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Temple Tour To South India

 

Pilgrimage Tour To Tamilnadu And Kerala

11 nights / 12 days Package
  


Destination:  Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Velankanni - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameswaram - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum


Day 01: Chennai
Arrive Chennai International Airport. Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, you are met by Group Tours To India who will present you with a welcome packet including all necessary documentation. You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and day at leisure.
Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is a teeming, expansive, lively metro founded on the site of a fishing village in 1639 as a British settlement in India.
Explore the Chennai city by paying visit to the Kapaleeswarar temple, Santhome Church, Fort Museum and National Art Gallery. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram
From Chennai drive to Kanchipuram, once the capital of Pallava and one of the seven holy cities of India famous for its thousand temples. Also visit the numerous temples including Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Varatharaja Temple and Ekambareswara Temple, which give the city its name as 'the temple city'. Also visit Kamakshi Temple, dedicated to Parvati "the goddess with the eyes of love". Travel to Mahabalipuram, the famous Pallava port in the 6th and 9th centuries AD and noted for the cave temple, shore temple and monolithic rathas (rock-carved temple chariots) and bas-reliefs. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mahabalipuram.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram
Today enjoy a temple tour of Mahabalipuram. The place is nothing short of a spectacular display of consummate skill with which the sculptures have been carved out of solid rocks of granite. Visit the Shore Temple, an outstanding example of early temple construction in South India and Penance of Bhagirata, the world's largest bas relief also known as "Arjuna's Penance".

Day 04: Pondicherry
After taking breakfast, drive to the erstwhile French colony of Pondicherry along the Bay of Bengal. Now a Union Territory it was incorporated into the Indian Union in 1954.
Visit some of the prominent colonial remains including the Hotel de Ville (city hall) and the Church of Notre Dame. Besides these, enjoy at the charming botanical garden and the Pondicherry Museum, which has a fine a collection of relics from the colonial era.
Pondicherry is also famous for two notable institutions. Visit the Aurobindo Ashram, built by the followers of Sri Aurobindo, a revolutionary-turned-philosopher and mystic of the 20th century. Another is Auroville, a kind of utopian commune inhabited by people of diverse nationalities.

Day 05: Chidambaram
Drive to Chidambaram, which is home to a beautiful temple, dedicated to Lord Nataraja- God Siva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. A short excursion to the holy town of Kumbakonam, known for its four large temples dedicated to Brahma, Nageswarar, Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, and Swamimalai. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06: Velankanni
Drive to Velankanni and visit the sacred Arokkiya Madha Church, holy place for Christians. Peoples of all religion offer their worship at this Church.

Day 07: Tanjore / Trichy
Drive to Tanjore, the seat of the Chola power between the 10th and the 14th centuries AD to enjoy a city tour covering the tourist places like Brahadeeswara temple, the Royal palace complex, which houses library and museums. The Brahadeeswara Temple, a more than 200 feet tall Dravidian structure in truncated pyramid form, has a huge lingam in its sanctorum. In the inner shrine of the temple, you can see India's second largest monolithic statue of Nandi the bull, the mount of the Lord Shiva. Upon arrival in Trichy, your afternoon will be free to explore the city, once the citadel of Chola Empire. Visit Srirangam temple, Rock-Fort temple, and Ganapati temple on hilltop and Shiva temple. Also visit the residence of Lord Robert Clive, credited with the foundation of the British Empire in India. Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 08: Madurai
Your day begins with a drive to Madurai, a city of great antiquity and the capital of Pandyas, one of the three great powers of South India. A great center of learning and art the place has been attracting poets, writers, builders, and academics. Visit the 1000-pillared Meenakshi Temple adorned with brilliantly decorated sculptures and statues producing almost a practically psychedelic effect. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak's Palace noted for its stucco arches and domes and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 09: Rameswaram
A full day excursion to Rameswaram, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The sacredness of this place can be gauged from the belief that no travel to Kashi (Varanasi) is complete without a tour to Rameshwaram. The famed Ramnathswami temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10: Kanyakumari
Travel to Kanyakumari, 87 km southeast of Trivandrum. The place is famous for the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean. As a result the place is also known as Thriveni Sangamam. The beach is known for its beautiful virgin beaches and spectacular view of sunrise and sunset. An excursion to the place covers the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam and Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11: Trivandrum
Drive to Trivandrum, now called Thiruvananthapuram. This seaside city is the capital of the state of Kerala. Built on seven hills like Rome, the city is home to some of the finest beaches and a number of historical landmarks.
Visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple and Suchindram temple. Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Trivandrum in the next half including Chitra Art Gallery, Napier Museum and Padmanbhapuram Palace. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12: Departure
Depart for your onward destination or way back home from the Trivandrum Airport.

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