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South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary
(9 Nights)

from Rs. 51,057/2 person

Holiday Overview

Chottanikkara Temple
Ettumanoor Shiva temple (photo courtesy: Rklystron)
Janardana Swami Temple Entrance (Photo Courtesy: Raji.srinivas)
Thanumalayan temple Suchindram
Vivekananda Memorial
Srivaikundam Temple Photo Courtesy Sowrirajan S
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Ramanathaswamy Temple
Palani Temple Views
Guruvayoor Temple Entrance

South India Hindu Pilgrimage itinerary is one of the most comprehensive pilgrimage itineraries that covers some of the most significant temples in Tamilnadu and Kerala.

Route

Guruvayoor(1) - Palani(1) - Rameswaram(1) - Madurai(1) - Tuticorin(1) - Kanyakumari(1) - Varkala(1) - Kottayam(1) - Cochin (Ernakulam)(1)

Summarised Itinerary

  • Day-1 Arrival at Guruvayoor
  • Day-2 Travel to Palani. Visit Lord Murugan Temple
  • Day-3 Travel to Rameswaram. Visit Jyotirlinga Temple. Possible visit to Dhanushkodi.
  • Day-4 Proceed to Madurai. Visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple.
  • Day-5 Proceed to Tuticorin. Enroute visit Thirunelveli Lord Shiva Temple.
  • Day-6 Proceed to Kanyakumari via Tiruchendur
  • Day-7 Proceed to Varkala via Trivandrum
  • Day-8 Proceed to Kottayam via Alleppey area temples.
  • Day-9 Visit Temples in the Kottayam region and then proceed to Cochin. Late evening visit to the Bhagvathy Temple.
  • Day-10 Departure

Sightseeing Summary

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Chottanikkara Temple (17.00 kms), Guruvayur Temple (95.00 kms)

Guruvayoor - Guruvayur Temple (0.50 kms), Vadakkunnathan Temple (25.00 kms)

Kanyakumari - Vivekananda Memorial (1.00 kms), Guganatha Swamy Temple (1.00 kms), Thanumalayan temple Suchindram (13.00 kms)

Kottayam - Ettumanoor Shiva temple (9.00 kms), Thrikodithanam Temple (21.00 kms), Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple (24.00 kms), Vaikom Mahadevar Temple (32.00 kms)

Madurai - Meenakshi Amman Temple (1.00 kms), Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple (8.00 kms), Ramanathaswamy Temple (160.00 kms)

Palani - Palani Murugan Temple (2.50 kms)

Rameswaram - Ramanathaswamy Temple (0.50 kms), Dhanushkodi (11.00 kms)

Tuticorin - Thiruchendur Murugan Temple (40.00 kms), Thirunelveli Temple (53.00 kms)

Varkala - Janardana Swami Temple (1.50 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination

Arrival - Cochin (Ernakulam) Departure - Cochin (Ernakulam)

Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests may spend a night enroute to take a breather and enjoy other aspects of the destinations presented. e.g. A night in Alleppey would allow guests to explore backwater character of the area.

Distances

  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Guruvayoor -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Guruvayoor to Palani -188 kms (5 hrs)
  • Palani to Rameswaram -285 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rameswaram to Madurai -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Madurai to Tuticorin -147 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Tuticorin to Kanyakumari -132 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kanyakumari to Varkala -137 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Varkala to Kottayam -132 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kottayam to Cochin (Ernakulam) -72 kms (2 hrs)

Route

Guruvayoor(1) - Palani(1) - Rameswaram(1) - Madurai(1) - Tuticorin(1) - Kanyakumari(1) - Varkala(1) - Kottayam(1) - Cochin (Ernakulam)(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Guruvayoor Arrive at Cochin and Travel to Guruvayoor (100 kms). Guruvayoor is one of the most renowned and significant Lord Krishna temples in India. Evening Darshan at Lord Krishna temple. If time permits guests can visit other temples in the area like Thriprayar Temple (dedicated to Lord Rama), Vadakkumnathan Temple (Lord Shiva shrine).

Day-2 Travel to Palani. Visit Lord Murugan Temple Drive to Palani (188 kms - 4.5 hrs). Palani is a renowned pilgrim centre visited for its Lord Murugan Temple set on a Hill. The Hill Temple of Palani is one of the most visited Lord Murugan temples in India and one of the six Arupadaiveedu temples.

