Panchasthala Tour – Tamilnadu
A trip to five Panchabootha Shiva Temples
Destinations Covered : Chennai – Tirupati (Kalahasthi) – Thiruvannamalai – Tiruchirapalli (Trichy) – Thanjavur (Tanjore) – Chidambaram
Day 01 : Arrival at Chennai
On your arrival at Chennai airport you will be welcomed by our representatives and driven to your hotel accommodation in the city which will be only at 20 minutes driving from the airport. Our representatives will assist you in check in formalities. Take some rest and if you like you can spend your evening in sightseeing. From the second day our Tour will start. Dinner and overnight stay will be in hotel.
Chennai – Kanchipuram – Tirupati
On this day we will start for Tirupati. Tirupati is at a distance of 180 Km from Chennai and it takes around four hours and thirty minute to reach there. On our way to Tirupati we will pass through Kanchipuram which is one of the most sought after pilgrimage tourist destination for its two world renowned temples – Kamakshi Amman Temple and Ekambareshwarar temple. Ekambareshwarar is another name of Lord Shiva and this temple is one of the temples of Panchasthala and also represents the element “EARTH” which is one of the Panchabootha elements. Dinner and stay will be at Tirupati.
Day 03 : Tirupati -Kalahasthi – Thiruvannamalai
On third day of our Tamil Nadu Panchasthala tour, we will start for Thiruvannamalai enroute visit to Kalahasthi temple, one of the temples of Panchasthala and also represents the element “AIR” which is one of the Panchabootha elements. After the visit proceed to Tiruvannamalai, This city is 250 Km far from Tirupati and it will take less than six hours. Thiruvannamalai is popular for its world famous Shiva temple viz. Arunachaleshwarar or the God of Arunachal, which is again a name of Lord Shiva. This temple represents the second element of Panchabootha “Fire”. Dinner and stay will be at Thiruvannamalai hotel.
Day 04 : Thiruvannamalai – Tiruchirapalli
After Thiruvannamalai, we will head towards Trichy. For Trichy we have to travel around 230 Km by road and it will take nearly five hours and thirty minutes. This is the city where Thiruvanaikoil temple is located. This is one of the Panchasthala Shiva temples which is also known as Appu Sthalam and Shiv Lingam. This temple represents the element “Water” or Neer.
Day 05 : Tiruchirapalli – Thanjavur – Chidambaram
On day five we will start for Chidambaram after having our breakfast in the hotel at Trichy. This will be our last destination in Tamil Nadu Panchasthala tour. Enroute we will visit one more Shiva temple in Tanjore. This temple in Tanjore is called Brahadeshwarar temple that is again a name of Lord Shiva and is one of the most important temples from Panchasthala. At a distance of 210 km is situated the city of Chidambaram, where we are going to do our last halt. Here we are going to pay a visit to world famous Nataraja Temple. Nataraja Means the Cosmic Dancer. This temple is the fifth temple of the Panchsthalams & represents the “SKY”. Dinner and stay will be at hotel in Chidambaram.
Day 06 : Chidambaram – Chennai – Departure
After Chidambaram we will drive back to Chennai Airport to board or your onward flight.