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South India Temple Festival

15 Nights & 16 days


Almost two weeks in the heart of South India’s cultural centre, this south India temple festival tour is going to be an education into the ancient history and grand temples of the region. Be prepared to be stunned by the customs during festivals, the energy around them and the snatches of serenity when you explore the murals and paintings in the mammoth temples. Centuries of history awaits you on this trip.

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Chennai | Chennai and Kanchipuram | Chennai and Kanchipuram | Madurai | Madurai and Chettinadu | Madurai | Madurai and Periyar | Periyar and Alleppey | Alleppey and Cochin | Cochin and Mararikulam | Cochin


Kamakshi Amman Temple | Kailasnatha Temples | Sri Ekambarnath Temple | Kapaliswar Temple | Meenakshi Temple | Tirumalai Nayak Mahal | Periyar National Park | Spice Plantation | Jewish Synagogue | St. Francis Church | Dutch Palace or Mattancherry Palace | Chinese Fishing Nets | Kathakali Dance Drama

Chennai / Day 1

Arrive in Chennai, asn erstwhile trading port at Fort St. George, near the village of Madraspatnam, from where the city got its first name, Madras. Now, it is one of the leading metros of India.
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Chennai and Kanchipuram / Day 2

Drive to the outskirts to a small temple town called Kanchipuram, for the Ekambaranathar temple Brahmotsavam, a 14 day festival. Scores of devotees throng the streets to pull the vadam or the temple chariot. The 63 feet high chariot has four iron framed wheels worth Rs.1.35 crore. Visit the following temples in the town; Kamakshi […]
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Chennai and Kanchipuram / Day 3 - 4

Drive again to Kanchipuram for another day of the festival. Take your time to take photographs and interact with the locals. Overnight in Chennai. Spend the morning in the Mylapore area of the city, where the famous Arupathimoovar festival is conducted. The term Arubathimoovar refers to the 63 saints of Lord Shiva who surrendered their […]
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Madurai / Day 5 - 7

Spend some time at the festival again before taking a flight to the city of Madurai. Overnight in Madurai. Another festival awaits on this day. Enjoy the Palani Car Festival, where thousands of devotees from various places in and around the district come together. Amid chanting of holy hymns and singing of Thevaram songs, hundreds […]
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Madurai and Chettinadu / Day 8

Drive to Chettinadu, a region which includes Karaikudi and 74 other villages in southern Tamil Nadu state. Karaikudi is known as the capital of Chettinadu. Chettinadu is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a prosperous banking and business community, many of whose members migrated to South and Southeast Asia in the 19th centuary. Chettinadu is […]
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Madurai / Day 9

This day is reserved for another temple immersion. Thiruparankundram Temple ranks next to Meenakshi Temple in sanctity and religious significance. While the Meenakshi Amman Temple is at the heart of Madurai, Thirupparankundram Temple is located 8 kms from the city center. One of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya, also known as Lord Muruga (son […]
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Madurai and Periyar / Day 10

This day is used to drive to the adjoining state of Kerala, to a place called Periyar, famous for the namesake national park. Periyar National Park is situated in the hills of the Western Ghats. The centre piece of Periyar National park is the 5,500-hectare Periyar lake formed by the construction of a dam on […]
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Periyar and Alleppey / Day 11

Enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar National Park in the morning and then drive to the backwater haven of Alleppey. Here board a house-boat (Kettuvallom) for a day and night of cruising through the network of canals. The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men […]
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Alleppey and Cochin / Day 12

After breakfast on board the jetty, drive to Cochin and transfer to the hotel. Cochin or Kochi, as it is called now, is till date influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England. The city displays a blend of different people and architecture and it is one place where you can see a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese […]
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Cochin and Mararikulam / Day 13 - 15

For the next three days relax in the beachside village of Mararikualm, enjoying village walks, local cuisine and Ayurvedic massages.
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Cochin / Day 16

Flight back.
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