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4 Day Jewels of Tamil Nadu Guided Motorcycle Tour

Tiruvannamalai, India

Amazing Culture and Motorcycle Tour in India

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This is a four-day motorcycle tour which is done on a Royal Enfield. You are about to meet silk weavers and admire Pallava Temple architecture in Kanchipuram, the world's oldest temple of Lord Shiva and a Philosopher's Ashram at Tiruvannamalai. Climb the 9th-century fort of Chola Empire, French heritage walk, and Auroville the global village in Pondicherry and 7th-century rock-cut sculptures at World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram.

Key information

  • Terrain: 95% asphalt and 5% off-road
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield Classic and Thunderbird)
  • Mileage: 455 kilometers / 283 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 kilometers / 62 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Meet the guides

Vijay
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chennai
  • Royal Enfield Classic rental included
  • See silk weavers and Pallava Temple Architecture in Kanchipuram
  • Arunchalaleswar temple and a Philosophers ashram in Tiruvannamalai
  • French heritage walk and Auroville the global village in Pondicherry
  • Visit Gengi Fort, World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram
  • Included services of escort rider
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 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 the tour, you will stay in hotels.

Program

Day 1: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Tiruvannamalai (195 kilometers / 121 miles)

You will visit Ekambareswarar and Kailasanathar Temples to appreciate Pallava architectural wonders built in 600 AD. Kanchipuram is renowned for its magnificent silk sarees. You will meet weavers who churn out magnificent sarees for Indian women.

You will visit the world’s oldest Shiva temple. The origin of this temple goes back to antiquity. Chola Kings built the present structure in the 9th century. An interesting way to experience this temple is to circumambulate the 14 kilometers circular path around the Hill temple to achieve freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth!

Day 2: Tiruvannamalai - Gingee - Pondicherry (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

You will visit the ashram of the great philosopher Ramana Maharishi. This 19th-century philosopher was renowned for his saintly life, for being fully realized, and for the powerful transmissions that often occurred to visitors in his presence.

You will visit the meditation hall. A small trek takes you to the cave where Ramana Maharishi meditated for 17 years from 1899-1916. The cave is essentially an ashram in the shape of a perfect "OM" located on the eastern slope of the famous Arunachala Hill.

Next, you will visit Gingee Fort complex, which is on three hillocks: Krishnagiri to the north, Rajagiri to the west and Chandrayandurg to the southeast. The three hills together constitute a fort complex, each having a separate and self-contained citadel. The complex has a seven-storeyed Kalyana Mahal (marriage hall), granaries, prison cells, and a temple.

You will climb one of the forts and the climb is expected to take 90 minutes up and 45-60 minutes to get down. You will then ride 70 kilometers to Pondicherry.

Day 3: Pondicherry (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

The tour of Pondicherry begins with a visit to Aurobindo Ashram. Guests will get a brief experience of his life and times as well as his philosophy and revolutionary ideas. A French heritage walk is organized through the heart of the city where one can see glimpses of the exquisite French style of architecture.

You will travel to Auroville, the radical concept of a global village where thousands of people from across the world have given up their nationalities and are living as global citizens. You will visit the famous promenade and Gandhi Square in the evening.

Day 4: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

You will explore the rock-cut sculptures of Mahabalipuram including Pancha Ratha, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Butterball and the Shore Temple. Later, a two-hour ride will get you back to Chennai for end of the motorcycle tour Chennai loop.

Note

A support vehicle will be provided if there are at least five riders.

Skill level required for this tour: intermediate

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

This tour takes place in Tamil Nadu, India. Starting from Chennai, you will ride to Kanchipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Gingee, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, and back to Chennai.

Food

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

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Royal Enfield Classic motorcycle rental
  • Helmet and fuel
  • Services of escort ride / tour guide
  • Entrance charges

What's not included

  • Dinner
  • Beverages
  • Camera charges
  • Insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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