Famous Temples of Kerala tour with Rameshwaram

  • Kochi 1N
  • Guruvayur 1N
  • Munnar 1N
  • Madurai 1N
  • Rameshwaram 1N
  • Kanyakumari 1N
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Popular
Suitable for

Family / Groups

Duration

6 Nights 7 Days

Category

Temples / Heritage

Package type

Customisable

This temple tour takes you on a journey to some of South India’s most revered shrines with focus on Kerala Temples. Besides being ancient, the Keralan style of architecture is a confluence of Dravidian and foreign influences making them unique. Note: Many Kerala temples allow entry only to

Starting from

17000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Temple
  • Hills
  • Ecotourism
  • Famous temples in South India (Kerala & Tamil Nadu) covered in the trip
  • Efficiently planned itinerary so as to reduce extensive travel between destinations
  • Leisure destinations – Munnar (Hill Station) and Kovalam (Beach) are also covered in this tour plan
  • For large groups, a tour leader with extensive destination knowledge and interest will accompany the group
  • Temple highlights: Vadakumnathan temple (Thrissur) – the grandest in Kerala architecture style, Padmanabhaswamy temple (Trivandrum) – The richest temple in India and Triprayar Rama Temple

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Tour Summary

  • 7 Days
  • 7 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi on arrival
  • Day 2 - Kochi - Guruvayur
  • Day 3 - Guruvayur - Munnar
  • Day 4 - Munnar - Madurai
  • Day 5 - Madurai - Rameshwaram
  • Day 6 - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari
  • Day 7 - Departure from Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi with Chottanikkara
  • Full Day
  • In Town

You will be welcomed at Kochi airport/rail station by our company representative and taken to your hotel. Relax for a while and freshen up for your evening trip to the temples around Kochi

  • The first temple of the tour is Chotanikkara Devi temple.
  • The deity in this temple is worshiped in 3 forms: Saraswathy in the morning, Lakshmi at noon and Durga in the evening. The change in form is also visible in the deity embellishments.
  • Consider visiting Poornathrayesha temple, the family deity of Cochin Royal family.
  • Relax for the night after dinner.

Stay at Kochi

Coral Isle

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Deluxe Room

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Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340?

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Day 2

  • Kochi to Guruvayoor
  • 3 hrs
  • 95 kms

Spirituality runs through the core of Guruvayur, a town centered around an ancient temple and its presiding deity (a traditionally orthodox form of MahaVishnu). A prominent sacred spot given the sobriquet ‘Dwarka of the South’, Guruvayur is also an important centre for regional art and safe home to 65 odd temple-owned elephants.

  • Start the day with an early morning darshan at Ernakulam Siva temple before heading to Guruvayur.
  • Drive through backwater isles to the sacred town of Guruvayoor.
  • Visit the Triprayar Shri Rama temple on the way.
  • Freshen up and visit the Guruvayoor Temple for darshan (special arrangements if required).
  • Spend time at the temple to make offerings and get prasadam.
  • Offer your prayers to Lord Shiva at Mammiyoor temple as per the custom.
  • If time permits, visit Punnathur Kotta, a traditional Kerala palace the grounds of which houses the temple’s elephants.
  • Spend the night in the temple town experiencing its spiritual vibe, enjoying cultural performances, shopping or partaking in temple ceremonies.

Stay at Guruvayur

Sopanam Heritage

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Among the most visited temples in Kerala, the 1000 year old Guruvayoor is considered the abode of Lord Vishnu on earth.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Guruvayur

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Day 3

  • Guruvayoor to Munnar
  • 5 hrs
  • 180 kms

More than an intimate hill town, Munnar is a mood, an aspiration rather. Carpets of emerald-green plantations in the world’s highest tea-growing regions, its vibrant hill culture and scenes of tranquil mornings with mist clinging to mountain tops together create one of Asia's most compelling destinations.

  • After breakfast, check out and head to Thrissur to visit the famous Vadakkumnathan temple before proceeding to Munnar.
  • A scenic drive uphill through spice towns and winding roads will take you to Munnar.
  • Stop to take a snap of amazing views at Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls (seasonal)
  • Visit the Tea museum, where you could explore artefacts from colonial times besides witnessing the tea processing procedure.
  • Check-in to your hill resort and relax while connecting to the hills
  • Unwind at your resort tonight with inhouse activities and dinner.

