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South India Temple Tour

Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Swamimalai - Tanjore

6 Days

Overview

South India is a treasure of Indian legacy, especially brilliant architecture of temples built by royals in various eras of history. The South India Temple Tour is a well-crafted itinerary taking you on a visit to sacred temples and religious shrines across the cities of South India. Discover your spiritual side on your tour to some of the best temples in India. Temples in South India are rich sources of marvelous architecture, mythological legends, religious teachings and ancient Dravidian culture, an unmissable part of Indian heritage. Peruse the itinerary for complete details.


Tour Highlights
  • Sightseeing in Chennai
  • Excursion to Marina beach
  • Guided tour to Kanchipuram
  • Visit Mahabalipuram tourist attractions
  • Explore the charms of Pondicherry
  • City tour of Tanjore

Itinerary

Upon arrival at the Chennai airport, meet our tour representative. Get assistance with transfer to one of our listed hotels. Check-in at the hotel to rest for a while. Later, proceed for a tour of the sights of Chennai. Pay a visit to Fort St. George, St. Thomas Mount, and San Thome Cathedral, some of the brilliant relics of the British Raj. Get blessings of the Kapaleeswarar Temple. Learn about the vast history at the National Art Gallery where you can take a look at interesting exhibits.

In the evening, enjoy a beautiful sunset at the equally beautiful Marina Beach.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.

Start the day with check-out of the hotel. Later, drive to Mahabalipuram. En route pay a visit to Kanchipuram, a temple town of Tamil Nadu. The major tourist sites in Kanchipuram include Kailasanthar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, The Vardarajanperumal Temple and the Sakkiswarar Temple. Get blessings at these ancient temples, learn about the interesting tales and perform holy rituals. Later, continue with your drive to Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram is home to a group of monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. The 7th century port city was the pride of the Pallavas and the town is till date is quite known for its rock-cut temples. Upon arrival in the town, check-in at one of our listed hotels. The day is free of plans, which you can spend at leisure enjoying on the golden shores.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.

Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Later, check out of the hotel. Leave for a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. Explore the charming monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Start sightseeing with the stunning Shore Temple. Marvel at the Five Ratha temples, Arjuna’s Penance and the Tiger caves. Later, drive to Pondicherry.

On your arrival, check-in at one of our listed hotels. There are no more plans for the day. Opt for leisurely walk to the beach or the local markets of Pondicherry.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.

After you are done with breakfast at the hotel, set out to explore the Pondicherry. The French Colony for centuries, till date now very much retains its charming past. Enjoy the diverse attractions like the French architecture, colonial sights, charming memories of the bygone days in addition to the coastline of 32 km of palm-fringed beaches, scenic backwaters and fishing villages.

Later in the day, pay a visit to Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Later, continue towards Swamimalai. On the way, pay a visit to Chidambaram. Pray at the Gangaikonda Cholapuram, a part of the Great Living Chola Temples listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

Upon arrival at Swamimalai, transfer to one of our listed hotels. Later in the day, visit the Swamimalai Murugan Temple.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Later, head straight to Tanjore. Known as the city of temples, the ancient town of Thanjavur has many famous temples in and around the city including the Navagraha temples. Upon arrival in the town, check-in at one of our listed hotels.

Rest for a while after which you can set out on a guided city tour of Tanjore. Explore the tourist destinations that includes the Vijayanagar Fort, Shiva Ganga Garden, Aalangudi temple, and the Chandra Bagawan Temple. The highlight of the town is Brihadeshwara temple, a part of the Great Living Chola Temples, which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Overnight stay at a heritage hotel or a similar category of hotel.

Today is the last day of the tour. After you are done with breakfast, get assisted transfer to the Madurai airport to board flight for your onward destination.

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