Day 1: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Vellore - Pondicherry (295kms)
Pick up from your hotel in Chennai & drive to Pondicherry via Kanchipuram & Vellore. Visit Kailasanathar temple 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Ekambareswarar temple an ancient temple dedicated to Siva, 2500 year old mango tree inside the temple has 4 branches each yields different varieties of mangoes. Varadharaja temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Vaikundhaperumal temple dedicated to lord Vishnu & Kamakshiamman temple the ultimate form of Goddess Parvati. Next drive to Vellore and check in at hotel. Later visit Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple situated at the foot of a small range of green hills. This temple is gilded with 1,500kg of pure gold, double the dome of the Golden Temple at Amritsar. And 16th-century Vellore Fort. Inside the fort Jalakandeswarar Temple features many ornate sculptures. Continue drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. O/n at hotel.
Day 2: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (160kms)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Aurovil an experimental community founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa as a town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Auroville Botanical Gardens protects the regions tropical dry evergreen forest. Pondicherry Museum it houses a fantastic collection of bronze sculptures of god and goddess, a wide gathering of temple lamps, handicrafts and art. Drive pass or walk through stunning French Quarters, charming mustard streets, colonial villas and vibrant Tamil settlements. Besides a very picturesque view of the lovely alleys and narrow lanes, you can also marvel at the gorgeous architecture of the French colonial settlements which include French consulate, Raj Nivas, Government Square, Churches & French schools. Drive to Chennai via Mahabalipuram. Visit Monolithic Temples Five Rathas an excellent examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. Krishnas Butterball a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline. 7th century Cave Temples cut and decorated with panels in the Mamalla style. Shore Temple built with blocks of granite in 7th century during the rule of King Narsimha-Varman II Rajasimha the temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. The Arjuna's Penance an enormous rock-cut relief, one of the largest in the whole world.
Continue drive to Chennai and drop off to your hotel. O/n at hotel.