12 Days - South India Temple Tour

Chennai - Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Overview

The itinerary of 12 Days South India Temple Tour will take you through the ancient temples of South India in 12 days. South India is known as the “world-class temple destination” for its huge collection of temples.

Exquisitely designed temples 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. These glorious temples are frequented by tourists from all over the world to perform Pooja or rituals.

Take on this divine journey in the fascinating destinations of South India. You can get this itineraries customized according to your needs.

Highlights

  • Parthasarathy Temple, Marina Beach, Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Chennai
  • Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple at Kanchipuram
  • Auroville township, French war memorial, Promenade Beach, Pondicherry
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace at Madurai
  • Sunset view of Kanyakumari Shore
  • Beaches of Kovalam

Day Wise Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Chennai

Upon arrival at Chennai International airport, you will be welcome by Travelogy India Representative. Transfer to hotel, Check in formalities. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 2 : Chennai Sightseeing

Time to visit capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai on Coromandel coast. Kick off Chennai sightseeing with Parthasarathy Temple, Kapaleeshwarar Temple and Adeeswar Temple and more. Relax on Marina beach, one of the longest of world's beach ranking. Later Drop to hotel, Overnight at Chennai.

Day 3 : Chennai – Tirupati - Chennai (by surface approx 270 kms / 8-9 hrs)

Begin journey with one of the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage Tirupati Temple located in the hill town of Tirumala. Temple dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Vishnu. It is richest temple in the world in terms of donations received.  After Darshan at Temple and head back to Chennai city.

Day 4 : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram ( by surface approx 144 kms / 4 hrs )

Today we will explore two famous Heritage and Architecture cities Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. While going Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram falls in between. Kanchipuram offers sightseeing of Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareshwrar temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple. If time permits visit to silk weaving factories of Kanchipuram. On arrive at Mahabalipuram visit to UNESCO heritage listed group of monuments recognized at World Heritage sites.

Day 5 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry ( by Car )

Having your breakfast leave for Pondicherry the treasure and rich history and culture Admire architecture of Auroville township, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, famous promenade beach and Manakula Vinayagar Devasthanam Temple, Mahatma Gandhi Statue and French war memorial. Evening French colony walk. Back to hotel, night spend at Pondicherry.

Day 6 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore (by surface approx 175 kms / 4.5 hrs)

Drive to city of Great living Chola Temples Tanjore. But before that  en route visit to Thillai Natraja Temple located in a town Chidambaram. Temple is major shrine of Lord Shiva worship since the classical period. Continue your drive to Tanjore, Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 7 : Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai (by surface 200 km / 04 hrs)

Start your day with  1000 year old Brihadishwara Temple, Great living Chola Temples and leave for glorious city of Madurai. En route visit to Tiruchirappali, once the part of Chola Kingdom. Visit sculpted temples and Fortress of Trichy. Begin with Jambukeswarar Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Rockfort temple. Drive to Madurai continue. On arrive check in to hotel. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 8 : Madurai Sightseeing

Full day at leisure to explore this wonderful city. Choose from pilgrimage site Meenakshi Amman Temple, historical monument Tirumalai Nayak Palace being the most prominent. Back to hotel relax for while.

Post dinner take you to Meenakshi Temple once again to attend Madurai temple night ceremony. Overnight spend at Madurai.

Day 9 : Madurai – Rameshwaram (by surface approx 188 km / 3 ½ hrs)

Head to Rameshwaram situated one and only island seprated from mainland India. Here pay your visit to Ramnathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Rama. Post darshan and pooja ceremony at temple back to hotel and night spend at Rameshwaram.

Day 10 : Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari (by surface approx 360 km / 7 hrs)

This morning follow scenic drive known from Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari a coastal town. Enroute visit to Thiruchendur Murugan Temple. Continue drive to Kanyakumari. On arrive enjoy sunset view of Kanyakumari shore. Overnight at Kanyakumari.

Day 11 : Kanyakumari - Kovalam (by surface approx 90 kms/2 hrs)

There is time this morning to explore pilgrimage sites and historical significant places of Kanyakumari. Visit Kanyakumari Amman Temple, Thiruvallur statue and Gandhi Mandapam. Leave for Kovalam a beach destination. Rest of the day relax at beaches. Overnight at Kovalam.

Day 12 : Kovalam – Trivandrum (Departure)

Temple tour come to end at Kovalam. Drop you at nearest Trivandrum international airport. Tour Terminates Here.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in standard category of rooms at all hotels
  • Meal Plan on Bed & Breakfast at all places accordingly
  • Visit of Night ceremony at Madurai Temple.
  • English speaking guide as per places mentioned in itinerary.
  • All transfers sightseeing as per itinerary by air-conditioned private vehicle for the entire tour
  • All applicable current taxes for hotels and transport

Exclusions

  • Air Fare / Rail Fare
  • Expenses of personal nature such as laundry / tips / shopping / telephones / Medical etc.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions mentioned above
  • Entry fees to Monuments specifically
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Photography and video making fees at the sites
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips and gratuities