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Brief Plan

12/08/2018

Day 1: Arrival in Chennai (-/-/Dinner)

  • On arrival at Chennai airport, you will be received by our driver and transfer to Mahabalipuram. (approx. 1hr35mins)
  • Visit Dakshina Chitra Museum A living history museum dedicated to the art & craft of the Southern States, embark on a guided walk through the exhibits here.
  • Later you will have a Guided visit to the Shore Temples at MahabalipuramUNESCO WHS Shore temple, built in 700–728 AD
  • Post lunch on own, you will attend a demo/walkthrough of Pallava StonecraftHard Granite Stone mined in the Swamimalai and Kanchipuram. These are hand sculpted by artists mainly in the Dravidian style.
  • Post demo, you will be transferred to Pondicherry. (approx. 1hr50mis). On arrival, check-in and relax.
  • Overnight Pondicherry at Maison Perumal / similar

13/08/2018

Day 2: Pondicherry

(Breakfast/-/Dinner)

  • After breakfast, and drive to Auroville. Embark on a guided visit to Auroville with a resident guide to explore the beautiful surrounds and understand the way of living here.
  • Free time for lunch on own at Auroville restaurants and then participate in a Waste Paper Craft Work Shop at Well Paper – Well paper products are hand-made and eco-friendly, transforming recycled newspaper into art and accessories. From baskets, bowls and coasters to jewellery, X’ mas ornaments, and colourful Paper Mache figures.
  • Later in the evening, take part in a demo of local cooking at your stay.
  • Return to the stay.
  • Overnight Pondicherry at Maison Perumal/similar

14/08/2018

Day 3:Pondicherry to Swamimalai(Breakfast/-/Dinner)

 

  • After breakfast, today morning you will embark on a Heritage Guided Walk of the Old Quarter with an INTACH expert.
  • Post walk, you will be driven to Swamimalai. (approx.3hrs)
  • On arrival, check-in and relax.
  • Later enjoy guided orientation tour of the heritage Swamimalai property the hotel emerged from the existing village framework, its heritage, culture, traditions, lifestyle, and practices. created by local craftsmen, serviced by the neighbourhood and entertained through local talent.
  • Overnight Swamimali at INDECO Swamimalai /similar

 

15/08/2018

Day 4: Swamimalai (Breakfast/-/Dinner)

 

  • After an early breakfast today begin the full day Chola Bronzecraft workshop – The craft has been in existence since the Chola Empire, 12th century AD and still remains unchanged. The artists model a figure in bee wax, cover it with a special clay mixture and heat the mould. The wax drains out, molten bronze is poured into the mould and is then dried and chiseled to perfection! Return to your stay.

Enjoy local dinner. Overnight Swamimalai at INDECO Swamimalai/similar

 

16/08/2018

Day 5: Swamimalai to Kadiapatti (Breakfast/-/Dinner)

 

  • Today, after breakfast, we leave for a visit to Thanjavur.
  • Visit the Brihadeshwara Temple. Visit Tanjore Palace and Sefroji Saraswati Mahal Library

  • Later you will attend a demo on Veena – A musical Instrument Making The veena’s history records back to the Vedic times. Identified with goddess Saraswati, the veena also finds mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is often called the Hans (Swan) Veena. And is it unique to Thanjavur because the instrument is made from a particular strain of matured jack fruit tree found only in that area.
  • Post the demo you will start for Kadiapatti.
  • On arrival here check in and relax.
  • Overnight Kadiapatti at Chidambara Villas/similar

 

17/08/2018

Day 6: Kanadukathan to Madurai (Breakfast/-/Dinner)

 

  • After Breakfast at the hotel, check out of your hotel for a visit the Athanagudi Tiles Demo named after Athangudi a manufacturing place in Chettinad, the tiles are handmade tiles which are used to decorate the interiors (floors, walls etc.) of houses. The craft is popularly known as ‘Pokal‘
  • Later drive onwards to Madurai (2hrs).
  • On arrival in Madurai, enjoy lunch (on own).
  • Later embark on a Guided visit to Meenakshi Amman TempleThis 6th century BC temple is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. It houses 14 gopurams (gateway towers), ranging from 45–50m in height. The tallest is the southern tower, 51.9 metres.
  • Overnight Madurai at Heritage Madurai /similar

18/08/2018

Day 7: Departure from Madurai (Breakfast/-/-)

 

  • After breakfast, check out and you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.




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