South India Temple Tour

9 nights / 10 days

Origin : Chennai

Destinations Covered : Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Chidambram – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari – Trivandrum

Tamil Nadu is unquestionably a reflection of the copious amount of cultural wealth in India. Both culturally and historically affluent, Tamil Nadu occupies the South Eastern belt of the country. The state is a delight for pilgrims and travel enthusiasts alike. Tamil Nadu boasts of temples that date back to almost two millennia. Cities such as Madurai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram and island found Rameswaram are the usual stops for pilgrims. However, it is not only the temples that engulf visitors here. Kanyakumari, the tip of Indian peninsula is also one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. Come and explore Tamil Nadu's dream like creations of natural wonder and picturesque brilliance intertwined with legends of the past in its numerous destinations. This south Indian state is one of the best places for revisiting history, however, apart from that, this 10 Days spiritual temple tour centred on Tamil Nadu will offer you an itinerary filled with Temples, shrines, beaches, architecture and gardens.

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    Land Only INR 36,999 INR 42,499 INR 47,999


    Note:
    • Starting price is based on minimum 2 persons travelling together
    • The rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking
    • These rates are valid for Indian Nationals only
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  • 09 nghts hotel accommodation as per the selected category
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • Airport transfers on seat in coach basis as per itinerary
  • Currently applicable Hotel taxes, Road tax, Toll and Permit Fee
  • Domestic airfare and travel insurance
  • Any guide charges or entrance fee
  • GST as applicable as per RBI regulations
  • Any expense of personal nature like laundry, tips, telephone bill, gratuities, mini bar, room service etc.
  • Meals other than mentioned in the itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
Arrive in Chennai

Meet our representative at Chennai airport who would assist you at the airport and accompany you till the hotel. Checkin into the hotel & relax for a while. Overnight stay in Chennai.

Chennai

Second day of the trip is for sightseeing of Chennai. Visit the St. Thomas Mount, the oldest church. Visit Kapaleeswarar temple which is located in Mylapore, the temple has some beautiful sculptures & it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Fort St. George, one of the oldest Anglican Church in India built by Britishers around 1653. One more place to visit is the Marina Beach which is the second longest beach in the world. This beach has sandy shore & it is one of the most loved destination by tourists. It has many historical monuments built at the crossing of narrow passage stand. You can see the Ice House which is located towards the South. At the time of British government the ice was stored there, which was brought from the great lakes in North America. Overnight stay at Chennai.

Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

Morning drive towards Kanchipuram, known as City of Thousand Temples. Kanchipuram is one of the seven holy cities in India. This place is not only famous for temples, but also known for its handloom industry. Kanchipuram has the best weavers of silk and cotton sarees in the country. Visit various temples like Kailasanathar Temple, which was built in 81th Century A.D. This temple is famous for the excellent carving. The inner walls of the temple are decorated with shade style paintings. Vaikunta Perumal Temple was built by the Nandivarma Pallava in 8th century. The description of the bravery of the Pallavas Battle scenes wascarved on the surroundings of the main prakaram. Also visit the Ekambarewarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple. Later you can visit the silk city, this city is famous for its Kancheepuram silk sarees all over the country. The weavers settled in Kanchipuram are more than 400 years old. You can get the great experience by watching the weaver weaving the saree. Later a drive to Mahabalipuram and check in the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is well known for its stone sculptures it is one of the major seaport of the ancient Pallava Kingdom. Mahabalipuram faces the Bay of Bengal. Visit the nine great temples found in Mahabalipuram and the famous Panch Rathas, which belongs to the five Pandava’s of Mahabhratha. You can see that the monuments are craved only out of the single rock. Visit the shore temple at Mahabalipuram, the seven beautiful temples built near the sea share,which are known as the seven pagodas. This structural temple was constructed in the Dravidina style and one one of the oldest South Indian Temples. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

