Sample Itineraries

      Highlights of India
       
      Temples of South India
       
      Holy Cities and Golden Triangle
       
      Rejuvenating Ayurveda
       
      Royal Rajasthan
       
      Temples and Backwaters of South India
       
      Nepal and Ladakh
       
     

    Short Itineraries / Extension Trips

      The Golden Triangle
     

    Delhi–Agra–Jaipur

       
      Beaches and Cultural India
     

    Mumbai–Goa–Aurangabad

       
      Evergreen Kerala
     

    Cochin–Kumarakom–Trivandrum

       
      Enchanting Tamilnadu
     

    Chennai–Pondicherry–Madurai

       
      Rural South India
     

    With Optional Naadi Readings

     

    Chennai–Madurai–Swamimalai

       
      Sacred & Sensual
     

    Delhi–Khajuraho–Varanasi

       
      Spiritual India
     

    Delhi–Haridwar–Rishikesh

       
      Cultural India
     

    Hampi–Hospet–Hassan

       
      Ayurveda & Wellness
       
       
     
     
     
     

    A Pilgrimage to the spiritual heart of South India

     
      11 nights / 12 days
     

    This tour will be led by Roger Gabriel. This is a spiritual journey starting in Chennai and heading to Tiruvannamalai, the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi. The next stop is Pondicherry, a former French Colony to visit the ashram of Sri Aurobindo. A drive through rural South India, you arrive at Swamimalai, a quaint pilgrim town, home to the Naadi readers. Then you visit the magnificent temple at Tanjore and continue to the ancient city of Madurai, famous for the Sri Meenakshi Temple and colorful bazaars. The tour ends at Chennai for international departure.

     
     
     

    Bullet DAY 0: CHENNAI

    Arrival into Chennai - Most international flights arrive late night, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight: Hotel Radisson or similar – Chennai

    Bullet DAY 1: CHENNAI

    Depart the hotel at around 11 AM and drive along the coast to Fisherman' Cove beach resort for lunch. Afternoon visit the 6th century shore temples at Mahabalipuram.

    Overnight: Hotel Temple Bay Resort or similar – Mahabalipuram

    Bullet DAY 2: CHENNAI /
    TIRUVANNAMALAI

    After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamalai (3 hours). Afternoon explore the ashram and take part in the ashram activities such as chanting and meditation.

    Overnight: Hotel Sparsha or similar – Tiruvannamalai

    Bullet DAY 3: TIRUVANNAMALAI

    After breakfast climb the Arunachala Hill, visit the Skandashram and Virupaksha Cave and meditate at Ramana's hermitage. Early evening visit Sri Arunachala Temple and join the meditation and chanting at the Ashram.

    Overnight: Hotel Sparsha or similar – Tiruvannamalai

    Bullet DAY 4: TIRUVANNAMALAI

    Optional early morning pilgrimage walk around Arunachala Hill (3 hours). After the walk, join the group for a special ceremony at the Arunachala Temple. In the afternoon time available to explore the Ashram on your own.

    Overnight: Hotel Sparsha or similar – Tiruvannamalai

    Bullet DAY 5: TIRUVANNAMALAI / PONDICHERRY

    After breakfast drive to Pondicherry (2 hours). Afternoon visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the local ashram industries (paper and incense making, etc.).

    Overnight: Hotel Annamalai or similar – Pondicherry

    Bullet DAY 6: PONDICHERRY

    Explore the old French quarter and the unique boutiques. After lunch visit the community of Auroville and the extraordinary Matrimandir. Dinner will be at the beautiful heritage property De L'Orient Hotel, followed by a stroll along the sea.

    Overnight: Hotel Annamalai or similar – PondicherryTop

    Bullet DAY 7: PONDICHERRY / SWAMIMALAI

    After breakfast drive to Swamimalai (4 hours) and check into a heritage hotel in a rural setting. Individual schedule will be given to accommodate Naadi readings, massages and sightseeing trips.

    Overnight: Sterling Resort or similar – Swamimalai

    Bullet DAY 8: SWAMIMALAI

    Early morning participate in a Homan (sacred fire ceremony). Here the group will be divided to schedule the Naadi Scroll Readings, visit to the local temples, a traditional bronze icon sculptor, the Brihadishwara Temple at Tanjore and ayurvedic massages at the resort. Evening enjoy the cultural programs at the resort.

    Overnight: Sterling Resort or similar – Swamimalai

    Bullet DAY 9: SWAMIMALAI

    Continue with the naadi readings and the sightseeing options.

    Overnight: Sterling Resort or similar – Swamimalai

    Bullet DAY 10: SWAMIMALAI /
    MADURAI

    After an early breakfast drive to the holy city of Madurai, home to the beautifully decorated and multicolored Sri Meenakshi Temple.

    Overnight: Hotel Taj Garden Retreat or similar – Madurai

    Bullet DAY 11: MADURAI / CHENNAI / DEPARTURE

    Today visit Sri Meenakshi temple and the bustling bazaars. Early evening depart to Chennai to connect to international flights.

     
    TOUR ENDS
     
    Rates starting from US $4500
     
    INCLUSIONS
     
    • Accommodation in good quality 4 star / 5 star hotel / resort
    • All taxes and meals
    • All ground transport and guide services
    • Naadi reading with English translator
    • Entry tickets to monuments
    • Domestic flight (Madurai – Chennai)
     
    EXCLUSIONS
     
    • Items of personal expense
    • International flights
     
    PLEASE NOTE
     
    • For budget travelers the same itinerary can be worked using lower cost clean budget hotels
    • For luxury travelers, the same itinerary can be reworked using 5 star or 7 star hotels wherever possible
    • Rates subject to change depending on the group size
     

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