Explore and learn about Indian spirituality on a 7-day tour of temples within Belur, Mysore, Pondicherry, Chennai, and Bangalore cities. Visit the religious community of Auroville in Pondicherry, ancient rock temples, and Catholic Churches in Chennai. Some of the temples on this sightseeing expedition will include; the Shiva temple, Chamundeshwari Temple, Chennakeshava Temple, Gommateshvara Bahubali Temple, and Shore Temple. Take a walk along the Marina Beach, Coromandel coast, make a stopover at the National Art Gallery and the Tiger's Cave.
Enjoy an unforgettable 7-day tour in the south of India.
Day 1 : Bangalore [B] You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30am. From here you will be transferred to our hotel to check in and have breakfast. After breakfast begin your full-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore, visit the beautiful Vidhan Soudha (Legislative Assembly), Attara Kacheri, Shiva Temple, Art of Living International Center and Infant Jesus Church. After, return to the hotel for lunch before taking a walking tour of the colorful bazaar at Malleswaram and the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Return to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 2 : Mysore [B] After breakfast at your hotel, drive one hour to Mysore. Check in to your hotel before visiting the magnificent Mysore Palace, built in Indo-Saracenic style. Within the palace you will find the exquisitely decorated, Amber Vilas. See the Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to Goddess Durga located on Chamundi Hill and the large Nandi carved out of a single stone. Return to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 3 : Belur [B] After breakfast, begin your full-day sightseeing tour of Belur and Halebid. Located on the banks of Yagachi River, Belur is home to the Chennakeshava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiv. From Belur you will be transported to Halebid to visit the Kedareshwara and Hoysaleswara Temples, richly endowed with scroll work in stone. Return to your hotel in Belur for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 4 : Chennai [B] Today, you will be driven to Bangalore for your flight to Chennai after breakfast. On your way to the airport stop to visit the Gommateshvara Bahubali Temple on Vidyagiri Hill. Enjoy lunch in Bangalore before your flight to Chennai. Upon arrival in Chennai check in to your hotel. This afternoon you will visit Kapaleeswar Temple, the Huddleston Gardens of Theosophical Society and Little Mount Shrine. Return to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 5 : Chennai [B] After breakfast, pass Fort St. George on your way to visit the National Art Gallery and Mylapore. Enjoy lunch followed by an Indian movie and a walk on the famous, Marina Beach. Return to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 6 : Pondicherry [B] After an early breakfast, drive to Pondicherry to explore its distinctive French character. Check in to your hotel before visiting Auroville, the City of Dawn, founded by the great Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo, who impart ancient yogic philosophy with modern science. Also, visit the many Catholic churches and temples in and around Pondicherry. Return to the hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 7 : Pondicherry [B] Depart on an excursion after breakfast to Mahabalipuram. Here you will visit the magnificent 7th-century temples cut from rock as well as the Shore Temple and its shrines dedicated to Siva and Vishnu. Drive 3 miles (4 km) from here to the Tiger's Cave and take a walk along the Coromandel coast before returning to the hotel for dinner. Free drop-off at your hotel in Pondicherry.
Your tour ends here.