India

Spiritual Tour

Spiritual South India

Summary

Type: Spiritual Tour

Duration: 9 Days

Best Time to Travel: September – March

Places you'll discover

Chennai
Kanayaumari
Madurai
Mahabalipuram
Pondicherry
Tanjore
Tiruvanamalai
Trivandrum



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    Spiritual South India - Itinerary

    This 9 day trip allows you to get to the spiritual heart of south India. Visit amazing Hindu places of worship such as the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai with its towering gopurams which dominate the city skyline. Witness an evening puja (prayer ceremony). At Pondicherry visit Auroville, an experimental township and the Aurobindo Ashram – a spiritual community.

    Day 1

    Chennai – Mahabalipuram

    In the morning

    Arrive at Chennai International Airport where you will be met and welcomed by your Indian guide. Transfer by road to your hotel, the Grande Bay Resort in Mahabalipuram on the Coromandel Coast for checking-in and briefing of the tour. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.



    Day 2

    Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram
    In the morning

    In the morning explore the surrounding villages by bicycle. Visit the small village of Kadumbadi with its school and farmlands. Cycle to a potters house for a small demonstration in their backyard workshop. Try your hand at making a pot!

    In the afternoon

    In the afternoon visit Mamammapuram with its UNESCO World Heritage listed monuments – most notably the Five Rathas, Sea Shore Temple and Arjun’s Penance.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Mahabalipuram – Tiruvanamalai

    In the morning

    After breakfast drive to Tiruvanamalai via Kanchipuram with its 8th century Kailashanathar Temple dedicated to Shiva. Take a look at the Ekambareshwar Temple, one of the largest in Kanchipuram.

    In the afternoon

    Continue on to Tiruvanamalai and the Sparsha Resort.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Tiruvanamalai – Pondicherry

    Tiruvanamalai – Pondicherry
    In the morning

    After breakfast drive to Pondicherry via Auroville, an experimental township founded in 1968.

    Arrive in Pondicherry and our hotel, The Atithi and embark on a sightseeing tour including the Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayakar Temple and busy India market on Nehru Street.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Pondicherry – Tanjore

    In the morning

    After breakfast we depart for Tanjore. En route we stop at the Airavatesvara Temple; a fine example of Dravidian architecture.

    In the afternoon

    In Tanjore the first visit is to Tanjore Bronze Art Gallery with its impressive bronze sculpture collection. Next is the Brihadeshwara Siva Temple in Thanjavur. The temple was built by Raja Raja in 1010. Proceed to The Sangam hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Tanjore – Madurai

    Tanjore – Madurai
    In the morning

    After breakfast we take a drive to Madurai. Stop at Karaikudi to visit Chettinad Palace. Built in 1912, the palace is admired for its typical architecture and regal interior.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Madurai and check in to the GRT Regency Hotel. Remainder of day is free at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Madurai

    In the morning

    This morning there is a cycle rickshaw tour of Madurai. Madurai is one of the old cities in India and is built around the Meenakshi Amman Temple. The temple is dedicated to Parvati and Shiva and has 14 gopurams (elaborate gateway towers).

    In the afternoon

    Other sites visited include the Thirumalai nayakar Mahal Temple, Mari Amman Temple tank and busy Madurai local Market.

    In the evening

    Return to the Meenakshi Amman Temple for the night ceremony.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Madurai – Kanayaumari

    Madurai – Kanayaumari
    In the morning

    After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin – On arrival check into the Sparsha Hotel followed by sightseeing of Kanayakumari visiting Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Kanayaumari – Trivandrum

    In the morning

    Departure transfer to Trivandrum and your onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan
    • Experienced English speaking Indian guide
    • Drinking water in car / minivan
    • Cycle rickshaw in Madurai
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Indian visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone
    • Tips and gratuities

    Spiritual South India Summary

    Details

    Type: Spiritual

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Time to Travel: September – March

    Places you'll discover

    Chennai
    Kanayaumari
    Madurai
    Mahabalipuram
    Pondicherry
    Tanjore
    Tiruvanamalai
    Trivandrum
    FROM
    £519
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
    Customise This Tour
     

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