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SOUTH INDIA TOUR - 10D


Tour Code             SIT - 10
Ex       Bengaluru
Distance   3000 Kms
Duration By Bus 10 Days
Vehicle Used          Deluxe Bus
Accommodation Twin sharing basis Standard rooms
States Visited        Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka
Places Visited         Vellore, Kancheepuram, Chidambaram, Kumbhakonam, Thanjavur, Srirangam, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Nagarkoil, Suchindram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kalady, Guruvayur, Waynad, Nanjangudu. 


Departure dates:
    APR 13.APR 27. JUN 8.JUN 22. JUL 13.JUL 27. AUG 10.AUG 24. NOV 9.NOV 23. JAN 25. FEB 8.FEB 22. MAR 8.MAR 22.

COST :In Rs...
Adult
Twin Sharing
23000*
Adult
Single Sharing
31050
Child
(2-11 Years)
17250
Child
(2-11 Y)
11500*
Without Bed & Seat
Advance
Amount
5000*

NOTE :
  • For Infants 2-24 months(2 Years) Please send enquiry.
  • Charges for children mentioned applies only if they accompanied by 2 adults. If the child is accompanied by single adult full amount will be charged.
  • Children 2-11 Years will be charged 75% of the tour Cost with full-seat, without extra bed.
DAY 1 BANGALORE – VELLORE – KANCHEEPURAM
  Morning departure to Kancheepuram via Vellore. Visit Sripuram Mahalakshmi Temple (Golden Temple)  have darshan, proceed towards Kancheepuram, Night stay at Kancheepuram.
DAY  2   KANCHEEPURAM – CHIDAMBARAM
  Morning darshan of Varada raja Perumal (Vishnu Kanchi) , Shiva , Kamakshi Devi ( Shiva Kanchi) Temples. Proceed towards Chidambaram, Night stay at Chidambaram.
 
DAY 3    CHIDAMBARAM – KUMBHAKONAM
  After breakfast go for Sri Nataraja Swamy Darshan , proceed towards Kumbhakonam, reach Kasheeshwar, Kumbheshwara , Sarangapani and Vishnu Temple visit. Night stay at Kumbhakonam.
 
DAY 4    KUMBHAKONAM - TANJAVUR – SRIRANGAM- RAMESHWAR
  Morning proceed towards Rameshwaram via Tanjavur, having darshan of Sri. Brahadeeshwar Temple, proceed to Srirangam - Ranganatha swamy temple. Night stay at Rameshwaram.
 
DAY 5    RAMESHWARAM - MADURAI
  Rameshwaram Morning go for a holy dip , Spatika (Crystal ) Linga , Rameshwar Temple darshan. Proceed to Madurai , Night stay at Madurai.
 
DAY 6    MADURAI - KANYAKUMARI
  Morning Madhurai Temple visits Meenakshi temple, Sundareshwar Temple. Proceed to Kanyakumari, having beautiful sunset , visit Gandhi Mantap, Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda and Tiruvalluvar Statue etc. Night stay at Kanyakumari.
 
DAY  7   KANYAKUMARI – SUCHINDRAM – NAGARKOIL – THIRUVANANTAPURAM
  After breakfast departure to Thiruvanantapuram via Suchindram Dattatreya Temple, Anjaneya Temple, having darshan of Nageshwar Swamy in Nagarkoil , Sri. Anantapadmanabha , Temple in Thiruvanantapuram.. Night halt at Thiruvanathapuram.
DAY  8   THIRUVANANTAPURAM – KALATY – GURUVAYUR
  After breakfast proceed to Guruvayur, afternoon reach visit Kalaty where Adi guru Sri Shankaracharya has born, his purvashrama home, Krishna Temple etc. Night halt at Guruvayur.
DAY 9    GURUVAYUR – KALAPETTA
  Early morning go for Sri. Krishna Darshan, proceed towards Kalapetta. Evening reach, night halt at Kalapetta.
 
DAY 10 KALAPETTA – NANJANAGUDU – BANGALORE
  After breakfast departure to Bangalore via Nanjanagudu, have darshan of Sri. Nanjundeshwara, evening reach Bangalore.
 
