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Temple Tour of South India

10 Nights / 11 Days

Places Covered : Chennai- Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Itinerary


Day 1: Arrival at Chennai
Welcome to India, your Temple Tour of South India begins with your arrival at Meenambakkam International Airport-Chennai You will be received by our tour representative and transferred to your hotel. As most international arrivals are late in the evening and night this day has been left free to rest and to recoup your energy before you start on your Temple tour of South India.

Day 2 : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram.
On day 2 of your Temple Tour of South India, after breakfast drive to Kanchipuram (76kms approx) – the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples,it 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 rich silks and silk saris. Afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit the city of Mahabalipuram - built in the 7th century and earlier called Mahabalipooram, this ancient Pallava Port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines And huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen.

Day-3 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry ( 100 kms )

After Breakfast drive to Pondicherry, check in to the hotel. day free at leisure & shopping. Over night stay at Pondicherry.

Day 4 : Pondicherry - Full day sightseeing of Sri Aurobindo Ashram

After breakfast drive to visit Aurbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, 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. Stay overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 5 : Pondicherry - Thanjavur via Chidambaram
On day 5 of your Temple tour of South India, after breakfast drive to Chidambaram (65kms approx.) also called as Thillai, which has the famous Nataraja temple. In this temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Afternoon drive to Thanjavur (104kms/03hrs) enroute visiting the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple.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. Over night stay at Thanjavur.

Day 6 : Travel By road from Thanjavur - Trichy
On day 6 of your temple tour of South India after breakfast leave for Trichy, short name of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Ranganath temple at Srirangam. Checkin at hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple. Stay overnight at Trichy

Day 7 : Trichy - Madurai

After breakfast proceed to Madurai and check in at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Afternoon visit – Meenakshi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Mariamman Tepakkulam and Alagar Kovil. Stay overnight at Madurai.

Day 8 : Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai
On day eight of your Temple tour of South India After breakfast, proceed to 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 into battle of Lanka. 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. Late afternoon drive back to Madurai. Stay overnight at Madurai.

Day 9 : Madurai - Kanyakumari
Day 9 of your Temple Tour of South India takes you from Madurai to Kanyakumari . At kanyakumari the waters of the Arabian Sea , the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. kanyakumari is 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, dedicated to Indian Saint Vivekananda, who meditated on this very rock before he proceeded to West to propagate Hinduism Also is a recently erected memorial of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil saint. Stay Overnight at Kanyakumari.

Day 10 : Kanyakumari - Kovalam
After breakfast travel by road from Kanyakumari to Kovalam, Check in to the hotel. Visit the world famous Kovalam Beach and have your day full of the sun, sand and water. You can either laze around on the beach for the entire day or pamper yourself with some rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies at the Ayurvedic Treatment Center in Kovalam or your hotel Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 11 : Transfer to Trivandrum for flight back home
This is the last day of your Temple Tour of South India After breakfast you will be provided your departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport for Flight back Home .End of our services . Tour Ends

Thank you for your visit to India we look forward to welcome you again.