Our Guiding Principles

We seek to instill a tangible pride of our glorious past and build a responsible and culturally sensitive community through heritage travel.

Fixed Departures

Choice of place:

The choice of our location is generally offbeat but as fascinating as the more well known regions. This ensures a wider playing field for our tours. The lack of crowds ensures a leisurely viewing and spontaneous exchange of snippets from the participants opening up newer facets and greater appreciation of the location.

Cuisine:

We strive to present the authentic regional flavour made from the locally sourced ingredients to relish the time travel. Our research and extensive integration with the “ sons of the soil ” ensures that the not so popular and many a times the forgotten recipes are revived and the participants get and opportunity to savour and enjoy the same.

Activity:

We choose activities such as cookery classes, story reading, pottery making, sketching, singing etc. which help the group to gel as one happy family. Not only do these activities involve every participant but they also collectively result in effective everlasting networking and more importantly, friendship.

Transport and accommodation:

We believe that the experience of the locations visited should be devoid of physical strain and tediousness. Therefore we ensure the best possible air conditioned transport by all modes. Refreshments and snacks are always available on board.

The best available hotel, preferably heritage property is carefully chosen in order to heighten the joy of the tour. The itinerary is always crafted with sensitivity to provide ample free time to sit back and ruminate at the marvels as well as enjoy the property.

Avaiablity:

Our expert in the field along with the travel co-odrinator are always in the vicinity to ensure that both information about the sites as well as any and every concern regarding the arrangements are immediately addressed.

Past Tours

Heritage

The Sacred Paddy Hedge Sojourn - Tirunelveli

Mankind has inhabi ted the banks of rivers for centuries. Rivers have nurtured great civilizat ions across the world. One of Tamil Nadu''s most ancient set tlements, since at least 500 BC, existed here next to the swiftly flowing waters of the Tambraparni River that is exclusive to Tamil Nadu.

Date: February 19th to 22nd 2015

Embassy Travels and Tours with Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy

 

Included:

  • Train travel by second c las s AC coach
  • Road travel by AC coach
  • Accommodation in either hotels or heritage properties and AC rooms accommodat ion upto 2 adults. Children will be accommodated depending on the age and hotel policy
  • All meals mentioned will be vegetarian -­? 2 breakfast , 2 lunches and 3 dinners per person
  • 2 bottles of water per person will be provided on the coach every day
  • Regular entry tickets as applicable
  • Darshan at temples will be included if time permits
  • Services of accompanying tour expert and tour head

Not included:

  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Room service
  • Day 1:
  • 2010 -­ Leave by Nellai Express from Madras Egmore station. Packed vegetarian Dinner will be provided

 

  • Day 2:
  • 0800 -­ Reach Tirunelveli station and leave for hotel
  • 0900 -­ Breakfast at hotel
  • 1000 -­ Leave for Nellaiyappar koil and an orientation to the temple and history of the Pandya country
  • 1300 -­ Lunch
  • 1500 -­ Leave for exploring the early Pandya cave temples at Tirumalapuram, Darukapuram. Prasadam at the temple and tea at the ancient Palace of the erstwhile Thalavankottai Zamindar
  • 2000 -­ Reach Tirunelveli -­Dinner and Rest

 

  • Day 3:
  • 0730 -­ Breakfast at hotel
  • 0830 -­ Leave to Cheranmadevi from Tirunelvel i to explore the Ramasamy temple
  • 1000 -­ Leave to Tirukurungudi
  • 1045 -­ Nambirayar temple in Tirukurungudi -­Marvel at the outstanding sculptures , many that are unique to this temple and learn to recite a 9th century verse on the temple
  • 1245 -­ Lunch -­Simple temple offerings (prasadam) of Puliyodarai , Pongal and Thayir sadam– all popular of ferings in temples
  • 1345 -­ Return to Tirunelveli
  • 1445 -­ Learning traditional recipes from the Brahmin and Saiva Pillamar communities of this region. The cuisine of this region is a delectable mix of Tamil and Kerala styles. Dishes we will learn to make and eat! Will include Arachuvitta Kozhambu, and Puliyodarai and Sodhi and Inji Thogayal -­(Printed recipes will be provided so don't take notes and focus on the making and eating!)
  • 1900 -­ Depart by Nellai Express for Madras. Packed vegetarian dinner will be provided

 

  • Day 4:
  • 0710 -­ Arrive in Madras
  • Sridharan Lakshmanan; sridhar@embassy-travels.com ; +919282119040
  • Raji Kumar; raji@embassy-travels.com ; +919840471127
  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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Heritage

The Nagarathars Chettinadu  - Karaikudi

Chettinad is an arid land and yet the aridness is in sharp contrast to the luxurious lifestyles of the Chettiars or The Nagarathars (‘sophisticated townspeople’; literate, cultured, well-travelled and philanthropic)

Palatial houses with carved, stone and teak  pillars, stained glass windows, sprawling open courtyards and verandas, Ravi Varma oleographs and laquerware from Burma contrast some of the region''s most ancient cave temples and earliest images of Ganesha, the god we all love. 

