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Home » Hansa Spiritual Tours » South India Temple Tour

South India Temple Tour
Duration : 11 Days / 10 Nights
Destinations : Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi- Chennai

Hansa Vacations gives you a chance to go on a pilgrimage to the temples of South India that were built thousands of years ago and to enjoy nature at its best on the backwaters and beaches of God's Own Country-Kerala. This pilgrimage tour will rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

Day 01: Arrive Chennai (By International flight)
Upon arrival in Chennai you will be met and assisted by our Hansa Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02: Chennai
Morning proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai, the first major British settlement in India. Visit Kapleshwara temple, St. Thomas Church, Art Gallery, St. George Fort, Marina beach (the second longest beach of the world after California). Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Chennai / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (130 km, 05 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram, en-route visit Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India, to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu kanchi temples. Continue your drive to Mahabalipuram, arrive and check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram
In the morning visit the rock cut caves built by the Pallava Kings between the 6th -8th centuries, Panch Ratha temple and the 7th century Shore Temple where both Vishnu and Shiva are enshrined under one roof. Also visit the soap stone workers in the market who design and make sculptures using a chisel and a hammer. Afternoon will be at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05: Mahabalipuram / Chidambram / Gangekondcholapuram / Tanjore
Morning depart for Tanjore by road, en-route you will visit Chidambaram temple. Continue your drive and take a halt at Gangekondcholapuram to visit the Shiva temple built around 1012 - 1044 A.D. by King Rajendra I. The specialty of this temple and the engineering is more than a 1000 years old, the rays of the sun fall on the Nandi (bull) and gets reflected on the Shiva Lingam and provides light from dawn to dusk. The next stop will be the Kumbakonam water tank. It is believed that after every 12 years, the waters of the 9 sacred rivers including the Ganga meet here. And when this happens thousands of pilgrims take a dip in the tank to wash away their sins. Next you will stop is the 13th century Shiva temple at Darasuram. Reach Tanjore check in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 06: Tanjaore / Trichy
After breakfast visit the Brideshwarar Shiva Temple at Tanjore that was build by King Raja Raja Chola between the years 985-1010 AD. This temple is an example of the excellent architecture of the Chola dynasty followed by a visit to the Raja Raja Chola art gallery to view the bronze and stone sculptures made between the 9th-16th centuries. Afternoon you will drive to Trichy. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Later visit the Srirangam Vishnu temple that has 21 gopurams (towers). The Rajagopuram that was built in 1983 is 236 ft. tall and is the tallest temple tower in the world. Evening visit the Rock Fort that is 83 meters above the ground and has 344 steps to the top. On the top there is a Vinayaka temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07: Trichy / Madurai (131 km, 03 hrs)
After breakfast depart for Madurai, arrive and check in at the hotel. Afternoon you will visit the 16th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace followed by a visit to the magnificent Meenakshi temple, the temple has two main shrines, one is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati (Meenakshi) and the other to Sunereshwara (Shiva). Evening witness the aarti ceremony at Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Madurai / Periyar (Thekkady) (140km, 04 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Periyar, arrive and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the different spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, clove and ginger. There will be a visit to tea, coffee and vanilla plantations as well. Periyar is about 1000 meters above sea level and spices are its main crop. Then visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve by boat to watch a variety of animals like tigers, panthers, bison, wild elephants and a wide variety of birds. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Periyar / Kumarakom
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom to board the Houseboat also known as Kettuvallam. Cruise through the splendid greenery of God's Own Country and catch a glimpse of the daily routine of those who live on the banks of the Backwaters. Dinner and night stay on the Houseboat Cruise.

Day 10: Houseboat Cruise / Alleppey / Kochi (60km, 01.5 hrs)
After breakfast disembark from the Houseboat at Alleppey and drive to Kochi. Upon arrival in Kochi you will check-in at the hotel. Afternoon take a short sightseeing tour visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church, which is one of the oldest Churches built by the Europeans in 1503 AD. Evening enjoy the traditional dance of Kerala- the Kathakali. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11:  Kochi – Chennai Departure
Morning at leisure. Late afternoon a Hansa Vacations representative will transfer you to the airport to board the flight to Chennai. Upon arrival in Chennai take the connecting International flight for the onward destination.