Day-3 Travel to Rameswaram. Visit Jyotirlinga Temple. Possible visit to Dhanushkodi. Proceed to Rameshwaram (290 kms - 6 hrs). Rameshwaram is home to a Lord Shiva Temple which is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples and therefore one of the most significant pilgrimage for Shiva devotees. Late afternoon Darshan of the Temple. Guests have option to travel to Dhanushkodi beach (12 kms), an area with Lord Rama significance dated back to Ramayana.

Day-4 Proceed to Madurai. Visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple.  Proceed to Madurai (160 kms - 3 hrs). Madurai is a prime Hindu pilgrimage centre and visited for Meenakshi Temple which is considered a Shaktipeetha and a must visit for any heritage traveller. Visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple in the afternoon. Madurai is also home to two Arupadaiveedu Temples of Lord Murugan (within 15 kms radius). Guests have an option to visit these in the evening.

Day-5 Proceed to Tuticorin. Enroute visit Thirunelveli Lord Shiva Temple.  Proceed to Tuticorin (215 kms - 4.5 hrs). Tuticorin is a port city and base point to visit pilgrim centres of Thirunelveli and Tiruchendur. Enroute visit the Nellaiappar Shiva Temple at Thirunevelli, considered a must visit for any Lord Shiva devotee and heritage travellers.

Day-6 Proceed to Kanyakumari via Tiruchendur Proceed to Tiruchendur (46 kms). Tiruchendur is renowned for the Lord Murugan Temple and is considered one of the Six Arupadaiveedus. Later proceed to Kanyakumari (100 kms - 3 hrs). Kanyakumari is a prime heritage and pilgrimage destinations and is home to a Shaktipeetha Temple and where one can see both sunrise and sunset from the same point. Evening visit to the Kanyakumari temple, Vivekanand rock memorial and enjoy the Sunset.

Day-7 Proceed to Varkala via Trivandrum Proceed to Varkala (137 kms - 3.5 hrs). Varkala is a beach destination and also visited for its Janardana Swamy Temple. Enroute visit Guganatha Swamy Temple, Padmanabhaswamy Temple (Trivandrum) and reach Varkala by evening. Visit Janardana Swamy Temple.

Day-8 Proceed to Kottayam via Alleppey area temples.  Proceed to Kottayam (160 kms - 4 hrs). Enroute visit temples in South Alleppey area such as Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple, Karumadikuttan (Buddha Statue at 3 kms from Ambalapuzha Temple), Aranmula temple (One of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu), Mannarsala Nagraja Temple and Chettikulangara Bhagawati Temple. Kottayam is base town for Rubber plantations in the area and renowned for its ancient Lord Shiva Temples.

Day-9 Visit Temples in the Kottayam region and then proceed to Cochin. Late evening visit to the Bhagvathy Temple. Visit Thrikodithanam Temple (21 kms South of Kottayam and one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu), Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple (11 kms North of Kottayam and home to a popular Shiva Temple) and Vaikom Shiva temple (37 kms from Kotayam. The Vaikom Mahadeva temple is one of the few temples which is held in reverence by both Shaivaites and the Vaishnavaites) and Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple (24 kms from Kottayam).Visit to Ettumanoor Mahadevar Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Kaduthuruthy Thaliyil Mahadeva Temple is a popular and powerful trisome A visit to three temples on the same day is believed to be very auspicious. Proceed to Cochin (Ernakulam) and visit Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, a renowned temple 17 kms from Ernakulam.

