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south indian temples

South India Temple Tour

Places Covered : Chennai > Kanchipuram > Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry > Tanjavur > Trichy > Rameshwaram > Kanyakumari > Trivandrum > Cochin > Thrissur
Tour Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Season to stay : Around the year
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Detailed Itinerary :


Day 1 : CHENNAI :

Arrive Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. Assistance and transfer to hotel. After lunch at hotel, half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial , Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 2 : Chennai Excursion - Tirupathi, ( 154 kms - 3.5 hours) :

After early breakfast, proceed to Tirupathi. Lunch at local restaurant Tirupathi is a temple town known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (Lord of seven hills or Balaji, as he is affectionately known) on the top of the 860mts high Tirumala Hills. The temple of Lord Venkateswara is not only believed to be amongst the oldest temples in the country, but also the richest of them all, legend has it that Lord Venkateswara borrowed money from the divine treasure Kubera for his wedding expenses. He is still paying back this debt which is why the pilgrims donate generously to the temple funds. In the evening return to Chennai . Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 3 : Chennai - Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (76 kms - 2 hours) :

After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram - 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. Later drive to Mamallapooram and check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel

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Day 4 : Mahabalipuram (76 kms - 2 hrs) :

After breakfast visit the city - built in 7th century, earlier Mahabalipuram, 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. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes- of demons. Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum - sanctorum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 5 : Mamallapooram - Tiruvannamalal - Pondicherry (243 kms - 6.5 hrs) :

After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamallai - a pilgrim centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. After lunch, proceed to Pondicherry , which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. 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. Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day 6 : Pondicherry :

After breakfast drive to 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, so as to unite the spirit and matter. After lunch at hotel, 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. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 7 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore (170 kms -4.5 hrs) :

After breakfast drive to Chidambaram also called as Thillai, which has the famous Natraja temple with the root of the sanctum - sanctorum covered with golden plates is located in the centre of the town covering an area of 40 acres. In the temple, postures from the Bharatnatayam form of dance are depicted in sculpture. Natraja is Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. After lunch, drive to Thanjavur enroute visiting the Brass factory at Kumbakonam. Tanjore once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Bragadeswara 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. Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 8 : Tanjore - Trichy (54 kms - 2 hrs) :

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. Check in at Hotel. After lunch city tour visiting Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar Temple, Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 9 : Trichy - Madurai (133 kms - 3.5 hrs) :

After breakfast proceed to Madurai and checkin at hotel. The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigal as a lotus with the Meenakshi Temple in the centre. After launch city tour visiting - Meenakashi temple, King Tirumala's Palace, Great Tank and Gandhi museum. Overnight stay at Hotel.

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Day 10 : Madurai Excursion to Rameshwaram - Madurai (360 kms- 10 hrs) :

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 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 . Return to Madurai for dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day 11 : Madurai - Kanyakumari (285 kms- 7 hrs) :

Early morning after breakfast drive to Kanyakumari and check in at hotel. 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, Kanyakumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set. Overnight at hotel in Kanyakumari.

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Day 12 : Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Kovalam (120 kms- 3 hrs) :

After viewing morning sunrise proceed to Kovalam. Enroute a sight seeing of Thiruvananthapuram covering Museum complex, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam Boat Club, Shangmugham Beach, Later check -in at hotel in Kovalam. Over Night stay at Kovalam.

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Day 13 : Kovalam :

Full day at leisure. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

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Day 14 : Kovalam - Cochin (200 kms - 5hrs) :

After breakfast proceed to cochin. Evening visit Ernakulam Lord Shiva Temple and famous Devi Temple Chottanikkara. Overnight at Cochin.

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Day 15 : Cochin - Trichur (90 kms -2.50 hrs) :

After morning breakfast proceed to Guruvayoor Krishna Temple enroute Kalady Sree Sankara Math and pilgrim centre such as Kodungalloor Devi Temple. Triprayar Hanuman Temple and Trichur Vadakunnatha Temple. Overnight at Trichur.

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Day 16 : Departure Trichur - Cochin(80 km -2 hrs) :

Depart as per schedule to the Airport/ Railway Station at Cochin to connect onto your flight back home.


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