – Tanjore - Kumbakonam
Early morning, you shall visit the Wholesale Vegetable market at Darasuram which is said to be the second largest in Asia. After breakfast, drive to Tanjore to visit the Big Temple (Brihadeeswara Temple).Afternoon return to Kumbakonam. Evening enjoy a bullock cart ride for half an hour to the nearby village. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.
Day 06 – Kumbakonam - Thrikadiyur - Tranquebar
After an early breakfast, drive to Thrikadiyur Siva Temple which is famous for the elderly couple who renew their wedding vows in front of the priest in the presence of the family. Later, drive to Tranquebar, the Danish township. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 – Tranquebar
Full day to explore local visits and sightseeing of Tarangambadi. You may visit Dansborg Archaeological Museum, Governor’s Bungalow, Masilamani Nathar Temple etc. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 – Day Trip to Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary
After an early breakfast, drive to Point Calimere Wildlife & Bird Sanctuary with a packed lunch. You will have a ride through the Sanctuary to watch many migratory birds and wild animals like deer and Black Bucks. Evening return to Tranquebar for overnight stay.
Day 09 – Tranquebar
Full day at leisure at Tranquebar. You may opt for a boating to visit the nearby fishermen village. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 – Tranquebar-Pondicherry
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Pondicherry which still carries a strong flavour of the French presence in India. Visit Auroville enroute. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Afternoon a familiarization of the City. The traditional French architecture is still maintained even in the latest renovations and the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is the authorized agency for any such renovations in Pondicherry. After sightseeing, you will be brought to the Beach Road to spend some time walking through the beach side to see the public life around. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Day 11 – Pondicherry
After breakfast, visit the Elephant orphanage run by an NGO a well appreciated social project. You will feed the elephants, they tell you the story of elephants too. Later visit a Franco Tamilian Family for an interaction. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 – Chennai Departure
Today you will be transferred to Chennai International Airport to connect your departure flight.
Hotels suggested Premium
Mahabalipuram: Radisson Blu Temple Bay
Kumbakonam: Mantrakoodam by CGH
Tranquebar: Pillar House/Bungalow on the Beach
Pondicherry: Palais De Mahe by CGH
Chennai: GRT Grand
Hotels suggested Deluxe
Mahabalipuram: Chariot Beach Resort
Kumbakonam: Paradise Resort
Tranquebar: Besteseller Danish Homes
Pondicherry: Hotel Atithi
Chennai: Accord Metropolitan
Tour Cost Includes:
11 Nights stay as above
All transfers and sightseeing using Aircon Vehicles
English speaking local guides at Mahabalipuram, Gangai Konda, Tanjore and Pondicherry
Full day story telling guided experience visits in Pondicherry
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Hotels suggested above are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.
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