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South Indian Divine & Pilgrim Packages  
Places Covered :- Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondichery – Thanjavur – Trichy - Madurai – Rameshwaram –
                               Kanyakumari - Kovalam – Trivandrum
Duration:- 10 Nights / 11 Days
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Package Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Chennai

After the early breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. On arrival check in to the Houseboat. Enjoy an enchanting backwater cruise in the Houseboat. While cruising in this Floating villa, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual-skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down Paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Enjoy the food served on board. Overnight stay in the Houseboat.

Day 02: Chennai Sight Seeing Tour
After breakfast Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Chennai. The places of interest are Kalakshetra – it is also known as Temple of art is located outside the Elliots beach established in 1936 by Rukmini Devi Arundale to train, encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam which is the classical dance form of the state. Sri Parthasarathy Temple – devoted to Lord Krishna was originally built by the Pallavas in the 8th century AD

Kapaleswarar Temple – located in Mylapore is yet another 8th Century Pallava Temple. The temple Gopuram(tower) is in the characteristic Dravidian style of architecture. It is devoted to Lord Shiva. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
Drive to Kanchipuram.The little Temple Town of Kanchipuram, or Kanchi, as it is popularly recognized for one of the seven holy cities of the Hindus. It remained the capital of Pallavas from 6th to the 8th centuries.They built numerous temples here. So your trip would include all the major temples to be visited in the city. Visit Kamakshi Temple devoted to Goddess Kamakshi. It has four colourful gopuras and the main chamber has a gold–plated roof.

The Kailasanatha Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the oldest temple constructed by Pallava ruler. This temple is encircled by 58 smaller shrines, each with splendid carvings of the various images of Shiva.

The Great Ekambareshvara Temple, constructed initially by the pallavas, has a 16–pillared mandapa in front of it, was added later by the Vijayanagar Kings. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the largest & ancient temples.

The Vaikuntha Perumal Temple is one of the 18 temples dedicated to Vishnu, erected by Varman II. This exceptional structure has three main chambers, built one on top of the other. Each of them enshrines an image of Vishnu in a different form – standing, sitting and reclining.

The Varadaraja Temple is the town’s main Vishnu temple. The chief deity in the form of Vishnu is known as Varadaraja. It is believed that the temple stands on the site where Brahma performed a Yagna (Sacrifice) to invoke Vishnus presence.Later proceed to Mahablipuram. On arrival check into hotel.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram – worldwide renowned for its shore temples, it was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram.It is located 58 kilometres from Chennai on the Bay of Bengal. Later we would take you for trip to following places – Caves – There are nine rock cut cave temples.

The Mahishasuramardhini cave, contrasting the goddess fighting an evil spirit on one side, and Lord Vishnus cosmic sleep on the other, is an amazing sight to view.

Arjunas Penance – This huge whale–back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, and birds and in fact, can be said to represent creation itself. It also illustrates Arjuna – one of the Pandava brothers and a skilled archer, is standing on one leg, doing penance to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva.

The Shore Temple – This is one of the ancient temples in South India. They were built in 8th Century A.D. and is an excellent example of the first phase of the structure of temples constructed in the Dravidian style. The two spires of the temples contain a shrine for Lord Vishnu and for Lord Shiva.

Day 05: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning drive to Pondicherry, on arrival checks in to the hotel. Later enjoy the city tour of Pondicherrys main sights are Sri Aurobindo Ashram – established in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the religious authority passed to one of his follower, a French woman known as the Mother. In the courtyard are the Samadhi of Aurobindo and The Mother where their mortal remains have been enshrined.

Auroville – located at 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original deed aimed at creating a city of the future where people from all over the world with different religions could live and work together in a spiritual environment. Beach – where you can enjoy swimming & sun bathing.

Day 06 – Pondicherry – Thanjavur
Drive to Tanjore enroute visit Chidambram. The Nataraja Temple– is located in the heart of Chidambaram town and cover an area of 40 acres. The roof of the chamber is covered with gold plates. This is the temple of the Cosmic Dancer, where the presiding divinity is called Nataraja. It has 56 pillars in the hall portraying 108 gestures of Bharat Natyam, the classical dance of Tamilnadu. On arrival, check–in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Tanjore.

Visit Sri Brihadeswara Temple – It was constructed by the great Chola King in 10th century AD. It is brilliant example of Chola architecture. The Palace – It is a huge building of stonework built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and later completed by the Marathas. Art Gallery – It is positioned in the Thanjavur Palace only. It has some of the most magnificent and precious Granite and Bronze statues of Chola period. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 
Day 07: Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai enroute visit Trichy. Enjoy sightseeing tour of Trichy: Sri Rangnathaswamy Temple – The Temple at Srirangam is positioned 6 kilometers from the city center Trichy. The temple is built on an island in the middle of the Kaveri River and devoted to Lord Vishnu. It is also the largest temple in the world.

The Rock Fort – situated on the banks of the Kaveri River is an 84 m high rock which is one of the oldest in the world. The temple that is located 300 feet above the sea level is devoted to Lord Shiva. The extremely huge temple has a 100–pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. Later drive Madurai. On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08: Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai
Morning visit Rameshwaram temple. The Ramanathaswamy Temple – is considered as one of the holy shrines of Hindus in India.

Positioned close to the sea on the eastern side of the island, this temple is famous for its 1200 gigantic granite column. The 54 meter tall gopuram (gate–tower), 1220 metres of superb corridors and the colorful columns decorate and render fame to the temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Madurai – Kanyakumari.
Morning visit Madurai Meenakshi AmmanTemple which is dedicated to Parvati who is known as Meenakshi and her consort Shiva, named here as Sundareswarar .The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. After the visit drive to Kanyakumari. Enroute visit thirichendur temple. Evening Sunset view at Kanyakumari. Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.

Day 10: Kanyakumari –Kovalam
Morning visit Vivekananda Rock, Suchindram with its unusual temple dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The temple is noted for its huge Hanuman statue and musical pillars. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswami Temple. Later drive to Kovalam.Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 11: Kovalam-Trivandrum.
After Breakfast drive to Trivandrum Airport/Railway station for the onwards journey.

NOTE :- Above programme can be changed and customized as per your requirements
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