South India Temple Tour For 10 Nights / 11 Days
Destinations: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai – Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum
Description: The Temple tour of South India let you explore the some of the very well-known temples of Tamilnadu & Kerala. The land of 33,000 temples, tour to Tamil Nadu are a delight for those with keen interest in history, culture, architecture and spirituality. Kerala with its palm fringed backwaters, picturesque hill stations, abundant wildlife, vibrant culture, rich heritage and rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies is no wonder referred to as the “God’s own Country.”
Day 01: Arrive Chennai (By International flight)
Afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing of Chennai visiting Marina Beach, This 12 km long beach stretch is a mesmerizing juncture of sand and sea which provides breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. Fort St. George, the first bastion of British power in India & built in the year 1640 AD by the British East India Company. Within the Fort we visit St. Mary’s Church, built in the year 1680 & oldest Protestant Church in the East. Fort Museum has 10 galleries & displays armoury, old uniforms, crockery & silverware, coins, palanquins, paintings, letters, old prints, etc. Santhome Cathedral, built in 1504, is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have visited Madras (Chennai) sometime during 52 AD. National Art Gallery , established in the year 1857, it is undoubtedly one of the country’s finest museums. It has sections devoted to geology, archaeology, anthropology, botany, zoology, sculpture & numismatics. Kapaleshwar Temple, located in Mylapore, the arresting architecture of the Kapaleshwar temple is of the Dravidian style. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva.
Overnight stay at Chennai.
Day 02: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (150 Kms – 4 hours by road)
Later a drive to Mahabalipuram and check in the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure.
Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 Kms – 3 hours by road)
Later in the afternoon drive towards Pondicherry.
Overnight stay in Pondicherry.
Day 04: Pondicherry
Overnight stay in Pondicherry.
Day 05: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Tanjore (180 Kms – 4 hours by road)
En-route visit the Divine land of Chidambaram. Chidambaram is dedicated to Lord Nataraja – (Lord Shiva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer – known as Shiva tandava)). It is one of the few temples where Shiva and Vishnu are enshrined under one roof. This ancient temple was built by the Cholas. It is devoted solely to the art of Bharatanatyam and is one of the rare temples where Shiva is represented by an idol rather than the customary Lingam. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple is distinguished by five sabhas or courts. Apart from this, the sacred land of Chidambaram, has many exquisite temples and attractions.
Later we drive to Tanjore , which is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Checkin at the hotel and proceed for the sightseeing of the city of Tanjore also known as Thanjavur. See the beautiful Chola temple of Brihadeeshwara. The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp- an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. You will also visit the Palace and its Art Gallery, which contains several granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Relax in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
Overnight stay in Thanjavur.
Day 06: Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai (195 Kms – 4 hours by road)
After the sightseeing in Trichy continue your drive to Madurai. Upon arrival checkin into the hotel. Overnight stay in Madurai.
Day 07: Madurai
Overnight stay in Madurai.
Day 08: Madurai – Rameshwaram (175 Kms – 3 hours by road)
Overnight stay in Rameshwaram.
Day 09: Rameshwaram – Kanyakumari (310 Kms – 7 hours by road)
Afternoon visit Visit Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. Evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari.
Overnight stay in Kanyakumari.
Day 10: Kanyakumari – Trivandrum (95 Kms/ 2 hrs by road)
Thiruvananthapuram travel takes you to a wondrous world where tradition meets urbanization and natural beauty with perfect finesse. Thiruvananthapuram lies over seven hills that boast of exotic natural beauty, historic monuments and ancient shrines.
Later start sightseeing tour visiting the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, Napier Museum, Chitralayam Arts Gallery, Zoological gardens, Reptile house, Observatory and Kanakakunnu Palace. Return to hotel by early evening. Proceed for the sunset view against the sea – ‘an unforgettable view.’
Overnight at Trivandrum.
Day 11: Departure from Trivandrum
The cost based on twin sharing basis
US$ 1250 Per Person
Single Room Supplement
US$ 270 Per Person
- Accommodation for 10 nights on twin sharing basis
- Daily breakfast at all hotels
- Surface Transportation in Deluxe Air-conditioned vehicle as per itinerary.
- One bottle of mineral water per person per day.
- Personal assistance by our representative on arrival & departure at airport
- Entrance fee for monuments mentioned in the itinerary.
- English speaking local guide as per itinerary
- All applicable taxes and service charges.
- Any Airfare or Train fare
- Medical and insurance of any kind.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
- Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, Meals, Tipping etc.
- Camera Fee at any Monument
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
- Gratuities: We do not include tipping when quoting the tour price. If you are travelling independently, we suggest to pay tips for Guide, Escort, driver and hotel bellboys as a gratitude for their service.