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Tamil Temples & Kovalam Beach - 14 Days

Tamil Temples & Kovalam Beach

India · Private Tour · 14 Days
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Discover the magic South India as you hop between the temple towns of Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur, Trichy and Madurai, then relax at Kovalam, one of the top beaches in Kerala.

Highlights

  • Unwind on the golden beaches of Kovalam in the tropical coast of Kerala
  • Marvel at the intricate sculptures of Indian gods in Maudari's Meenakshi Temple
  • Explore the lanes and bazaars in the Sri Ranganathaswamy temple of Trichy
  • Wander the nostalgic streets and opulent mansions of Chettinad
  • Admire the fine carvings in the monolithic rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram
  • Walk under the towering gopurams of Thanjavur's Brihadisbara Temple

Itinerary

Day 1 - Chennai → Mahabalipuram
Day 2 - Mahabalipuram
Day 3 - Kanchipuram
Day 4 - Mahabalipuram → Chidambaram → Thanjavur
Day 5 - Thanjavur → Trichy → Chettinad
Day 6 - Chettinad
Day 7 - Chettinad → Madurai
Day 8 - Madurai
Day 9 - Madurai → Kovalam
Day 10-13 - Kovalam
Day 14 - Kovalam

What is included

  • 13 nights accommodation at luxury hotels
  • Transportation by private vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities as mentioned in this itinerary
  • All entrance fees for activities and excursions

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Local guide for sightseeing
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Camera fees (not frequent)
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Chennai → Mahabalipuram

On arrival in Chennai Airport, transfer to Mahabalipuram by private vehicle. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Chennai → Mahabalipuram50 km 1h
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Radisson Temple Bay Hotel

Chalet Pool View Mahabalipuram

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2
Mahabalipuram

Today we will enjoy of a tour to the temple beaches of Mahabalipuram

Our visit starts with a spot at the UNESCO-listed Shore Temple and the Five Rathas temple complex, one of the finest examples of monolithic rock-cut architecture which features some of the most detailed stonework in South India. 

Known as "India's stone-carving capital", Mahabalipuram is home of India's most skilled artists who have inherited the craft from hundreds of generations. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to wander the workshops and sculpture galleries of the town. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Radisson Temple Bay Hotel

Chalet Pool View Mahabalipuram

day
3
Kanchipuram

After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram. This is one of the seven sacred cities of India, with temples featuring spectacular gopurams which can be seen from miles away. Temples to visit include Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kailasanatha Temple and Ekambareshwara Temple.

In the afternoon we will return to Mahabalipuram, rest of the day at leisure.

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Mahabalipuram → Kanchipuram26 km 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Radisson Temple Bay Hotel

Chalet Pool View Mahabalipuram

day
4
Mahabalipuram → Chidambaram → Thanjavur

We will continue our Tamil Nadu temple tour in the city of Thanjavur with an important stop in Chidambaram

This city will give us a first glimpse of classic dravidian temple architecture, famous for its immense gopuram towers covered with thousands of sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses that mark the entrance gates to the temple. Soak in the atmosphere of Chidambaram's masterpiece, the 10th-century Nataraja Temple, one of the five holy temples of the god Shiva. 

We will then continue our way to Thanjavur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. 

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Mahabalipuram → Chidambaram160 km 3h
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Chidambaram → Thanjavur125 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Ideal River View

River View Room Thanjavur

day
5
Thanjavur → Trichy → Chettinad

This day we will enjoy of a city tour in Thanjavur focusing on the majestic Brihadeeshwara Temple, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire one of the major highlights in Tamil Nadu as you explore the shrines and halls of this massive orange-hued temple, then drive to the city of Trichy, another of the most iconic temple towns in South India.

We will visit the most revered temples of Trichy on a city tour, starting with the Rock Fort Temple which stands on the peak of a small slope. After taking in the panoramic views from the top, we will tour the massive Sri Ranganataswamy Temple, a "city within a city" that encompasses 50 shrines, 21 gopuram towers and 39 pavilions. 