VELLORE - Vellore is the administrative headquarters of Vellore District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the banks of Palar River, and has been ruled, at different times, by the Pallavas, Medieval Cholas, Later Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire, Rashtrakutas, Carnatic kingdom, and the British. Sri Lakshmi Temple, popularly known as Golden Temple, is a newly built temple ad spiritual park in Thirumalaikodi, Vellore. It is approximately 8 km from the Vellore bus terminus. The temple covers an area of 100 acres, and has been constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam headed by Sakthi Amma. The temple has intricate carvings, hand-made by hundreds of gold artisans specializing in temple architecture. The exterior of the temple is laid with gold sheets and plates, with construction reported to have cost Rs.300 crores. About 1,500 kg of gold was used for the temple, the largest amount in the world.
KANCHIPURAM :
Hindus regard Kanchipuram to be one of the seven holiest cities in India. According to Hinduism, a k?etra is a sacred ground, a field of active power, and a place where final attainment, or moksha, can be obtained. The Garuda Purana says that seven cities, including Kanchipuram are providers of moksha.  The city is considered a pilgrimage site for both Saivites and Vaishnavites.


Varadharaja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Vishnu and covering 23 acres is the largest Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. It was built by the Cholas in 1053 and was expanded during the reigns of Kulottunga Chola  (1079–1120) and Vikrama Chola (1118–1135). It is one of the divyadesams, the 108 holy abodes of Vishnu.  The temple features carved lizards, one platted with gold and another with silver, over the sanctum Clive of India is said to have presented an emerald necklace to the temple. It is called the Clive Makarakandi and is still used to decorate the deity on ceremonial occasions.

Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is the largest temple in the town of Kanchipuram and is located in the northern part of the town.  The temple gopuram(gateway tower) is 59m tall, which is one the tallest gopurams in India. It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element - Earth.  The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram  Natarajar (Sky),  Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar(wind). 

Legend has it that once Parvati, the consort of Shiva was doing penance under the temple's ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her devotion Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Vishnu, for help. In order to save her, he took the Moon from Shiva's head and showed the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati. Shiva again sent the river Ganga (Ganges) to disrupt Parvati's penance. Parvati prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so should not harm her. Subsequently, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand to get united with Shiva. The God here came to be known as  Ekambareswarar  or "Lord of Mango Tree “ . According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam improvised out of sand), under a mango tree.  Legend has it that the neighboring  Vegavati  river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi embraced the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialized in person and married her.
CHIDAMBARAM - The city is a major pilgrimage site for Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Natarajah Temple, Chidambaram is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town of Chidambaram. The temple is known as the foremost of all temples to  Saivites and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art  for over two millennium. The temple is referred to in all devotional literature as Bhooloka Kailasam,  or  Kailasam,  The Lord Shiva's abode  that manifests on earth. Lord Shiva appears in the form of the cosmic dancer Nataraja in this temple. This temple has a Nataraja idol as the prime deity, a distinct feature from other temples where Shivalingam is worshiped as the prime deity. This ancient temple, visited by thousands and thousands from all over the world every year, was constructed by the Chola Kings. The temple has imposing architecturally built gopurams (towers) on each side and has five spacious courts. The temple also has a deity of Lord Govindaraja Perumal, a form of Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the few temples in which both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshiped.
KUMBHAKONAM - Sri Sarangapani Temple   is considered one among the three major shrines of Lord Vishnu and it was renovated during the period of Nayaka Kingdom of 16th century. Sarangapani temple consists of only one holy tank, known as "Porthamarai Kulam". The main deity of Sarangapani Temple is Sarangapani swamy with Komalavalli Thayar.

