South India Temple Tour

Tour Overview

India is simply incredible tourist destination and so are its southern destinations. A perfect introduction to the relaxed lifestyle and contrasting historical and cultural identities in India’s most southerly states – Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Millions of tourists from across the globe head for South India every year to spend some quality time with mother of nature. In this South India Temple Tour we discover the Temples of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu state in South of India is dotted with innumerable exquisitely carved temples instilling the sense of peace and spirituality in the hearts of the visitors & that is why it is also known as the “world-class temple destination” for its huge collection of temples. All temples are delicately designed & have unique stones or wooden carved figures. The intricate architecture and idols hold religious importance. These are sources of religious teachings, culture and divine powers. Book your South India Temple Tour with best travel & holiday company of India to get true value for your money & top class service.

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  • DURATION 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • START CITY Chennai
  • END CITY Madurai
  • TYPE OF TRIP Cultural & Historical

Tour Highlights

  • Spice market tour of Chennai
  • Visit Arjuna’s penance and caves at Mahabalipuram
  • Auroville township, French war memorial, Promenade Beach, Pondicherry
  • Madurai’s magnificently carved Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Ancient architecture and temples

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Chennai

On arrival at Chennai airport meet our representative with placard of your name and transfer to Hotel & relax. Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu and the largest city of south India and also called as gate way of southern India. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2 : Chennai-Mahabalipuram (55 Kms / 1.5 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast proceed for a local tour of Chennai visit Fort St George, Fort Museum, St Mary's Church, War memorial Marina beach and aquarium, Parthasarathy temple, San Thomas cathedral basilica & Kapaliswarar temple. Later drive to Mahabalipuram. Town of Mahabalipuram is famous for its various temples & other attractive features. On arrival, check in Hotel & relax. Later visit the Arjuna’s Pennace- it’s an enormous relief made on two huge boulders, is the universe itself in stone, Shore Temple – A three in one abode of God – A Vishnu Temple sandwiched between two Shiva Temples. It is a visual pleasure. Rathas- A group of structures lying at the southern extreme of Mahabalipuram, amidst casuarinas trees, are the famous Rathas (Chariot). The Panch Pandava Rathas, as they are called, are in five numbers. Out of these, four are carved out of a single Rock, while the fifth on the west is scooped out from a small rock. Besides these there are Ganesh Ratha to the north of the main hill and two pidari Rathas on the eastern side. Krihna Temple & Caves of Mahabalipuram is the other worthful attractions. O/n in Mahabalipuram.

Day 3 : Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (110 Kms / About 3 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. It is away from the hustle and bustle of big city, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines. Enjoy beautiful beaches of Pondicherry & other sightseeing. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 4 : Pondicherry-Thanjavur (170 Kms / About 4-5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur. On arrival check into the hotel & relax. In the afternoon visit Brihadeshwara Fort & Temple, which is a Chola architectural marvel. This is also listed in the UNESCO world heritage. Also you will visit Thanjavur Palace & Museum, which houses a library, museum and art gallery. Overnight in hotel at Thanjavur.

Day 5 : Thanjavur-Rameshwaram (240 Kms / 6 Hrs Drive)

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. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 6 : Rameshwaram-Madurai (170 Kms / About 4 hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Madurai. On arrival check into the hotel & relax. Later enjoy the visit of World’s famous Meenakshi Temple. 1000 pillars beautifully carved on stone is perfection of art & architecture. Later visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal & Gandhi Museum. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 7 : Depart from Madurai

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for onward flight.

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