Admire the world's greatest architecture recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under this name of The Great Living Chola Temples. They are the Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram.
ItineraryDay 1: Chennai to ThanjavurStop At: Brihadeeshwara Temple, Thanjavur, Thanjavur District, Tamil NaduThe most prestigious Brihadeeswara temple was constructed following a command received by Chola King Rajaraja I in his dreams. This temple possesses a tall linga of the Lord Shiva which measures about 3.7 meter and also tallest Vimana in whole world. One among the splendors of Indian architectures, the gopurams present in the Brihadeeswarar shrine is embellished with sculptural carvings of several gods and goddesses.Built with massive proportions together with simple design, this temple is known to provide inspiration for further constructions in future even at south-east Asia together with South India.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, Thanjavur, Thanjavur District, Tamil NaduIf you reached early in Thanjavur then you if you have a time you can visit this attractionsDuration: 20 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Thanjavur to ChennaiStop At: Airavatesvara Temple, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur District, Tamil NaduThis temple was constructed in Tamil Nadu by the great Raja Raja II during the 12th century CE. This temple was built out of their dedication to Lord Shiva who venerated as Airavateshwara and there is a belief that space elephant Airavat adored the statue in this place. Similar to other shrines, this Airavatesvara temple is popular for its extraordinary architecture. The temple vimana is of 24 meter altitude. The mandapam in the front is designed in form of gigantic chariot pulled by horses. There is a belief that this temple was constructed with “nitya-vinoda” means perpetual entertainment in mind.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thanjavur, Thanjavur District, Tamil NaduTogether with the Brihadeeswarar temple at Thanjavur, the Gangaikonda Choleswarar Temple was also constructed by Chola emperor Rajaraja I in order to celebrate his victory over the northern kingdoms. Rajendra Chola I erected the Gangaikonda Cholapuram as capital of Cholas together with Gangaikonda Choleswarar temple, to be the focal point for the Chola capitals. The Shiva lingam at Gangaikonda Choleswarar temple is taller when compared with the Shiva lingam present in the Thanjavur Big temple. Several other focus of this temple includes the monolithic expression of the Navagrahas in the form of chariot and also the sculptures of Gnanasaraswathi and Chandeswarar.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.