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3 Day Ancient Chola Trail Guided Motorcycle Tour from Chennai

Tanjore, India

Chennai Motorcycle Tour India

This motorcycle tour done on a Royal Enfield will take you to the three capitals of Chola Empire, a major maritime power controlling vast parts of South East Asia in the 10-12th centuries. You will relive the glory days of life under the Cholas at the world heritage sites of Brihadeswar Temple in Tanjore, Airateswar Temple in Darasuram, and the temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

Key information

  • Terrain: 95% asphalt, 5% off-road
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield Classic and Thunderbird)
  • Mileage: 650 kilometers / 404 miles
  • Daily rides: 300 kilometers / 186 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch

Meet the guides

Vijay
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chennai
  • Visit the Brihadeswar Temple in Tanjore
  • Ride through the three capitals of Chola Empire
  • Explore the city of Gangaikonda Cholapuram
  • See the Airateswar Temple in Darasuram
  • Included services of escort rider
  • Royal Enfield Classic rental
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Tamil
Airport transfer available:
Chennai International Airport (US$50 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in hotels in Tanjore and Darasuram.

Program

Day 1: Chennai - Tanjore (320 kilometers / 199 miles)

The famous Brihadeeswara Temple is your first destination in the great living Chola temples trail. It is one of the greatest architectural creations in India. It is a sculptor’s dream, a historian’s mine, a dancer’s vision, and a sociologist’s scoop! Next you will visit the magnificent Tanjore Palace and the ancient library - Saraswathi Mahal.

Day 2: Tanjore - Darasuram (30 kilometers / 19 miles)

Darasuram is home to Airavateswar Temple, your second destination in the great living Chola temples trail. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple was built by Chola King Raja Raja II in the 12th century AD. The temple gets its name after Airavat, the white elephant of Lord Indra who came here to worship.

Day 3: Darasuram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Chennai (300 kilometers / 186 miles)

Your final destination in the great living Chola temples trail is Gangaikonda Cholapuram, a city built in 1025 by Rajendra Chola, son of the famous Chola emperor Raja Raja. It was meant to commemorate his victory over the Pala Empire across the Ganges.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram served as the capital of the mighty Chola Empire for 250 years and is most famous for its Shiva Temple. Afterwards, you will ride back to Chennai.

Motorcycle rentals

You will ride the legendary Royal Enfield Bullet Motorcycles (Classic and Thunderbird) during this tour. When it comes to stimulating all the senses, no other motorcycle comes even close to a Royal Enfield.

The Enfield journey began in 1890 in the UK at Redditch, Worcestershire. These motorcycles played a role in the world wars as well. Special models were built which had machine guns fitted into side cars for shooting at low flying aircrafts and with the ability to be dropped along with a parachute of airborne troops!

The Royal Enfield motorcycles have been selling in India ever since 1949 creating a record for the longest production run for a motorcycle. The legendary “thump” is a unique experience and makes for a memorable ride.

Possessed with a character, a world war era legacy, an old world charm and the legendary “thump”, Royal Enfield motorcycles are an ideal partner to undertake in this tour.

Support vehicle information

No support vehicle is provided for group size less than five. If there are five or more motorcycle riders then there will be a Mahindra van as a support vehicle.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Vijay

Location

Food

Breakfast and lunch are included in your package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Royal Enfield motorcycle (Classic and Thunderbird)
  • Helmet and fuel
  • Services of escort ride
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance charges

What's not included

  • Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Camera charges
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to the airport is available for an additional cost of 50 USD.

Airport: Chennai International Airport Airport transfer available: Chennai International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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