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 the pre-booked hotel. Afternoon Visit Ashtalakshmi Temple, Kapaleeswarar, etc. Overnight at hotel.Visiting Temples in Chennai :-
1). Shri Ashtalakshmi TempleShri Ashtalakshmi Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Besant Nagar, Chennai. Dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, the temple is known for its architectural beauty and spiritual significance. The temple follows the Dravidian style of architecture. It has a magnificent seven-story gopuram (tower) at the entrance, adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures. The temple complex features multiple shrines dedicated to different forms of the goddess Lakshmi.
2). Shri. KapaleeswararShri Kapaleeswarar Temple, also known as Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple, is a renowned Hindu temple located in Mylapore, Chennai. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Kapaleeswarar. The temple showcases the Dravidian style of architecture with its towering gopuram (gateway tower) and intricate carvings. The main entrance of the temple is adorned with colorful sculptures and ornate decorations. The temple's architecture is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the region.
3). Marina BeachMarina Beach is a popular tourist attraction and the second-longest urban beach in the world, located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Marina Beach stretches for about 13 kilometers along the Bay of Bengal, offering a picturesque coastline. The sandy beach is known for its wide expanse, with ample space for leisurely walks, relaxation, and various recreational activities.
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 the hotel. In the afternoon proceed for Darshan of Lord Balaji. Overnight at Tirupati.Visiting Temples in Tirupati:-
1). Sri Kalahasti TempleSri Kalahasti Temple is a renowned Hindu temple located in the town of Sri Kalahasti, near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the Pancha Bhoota Sthalas, representing the element of Vayu (air). Sri Kalahasti Temple showcases exquisite Dravidian-style architecture, characterized by intricate carvings and towering gopurams (gateways). The temple complex is spread over a large area and consists of several halls, shrines, and courtyards. The main sanctum houses the Swayambhu Lingam, believed to be self-manifested.
2). Sri Venkatwswara TempleSri Venkateswara Temple, also known as the Tirumala Temple or Tirupati Balaji Temple, is a highly revered Hindu temple located in Tirumala, near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, a form of Lord Vishnu. Sri Venkateswara Temple showcases exquisite Dravidian-style architecture and is considered one of the richest and most visited temples in the world. The temple complex is spread over a large area and features several ornate gopurams (towers), mandapams (halls), and courtyards. The main sanctum houses the idol of Lord Venkateswara.
3). Sri Padmavati TempleSri Padmavati Temple, also known as Alamelumangapuram Temple, is a revered Hindu temple located in Tiruchanur, near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. It is dedicated to Goddess Padmavati, the consort of Lord Venkateswara. Sri Padmavati Temple exhibits the traditional South Indian architectural style, with intricate carvings and a beautiful temple tower (gopuram) at the entrance. The temple complex features multiple shrines and halls, including the main sanctum dedicated to Goddess Padmavati.
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.Visiting Temples in Kanchipuram :-
1). Ekambareswarar TempleEkambareswarar Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalams, representing the element of Earth. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Ekambareswarar or Ekambaranathar, and is believed to have been built in the 7th century CE by the Pallava dynasty. It is one of the largest temples in Kanchipuram and holds immense historical and religious significance.
2). Kanchi Kailasanathar TempleKanchi Kailasanathar Temple, also known as Kailasanatha Temple, is a historic Hindu temple situated in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the most significant and well-preserved early medieval temples in South India. Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple was built in the 8th century CE by the Pallava king Rajasimha, also known as Narasimhavarman II. It is renowned for being the oldest structural temple in Kanchipuram and stands as a magnificent example of Pallava architecture. The temple holds immense historical and religious importance.
3). Kanchi Kamakshi Amman TempleKanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple, also known as Kamakshi Amman Temple, is a renowned Hindu temple located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, it is considered one of the most important Shakthi Peethas (shrines) in the region. History and significance: The temple has a rich history dating back to ancient times. It is believed to have been originally built by the Pallava kings in the 7th century CE. Over the centuries, the temple was expanded and renovated by various dynasties, including the Cholas and the Vijayanagara Empire. The temple holds immense religious significance, and Goddess Kamakshi is revered as the presiding deity of Kanchipuram.
Visiting Temples in Mahabalipuram :-
1). Shore TempleShore Temple is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram), Tamil Nadu, India. It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its architectural brilliance and its picturesque location on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The Shore Temple was built during the 7th century CE by the Pallava dynasty. It is considered one of the oldest stone temples in South India and stands as a testament to the architectural and artistic skills of the Pallavas. The temple complex originally consisted of seven shrines, out of which only two have survived.
