Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Chennai
Departure - Trivandrum
Route: - Chennai - Kanchipuram (1N) - Chidambaram (1N) - Kumbakonam (2N) - Trichy (1N) - Rameswaram (1N) - Madurai (1N) - Kanyakumari (1N) - Trivandrum (1N)
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Arrival at Kanchipuram.
Day-2 Kanchipuram - Thiruvanmalai - Chidambaram.
Day-3 Chidambaram - Kumbakonam.
Day-4 Temples in and around Kumbakonam.
Day-5 Kumbakonam - UNESCO heritage Temple Thanjavur - Trichy temples.
Day-6 Trichy - Rameswaram. Visit Jyotirlinga Shiva temple.
Day-7 Rameshwaram - Madurai. Visit Meenakshi temple and Aarupadaiveedu temples.
Day-8 Madurai - Kanyakumari via Sankarankovil, Thirunelveli and Suchindram
Day-9 Visit Kumari Amman temple in morning and Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Evening.
Chennai to Kanchipuram -62 kms (1.5 hrs)
Kanchipuram to Chidambaram -182 kms (4 hrs)
Chidambaram to Kumbakonam -74 kms (2.5 hrs)
Kumbakonam to Trichy -90 kms (2.5 hrs)
Trichy to Rameswaram -230 kms (5.5 hrs)
Rameswaram to Madurai -160 kms (3 hrs)
Madurai to Kanyakumari -245 kms (6 hrs)
Kanyakumari to Trivandrum -85 kms (2.5 hrs)
Destination Overview :-
Chennai - Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a metro city of India and the largest in South India. Chennai is starting point for many itineraries of Taminadu and South India.
Kanchipuram - Kanchipuram is known for its hand woven silk sarees. It is also home to 7th Century Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple with a 180-foot high gopuram; one of the tallest in South India, the 14th Century Kamakshi Amman Temple and the hundred-pillared Varadharaja Perumal Temple.
Chidambaram - Chidambaram is a major pilgrimage site for Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu Devotees; Nataraja temple is a stopover on the heritage circuit and here is where one finds deity of Lord Shiva in his form of the Cosmic Dancer (Nataraja).
Kumbakonam - Kumbakonam is where guests get a feel of a typical Tamilnadu village. It is called the temple town on account of the large number of temples in and around the area including Navagraha temples. The town is also known for its brass vessels units.
Trichy - Trichy is one of the 4 most important business towns in Tamilnadu. It is generally visited along with Thanjavur and Madurai as a part of the itinerary or a transit stay as an alternative to Thanjavur.
Rameswaram - Rameshwaram is home to Ramanathaswamy Shiva temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India
Madurai - Madurai today is one of the busiest towns in Tamilnadu. The Meenakshi temple is awe-inspiring and is a must visit for any South India itinerary for both Indian as well as Overseas guests.
Kanyakumari - Kanyakumari is a pilgrimage and spiritual destination. Kanyakumari is a popular 1-night destination for overseas groups to Tamilnadu.
Trivandrum - Trivandrum is a state capital of Kerala and access point to visit Beach Resorts of Kovalam / Varkala and plantation highlands around Ponmudi.
Visit Ekambareshwar Temple (Siva temple with 180-foot high gopuram one of the tallest in South India), 7th Century Kailasanatha Temple, 14th Century Kamakshi Amman Temple (a Shakti Peetha) and the hundred-pillared Varadharaja Perumal Temple.
Proceed towards Thiruvanamalai. Visit Arunachaleshwar temple & Annamalaiyar Temple, Later proceed to Chidambaram. Ram Linga Temple and reach Chidambaram by late evening. Total distance covered 270 kms (6 hrs).
Early darshan of Nataraja Temple (Chidambaram Shiva Temple)(historical temple with a golden roof and a thousand pillared hall exhibiting the Chola architecture) and then proceed to Kumbakonam (100 kms - 2.5 hrs) via Karikal - Thiruvarur. Visit Sani temple at Karikal & Sri Tyagaraja temple at Thiruvarur (Annual chariot festival held here in the month of April) enroute.
This is the heart of Navagraha temples. There is a Navagraha circuit one can do in a day. There are at least 50 temples that can be visited in the area. Adi Kumbeswarar Temple and Darasuram temple are well known and most visited.
Thanjavur - Trichy temples Proceed to Thanjavur (40 kms - 1 hour). Thanjavur is home to the famous Brihadeeswara Temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From Thanjavur to Trichy (55 kms - 1.5 hours). Trichy is a city home to Rockford Temple and Srirangam Island (Jambukaeswarar Temple and Ranganathaswamy temple).
Travel from Trichy to Rameshwaram (210 kms - 5 hours). Visit Jyotirlinga Shiva Temple (Ramanathaswamy Temple). Time permitting visit Dhanushkodi beach, renowned for temples that are linked to Lord Rama and Ramayana mythology.
Travel to Madurai (160 kms - 3.5 hours). Visit Meenakshi Temple complex. The complex is massive and renowned for its architecture. Visit Lord Muruga Aarupadaiveedu temples around Madurai (two temples Viz. Pazhamudircholai and Thiruparamkunram within 10 kms radius).
Proceed to Kanyakumari (250 kms - 5 hours). Enroute visit three significant pilgrimages of Tamil Nadu i.e. Sankaranayinar Temple at SankaranKovil, Nellaiappar Shiva Temple at Thirunelvelli and Thanumalayan Temple at Suchindaram. Reach Kanyakumari by evening.
Experience Sunrise in Kanyakumari and therafter take a boat ride to Visit Kumari Amman temple (A Shaktipeetha temple). After lunch proceed to Trivandrum (100 kms - 2.5 hours). In the evening visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Depart for onward journey.