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Footsteps of Christianity

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

Christianity has the third largest following in India and a fascinating trail from the point of view of history. India, for many centuries, was on the radar for traders, for its spices, tea and  coffee. This brought an influx of different religions and Christianity was one of those. Till this date, ancient cathedrals and churches loom over coastal villages, making the country richer in its social and historical fabric.

Top Places

Cochin | Kodungallur | Kottayam and Kumarakom | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary | Periyar and Madurai’s Temples | Trichy | Tanjore and Vailankanni | Tanjore Christian Pilgrimages | Pondicherry | Mahabalipuram | Chennai

Highlights

Chinese Fishing Nets | Jewish Synagogue | Malayatoor Church | Mar Thoma Church | Periyar National Park | Houseboats, | Sri Meenakshi Temple | Ashram of Bede Griffits | Vailankanni | Danish Schwarz Church | Auroville | Fort St. George.



Cochin / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to the hotel. Cochin is the commercial capital of the coastal state of Kerala, in the deep south of the nation. The city still exhibits footprints of its colonial influences from Portugal, Holland and England. Most amazing are the Chinese fishing nets along Vypeen Island. Traders brought these cantilevered fishing […]
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Kodungallur / Day 3

After breakfast visit Kodungallur to see Mar Thoma Church. This Orthodox Church features a blend of Protestant Reformation ideal with eastern forms. The form of Christian faith is not American faith, but India faith. Continue to the St. Thomas Church alleged to be founded by St. Thomas. One may visit the Muringoor Divine Retreat Center […]
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Kottayam and Kumarakom / Day 4

After breakfast, drive to Kottayam. This picturesque place is the centre for Christians of the Syrian Church. It is one of the oldest orders of the Catholic Christian Church in India. You will see a lot of churches in this area. In the vicinity are the shrines of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of […]
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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary / Day 5

After breakfast drive to Periyar. Periyar National Park is spread on about 780 sq. km centered at around artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Later visit Elephant Camp where we will organize elephant bathing and elephant feeding. After visiting Elephant Camp, visit a spice plantation to walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the […]
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Periyar and Madurai’s Temples / Day 6

Depart the land of spices into Tamil Nadu, the state in which remnants of the ancient Dravidian tongue is still spoken. Descend to one of India’s oldest cities. The spectacular Sri Meenakshi Temple is an example of baroque style of a Dravidian structure covered from top to bottom with breathless profusion of colors of gods, […]
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Trichy / Day 7

After breakfast drive to Trichy. Here one encounters the Ashram concept. The Ashram of Bede Griffits, a Catholic priest who preaches the gospel and philosophy through the Indian Way of life and style, is the destination today. Overnight at Trichy.
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Tanjore and Vailankanni / Day 8

After breakfast drive to Vailankanni. It is a small seaside town on the Corromandal Coast where Roman Catholics revered the story of a special healing miracle. A feast here lasts or 9 days and draws a million pilgrims. The shrine was elevated to a Basilica on Nov. 3, 1962 by Pope John XXIII. Later drive […]
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Tanjore Christian Pilgrimages / Day 9

After breakfast visit Tanjore, famous for Christian pilgrims. The late Pope John Paul IV had chosen, out of 24 worldwide shrines, as the most important shrine of Mariam. The local Danish Schwarz Church is one of the oldest in India. Visit the Bronze Museum, the Sarasvati Hall Library (a great collection of manuscripts), and see […]
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Pondicherry / Day 10 - 11

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry, which was a former French colony. It still has Portuguese culture intact in the city. Pondicherry is also a sacred place where St. Agasthaya and Shri Aurobindo settled down and sought peace. Overnight at Pondicherry. Start the day with sightseeing in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ashram- The foundation of Sri Aurobindo […]
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Mahabalipuram / Day 12

After breakfast visit the historical sites of the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram: City of Seven Pagodas. The ancient Pallava port of Mamallapuram and its 7th century rock hewn monuments, magnificent rock temples and carvings transport you to the yesteryears. Visit the Five Rathas (chariots) ceremonial chariots, rock cut monoliths, named after the 5 Pandavas heroes […]
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Chennai / Day 13

After breakfast drive to India’s 4th largest city, Chennai (8 million people). Twenty years after his arrival at Kerala, living traditions report that it was here in 72 AD that St. Thomas was murdered after returning from a short trip to China. You will visit sites that commemorate his presence and death, the Little Mount, […]
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