Morning after breakfast in the morning drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry was the part of the former French colony. Pondicherry has a rich cosmopolitan culture. One can find diversity in language, People of Pondicherry speaks French, English, Tamil and Malayalam. After taking some rest in the hotel proceed for the sightseeing tour Pondicherry, Visit the Aurovilla near Pondicherry which is an interesting experience of the spiritual community set up with the aim of human unity. The Aurovilla means the “City of Dawn”. This was founded by Sri Aurobindo Society by Mirra Alfass, “The Mother”. You can visit Mantri Mandir which is not a tourist spot, but it is a place for meditation. Another place to visit is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is situated on rue de la Marine, it is one of the most wealthiest and well known ashrams in India. The ashram was built where Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa lived till the end of their life. Mirra Alfass got inspired by the Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and stayed in Pondicherry till the end of her life. Later you can visit Pondicherry Museum, which is located on Saint Louis street. You would find some of the great collections of rare bronze and stone sculptures from of different dynasties. You would see the Geology room, Fossil room, great collection of coins and handicrafts and great furniture of French. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Tanjore

On the 5th day of your trip, after having the delicious breakfast you will be driving from Pondicherry to Tanjore. Enroute visit Chidambaram, one of the major pilgrimage spot. This ancient Shiva temple and the famous Nataraj Temple are located in Chidambram. The temple is spread over 40 acres with a gopuram on each side. The 108 poses of Bharatanatyam are carved on the eastern gopuram. The roof is covered with gold Plates.

Later we drive to Tanjore, which is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Checkin at the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing of Tanjore. Visit the Brahadeewara temple which is well known world wide. This temple is built by the Chola King in the 10 century AD and shows the excellent example of Chola architecture. You can see the paper manuscripts of Indian and European languages and ancient palm leaves in the Saraswathi Mahal Library, beautiful Palaces near the temple is a vast building of the stonework, In Art gallery you can see the ancient beautiful handicrafts and bronze and granite statues belonging to the period of Chola. Overnight stay in Tanjore.

Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai

After breakfast drive to Madurai. Enroute visit Trichy, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. It was ruled by the Cholas and later by the Pallavas. The famous rock fort is the one of the oldest in the world. The rock is constructed in the 273 foot high rock and it has two Hindu temples inside. Siva and Uchchi Pillaiyar temple. The Uchchi Pillaiyar temple is on the top of the hill and it is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. From the top of the hill you can have a full view of Trichy. The staircase leads to Thayumamaswami or Mathrubutheswarar temple. The rock projects itself like the lingam and this temple is dedicated to Lord Siva. To climb the rock fort there are 400 stone-cut steps. You can visit Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, this is the biggest temple in India and it has 49 separate shrines. All the shrines are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One needs to pass through all the seven gopurams. Non-Hindus are not allowed to pass through the sixth gopuram, where you can see the Vishnu lying on the five headed snake that is Lord Rangantha. After the sightseeing in Trichy continue your drive to Madurai. Upon arrival checkin into the hotel. Overnight stay in Madurai.

Madurai – Rameshwaram

Morning after breakfast explore Madurai. Madurai is the ancient southern city of India. This city was constructed by the King Pandya on the banks of the river Vaigai. You will see that entire Madurai city is around the Meenakshi Sundarewarar Temple. Megasthanes visited Madurai during 3rd century BC. Later people from Greece and Rome had visited Madurai and established their trade with the Pandya Kings. In the evening visit the Meenakshi Sundaresarar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and this was originaly built by the Kulasekara Pandya. The twin temples dedicated to Lord Siva as Sundareswarar and his Spouse Meenakshi, which are surrounded by the number of smaller shrines and the great pillared halls. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the twin temples. It has the 1000 pillars hall. It is the monument of Dravidan sculpture. You will find historical drawings, paintings, photographs inside the art museum in Temple. Later drive to Rameshwaram, on arrival check into Hotel. Overnight stay in rameshwaram.

Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Rameshwaram – visit Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agnitheertham, Ramjharoka Temple, Dhanushkodi and Adam’s Bridge. Later proceed for a long drive to Kanyakumari. Reach Kanyakumari & Check into the pre booked hotel. Overnight stay in Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari

Morning after breakfast full day to explore Kanyakumari. Visit Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. Evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari. Overnight stay in Kanyakumari.

Kanyakumari - Trivandrum

On the last day of your tour you will be transferred to Trivandrum’s international airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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