Tamilnadu Study Tour

Overview

South India has always been extremely rich in culture and has been known for the great legacy of various dynasties like Cholas, Cheras, Pallavas, and Pandyas. These ancient kings from various dynasties have left us a priceless treasure behind….that includes what not….temples, sculptures, art, culture, literature…and the list goes on…
Here we are, ready to take you on the journey of some known and unknown destinations. In this trail, you will hear some unsung stories of Pallava, Chola & Pandya dynasties under the expert guidance of Mr Madhusudhanan Kalaichelavan.
This circuit covers the art and architecture treasured in the Tamilnadu region. We begin this trail with the ancient city of Kanchipuram. Since the 5th Century Pallava dynasty started emerging in today’s Tamilnadu region. Pallava kings erected some magnificent structures during their reign.
Kanchipuram displays some magnificent architecture built in the 6th or 7th century. Kanchipuram is also well known for its native Kanjivaram Saree. A traveller will get to experience the intricate weaving process of Kanjivaram handloom and get a chance to shop for the same.
Then we traverse through the ancient port of Mahabalipuram, the famous Nataraja temple at Chidambaram to Tanjavur, Trichy and Madurai. Enroute we will witness some extraordinary craftsmanship at various offbeat temples that have erected by ancient dynasties.

Expert : Mr. Madhusudhanan Kalaichelavan.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Tour begins at Chennai. Arrive at Chennai airport in the morning and immediately leave for Kanchipuram. Upon arrival at Kanchipuram, check into the hotel. Fresh n up yourself and fill your tummies with good south Indian lunch. Then leave for sightseeing. Arrive at the hotel in the evening then relax or just have a stroll for shopping. Stay at Kanchipuram. Chennai -Kanchipuram Distance: 60 Km

Highlights

  • Visit beautiful temples built in the era of Pallava’s, Cholas and Vijaynagara kings.
  • Visit Kanjivaram Handloom factories.

After breakfast, leave for the remaining excursion of Kanchipuram. In the evening check out and leave for the next destination, Mahabalipuram.
Stay at Mahabalipuram
Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram Distance: 66 Km

Highlights

  • Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram Distance: 66 Km

Today, we explore Mahabalipuram. After an extensive excursion of Mahabalipuram, leave for Chidambaram in the evening.
Stay at Chidambaram.
Mahabalipuram – Chidambaram Distance: 160 Km

Highlights

  • Have a glance at the evolution of architectural styles at Mahabalipuram. Visit Gangavataran, Panchratha, KrishnaMandap, VarahMandap, Krishna’s butterball, and such magnificent monuments in the vicinity.

After breakfast, visit Nataraja Temple and leave for the next destination i.e. Dharasuram. Enroute visit Gangaikondacholapuram. Witness the grandeur of Gangaikondacholapuram temple and intricacy of Airavateshwar Temple at Dharasuram.
Stay at Kumbhakonam.
Chidambaram – Gangaikondacholapuram Distance: 43 Km
Gangaikondacholapuram – Dharasuram Distance: 41 Km

Highlights

  • Visit the famous Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram
  • Visit Gangaikondacholapuram, one of the great living Chola temples listed as World Heritage Sites.
  • Visit Airavateshwar Temple at Dharasuram, second of the great living Chola temple.

In the morning, visit some temples of the holy city of Kumbhakonam. Post lunch, leave for Thanjavur. Visit Brihadishwarar Temple.
Stay at Thanjavur
Kumbhakonam - Thanjavur Distance: 41Km

Highlights

  • Visit some ancient temples at Kumbhakonam.
  • Visit the third amongst the great living Chola temples, the Brihaddishwar Temple.

Get ready and leave for another ancient town of Trichy. Visit Srirangam temple and head for the Madurai.
Visit the beautiful Meenakshi Amman Temple and give yourself some shopping experience as Madurai is also famous for silk sarees. Spend the evening at leisure.
Stay at Madurai.
Thanjavur – Trichy Distance : 60 Km
Trichy – Madurai Distance : 138 Km

Highlights

  • Visit the massive temple of Srirangam and few more monuments.
  • Visit one of the most revered and famous temples of South India, Meenakshi Amman Temple

It has been an extensive experience of learning and travelling. It’s time to pack the bags and leave for your hometown. Board the flight to your destinations from Madurai Airport.
We are sure that you will be carrying these memories and the treasure-trove of the knowledge imparted by our mentor Mr Madhusudhanan along with you that will be cherished forever.

INCLUSIONS

  • Local Transport by 2 x 2 AC coach (Depends on group size, seating capacity will be variable)
  • Accommodation in comfortable and convenient hotels on twin sharing.
  • All meals. ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Evening Tea- set menu)
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing
  • Entrance fees of all sightseeing
  • 1-liter water bottle per person per day
  • Expert Fees

EXCLUSIONS


  • Airfare / Train fare to Chennai and from Madurai.
  • Govt taxes of 5% over and above the tour cost.
  • Any implementation of new taxes by the government.
  • Cost of insurance
  • Cost of Pre/Post tour accommodation
  • Any extra expenses such that porterage, laundry, telephone, shopping, alcoholic beverages, mineral water, items of personal nature and food or drink which is not part of a set menu.
  • Any extra expenses incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization of an individual.
  • Anything specifically not mentioned in the inclusions.

FEW POINTERS

  • If any sightseeing mentioned is not done due to any unforeseen circumstances then alternate sightseeing will be done.
  • A traveler may please note that for domestic and international flights, the baggage allowance will be as per respective airline’s baggage policy and weight regulations. Travelers are requested to carry their luggage in accordance with the regulated baggage allowance. Excess baggage will be chargeable and the same is not included in the tour cost. It has to be borne by the traveler.
  • Air tickets issued at special rates are normally NON REFUNDABLE and traveler will need to bear the cancellation charges. If a traveler needs an air booking with the refundable option then he/she will need to bear extra fare specified by airline operator.

PAYMENT POLICY

Tour Cost

Payment

Below package cost ₹ 20, 000 per person

Full payment at the time of booking

Above package cost ₹ 20,000 per person

At the time of booking

40% of the package cost

30 days prior to departure

Remaining 60 % amount

  • Payment can be done via cheque, Demand Draft, NEFT, RTGS, IMPS, Credit Card/ Debit Card or UPI gateway. Cheque/Demand Draft should be drawn in favor of “ANCIENT TRAILS”.
  • In case of payment made by cheque, a booking confirmation will be given subject to cheque clearance.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation received no. of days prior to departure

Cancellation charges applicable per person

0-10

100%

10-20

50 %

20-30

30 %

30 and above

10%

  • For cancellation procedure, a traveler will need to give an application in writing along with an original receipt of booking.
  • Please note that if air ticket booking is done with NON-REFUNDABLE airfare then cancellation charges to be borne by the customer and the remaining amount will be refunded as per above cancellation policy.