Southern Splendour (South India Temple Tour)

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Surround Yourself with World-Renowned, Dravidian-Style Temples

As the cultural lines between the north and south India are well defined and distinct historically, but are rather significant and clearly visible from the architecture found in the temples of South India. The temples of south India are rather a big attraction for tourist for their massiveness and Dravidian architecture involved in making them. The style of South Indian Temple construction is entirely different from Persian and Victorian Style of architecture.

South Indian temples generally have a large gopuram, a monumental tower at the entrance of the temple making them a major feature of Koils, Hindu temples of the Dravidian style. At the top there exists a bulbous stone finial.

Among the different forms of temple architecture in the South, the most important one are found in Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai is a famous temple there. The temples around Kancheepuram are noticeable whereas Shore Temple in Mamallapuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some other south Indian temples are Nataraja temple at Chidambaram, the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple at Srirangam, the Brihadeshvara Temple of Thanjavur, Brihadeshvara Temple of Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple of Darasuram and others.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Chennai

Upon arrival in Chennai you will be escorted by our representative to your pre booked hotel.

Day 02 Chennai

Today you will have a guided city sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Gandhi memorial, Kalashetra, Mylapore temple, Marina beach. Evening is free to explore the city on your own. Overnight stay at Chennai

Day 03 Tirupati

Today morning enjoy full day excursion to Tirupati – known for the famous ancient temple of Lord Venkateswara (lord of seven hills or Balaji as he is affectionately known) on the top of the Tirumala hills. Evening, return back to Chennai for an overnight stay

Day 04 Chennai to Mahabalipuram

This morning drive to Kanchipuram - the ancient capital of Pallavas this place is known as City of 1000 temples. Temples of Ekambaswera, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Aradarajaswamy are of interest further drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at hotel.

Day 05 Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamalai - pilgrimage centre with an ancient temple of Lord Shiv. Later proceed to Pondicherry which carries a strong whiff of the French presence in India. Overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day 06 Pondicherry

Visit Aurobindo ashram – 10 kms from Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurobindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of yoga and modern science. Later visit to Auroville - a unique experiment in International living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight stay at Pondicherry

Day 07 Pondicherry to Tanjore

Morning after breakfast, we drive to Chidambram famous for Nataraj Temple. Later drive to Tanjavur – famous for the Brahadewara temple. Overnight stay at Tanjore

Day 06 Tanjore to Trichy

Today we head to Trichy, short name of Tiruchirapalli situated on the banks of Kaveri River. Check in at hotel. Later visit Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23 mts. Also visit Srirangam and Jambukeshwar temple.

Day 09 Trichy to Madurai

After breakfast, we drive to Madurai and check in at hotel. Later visit Meenakshi temple, King's Tirumala Palace, Mariamman Tepakkulam and Alagar Kovil. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10 Madurai

Morning, leave for same day excursion to Rameshwaram – the most sacred temple town of India. According to Indian mythology, this is the place where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor Ravana. In evening, return to Madurai for an overnight stay

Day 11 Madurai to Kanyakumari

After breakfast, drive to Kanyakumari - is the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian ocean meet. An important pilgrimage centre famous for Amman temple dedicated to Goddess Kanyakumari.

Day 12 Kanyakumari to Trivandrum

Early morning view the beautiful sunrise, at Suchindram and proceed to Trivandrum, enroute visit Padmanabhapuram palace. Arrive and visit to city palace museum.

Day 13 Departure

Today we will arrange an escorted transfer to airport for your connecting flight back to home.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

12 nights in handpicked hotels

Meals

12 Breakfasts

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Elephant ride, Folk Dances

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style Max Holidays

Accommodation style

The Southern Splendour tour of South India offers comfortable 12 nights and 13 days stay in handpicked hotels including few city hotels, guest houses, beach resorts and some characteristic hotels. The hotels are picked for your stay based on the report and feedbacks of the past guests used these properties. The hotels offer clean rooms with attached toilet and many other standard facilities equivalent to three star standard.

Most of our price offers are generally based on double room sharing basis. For single room stay the guest need to inform us in advance and pay single room supplement.

Remark : Ask us for upgradation of your accommodation which is available at an additional cost.