Temple Tour

13 Nights From £1630.00 per person, 2 sharing

Summary 

Those who enjoy visiting temples and historical sites will be spoilt for choice in Kerala’s neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Boasting wonderfully elaborate architecture, the temples showcase the opulent and lavish tastes of generations of royalty. Each has a unique and mesmerizing design and an equally intricate story to tell, so why not embark on a tour to see as many as you can as well as an array of other fascinating historical sights.

Itinerary

Day 1-3:  On arrival at Chennai airport you will be met by your own personal driver. Your tour will begin in Chennai and include a visit to some of its most fascinating locations including the spectacular Kapaleeshwarar Temple, the National Art Gallery and St George’s Church. Should you wish you can then enjoy a short walk around Marina Beach (Chennai’s longest beach), and an evening stroll through the spice market.

Day 4:  To Tirupati, a visit here will include a tour of Sri Venkateswara Temple, believed to be the oldest and the richest temple in the world.

Day 5:  Tour the monuments and caves in Mahabalipuram and a selection of temples in Kanchipuram including Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Sri Kamakshi Temple and Varadharaja Perumal Temple.

Day 6-7:  Sightseeing in Pondicherry, the ex French colony, which will include Auroville Ashram, Paradise beach, Seaside promenade, Basilica of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Aurobindo Ashram, French war Memorial and a rickshaw ride through the maze of backstreets. Here you will captivated by the colourful floral displays of geraniums and bougainvillaea which decorate the French architecture. From Pondicherry travel south to Kumbakonam, making various stops along the way to visit some very special temples (Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple and Darasuram Airavateswarar Temple)

Day 8:  At Kumbakonam visit Adi Kumbhakeshwar Temple and Kumbakonam brass factory.

Day 9:  You continue your tour to Tanjore, to see Brihadeshwara Temple.

Day 10 -11:  Your next visit will be to Madurai (3 hours South of Tanjore). En route you can stop at Trichy to visit the Ranganatha Temple, Rock Fort Temple and Jambukeshwara Temple. Once you arrive in Madurai, visit Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. In the evening your driver will take you to Meenakashi Amman Temple again to attend the night ceremony.

Day 12:  Rameshwaram will be your next stop, where you can visit Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi Beach and other temples.

Day 13:  Drive to Kanyakumari for a half day sightseeing visit to include Bhagavathy Amman Temple, Kanyakumari beach and Vivekananda rock memorial.

Day 14:  You will be driven back to the airport in time for your return flight

Your tour will include:

  • All accommodation (3* and 4*) with breakfast
  • Luxury car with an English speaking driver to escort you throughout your trip.
  • Entrance to all excursions.
  • Our professional services from enquiry to your return.
  • TTA guarantee (Travel Trust Association)

All of our tours can be tailored to your individual requirements, we are always happy to arrange a bespoke tour.

*Flights not included.

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Sightseeing throughout your Kerala Moments tour

  • Chennai

    Chennai, previously known as Madras is on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India and is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. This bustling city is home to Fort St. George, a museum showcasing the history as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost and the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods.

  • Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake in Tamil Nadu. This area is most famous for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises three ornate granite shrines, you can also visit Krishna’s Butter Ball a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.   Mahabalipuram has some great cafes and restaurants where you can sample the local sea food dishes.

  • Pondicherry

    Pondicherry was a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, the French Quarter which still holds the French legacy is very pretty with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial houses and villas that are florally decorated with bougainvillea and geraniums and chic boutiques to explore. The beach promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including the Gandhi Memorial.

  • Thanjavur

    Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu was formally named Tanjore and is home of the 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple with its elaborate frescoed interior, it is also home to the Thanjavur Maratha Palace which holds the centuries old Saraswathi Mahal Library with its original palm-leaf manuscripts. The area is steeped with the cultural history of the area.

  • Madurai

    Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and sits on the banks of the  Vaigai River. Madurai is dominated by the 14 colourful gopurams (gateway towers) of the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The temple is covered in bright carvings of Hindu gods and is a major pilgrimage site in the area, millions of Hindus attend the processions and ceremonies of the Chithirai Festival celebrating Meenakshi and Lord Vishnu.

     

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