- Duration: 10 Nights & 11 Days
- Major Attractions: Ancient Temples, Dravidian architecture, Tamil Culture, Heritage Sites
- Destination Covered: Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Tiruvannamalai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy & Madurai
Our Tamilnadu Temple Tour is a fantastic way to see some of the top temples in South India and Tamilnadu. This is the state with the most art, culture, and architecture in all of India. The state’s primary tongue, Tamil, is a classical language on par with Sanskrit. Some of the largest temples were added by the Chola, Pallava, Nayaka, and Pandya empires to the architectural legacy.
The spectacular Gopurams, the entrance towers in each of the four directions, command attention. The sculptures on the cave temples at Mahabalipuram’s Dravidian architecture are astounding, and UNESCO has rightfully designated the collection of monuments as world heritage sites. The Brihadeshwara Temple in Thanjavur, which is known as “Great Living Chola Temple” turned 1000 years old in 2010.
Our agent will meet you at the Chennai Airport and take you to the hotel you have reserved. Register at the hotel and then relax.
Prepare for a remarkable experience on the breathtaking Tamilnadu Temple Tour in southern India.
Today will mark the start of our journey to the Tamilnadu temples’ spectacular discoveries. After breakfast, head for Mahabalipuram from Chennai. Visit Kanchipuram along the way; it’s an old settlement and one of Tamil Nadu’s holiest cities.
Also known as the “city of temples” Kanchipuram is home to a large number of temples of Dravidian-style architecture. The Kanchipuram Temples were constructed under several dynasties, including the Chalukyas, Pallavas, and Cholas. Check into the beach resort when you arrive at Mahabalipuram for a relaxing overnight stay and an amazing trip on the Tamilnadu Temple Tour.
Visit Krishna Mandapam, the largest cave-cut Hindu temple with connections to Lord Indra and Lord Krishna, to begin your day trip of Mahabalipuram. The temple is a superb illustration of realistic art and construction. Visit Pancha Rathas, a superb architectural structure, afterwards to gain insight into Pallava architecture.
The five temple buildings are designed to resemble chariots (rathas), and they bear the names of the Pandavas and their bride Draupadi from the Indian epic “Mahabharata.” Visit Shore Temple, a structure made of granite blocks, as well as Arjuna’s Penance, a massive 43-foot-tall bas-relief sculpture that shows how Arjuna underwent severe penance in order to get Shiva’s sword.
After breakfast, depart for Tiruvannamalai, a revered pilgrimage site in Tamilnadu. Check into the hotel upon arrival, then get ready to see the Arunachaleswar Temple. The building houses a temple for Lord Shiva (also known as Annamalayar or Arunachaleswarar by the devotees).
As one of the Pancha Bhoota Stalams, it attained a unique prominence under the Saivite Empire. Visit Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi’s shrine, the Ramana Maharishi Ashram, after that.
Breakfast is followed by a trip to Pondicherry. Pondicherry, sometimes referred to as “French Colony of India,” is a popular tourist destination. The neighbourhood is filled with colonial-style homes that are covered with bougainvillaea and have quiet, tidy lanes. See the lovely scenery along the way to enhance the memory of your south India temple trip. Check into the hotel upon arrival for a relaxing evening stay.
After breakfast, get ready to explore Pondicherry. The well-known Aurobindo Ashram will be our first stop. Sri Aurobindo Ghose, a well-known liberation warrior, founded the Ashram in 1926. It is a vibrant hub of life in a modern metropolitan environment where yoga is practised as a sacrifice to the holy.
Later, explore the area’s further sights, including Ganesh Temple, Pondicherry Beach, and Auroville. Auroville is a little community close to Pondicherry. Auroville is intended to become a global village where people from all nations may live in peace and love, regardless of their political views or national origins.
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, also known as Ganesh Temple, is a bustling Hindu temple renowned for its intricately carved stone walls, elephant blessings, and the golden chariot. Wander around or engage in water sports at the Pondicherry seaside in the evening.
Our tour of Tamil Nadu’s temples will continue to Kumbakonam on day seven. Visit Chidambaram on way to see the splendour of the Natraj Temple, which is devoted to Lord Nataraja (one of the forms of Lord Shiva). The temple, also known as Chidambaram Nataraja temple, is a representation of the 12th and 13th century architectural style. On the day of Maha Shivaratri, the temple hosts the Natyanjali Dance Festival every year. The temple is renowned for its exquisite artwork as well.Visit the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple when you arrive in Kumbakonam. The Brihadisvara Temple, which was constructed by Rajendra Chola I and is devoted to Lord Shiva, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Airavatesvara Temple, which represents Vaishnavism and Shaktism Hindu practises, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After breakfast, depart for Trichy and stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sri Brahadeeswarar Temple. The Brahadeeswarar Temple is a must-see on any trip to south India, which is why it is included in our itinerary for the Tamilnadu Temple Tour. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and was constructed in 1010 AD by Raja Chola I. The temple has amazing architecture that showcases the Cholas’ excellence in metalworking, sculpting, and fresco painting. In the temple’s chamber is a huge Shivaling.
Visit Rock Fort after breakfast; the fort is one of the world’s oldest constructions and is situated on the bank of the Kaveri River. The Thayumanaswami Temple and the Ucchi Pillayar Temple are the two largest temples in the fort complex. Throughout many dynasties, the fort’s grounds had seen a number of terrible fights.
Visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, which is devoted to Lord Ranganatha, to learn more about the area’s old architectural art (one of the forms of Lord Vishnu). The temple’s architecture provides insight into early-medieval South Indian culture and civilization. Later, take a journey to Madurai, Tamilnadu’s cultural centre.
Visit the historical and wonderfully constructed structures in the city of Madurai today. Take a guided tour of the spectacular Meenakshi temple, one of the world’s contemporary marvels, before continuing. The temple is significant both historically and mythologically.
It is believed that at this temple, Lord Shiva (who took the shape of Sundareswarar) wed Goddess Parvati (who took the form of Meenakshi). Visit the Tirumalai Nayaka Palace, which was constructed in 1635 and previously housed King Thirumalai Nayak. The palace is a stunning fusion of Dravidian and Islamic architecture. Beautiful, elaborate paintings and woodwork adorn the palace’s interior.
Your South India Temple Tour comes to an end today, and our representative will take you to Chennai International Airport so you may catch your next flight. Return home with lovely recollections of your Tamilnadu Temple Tour.