Sri Kumbheshwar Tenple  is one of the 127  temples on the southern banks of the river Cauvery. It is mentioned as, 'Thirukkudamooku'  at present it is called  Kumbakonam. It is a prime temple amidst many temples in kumbakonam.  The presiding Murti(deity) is 'Adhikumbheswara' and His consort  is 'Mangalambhika'.  The Siva Linga is slightly tilted at the top towards left and hence the name kumbakonam (kumba - pot; konam -bend) and the deity kumbeshwara.
TANJAVUR - Brihadeeswara Temple, Raja Rajeswara Temple  at Thanjavur  is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and an art of the work achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples". This temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites.  The vimana or (temple tower) is 216 ft (66m) high  and is among the tallest of its kind in the world. The Kumbam (Kalasha or  Shikharam) of the temple is carved out of a single stone. There is a big statue of Nandi (sacred bull), carved out of a single rock, at the entrance measuring about 16 feet long and 13 feet high. The entire temple structure is made out of granite.
 
SRIRANGAM - Srirangam  is an island and a part of the city of  Tiruchirapalli, in South India.  Srirangam is bounded  by  the Kaveri River (also known as Cauvery river) on one side, and the Kaveri  distributary Kollidam (Coleroon) on the other side. Srirangam is home to a significant population of Srivaishnavites.  Srirangam is famous for its Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus (especially Srivaishnavites) and the largest temple complex in India. Srirangam is the foremost of the eight self-manifested shrines (Swayam Vyakta Kshetras) of Lord Vishnu . It is also considered the first, foremost and the most important of the 108 main Vishnu temples (Divyadesams). This temple is also known as Thiruvaranga Tirupati, Periyakoil, Bhoologa Vaikundam, Bhogamandabam. The temple is enormous in size. The temple complex  is 156 acres in extent. It has seven prakaras or enclosures. These enclosures are formed by thick  and huge rampart walls which run round the sanctum. There are 21 magnificent towers  in all prakaras providing a unique sight to any visitor.
RAMESHWARAM - It is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. 
According to Hindu mythology, this is the place from where the Hindu god Rama built a bridge, across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva . The presiding deity of the Ramanathaswamy Temple. According to Hindu epic Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to Shiva here to absolve any sins that he might have committed during his war against the demon-king Ravana in Sri Lanka. According to the Puranas (Hindu scriptures), upon the advice ofsages, Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana, installed and worshipped the lingam(an iconic symbol of Shiva) here to expiate the sin of Brahmahatya incurred while killing of the Brahmin Ravana. To worship Shiva, Rama wanted to have the largest lingam and directed his monkey lieutenantHanuman to bring it from Himalayas.  Since it took longer to bring the lingam, Sita built a small lingam, which is believed to be the one in the sanctum of the temple. Sethu Karai is a place 22 km before the island of Rameswaram from where Rama is believed to have built a floating stone bridge, the Adam's bridge, that further continued to Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram till Talaimannar in Sri Lanka.  According to another version, as quoted in Adhyarma Ramayana, Rama installed the lingam before the construction of the bridge to Lanka.
MADHURAI - Said to be the oldest city in South India, Madurai stands on the banks of the sacred river Vaigai,. Madurai's fame rests almost entirely on the famous temples dedicated to goddess Meenakshi and lord Sundareswar.  The shrine of  Meenakshi at Madurai, popularly known as the Meenakshi temple, was built during the reign of  Chadayavarman Sundara Pandyan in the 12th century. The imposing 9-storey tower was built between the 13th and 16th century. Meenakashi  is an avatar of the Hindu goddess Parvati - the consort of Shiva.  She is also one of the Hindu female deities to have a major temple devoted to her. The name The lady goddess Meenakshi is the principal deity of the temple and not Sundareswarar - this is unlike most Shiva temples in South India where Shiva is the principal deity. According to Hindu legend, in order to answer the prayers of the second Pandya king Malayadwaja Pandya and his wife Kanchanamalai, Parvati appeared out of the holy fire of the Putra Kameshti Yagna (sacrifice for childhood) performed by the king.
KANYAKUMARI - Kanyakumari takes its name from the Hindu goddess Kanyakumari (also called Kumari Amman). According to Hindu legend, Kanya Devi, an avatar of Parvati, was to marry Siva, but as he failed to show up on his wedding day, the rice and other grains meant for the wedding feast remained uncooked and remain unused thereafter. As the legend goes, the uncooked grains turned into stones as time went by. Some believe that the small stones on the shore today, which look like rice, are indeed grains from the wedding that was never solemnized. Kanya Devi is now considered a virgin goddess who blesses pilgrims and tourists who flock the town. 

