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Chennai Extension

3 Days / 2 Nights tour of -Chennai

Chennai Extension


Day 1 - Arrive Chennai

  • Arrive Chennai

     

    Meet/Assist on arrival by our executive.

     

    Transfer & check-in to your Hotel.

     

    Briefing of the tour by the executive and handing over of exchange orders/vouchers

     

    Chennai formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu  Chennai, popularly regarded as the Gateway to the South, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. It is the fourth largest metropolis in India, located on a 17 km stretch of the Coromandel Coast. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort St. George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil heritage and effectively blended it to create a unique synthesis of cultures.

     

    Afternoon you will be taken on a half day sightseeing tour of Chennai

     

    Fort St. George Fort is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal. It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. It is a military architecture marvel, which was erected as a trading post and later evolved to be the origin of modern Indian Army. Situated in the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient monument is worth watching on your trip to Chennai. St. George Fort holds great historical importance and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India & also visit

    The Fort St. George Museum. The Museum began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary's Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others.

     

    Also visit The Hindu Temple and Marina Beach –the Second longest in the world,  running 12 km in length

    Overnight at hotel 

Day 2 - Chennai/ Kancheepuram / Mahabalipuram/Chennai

  • Breakfast in the hotel

     

    Depart for full day excursion to Kancheepuram & Mahabalipuram

    Kancheepuram

    Kancheepuram – the city of thousand temples, it is one of India’s most spectacular temple cities and its many Gopurams can be seen from miles away. Between the 6th and 8th century AD, Kancheepuram was the great capital of the Pallava Kings. Visiting Kailasanathar Temple built by the Pallavas, the temple has 54 small shrines around it. Vaikuntaperumal Temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Elegant pillars carved with Lions edge the temple courtyard. Ekambareshwarar Temple dedicated to Shiva, is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram, its huge Gopuram 57 meters high and besides a thousand – pillared hall which houses the Temple’s numerous art facts.  There is an old mango tree with four branches that is supposed to be 2500 years old. The fruits of the four branches are said to be different in taste.

    Mahabalipuram  also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It has an average elevation of 12 metres (39 feet).

    Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic,

    Some important sculptures are The Shore Temple - a structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea. Recent excavations have revealed new structures here. The temple was reconstructed stone by stone from the sea after being washed away in a cyclone. Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) - five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. An interesting aspect of the Rathas is that, despite their sizes they are not assembled — each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone & other temples.

     

    Overnight at hotel

Day 3 - Depart/Chennai by flight

  • Breakfast in the hotel

     

    Transfer to Chennai International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

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