Date: July 17th and 18th 2015

Inclusions and specifics:

  • Train travel
  • Road travel on AC coach
  • Accommodation in heritage property and AC rooms accommodatingupto 2   adults. Children will be accommodated depending on  the age and hotel policy. In this Trip we will be   staying at Chidambara Vilas.
  • Meals mentioned - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 3 dinners per person (Request you to specify your preference in advance)
  • 2 bottles of water per person will be provided on the coach every day
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be included if People wish to and ONLY if time permits.

Non included:

  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Room service
  • Day 1
  • 1930 - Meet at Chandra Park Hotel  for a brief orientation. We have a few announcements so 
  • kindly ensure to be there.
  • 2140 - Leave from Chennai Egmore station – Rameswaram Express. Packed vegetarian Dinner will be provided

 

  • Day 2
  • 0710 - Reach Karaikudi stationand leave for hotel
  • 0830 - Breakfast at hotel
  • 1000 - Leave for Tirumeiyam Fort that hold the secret of one of Tamil Nadu's bloodiest wars and also learn a verse on the temple
  • 1230 - Cookery class at Chidambara Vilas
  • 1300 - Lunch at Chidambara Vilas
  • 1500 - Leave to Athangudi – a little tour of the tile factory and the Athangudi House
  • 1645 - Leave to Iranni Temple and Vairavanpatti
  • 1845 - Break at Pillaiyarpatti for Tea
  • 2030 - Dinner at Chidambara Vilas

 

  • Day 3
  • 0600 - Leave to Tirukkolakudi and explore a magical series of temples on a small hillock and learn about the ancient commerce of the region 
  • 0800– Breakfast at Chidambara Vilas
  • 0930 - Chettiars have a unique "clan" system which is centered around nine clan temples which have a distinct architecture. Explore one such fine example at Mathur.
  • 1100 - Leave to Ariyakudi, explore the paintings of the temple, experience a unique and fun ritual and listen to the musical heritage of the town.Later leave for  Karaikudi, the headquarters of Chettinad to potter around the antique shops at MuneeswaranKoil Street.
  • 1330 - Built by expert artisans with funds from extensive business in south East Asia, Chettiar homes are unique and filled with superb craftsmanship. Explore one such home and learn more about the lifestyles of the community and experience their hospitality. Lunch at Kottaiyur
  • 1445 – Leave to ChidambaraVilas  for tea and relax and enjoy a refreshing dip in the lovely pool
  • 2000 - Check out and Leave for Karaikudi
  • 2030–Dinner at the Bangla, Karaikudi
  • 2245–Leave for Station
  • 2335 – Leave to Chennai – RMM Chennai Express 

 

  • Day 4
  • 0600 - Arrive at Madas Egmore station

 

  • Sridharan Lakshmanan; sridhar@embassy-travels.com ; +919282119040
  • Raji Kumar; raji@embassy-travels.com ; +919840471127
  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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Photography

Kancheepuram

Date: August 30th 2015

Embassy Travels and Tours with Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy

Package Cost:

  • INR 2500 Per Person
  • Day 1
  • 0600 - Leave for Kanchi [Hotel Haablis Guindy]
  • 0730 - Reach Kanchi and breakfast
  • 0830 - Leave to Varadharaja temple
  • 0845 - 0945 Orientation of the temple by Pradeep
  • 0945 - 1100 Photography insights by Satyajit
  • 1100 - 1200 Discussion over the shots at the mandapam in the temple
  • 1215 - 1300 Weavers of Kanchi
  • 1500 - Market visit
  • 1600 - Jorahareshwara temple
  • 1700 Leave Kanchi
  • 1900 - Reach Chennai [Hotel Habils, Guindy]
  • Sridharan Lakshmanan; sridhar@embassy-travels.com ; +919282119040
  • Raji Kumar; raji@embassy-travels.com ; +919840471127
  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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Heritage

