Indicative Pick-up Time: 7:00 AM
Indicative Drop-off Time: 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Trichy
Begin your day with a comfortable pick-up from your hotel in Trichy. Today, you'll embark on a fascinating journey to explore the rich Chola heritage in Tamil Nadu.
9:30 AM - Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Arrive at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, a remarkable temple complex constructed by the Chola dynasty in the 11th century. Discover the unique architecture and intricate carvings of this historical site. Explore the Nandi Mandapa, Alankar Mandapa, Maha Mandapa, Mukha Mandapa, and Ardha Mandapa, all adorned with sculptures depicting mythological stories and historical events. Your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the temple's historical and architectural significance.
10:30 AM - Depart for Darasuram
Bid farewell to Gangaikonda Cholapuram and continue your journey to Darasuram.
11:30 AM - Darasuram
Arrive at Darasuram, renowned for the Airavateshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to Lord Shiva. Marvel at the exquisite stone carvings, especially the front mandapam shaped like a chariot drawn by horses. Delve into the intricate details and craftsmanship that make this temple a Chola architectural masterpiece. Your guide will share captivating stories and facts about the temple's cultural significance in Tamil Nadu.
12:30 PM - Lunch
Satisfy your taste buds with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, where you can relish the flavors of Tamil Nadu cuisine, known for its aromatic spices and unique tastes.
1:30 PM - Depart for Thanjavur
Continue your journey towards Thanjavur, a city steeped in history and culture.
2:30 PM - Thanjavur Palace & Museum
Visit the Thanjavur Palace & Museum, home to an art gallery, library, and a hall of music. Explore the rich heritage of the region through the displayed artifacts, sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts. Admire the exquisite bronze and granite statues from the Chola period, and gain insights into the dynasty's contributions to art, culture, and music. Explore the Saraswathi Mahal Library, housing over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in various languages, including rare and ancient texts.
4:00 PM - Brihadeeshwara Temple (Big Temple)
Explore the iconic Brihadeeshwara Temple, also known as the Big Temple, built by Chola king Rajaraja I in the 10th century. Marvel at the towering vimana (temple tower) and the intricate sculptures adorning the temple walls. Your guide will provide historical, architectural, and religious context, making this temple an enriching experience. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant Hindu pilgrimage site.
5:30 PM - Return to Trichy
Wrap up your temple tour and embark on the return journey to Trichy.
7:00 PM - Drop-off at Your Hotel
Arrive back in Trichy and enjoy a comfortable drop-off at your hotel. Reflect on the day's cultural and historical discoveries as you unwind after an enriching exploration of Chola heritage.