Be it culture, food, festivals, or heritage, the southern part of India has a peculiar flavour of its own. It has been shaped and reshaped over a period of 4000 years by 18 different ruling dynasties including the Pallavas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kakatiyas, Cholas and the famous Vijayanagar empire. A glimpse of the influence of these ruling dynasties is still evident through the famous anecdotes and historical remains. Some important states in the South include Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala. Each of these states offers a distinct dose of religion, adventure, historical emblems, beaches, and world heritage sites.
Navagraha refers to the nine planets which include the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Ketu and Rahu. The most famous and revered Navagraha temples are located in Southern India in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka. Each of these temples symbolises the influence of planetary and cosmic forces thereby showcasing the heavenly powers of the nine planets. The Navagraha temples of the South include the Suryanar Kovil or Suriyan Temple dedicated to Sun God, Kailasanathar or Chandran Temple in Thingalur dedicated to Moon God, Vaitheeswaran Koil Temple dedicated to Mars, Swetharanyeswarar Temple in Thiruvenkadu dedicated to Mercury, Apatsahayesvarar or Guru temple in Alangudi representing Jupiter, Agniswarar or Sukran Temple representing Venus, Tirunallar Saniswaran temple dedicated to Saturn, Tirunageswaram Rahu Stalam representing Rahu or Keelperumpallam Kethu Sthalam Temple dedicated to Ketu. According to legends, the planetary deities were doomed by Lord Brahma to dwell in the wild white-flower jungle or the Vellurukku Vanam. Later, Lord Shiva blessed them to make their abode in the jungle. Six daily rituals are performed in the temples between 5:30 am to 9:00 pm. Two major festivals are celebrated in all Navagraha temples during a calendar year. Our Navagraha Temples tour takes you on an amazing escapade into the realms of mythology, devotion, and spirituality.
Who is not aware of the magnificence and glory of the Tirupati Balaji Temple? Often known as Sri Venkateswara, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, famous by the name Balaji in Northern India. The temple is located atop the seventh (called Venkatachala) among the seven peaks (Sapthagiri) of the Tirumala hill. Hence, Lord Venkateswara is also lovingly called by the name of Lord of the Seventh Hill. According to Hindu mythology, the seven peaks are believed to represent the seven hoods of the serpent Adishesha under which Lord Vishnu resides in the Vaikunth Dham. The temple has a divine sanctity in Hindu Vedas and Puranas. It is believed that worshipping Lord Venkateswara in the Tirupati Balaji temple provides mukti or freedom from the cycle of birth and death. Our Tirupati Temple tour takes you on a journey of devotion, enlightenment, and spirituality to an admirable and most sacred pilgrimage site. Many anecdotes and fables of miracle are famous about the Tirupati Balaji Temple. According to ancient legends and inscriptions of Varaha Purana, Lord Sri Rama (from Ramayana in Treta Yuga) resided in the temple along with Devi Sita and brother Lakshman while returning from Lankapuri. The inside of the temple has various inscriptions in different languages like Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil. These inscriptions specify the contribution of different empires like Pallava Kingdom, Chola Kingdom, and Vijayanagar Empire in the maintenance and upgrade of the temple. Despite a long journey through the pages of time, the temple has sustained its glory and grandeur. Located in the city of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, Tirupati Temple attracts many visitors from all over the world. Embark on an awe-inspiring journey of devotion and witness the splendour of the temple with our Tirupati Temple tour.
Lord Murugan is amongst the most revered deities in South India. Arupadi Veedu is a collective name given to the Six Abodes of Lord Murugan which include Tiruttani Subramanya Swamy Temple, Palani Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple, Swamimalai Swaminatha Swami Temple, Tirupparankunram Subramanya Swami Temple, Pazhamudircholai Subramanya Swami Temple, and Tiruchendur Senthil Andavar Temple. Lord Murugan is known by different names at each of these temples namely Skanda, Kartikeya, Muruga, Balasubramanya, and Vadivela. According to the sacred Skanda Purana, Devas were tortured by demon Soorapadman in the ancient times. They requested Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma for help who, in turn, appointed Kamadeva to wake up Lord Shiva from his deep penance. Later, Lord Shiva gave birth to his son Kartikeya who killed Soorapadman to save the Devas. Lord Murga is depicted in the Southern literature as the god of war and love. Kartikeya married Deivayanai after winning the war at Tiruchendur and married Valli out of love. Lord Muruga is also depicted as the God of Kurinji or mountainous region. Arupadi Veedu group of sacred shrines which include the six temples of Lord Murugan share unparallel sanctity and are extremely popular among the devotees. Our Arupadi Veedu tour takes you on an enchanting journey through each of these shrines. Embark on an amazing journey of devotion, faith, and spirituality with our Arupadi Veedu tour.
Our Temple Tour of South India package takes you on an enchanting journey through the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Explore the lands of spices, coffee, and tea on the rimming mountains. Enjoy a delightful walk on beautiful beaches. Experience the best of South India with our gracious tour package.
South India is primarily famous for its exotic natural beauty, majestic temples, mesmerising hills, immaculate beaches, and dense forests. These diverse terrains contribute to the majestic beauty of South India. You will instantly fall in love with the vibrant culture and delectable food of the South. With its serene locations, man-made marvels, detailed architecture, and unparalleled allure, a trip to the South provides a one-of-a-kind experience.
Despite a long journey through the pages of time, the temples have sustained its glory and grandeur. Located across the temple towns of south India, these cities and towns attract many visitors from all over the world. While in Chennai visit the Mylapore temple, in Tirupati visit the Balaji temple, in Kanchipuram visit the Ekambareswarar temple, the Kailasanatha temple, the Sri Kamakshi Devi temple, the Varadarajaswamy temple, in Mahabalipuram visit the Tiruvannamalai temple, in Auroville visit the Matri Mandir, in Chidambaram visit the Nataraja temple and the Brihadeshwara temple, in Trichy visit the Ranganatha temple, the Rock Fort temple, the Srirangam temple, the Jambukeshwar temple, in Madurai visit the Meenakshi temple, the Mariamman Teppakulam, the King Tirumala palace and Alagar Kovil, in Rameshwaram visit the Ramanatha Swamy temple, in Kanyakumari visit the Amman temple, the Vivekananda Rock and the Thiruvalluvar memorial, in Trivandrum visit the Suchindram palace, the Padmanabhapuram palace, and the Padmanabhaswamy temple.
Embark on an awe-inspiring journey of devotion and witness the splendour temples with our pilgrimage tours in south India.