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

Degree Coffee and More - Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam displays many facets - an ancient center of Sun god worship, a vibrant metropolis under the Cholas and Nayaks, a center to nurture fine arts and currently a popular destination for religious tourism highlighted by the Mahamakam tank.

Come and sample what this temple town has to offer on a two day journey with Mystical Palmyra, the heritage vertical of Embassy Travels and Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy. Our take during this visit will include sights others don’t see, whether they are villages trapped in time capsules with palatial homes that rival Chettinadu mansions, or temples guarding spooky secrets or even love stories worth a film! Of course we will delight you with the degree coffee and the elai sappadu which are a trademark of the Kaveri delta hospitality. But it doesn't stop there!!! 

Date: Oct 12th to 15th 2017

Registration: Before 15th Aug 2017

Package cost per person:

  • INR 16,000 ON TWIN SHARING BASIS (FOR A MINIMUM OF 2 PEOPLE PARTICIPATING)
  • INR 16,000 ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
  • INR 18,000 ON SINGLE OCCUPANCY BASIS.

Included:

  • Train Travel by Two Tier or Three Tier AC coach on train. Incase your registration does not meet the deadline, we shall provide an alternate mode of transport
  • 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  Indeco Resort Swamimalai.
  • 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. We request you to bring a refillable bottle in order to reduce the usage of plastic waste.
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be allowed if People wish to and ONLY if time permits.
  • All applicable taxes as on date.

Non included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service
  • Any other attraction/temple not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any change in taxes after the tour is announced
  • Day 1
  • 2230 – Assemble at Hotel Chandra Park
  • 2330 – Leave for Kumbakonam by Uzhavan Express
  • Day 2
  • 0550 – Arrive at Kumbakonam
  • 0930 – Panchavan Mahadevi Pallipadai
  • 1100 – Nageshwarar Temple
  • 1200 – Mathematician Ramanuja’s House Visit
  • 1300 – Rajaveda Patashala Visit
  • 1330 – Traditional Lunch at Paradise Resort
  • 1500 – ARR Seeval factory visit
  • 1530 – Coffee and Conversation
  • 1630 – Darasuram
  • 1800 – Resort/ Dinner 
  • Day 3
  • 0900 – Swamimalai Bronze Casting
  • 1030 – Leave for Thiruvidaimaruthur to the Palace and Mahalingeshwarar Temple visit
  • 1200 – Leave for Sengalipuram
  • 1300 – Lunch at Traditional House at a Sengalipuram
  • 1430 – Introduction to the Agnihotram ritual
  • 1530 – Somanatheswara temple at Poundarigapuram
  • 2125 – Leave for Madras by Uzhavan Express after Dinner
  • Day 4
  • 0455 – Arrive at Chennai Egmore Station
  • Say Bye until our next tour
 
 
 
 
  • 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 / Religious Insight

A  Hot Experience in a Cool Month - Tiruvannamalai

Unlike the Western Ghats, the Arunam (charioteer of the sun god, hot, fiery) Asalam (Hills) of Eastern Ghats is barren land, hot and dry throughout the year. Ancient Thevaram hails that it is here lord Shiva manifested as the limitless flame without a source and therefore the heat and barrenness of the land. 

Mystical Palmyra along with Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy will Introduce you to this vulcanous region and offer a dip into the glowing riches it holds.

Date: Dec 8th to 9th 2017

Registration: Before 15th Nov 2017

Package cost per person:

  • INR 12,500 on twin sharing basis
  • INR 15,000 on single occupancy basis

Included:

  • 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 Sparsa Resort Tiruvannamalai
  • Meals mentioned - 2 breakfast, 2 lunch and 1 dinner 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. We request you to bring a refillable bottle in order to reduce the usage of plastic waste
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be allowed if People wish to and ONLY if time permits 
  • All applicable taxes as on date

