Chennai Temple Tour with Port Blair

Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days

Destinations covered : : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Port Blair - Havelock

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Tour Itinerary:

Day 01:  Chennai
Meet World Travel Experiences - {WTX} representative at Chennai airport who would assist you at the airport and accompany you till the hotel. Checkin into the hotel & relax for a while.  Overnight stay in Chennai.

Day 02: Chennai
Second day of the trip is for sightseeing of Chennai. Visit the St. Thomas Mount, the oldest church. Visit Kapaleeswarar temple which is located in Mylapore, the temple has some beautiful sculptures & it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Fort St. George, one of the oldest Anglican Church in India built by Britishers around 1653. One more place to visit is the Marina Beach which is the second longest beach in the world. This beach has sandy shore & it is one of the most loved  destination by tourists. It has many historical monuments built at the crossing of narrow passage stand.  You can see the Ice House which is located towards the South. At the time of British government  the ice was stored there, which was brought from the great lakes in North America. Overnight stay at Chennai.

Day 03: Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
Morning drive towards Kanchipuram, known as City of Thousand Temples. Kanchipuram is one of the seven holy cities in India.  This place is not only famous for temples, but also known for its handloom industry. Kanchipuram has the best weavers of silk and cotton sarees in the country. Visit various temples like Kailasanathar Temple, which was built in 81th Century A.D.  This temple is famous for the excellent carving.  The inner walls of the temple are decorated with shade style paintings. Vaikunta Perumal Temple was built by the Nandivarma Pallava in 8th century.  The description of the bravery of the Pallavas Battle scenes  wascarved on the surroundings of the main prakaram.  Also visit the Ekambarewarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple.  Later you can visit the silk city, this city is famous for its Kancheepuram silk sarees all over the country.  The weavers settled in Kanchipuram are more than 400 years old.  You can get the great experience by watching the weaver weaving the saree. Later a drive to Mahabalipuram and check in the hotel.  Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram.  Mahabalipuram is well known for its stone sculptures  it is one of the major seaport of the ancient Pallava Kingdom. Mahabalipuram faces the Bay of Bengal. Visit the nine great temples found in Mahabalipuram and the famous Panch Rathas, which belongs to the five Pandava’s of Mahabhratha. You can see that the monuments are craved only out of the single rock.  Visit the shore temple at Mahabalipuram, the seven beautiful temples built near the sea share,which are known as  the seven pagodas.  This structural temple was constructed in the Dravidina style  and one one of the oldest South Indian Temples. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning after breakfast in the morning drive to Pondicherry.  Pondicherry was the part of the former French colony.  Pondicherry has a rich cosmopolitan culture. One can find diversity in language, People of Pondicherry speaks French, English, Tamil and Malayalam. After taking some rest in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing tour Pondicherry, Visit  the Aurovilla near Pondicherry which is an interesting experience of the spiritual community set up with the aim of human unity. The Aurovilla  means the “City of Dawn”.  This was founded by Sri Aurobindo Society by Mirra Alfass, “The Mother”.  You can visit Mantri Mandir which is not a tourist spot, but it is a place for meditation.  Another place to visit is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is situated on rue de la Marine, it is one of the most wealthiest and well known ashrams in India. The ashram was built where Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa lived till the end of their life.  Mirra Alfass got inspired by the Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and stayed in Pondicherry till  the end of her life.  Later you can visit Pondicherry Museum, which is located on Saint Louis street.  You would find some of the great collections of rare bronze and stone sculptures from of different dynasties. You would see the Geology room, Fossil room, great collection of coins and handicrafts and great furniture of French.  Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05: Pondicherry – Chennai
On the 5th day of your trip, after having the delicious breakfast you will be driving back to Chennai. Reach Chennai & Checkin at the hotel. Overnight stay in Chennai.  

Day 06: Chennai – Port Blair (By flight) 
Morning after breakfast our representative will arrange a smooth transfer to Chennai airport to board the flight towards Port Blair. Our representative will welcome you at Port Blair airport and assist you to board the vehicle transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Relax in the hotel for a while. Port Blair is the Capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is famous for its exotic beach and natural beauty. Afternoon start your sightseeing tour with a visit to Corbyn’s Cove Beach which is ideal for sun-basking, swimming & bathing. Later visit Cellular Jail which has a glorious history related to Freedom fight in India. The jail is the evident of tortures & pain given to the freedom fighters of India. Later in the evening, enjoy the Sound and Light Show at Cellular Jail - where the emotional and heroic tale of the freedom struggle of India is depicted. Overnight stay in Port Blair.

Day 07: Sightseeing of Port Blair
Today morning after breakfast, we start with a full-day “City Tour” of Port Blair, where we shall cover Chatham Saw Mill (one of the oldest & largest in Asia- Now closed), Cellular Jail, Anthropological Museum, Forest Museum, Fisheries (Marine) Museum, Samundrika Museum & Sagarika Emporium. Afternoon is free for shopping and other personal activities. Overnight stay at respective hotel/resort at Port Blair.

Day 08: Port Blair - Havelock
Today morning after breakfast, departure by ferry to Havelock Island and check in to the pre-booked hotel/resort. It takes approx 4 hrs to reach the island. Havelock Island is famous for its incredible beaches, blue water, Palm trees and natural beauty. Havelock is one of the most loved beach destination by beach lovers. Spend your afternoon at The Radha Nagar Beach, which is among the most popular beaches in Havelock. It was also adjudged as the “Best Beach in Asia” by Time in 2004. There are many adventure sports and activities available at the beach. Overnight stay in Havelock Island.

Day 09: Havelock
Morning after breakfast full day is to explore Havelock Island. Visit Ocean Pearl Dive Centre where tourists are trained for Various water sports like Snorkeling & Scuba diving. After a proper training enjoy the water activities. Optionally you can visit the Elephant beach. Rest of the day is to relax on the beach or stay in the hotel. Overnight stay in Havelock Island.

Day 10: Havelock – Port Blair
Today after breakfast, check out from hotel at 9am and visit the nearby Kala Pathar Beach. It is famous for the black rocks found in the surrounding village of Kala Pathar, from which the beach derives its name. Later board the cruise to sail back to Port Blair in the evening and check in to the pre-booked hotel/resort. Overnight stay in Port Blair.

Day 11: Departure from Port Blair
Morning after breakfast our representative will arrange a smooth transfer to Port Blair airport to board the flight for onward journey. Return home rejuvenated with sweet memories of the holiday.

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