2). Main complex of Monuments TempleThe "Main complex of Monuments Temple" in Mahabalipuram refers to the main temple complex within the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. It comprises several notable temples and structures. Here are some of the main attractions within the temple complex:
Shore Temple: The Shore Temple, as mentioned earlier, is one of the prominent temples in the main complex. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known for its architectural beauty and its location near the shore.
Arjuna's Penance: Arjuna's Penance is a massive relief carving on a rock face that depicts a scene from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. It portrays the penance performed by Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers.
Krishna's Butterball: Krishna's Butterball is a large granite boulder that rests precariously on a slope, defying gravity. It has become a popular tourist attraction due to its unusual shape and balancing act.
Varaha Cave Temple: The Varaha Cave Temple is a rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his Varaha (boar) avatar. The temple features intricate carvings and sculptures.
Mahishasuramardini Cave Temple: This cave temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga in her Mahishasuramardini form, depicting her slaying the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The cave walls are adorned with intricate carvings and reliefs.
Descent of the Ganges (Arjuna's Penance): This magnificent relief sculpture is also known as Arjuna's Penance. It depicts the descent of the sacred river Ganges to Earth and is one of the largest bas-reliefs in the world.
DAY 04 : MAHABALIPURAM - TIRUVANNAMALAI BY ROAD (150 KMS 03 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning after breakfast, drive towards Tiruvannamalai. On arrival, check-in at Hotel. After freshening up visit The Annamalaiyar Temple and Ashrams. Overnight at Hotel.Visiting Temples in Tiruvannamalai :-
1). Arunachaleshwara TempleArunachaleshwara Temple is a prominent and ancient temple located in the town of Tiruvannamalai. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Arunachaleshwara, who is believed to be the embodiment of the sacred hill Arunachala. The temple is renowned for its grand architecture, including its towering gopurams (entrance towers) and the sacred path known as Girivalam.
2). Virupaksha CaveVirupaksha Cave is a cave temple situated on the Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai. This cave is closely associated with the great sage Ramana Maharshi, who resided in the cave for several years in the early 20th century. Many devotees visit the cave to meditate and experience the spiritual energy associated with Ramana Maharshi.
3). Annamalaiyer TempleAnnamalaiyer Temple, also known as the Tiruvannamalai Temple, is a significant pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located at the base of the sacred Arunachala Hill. The temple complex is vast and features several shrines and halls. The annual Karthigai Deepam festival, where a giant lamp is lit atop the hill, is a major attraction at this temple.
4). Sri Varadaraja TempleSri Varadaraja Temple is another prominent temple in Tiruvannamalai. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is known for its beautiful architecture and intricate carvings. The temple has a peaceful ambience, attracting devotees who seek blessings and spiritual solace.
5). Sri Ramana AshramSri Ramana Ashram, also known as Sri Ramanasramam, is a spiritual center located in Tiruvannamalai. It was the residence of the renowned sage Ramana Maharshi and continues to be a place of meditation and spiritual practice. The ashram offers guidance in the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and provides a serene environment for contemplation.
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.Visiting Temples in Chidambaram :-
1). Thillai Nataraja TempleThillai Nataraja Temple is a renowned Hindu temple located in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in his form as Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. The temple is famous for its unique architecture and the significance it holds in the Shaivite tradition. The central shrine of the temple features a grand idol of Lord Nataraja in a dancing pose, enclosed by a golden roof.
2). Thillai Kali Amman TempleThillai Kali Amman Temple, also known as Thillaikaliamman Kovil, is a popular temple situated in Chidambaram. It is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the fierce form of the Divine Mother. The temple is known for its vibrant festivities, particularly during the Tamil month of Aadi, when special rituals and celebrations take place.
3). Tirunallurpperumanam TempleTirunallurpperumanam Temple, also referred to as Thirunallur Panchanadheeswarar Temple, is an ancient Shiva temple located near Chidambaram. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Panchanadheeswarar. The temple is known for its serene surroundings and is considered an important pilgrimage site for devotees seeking the blessings of Lord Shiva.
