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Temples of South India

Witnessing the Celebration of India's Faith at South India's Marvelous Temples
A trip to India simply cannot be imagined without a consideration of the deep religiosity and spirituality that is celebrated at every nook and corner of this diverse country. One way to witness and experience that is to undertake a trip covering temples of the South India. These temples are known to leave their visitors awe-struck not just by their divine aura but also by their sheer splendor and architectural elegance. Sustaining the faiths of millions of devotees and worshippers that visit them every day, these temples are also counted as heritage sites having stood tall for centuries. No matter what the religion is, one is bound to feel overwhelmed by the exhibition of faith inside and around these temples.

Temples to Visit - Meenakshi Temple (Tamil Nadu); Panch Rathas (Tamil Nadu); Brihadeswara Temple (Tamil Nadu); Ramanathaswamy Temple (Tamil Nadu); Guruvayoor Krishna temple (Kerala); Thillai Nataraja Temple (Tamil Nadu); Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Tamil Nadu)

Main Attraction - Breathtakingly-beautiful temples that have stood the test of the time; Beaches of Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry; Sri Aurbindo Ashram

Best Time to Visit - November - February

Highlights - These temples not only offer a unique perspective of the social life of Indians, but also narrate history and origins of South Indian culture through their architectures. For example, the postures of the renowned South Indian dance form, Bharatha Natyam, are said to be inspired from the sculptures of Thillai Nataraja Temple. The Meenakshi temple has a hall called "The Hall of Thousand Pillars" that actually contains 985 pillars. Each pillar in the hall is said to be a carved monument representing Dravidian sculpture. Almost each of these temples have a Hindu mythological reasoning behind their existence and purpose.

Combinable With - Other tourist destinations Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka; Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Maldives

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