13 Day Churches and Temples

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The pure mind finds rest for the traveller. This Tour will take you on a devotion-filled journey of the Churches and Temples of South-India, which will not only Boggle your Mind with the Rich Architectural Marvels they are but will also provide rejuvenation to Jaded souls.                                                                                                      



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The pure mind finds rest for the traveller. This Tour will take you on a devotion-filled journey of the Churches and Temples of South-India, which will not only Boggle your Mind with the Rich Architectural Marvels they are but will also provide rejuvenation to Jaded souls.                                                        

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  • Day 1: Arrival at Bangalore

    A Wild Voyager representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

     

    Bangalore or Bengaluru is the city which gets its name from an act of kindness shown by an old woman years ago when King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty was roaming the forest after getting lost. He was extremely tired and ravenous when he met an old woman who gave him a bowl of humble boiled beans. The king named the place Benda Kalu Ooru in remembrance of this act of generosity.

     

    Over the years this wilderness has been ruled by several dynasties, but now in the 21st century, it is the I.T. hub of India with skyscrapers towering into the clouds and offices with glass doors. This modern city is the gateway to south India.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Bangalore

     

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Bangalore, Bangalore to Mysore by road

    After breakfast, our representative will take you on the tour of the city.

     

    Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the legislative assembly of the state of Karnataka. It was sanctioned by Jawaharlal Nehru, the then prime minister of India. But it was the brainchild of Kengal Hanumanthaiah who had the blueprint made with influences of both western and Dravidian architecture, thereby giving a neo-Dravidian feel to the building.

     

    The 240 acre Lal Bagh or Red Garden was commissioned in the 18th Century by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and completed by his son, the warrior Tipu Sultan. It is home to over 1000 species of flora, including rare exotic varieties, and centuries-old trees with an exquisite glass greenhouse modeled after London’s Crystal Palace and the famed Lal Bagh Rocks,  among the earth’s most ancient rock formations and estimated to be about 3000 million years old.

     

    The small but elegant fresco-adorned Tipu’s Palace is famous for its teak pillars and stands regally in the crowded City Market area. It has now been converted into a museum. Of note is a small replica of the famed Tipu’s Tiger, the lifesize original of which is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The famous but fearful mechanized toy shows Tipu's victory over the Europeans in a gruesome manner.

     

    The Government Museum of Bengaluru has 18 galleries has relics, and artifacts from the Hoysala, Vijayanagara, and the 5000-year-old Indus valley civilization. Close by is the K.Venkatappa Art Gallery. Venkatappa was the court artist of the Wodeyar Kings, and the museum houses his art as well as his personal belongings, thereby depicting his life.

     

    The 300 acre Sri Chamarajendra Park, formerly Cubbon Park, is home to over 6000 specimens of plant life with both local and exotic flora in mutual harmony. The silver oaks are sacred and the Jawahar Bhavan will take you to a magical world of toy trains and fairgrounds.

     

    The St. Marys Basilica was installed by Jean Dubois in 1811. He was a French missionary. The church is spread out like a cross and has spires heavenward, with arches and stained glass windows. This huge church has a special attraction with a statue of Mary wearing a sari in front. This statue is said to have magical powers.

     

    Drive to Mysore in a comfortable, spacious, wild voyager approved vehicle.

     

    The word Mysore is the City of the Buffalo Demon. The legend goes that the Mahishashura was the buffalo-headed demon, or a miniature if you will wreak havoc on earth and was unstoppable until the warrior goddess Chamunda killed him. The Chamundeswari temple is dedicated to her and a grand elephant procession can be seen during Dussehra festival.

     

    Initially part of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th Century, Mysore has since been ruled by the Wodeyar Kings more or less continually, barring the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th Century. After the fall of Tipu, the British East India Company reinstated the Wodeyars to the throne of Mysore, where they continued to be titular heads with the blessings of the British Empire until India’s independence in 1947.

