Tamilnadu Temple Tour

Be dazzled by Art and temple architecture

  • Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur

  • Pondicherry

  • Gangaikonda Cholapuram Thanjavur

  • Ranganathaswamy Temple Trichy

  • Mahaballipuram

Summary of Tamilnadu Temple Tour

  • Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days
  • Major Attractions: Ancient Temples, Dravidian architecture, Tamil Culture, Heritage Sites
  • Destination Covered: Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy & Madurai

Highlights of Tamilnadu Temple Tour

Our Tamilnadu Temple Tour is a great opportunity to explore some of the best temples of Tamilnadu & South India. This is India’s southernmost state and full of art, culture, and architecture. Tamil is the main language of the state and is a classical one at par with Sanskrit. Chola, Pallava, Nayaka and Pandya dynasties enriched the architecture with some of the grandest temples.

One cannot take the eyes off from the magnificent Gopurams – the gateway towers in all four directions. The Dravidian architecture of the sculptures on Cave temples in Mahabalipuram blows the mind that is why UNESCO has rightly classified the group of monuments as world heritage sites. Brihadeshwara Temple of Thanjavur has already completed 1000 years in 2010 and know as “Great Living Chola Temple”.

The engineering and architecture of one of the biggest temples of India are unparalleled. It is a father figure of all craftsmanship in India. Meenakshi Temple of Madurai houses 15 gigantic gateway towers each ranging in height from 45-50m. There are 33,000 sculptures in this temple, thus it was included in the list of New Seven Wonders of the World.

Get a free quote today for our Tamilnadu Temple Tour and explore some of the best Indian Temples in south India.

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1

    Traditional Welcome at Chennai
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    On your arrival at Chennai Airport, you will be received and transferred to your pre-booked hotel by our representative. Check-in to the hotel and take rest.

    Get ready for an astonishing journey on amazing Tamilnadu Temple Tour in south India.

  2. Day 2

    Drive to Kanchipuram (02 Hours) Drive to Mahabalipuram (02 Hours)
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    The amazing discovery of our tour of Tamilnadu Temples will begin today. Post breakfast depart from Chennai to visit Mahabalipuram. En route, visit Kanchipuram, the ancient city which is one of the holy cities of Tamil Nadu.

    Also referred to as the ‘city of temples’ Kanchipuram houses numerous temples that depict Dravidian-style architecture. Kanchipuram Temples were built during various dynasties such as Cholas, Pallava, Chalukyas, etc. On your arrival at Mahabalipuram, check in to the beach resort for a relaxed overnight stay and for an awesome journey on the Tamilnadu Temple Tour.

  3. Day 3

    Mahabalipuram Tour
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    Start off your day tour of Mahabalipuram by visiting Krishna Mandapam, the biggest cave-cut Hindu temple which is linked to Lord Indra and Lord Krishna. The temple is a great exemplar of realistic art and architecture. Later, get an insight into Pallava architecture by visiting Pancha Rathas, an excellent architectural edifice. A visit to Krishna Mandapam on a heritage temples tour of Tamil Nadu will pique your curiosity to know more about the temple

    The five structures in the temples are made in the shape of chariots (rathas) that are named after Pandavas and their wife Draupadi from the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’. Also visit nearby attractions – Shore Temple (a structural temple, is constructed with blocks of granite) and Arjuna’s Penance (The great 43 feet tall bas air relief monument that depicts how Arjuna executed stern austerities to get Shiva’s weapon).

  4. Day 4

    Drive to Tiruvannamalai (03 Hours)
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    Post breakfast leave for Tiruvannamalai, the significant pilgrim in Tamilnadu. On arrival check-in to the hotel and get ready to visit Arunachaleswar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (also known as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar by the devotees).

    It seized a special position during Saivite Empire and is also considered one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalams. Afterward, visit Ramana Maharishi Ashram, which is dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi.

  5. Day 5

    Drive to Pondicherry (02 Hours)
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    Post breakfast, leave for Pondicherry. Also known as “French Colony of India”, Pondicherry is a must-visit attraction. The place is occupied with calm, clean streets and bougainvillea- wrapped colonial-style houses. En route see the beautiful scenic views to make your south India temple tour more memorable. On arrival check-in to the hotel for comfortable overnight stay.