DAY 06 : CHIDAMBARAM - KUMBHAKONAM (73 KMS 02 HOURS 30 MIN DRIVE)
After breakfast, continue to drive towards Kumbha Konam. On arrival in Kumbhakonam, check-in at your Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.Visiting Temples in Kumbhakonam :-
1). Navagraha TemplesKumbakonam is renowned for its Navagraha Temples, dedicated to the nine celestial bodies in Hindu astrology. Each temple is dedicated to a specific planet, and devotees visit these temples to seek blessings and mitigate the effects of planetary influences. The Navagraha Temples include Suryanar Kovil (Sun Temple), Chandran Temple (Moon Temple), Angarakan Temple (Mars Temple), Budhan Temple (Mercury Temple), Guru Temple (Jupiter Temple), Shukra Temple (Venus Temple), Shani Temple (Saturn Temple), Rahu Temple, and Ketu Temple.
2). PapanasamPapanasam, located near Kumbakonam, is famous for its sacred bathing ghats on the banks of the River Kaveri. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Papanasam can cleanse one's sins. The main attraction here is the Papanasam Shiva Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which draws devotees seeking spiritual purification.
3). Swami Malai Murugan TempleSwami Malai Murugan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan, also known as Subramanya or Skanda. It is situated on a small hillock called Swamimalai, near Kumbakonam. The temple is known for its unique architectural features and is one of the six sacred abodes of Lord Murugan.
4). Sri Sita Rama Bhavani Sankarar TempleThis temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Shiva. It is believed to be one of the few temples where Lord Rama is worshipped along with his consort, Goddess Sita, and Lord Shiva. The temple attracts devotees seeking blessings for a blissful married life and divine grace.
5). Kumbeswarar TempleKumbeswarar Temple is a famous Shiva temple located in the heart of Kumbakonam. It is one of the oldest and largest temples in the town and holds great religious significance. The temple is known for its intricate carvings, massive gopurams (towers), and sacred tank, where devotees perform ritual baths.
6). Nageswarar TempleNageswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Nageswarar, the lord of serpents. The temple is located near Kumbakonam and is renowned for its unique architecture and its association with mythology. It is believed that worshiping at this temple can ward off the ill effects of the serpent deities.
DAY 07 : KUMBHAKONAM - TANJORE (Thanjavur) - TRICHY BY ROAD (100 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, drive towards Trichy via visiting Thanjavur. 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 the hotel. Overnight at hotel.Visiting Temples in Thanjavur
1). Brihadeeshwara TempleThe Brihadeeshwara Temple, also known as the Brihadeeswarar Temple or the Big Temple, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous temples in India. It was built in the 11th century by the Chola dynasty and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is renowned for its magnificent architecture, especially its towering vimana (temple tower) that stands at around 66 meters tall. The inner sanctum houses a massive lingam, representing Lord Shiva, along with several intricately carved sculptures and frescoes depicting various mythological stories. The temple is an architectural marvel and a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of the Chola dynasty.
Visiting Temples in Trichy
1). Sri Ranganatha Swamy TempleSri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, also known as Srirangam Temple, is one of the most significant temples in Trichy and one of the largest functioning Hindu temples in the world. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his reclining form as Ranganatha. The temple complex is vast and includes several shrines, mandapams (halls), and towers. The main sanctum of Lord Ranganatha is adorned with intricate carvings and is a sight to behold. The temple is also known for its annual festival called Vaikunta Ekadasi, which attracts a large number of devotees.
2). Brahma Pureeswarar TempleBrahma Pureeswarar Temple, located in the Thirupattur area of Trichy, is a revered Shiva temple. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Brahma Pureeswarar. The temple is known for its historical significance and architectural beauty. The unique feature of this temple is the presence of separate shrines for Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma within the same complex.
3). Rockfort TempleThe Rockfort Temple, situated on a rocky outcrop known as Rockfort, is a famous landmark in Trichy. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, also known as Ucchi Pillayar. To reach the temple, visitors need to climb a series of steep steps carved into the rock. From the top, one can enjoy panoramic views of Trichy. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere for devotees.
4). Jambukeswarar TempleJambukeswarar Temple, located in the Thiruvanaikaval area of Trichy, is an ancient Shiva temple dedicated to Lord Jambukeswara. The temple is known for its unique architecture and its association with the element of water. It houses a sacred water tank, known as Jambu Theertham, where devotees take ritual baths. The temple also features intricate carvings and sculptures, reflecting the artistic excellence of the Chola dynasty.