Day-10 Departure Depart for onward Journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Cochin (Ernakulam): -
  • Chottanikkara Temple - Chottanikkara Temple is a renowned pilgrim centre of Hindu goddess Bhagawati near Ernakulam.
  • Guruvayur Temple - Guruvayur is renowned pilgrim destination visited for the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a renowned Lord Krishna pilgrimage and the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
Guruvayoor: -
  • Guruvayur Temple - Guruvayur is renowned pilgrim destination visited for the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a renowned Lord Krishna pilgrimage and the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day.
  • Vadakkunnathan Temple - Vadakkunnathan Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple at Thrissur. This temple is a classic example of Kerala style temple architecture. Mural paintings depicting various episodes from Mahabharata can be seen inside the temple.
Kanyakumari: -
  • Vivekananda Memorial - Vivekananda Rock Memorial is where Swami Vivekananda, great philosopher is believed to have meditated. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland accessible by a boat. There is also a 133 feet tall statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar right next to it.
  • Guganatha Swamy Temple - 11th Century Chola Style architecture temple hear Kanyakumari railway station. The temple is a local tourist attraction.
  • Thanumalayan temple Suchindram - Thanumalayan temple is a unique temple built in 17th century representing trinity of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The temple has a 7 story 40 meters tall gopuram and is impressive in its architecture and well visited all round the year.
Kottayam: -
  • Ettumanoor Shiva temple - Ettumanoor Mahadeva temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple dated mid-16th century. Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is one among the 108 Shivalayas created by Lord Parasurama.
  • Thrikodithanam Temple - Thrikodithanam Temple is said to be one of the five temples where the idol of Lord Vishnu, worshipped by the Pandavas is kept. Deepam (lamp) festival held every November/December. This temple is also counted among the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu, which make a Vaishnavites pilgrimage itinerary, in India.
  • Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple - Kaduthuruthy Mahadeva Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple and one among the 108 Lord Shiva temples created by Lord Parasurama. Kaduthuruthy is a renowned pilgrim center of Kottayam area on the Kottayam-Vaikom road.
  • Vaikom Mahadevar Temple - The Vaikom Mahadevar temple is one of the most celebrated Shiva temples in Kerala and is one among the 108 Sivalayas created by Lord Parasurama
Madurai: -
  • Meenakshi Amman Temple - Meenakshi Amman Temple is a 17th century temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati known as Meenakshi and her consort, Lord Shiva as Sundareswarar. It is most prominent landmark of the city. The complex houses 14 gopurams, highest being about 52 meters. Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the most visited temples of Tamilnadu and must visit for any traveller.
  • Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple - Tirupparamkunram is renowned for Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple on outskirts of Madurai. This temple is regarded as an Arupadaiveedu, one of the six abodes of the Lord Muruga.
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple - Ramanathaswamy Temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple at Rameswaram. It is one of 12 Jyotirlinga temple. The temple was built during the 12th century. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.
Palani: -
  • Palani Murugan Temple - The Dhandayudhapani Temple at Palani is a one of the six Arupadai Veedu Lord Murugan Temples. The temple is a major pilgrimage centre and received millions of visitors every year.
Rameswaram: -
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple - Ramanathaswamy Temple is a renowned Lord Shiva temple at Rameswaram. It is one of 12 Jyotirlinga temple. The temple was built during the 12th century. The temple has the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.
  • Dhanushkodi - Dhanushkodi is a 15 km stretch where one can see the deep and rough Indian Ocean meeting the shallow and calm Bay of Bengal. Here one can walk into Bay of Bengal and witness the colourful corals, fishes, seaweeds, star fishes and sea cucumber etc. Dhanushkodi once was a Lord Rama pilgrimage with many temples linked to Ramanaya. Dhanushkodi is from where Lord Rama and his troops built a bridge over to cross over to Srilanka which is 31 kms across the ocean.
Tuticorin: -
  • Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is a Lord Muruga temple and one of the six Arupadaiveedu temples of Lord Muruga. The temple is surrounded by forests and overlooking Indian ocean.
  • Thirunelveli Temple - Nellaiappar Temple (700 AD) is one of the renowned Shiva Temples at the heart of Tirunelveli. Temple is known for its pillared halls and its temple architecture. Thirunelveli also is one of the five places where Lord Shiva is depicted in a dancing pose. The Copper Hall of Dance is housed within the inner precincts of the temple.
Varkala: -
  • Janardana Swami Temple - Varkala is also famous for the 2,000-year old Janardana Swami Temple which is an important Vaishnavaite shrine in India and is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi

Destination Overview

Guruvayoor - Guruvayoor is a 16th Century temple and a renowned pilgrim centre at 100 kms north of Cochin.

Palani - Palani or Pazhani is home to one of the most sacred temples of Lord Muruga and is the third Aarupadai Veedu

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

Tuticorin - Tuticorin is a major port and also a stop over on the religious / heritage Inbound itinerary of South India between Madurai and Kanyakumari and an access point to visit Trichendur Temple (45 km) and Tirunelveli Temple (46 km).

Kanyakumari - Kanyakumari is a pilgrimage and spiritual destination. Kanyakumari is a popular 1-night destination for overseas groups to Tamilnadu.

Varkala - Varkala is a beach destination at 60 kms north of Kovalam and home to ancient Janardhana Swamy temple.

Kottayam - Kottayam, is a base town for Rubber Plantations around the area and one of the largest rubber trading centers. 15 km from Kottayam is Kumarakom, which is on the banks of Vembanad Lake where a lot of luxury resorts are situated.

Cochin (Ernakulam) - Ernakulam, part of Cochin area is business hub of Cochin and also commercial capital of Kerala.