Then we will continue to the quaint town of Chettinad, a former merchant enclave famous for its opulent mansions. 

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Thanjavur → Trichy57 km 1h 20min
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Trichy → Chettinad84 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chidambara Vilas Luxury Heritage Resort

Heritage Room Chettinad

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6
Chettinad

Today we will have a half-day tour of Chettinad to learn of its rich history, which has been recognized as a Living Heritage by the UNESCO. 

Our tour will take us exploring the flamboyant residences of the Chettiar, powerful merchants who built great fortunes in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These mansions feature a fascinating fusion of Art Deco, Victorian and Indian architecture, frequently using a sophisticated variety of materials, from Burmese teak and Japanese tiles to European ironwork and Venice glass. 

We will close our tour with a visit to the Chettinad Museum, which houses an exceptional collection of jewels, clothing and other artifacts of the former aristocracy of the city. 

Evening at leisure to explore to the local market (with car and driver).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chidambara Vilas Luxury Heritage Resort

Heritage Room Chettinad

day
7
Chettinad → Madurai

After breakfast, drive to Madurai, situated on the banks of Vaigai River. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, Madurai is one of the oldest city in South India and the former capital of the Pandya kingdom. Moreover, it is home to South India's most impressive temple, the Meenakshi Amman Temple. 

Rest of the day at leisure

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Chettinad → Madurai93 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Heritage Madurai Resort

Deluxe Club Madurai

day
8
Madurai

Today we will explore the temple city of Madurai, whose impressive Meenakshi Temple is one of the undisputed highlights of any trip in South India. Built in the 14th century, Meenakshi Temple is the quintessential Tamil temple in all its glory. It is known for its monumental courtyards and elaborate gopurams, draped by a thousand sculptures of multi-armed gods in bright colors. Explore this masterpiece of dravidian architecture as you mingle with pilgrims who come to worship the sacred effigy of the goddess Meenakshi, then walk along its massive corridors flanked by stone pillars and charming market stalls. 

Our tour continues with visits to Teppakulam Temple and Nayak Palace before returning to Meenakshi Temple in the evening, to witness the ceremony of darshan and the nighlty processions of brahmin priests carrying an image of Shiva.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Heritage Madurai Resort

Deluxe Club Madurai

day
9
Madurai → Kovalam

Today we will leave the mystic towns of Tamil Nadu and drive to the picture-perfect beaches of Kovalam in the neighboring state of Kerala. 

Rest of the day at leisure

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Madurai → Kovlam300 km 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Turtle on the Beach Resort

Arabian Sea View Room Kovalam

day
10-13
Kovalam

After breakfast, day at leisure to enjoy the beaches of Kovalam

Spend the next few days relaxing at the jungle-draped beaches of Kovalam. Sunbathe on the golden sands of Hawa beach, admire sunsets at the scenic Lighthouse Beach or enjoy an Ayurveda massage back in your resort. 

(Transportation and activities throughout these days are not included).

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Turtle on the Beach Resort

Arabian Sea View Room Kovalam

day
14
Kovalam

After breakfast, transfer to Trivandrum Airport to connect with your flight back home. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Mahabalipuram
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Radisson Temple Bay Hotel

Chalet Pool View
Thanjavur
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Ideal River View

River View Room
Chettinad
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Chidambara Vilas Luxury Heritage Resort

Heritage Room
Madurai
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Heritage Madurai Resort

Deluxe Club
Kovalam
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Turtle on the Beach Resort

Arabian Sea View Room

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
16 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$1780$1612
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Apr 2019$2139$1963

Photos

Anjuna Penance, Mahabalipuram
Menakshi Temple, Madurai
Kovalam Beach
Kovalam Beach
Bhima Ratha, Mahabalipuram
Smiling local Indian girls
Brihadeeswarar Temple
Teppakulam Temple, Madurai
Ranganathaswamy Temple, Trichy
Chidambaram Temple
Indian Spices
Kovalam Beach

Map

What travelers say

  • Marty S. from USA

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