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.Visiting Temples in Madurai :-
1). Meenakshi Amman TempleMeenakshi Amman Temple is one of the most famous and iconic temples in Madurai. It is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, and her consort Lord Sundareswarar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The temple complex is vast and boasts stunning architecture, intricately carved gopurams (temple towers), and beautiful sculptures. The highlight of the temple is the Golden Lotus Tank, where devotees perform ritual baths. The temple attracts a large number of devotees and is renowned for its elaborate festivals, including the annual Meenakshi Thirukalyanam, the celestial wedding ceremony of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar.
2). Tirupparankuram Murugan TempleTirupparankuram Murugan Temple is a prominent Murugan temple located near Madurai. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati. The temple is believed to be one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan. It is nestled amidst the scenic beauty of hills and is known for its spiritual significance and serene surroundings. Devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Murugan and participate in various rituals and festivals.
3). Koodal Azhagar TempleKoodal Azhagar Temple, also known as Koodal Alagar Temple, is an ancient temple situated in the heart of Madurai. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, specifically in his Koodal Alagar form. It is known for its architectural grandeur, with intricately carved pillars and exquisite sculptures. The temple is also revered for its religious significance and is associated with various legends and mythological stories.
DAY 09 : MADURAI - RAMESHWARAM BY ROAD (120 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE)
Morning drive to Rameshwaram, a city of swell and gentle dunes, embellished with the delicacy of casuarina 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.Visiting Temples in Rameshwaram:-
1). Sri Ramanatha Swamy TempleSri Ramanatha Swamy Temple is a highly revered Hindu temple located in Rameshwaram. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples. The temple holds immense religious significance, as it is believed to be the place where Lord Rama prayed to Lord Shiva before crossing the sea to Lanka. The temple complex is vast and features intricate architecture, including massive gopurams (temple towers) and a large sacred tank called Agnitheertham. The temple is known for its elaborate rituals and the belief that a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram is incomplete without offering prayers at Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple.
2). AgnitheerthamAgnitheertham is a sacred beach located near Sri Ramanatha Swamy Temple in Rameshwaram. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and his army performed rituals to seek blessings before their journey to Lanka. Taking a dip in the waters of Agnitheertham is considered auspicious and is believed to cleanse one's sins. Pilgrims visit this beach to offer prayers and perform religious rituals.
3). Panch Mukhi Hanuman TemplePanch Mukhi Hanuman Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located in Rameshwaram. The temple is known for its unique feature of Lord Hanuman depicted with five faces (Panch Mukhi), representing various aspects of Lord Hanuman's divine form. Devotees visit this temple to seek the blessings and protection of Lord Hanuman.
4). Ramarpadam TempleRamarpadam Temple, also known as Rama Padam Temple, is a small temple located in Rameshwaram. It is believed to be the spot where Lord Rama's footprints (Ramarpadam) were imprinted on a stone. The temple is visited by devotees who seek blessings and offer prayers to Lord Rama.
DAY 10 : RAMESHWARAM - KANYAKUMARI BY ROAD (350 KMS 7 HOURS DRIVE)
After early breakfast, drive to Kanyakumari. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Evening visit Kanyakumari temple, Vivekanda Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue, etc. Overnight at hotel.Visiting Temples in Kanyakumari :-
1). Vivekanda Rock MemorialAlthough not a traditional temple, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a major pilgrimage site in Kanyakumari. It is situated on a rocky island and is dedicated to Swami Vivekananda, the renowned Indian philosopher and spiritual leader. The memorial marks the spot where Swami Vivekananda meditated and attained spiritual enlightenment. It offers breathtaking views of the ocean and serves as a place of inspiration and reflection.
2). Kumari Amman TempleKumari Amman Temple, also known as the Kanyakumari Temple, is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kumari Amman, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The temple is located on the seashore and attracts a large number of devotees. The presiding deity is believed to be the goddess who protects the town and its residents. The temple architecture is distinct and features intricate carvings and colorful paintings.
3). Devi Kumari TempleDevi Kanyakumari Temple, also known as Bhagavathy Amman Temple, is another important temple in Kanyakumari. It is situated near the Kumari Amman Temple and is dedicated to Devi Kanya Kumari, another form of Goddess Parvati. The temple is revered by devotees seeking blessings for peace, prosperity, and fulfillment of their desires. The temple complex offers a serene atmosphere for prayer and reflection.
4). Sun Set PointThe Sunset Point in Kanyakumari is a popular spot for tourists and offers a mesmerizing view of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea. Visitors can witness the unique spectacle of seeing the sun set and the moon rise simultaneously. The Sunset Point provides a picturesque backdrop for meditation, contemplation, and appreciating the beauty of nature.
