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Upon your arrival at Coimbatore airport, you will be warmly received and promptly transferred to the hotel. During your South India family tour, we invite you to explore the renowned Marudhamalai Murugan Temple, a captivating hill temple. The temple's picturesque location offers a serene ambiance and invigorating fresh air. Afterward, you can enjoy a leisurely evening indulging in shopping activities. Rest and rejuvenate with an overnight stay in Coimbatore.
After having your breakfast, commence your journey towards the esteemed hill station of South India, Munnar.Proceed to the hotel for check-in and take some time to unwind. Enjoy your nightly stay in Munnar.
Spend a full day exploring the beautiful hill town of Munnar, starting with a visit to Mattupetty.This area is renowned for its dam and the picturesque lake it creates.The dam is a concrete gravity structure designed to conserve water and generate power.Subsequently, make your way to Eravikulam National Park, renowned for hosting the largest sustainable population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, in addition to a diverse range of other uncommon wildlife, avian species, and vibrant butterflies.The park also offers stunning views of the tea plantations and rolling hills shrouded in mist.Echo Point, located 13 km from Munnar on the banks of a river, is another must-see destination.Even if you're not interested in the echoing phenomenon, the point offers spectacular views.In the evening, take a leisurely stroll through the spice markets and tea plantations before returning to Munnar for another night's stay.
One of the most exquisite and awe-inspiring locations in Kerala is Thekkady (Periyar), situated in the Idukki district. Thekkady benefits from its strategic position on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, allowing it to embrace a harmonious blend of culture and ecology. Engage in various wildlife experiences such as a serene Boat Ride in Forest Lake, a knowledgeable Guided Spice Plantation Walk, and witness the captivating "Kalaripayattu" martial art show. Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Thekkady.
After breakfast, embark on a captivating Alleppey Backwater Cruise Tour. Proceed to check-in to the houseboat and savor a delectable lunch consisting of authentic Keralan cuisines. Glide through the serene waters of Vembanad lake aboard the houseboat until evening, when the boat will anchor at a picturesque location. Indulge in a delightful dinner on the boat, followed by a restful night's sleep in the comfort of an air-conditioned houseboat. Enjoy an overnight stay in the enchanting Alleppey Houseboat.
After finishing breakfast, proceed to Trivandrum and make a visit to the renowned Padmanabhaswamy Temple, a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, situated in the Fort Area. Following this, check-in at the hotel and take some time to unwind. Additionally, explore the picturesque Kovalam Beach, which offers an ideal setting for relaxation and leisurely activities. Conclude the day with an overnight stay in Trivandrum.
Begin your journey to Kanyakumari and explore the renowned Kumari Amman Temple. Additionally, pay a visit to the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, which was constructed in honor of Swami Vivekananda's visit to this sacred place. Another notable attraction is the Thiruvalluvar Statue, situated in Kanyakumari. The statue stands on a pedestal that reaches a height of 38 feet, while the statue itself measures 95 feet, resulting in a total height of 133 feet for the entire sculpture. Furthermore, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset at the convergence of the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean. Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Kanyakumari.
In the morning, commence your journey towards Rameswaram. Along the way, make a stop to explore the revered Tiruchendur Murugan Temple, which is recognized as one of the six sacred abodes (Arupadai Veedu temple) of Lord Murugan. Afterward, resume your drive and marvel at the renowned Pamban Bridge, a railway bridge spanning the Palk Strait that serves as the vital link connecting the town of Rameshwaram to mainland India. Upon arrival, proceed to check-in at the hotel and unwind. Enjoy an overnight stay in Rameshwaram.
In the morning, pay a visit to Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple and engage in a ritualistic cleansing by immersing yourself in the 22 sacred wells, which are believed to purify one's soul from sins. Subsequently, commence your journey towards Madurai as part of the Tamil Nadu temple tour. While in Madurai, take the opportunity to explore the city through a guided tour. Make sure to include a visit to Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple, one of the six revered abodes (Arupadai Veedu temple) of Lord Murugan. Additionally, do not miss the chance to explore the magnificent Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Parvati, which boasts a stunning thousand-pillared hall adorned with captivating architectural marvels. The temple complex is further embellished with numerous shrines and sculptures. Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Madurai.
