South India has always been known for its temple trails. Even today the main spiritual stream comprising both Shaivite and Vaishnavite branches of Hinduism, although it has an impression left here of Buddhist and Jain philosophies and had been influential several centuries earlier.
The coastal region of Andhra Pradesh was a stronghold of Buddhism as exemplified by the great stupas at Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda.Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is a popular pilgrimage center for Jains. Kodagu, in Karnataka is home to one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in India and provides sanctuary to Tibetan Buddhist monks that fled Tibet fearing persecution from communist China. Temples in south India are incredible.
Duration : 13 Nights/ 14 Days
Destinations Covered : Chennai - Tirupati - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Tiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Cochin - Guruvayur - Cochin
DAY 01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to pre-booked hotel. Afternoon Visit Ashtalakshmi Temple, Kapaleeswarar etc. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : CHENNAI - TIRUPATI BY ROAD 162 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE
After early breakfast, drive towards Tirupati. Tirupati - A temple and pilgrim town. On arrival, check in at hotel. In the afternoon proceed for Darshan of Lord Balaji. Overnight at Tirupati.
DAY 03 : TIRUPATI - KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM BY ROAD (180 KMS 05 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, proceed for Mahabalipuram via visiting Ekambaranathar Temple - Shiva and Kamakshi Amman Temple. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Mahabalipuram, the famous for the seven pagodas. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04 : MAHABALIPURAM - TIRUVANNAMALAI BY ROAD (150 KMS 03 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning after breakfast, drive towards Tiruvannamalai. On arrival, check in at Hotel. After freshen up visit The Annamalaiyar Temple and Ashrams. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 05 : TIRUVANNAMALAI - CHIDAMBARAM BY ROAD (140 KMS 03 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Chidambaram. On arrival, check in at Hotel. After freshen up, visit Nataraja Temple, Vaitheeswaran Koil and Thillai kali Amman Temple etc. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 06 : CHIDAMBARAM - KUMBHAKONAM - TANJORE (Thanjavur) BY ROAD (110 KMS 03 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, continue drive towards Thanjavur via Kumbhakonam and Navagraha Temples. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Tanjore also known as Thanjavur (The rice bowl of Tamilnadu). Proceed for sight seeing of Tanjore visiting Brihadeshwara Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 07: TANJORE (Thanjavur) – TRICHY BY ROAD (60 KMS 1 HOUR 30 MIN DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive towards Trichy. Visit ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi, 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam. Return to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 08 : TRICHY - MADURAI BY ROAD (130 KMS 03 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai city. Visit famous Madurai Meenakshi temple (dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams) and Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple etc .Watch evening AARTI at Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 09 : : MADURAI - RAMESHWARAM BY ROAD (120 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Rameshwaram, a city of swell and gentle sand dunes, embellished with the delicacy of casurina trees and stark palms. Visiting Ramanathaswamy Temple, a famous temple dedicated to God Shiva ,Tirthas of Rameswaram, Gandamadhana Parvata and Rama's bridge etc. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 10 : RAMESHWARAM - KANYAKUMARI BY ROAD (350 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE)
After early breakfast, drive to Kanyakumari. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Evening visit Kanyakumari temple, Vivekanda Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue etc. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 11 : KANYAKUMARI - TRIVANDRUM BY ROAD (80 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Trivandrum . Start tour in the morning visiting the Sree Padmanabha Swami temple, Napier Museum, Chitralayam arts gallery, Zoological gardens, Reptile house, Observatory and Kanakakunnu Palace . Overnight at Trivandrum.
DAY 12 : TRIVANDRUM - COCHIN (195 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Cochin via visiting Oachira Parabrahma Temple, Haripad snake temple and Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 13 : COCHIN - GURUVAYUR - COCHIN (70 KMS ONE WAY)
Early morning drive to Guruvayur to visit famous Lord Krishna temple and later visit Thrissur Vadakkunnathan temple. Evening back to Cochin. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 14 : LEAVE COCHIN
Transfer to Airport to board flight for onward Journey.