Tour Type
Day Tours

Exploring Spiritual Splendors: A 10-Day South India Temple Tour

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Details

Embarking on a 10-day South India Temple Tour promises a soul-stirring journey through the rich cultural and spiritual tapestry of the region. This captivating itinerary will take you through the sacred corridors of ancient temples, offering a glimpse into the profound religious heritage and architectural marvels that define South India.

  • Begin your journey with the sacred vibes of Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an ancient Dravidian marvel dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • Seek blessings for prosperity at the Ashtalakshmi Temple, an abode of the Goddess of Wealth.
  • Marvel at the intricate rock-cut sculptures, including the Pancha Rathas and Arjuna's Penance, narrating tales from Hindu mythology.
  • Experience tranquility at the Aurobindo Ashram and witness the unique Matrimandir, a symbol of spiritual significance.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, Brihadeeswarar Temple, showcasing colossal gopurams and intricate carvings.
  • Explore the bustling streets of Madurai, known as the Athens of the East, filled with markets and traditional South Indian cuisine.
  • Admire the grandeur and historical significance of this palace, a fitting end to your temple tour.
  • Enjoy the serene coastal ambiance of Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry, providing a refreshing contrast to the temple visits.
  • Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of each temple, gaining insights into the profound religious traditions of South India.
Basic Information
South India
Departure Time
07.30 AM GMT
Return Time
17.00 PM GMT
English, Hindi
  • Parking and Toll tax
  • Pick and Drop at time of arrival/departure
  • English-Speaking Guide: Knowledgeable guides to accompany you throughout the tour, providing valuable insights and assistance.
  • All tours and transfers by Personal Car is included
Not Included
  • Camera fee
  • Travel Insurance: Participants are encouraged to arrange their travel insurance to cover unforeseen events and emergencies.
  • Meals and Beverages: Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary are not included in the tour package.
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls, and additional activities beyond the itinerary are not covered.
  • Gratuities: Tipping for guides, drivers, and hotel staff is not included and is at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Optional Activities: Costs associated with optional activities and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary are the responsibility of the traveler.

Tour Plans

  • Day 1-2Chennai - Gateway to the South

    Commence your journey in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Begin your spiritual odyssey at the iconic Kapaleeshwarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the vibrant Mylapore neighborhood, steeped in tradition and history. The following day, visit the ancient Parthasarathy Temple, a testament to Dravidian architecture, and the serene Ashtalakshmi Temple, offering blessings of wealth and prosperity.

  • Day 3-4Mahabalipuram - Temples by the Sea

    Travel to Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rock-cut temples and sculptures. Marvel at the Shore Temple, standing against the backdrop of the Bay of Bengal. Discover the intricately carved Pancha Rathas and the famous Arjuna's Penance, narrating stories from Indian mythology. Enjoy the coastal charm and unwind by the beach.

  • Day 5-6Pondicherry - Tranquil Retreat

    Proceed to the tranquil enclave of Pondicherry, where spirituality meets French colonial charm. Explore the Aurobindo Ashram, dedicated to Sri Aurobindo, and the unique Matrimandir, an architectural marvel. Take a stroll through the French Quarter, adorned with colorful boulevards and charming cafes. Experience the fusion of cultures in this serene coastal town.

  • Day 7-8Thanjavur - Seat of Art and Culture

    Head to Thanjavur, known for its cultural heritage and the majestic Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the towering gopurams and the colossal Nandi statue. Visit the Thanjavur Palace and the Saraswathi Mahal Library, housing ancient manuscripts. Immerse yourself in the artistic traditions of this historical city.

  • Day 9-10Madurai - The Athens of the East

    Conclude your temple tour in Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. Visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture, and witness the elaborate rituals. Explore the bustling streets of the city, filled with vibrant markets and traditional cuisine. Conclude your journey at the Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, a grand palace showcasing Indo-Saracenic architecture.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the best time to embark on the South India Temple Tour?

    The best time to visit South India for a temple tour is during the winter months, from October to March, when the weather is more pleasant and conducive for travel.

  • How should I dress while visiting temples?

    Modest clothing is recommended when visiting temples. It is advisable to wear traditional Indian attire or clothing that covers your shoulders and knees as a sign of respect.

  • Are photography and videography allowed inside the temples?

    Photography rules vary from temple to temple. While some temples allow photography in certain areas, others may have restrictions. It's advisable to check with the temple authorities and respect their guidelines.

  • Is there a specific order in which the temples are visited during the tour?

    The suggested itinerary provides a logical flow, but the order can be adjusted based on individual preferences or travel constraints. It's essential to plan the itinerary according to personal interests and any specific events or festivals in the region.

  • How physically demanding is the tour?

    The tour involves visiting multiple temples and historical sites, which may require walking and standing for extended periods. While most sites are accessible, individuals with mobility issues should check the accessibility of specific locations in advance.

  • Are English-speaking guides available at the temples?

    Many popular temples have English-speaking guides available for tourists. However, it's recommended to hire a guide or use audio guides to enhance the understanding of the historical and cultural significance of each site.

  • What currency should I carry, and are ATMs readily available?

    The official currency is the Indian Rupee (INR). ATMs are generally available in urban areas, but it's advisable to carry sufficient cash, especially in remote temple towns.

  • Can I participate in temple rituals and ceremonies?

    While tourists are welcome to observe temple rituals, active participation may be limited to specific ceremonies. It's essential to be respectful and follow the guidelines provided by the temple authorities.

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