  6. Day 6

    Pondicherry Tour
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    Take breakfast and get ready for Pondicherry sightseeing. We will start off with the renowned Aurobindo Ashram. The Ashram was established by a noted freedom fighter, Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. It is a vivacious center of life in a contemporary urban setting where Yoga is performed as an offering to the divine.

    Later visit other attractions of the place like Auroville, Pondicherry Beach, and Ganesh Temple. Auroville is a small town near Pondicherry. The community of Auroville is destined to be a worldwide town where both men and women of every nation can reside in harmony and progressive accord, above all beliefs, politics, and nationalities.

    Ganesh Temple is also known as Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a lively Hindu temple acknowledged for its elaborately carved stone walls, elephant blessings as well as the golden chariot. In the evening stroll around or do water activities at the Pondicherry beachside.

  7. Day 7

    Drive to Chidambaram (02 Hours) Drive to Kumbakonam (02 Hours)
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    On day seven our Tamilnadu temple tour will move further to Kumbakonam. En route, visit Chidambaram to witness the magnificence of Natraj Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Nataraja (one of the forms of Lord Shiva). The temple is also known as Chidambaram Nataraja temple and it depicts the architectural style of the 12th and 13th centuries. Annually Natyanjali dance festival is celebrated in the temple on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The temple is also well-known for its beautiful paintings.

    On your arrival at Kumbakonam visit Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara Temple. Built by Rajendra Chola I, the Brihadisvara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Airavatesvara Temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site that depicts Vaishnavism as well as Shaktism customs of Hinduism.

  8. Day 8

    Drive to Thanjavur (01 Hour) Drive to Trichy (02 Hours)
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    Post breakfast leave for Trichy, en-route visit Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Brahadeeswarar Temple is a prime attraction of any South India tour and that’s why it’s part of our Tamilnadu Temple Tour itinerary. Built by Raja Chola I in 1010 AD the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple features spectacular architecture representing the superiority achieved by the Cholas in fresco painting sculptures and metallurgy. The temple houses a giant Shivaling in its chamber.

  9. Day 9

    Drive to Madurai (03 Hours)
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    After breakfast visit, Rock Fort, located on the Kaveri River’s bank the fort is one of the oldest structures in the world. The fort complex houses two main temples the Thayumanaswami Temple and the Ucchi Pillayar Temple. The fort compound had witnessed various fierce battles during different dynasties.

    To know more about the ancient architectural art of the place visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple of Srirangam Temple which is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha (one of the forms of Lord Vishnu). The architecture of the temple exhibits the early medieval South Indian culture and society. Later drive to the cultural capital of Tamilnadu, Madurai.

  10. Day 10

    Madurai City Tour
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    Today, go to Madurai sightseeing and see the historical and magnificently built monuments in the city. First of all, take a guided tour of Meenakshi temple – a magnificent temple, which is listed as one of the modern wonders in the world. The temple holds great historical and mythological significance.

    It is assumed that Lord Shiva (in the form of Sundareswarar) married Goddess Parvati (in the form of Meenakshi) in this temple. Afterward visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace, built-in 1635 the palace once served as a residence to King Thirumalai Nayak. The palace is an exceptional blend of Islamic and Dravidian architectural styles. The interior of this palace is filled with beautiful intricate paintings and carvings.

  11. Day 11

    Fly to Chennai International Departure
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    Today is the last day of your Tamil Nadu Temple Tour; our representative will transfer you to Chennai International Airport for your onward journey. Get back to your home with beautiful memories of Tamilnadu Temple Tour.

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HTOI Special Activities

  • Bharatanatyam Dance Show
    Our Tamilnadu Temple Tour includes one special classical dance program. Bharatanatyam is a major kind of Classical Dance of India originated from Tamilnadu Temples and is probably the oldest Indian classical dance. Mainly a woman performs the dance and a singer and music accompany her. Bharatanatyam is distinguished for its motionless upper torso, knees flexed out along with amazing footwork. It has a sophisticated dictionary of sign language, which is based on gestures of eyes, hands, and muscles of the face. The artist is dressed in a Hindu bridal costume, which is a colorful Saree, adorned with beautiful jewelry, eye lined and appropriate makeup on her face, jingling bells in ankles. Her hair is prettily tied up and weaved in with perfumed flowers. The storyline of the dance is the narration of Hindu mythology and spiritual ideas derived from holy texts.

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