Famous for being home to many a magnificent monument that has glorified the nation, South India is culturally deep-rooted. It is on aSouth India religious tour package that you realize that the sunnier side of the subcontinent has so much more to offer. Set on a journey with us to some of the most awe-inspiring and soul-pleasing religious centers across South India to achieve sanctity and peace of mind.
Tirupati is a town located in the Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh, at the foothills of Tirumala, and is a constant in our South India pilgrimage tours. It is atop this very hill that the famous and highly revered Venkateswara temple stands. Believed to be the richest temple on the Indian subcontinent, this Vedic temple dates back to the 9th century. It is said that around 50,000 pilgrims visit the temple every day.
Lord Venkateswara, also known by various monikers such as Govinda and Balaji, is the lord of the seven hills, and it is by worshipping him that people in the Kali Yuga (which is now) can attain mukti.
No South India pilgrimage tour is complete without a visit to Mahabalipuram. It is a port city in the Kancheepuram district of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu which is home to a group of 7-8th century old temples and battle monuments. The city has as many as 400 ancient monuments, included among which are chariot shaped monolithic temples, stone-cut temples, cave temples with inscriptions from Mahabharata, and rock reliefs.
Also known as Mamallapuram or Seven Pagodas, it houses the largest open air rock relief in the entire world, known as Arjuna’s Penance or Descent of the Ganges. The Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Tiger’s Cave are some other prominent structures that visitors must stopover when here.
Located 342 kilometers from the city of Chennai stands the district of Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu, another must-visit when on a South India pilgrimage tour. Also referred to as Thanjavur, it was once the capital of the Chola dynasty and thereafter that of Marathas and Nayaks too. Considered as the cultural headquarters of the state, it also holds within its boundaries the magnificent Brahadeeswara Temple, built originally by Raja Raja Chola I. Constructed around 1011 AD, this temple is more than a thousand years old and features marvelous Chola-styled architecture. Already a UNESCO World heritage site, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Having served as a major settlement for two millennia, Madurai is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Other than this fact, what makes this place recognized throughout the world are the numerous temples it houses featuring exemplary Dravidian styled-architecture. A well-reckoned center for Hindu pilgrimage on our South India religious tour packages, it is a sacred city standing on the banks of River Vaigai.
Shree Meenakshi Sudareshwar Temple is the most famous of all the religious structures in the city. With four massive temple towers and five entrances, this temple is the most outstanding example of Dravidian architecture. It is dedicated to the deity couple of Shiva and Shakti.
Bounded by two rivers, Cauvery in the North and Arasalar in the South, Kumbakonam is a town full of temples lying in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Once the seat of medieval South Indian power, Kumbakonam has a skyline decorated with several colorful and eye-catching temple towers. You can find temples dedicated to different heavenly bodies, such as Sani or Saturn, Surya or Sun, Sukran or Venus, in here. Your South India pilgrimage tour is incomplete if you haven’t covered this city in it.
Set out on one of these South India pilgrimage tours with us to explore some of the largest, oldest and most beautiful temple structures in the entire nation. We promise to make it an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.