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Temple & cultural tour of South India Temple & cultural tour of South India tour

Temple & cultural tour of South India

Overview

A tour across beautiful South India covers the rich cultural heritage of southern India. Experience diversity, culture, and architecture by exploring each state, which has its unique customs, rituals, and traditions. A tour of South India brings enigmatic opportunities in exploring famous temples in South India that are beautifully built and are respected by devotees all around the world. They represent the most flourishing periods of Hindu Dynasties in the region. Be a part of the journey of the fascinating destinations of South India.



Trip Highlights

  • Attend the famous aarti ceremony in Madurai in the Meenakshi Temple
  • Experience the diversity of Indian culture
  • Experience the musical pillars in Madurai
  • Visit the stone temples in Mahabalipuram
  • Night ceremonies in Chennai
  • visit the famous temples of South India in your journey
  • Enjoy the famous backwaters and sightseeing in Kerala



ITINERARY - 11 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Chennai

After arriving at Chennai, you’ll be escorted by our representatives from the Airport post clearing your immigration to the hotel where you can rest for the day. Spend the night at the hotel and anticipate your wonderful journey.

Day 2

Sightseeing in Chennai

Experience the diversity in the cultural heritage of India for your day in Chennai by walking into the indian neighborhoods. Experience how they live their mundane lifestyle through the stories they have to offer. The Peacock Trail is a walk through Mylapore where you can listen to the stories of different people, gods, demons, ancient history, and much more.. Later, you can drive past the Marina beach, the second longest beach in the world to catch the beautiful sunset. Return to your hotel and relax for the day. Overnight will be in Chennai.

Day 3

Exploring Kanchipuram

After exploring Chennai, Kanchipuram is your next stop for your journey. Kanchipuram is one of the finest destinations South India temple tour packages have to offer. It is a small town in Tamil Nadu. This is a major pilgrimage center for all devotees carved with several medieval aged temples. Kanchipuram was the capital for the Pallava Kingdom for centuries. The capital offered learning centers for major religions across Southern India. Kanchipuram is a famous shopping center for women. Here you can find beautiful sarees woven with mulberry silk thread, scarves, stoles, and other pieces of fabric which you can add to your wardrobe collection back home. The materials of the famous silk sarees come from different parts of India such as the mulberry silk is obtained from South India and the zari used in designing the saree comes from Gujarat. The saree is woven using three shuttles. The weaver sits on the right side and his aide helps him out by sitting on the left side of the shuttle. Explore and visit various temples you find on your route towards the next destination, Mahabalipuram. Overnight it will be at Mahabalipuram.

Day 4

Enroute Mahabalipuram

Post breakfast, buckle yourself up to explore the following places in Mahabalipuram:

Mahabalipuram has a total of eight rock-cave temples namely the Mahishasuramardini , Varaha, Krishna, Trimurti, Kotikal, Tiger, Panchapandava, and the Atiranachanda.

The oldest and largest cave temple in Mahabalipuram is the Krishna Cave temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple dates back to the mid-7th century. You can find a great number of devotees gathered around to carry out aarthi ceremonies in this temple.

Arujana’s Penance is another monument with a beautiful story behind it. It is a part of the Mahabharata where Arjuna performed austerities to save Lord Shiva’s weapon. The sculpture is 30 m long and 15m high.

The Pancha rathas are excellent architectural edifices of the nine monolithic temples in Mahabalipuram.

Shore temple is an excellent demonstration of the Pallava architecture located on the Coromandel shore, you can see the Bay of Bengal from this region. After visiting these temples, your next destination in the South India temple tour is Pondicherry.

Day 5

Traveling to Pondicherry

Spend a 2 hour journey in your car to travel to Pondicherry from Mahabalipuram. Pondicherry, also known as "the city of dawn," or the “French riviera of the East” This city was developed by Aurbindo Ghose in 1926. The french architecture and Mediterranean style houses depict the city’s dual nature. This city was the largest French colony in India. Events of historical trades and wars in the city are very interesting. Later in the evening, you take a walk at Pondicherry Beach to enjoy the fresh breeze of the Bay of Bengal. You will be spending the night in this wonderful city.

Day 6

Pondicherry-> Chidambaram-> Tranquebar

Chidambaram is your next stop and an important center for Shaivites. Chidambaram is famous for the Nataraja temple. There is a statue of Lord Shiva in metal. This temple is rich in terms of celebration of festivities, culture, and tradition.

Travel further towards Tranquebar. The gateway into the city is designed with a royal Danish insignia believed to transport the visitors into a completely different era of the former Danish colony. Traveling further you can spot the second largest fort built by the danish after the Kronborg fort in Denmark, the Fort dansborg. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the Bay of Bengal by climbing the fort as it rests on the shores of Tranquebar.

The Zion church is your next stop which is the oldest church in the city followed by the New Jerusalem Church. These are the most beautiful attractions in the city. Also visit the masilamani Nathar temple which dates back to the Pandian Era.

