Day 01: Arrival in Chennai
Welcome on South India Temple Tour! You arrive at Chennai Airport in Chennai, the capital and largest city of Tamil Nadu. Rover Holidays representative will meet at the airport and transfer you to the pre-booked hotel. Freshen up and have some rest. Later, proceed to visit the famous temples of Chennai, covering Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Parthasarathy Temple, Chennakesava Perumal Temple, and Marundeeswara Temple. Other attractions you can see here include Marina Beach (dotted with several monuments and memorials), Government Museum, Victoria Public Hall, Fort St George, St Mary’s Church, Valluvar Kottam, Vivekananda House, etc. On time get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 02: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
Have a very hearty breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Kanchipuram. Enjoy sightseeing visiting and explore Kanchipuram temples. Main attractions include Kumarakottam Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Muktheeswarar Temple, Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram (also called Vaikunta Perumal Temple), and Trilokyanatha Temple (also called Thiruparthikundram Jain Temple). In the evening, drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at the pre-booked hotel. Freshen up and relax. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram
Take a very hearty breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour at Mahabalipuram. Visit the very famous Shore Temple Complex. Explore the temple complex and get amazed with its spectacular beauty and architectural styles. Also visit other monuments like Rathas (temples in the form of chariots) and mandapas (cave sanctuaries). The group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later visit the Art Sculpture Shops where you may do shopping and purchase handicraft items. In the evening relax at the beach and treat your eyes with spectacular view of the sunset. Get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight say.
Day 04: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Have hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to Pondicherry, a union territory of India. Check in at the hotel upon arrival. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry covering Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Paadal Petra Sthalams (known for 275 Shiva Temples), Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Vedhapureeswarar Temple, and Kanniga Parameswari Temple. Other attractions to see includes French War Memorial, Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Pondicherry Museum, and Botanical Garden. On time get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 05: Pondicherry - Chidambaram
After breakfast check out from the hotel in Pondicherry and drive to Chidambaram, a town in Tamil Nadu state. Upon arrival enjoy sightseeing and visit the very famous Thillai Nataraja Temple (also called Chidambaram Temple) located in the heart of the city. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and hence the main deity at the temple complex is Lord Shiva. The temple complex also houses shrines of other deities like Lord Ganesh, Lord Vishnu, Shivakami Amman, Kartikeya, etc. This temple is very popular for the annual Natyanjali dance festival on Maha Shivaratri. The architecture of the temple complex is beautifully craved out. There are 9 gateways to the temple complex. Four of these have gateway towers called gopurams. There are 5 ambalams or sabhas (halls) inside the complex. There is also a Govindaraja Swamy Shrine, dedicated to Lord Vishnu inside the temple complex. Temple Tanks and Temple Car are other attractions inside the complex. After exploring the Chidambaram Temple Complex, check in at the pre-booked hotel at Chidambaram. Freshen up and relax. Spend rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 06: Chidambaram - Velankanni
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Velankanni, a town in Tamil Nadu state. Check in at the hotel upon arrival. Freshen up and relax. Later proceed for sightseeing tour, visiting Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Get back to the hotel. Spend remaining day at leisure. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 07: Velankanni - Tanjore - Trichy
Have a very hearty breakfast and then check out form the hotel. Thereafter, drive to Tanjore (Thanjavur), a historical city in Tamil Nadu, known for Great Living Chola Temples and historical monuments, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. Enjoy sightseeing at Tanjore covering Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur Maratha Palace, and Saraswathi Mahal Library, Nandi Temple, and other attractions. Later drive to Trichy and proceed for sightseeing upon arrival there. Trichy, also called Tiruchirappalli, is a historic city in the state of Tamil Nadu. Major attractions include Rockfort Temples, Ranganathaswamy Temple, Jambukeswarar Temple, Erumbeeswarar Temple, and Samayapuram Mariamman Temple. You may also see several other attractions apart from the temples. On time check in at the pre-booked hotel at Trichy. Freshen up and relax. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
