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10D 9N

Chennai / Tiruthani / Swamimalai / Tanjore / Thirchendur / Tirunelveli / Madurai / Palani

Day 01 Chennai (-)

Upon arrival at Chennai airport, meet and greet our tour guide. Pick up and transfr to hotel. Check into the hotel. Refresh and relax, later proceed for sightseeing of Chennai. Visit Kapalessshwara temple, is closely associated with the history of Saint Tirugnana Sambandar who restored Poompavai to life from the bones and ashes preserved by her father Sivanesar.  The Poompaavai Patikam composed by Sambandar brought back Poompavai the daughter of a devotee of Shiva, Sivanesa Chettiar to life.

Visit Sri Parthasarathy Temple, was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century, expanded by Cholas and later by the Vijayanagara kings in the 15th century. It has several inscriptions dating from the 8th century in Tamil presumably from the period of Dantivarman, who was a Vishnu devotee. 

Next, visit the Guindy park, a children's park, more like a Zoo, where there are a few animals like deer, Blackbuck, jackal etc. and reptiles like lizards, crocodiles, alligators with a few birds. Not a place where one can spend more than an hour. 

The National Art Gallery, is one of the oldest art galleries in India, built in 1906 in Indo-Sarsenic architecture and houses paintings from Thanjavur, Rajasthan, Kangra and Deccan areas, as well as sandalwood sculptures. The Chola Bronze section in the gallery is popular among the visitors. Have dinner and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

Day 2 Chennai/Tiruthani/Chennai (B)

After breakfast, drive to Tiruthani to visit the beautiful temple of Lord Muruga which crowns a single rock of 700 feet above from 

the sea level. It is situated amidst a range of hills with a dramatic panoramic view. It is also believed, Rama, after putting an end to Ravana, worshipped Shiva at Rameswaram and then came to Tiruttani to find perfect peace of mind by worshipping Murugan here. After the Darshan of Lord Thanikachalam drive back to Chennai. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

Day 3 Chennai/Swamimalai/Tanjore (B)

After breakfast, proceed to Swamimalai and visit Swami Malai Murugan temple, one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan. Drive to Tanjore and check into the hotel. Refresh and relax a while, proceed to visit Brihandeswara, 1000+ years old shrine, built by the esteemed Chola emperor Rajaraja and a fine masterpiece of Chola-styled architecture. Later, visit the Thanjavur Palace, also known as the Thanjavur Nayak Palace Complex, known locally as Aranmanai, today is the official residence of the Bhonsle family that ruled Tanjore from 1674 to 1855. 

Later, visit the Royal Museum and Art Gallery is officially called the “Raja Raja Chola Art Gallery” and locally known as “Thanjavur Kalaikoodam”. The royal objects that are on display in the museum include royal clothing, headgear and hunting weapons, skeleton of a 92-feet whale that washed ashore near Tranquebar in 1955 on the upper floor and and interesting collection of artifacts, paintings, books and other memorabilia. It also has the famous Saraswathi Mahal library, an art gallery. The paintings in the Darbar Hall retell the stories from the epic Ramayana. The walls and ceilings are covered with detailed stucco figures of gods and goddesses. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Tanjore.

Day 4 Tanjore/Thirchendur/Tirunelveli (B)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel, proceed to Thirchendur. Visit Tiruchendur Murugan temple, one of the foremost spiritual centres dedicated to Lord Muruga. With its lofty tower of about 140 feet, it has a holy past dating back to 2,000 years. Thiruchendur is said to be second in importance among his six abodes. After the darshan, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Tiruneveli.

Day 5 Thirchendur/Madurai (B)

After breakfast, drive to Madurai, enroute visit the Tiruparankundram temple, a cave temple dedicated to the element of earth. It is a Tamil temple dedicated to god Murugan, also known as Kartikeya at Thiruparankundram. It is regarded as one of the "six Abodes of Murugan". The temple is built in rock-cut architecture and believed to have been built by the Pandyas during the 6th century. 

Transfer to hotel, check-into the hotel, refresh and relax. Afternoon, visit the Palamudircholai Murugan temple, is believed that this is where the Lord Murugan disguised himself as a boy and tested the Tamil female Poet Avvaiyar, who was on her way to Madurai. Pride arose as the Poet Avvaiyar had gone to the pinnacle of fame by her erudition. 

Next, visit Meenakshi Amman temple, also known as Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, located in the city of Madurai. It is believed that Lord Shiva assumed the form of Sundareswarar and married Parvati (Meenakshi) at the site where the temple is currently located  one of the biggest and oldest temples in India. Visit the temple complex with 12 gopurams, The thousand pillared hall, The musical granite pillars which produce different musical notes. If possible, watch the light and sound show. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Madurai.

Day 6 Madurai/Palani (B)

Today, proceed to Palani. Visit the Andavar temple. The idol of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of Navapashanam (a combination of Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat), by a Siddhar called Bhogar. It is also claimed by many that the materials of abhisheka like milk, sandal paste, etc., attain medicinal properties on being poured over Lord Palaniandavars idol and they have cured many diseases when taken by the patients. Visit the hill temples, Bhogar Samadhi, Tiru Avinankudi, Periyanayaki Amman, Shanmuga Nadi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Palani.

Day 7 Leave Palani (B)

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Chennai airport for your onwards destination.

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