Rich in culture and tradition, South India is dominated by many ancient temples with brightly painted Gopuram (gateway towers). Not only are these temples a display of majestic architecture, they are also among the most popular pilgrimage centers in India. If you are planning to go for a South India pilgrimage tour, not only will you be visiting the holy temples, but you will also experience incredible local food and culture that South India has to offer.
Southern India is peninsula bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Bay of Bengal on the east. The region has seen several dynasties rule, from Cholas of Thanjavur to Pallavas of Kanchi to Chalukyas of Badami. The Vijayanagara Empire, founded in 14th century A.D. was the last Indian Dynasty to rule over the south. With the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1646, the region was ruled by Deccan Sultanates, the Polygars and Nayak.
All the dynasties that ruled over the South India commissioned building several temples, and this is evident with the massive complexes of some of the temples, the prime example Srirangam temple, which is spread over an area of 156 acres. Bask in these architectural marvels in their full glory with MTT’s South India pilgrimage tours.
South India is home to popular pilgrimage centers. The town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is home to Ramanathaswamy Temple, which houses the Shiv Ling worshipped by the Lord Rama himself; when he wanted absolve himself from the sin of killing a Brahmin (Demon King Ravana). The temple is famous for its lengthy 1000-pillar halls and 22 theerthams (temple tanks). Rameswaram is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage and together with Varanasi, is considered one of the holiest places for Hindus.
No pilgrimage tour of South India will be complete without a visit to the richest temple, the Venkateswara Temple, Tirumala which also popularly known as Tirupati Balaji Temple. The temple receives around 30 to 40 million people annually on average.
The other popular destination on South India pilgrimage tours is the Brihadishvara Temple which is dedicated to Shiva and is located in Thanjavur. The Brihadishvara Temple is a part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, known as the "Great Living Chola Temples". There is also the Meenakshi Temple, also referred to as Meenakshi Amman located in the temple city of Madurai and the famous Kapaleeshwar Temple of Chennai.
The south of India has lots of things on offer for every type of traveller. Another great thing about Madras Travels & Tours South India religious tour packages is that you can indulge your taste buds. The local food mostly comprises of dishes made of rice, but don’t let it fool you as the variety of food on offer is diverse and will suit everyone’s palate.
There are also many unexplored beaches on both the east and west coast of South India, where you can saunter around with your loved ones, and enjoy a moment of quiet. And if you want to escape the to the wooded hills, there are a plenty of options to do so in the misty mountains of the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Hills. Regale in it all with our religious tour packages of South India.