     

    After a carnage because of the bubonic plague, Mysore started a trust board in 1903 and also urban planning was increased to aid in stopping the spread of the disease.

     

    Now, Mysore is famous for its silk, muslin cotton, and sandalwood which is both exquisite and expensive and is imported for incense preparation. A newly established ashtanga yoga center has found fame worldwide.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Mysore.

     

  • Day 3: Sightseeing in Mysore

    After breakfast, the tour will start.

     

    The glorious Mysore palace is a fusion beauty in architecture with many styles combining to produce a maximum effect and increasing the regal beauty. It has artifacts, carvings and gigantic artworks adorning it. The diamond-studded gold Simhasana or throne and the elephant saddle covered with kilos of gold is a worthy beauty to see.

     

    Chamundi Hills tower over the city of Mysore and affords fresh air and magnificent views to whoever decides to undertake the short drive to the city outskirts. Halfway up the hill, one is rewarded with the sight of the 4.8m tall stone statue of Shiva’s bull, Nandi.

     

    The Brindavan Gardens is one of the prettiest in South India with its famed dancing fountains.

     

    Saint Philomena’s Church is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture and contains a relic of the saint in its catacombs. Stained glass windows depicting the Nativity and the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ adorn its inner chamber while above two 175 foot high spires tower over the cityscape.

     

    The 19th Century Jaganmohan Palace has now been converted into the regal and majestic Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Filled with renowned paintings by the Russian painter Nicolai Roerich and Raja Ravi Verma who pioneered art in India. There are rooms showing rare musical instruments and rice grain paintings which are tiny surprises under the magnifying glass.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Mysore.

     

  • Day 4: Mysore to Masinagudi, by road

    After breakfast, the tour will be to Masinagudi.

     

    A part of the larger Mudumalai National Park, Masinagudi has an interesting diversity of flora and fauna including populations of elephant, sloth bear and wild boar. The elephant camp where trained elephants do some heavy lifting “work” for a living is an interesting side trip.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Masinagudi.

     

  • Day 5: Masinagudi to Ooty, by road

    After breakfast, the tour will start.

     

    Ootacamund, Udhagamandalam or Ooty is one of India’s most popular colonial era hill stations. It is located 2240 ft above sea level and is a picturesque and quaint hill station with relaxing peace all around. It might also have the Kurunji flowers in full bloom, making the hill station blue and this spectacle blooms once every 12 years.

     

    Ooty is known for its colonial charm, tea gardens, the 65 acres wide Ooty lake, Toda tribal settlements and India’s very own wax museum.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Ooty.

     

  • Day 6: Sightseeing in Ooty

    After breakfast, you will be taken for a sightseeing tour of the city.

     

    First will be the Ooty Botanical Gardens, taking a walk along the banks of the Ooty Lake, visiting the Rose Garden, and driving to Dodabetta Peak for a sublime view of the Nilgiris. There will also be a visit to the early 19th century St. Stephen’s Church, said to be the oldest in the Nilgiri. According to legend,

     

    The beams for its ceiling were taken from the Srirangapatnam palace of the warrior Sultan Tipu after his defeat at the hands of the British. The church is also the final resting place of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Ooty.

     

  • Day 7: Ooty to Coonoor, by road

    After breakfast, the tour will begin to Coonoor.

     

    The second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, the lush, beautiful and picturesque Coonoor served as one of the locations for David Lean’s classic adaptation of E. M. Forster’s “A Passage to India”. It is one of the most famous trails for trekkers because of the expanse of wilderness it covers and the view from the top.

     

    It is also a delightful tea plantation and one can get sampled mementos for back home.

     

    Coonoor is bird lovers’ paradise with a lucky person spotting the Nilgiri Verditer Flycatcher.

     

    Sim's Park is a botanical garden offering charming views of the Nilgiris and is home to over a thousand plant species including magnolia, pines, tree ferns, and camellia. Designed in part like a Japanese garden and a Zen garden lookalike, an interesting feature of Sim’s Park are it's gnarled and canopied Shola forests, a mini-ecosystem unto themselves, and typical of the Nilgiri region.