Non included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service
  • Any other attractions/temple other than those mentioned in the tour Itinerary
  • Tips
  • Day 1
  • 0500 - Depart from Chennai by Bus
  • 0700 - Breakfast
  • 0930 - Venkataramana Temple, Gingee
  • 1200 - Visit Shanthi Malai Trust
  • 1300 - Lunch at Pathayam organic farm 
  • 1600 - Visit Annamalaiyar Temple
  • 1930 - Parayattam Performance
  • 2045 - Dinner at Resort
  • Day 2
  • 0600 - Ramana Ashram
  • 0700 - Breakfast
  • 0800 - Leave for Thirukkoilur (1 hr)
  • 1000 - Thiruvennainallur (1 hr)
  • 1200 - Leave for Mel Sithamur (1 hr)
  • 1300 - Lunch at Mel Sithamur
  • 1400 - Mel Sithamur Jain Temple
  • 1600 - Tea break at Mathuranthakam
  • Depart for 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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Religious

Andal’s Srivilliputhur

The soft cadence of “Margazhi thingal” draws one towards Andal, a woman who dared to beseech the lord as a lover! 

The town Srivilliputhur has the unique distinction of being the hometown of this Vaishnavite Alwar along with her illustrious father Nammalwar. All of us are aware of their outstanding contribution to the Tamil language and vaishnavism.  But, there are more facets that need to be unfurled to truly grasp the greatness of these saints and their influence on the town itself. 

Prof. Madhusudanan Kalaichelvan of RATHAM will present to us a new dimension towards devotion, spirituality as well as a worms eye view seldom explained or witnessed in the imposing temples in the town of Srivilliputhur. Join us on this two-day journey by Mystical Palmyra, the heritage vertical of Embassy Travel and Tours.

Date: Dec 21st to 24th 2017

Registration: Before 31st Oct 2017

Package cost per person:

  • On Twin: Rs. 12, 500
  • On Single: Rs. 13, 500

Included:

  • 3 tier A/C train travel
  • A/C Transportation within the city
  • A/C Accommodation
  • 2 breakfast, 2 Dinners and 2 Lunch (Vegetarian)
  • 2 bottles of water a day
  • Tea and Coffee in designated areas
  • All taxes as on date

Non included:

  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Any taxes that are introduced after the announcement of the tour
  • Room Service
  • Any other attractions other than those mentioned in the tour
  • Tips
  • Day 1
  • Leave for Rajapalayam by train
  • Day 2
  • Breakfast
  • Srivilliputhur Andal Temple
  • Lunch
  • Thirumukkulam
  • Vadabadhrasayee Temple
  • Dinner 
  • Day 3
  • Breakfast
  • Thiruthangal
  • Check out
  • Lunch
  • Madavar Vilagam
  • Depart for Chennai by Train
  • Dinner on train
  • Day 4
  • Arrive at Chennai
  • Say Bye until our next tour
 
 
 
 
  • 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

Snaking along the border - Kanyakumari, Nagarcoil

Off limits on a tourist Itinerary, the land neighboring, either side of the Tamilnadu Kerala border holds many surprises. This is also the launching point to Sri Lanka to the south. The Western Ghats makes this region lush and undulous. This presents a myriad of opportunities to freeze for the shutterbug.

The district echoes the close link of both the States. but, very few scholars have delved deeply to unravel its architectural heritage.

Temple ownership patterns are more family based than a society based so apart from the few Chola. Pandya Inscriptions. the emphasis of the tour will primarily be visual.

This tour by Mystical Palmyra and Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy is a trail blazer to and through an undiscovered terrain. Come and get captivated on this three day exploration to this unacknowledged land which Is all about Location  Location  Location.

Date: Mar 14th to 18th 2018

Registration: Before 31st Jan 2018

Package cost per person:

  • INR 27,000 on twin sharing basis
  • INR 33,500 on single occupancy basis

Included:

  • Road travel on AC coach
  • Rail travel by II AC (Subject to availability at the time of booking else III AC)
  • AC rooms accommodating up to 2 adults. In this Trip, we will be staying at Anantya Resorts
  • Meals mentioned - 3 breakfast, 3 lunch and 4 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. We request you to bring a refillable bottle in order to reduce the usage of plastic waste
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be allowed if People wish to and ONLY if time permits 
  • All applicable taxes as on date

