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Churches of South India

Destinations of Sacred Churches covered: Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Cochin, Madurai, Tuticorin, Manapad, Idaikattur, Vadipatti, Trichy, Tanjore, Velankani, Pondicherry, Acharapakkam and Chennai

Duration: 13 nights & 14 days

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore On arrival at Bangalore, our Tour Executive will be there to receive you and he would assist you to the hotel. Sightseeing can be arranged as per your arrival schedule. Here you can visit St. Mary's Basilica and Infant Child Jesus church. If interested you can visit Kemp Fort, Tippu Palace, Lal bagh garden and Cubbon Park or else next day morning start little early do the local sightseeing of Bangalore. Overnight stay at Bangalore.

Day 2: Bangalore- Mysore After breakfast drive to Mysore “The city of Palaces”. Here you can visit The St. Philomena's Church which is one of the oldest churches in India. The entire church is built in the Gothic style is one of the largest Cathedrals in South Asia. Then visit the other attractions of Mysore like Mysore Palace, Chamundeeshwari temple at Chamundi Hills and Brindhawan garden. Evening you can do shopping as Mysore is famous for Mysore pak and Mysore silk sarees. Overnight stay at Mysore

Day 3: Mysore – Coimbatore Today commence your drive to Coimbatore where you can visit Infant Jesus Church, Our Lady of Fatima Church and Bethesda International Prayer Centre. Evening you can do shopping. Overnight stay at Coimbatore.

Day 4: : Coimbatore- Cochin This day drive to Cochin and visit the famous church. St. Francis Church and Santa Cruise Basilica Church. If interested you can visit Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace. Overnight at Cochin

Day 5: Cochin –Kovalam Finish off your breakfast and drive to Kovalam “ A beautiful beach destination’. Rest of the day relax and enjoy yourself at the beach. Here you have an option for Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay at Kovalam

Day 6: Kovalam – Kanyakumari Today drive to Kanyakumari and visit The Church of St. Xavier which enjoys a great fame as a place of miracles from early times and then you can visit the major attractions like Vivekananda Rock, Gandhi Memorial, Kumari Amman temple and the tall statue of our Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar and in the evening witness the beautiful sunset Overnight stay at Kanyakumari

Day 7: Kanyakumari – Madurai Wake up early in the morning and witness the beautiful sunrise and then proceed to Madurai. Enroute visit to the famous churches in Tuticorin and Manapad . Our Lady of Snow church and church at Manapad & visit the church at Uvari “Sela Matha Church”. Then drive to Madurai and visit St. Mary’s Roman catholic church, St. Lourdes church at Pudur. You can also cover the major attractions of Madurai like Tirumala Nayakkar Palace and Meenakshi Amman temple where you can witness the beautiful sculptures. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 8: Madurai- Idaikattur – Vadipatti – Madurai This day have a day trip to Idaikattur and visit the famous church “ The Sacred heart of Jesus” and Vadipatti St. Lourdes Mary Church. Return back to Madurai for an overnight stay.

Day 9: Madurai –Trichy - Tanjore Finish breakfast and proceed to Tanjore, Enroute visit the famous Catholic Church at Poondi “Poondi Matha Shrine Basilica” and then proceed to Trichy and visit St. Lourdes church, if interested you can visit Sri Rangam Ranganathar Swamy temple and Rock fort temple which is 83m height as per the time limit. Then at Tanjore you can visit the famous UNESCO monuments at Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram & after the visit proceed to Tanjore and visit Bragadeeshwarar temple which is an UNESCO monument and enjoy witnessing the beautiful sculptures. Overnight stay at Tanjore

Day 10: Tanjore – Velankani Morning drive to Velankani and attend your prayers at the church “Our Lady of Good Health” . Here you can spend some time at the beach in the evening. Overnight stay at Velankani

Day 11: Velankani – Pondicherry Start your drive to Pondicherry , on arrival check in at the hotel. Later visit to churches at Pondicherry. There are beautiful churches at the white town built by French people. One of the famous Church is The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, constructed in Gothic style, is a highly revered religious destination in Pondicherry. Lot of visitors and believers are thronging to this church to offer prayers. One can be blessed by seeing the wonderful stained glass windows highlighting the life of Jesus. & rest of the time free for you to explore the city on your own. Here you can also visit Manakula Vinayagar temple where you can see 40 form of Vinayagar paintings, Auroville meditation centre and Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight stay at Pondicherry

Day 12: Pondicherry –Acharapakkam Malai Madha - Chennai Commence your drive to Chennai, Enroute visit Acharapakkam Malai Madha church and in the evening if interested you can spend time for shopping. Overnight stay at Chennai

Day 13: Chennai Have your breakfast and proceed for sightseeing. You can visit St. Santhome Cathedral Church. The word Santhome or San Thome is derived from Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The local Christian belief is that the apostle came to India in A.D.52, was martyred in A.D.72 at St.Thomas Mount in the City and was interred in Mylapore. A church was built over his tomb and this is known as the San Thome Basilica. The Basilica is one of three churches that claim to have been built over the tomb of an apostle. The other two are St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy and the church of Saint James the Great in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. and St. Thomas Mount which is associated with St. Thomas, the apostle of Christ, who is believed to have been martyred here. . In the afternoon visit to the Fort St. George and museum. If you are interested to visit temples you can visit Kapaleeshwarar temple and Astalakshmi temple. Evening spend time at the beach. Overnight stay at Chennai

Day 14: Chennai – Departure Today you will be transferred to the airport as per your departure schedule