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South India Temple Tour

Tour Code - IJ 25

Duration: 10 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Chennai - Tirupati - Mamallapuram - Kanchipuram - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Kanniyakumari - Trivandrum

 

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Day 01: Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai – The graceful and elegant city is the capital of Indian state of Tamilnadu and is popular as the Gateway to South India. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Chennai.

 

 


Day 02: Chennai Sightseeing. Drive to Tirupati
Today enjoy city tour of Chennai visiting Fort St. George, built in 1653 and today housing the offices of Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, Fort Museum, Marina Beach- World’s second longest beach stretching to 13 Kms, 8th century Sri Parthasarathy Temple, St. Thomas Basilica and Theosophical Society. Afternoon drive to Temple town of Tirupati, 150 Kms from Chennai, Tirupati is home of one of the most venerated shrine in India the temple of Venkateshwara popularly known as Sri Balaji. Arrive Tirupati and check in to your pre booked Hotel for Overnight stay.

 


Day 03: Sri Bala Ji Darshan

Day is free to enjoy the Darshanam of blessing God Sri Bajaji. The Temple is popular as “Bestower of Boons”, which has made the Temple richest and most visited shrine of the world. Approx 100 thousand people visit the shrine daily for Darshanam and this figure goes five times during weekends and festive periods. Normal waiting time for Darshan (Sight of Lord Balaji idol) is 12 hours to 24 hours, which can reduce to 3-4 hours by obtaining a special Darshanam pass. Overnight stay at Tirupati.

 

 

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Day 04: Drive to Mamallapuram. Sightseeing of Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram

Morning head to Heritage sites of Mamallapuram & Kanchipuram, which is 100 Kms from Tirupati. Arrive and enjoy sightseeing of Mamallapuram visiting Shore Temple this 8th century temple is considered as the oldest temple in South India and exhibits the fine example of Dravidian architecture, Magnificent skillfully carved Arjuna’s Penance, which is the World’s largest bas- relief sculpture, the stunning Krishna Temple, Mahishasuramardini cave, Varaha or Boar Temple and superb Rathas temple, which look like the chariots of the Temple. Later in the day enjoy sightseeing tour of Kanchipuram famed as Golden city and city of thousand temples. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple with its majestic main tower soaring up to 57 meters high, Kailasanathar Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Sakkishwaran Temple and Varadaraja Swamy Temple. Overnight stay at Kanchipuram.

 


Day 05: Drive to Thanjavur. Enroute visit Temple town of Chidambaram
Morning drive to Cultural and historic town of Thanjavur popularly known as Tanjore, it is 340 Kms from Kanchipuram. Enroute visit the Temple town of Chidambaram, which literally means the sky permeated with an atmosphere of intelligence and wisdom. The main deity of Chidambaram temple is Shiva in the form of Lord Nataraja – The cosmic dancer, which is the unique form of Shiva represented by space rather than the idol. The famous temple of Chidambaram dates back to 9th century and is one of the most venerated among the ancient temples in South India. Arrive Thanjavur and check into your designated Hotel for overnight stay.

 

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Day 06: Thanjavur Sightseeing. Drive to Trichy

Today enjoy Sightseeing tour of Thanjavur visiting Sri Brihadeswara Temple - This grandest temple is one of the most famous living monument of the world and an outstanding example of Chola architecture. Sri Brihadeswara Temple is honoured as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Thanjavur sightseeing attraction includes visit to Elegant Thanjavur Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library which exhibits more than 30,000 palm leaves and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages, Sangeet Mahal famous as the Mansion of Music, perfectly planned in acoustics and Mariamman Temple. Later drive to Trichy renowned for its legendary Temple architecture. Trichy situated on the bank of the holy river Cauvery is 55 Kms from Thanjavur. Arrive Trichy and check into your pre booked Hotel. Overnight stay at Trichy.

 


Day 07: Trichy Sightseeing. Drive to Madurai

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Trichy also popular as Tiruchirapally visiting Rock Fort Temple, which is situated at a height of 83 meters on a rocky outcrop. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Ganesha and exhibits the splendor of Dravidian architecture. Stone carved 437 steps lead to the top of the steep hill to reach magnificent Rock Fort Temple where the major attraction is the 1000 pillared hall with an elegant gold plated dome. Atop the rock offers an outstanding view of Trichy city. Other attractions of Trichy sightseeing are Sri Jambukeswara Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Government Museum and outstanding Srirangam Temple located 10 Kms from Trichy. Afternoon drive to historical city of Madurai with history of over 2500 years, Madurai is also known as Athens of East. Overnight stay at Madurai.

 

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Day 08: Madurai Temple Tour

Today enjoy temple tour of Madurai visiting 13th century grand Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to Shiva as Sundareshwarar with his consort Goddess Meenakshi. The Temple with exquisite soaring gopurams adorned with figures of Gods, Goddesses and mythical animals reveal superb example of Dravidian architecture and is one of the greatest attraction for the tourists in South India. Other important sights to be covered in Madurai sightseeing tour are charming Thirumalai Nayakan Palace, The Temple of Art Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Mariamman Temple and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at Madurai.

 

 

 


Day 09: Transfer to Kanniyakumari & Sightseeing

Transfer to sacred town of Kanniyakumari, 240 Kms from Madurai is the Land’s end of Indian peninsula and is point of confluence of three seas Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. Kanniyakumari is named after the Kanya Kumari or The Virgin Goddess and is famous for the splendid sight of Sunrise and Sunset. Arrive Kanniyakumari and after little relaxation enjoy sightseeing of Kanniyakumari visiting Kumari Amman Temple dedicated to Virgin Goddess Kanya Kumari, thousand year old Konerishwarar Temple, Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Memorial and Tiruvalluvar Statue. Overnight stay at Kanniyakumari.

 

 

Day 10: Transfer to Trivandrum Airport.
In time transfer to Trivandrum Airport -80 Kms for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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