Arrive at mangalore,Mangalore is the chief port city of the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated on the west coast of the country on the Arabian Sea, with the Western Ghats to Mangalore's east.Mangalore is known for its beaches, temples and industries. There are several languages spoken there, including Tulu, Konkani, Kannada, and Beary.The landscape is dominated by the characteristic coconut palms accompanying rolling hills and streams flowing into the sea. The landscape is dotted with tiled-roof buildings, topped with the famous Mangalore tiles made with the local hard red clay and typically walled with laterite blocks.Rest of the day for liesure.
Breakfast from the hotel and then proceed for sightseeing and temple visits icludes Kollur/uduppi temples. The Mookambika shrine at Kollur is one of the most revered pilgrimage centers in Karnataka . Located in very picturesque surroundings, Kollur is on the banks of the river Sauparnika (said to possess medicinal properties) at the foot of the hill Kodachadri. The temple is located in a spacious courtyard, and is entered through the eastern gopuradwara. The western entrance is opened only on special occasions. It is believed that Aadi Sankara entered the temple through the western entrance. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Kannur, is one of the 14 districts in the state of Kerala, India. Kannur District is known as the land of looms and lores, because of the number of looms functioning in the district and festivals held in temples. The district is a major centre of Theyyam, a ritual dance of northern Kerala, and small shrines known as kavus associated with the Theyyam dot the district. On the way visit Bakel fort. Bekal fort, the largest and the best-preserved fort in Kerala, The fort, a circular imposing structure of laterite rising 130 ft. above sea level, stands on a 35 acre headland that runs into the Arabian sea. This fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built in the 1650's by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and later captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied Hyder Ali of Mysore in 1763 A.D and then the Huzur of Canara during Tipu Sultan's reign and later the British. During the British rule, the erstwhile Bekal taluk was part of South Canara district and encompassed the present Kasaragod and Hosdurg taluks. Rest of the day for liesure.
After breakfast go for sightseeing and temple vists include Raja Rajeswari temple and Parassinikadavu Muthappan temple. Sree Muthappan is the most popular local god in the Kannur District.Muthappan is also the theyyam performed in the famous Parassinikkadavu temple 16 km north of Kannur town.Other theyyams are seasonal (the season lasting October to May), but Muthappan theyyam is performed year round.This temple is in the banks of Valapattam river.
After breakfast proceed to Guruvayur, town of Trissur district in Kerala, India. TheGuruvayur Shri Krishna Temple is one the most important and sacred pilgrim centers of Kerala. The presiding deity is Mahavishnu, in standing posture with four hands carrying Sankhu, Sudarshana chakram, Lotus and Mace. He is worshipped as Balakrishna, the full avatar (Puranavatara) of Mahavishnu. The idol is made of a rare stone known as Patala Anjana. Rest of the day of leisure.
After breakfast go for sightseeing and temple visit including Guruvayur and Kadampuzha temple. Visit Punnarhur Kotta, about 60 elephants, all belonging to Lord Sri Krishna of Guruvayoor, live in Punnathur Kotta .
After breakfast proceed to Nattika is a small village in Thrissur district of Kerala state, south India. It is 25km from Thrissur town. There is a beautiful beach in this village called Nattika Beach.Visiting Thriprayar temple and Kodungaloor temple. Thriprayar Temple is one of the important temples dedicated to Lord Rama.The exquisite woodcarvings, sculptures and Mural Paintings are an interesting sight. The temple festival is held in November / December and includes a parade of 17 elephants. During the Onam festival in the months of August / September, there is a snake boat race. The Bhagawati temple at Kodungallur is of great renown throughout the state of Kerala. The face of image of Bhagawati is covered with a mask, and the image is decorated with several pieces of jewellary. The festivals of significance at Kodungallur are Makara Sankaranti and the Bharani Festival. The Bharani festival at the Kodungallur Bhagawati temple is one of the grandest in Kerala.
After breakfast proceed to Cochin,the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Cochin is the commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Kochi was an important spice trading centre on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards A growing centre of information technology, tourism and international trade, Kochi is the commercial hub of Kerala, and one of the fastest growing second-tier metros in India.Rest of the day for sightseeing/temple visit.
After breakfast go for sightseeing/temple visit include Ernakulam Shiva temple and Chottanikkara temple. Shiva temple is situated in the heart of Ernakulam City This is one of the rarest Shiva temples where deity is facing sea towards west. Devotees who dedicate themselves to the lord with utmost devotion are said to be relieved of their suffering leading to ultimate ‘Moksha’. Chottanikkara temple, located near Ernakulam enshrines Bhagawati - the mother Goddess, one of the most popular deities in Kerala. Enroute is the Poornatrayesa temple at Tripunittura. The Devi is worshipped along with Lord Vishnu. Together, they are known as Lakshminarayana.