Dancing Around Thillai

Named after the mangroves or Thillai that dominated the surrounding area, Chidambaram is one of India’s most sacred shaivite places of worship. Known to many simply as “Kovil” or temple, Chidambaram has been significant even before the 6th century after which it was celebrated by the Nayanmars. Nataraja, or Adavallan became the tutelary deity of the Chola emperors and since then the temple and the town around it grew in size and magnificence

Date: December 10th and 13th 2015

Embassy Travels and Tours with Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy

 

Included:

  • Travel By AC Coach
  • Accommodation in a heritage property and AC rooms accommodating upto 2 adults. Children will be accommodated depending on the age and hotel policy. In this Trip we will be staying at Lashmi Vilas -­ http://lakshmivilas.co.in
  • All meals – 2 Breakfast, 2 lunch and 1 dinner. (Request you to specify your preference in advance)
  • 2 bottles of water per person will be provided on the coach every day
  • Reqular Entrance Tickets wherever required as per itinerary 
  • Darshan at temples will be included if People wish to and ONLY if time permits.

Not Included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Day 1
  • 0530 Depart by AC Coach
  • 0800 Breakfast at Pudhucherry
  • 1030 Reach Sirgazhi and Visit the Sattanathar Temple
  • 1230 Leave for Chidambaram
  • 1330 Arrive at Hotel. Check in and Lunch
  • 1600 Leave for Chidambaram Nataraja Temple.
  • 1645 Temple tour
  • 1815 Odhuvar’s concert
  • 1845 Distribution of Prasadam
  • 1915 Darshan and time to explore
  • 2000 Return to Hotel
  • 2045 Dinner and Rest

 

  • Day 2
  • 0830 Breakfast at Hotel
  • 0900 Leave to Veeranam Lake and click time!
  • 0930 Leave to Srimushnam
  • 1030 Visit Nithileshwara Temple
  • 1100 Visit Bhoovaraha Swamy Temple
  • 1200 Leave for Pudhucherry
  • 1400 Lunch at Pudhucherry
  • 1600 Return to Chennai
  • Sridharan Lakshmanan; sridhar@embassy-travels.com ; +919282119040
  • Raji Kumar; raji@embassy-travels.com ; +919840471127
  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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Heritage

Majestic Thanjai

Magical to many and a mystery to some, never has any other town inspired so much of art across centuries. Thanjavur, beyond all its treasures, is renowned for the UNESCO World Heritage monument created by Raja Raja Chola. Considered to be one of the best specimens of South Indian temple architecture, the Brihadeeshwara temple weaves stories of not only a glorious past but also the economics behind one of our longest empires. Reflecting the remarkable and stupendous feat of consolidating various resources from different regions into a singular piece of wonder, this structure still stands tall after several centuries. The influence of various dynasties from the 9th to 20th century can be seen in the art, architecture, music, dance and cuisine of Thanjavur.

Date: February 18th and 21st 2016

Embassy Travels and Tours with Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy

Included

  • Train travel
  • Road travel on AC coach
  • Accommodation in AC rooms accommodating up to 2 adults. Children will be accommodated depending on the age and hotel policy. In this Trip we will be staying at Sangam Hotel (http://sangamhotels.com/thanjavur/).
  • Meals mentioned - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 2 dinners per person (Request you to specify your preference if any in advance)
  • 2 bottles of water per person will be provided on the coach every day
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be included if People wish to and ONLY if time permits.

Not Included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Day 1
  • 2330 Leave by Uzhavan Express to Thanjavur

 

  • Day 2
  • 0730 Arrive and Go to Hotel
  • 0830 Breakfast at Hotel
  • 0930 Palace Museum including the private temple Sarasvati Mahal and bronze gallery
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1600 Nishumbasudini Temple Brihadeeshwara temple and the iron canon that has not rusted for centuries
  • 2000 Dinner
  • Day 3
  • 0800 Breakfast
  • 0845 Leave to Mahadevapattinam
  • 1100 Visit Mannargudi Rajagopalaswamy temple
  • 1300 Thanjavur Brahman Lunch
  • 1430 Thanjavur Rajagopalaswamy temple Schwartz church Thanjavur painting demo
  • 1930 Dinner
  • 2045 Train to Madras

 

  • Day 4
  • 0450 Arrive at Madras
  • Sridharan Lakshmanan; sridhar@embassy-travels.com ; +919282119040
  • Raji Kumar; raji@embassy-travels.com ; +919840471127
  • Address : 23, Thanikachalam Road, T. Nagar, Chennai – 600 017

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