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Temple Tour of South India

Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights

Route : Chennai » Mahabalipuram » Pondicherry » Thanjavur » Tiruchirapalli » Madurai » Rameshwaram » Kanyakumari » Trivandrum

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Incredible Heritage India tours introduces you to the landscape of southern India which is dotted with magnificent temples, representing the ancient lives engraved in their architecture.

Relax on the beach, wander colonial streets or simply savor the historic elegance of temple architectures with these extraordinary gems in South India. South India is exceptionally rich with its own distinct culture, architecture and art which may take ages to be fully understood. The tour is an attempt to introduce these distinct aspects in a way that they never seem enough.

Most of these temples were built by the medieval rulers of southern India like Cholas, Chalukyas, Nayakas, Pallavas, Kakatiyas and Vijayanagar rulers. All of them had their own distinct architectural style of constructing the temples. Of the hundreds of south Indian temples, Meenakshi temple in Madurai, massive Brihadeshwara temple at Thanjavur, Rock Fort Temple in Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati Tirumala Balaji in Tirupati and Somnathpur Temple in Karnataka are the most popular.

Set on a rendezvous with the rich cultural past of Southern India, explore its exquisite temples, participate in its ritualistic practices to in order to fathom the ways of cultural existence of this community.

We invite you to visit and enhance your excitement to see these magnificent temples to experience the treasures of Heritage India.

Route Info

  • Day 01: Chennai
  • Day 02: Mahabalipuram (visit to Kanchipuram)
  • Day 03: Mahabalipuram
  • Day 04: Pondicherry
  • Day 05: Thanjavur
  • Day 06: Tiruchirapalli
  • Day 07: Madurai
  • Day 08: Rameshwaram
  • Day 09: Kanyakumari
  • Day 10: Trivandrum (Kovalam Beach)
  • Day 11: Departure

Route Map

Highlights of Trip

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites of major destinations.
  • One thousand year old World’s largest temple, Thanjavur.
  • Portuguese and French Colonies at Pondicherry.
  • 1000 Pillared Temple, Madurai.
  • Relaxation on white sand beaches of Kovalam.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Chennai (‘Gateway to South India’)
Warm welcome to India! You will be received by our representative at Chennai Airport and proceed to your hotel. On the way, your tour guide will present you all your tour documents, helpful information on getting around in India and also your complimentary mobile phone. The rest of the day is at your leisure to settle in. Depending on your arrival time, if you’d like to begin exploring city on the very first day of your arrival, your driver is always available there at your disposal to escort you anywhere you’d like to go.
Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu state. It is popular for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Most famous tourist places includes visit to National Art Gallery and Museum (fine collection of ancient paintings), East India Museum, Mylapore Shiva Temple, Victory War Memorial, Theosophical Society, St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach (the second longest in the world).
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Mahabalipuram (UNESCO world Heritage Site also known as the second pagodas) (130 km from Chennai)
After breakfast depart for Mahabalipuram enroute visiting “Kanchipuram temples”. Kanchipuram is the ancient capital of the Pallavas, is famous as the city of 1000 temples now still has 124 temples remains. Kanchipuram is also famous for hand-woven silk fabrics. Here visit Kailashnatha temple, Ekambareswara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva was built between the 7th and 8th century and has interesting religious paintings on the walls. This is one the largest temple covering nine hectares of land. At evening transfers to Mahabalipuram hotel. Check-in hotel and relax.
Stay overnight.

Day 3 : Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is the 7th century port town of south India. After breakfast visit the major attractions of this town that are wonderful monolithic temple architectures and rock-cut stone sculptures. Visit the famous Arjuna’s Penance (Bas-Relief on a huge rock), the Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) – five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the legendary Pandavas. Temples of Mahisasura Madapam, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are worth visiting.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Pondicherry (also known as Pudducherry) (98 km from Mahabalipuram/ 01.30 hours drive)
Pondicherry which was formerly a French Colony settled early in the 18th century. The main attraction here is the Aurobindo Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. This ashram promotes Aurbindo’s ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter.
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. It has a beautiful shopping place promoting local handicraft. Also visit Pondicherry museum and sculpture gallery with an outstanding collection of artifacts.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5 : Thanjavur (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments) (170 km from Pondicherry/ 02.30 hours drive)
Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian literary and religious art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are located in and around Thanjavur. The celebrated temple of Brihadeshwara built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major attraction. The Saraswati Mahal library, containing a rare collection of books and manuscripts on paper and palm leaves. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. The city is an important agricultural center located at the heart of the region, known as the Rice bowl of Tamilnadu.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Tiruchirapalli (also known as Trichy) (70 km from Thanjavur/ 01.15 hours drive)
After breakfast depart for Thiruchirapalli. Trichy, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. This superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 Gopurams. The rock fort is land mark of Trichy with Ganesh Temple on the top height of over 23mts.
Stay overnight.