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Cochin (Ernakulam)
Cochin (Ernakulam)
Cochin (Ernakulam)
Cochin (Ernakulam)

Distances

  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Guruvayoor -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Guruvayoor to Palani -188 kms (5 hrs)
  • Palani to Rameswaram -285 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rameswaram to Madurai -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Madurai to Tuticorin -147 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Tuticorin to Kanyakumari -132 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kanyakumari to Varkala -137 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Varkala to Kottayam -132 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kottayam to Cochin (Ernakulam) -72 kms (2 hrs)

Standard

Rs. 51,057/-

South India Hindu Pilgrimage Itinerary (9 Nights)

For 2 Person

Valid From: 01 May 2014 - 30 Sep 2014

Valid For: Indian National


Destination No. of NightsHotelsRoom TypeMeal Plan
Guruvayoor 1Hotel Sopanam HeritageDuke Room (AC)Room Only
Palani 1Hotel Vels CourtStandard Room (AC)Breakfast
Rameswaram 1Hotel VinayagaStandard RoomRoom Only
Madurai 1The Madurai ResidencySuper Classic Room (Madurai Comfort)Breakfast
Tuticorin 1Sathya Park and ResortCottageBreakfast
Kanyakumari 1Singaar InternationalStandard Room (AC)Breakfast
Varkala 1Raja Park Beach ResortDeluxe Cottage (Pool View)Room Only
Kottayam 1Orchid ResidencyDeluxe RoomRoom Only
Cochin (Ernakulam) 1Grand HotelStandard RoomBreakfast
Extra Person - Rs.6,432/- Child - Rs. 6,432/-

Additional Services Included in the Package

Car on Disposal :

Vehicle Kilometre LimitComment
Tata Winger (9 Seater) 1600
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals as per meal plan Indicated.
Extra:
  • Additional Kms above 1600 kms would be charged @ Rs.12 per km payable direct at the end of the trip.
Note:
  • Hotel room category subject to availability. All efforts will be made to confirm the same stay option stated. However If unavailable equivalent option will be provided and price adjusted accordingly.
  • Child of age 5 and above will be chargeable. Child above 12 will be considered an adult.
  • Supplements may be applicable for Peak season dates, local festival periods and long weekends.
  • All Local Taxes. Govt. Service Tax Extra as applicable.
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Hotel Information:-

Hotel Sopanam HeritageGuruvayoor, Kerala

Sopanam Heritage is a mid-segment hotel at pilgrim town of Guruvayoor, .. more

Facilities - Bar ,Conference Hall ,Swimming pool

Hotel Vels CourtPalani, Tamil Nadu

Vels Court is a pilgrim hotel near Palani, Tamil .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Conference Hall

Hotel VinayagaRameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Hotel Vinayaga is a pilgrim hotel situated in Rameswaram having 45 rooms. Rameswaram is .. more

The Madurai ResidencyMadurai, Tamil Nadu

Madurai Residency is a value segment pilgrim hotel near Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Wi-Fi Connectivity ,Bar ,Conference Hall

Sathya Park and ResortTuticorin, Tamil Nadu

Sathya Park is a centrally located mid-segment business hotel at Tuticorin, Tamil .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Wi-Fi Connectivity ,Bar ,Conference Hall ,Swimming pool ,Health Club ,Spa

Singaar InternationalKanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Singaar International is a mid-segment hotel at Kanyakumari, Tamil .. more

Facilities - Conference Hall ,Swimming pool

Raja Park Beach ResortVarkala, Kerala

Raja Park is an inbound centric simple resort situated near Papanasam Cliff in Varkala, .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Wi-Fi Connectivity ,Conference Hall ,Swimming pool

Orchid ResidencyKottayam, Kerala

Orchid Residency Hotel is a mid-segment business hotel situated at Pulimoodu junction in .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Wi-Fi Connectivity ,Conference Hall

Grand HotelCochin (Ernakulam), Kerala

Hotel Grand is an inbound centric business hotel in MG Road in Ernakulam, Cochin. The .. more

Facilities - Internet Connectivity ,Conference Hall

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Distances

  • Cochin (Ernakulam) to Guruvayoor -105 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Guruvayoor to Palani -188 kms (5 hrs)
  • Palani to Rameswaram -285 kms (6 hrs)
  • Rameswaram to Madurai -160 kms (3 hrs)
  • Madurai to Tuticorin -147 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Tuticorin to Kanyakumari -132 kms (3 hrs)
  • Kanyakumari to Varkala -137 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Varkala to Kottayam -132 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Kottayam to Cochin (Ernakulam) -72 kms (2 hrs)

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This is one of the ultimate Hindu pilgrimages that covers Jyotirlinga, Arupadaiveedu, Divya Desams and many significant temples in South India.

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