South India Temple Tour
South India where the great Dravidian Kingdoms were established and anyone interested inanceint history and grand temples, must visit Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. If you realy crave to know about the temples, then this program gives you a opportunity to explore the exquisitely carved temples of South India.
Mumbai – Bangalore – Hassan – Mysore – Trichy – Madurai – Chennai – Mumbai
South India Temple Tour Itinerary
- Day 01: Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 02: Mumbai
In the morning visit the world famous: -
Elephanta Caves : A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri.
In the afternoon enjoy Mumbai sightseeing tour : Tour includes a visit the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty beach, Hanging Gardens and the Crawford Market.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 03: Mumbai - Bangalore
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Bangalore. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of: City which includes the Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government Building, Vishveshwara Industrial and Technology Museum and the Ulsoor Lake.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 04: Belur - Halebid
In the morning leave Bangalore for Hassan by surface. In the afternoon visit : Visit the Chennakeswara Temple at Belur and the Hoyasaleswara Temple at Halebid. These are some of the finest examples of temple architecture.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 05: Hassan - Mysore
In the morning leave Hassan for Mysore by surface and enroute visit:
Sravanabelagola : “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D. “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D.
Srigangapatnam : 16 Kms. north of Mysore Srirangapatnam meaning “port of the Lord of the World” is an ancient religious site on an island in the river Cauvery. Continue you drive for Mysore. Rest of the evening at leisure.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 06: Mysore
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:
Mysore : The old capital town has the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace, Chamundi Temple, and the Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments. Finally you also visit the fruits and flower markets. Afternoon free for independent activities.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 07: Mysore - Trichy
In the morning leave Mysore for Trichy by surface.Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 08: Trichy
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:
Trichy : Visit the Rock Fort, Srirangam, one of the largest temple of God Vishnu; and the jambkeswaram temple of Lord Shiva submerged in water. After sightseeing tour of Tanjore.
- Day 09: Trichy - Madurai
Leave for Madurai by surface and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 10: Madurai
- In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:
Madurai City : You will visit Minakshi Temple- built in the 17th century the iconography makes much use of the lotus, which in Indian symbolism is a representation of the female sex and at the same time an emblem of bliss and of the abode of the gods; Palace of Nayak Tirumalai - depicting influence of Mughal art on traditional Hindu art- the beginning of the Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Mauresque Style.
Afternoon at leisure. In the evening witness the “Night ceremony” at Minakshi Temple.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 11: Madurai - Chennai
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Chennai. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 12 Chennai
Enjoy full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.
Kancheepuram :Kancheepuram known as the Golden city of a thousand temples. This is one of India’s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architectural design; the Five Radhas-a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of the Sea; and the huge frescoe; ‘The Penance of Bhagirathi’.
Mahabalipuram : An ancient coastal port South of Madras, here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Radhas - A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the waves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.Overnight at hotel.
- Day 13: Chennai
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of
Chennai City : A typical Indian city, its the capital of Tamil Nadu. Though it was the oldest settlement of the British, Chennai remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit the Marina Beach- second longest beach in the world, its an elegant promenade; Fort St. George- the first foothold of British from where Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 14: Chennai - Mumbai
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 15: Home
Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home.