South India Temple Tour
Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Trivendrum - Chennai
South India is first choice of religious interest traveler. There are several places that are referred to as the temple towns. Some major Highlight of this temple tours are world famous religious temples of Madurai, trichy and Tanjore.
Day 01: Chennai
Departure Flight to Chennai.
Day 02: Chennai
Arrive Chennai On arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel.
Day 03: Chennai
Full day excursion of Tirupati - it is one of the most important and among the richest temples of South India. It is famed for the shrine on the - Seven Hills - of Tirumala which attract millions of pilgrims from all over India. Picturesquely situated amidst sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine presents a fine example of early Dravidian art. In front of it is the -Hall of Pillars- from where an attractive stepped way leads to the temple.
Day 04: Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Kanchipuram - it is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks.
On arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Mahabalipuram - it is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Day 05: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry - this erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agasthaya settled down. Enroute visit Tiruvannaamalai - a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva.
On arrival, check in at hotel.
Day 06: Pondicherry
Morning visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10 kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. Afternoon visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony.
Day 07: Pondicherry - Tanjore
Drive to Tanjore enroute visiting Chidambaram also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple with the rootTemple tour South India of the sanctum-sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer.
AOn arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Tanjore, once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple (or the big temple of God). The temple tower rises to a height of 15mts from a square base of 29 mts and then tapers off, making a total of 66mts.
Day 08: Tanjore - Trichy
Drive to Trichy and check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the city. Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre. Visit the famous Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple.
Day 09: Trichy - Madurai
Drive to Madurai and check in at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Afternoon visit the city - Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Place, Great Tank and Gandhi museum.
Day 10: Madurai
Full day excursion of Rameshwaram - the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going to battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant.
Day 11: Madurai - Trivandrum
Drive to Trivandrum and check in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 12: Trivandrum
Excursion of Kanyakumari - is the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples - a symbol of unity and sanctity - dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India.
Day 13: Trivandrum - Chennai
Transfer to airport to connect flight for Chennai. On arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Chennai Departure
Check out at 1200 hrs. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey.
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