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Natyanjali Dance Festival --- Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu)

Natyanjali Dance Festival - Chidambaram

Natyanjali dance festival is celebrated at the magnificent and sprawling temple dedicated to Lord Siva at Chidambaram. The festival is in the honor of the great cosmic dancer Natraja (a form of lord Siva) who is the lord of dances as per Indian mythology. Artistes greatly prize an opportunity to perform at this festival which is like a once in a life time opportunity. The 1000 year old temple with a golden roof provides the perfect setting for the dance fiesta. The pillars of the temple depict Natraj (lord Siva) in the 108 poses from the Bharatanatya (classical dance form of South India). Feast on the spectacular and graceful movements of the adept dancers with Indian Festival Tours.
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Natyanjali Dance Festival Tour

Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon Half day sightseeing tour of Chennai, the Capital city of Tamil Nadu state, which is India’s Southern Gateway city and one of the biggest centre of trade, and communications. Begin your tour with sightseeing of Chennai. Among the principal sights are the Fort St. George and Museum, which has the British East India Company documents, The Bronze Museum, St. Thom Cathedral, the Marina Beach, and drive past the Parthasarathy Temple at Mylapore.Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Mahabalipuram en route visiting Kanchipuram was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a center of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage. All the religious cities in India support one of the two sects in Hinduism - Vaishnavism
and Shaivism,but Kanchipuram has blended itself equally to both the sects,dividing itself into Vishnu Kanchi,surrounding the Varadaraja Temple, and Shiva Kanchi, surrounding the Ekambareshwar (also spelt as Ekambareshwa) Temple, while the Kamakshi Amman Temple stands in between as a place of Shakti worship. Upon arrival check in at the hotel Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after early breakfast Sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram – a quite seaside resort with a unique and glorious 7th century Shore Temple and some of the most beautiful rock-cut caves in the world. Visit the Krishna, Varaha and Mahishasura Mardhini Mandapas besides the famous stone bas-relief, Arjuna’s Penance. Later departure by surface to Pondicherry upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Pondichery - a former French colony oozes a Mediterranean aura with classy streets, stylish houses and ornamental gardens, is famous for pleasant weather and easy paced life. Visit the serene atmosphere of Aurobindo Ashram, which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 and has attained international reputation for its spiritual tenets including yoga and modern science of living. The Botanical Gardens, conceived in 1826, boast a variety of rare and exotic plants from India and abroad, and take a stroll on the beaches of Pondichery. After noon departure by surface to Kumbakonam upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 KUMBAKONAM (Natyanjali Dance Festival)
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Kumbakonam is a very important Temple City of South India. Kumbakonam is one of the Oldest Towns in Tamil nadu and is famous for its Mahamaham festival. In the 7th Century it was the Capital of Chola Kings. Visit the Kumbeshwaran Temple. Afternoon drive to Chidambaram to celebrate Natyanjali Dance Festival. Drive back to Kumbakona overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast departure by surface to the Tanjore Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free of leisure overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast full sightseeing tour of famous Tanjore city, visit the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons, which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 kms long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts makes Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Later departures by surface to Trichy upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast visit to the ancient Rock Fort temples dedicated to Lord Ganeshj, where steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva.The ascend is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri river.
Also visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which contains within its walls a bazaar as well. Later departure by surface to Madurai upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Madurai or "the city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had built a gorgeous temple around which he created a lotus shaped city. It has been a center of learning and pilgrimage, for centuries. Legend has it, that the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva's locks, gave the city its name - 'Madhurapuri', now known
as "Madurai".Visit the great Meenakshi Temple, an excellentexample of Dravidian Architecture,dedicated tothe consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Also Visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious building in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches. Visit Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock Temple. Overnight at the hotel

Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Kodaikanal (120 Km approx) upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free of the leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast visit to Kodaikanal is a charming hill station situated amidst the sylvan grandeur of the southern crest of the upper Palani hill – in the Western Ghats, at a height of 2135m. Its tranquil lake framed by wooded hills, mighty rocks and slopes and enchanting waterfalls mesmerizes visitors. It is noted for hybrids and grafts, hill plantain fruits and plums and “Kurunji” flower which blossoms once in 12 years. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Munnar Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit to the nature-lover’s paradise. Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills, lies the quite and restful resort of Munnar. Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Within its remote andelderly churches - gracious, stone-structures with ancient chandeliers and rosewood pews. A little beyond

lies Anaimudi,South India's highest peak. In the vicinity is the Eravikulam National Park, the home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that roams on a stretch of grassland or is seen climbing the pinnacles of the undulating hills.

The Kundale Tea Plantation - An area surrounding a lovely lake that offers some of the most stunning views of the region. It offers the best opportunity you are ever likely to have to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed, to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through the air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning depart by surface to Alleppey and upon arrival board House Boat to kumarakom, and cruise on the enchanting backwaters, engulfed by a lush-green landmass lying below sea level, known as kuttanad. Kuttanad is known as the rice-bowl of Kerala for its paddy fields. Overnight on board the house-boat.

Morning after breakfast, disembark from the House Boat and check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Cochin. Cochin is a city with an eventful history. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the English all had established themselves here at one time or the other. Prominent attractions are the Jewish synagogue, santa cruz church (built in 16th century by the Dutch ), cochin fort (built-1503 by the Dutch ), Bolgatty Palace built by Dutch in 1744 and the St. Francis church ( built-1510 AD by the Dutch ) where Vasco de Gamma was buried ( later his remains were taken to Portugal, but his tombstone is still there at the St. Francis church which is the oldest church in India built by Europeans ) Evening witness a Kathakali Dance Drama. Overnight at the hotel.

In time departure transfer to the Cochin airport to board flight back home with the sweet memories of your holiday with Indian Festival Tours.


This programme can be tailor made to suite the number of days you have in hand yet showing you this spectacular Festival.

(Festival dates are based on local calendar and subject to change)

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