DAY 11 : KANYAKUMARI - TRIVANDRUM BY ROAD (80 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Trivandrum . Start the 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.Visiting Temples in Trivandrum :-
1). Suchindram TempleSuchindram Temple, located in the town of Suchindram near Thiruvananthapuram, is a popular Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma. The temple is known for its intricate architecture and beautiful sculptures. The highlight of the temple is the 22-foot-tall statue of Hanuman, adorned with gold and believed to be the tallest Hanuman statue in India. Suchindram Temple is also famous for its musical pillars that produce different sounds when struck.
2). Sree Padmanabha Swami TempleSree Padmanabha Swami Temple is an ancient and highly revered temple located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his reclining form, known as Padmanabhaswamy. The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams (sacred shrines) of Lord Vishnu. It is renowned for its magnificent architecture, intricate carvings, and the stunning idol of Lord Vishnu. The temple is also famous for its enormous wealth and the hidden underground vaults containing treasures that gained international attention.
3). Pazavangadi Gangapathy TemplePazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple is a renowned Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is located near the East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple is known for its unique idol of Lord Ganesha, which is depicted in a rare sitting posture with the right leg folded and the left leg hanging down. The temple attracts a large number of devotees, particularly during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
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 the hotel. Overnight at hotel.Visiting Temples in Cochin :-
1). Oachira Parabrahma TempleOachira Parabrahma Temple is a unique temple located in Oachira, a town near Kochi. The temple is known for its distinctive worship practices and absence of traditional idol worship. Instead of idols, the temple worships the universal energy or Parabrahma. The temple hosts the Oachira Parabrahma Festival, a significant event attracting devotees from different parts of Kerala.
2). Haripad snake templeHaripad Snake Temple, also known as Mannarasala Temple, is located in Haripad, near Kochi. This unique temple is dedicated to the serpent deities and is believed to be one of the most prominent serpent worship centers in Kerala. The temple complex is set amidst a serene forest and features numerous snake idols and sacred groves. The annual Ayilyam festival, held in the month of October, is a major attraction, drawing devotees and visitors.
3). Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple.Sri Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated in Chottanikkara, near Kochi. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy, believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The deity is worshipped in three forms - Saraswati in the morning, Lakshmi at noon, and Durga in the evening. The temple is known for its unique healing powers and attracts a large number of devotees seeking blessings for mental and physical well-being.
4). Ernakulam Siva TempleErnakulam Shiva Temple, also known as Ernakulathappan Temple, is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the heart of Kochi and is one of the major landmarks of the city. The presiding deity, Lord Shiva, is worshipped here in the form of Ernakulathappan. The temple hosts the annual Ernakulathappan Utsavam, a grand festival celebrated with vibrant processions and cultural performances.
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 the hotel.Visiting Temples in Guruvayur :-
1). Guruvayoor Shri Krishna TempleGuruvayoor Shri Krishna Temple is one of the most famous and revered temples in Kerala. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is believed to be one of the 108 Divya Desams (sacred shrines) of Lord Vishnu. The temple is known for its beautiful idol of Lord Krishna, adorned with precious jewels and ornaments. Devotees from all over the world visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Krishna. The temple is also famous for its daily rituals, including the Nirmalyam, a ceremony where the deity is adorned with fresh flowers and offered prayers.
2). Vadakkum nath Shiva Temple at ThrissurWhile not located in Guruvayur, the Vadakkunnathan Shiva Temple in Thrissur is a prominent temple in Kerala and is worth visiting if you are in the area. It is one of the oldest Shiva temples in Kerala and is known for its architectural grandeur and cultural significance. The temple complex features stunning murals, exquisite carvings, and a unique Koothambalam (traditional theater) where classical performances are held. The temple hosts the famous Thrissur Pooram festival, a grand event featuring vibrant processions and a spectacular display of fireworks.
3). Vishnumaya TempleVishnumaya Temple is a temple dedicated to the deity Vishnumaya, who is believed to be a divine form associated with Lord Krishna. The temple is located near Guruvayur and is known for its powerful and protective presence. Devotees visit the temple seeking blessings for various aspects of life, including protection from negative energies and obstacles.
DAY 14 : GURUVAYUR - COCHIN AIRPORT DROP (70 KMS 2 HRS DRIVE)
Today departure transfer to Cochin Airport to board flight for onward Journey.