     

    The Pomological Station is a fruit garden in the Nilgiris maintained by the Horticultural Department. You can sample ripe and juicy apricots, peaches, and plums and even take back delicious handmade jams as presents for the folks back home.

     

    You will observe sericulturists at work at the Central Silk Board run Silk Rearing Station. From here, you will be taken to Laws Falls known for its 180 feet high waterfall. Lamb’s rock will provide an opportunity to see the vast rolling Coimbatore plains. A little further out is Lady Canning’s Seat, followed by the Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint, both showing picturesque views of nearby plantations and the Nilgiri Hills.

     

    Finally, we will arrive at Droog which stands 6000 feet above the surrounding plains. This former lookout for Tipu Sultan’s forces is currently a picnic spot.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Coonoor.

     

  • Day 8: Coonoor to Kodaikanal, by road

    After breakfast, our representative will take you to Kodaikanal.

     

    Kodaikanal is one of those charming and quaint little hill stations with absolutely won direful weather and the rolling plains in the valleys between the hills filled with flowers like the Kurunji thus showing the beauty and giving peace at the same time.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Kodaikanal.

     

  • Day 9: Sightseeing in Kodaikanal

    Proceed for sightseeing after breakfast.

     

    The roughly star-shaped Kodai Lake is the most popular tourist spot in Kodaikanal. There are boats for hire for those who want a relaxed day floating on its placid waters. Bicycles and ponies are also available for leisurely jaunts along wooded trails along the lakeside.  

     

    Chettiar Park is the kind of silent hidden getaway ideal for the traveller who wants to get away from the madding crowd on the tourist trail.

     

    A short distance from Chettiar Park is the Kurinji Andavar Kovil, with its shrine to Lord Muruga. Every 12 years the temple’s surroundings burst into blue with the elusive Kurinji flowers which according to locals are blessed by the deity of the temple.  

     

    Coaker’s Walk is a picturesque walking trail created by one Lt. Coakers in the 19th century. The trail provides a gorgeous view of the plains below.

     

    The SIlver Cascade waterfalls leap off a cliff into a pool 180 feet below just off the main Kodai Road and is a must visit the landmark, as are the famed Pillar Rocks that stand shoulder to shoulder, each about 400 feet tall and serve as a viewpoint for the Nilgiris.

     

    Nearby Shembaganur Museum of Natural History has a fabulous taxonomy collection as well as artifacts from the ancient Palliator Tribes, the original inhabitants of the region.

     

    The Telescope House is yet another popular destination. Travellers flock there to peep through the telescopes that offer a tremendous panoramic view of the valley. 

     

    Overnight at Kodaikanal.

     

  • Day 10: Explore Kodaikanal

    After breakfast, the tour of  Kodaikanal will begin. You will be left to take pictures and go on a shopping spree for the tea and the silk and beadworks as mementos for back home. The wooded trails are safe for travelling and cycling.

     

    Overnight stay will be in Kodaikanal.

     

  • Day 11: Kodaikanal to Madurai, by road

    After breakfast, you will proceed to Madurai.

     

    The ancient temple town of Madurai traces its history as far back as the 3rd century BC and finds mention in the writings of Greek explorer Megasthenes.

     

    The breathtaking Sri Meenakshi Amman temple, a mini-city in its own right, dominates the Madurai skyline. One of the finest living examples of Dravidian art and architecture, its towering gopurams loom over the city, every inch of its outer surface crowded with multicolored carvings of gods, goddesses and beasts of mythology. One of the highlights of your luxury holiday in exotic South India.

     

    You will be taken on a sightseeing of the temple town of Madurai.

     

    Thousand Pillar Museum: Located inside the temple and has a variety of collections.

