Spiritual Tamil Nadu
This enchanting Tamil Nadu tour is perfect for anyone interested in history and culture and is looking for a south India temple tour. Amongst other treasures, you will discover the temple town of Madurai and explore the wonderful world heritage sites of the Great Living Chola Temples in Thanjavur & Darasuram, and the Ancient Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram.
Spiritual Tamil Nadu
During this tour visiting some of the world’s most impressive and intricately carved temples and taking in the natural views along the Bay of Bengal.
- Take in modern Chennai culture in the Mylapore Tank area.
- Mamallapuram UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Walking tour of former French Colony of Pondicherry.
- Living Chola Temples world heritage sites including Airavatesvara Temple tour and a visit to Brihadisvara Temple with its 62-metre high tower.
- Follow the pilgrimage trail to Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi.
- Tour of the wonderful temple town of Madurai
Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy– Rameshwaram – Madurai – Chennai
- Best Season: September to April
The highlights of this trip
Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines provide a heady mix of experience.
Dhanushkodi is strip of land 1 km wide and 18 km long on the eastern end of Rameswaram. This land piece is in between the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. These oceans were called as Ratnakaran and Mahodadhi. Their confluence looks like a bow and the strip of land looks like an arrow ready to be released. Hindus consider the Adi Sethu or the arrowhead as a sacred place to perform religious rites. It is an exotic beach stretch with abundant bird life. Tourists also enjoy surfing here.
A superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the temple has two sanctorum, one dedicated to Shiva as Sundareswarar and the other to his consort Meenakshi. This is one of the largest temple complexes in the country. Of the many pieces of sculpture in the temple, the most striking is that of the divine marriage of goddess Meenakshi with Sundareswarar. The highlight of the temple is the ‘Hall of Thousand Pillars’. The hall has 985 pillars with a number of ornate and bold sculptures. Viewed from any angle, these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an architectural marvel indeed. In the outer most corridor is situated the matchless musical pillars carved out of stones; when tapped, they produce different musical notes.
- Cultural 95% 95%
- Architect 95% 95%
- Local Experiences 85% 85%
- Monuments 95% 95%
Spirituality & Religion.
“All of our trip was a real delight. Highlights were the temples at Mahabalipuram and Madurai, walking tour in former French colony and yoga class in Auroville. “
Isabel Reck, Oslo – Norway
Fascinating local people..
“Wonderful interactions with fascinating local people, including story-teller guides, a classical dancer, a maker of beautiful bronze statues of gods from a prestigious family of temple bronze makers.”
Elissa Carpo, Stcokholm – Sweden.
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