Tamil Nadu Temple Tour

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Trivandrum - Kanyakumari

Overview

Tamil Nadu is blessed with so many splendid surprises. The list includes a gorgeous coastline, majestic mountains, pristine beaches, interesting cultures, breathtaking sceneries, temples with intricate carvings and much more. Tamil Nadu Temple Trail tour will take you on a sacred journey to majestic shrines. The tour, at the same time also enables you to enjoy a few days in the lap of Mother Nature. Thus, tourists feel connected to nature.

The 9 Nights / 10 Days Tamilnadu Temple Tour Itinerary is designed in such a way that you get stirring experiences at top tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu with utmost comfort. During this tour, you will first visit Chennai. Chennaihas perfectly maintained its heritage with its thriving modern lifestyle and has a magnificent rich cultural history. You will also head towards Mahabalipuramwhich is an impressive city dotted with many historical temples, delightful white sandy beaches, alluring atmosphere and casuarinas trees.During your tour, you will also visit Tanjore which is known as the “Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu” and is home to some of the most exquisite examples of Tamil architectural style.

You will be also basking in the bliss at Trichy which is devoted to various Gods. Coming up is the next destination which is Madurai. The city is considered as the ‘Temple Town of Tamil Nadu’ and also referred to as ‘Athens of the East’.The journey further continues to Trivandrum. It has an exceptional vibe and is a place where spirituality and nature join the hands together. At last, you will go to Kanyakumari which is a coastal town surrounded by mountains and vibrant seashores. It is famed for its waterfalls and beaches.

Indeed, Tamil Nadu is an inviting tourist state for a pilgrimage tour. Here the vibrant Hindu temples are not only a haven to seek spirituality but leave you in awe of the imposing architecture and rich culture as well.

Trip Highlights
  • Excursion to Fort St. George and San Thome Cathedral in Chennai
  • Explore famous Museums in Chennai
  • Offer prayers at Amman Temple,
  • Outing to Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Vattakottai Fort
  • Take a tour of Padmanabhapuram Palace and Neyyar Dam of Trivandrum
  • Enjoy at Kovalam Beach
  • See the famous attractions in Mahabalipuram like Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, and Shore Temple
  • Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple
  • Pay homage at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Sucheendram Temple
  • Explore the popular places of Madurai like Gandhi Museum and Tirumala Palace
  • Worship at Meenakshi Temple
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Itinerary Details

Upon arrival at Chennai Airport / Railway Station, you will be transferred to your pre-decided hotel by our tour executive. Register yourself at the hotel reception and spend the rest of the day leisurely. Chennai is regarded as the "Gateway of the South" and represents a culture which is distinctly different from that of northern India. This city is popular for its skyline that features towering skyscrapers which form a scenic vista along the coast. Chennai had played an essential role in the colonial era. The city has historical monuments and museums which are a testament to the days gone by.

It is also home to the second largest beach in the world, the Marina Beach. The beach always remains thronged with local people as well as tourists. You can talk a walk along the sandy beach featuring crystal clear water. Marina Beach is lined with stalls and eateries where you can go for savoring some snacks.

You can visit the local markets for some souvenir shopping if you have time before retiring to the bed at the hotel.

Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast and head out for the local sightseeing tour of Chennai. Start from Fort St. George, also called the 'White Town'. It was a British headquarter and the main purpose of establishing this massive fort was to show the British stronghold in the Coromandel Coast and the rest of South India. But now, this fort is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the station of Tamilnadu Government. Next, move towards the San Thome Cathedral which is an ancient pilgrim and historical center. It was built during the 14th to the 15th century by Portuguese and is designed in Neo-Gothic architectural styles. It is one of the prominent attractions of Chennai.

Later on, you will also visit some of the famous museums in Chennai. The fascinating ancient and colonial history of Chennai is presented at the city's several breathtaking museums. These museums have a huge collection of traditional artworks, currency, rare relics, medals, coins, books, oriental manuscripts, toy train and engines belonging to the British era and much more.

In the afternoon, you will drive towards Mahabalipuram by road. It is mainly popular for its rock-cut caves as well as intricately carved temples. It is also known as Mamallapuram. The town is historically important and a well-loved tourist location that is situated on the Coromandel Coast. It is one of the most attractive places in South India where culture meets history to create a great opportunity for explorers.

