This temple tour takes you on a journey to some of South India’s most revered shrines with focus on Kerala Temples. Besides being ancient, the Keralan style of architecture is a confluence of Dravidian and foreign influences making them unique. Note: Many Kerala temples allow entry only to people of Hindu faith so this tour is designed especially for travellers on a pilgrimage.
You will be welcomed at Kochi airport/rail station by our company representative and taken to your hotel. Relax for a while and freshen up for your evening trip to the first temple of the tour: Chotanikkara Devi temple.
Visit Chotanikkara Devi Temple: The abode of Rajarajeswari
The deity in this temple is worshiped in 3 forms: Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. The change in form is also visible in the deity embellishments. Have darshan in the grand Kerala temple and relax for the night
The Chotanikkara temple wooden sculpting comes from the ancient tradition of Vishwakarma sthapathis
Today morning have darshan at the Ernakulam Shiva Temple which is famous from the Pashupathastra legend. After breakfast head to Guruvayoor temple and also visit the Triprayar Shri Rama temple on the way.
Triprayar Rama Temple: Ancient temple by the river side
This is a rare temple dedicated to Lord Rama in Kerala situated on the bank of the river Theevra. The typical Kerala architecture, exquisite wood carvings, sculptures and mural paintings will make for an interesting sight.
Guruvayoor temple is famous for its weddings and elephants which are an integral part of the temple ceremonies
Guruvayoor Shri Krishna Temple: The “BhulokaVaikunda”
Among the most visited temples in Kerala, the 1000 year old Guruvayoor is considered the abode of Lord Vishnu on earth. The mural paintings which decorate the temple walls have a story to tell. Along with darshan if time permits also visit the elephant fort which is home to 50 odd elephants belonging to the temple. Relax for the night at your hotel.
This day will be for exploring the imposing Vadakumnathan temple at Thrissur and then then heading to the hill retreat at Munnar on your way to Madurai
At the Vadakumnathan temple: the grandest Kerala architectural style temple
Have an early breakfast and head to Thrissur to have darshan at the Vadakumnathan. The sanctum has a lingam of Shiva covered in a mound of ghee 16 foot high which is formed by daily ghee ablution over years. The temple Koothambalam has 4 magnificent gateways and lofty masonry with imposing pieces of craftsmanship and skills
The awe-inspiring Vadakumnathan temple is also the home ground of the colourful Thrissur Pooram festival
The drive up the hills: beautiful waterfalls and tea gardens along the way
After the morning darshan, you will drive up through the hills on the way to Munnar. Stop to take a snap of the amazing vistas and views near Attukal and Cheeyapara waterfalls on your way here. Check-in to your resort and relax for the evening
This morning set out to explore attractions in Munnar like the Mattupetty dam, echo point and the tea museum. After lunch head to Madurai
Explore the Mattupetty dam, photo point and Echo point at Munnar
As the day unfolds take a few snaps at photo point before reaching Mattupetty dam. Spend some time here if you feel like taking a motor boat cruise. If nothing else, scream at the top of your voice at echo point and hear your voice resounding through the hills.
Watch the rhapsody of the carpeted emerald-green tea plantations unfold at Munnar
Visit the Tea Museum: witness tea processing and explore some colonial artefacts
Later in the day, it would be a great time to visit the tea museum where you could explore artefacts from the colonial times besides witnessing the tea processing procedure. After lunch proceed to Madurai. Check into your hotel and relax for the evening.
The ancient city of Madurai, some 2600 years old is laid out in the banks of river Vaigai as a lotus flower with the Meenakshi temple in the centre. Spend the morning at the temple and palace and then head to Rameshwaram
A day at the Meenakshi Temple: Architectural marvel of the fish eyed goddess
A fascinating temple complex embellished with gateway towerswith exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures. Enter through the busy eastern entrance and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall and the art museum. Also spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilingst
A snapshot of thegopurams at the Meenakshi temple, encrusted with a staggering array of gods, goddesses, demons and heroes
Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace: built as one of the grandest in South India
This is the 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak who made significant contribution to the city of Madurai and the Meenakshi Temple. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. This national monument is famous for its interior work and artistic style
After visiting the palace head to Rameshwaram and relax at your hotel for the evening
Rameshwaram, one of the most sacred temple towns of India, is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana. Spend the day exploring the temple and attractions in the town and head to Kanyakumari this afternoon
At the Ramanathaswamy temple: the site of the epic miracles
Rameshwaram holds a special place in Hindu mythology as it is where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita. The lord Shiva idol here is one of the holy 12 jyothirlingas. Among the miracles of this place include 22 closely located wells with water in them having totally different medicinal properties
Ramananthswamy temple features the largest temple corridor with 1200 odd intricately designed granite pillars
Explore other places of interest: Dhanushkodi beach and adams bridge
If interested you can also visit the lost land of Dhanushkodi beach, a town washed away by a cyclone. Adams bridge can also be visited. Drive down to Kanyakumari to enjoy the magnificent sunset by the beach side. Relax for the day at your hotel
At Kanyakumari the waters of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. Spend the day visiting the temples and memorials. Then head to Trivandrum spending time at the famous Kovalam beach on the way
A half day tour at the Vivekananda Memorial: a tribute to the wondering monk
Take a ferry to the two-mandapa rock memorial which was built in the 1970s merging architectural styles from all over India. The huge statue of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar on an adjacent island is the work of 5000 sculptors. Also visit the Gandhi Mandapam, an architectural marvel which has a lot of relics of Mahatma Gandhi
A shot of the land’s end of India: Vivekananda memorial & Thiruvalluvar statue
A temple trail of Kanyakumari: wonder at the architectural marvels
The 3000 year old temple of the virgin sea goddess (Kanyakumari Devi) iswell worth a visit. 13 kms away at Suchindram, the temple here is famous for its workmanship in stone. With one of the tallest hanuman idols, musical pillars and huge gopurams, the Thanumalayantemple is a must see. Travel to Trivandrum while spending some time at the famous Kovalam beach. Relax for the night at your hotel.
This morning, end your temple tour at the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the richest Temple in Indiawhich is famous for its wealth and architecture. After Darshan, check out from your hotel and proceed to Railway Station/ Airport for onward journey with sweet memories
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resort/ hotel
Total tour cost
Starting from from INR 19850 per person in October to March and and INR 16950 per person from April to September
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