On two rocky islets just off the shore, southeast of the Kumari Amman temple, are the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970 by Eknath Ranade, and  a tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar,. One of the rocks, called Sri Padhaparai, is said to bear the footprints of the virgin goddess. Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated on this rock for three days. Also on this rock, there is a Dhyana mandapam, an area for meditation. Ferry services are available to reach the memorial.

The Gandhi Memorial  has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept.
KALATY - It is the birthplace of Sri Adi Guru / Jagadguru Shankara. Adi Shankara was born in Namboodiri Brahmin family as the only son of Sivaguru and Aryamba.  Legend holds that one day, the widowed mother of Little Sankara, Aryamba, fainted after walking three kilometers for her daily bath in the Periyar then known as Purna river. Feeling helpless, Little Sankara prayed to Lord Krishna. The tears of the child moved Krishna, who blessed him thus: "the river will flow where your little feet marks . The Purna river took its new course in the place marked by the little boy's feet. That place came to be called Kalady. The Purna river began flowing through little Sankara's home garden. Sankara then installed Lord Krishna into the present temple, and marked the occasion by reciting his famous Ätchutha Ashtakam.

Thus 'Kalady' signifies the love of an innocent child for his beloved mother and the blessings of Lord Krishna.  Shankara's shrine at Kalady, run by the Sringeri Mutt, is a large, partly open structure situated on the northern bank of the river Periyar, or Purna. There are two major shrines in the temple; one is dedicated to Sri Sankaracharya and the other to Goddess Saradamba, the main deity of Sringeri. The samadhi of Sri Sankara's mother, Aryamba, is also located here. A small shrine to Vinayaka, or Ganapati, is the scene of evening prayers, chanted to the rhythmic ringing of cymbals. The worship in these temples is done by Tamil or Kannada Smartha Brahmins, and not by Namboothiris.
Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam: Sri Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthamba Mandapam is an eight-story memorial built by Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. The entrance to the memorial, guarded by two elephant statues, leads to the Paduka Mandapam. Two silver knobs represent the padukas, or wooden sandals of the Teacher. The walls of the memorial feature framed relief paintings that tell the story of Adi Sankaracharya. Several large statues of Ganapati, Adi Sankara, and others are also housed in this memorial. Adi Sankara's shrines in Kalady are open to all pilgrims, irrespective of religion and caste. Visitors can review the life of Sankara Acharya as they climb to the top.The famous Sankara Stupa has 8 sides.
GURUVAYUR : Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple ) is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Krishna, located in the town of Guruvayur in Kerala. It is one of the most important places of worship for Hindus of Kerala and is often referred to as "Bhuloka Vaikunta" which translates to the "Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth". The idol installed at Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple represents a form of Krishna with its four arms carrying the conch Pancajanya, the magical discus with serrated edges Sudarshana Chakra, the mace Kaumodaki and a lotus with a Holy basil garland. This idol represents the majestic form of god Vishnu as revealed to Vasudeva and Devaki around the time of Krishna; hence Guruvayur is also known as "Dwaraka of South India". Krishna is popularly known in Kerala by different names such as Kannan, Unnikkannan ("Baby" Kannan), Unnikrishnan, Balakrishnan, and Guruvayurappan He is currently worshipped (the "puja") according to routines laid down byAdi Shankara and later written formally in the tantric way.

INCLUSION & EXCLUSION

Tour Price Includes :

  •  Luxury bus from Bengaluru.
  • Guidance from experienced Tour Escort
  • Accommodation on twin sharing standard rooms in good hotels.
  • Vegetarian Food by our cooking Staff ( Tea/coffee/ Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner)

 







 

Tour Price Excludes :

  • Special Pujas & darshans
  • Entry Tickets , Boating
  • Camera Charges
  • Government Service Tax as applicable
  • Food during the train jouney
  • Laundry.
  • Telephone calls
  • Mineral water
  • Any other expense incurred other than which are mentioned in Tour cost includes list.