After breakfast proceed to Kottayam. An important trading center of commercial crops and a publishing centre in Kerala.The town has been in the forefront of modern education in Kerala from the nineteenth century. In 1989 it achieved the distinction of being the first municipal town in India to achieve 100% literacy. Kottayam is a very tropical area with many Islands and Backwaters.Kottayam with its landscape, rivers, lakes, bird sanctuaries, temples, churches, mosques and historic remnants attract tourists. Seashores denied, the western parts of the district are embraced by Vembanad Lake. EnrouteVisit Vaikom temple and Ettumanoor temple. Vaikom Mahadevar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as Annadanaprabhu in local language.Pilgrims flock to the shiva temple during the Sabarimala season and Vaikattu Ashtami festival which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in February-March and in November and December. Ettumanoor is an ancient Shiva temple and was constructed in the sixteenth century A. D. Ettumanoor temple is a marvelous example of the Kerala style of architecture, attracts many Hindu devotees from all over the state. The copper plated conical roof of the central shrine, is in itself a majestic structure. The shrine is inlaid with beautiful carvings of scenes from the Ramayana, Bhagavatha and Krishna Leela. The temple is also endowed with an exquisite collection of Mural paintings and sculptures, depicting scenes from the Hindu mythology.
After breakfast proceed to Kumarakom, situated on the banks for Vembanad Lake and a wonderland lying below the seal level. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala is habitat for many marine species and it teems with 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), shrimp (chemmeen in local language)and prawns. The bird sanctuary spreading over 14 acres (57,000 m²), came into existence following preservation efforts from the government. It is a major tourist attraction now.Full day for leisure.
After breakfast proceed to Kottarakara on the way visit Aranmula Parthsaaradhi temple. The temple is on the left bank of the Pampa River. It is from here that the sacred jewels of Ayyappan are taken in procession to Sabarimalai each year. Aranmula is also known for the watersports involving a spectacular procession of snake boats. It is also linked with legends from the Mahabharata.It is one of the most important Krishna temples in Kerala.Aranmula is also famous for its metal mirrors, known as Aranmula kannadi.Then proceed to Kottarakara is a town located in the district of Kollam, formerly known as Quilon. Kottarakara is the place where the classical art form of Kathakali was conceived. Visit Kottarakkara Sree Mahaganapathi temple. It is believed that the idol was sculptured by Perumthachan from the root of the jack tree.
After Breakfast proceeds to Thiruvananthapuram also known as Trivandrum, is the capital of the state of Kerala and the headquarters of the Thiruvananthapuram District. Referred to by Mahatma Gandhi as the "Evergreen city of India", the city is characterized by its undulating terrain of low coastal hills and busy commercial alleys.Visit Attukal temple and Padmanabha swami temple with sightseeing tour. Padmanabhaswamy temple is a famous temple of Lord Vishnu. The temple is one of the 108 divya desam, the holiest abodes of Lord Vishnu and the main deity, Padmanabhaswamy is a form of Vishnu in Anananthasayanam posture. This is an ancient temple and is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian style of architecture. It is a best example of South Indian architecture, with an impressive seven -story gopuram (tower). The Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, one of the ancient temples of South India, is popularly described as Sabarimala of the Women, as women form the major portion of devotees. The Goddess in the temple of Attukal is worshipped as the Supreme Mother, creator of all living beings and the mighty preserver as well as destroyer of them all. The pilgrims from all over the country, who visit Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple and worship the Lord, do not consider their visits complete without the visit to the shrine of the supreme Mother Attukalamma.
After breakfast proceed to Kanyakumari, located at the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, it is geographically a Cape and during British rule in India, it was known as Cape Comorin. A popular tourist place in India, the town and the district, The clean and beautiful beaches are the prime attractions of Kanykumari.The Kanyakumari Temple is one of the major tourist attractions in south India. The temple is dedicated to Parvati as Devi Kanya, the Virgin Goddess who did penance to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva. Suchindram temple has a temple dedicated to a deity who is the representation of the combined forces of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinities are worshipped. The temple has a beautiful gopuram, musical pillars and an excellent statue of the Hanuman, apart from a valuable collection of art from different periods. The other main attraction is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial. Built in 1970,it marks the place where Swami Vivekananda meditated and evolved his philosophy. Close to the memorial is Sripada Parai where the footprints of goddess Kanyakumari are believed to be imprinted. Other tourist attractions in Kanyakumari are the Gandhi Memorial built over the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Gandhi was kept for public viewing before it was immersed in the water around in accordance to his wishes.