Day 7 : Madurai (one of the oldest cities in South India – 2600 years old) (130 km from Trichy/ 02 hours drive)
Morning breakfast and depart for one of South India’s great temple towns, Madurai. This beautiful city is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple (1000 pillared Temple). It is the most beautiful temples with finest workmen ship of stone carving situated on the banks of river Vaigai. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings. The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers. Another key attraction of this town is Thirumalai Nayak’s palace and Gandhi Museum.
Stay overnight.

Day 8 : Rameshwaram (160 km from Madurai/ 03 hours drive)
After breakfast depart for Rameshwaram. Sanctified by the epic of Ramayana, this coastal district is also one of the most picturesque places in the state. The main key attractions of this place are Ramanathaswamy Temple and Dhanuskodi.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9 : Kanyakumari (land’s end of India) (300 km from Rameshwaram/ 05 hours drive)
It is one of the last points of India touching to the Arabian Sea. An important pilgrimage centre of India, Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of India where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal converge with one of the most dramatic backdrops India has to offer. Sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari includes Vivekananda Rock temple and meditation centre, Kumari Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial and other tourist places. At evening don’t forget to enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset against the sea.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram). (85 km from Kanyakumari/ 02 hours drive)
After breakfast depart to Government headquarter and Capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram). On arrival check-in hotel on Kovalam beach. Later day you can visit Museum, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. At evening enjoy your time exploring white sand beaches of Kovalam.
Kovalam is considered one of the finest beach destinations of south India famous for its clean and beautiful golden white sand beaches and enchanting surroundings of swaying coconut palms. Here you can enjoy many water sport activities.
Overnight stay at your beach resort.

Day 11 : Departure
Today you are free to plan your day according to your departure schedule. Later at appropriate time you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport (03 hours before boarding) according to flight schedule.
Fly back home with sweet memories…!
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Services Included

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES WITH FOLLOWING SERVICES:-

  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned car with driver, all inclusive. (Fuel for car, Insurance, Road and State taxes, Toll taxes, Parking fees and all transport related expense including Driver’s food and lodging.
  • Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate with you.
  • Car will be with luxury pushback seats, safety seat belts for all passengers, mineral water and ice box in cabin.
  • The car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightseeing as you want enroute.
  • Air-conditioned double bed room with breakfast and all taxes included.
  • Transfers and land transportation according to proposed itinerary.
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports, hotels by our company representative.

 

Services Not Included

FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICES:-

  • Tips, laundry, telephone bills, portage and Beverages.
  • Meals unless specified.
  • Entrances to Monuments and other specified destination.
  • Movie / video camera fee at monuments.
  • Domestic or International airfare unless specified.
  • Medical or baggage insurance.
  • Airport Departure taxes, Visa Charges.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any other service that has not been specified
  • Your game safaris in the National Parks unless specified above.

Help Tips

SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOUR HELP AND INFORMATION:-

  • Train & all the flight reservations are subject to availability.
  • Air Fares are subject to change.
  • Euro, British Ponds and Dollars easily exchangeable in India.
  • Any other service that has not been specified but you want to add, please let us know, we will try our best to manage for you.
  • Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
  • If any proposed hotel is sold-out then other similar level hotel is guaranteed.
  • During the travel if you want to change any hotel because of any reason then you have to inform us at-least 7 days before because at the last moment we both lose money.
  • We are not responsible for any political demonstration, Natural problems, Traffic jams etc.
  • Any flight or train cancellation at the last moment, since their control not in our hands. In such situation the compensation and dealings will be between you and the concerning company, we are not obliged to play role as mediator. But in such situation you are always free to get information from us.

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