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Temples Of South India


Temples Of South India

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – Pondicherry

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

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

Continue with the naadi readings and the sightseeing options.

Overnight: Sterling Resort or similar – Swamimalai

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

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

Notes

  • 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