End your day by visiting the Ziegenbalg Museum. A German missionary Bartholomaeus Zeigenbalg spent most of his life in the house until his death in 1719. Experience the intercultural between India and Europe through the exhibition, printing press, and accessories as old as 250 years, other handwritings and historic photographs.

Spend your evening at leisure and overnight at Tranquebar.

Day 7

Tranquebar–Swamimalai

Pack your bags for a 3 hour journey to your next stop Swamimalai. This destination is distinctively known for the Navagraha Temples, nine planet temples.

We will be spending 2 days in this destination with our stay at INDeco, which lies amidst 3 UNESCO World Heritage destinations: Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram and the Brihadeeswara Temple in Tanjore.

The hotel has its own special museum for its in-house guests and is a rich showcase of the lifestyle of the people in Swamimalai, the culture, and heritage. Overnight at Swamimalai.

Day 8

Exploring Swamimalai

Pre breakfast, you will be escorted towards the Kolam Drawing session. You can later proceed to engage yourself in different activities such as cycle tours of the village, bullock cart ride, iconography, and a farm visit, which are part of the South Indian temple tour package.

Spend your evening at leisure and experience the art of cooking with the help of a demo.

Day 9

Swamimalai -> Tanjore -> Trichy -> Chettinad

Enroute Chettinad while visiting the Tanjore and Trichy stops in between. Tanjore is known as the “Rice bowl of India.” It is known for its handicrafts, bronze statues, and rich culture. This place is also referred to as the “Art capital of South India.” The temples, forts, and palaces are witnesses to the great architecture.

Proceed further towards Trichy and visit India’s biggest temple, the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. The temple comprises 49 different shrines and 7 gopurams.

Later proceed to Chettinad. Check in to the hotel and spend your night there.

Day 10

Traveling to Madurai

Post breakfast, you will be traveling to Madurai. It is a 100 km journey which will probably take around 2 hours by road. Travel to the city and check in to your hotel. This is the third-largest city in Tamil Nadu. Madurai has famous temples in south India built by Pandayan and the Madurai Nayak Kings. Excellent examples of Dravadian architecture. Overnight is at Madurai.

Day 11

Madurai -> Chennai -> Departure

Experience a walking tour of Madurai by interacting with the local people and carrying out their mundane activities like milking a cow, visiting different types of markets namely the banana market, vegetable market, coconut market, and many more. Madurai is a sleepless city. You can find little shops open irrespective of its time and enjoy the blissful tea.

Enjoy your day and we will transfer you to your flight to Chennai and connect you to your international flight back home.



More Details

HOTELS: (4 STAR MODERN & BOUTIQUE)

DESTINATION HOTELS AS MENTIONED OR SIMILAR NO OF NIGHTS
CHENNAI GRT GRAND 02
MAHABALIPURAM IDEAL BEACH RESORT 02
PONDICHERRY SHENBAGA 01
TRANQUEBAR WELCOME HERITAGE – BUNGALOW ON THE BEACH 01
SWAMIMALAI INDECO HOTELS SWAMIMALAI 02
CHETTINAD CHIDAMBARA VILLAS 01
MADURAI FORTUNE PANDIYAN 01



Cost & Terms

DEPARTURE MONTH/YEAR

TOUR START DATE

TOUR END DATE

PER PERSON ON TWIN/DOUBLE

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

OCT 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

NOV 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

DEC 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

DEC 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

$1,999.00

$2,860.00

JAN 2021

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

FEB 2021

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

MARCH 2021

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

$1,825.00

$2,599.00

TOUR TO INCLUDE:

  • ACCOMMODATION AT MENTIONED HOTELS,
  • DAILY BREAKFASTS & DINNERS (FIXED MENU),
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY,
  • AC COACH FOR ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING AS PER THE ITINERARY,
  • ACCOMPANYING ENGLISH SPEAKING ESCORT / GUIDE FOR THE TOURS,
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE,
  • ALL MONUMENT ENTRANCES,
  • LOCAL AIRFARE IN ECONOMY CLASS (MADURAI TO CHENNAI),
  • ALL APPLICABLE TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES,
  • ALL ROAD TAXES, GOVERNMENT TAXES AND DRIVER ALLOWANCES.

SPECIAL PRIVILEGES INCLUDED:

  • UNLIMITED MINERAL WATER AND TISSUES DURING DRIVES AND
  • DEDICATED 24/7 TOUR MANAGER / COORDINATOR FOR TOUR.

TOUR TO EXCLUDE:

  • LUNCHES ARE NOT INCLUDED (OTHER THAN MENTIONED IN THE INCLUSIONS)
  • MOVIE CAMERA, ETC. FEES AT THE MONUMENTS,
  • TIPS TO THE DRIVER AND ESCORT
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES
  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • INDIAN VISA

THE PRICE OFFERED IS VALID FOR A GROUP OF 15 PEOPLE.




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