As you reach Mahabalipuram, check-in at your pre-booked hotel and retire for the night in your room.

Wake up early in the morning with a southern specialty as your morning meal and get ready to familiarize yourself with one of the prime attractions i.e., Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be visiting Arjuna's Penance, also known as "Descent of the Ganges" and is a huge open-air rock-cut relief carved on 2 monolithic rock boulders. The structure is a fine specimen of the art of carving and sculpting on rock forms. The structure is named so because it depicts both of these two significant and symbolic events, i.e., Arjuna's Penance and Descent of holy River Ganga on the earth, of Hindu mythology.

After that, set your foot into Five Rathas, also called the 'Panch Rathas'. It is an exemplary set of rock temples and presents an excellent example of the evolution of Dravidian architectural style. The temples resemble the shapes of pagodas and are associated with the great Epic Mahabharata.

Now, move to the next tourist point which is the Shore Temple which was built in the 7th-century. It depicts the royal taste of the Pallava Dynasty and is constructed in Dravidian style. Every year the very renowned Mamallapuram Dance Festival takes place here with the Shore Temple forming its backdrop. During weekend evenings, it looks enchanting due to the lights. This temple comprises three shrines. Out of the three, one is dedicated to Lord Shiva, another to Lord Vishnu and the last one is dedicated to Ksatriyasimnesvara. At the end of the day, get back to your hotel and savor your dinner.

Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.

After munching your breakfast in the hotel, pack your belongings and check-out from the hotel to leave for Tanjore. Also called Thanjavur, this city rose to glory during the Chola Empire and became the center of learning and culture. From magnificent buildings, temples to cultural & artistic venues, there are many places to explore in Tanjore. On arrival at the hotel, complete all your check-in formalities.

After relaxing for a while, you will be out to visit Brihadewswara Temple. It is an ancient temple that was built by King of Chola Empire like a fortress on the shores of a river. The deity of this temple is Lord Shiva who resides here in his dancing pose and is called the 'Nataraja'. The astonishing structure of the temple showcases the architectural skills and affinity of the South Indian Kings. This thousand-year-old temple portrays its exceptional cultural and historical value to the visitors. The most important architectural feature of this temple is that the shadow of the temple never falls on the ground at noon.

In the evening, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

On the 5th day of your Tamilnadu Temple Tour, treat your taste buds to a wholesome breakfast at the hotel. Now, you will hit the road to Trichy. This city spiritually awakens your senses at numerous temples and churches.

Today, you will explore the Ranganath Temple, a Hindu Temple and one the 108 "Divya Desams" of Lord Vishnu. It is dedicated to the Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form Lord Vishnu. This temple was constructed in Dravidian architectural style and is rich in legend and history. It includes 21 surroundings "Gopurams", 81 shrines, 39 pavilions and an ornate gateway. This temple holds the annual chariot festival of Tamil Nadu that lasts for 21 days.

Next, proceed to Jambukeshwar Temple. The priest of this temple performs Pooja of Lord Shiva in female attire. It is believed that Goddess Parvati made Shiv Lingam out of the water of River Cauvery under Venn Naaval tree in the Jambu forest and worshipped Lord Shiva. This ShivaLingam is also called by the name "Appu Linga" (Water Lingam). The temple was built by the Chola King in 2nd century AD.

At last, you will see the Srirangam Temple which is the foremost of the 8 self-manifested shrines of Lord Vishnu. The temple lies on an island between the twin rivers Kollidam and Cauvery. This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Bhogamandabam, Periyakoil, and Bhoologa Vaikundam. This temple has enormous size and has 7 enclosures or prakaras and 21 magnificent towers.

Later, come back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Trichy.

Post a delectable morning meal, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to another destination, Madurai. It is the prime site of heritage in Tamil Nadu as well as a famous pilgrimage center in India. The city is mainly popular for its Meenakshi Temple which you will be exploring today. The mesmerizing architecture of this temple is renowned globally. It is primarily dedicated to Goddess Parvati, also known as Meenakshi and her spouse, Lord Shiva. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva visited Madurai to marry Parvati. Hence, this temple was built here to pay respect to the Goddess. This temple complex is made in accordance with the Shilpa Shastra. Its exquisite façade describes the details with great art pieces incorporated in the pillars & walls.