As part of your Tamil Nadu temple tour, commence your journey towards Tiruchchirappalli (Trichy). While enroute, take a break and visit Palani Murugan Temple, which is one of the six sacred abodes (Arupadai Veedu temple) of lord Murugan. Afterward, continue your drive and unwind at the hotel. The Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple, located in an ancient fort, is a must-see attraction. The temple, constructed by the Pallavas in 508 AD, is the oldest structure in the fort. Spend the night in Trichy..
After finishing your breakfast, embark on a tour of the temples in Trichy. The Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam is the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world and was built between the 6th and 9th centuries by the Azhwar Saints. This temple, devoted to Lord Vishnu, holds the distinction of being the inaugural among the 108 Divya Desams or Vishnu Temples found across the globe. Another temple worth visiting is the Thiruvanaikovil Sri Jambukeswara Temple, which represents the "Water" element of nature and was built in the 2nd century AD by the Cholas in the Dravidian style of architecture. The Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, also known as Thanjai Periya Kovil, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the "Great Living Chola Temples". Built in 1010 AD by the Chola Emperor Raja Raja Chola, it is a magnificent example of Indian architecture. Other temples to visit include the Thingaloor "Chandran" Temple and the Swamimalai Murugan Temple, one of the six sacred abodes (Arupadai Veedu temple) of Lord Murugan. Spend the night in Kumbakonam.
Today, you have the opportunity to visit the Navagraha Temples, including the Alangudi "Guru" Temple, Thirunageswaram "Raaghu" Temple, Suriyanar Kovil "Sun" Temple, Kanjanoor "Sukran" Temple, Vaitheeswaran Kovil "Sevvai" Temple, Thiruvenkadu "Budhan" Temple, Keezhaperumpallam "Kethu" Temple, and Thirunallaru "Sani" Temple. Afterward, you can relax and enjoy an overnight stay at a hotel in Kumbakonam.
After finishing your breakfast, proceed to Tiruvannamalai. Along the way, make a stop at Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, which is one of the five elements of nature (Pancha Bootha Sthalam temple). In this temple, lord Shiva is represented as the "Sky" element. Afterward, continue your journey to Tiruvannamalai and check into your hotel for some relaxation. The Arunachaleswarar Temple, dedicated to lord Siva, is another one of the five elements of nature and stands grandly as a symbol of the city. In this temple, lord Shiva represents the "Fire" element. Additionally, the renowned Sri Ramana Ashram is also located in the town. Enjoy an overnight stay in Thiruvannamalai.
Start your drive to Vellore, a significant destination on the Tamil Nadu temple tour. Vellore Golden Temple, also known as Sripuram Golden Temple, showcases an exquisite architectural marvel crafted entirely in gold. This temple is devoted to Goddess Lakshmi and is commonly referred to as 'Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple'. The construction of this temple required an impressive 1500 Kilograms of Gold. After exploring this magnificent temple, continue your journey and unwind. Next, pay a visit to the renowned Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, which is recognized as the second wealthiest temple globally. Additionally, make sure to visit the Sri Padmavathi Ammavari Temple in Tiruchanur, dedicated to the consort of Lord Venkateswara. Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Tirupati.
Start your journey to Kanchipuram, as a part of the Tamil Nadu temple tour. Along the way, make a stop and visit Srikalahasti Temple, which is one of the five elements of nature (Pancha Bootha Sthalam temple). Here, Lord Shiva is represented as the "Air" element. Continue your journey by driving to Tiruttani Murugan Temple, recognized as one of the six sacred dwellings (Arupadai Veedu temple) of Lord Murugan. Afterward, proceed with your drive and relax at the hotel. Out of the three major cities where Goddess Shakti is worshipped, Kanchipuram holds the highest importance due to the presence of Kamakshi Amman Temple. The sculptures of this 7th-century temple are truly breathtaking. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kanchipuram.
This morning, you'll explore the divine connection with the "Earth" element at the Ekambareswarar Temple. The temple's history dates back to the 2nd century, and it's one of the "Pancha Bootha Sthalam" temples where Lord Shiva represents the Earth element. After seeking blessings and taking in the spiritual ambiance, we head back to Chennai. You'll have some free time in the evening for shopping and can check in to your Chennai hotel for a restful overnight stay.
Your 17-day South India Family Package tour has come to an end, leaving you with cherished memories and a deep connection to the rich culture and spirituality of this region. You'll spend your last day in Chennai indulging in some shopping. Finally, it's time to depart from Chennai airport as per your flight schedule.