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9 Day South India Temple Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Titupathi Balaji Darshan
  • Shore Temple of Mamallapuram
  • Thanjavur--City of Indian Silk
  • Meenakshi Temple of Madurai
Explore India in its rich cultural heritage, the temples speak of the glory of the ruling dynasty. Temples, symbolizing the religious fervor of the people of India, are strewn all over the place. Temples with lofty towers dot the skyline of South India.
What to Expect
Day 1: Arrive at Chennai and after breakfast proceed to Tirupathi. Arrive and check-in at hotel.Afternoon visit the famous Venkateshwara temple situated at Tirumala is known as Balaji in the North and Srinivasa Perumal in the South. Tirumala has seven magnificent hills and hence the God is called "Edukondalavadu", the God of seven hills. It is one of the oldest pilgrim centres in India with an average of 40-50 thousand pilgrims visiting daily and one of the richest deity in the world! Dotted with natural waterfalls and endowed with divine beauty, the place has well-laid gardens. The Varahaswamy temple, situated near the Venkateswara temple on the banks of Pushkarani Tank is said to be even more ancient. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Varahaswamy. Other famous shrines in Tirupati town include the shrine of Govinda - raja Swamy temple and the sacred Kapila Teertham. Overnight stay in Tirupathi.

Day 2: Morning after breakfast proceed for Kanchipuram - THE City of Temples. Once the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagar rulers, it is considered as the second holiest place in India, next only to Varanasi. Visit the Kailasanatha temple, Ekambaranatha temple, Sri Kamakshi temple,Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Talagiriswara Temple etc.Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 3: After breakfast proceed to Thanjavur. Enroute visiting Arujna''s Penance and Shore temple and Five Raths at Mahabalipuram.Arrive and check-in at hotel at Thanjavur for overnight stay.

Day 4: After breakfast proceed to visit the magnificent Brihadishwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which bears witness to the glory of Chola architecture, sculpture and painting. The Thanjavur Art Gallery has a priceless collection of bronze icons and granite sculptures dating from the 9th century AD. Proceed to Madurai.Arrive and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Morning after breakfast visit Meenakshi Temple, the huge temple complex with its beautiful carvings is quite overwhelming. The complex with its magniflcient stone carvings was built in the 17th century by the Nayaks of Madurai. See the thousand pillar hall. Also see the Thirumalai Nayak Palace built in the Indo Saracenic style in 1636.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Morning Proceed to Tiruchirappalli. Arrive and stay at Hotel.Afternoon half day city tour visiting Rock Fort, with the Vinayaka temple at the top reached by climbing 437 steps, Government Museum and Tiruvanaikkaval.Overnight stay at Tiruchirappalli.

Day 7: Morning proceed to Chennai. Enroute visit Vardaraja Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple at Kanchipuram.Arrive and stay at Hotel.Overnight at Chennai.

Day 8: Morning after breakfast visit to Kapileshwara temple in Chennai.Afternoon visit the Museum or free to visit emporium to buy the souvenirs.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9: After breakfast transfer to airport to for onward destination.
What's Included
  • 8 Nights of hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Breakfast during the stay.
  • Air Conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Local English Speaking Guide for the sightseeing places.
  • Assistance on arrival & departure transfers.
  • All applicable taxes included.
What's Not Included
  • Air fare and Train fare.
  • Personal expenses like Laundry, Portage, Extra meals etc.
  • Guide & Driver tips & gratuities.
  • Accompanied language guide.
  • Entrance fees for the monuments mentioned.
  • Anything not mentioned in "Cost Included".
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