     

    Inside, defying description, lies the Hall of Thousand Pillars, each pillar adorned by exquisitely detailed sculptures of celestial beings. A marvel of ancient Indian design, the pillars align in perfectly straight lines no matter which angle they are viewed from. Outside the hall, a corridor is lined by the temple’s famed musical pillars, each of which produces a unique musical note when tapped.

     

    Don’t miss the Thousand Pillar Museum in the temple complex.

     

    Located a few minutes from Madurai, the Vishnu Temple is one of the most important temples of South India and is unique in the layout of its three altars, arranged as they are one on top of one another. Each altar shows the Lord Vishnu in a different posture. The seated Vishnu on the middle altar, Koodal Alagar, is the main deity of the temple. The temple’s exterior too, covered with beautiful carvings depicting celestial beings, is well worth the traveller’s time.

     

    Built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636, the eponymous Thirumalai Nayak Palace fell to ruin after the king’s demise and was restored only partially by the British. Still, the present day structure gives the visitor a good idea of its grandeur in its heydays. Look out for the intricate stucco work on its arches and pillars and the astonishing Sorgavilasam or Celestial Pavilion, a 1300 square meter free-standing structure, unsupported by any pillar or girder. 

     

    The giant Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam reservoir is fed by a Vaigai River through an invisible maze of underground channels. During Teppam or The Float Festival, hundreds of boats filled with devotees crowd the reservoir in a race to reach the temple at its center.

     

    Thirupparankundram: located south of Madurai at a distance of 11 Km is the celebrated cave to lord Subramaniya (Lord Siva’s son) he is said to have married Devayana, daughter of Indra, in this place and performed several of his miracles. 8th Century Pandyas Rock cut Cave is also here and can be visited.

     

    Azhagar Kovil: Azhagar Kovil is located 21 km North-west of Madurai is a Vishnu Temple on a picturesque wooded hill. Here 'Vishnu' presides as Meenakshi's brother 'Azhgar'. During the Chitrai festival in April/May, when the celestial marriage of Meenakshi to Sundareswarar is celebrated, Azhagar travels to Madurai. A gold processional icon called the Sundararajar is carried by devotees in procession from Azhagar Kovil to Madurai for wedding ritual. Palamudhirsolai, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya is on the same hill, about 4 km above. A natural spring called Nuburagangai where pilgrims bath, is located here.

     

    Pandi Koil:  This temple is famous for the local people. It is almost 200 years ago the person called Pandi who lived in this places used to Rob from the Rich and help the poor. Hence the poor worshiped him, let after his death poor people built the temple and worshiped him. Nowadays weekly twice (Tuesday & Friday) temple activities. On Sunday it is famous for Goat sacrifice and Tonsure

     

    Kochadai Ayyanar Temple:   This Ayyanar temple you can see almost all the Village side. The people believe that this temple used to protect them from all Evil powers. In this Kochadai Ayyanar Temple, you can find a lot of Tarakota figure (Gaint size).

     

    Thirupparamkundram: Thirupparankundram, 10 km south of Madurai, is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramaniya. It is a cave temple. Here Lord Muruga was wedded to Devayanai, daughter of Indra, after annihilating Surapadman. In the temple, there are separate shrines dedicated to Shiva, Ganapathy, Durgai, Vishnu and other deities. At the entrance to the temple, there are 48 pillars with artistic carvings. The Rock-cut Temple of Subramaniya here is thronged with pilgrims on all days of special worship. Its innermost shrine is cut out of a solid rock.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Madurai.

     

  • Day 12: Excursion to Rameshwaram

    After breakfast, the tour will begin.

     

    Rameshwaram is the most important temple town in India. With its ancient murals and stories from the Ramayana, it is an important part of Indian culture. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to the sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them.

     

    Overnight stay will be at Madurai.

     

  • Day 13: Madurai to Chennai by air, Chennai to Mumbai by air

    Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

    A Wild Voyager representative will transfer you to your onward flight.

    Tour Ends.

     

     

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