Day 08: Trichy - Madurai
Have a very hearty breakfast at the hotel. Then drive to Madurai, a popular tourist destination and important city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Upon arrival in Madurai check in at the pre-booked hotel. After some rest, proceed for Madurai sightseeing tour, covering key attractions like Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Kazimar Big Mosque, and Gandhi Memorial Museum. The Meenakshi Amman Temple is the prime attraction of the city. The temple complex consists of several structures including architecturally beautiful gopurams, shrines of deities, mandapams (halls), Meenakshi Nayakkar Mandapam (Hall of 1000 pillars), temple tanks, and surrounding portico. On time get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09: Madurai - Rameshwaram
Take breakfast, check out from the hotel, and then make drive for Rameshwaram, a holy town and prominent tourist destination in Tamil Nadu. Located on Pamban Island (also called Rameshwaram Island), Rameshwaram is one of the holiest places in India for Hindus. It is a one of four holy destinations of the Char Dham Pilgrimage in India. Three other destinations are Badrinath in Uttarakhand in North India, Dwarka in Gujarat in West India, and Puri in Odisha in East India. The most famous attraction of this holy city is the Ramanathaswamy Temple, also called Rameshwaram Temple. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, and closely associated with Lord Rama, the incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu. Hence, the temple along with the town is considered to be a holy pilgrimage for both Shaivas and Vaishnavas.
On arrival in Rameshwaram, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour. Visit the temple and seek the blessing from the deity. Other attractions at this holy city include Temple Tanks (64 holy water bodies), Kothandaramaswamy Temple (a temple dedicated to Lord Rama), and Gandhamathan Parvatham. On time get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10: Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari
Take a very hearty breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Kanyakumari, a holy beach town in Tamil Nadu located at the southernmost tip of India. Check in at the pre-booked hotel upon arrival. Freshen up and relax. Later proceed for sightseeing tour. Take a holy bath at the beach water and then visit the Kanyakumari Temple. Also visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial Mandapam, Tsunami Memorial Park, Bhagavathy Amman Temple, and Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument. Explore beautiful beaches with colorful sands. Relax at the beach and treat your eyes with spectacular views of sunset over the sea. On time get back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 11: Kanyakumari - Trivandrum
Take a very hearty breakfast and check out from the hotel. See the beautiful sunrise view from the beach, and then drive to Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala state. Upon arrival in Trivandrum check in at the pre-booked hotel. After some rest proceed for sightseeing tour in Trivandrum. Visit the very famous and beautiful Padmanabhaswamy Temple, the world’s richest temple. Built in an intricate fusion of the Kerala architectural styles and Dravidian architectural styles, the temple is dedicated to Hindu’s supreme God, Lord Vishnu. The shrine of the Lord Vishnu here is in "Anantha Shayanam" posture. Other attractions to see in this city include Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple, Trivandrum Museum (Napier Museum), Trivandrum Zoo, Beemapally Mosque, Kowdiar Palace, Palayam Church, etc. After sightseeing in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, get back to the hotel on time for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 12: Trivandrum - Departure
Have a leisurely breakfast. Pack your bag and baggage. Get ready for check out form the hotel. On time Rover Holidays representative will transfer you to the Trivandrum Airport. Board flight for your home/onward destination with sweet memories of South India Temple Tour. Your tour ends.
Advance Booking Fee for Normal Period (01 Oct – 31 Mar)
- 30 days or more before departure: 25% of total cost
- 29-16 days before departure: 50% of total cost
- Less than 15- 0 days before departure: 100% of total cost
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- At the time of booking/confirmation: 50 % of total cost
- After 05 - 07 days of booking/confirmation: 50% of total cost
- Less than 15 days before departure: 100% of total cost
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You or any member of your party may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The cancellation charges applicable are as per the published cancellation policy below:
Cancellation charges per person
- 30 days or more before departure 25% of total cost
- 29-20 days before departure 50% of total cost
- Less than 19 days before departure 100% of total cost