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Temple Tour for South India

Duration : 12 Nights/ 13 Days
Destination covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tiruvannamalai - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Tanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Tirupparamkundram - Palani - Madurai - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari

DAY 01 : CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM (60 KMS ) - KANCHIPURAM (45 KMS)

Upon arrival in Chennai, you are met with our company's representative along with driver and proceed to Kanchipuram via visiting Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, sightseeing of Mahabalipuram starts by visiting some of the main attractions such as Shore Temple, Five Rathas (Pancha Pandava Rathas), Thirukadalmallai - the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Arjuna's Penance, also known as the Descent of the Ganges, Krishna's Butterball is a giant natural rock perched on a hillside etc. are carved out of rock in the central hill side area. Later drive towards Kanchipuram for overnight stay. Upon arrival in Kanchipuram, check in at your pre-booked hotel.

DAY 02 : KANCHIPURAM - TIRUVANNAMALAI ( 140 KMS DRIVE)

After breakfast in the morning, sightseeing of Kanchipuram starts. Kanchipuram is also called as city of thousand temples. Sightseeing includes the visits of Kamakshi Amman Temple and Ekambareswarar Temple. Later proceed to Tiruvannamalai by road. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Overnigh stay at hotel in Tiruvannamalai.

DAY 03 : TIRUVANNAMALAI

Morning after breakfast, full day city tour of Tiruvannamalai starts. Main attractions of the city is Arunachaleshwara Temple, It is considered superior to all the other eminent shrines. It is located at the foot of sacred Arunachala Hill. Temple complex is spread of 25 acre of land dotting with several mandapams, corridors and aesthetically carved pillars with sculptures. Ramana Ashram where Raman Maharishi (saint) lived and tought simple methods of meditation to his disciples. Sathanur Dam is also an attraction to watch out for, located 35 km from Tiruvannamalai. It is beautiful place to visit as Dam built across the river Pennar surrounded by green hills. Crocodile farm, children's park and a mini zoo are also there to enjoy.

DAY 04 : TIRUVANNAMALAI - CHIDAMBARAM ( 137 KMS DRIVE)

Morning drive to Chidambaram. Upon arrival, check in at your pre-booked hotel. Chidambaram is a famous pilgrim center for Hindus especially for Saivites. The renowned Nataraja Temple is located here. After fresh n up, go to see an important places of Chidambaram. Nataraja Temple is dedicated to Lord Nataraja. The idol of Nataraja is installed in the kanakasabha, the roof of which is covered with gold Plates. The Nataraja temple is dedicated exclusively to the art of Bharatanatyam. It is among the rare temples where Shiva is enshrined in the idol form instead of the lingam form. Annamalai University spread of over an area of 300 acres,founded in 1929 by Raja Sir Annamalai Chettiar. Later come back to hotel for overnight stay. Overnigh at hotel in Chidambaram.

DAY 05 : CHIDAMBARAM - KUMBAKONAM (72 KMS DRIVE)

After breakfast, travel by road to Kumbakonam. En-route visit Navagraha Temples. Upon arrival in Kumbakonam, check in at your pre-booked hotel. After short rest, go for sightseeing of Kumbakonam visiting some significant temples such as The Sri Adi Kumbeswara Temple, Sri Sarangapani Temple, Sri Ramaswami Temple and Garbharakshambigai Temple. Come back to hotel for overnight stay in Kumbakonam.

DAY 06 : KUMBAKONAM

The city gets its name from 'Kumbam' (pot) filled with Amrit (nectar). After morning breakfast, Visit Navagraha Temples and other temples in Kumbakonam. Overnight stay at hotel in Kumbakonam.

NAVAGRAHA TEMPLES


SOORIYANAR TEMPLE - LORD SURYA (SUN)



THINGALORE TEMPLE - CHANDRAN (MOON)



VAITHEESWARAN TEMPLE - SEVVAI (MARS)



THIRUVENGADU TEMPLE - BUDHAN (MERCURY)



ALANGUDI TEMPLE - GURU (JUPITER)



KANCHANUR TEMPLE - SUKKARAN (VENUS)



THIRUNALLARU TEMPLE -SANISWARAN (SATURN)



THIRUNAGESWARAM TEMPLE - RAHU



KIZHAPERUMPALLAM TEMPLE - KETHU



DAY 07 : KUMBAKONAM - TANJAVUR (40 KMS DRIVE)

Morning drive towards Tanjavur. En-route visit Navagrah Temples. Upon arrival in Tanjavur, check in at your pre-booked hotel. After fresh n up, go for sightseeing tour of Tanjavur visiting The Brahadeeswara Temple, Darasuram, Mariamman Temple and The Golden Kamakshi Amman Temple. Overnigh stay at hotel in Tanjavur.

DAY 08 : TANJAVUR - TRICHY (60 KMS DRIVE)

After morning breakfast at hotel. Continue drive towards Trichy, also known as Tiruchirapalli- a small bustling town situated on the banks of Cauvery. On arrival, check in at hotel and later proceed to see main temples of Trichy such as The Rock Fort or The Ucchipillayar Temple,Sri Ranganatha Temple, Akhilandeswari The Jambukeshwarar Temple etc. Come back to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 09 : TRICHY - MADURAI (135 KMS DRIVE)

Morning drive towards Madurai, On arrival , check in at your pre-booked hotel. After fresh n up, city tour of Madurai start including the visit of world famous Sri Meenakshi Temple dedicated to Godess Meenakshi. Temple has 985 pillars appear in a straight line from whichever angle it is seen. other prime attractions of Madurai are Azhagar Temple Azhagar Hills of Lord Vishnu. Later come back to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight at hotel in Madurai.

DAY 10 : MADURAI - TIRUPPARAMKUNDRAM - PALANI - MADURAI ( 250 KMS BOTH WAYS)

Morning excursion to Tirupparamkundram temple near Madurai enshrines Subramanya celebrating his marriage with Deyvanai the daughter of Indra. Later drive to see Palani temple which enshrines Dhandayuthapani in a hill temple. At the foot of the hill is Tiru Aavinankudi. The Lord here is considered to be the very epitome of knowledge - "Pazham Nee". After seeing both temples, drive back to Madurai for overnight stay. Overnight at hotel in Madurai.

DAY 11 : MADURAI - RAMESHWARAM (175 KMS DRIVE)

Morning after breakfast drive upto Rameshwaram, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India situated at the tip of India. Religiously significant Rameshwaram is a very famous pilgrim center for Hindus. It is belived that Lord Rama buit a bridge across the see to rescue his consort Sita. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. After fresh n up, go to see Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agni Theertham, Devipattinam, Dhanushko, Rama Temple - Tiruppulani and Sethu - Ramanathapuram. Later come back to hotel for overnight stay in Rameshwaram.

DAY 12 : RAMESHWARAM - KANYAKUMARI (380 KMS DRIVE)

Morning after breakfast drive towards Kanyakumari. Upon arrival in Kanyakumari, check in at your pre-booked hotel. After fresh n up, go to see main attractions of Kanyakumari visiting Vivekananda Rock, Vivekanandapuram and Thiruvalluvar Statue is dedicated to arguably the greatest Tamil poet, philosopher, and saint Thiruvalluvar. Sun set by the ocean is the most famous attraction of Kanyakumari. Come back to hotel for overnight stay in Kanyakumari.

DAY 13 : LEAVE KANYAKUMARI

After morning breakfast at hotel. Attractions left out on firrst day , can be exploreed before departure. Check out and drive to Trivandrum to catch train or flight for onward journey.

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