Stay at Munnar

Lake View

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Premium Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Munnar was once the summer capital of British and favourite among Government elites during colonial times.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Munnar

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Day 4

  • Munnar to Madurai
  • 5 hrs
  • 170 kms

This morning head to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. An ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge, centre of power of many dynasties and the seat of divinity from time immemorial, The main attraction here is Meeakshi temple, the abode of fish eyed Goddess. The imposing 15-acre temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures is an architectural marvel.

  • Start with the famous Meenakshi temple, which is an architectural marvel.
  • Enter through the busy eastern entrance (a lot of craft shops here) and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall (Ayiramkal mandapam) sculpted with life size ornamented figures.
  • After Darshan, spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilings.
  • Consider visiting the famous Tirumala Nayak Palace, the 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak.
  • Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and has rare Gandhi memorabilia.
  • Relax for the night at your hotel.

 

Stay at Madurai

Star Residency

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Madurai is particularly famous for cotton fabric, hand-woven silk, bronze work and stone carvings.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Madurai

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    If you are interested in seeing Indian temple rituals, then don't miss the night ceremony here. The bronze of lord Shiva is brought on a chariot to his wife Meenakshi's bed chamber amidst much chanting, drums, horns and gathering of devotees. An absolute must-see!

    Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop , Khadi Gramayog Bhavan and Cottage Arts Emporium are the best places in Madurai.

Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Madurai to Rameshwaram
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 180 kms

Rameshwaram, one of the most sacred temple towns of India, is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana. Housing the most sacred sand mound (a lingam said to have been created by Lord Rama's wife Sita, so he could worship Shiva), this temple is one of the 12 holy Jyothirlingas. Spend the day exploring the temple and attractions in the town and head to Kanyakumari this afternoon.

  • Today, visit the Ramananthswamy temple features the largest temple corridor with 1200 odd intricately designed granite pillars.
  • If interested you can also visit the lost land of Dhanushkodi beach, a town washed away by a cyclone. Adams bridge can also be visited.
  • Relax for the night at your hotel.

Stay at Rameswaram

Poppy's hotel

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Superior Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Among the miracles of this place include 22 closely located wells with water in them having totally different medicinal properties.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Rameshwaram

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Special Tips for Darshan/Pooja at Ramanathaswamy Temple

    Early morning about 4:30 am leave for Darshan. The stages of pooja is as below 

    Darshan of Sphatic Lingam: Also known as Mani Darshanam, the lingam in natural crystal is considered very auspicious. Timing 5 am - 6 am

    Samudra Snanam: Walk 300m from the temple to the sea, take a dip in the shallow waters

    Theerth Snanam: Take a bath in 22 wells inside the main temple and perform the main pooja.

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Rameshwaram to Kanyakumari
  • 5.5 hrs
  • 310 kms

Kanyakumari can feel surreal, especially at twilight when you'll see the sun set and the moon rise simultaneously over three seas. Add on the legacy of Swami Vivekananda, the virgin sea Goddess Temple, its ‘Land’s End’ symbolism and we have everything to draw crowds to this typically small-scale town. .

  • Today, drive past a dramatic flourish of mountain ridges, glinting paddy fields and slow-looping wind turbines to India’s southern tip.
  • Halt by Asia's largest wooden palace in Padmanabhapuram, a masterpiece of Kerala architecture (Optional).
  • Take a ferry off the mainland to Vivekananda rock memorial and later to the statue dedicated to poet Thiruvalluvar.
  • Visit the ancient temple at the edge of the ocean dedicated to Goddess Kumari Amman.
  • Evening witness an exuberant sunset, explore the town and rest for the night.

Stay at Kanyakumari

Gopinivas Grand

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India, is the confluence point Indian Ocean, Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kanyakumari

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Day 7

  • Departure from Trivandrum
  • 3 hrs
  • 90 kms

Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey.

  • Check out from your resort and head to Trivandrum.
  • If time permits, visit Padmanabhaswamy temple, abode of Lord Vishnu and the richest temple in the country.
  • Shop for artefacts and curios if interested (optional).
  • Drop back at Airport in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.

Departure from Trivandrum

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The 18-foot-long idol of Lord Vishnu has to be viewed through three seperate doors.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Trivandrum

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