Non included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service/Spa Service etc
  • Any other attractions/temple other than those mentioned in the tour Itinerary
  • Tips
  • Day 1
  • 1730 - Depart by Kanyakumori Express
  • 1930 - Packed dinner on the train
  • Day 2
  • 0530 - Arrive@ Nagarcoil
  • 0730 - Arrive and Check into Anantya Resorts
  • 0930 - Thiruparappu falls
  • 1030 - Thiruvattaru Temple
  • 1300 - Lunch at Udhayagiri fort
  • 1430 - Demo of the fading art of lace making of Nagarcoil
  • 1530 - Padmanobhapuram Palace
  • 1730 - Villukuri Temple
  • 2045 - Dinner with Tribal Dance performance at Resort
  • Day 3
  • 0830 - Depart for Boothapondi after breakfast
  • 1100 - Kurattiyarai Temple
  • 1230 - Lunch at Kalikesam Eco Village
  • 1430 - Leave for Mathur Thottipalam
  • 1615 - Leave for Thirunandikkarai
  • 1900 - Dinner at Helipad at the resort plantations
  • Day 4
  • 0700 - Rubber Plantation visit
  • 0900 - Breakfast at tribal village
  • 1030 - Day free to explore and relax at resort
  • 1530 - Checkout and depart
  • 1750 - Board Konyakumari Express to Chennai
  • 1930 - Packed Dinner on Train
  • Day 5
  • 0530 - Arrive at Chennai Egmore Station
  • Say Bye until the next tour

 

  • 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

Thyagesa and The Majestic - TIRUVARUR AND GANGAI KONDA CHOLAPURAM

If Brihadiswara signifies the zenith of Chola architecture at Thanjavur, The stunning edifice at Gangai Konda Cholapuram is no less astounding. Similarly, if the Anandha thandavam is the essence of Nataraja at Chidambaram, The Ajapaa nadanam is an equally riveting dance form of lord Shiva at Tiruvarur. Even the famous lyrics of Papanasam Sivam “ kana kan kodi venum”(Need millions of eyes) would be insufficient to explore, understand and appreciate these two treasures. This was also the birthplace of the ‘Musical trinity’ – Thyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshithar and Syama Sastri.

Mystical Palmyra, The Heritage Vertical of Embassy Travel and Tours, invites you for this exciting two day adventure chaperoned by Historian Pradeep Chakravarthy. We seek to enhance this flavor with visits to other treasures around as well.

Date: July 26th to 29th 2018

Registration: Before 10th June 2018

Package cost per person:

  • INR 17,750 on twin sharing basis
  • INR 22,250 on single occupancy basis

Included:

  • 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 Mantra Koodam Vepatthur
  • 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. We request you to bring a refillable bottle in order to reduce the usage of plastic waste. 
  • Regular entry tickets where required will be provided
  • Darshan at temples will be allowed if People wish to and ONLY if time permits
  • All applicable taxes as on date

Non included:

  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Room Service
  • Any other attractions/temple other than those mentioned in the tour Itinerary
  • Tips
  • Day 1 - 26th July
  • 2130 – Assemble at Hotel Chandra Park
  • 2230 – Leave for Kumbakonam by Uzhavan Express
  • Day 2 - 27th July
  • 0454 – Arrive at Kumbakonam
  • 0530 – Check-in at Quality inn Viha, Kumbakonam to Freshen up and have Breakfast
  • 0730 – Leave for Gangai Konda Chozhapuram (1 Hr journey)
  • 1100 – Leave for Udayarpalayam Zamin
  • 1300 – Check-in at Mantra Koodam, Vepatthur and Lunch
  • 1600 – Leave for Tiruvarur ( 1.15 hrs journey)
  • 1700 – 1800 – Museum  and Mandapam 
  • 1800 – 1900 – Sairaksha Ritual
  • 2000 – Resort/ Dinner
  • Day 3 - 28th July
  • 0800 – Breakfast
  • 1000 – Checkout and Leave for Tirumeyachur 
  • 1200 – Koneri Rajapuram
  • 1300 – Traditional lunch
  • 1430 – Koneri Rajapuram temple and Houses visit
  • 1630 – Kumbakonam Kalamkari Demonstration Thrupananthal Adhinam
  • 1800 – Check into Quality inn Viha to refresh
  • 2000 – Dinner
  • 2100 – Checkout and Leave for Train Station
  • 2153 – Leave for Madras by Uzhavan Express
  • Day 4 - 29th July
  • 0430 – Arrive at Chennai Egmore Station
  • Say Bye until our next tour
  • 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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