After a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, check out of the hotel and start your drive to Chennai, the last stop of your South India tour.
Chennai Chennai (at one time known as Madras) is the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu, and the fourth largest city in India. In 1639, when the East India Company chose to select a new location for settlement, the erstwhile fishing village called Madraspatnam was born and renamed Madras
On your arrival in Chennai, you will be met by our representative and he will assist you with the Check in formalities.
Later, in the afternoon you will be picked up from the hotel and will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Chennai. The tour includes the following places of interest:
Fort St. George: Fort St. George was build in 1640 A.D. by the British East India Company, under the direction of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon. Fort St. George occupies a place of pride and status in Chennai. The Fort was named after the patron saint of England, St. George. The Fort has a Museum and a St. Mary’s church.
Marina Beach: Marina Beach is the second largest beach in the world and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. The experience of viewing the sun rise and set is very enchanting. Close to Marina beach, is the Aquarium, and also there are several attractive historical buildings including the University of Madras, Senate-House, Chepauk Palace etc.
The Fort Museum: The Fort Museum, dating back to the British era, was a vault of the rare display to a number of weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes, medals and other artifacts. The tallest flag staff in India is at the St. George Fort. In the South of the Fort, a war memorial was build in 1939, in the honor of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. The largest lung space in the city is settled on an island formed by the river Cooum. This space is the venue for the Trade and the tourist fairs help periodically which are seasonal attractions.
Santhome Cathedral Basilica: Santhome Cathedral Basilica at the southern end of the Marina Beach derives its name from St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, who is believed to have come to Madras sometime during 52 A.D. He was killed on the St. Thomas mount just outside the city in 78 A.D. and was interned in the SanThome beach, where a church was assembled. After many years, a different church was build and his mortal remains were transferred to the new church from the old one. This church was rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. The beautiful tainted glass window at the basilica reveals the story of St. Thomas. The central hall has 14 wooden memorials depicting the scenes from the last days of Christ. The Cathedral has a 3 ft. high statue of Virgin Mary, which is believed to have been brought from Portugal in 1543.
Overnight stay in Chennai.