Incredible South India Temple Tour
Planning for a south India tour with family or friends? Please make a note that
most of the itineraries begin from Chennai – the capital city of Tamil Nadu and a
great centre of cultural heritage & temple architecture. It is one such place in entire
south India belt that showcases a perfect blend of the Dravid, Portuguese and the
Almost all the prominent places in Chennai can be explored in just a half day trip
with a guide or any Indian travel agent. Places like St. George Fort (built in 1640
AD by the British East India Company), St. Mary's Church and Fort Museum
(displaying old uniforms, coins, padlocks, old prints & palanquins) serve as the soul
of Chennai. If you are art lover or a history buff – Chennai has endless attractions for
Next you can move to Mahabalipuram – the 7th century port city of south India.
Located just 70 km from Chennai, this city was named after the Pallava king
Mamalla. Its various historic monuments (dating back to 7th & 9th century) are listed
as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When it comes to the finest of Dravidian
architecture examples, Mahabalipuram is incomparable. Shore Temple, Arjuna's
Penance and Pandava Rathas are some of the best monolithic temples here.
While taking an excursion from Mahabalipuram, you can easily explore Kanchipuram
in just half day trip. Known for its temples & silk sarees, Kanchipuram lies at a
distance of just 65 km from Mahabalipuram. You can hire a guide to explore the
ancient temples like Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambaranatha, Kamakshi Amman
Flourished under the rule of Nayaks & Mahrattas kings, Tanjore boasts of being a
heaven for religious minded people. Serving as a ‘Treasure House of Art’ for
centuries, this small but beautiful city showcases exquisite handicrafts like the art
plate, pith-work, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings & the classical south Indian
One can spend some relaxing moments at temples like Brihadeshwara temple. This
is the place where an art lover can also find plenty of Dravidian art examples and
beautiful Chola Fresco paintings.
This is your last halt in Tamil Nadu during this trip. This is the place where you can
experience rich cultural heritage dating back to over 2500 years. It is the oldest city
in Tamilnadu and offers attractions like Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple,
Meenakshi Sundareshwar etc.
Located 136 km from Madurai, lies Periyar with its divine dense greens and serene
waterways to welcome you in the God’s own Country – Kerala. Popular for its
wildlife sanctuary, Periyar gives an opportunity to spot and click animals like
tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambar, wild boar, monkey and a huge
variety of birds. This is the place where you can actually explore aromatic spice
Moving to the next destination (by a houseboat, if possible), you drive to
Kumarakom through huge Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is
favourite among all the ornithologists, bird lovers and nature lovers. Cormorants,
teals, ducks, darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks are the
prime attractions of this sanctuary.
Later you can board your houseboat for the watery land – Alleppey. Surrounded by
picturesque backwaters, this is an ideal place for relaxation and relish authentic
sea food delicacies.
Lastly, you can head towards Cochin for a half day tour, where you can explore
attractions like Jewish Town & Chinese fishing nets, and enjoy watching Kerala's
most popular classical dance – Kathakali.
Contact a reputed south India tour planner and choose from a wide range of
south India tour destinations. This is a unique belt blessed with the finest and
most ancient temples and Dravid architectural patterns. Be it south India wildlife
of south India temples, your trip will be memorable for a lifetime.