South India Temples Tour

12 Nights / 13 Days in South India Temples Tour

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The South India Temples Tour takes you on a sacred journey to all the important temples in South India. These tours are not only a pilgrimage but an insight into the engineering and architectural excellence that was achieved centuries ago and have withstood the test of time. The South India's coastal plains are backed by the mountains rimming the wedge of the Deccan plateau. The delightful south; almost untouched by invasions throughout its history, the Indian heritage is more intact here than in other regions of the country.

Destinations Covered

Mumbai Chennai Mahabalipuram Pondicherry
Tanjore Madurai Kovalam Alleppey
Periyar Cochin Thrissur Ooty
Mysore Hassan Bangalore
Day 1 Chennai (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 01 : Chennai

Arrive at Chennai and check-into your hotel. After that Spend your day in local sightseeing of Chennai city, where you can visit the Santhome Cathedral, Birla Planetarium, Elliot Beach, Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra and the Theosophical Society.

Day 2 Mahabalipuram (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 02 : Mahabalipuram

Drive to Mahabalipuram, the world heritage site famous for the monolith temples dating back to centuries. Also visit Kanchipuram, the city of temples enroute.

Day 3 Mahabalipuram (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS))
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram

Spend the whole day in the sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting shore temple, Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas and beach..

Day 4 Pondicherry (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 04 : Pondicherry

Morning drive to Pondicherry, covers an area of 480 sq.km. consisting of the four coastal regions of Pondicherry, Karakkal, Yanam and Mahe. These where former French possessions situated on the eastern coast.. Visit:- Sree Aurobindo Ashram- The world famous Sree Aurobindo Ashram is situated here. Raj Nivas- The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor, now known as Raj Nivas, is a true specimen of the fusion of Indian and French cultures. The main building is 200 years old. The interiors, the sitting rooms and the enclosing galleries have wooden furnishings which have a French base with Indian syle caving.

Day 5 Kumbakonam (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 05 : Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is a sacred spot known for its 4 large great temples dedicated to

  • Sarangapani
  • Kumbeswarar
  • Brahma and
  • Nageswarar. Around Kumbakonam there are all the Navagraha Temples (Planetary Temples).
Day 6 Kumbakonam (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 06 : Kumbakonam

Today Morning after breakfast visit temples. A village walk with a village temple visit and village school visit are complimentary. A peeping into a village house seeing the hutment and trying out a kolam in a village house by a guests would be memorable experiences. Also a bullock cart ride around the village and a cooking demonstration in the property would also be something the guests would cherish.

Day 7 TANJORE (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 07 : TANJORE

Today Morning after breakfast proceed to Tanjore. (Tanjore was once the capital of the Cholas, a destiny of temple builders who ruled south India between the 10th and 14th centuries). On arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Sri Brahadeeswara Temple and Art Gallery.

Day 8 MADURAI (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 08 : MADURAI

Drive to Madurai in Tamilnadu, one of South India's greatest temple towns. Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era which is more than 2500 years old. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the popular evening ceremony where the Hindu God Siva is taken in a palanquin.

Day 9 PERIYAR (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 09 : PERIYAR

After breakfast continue to Periyar, South India’s most popular wild life sanctuary, its home to bison, wild elephant, boar, languor, the great Indian tiger and more. On arrival check in to the Hotel. Afternoon you can go for boat cruise in the Lake to watch wild animals.

Day 10 PERIYAR (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 10 : PERIYAR

Today morning you can go to see the rare species of plantations and animals. Afternoon visit spice plantation like cardamom, Pepper, Coffee, and tea estate etc… On way back to Hotel you could stop the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.

Day 11 KUMARAKOM (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 11 : KUMARAKOM

Enjoy the morning at your leisure and checkout of the resort in Kovalam. .Located on 10 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the resort offers spellbinding encounters with nature. Relish a psychedelic sunset on a montage of clouds, or the flying flurry of evening birds, or just relax and enjoy the cool afternoon breeze. Stroll under the canopy of coconut trees, sipping tender coconut water; enjoy an afternoon nap on the tree lined lawns, or snap up the ever-changing scenes on the backwater that surround you at this enchanting slice of heaven.Evening sightseeing in a motorboat or enjoy a sunset cruise.Overnight at the resort.Today morning Drive to Kumarakom and embark on your private houseboat and cruise. On arrival check into a Traditional Houseboat of Kerala Style and cruise through the backwaters is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters..

Day 12 COCHIN (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 12 : COCHIN

Today morning Drive to cochin. Here you can see the St Francis Church, the oldest Church in India, 500 year old Portuguese Houses, Chinese fishing nets, 16th century Synagogue, Jew Town and Mattancherry Palace, built by Portuguese, this Palace contains some of India’s most beautiful murals. Evening go for shopping.

Day 13 COCHIN Airport Departure (12 NIGHTS/13 DAYS)
Day 13 : COCHIN Airport Departure

Relax in the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel Casino. DAY 14 - DEPARTURE Morning after breakfast departure transfer to Cochin Airport for your onward journey.

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