In the afternoon, you will go for a half-day trip to Tirumala Palace and the Gandhi Museum. Tirumala Palace depicts the perfect blend of Rajput & Dravidian architectural styles. It was erected by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD and became the residence of King Thirumalai Nayak. The interiors, as well as the exterior, have been richly adorned. The excellent stucco work is done on the domes and arches of the palace. Tourists enjoy the magnificent Sound and Light Show at this mahal.

The Gandhi Museum pays a tribute to the efforts of the 'Father of the Nation', Mahatma Gandhi. This museum was established in 1959 in his cherished memory after his demise. It houses a wealth of remarkable mementos associated with Indian history such as the bloodstained cloth, Mahatma Gandhi was wearing when he was assassinated in 1948. It comes under the Peace Museums worldwide selected by the United Nations Organization (UNO).

Head back to your lodge and retire in your room for a good night's sleep.

Have a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. We suggest you to embark on a religious pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. It is one of the holiest places in India and situated on a beautiful island. As per Hindu beliefs, this is the place where Lord Rama created a bridge across the sea to Sri Lanka. This place is separated by a small Pamban channel from Sri Lanka. It includes many attractions points such as Rameshwaram Temple - one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and Five Faced Hanuman Temple - the most esteemed temple in Rameshwaram.

Be back to your pre-booked hotel by evening for an overnight stay.

After having a scrumptious breakfast, it is time to go to Trivandrum. Trivandrum is a swanky metropolis with plenty of scenic places to visit and exudes quaint urban charm. after reaching, go to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, also known as Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and depicts the striking mix of Dravidian and Keralan architectural styles. This temple has 18-feet high idol of Lord Vishnu. Thousands of devotees throng this temple to seek the blessings and pay their respect to the Lord.

Next, you will be moving to Kovalam Beach. The beach is famous for offering breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. The beach is surrounded by coconut trees that keep on swaying gently with the breeze that blows softly in the region. You can also take a leisure walk on the silver white sands.

After that, visit Neyyar Dam, a popular picnic spot which is settled on the southern hills of the Western Ghats. This dam gives a panoramic view of the surrounding areas. The prime attractions of this Dam are the watch-tower, deer park, lion safari park and boating facilities. Your next sightseeing spot is Padmanbhapuram Palace which is regarded amongst the top ten places of the world and famous for its carved mahogany ceilings, secret underground passages, museum, colored mica windows, inner courtyards, etc. It is situated at the foothills of Veli which is the hilly extensions of the Western Ghats. It stands as a perfect example of traditional Kerala architectural style. The palace was built in 1601 with a unique combination of lime, charcoal, egg whites, burnt coconuts, jaggery, and river sand.

In the evening, you will pay homage at SucheendramTemple, also known as Thanumalayan Temple and dedicated to the Trinity of God – Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. The most popular festival of this temple is the 10-day long Car Festival. This place holds high religious importance amongst devotees belonging to both Vaishnavites and Shaivite sects.

At last, your beautiful day ends at the hotel.

After having a brisk breakfast, spend a full day exploring the main attractions in Kanyakumari. The beautiful city is situated at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. It is one of the major centers of art, religion, and culture. This town is blessed with patchy hills with undulating valleys, paddy fields, coconut trees, pristine beaches, temples and much more. Today you will go to see Amman Temple which is one of the major Hindu temples all across India. It is dedicated to Goddess Kumari Amman and is also known as the Kanyakumari Temple.

Next, proceed to Vattakottai Fort. It truly enhances the beauty of Tamil Nadu because it rests on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. This fort gives a panoramic view of the Bay of Bengal on one side and the majestic hills of the Western Ghats on the other side. It holds a historical significance and was built in the 18th-century by the Travancore Dynasty.

In the end, you will explore Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a picturesque location with the spectacular Indian Ocean in its backdrop. This memorial is situated on one of the two adjacent rocks projecting out of the Lakshadweep Sea and comprises of the 'Vivekananda Mandapam' and the 'Shripada Mandapam'. This statue was built in 1970 and showcases a spectacular architecture.

By the end of this tiring day, you will come back to your hotel to spend the night.

After a delicious breakfast, check out from the hotel and travel to Trivandrum airport/railway station. The 10-day long Tamil Nadu Temple Trail tour comes to an end. You will get back home with blissful and everlasting memories of Tamil Nadu.

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