The entire Southern India is an immaculate melting pot of various cultures and traditions. Studded with towering and magnificent temples throughout the landscape, a Tamil Nadu pilgrimage tour package will make you experience true and pure spirituality. For 11 days and 10 nights you will be made to witness the real power of the supreme lord. All these temples and sacred sites are visited by thousands of pilgrims and devotees on a daily basis.
Day 01: Arrival in Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Upon arriving at Chennai you will be straight away escorted to the holy destination of Mahabalipuram, which will be a 1 hour 20 mins of road journey. You will be taken on a local sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, which will include famous attractions of Mahabalipuram like the 8th-century temple complex of Shore temple, the intricate sculpture depicting the descent of River Ganga, historic ancient temples of Pancha Rathas, before heading onwards to your final destination of Pondicherry.
Pondicherry is located at a distance of 2 hours and upon your arrival to this wonderfully quaint Portuguese influenced colorful town you will be checked in to your hotel where you will be spending the night. Your evening time will be free for you to explore the nearby places of interest on foot and gorge on local cuisines like, coconut curry, tandoori potato, curried vegetables, soya dosa and many more.
Day 02: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Kumbakonam
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the holy destination of Chidambaram which is located at a distance of 1 hour and 20 mins from Pondicherry. Upon arriving here you will be immediately made to visit Nataraja temple which is dedicated to the Nataraja manifestation of Lord Shiva.
After this visit your journey towards Kumbakonam will commence which is another drive for 1 hour 20 mins. Upon arrival you will be taken for a temple sightseeing tour of Kumbakonam including, Arulmigu Sarangapani Swamy temple – an elaborate temple complex which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu complete with colorful carvings and ornate designs, Nageshwara temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva and is classified as the Paadal Petra Sthalam, Kashi Vishwanath Temple – where the presiding deity is Lord Shiva and his consort goddess Parvati.
Finally, you will be headed to your hotel where you will be duly checked in and spend the night.
Day 03: Kumbakonam – Tanjore – Trichy – Rameshwaram
You will be driven to Tanjore early in the morning after breakfast, where upon arrival your temple Sightseeing tour of the city will kick start with a visit, Brihadeeswarar Temple – which is a temple complex dating back to the Chola dynasty with the presiding deity being Lord Shiva. You will then be taken to Bangaru Kamakshi Amman Temple – which was built during the year 1760 with the presiding deity being Bangaru Kamakshi Amman, and Thanjavur big temple fort.
Later you will be made to proceed towards Trichy and Srirangam, where you will be taken for a holy visit at Ranganathaswamy temple where the presiding deity is Lord Vishnu in a reclining position and the entire temple is thronged with devotees every day.
Finally, you will be made to proceed towards the holy site of Rameshwaram which is a 4 hours 15 mins. drive. Upon arrival you will be checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay here.
Day 04: Rameshwaram Sightseeing
Early in the morning after having your breakfast you will be made to proceed for your day of Rameshwaram temple sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the famous Ramanathaswamy temple – which is a 17th-century temple showcasing impressive temple architecture. You will then be taken to Dhanushkodi Mandir – which is lined with the historical ruins, shallow beaches and ancient temples; five faced Hanuman temple – one of the most highly revered Hindu temple which is only 2Km away from the Ramanathaswamy temple and also houses the floating stone (believed to be used in Setu) along with your final destination being Thiruppullani – which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu along with being home to a massive 5 tiered, towering gopuram.
Your day of temple sightseeing here will conclude when you will be taken back to your hotel for staying the night.
Day 05: Rameshwaram – Madurai – Kodaikanal
You will be made to leave for Madurai early in the morning which will be a 4 hors journey, where upon arriving you will be made to visit the famous Meenakshi Amman temple – which is a historic Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. Finally, you will be made to proceed towards Kodaikanal which is a 3 hour journey from Madurai.
Upon arriving there you will be immediately checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 06: Kodaikanal Sightseeing
You will be taken for a sightseeing tour of Kodaikanal city like, Bryant park – which is dotted with colorful flowers studded around an artificial lake; coacker’s walk – the perfect spot for strolling among the clouds; silver cascade falls – where the water comes plunging down from a whopping height of 180 metres and finally your sightseeing tour will end with a visit to Kurinji Andavar Mandir – which is a colorful 1936 temple dedicated to Lord Murugan.
Finally, you will be escorted back to your hotel for spending the night.
Day 07: Kodaikanal – Palani – Ooty
You will be transferred to Ooty early in the morning while stopping en route at Palani – which is home to the Palani Murugan temple and is dedicated to the Tamil lord Murugan.
You will then head on to Ooty which is a 5 hour long drive, where upon arrival you will be immediately checked in to your hotel thus concluding your journey for the night.
Day 08: Ooty – Tiruvannamalai
Sightseeing tour in Ooty is a wonderful experience for travelers. Your sightseeing of this pretty little town will commence in the morning starting with a visit to botanical garden; st. Stephen’s church and government rose garden. You will then be made to head on towards Tiruvannamalai which is a drive of 8 hours from this hill town which will be an overnight journey.
Day 09: Tiruvannamalai Arunachalam Sightseeing
Early in the morning, you will be arriving at Tiruvannamalai where you will be immediately checked in to your hotel before heading out for a sightseeing tour. Starting with a visit to Annamalaiyar temple – which is located at the base of Annamalai hills, consists of towering gopuram and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, then later you will be made to proceed towards Arunachaleswarar Temple – which is believed to be the largest Lord Shiva temple in the world. After a soulful darshan you will be then made to head on towards, Kubera lingam mandir, Adi Annamalai Temple and Pachaiamman Temple before heading back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Tiruvannamalai – Kanchipuram – Thiruthani
Your early morning will kick start by getting you transferred to Kanchipuram which is a 3 hours journey by road. Here upon arrival you will be made to visit the popular local temple of Ekambareswarar – which is dedicated to Lord Shiva housing the 6th tallest gopuram in the world.
After the completion of your darshan, you will be escorted to Thiruthani which is a 1 hour 15 mins journey by road. Upon your arrival you will be checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay there.
Day 11: Thiruthani Departure
Your pilgrimage temple tour of Tamil Nadu will conclude today and you will be escorted to your place o departure from where you will be head-on towards your journey ahead.
Pick up and drop transfers
Hotel accommodation for 3 nights on the basis of twin sharing.
Annapurna conservation permit fees
All the personal expenses like laundry, tipping, entrance fees etc.
Extra charges during emergency evacuation in case of political unrest or some such situation.
Personal insurances like travel and personal etc.