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10 Pilgrimages In South India To Visit In Your 30s

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10 pilgrimages you can visit in your thirties in the south of India, as suggested by our HolidayIQ travellers.

1. Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Anup Viswanathan Thampi says, “The temple rose to fame after claims of it being the richest temple in the country. Before that, we could go to the temple without any security checks or timing issues or be waiting in the long queues of people anxious to see the riches. Now, it remains largely populated with people from various parts of the world waiting patiently to glance at the gold and the riches along with the deity. Things for the tourists to understand: 1. Is it the richest temple around? It should be because that is what they claim. 2. Can you see the riches/gold/treasures? No, the treasures are not shown to the public. ” Read Full Review

2. Tirupati

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ramesh Balakrishnan adds, “We once went to this temple during sunrise. This temple has a lot of specialities during every Saturday of the week as its special to Lord Venkatesha. The climate of the temple and its surrounding is awesome as the temple is located at the hill station. They have both free and paid counters for entering the temple. Mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple. The temple is very safe and secure. They have a special complaints/suggestions cell where we can register our complaints and also get information about the temple. There are special buses available at free of cost, so there are no sorts of transportation problem around the temple.” Read Full Review

3. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajey Balaji V adds, “Be it an Indian or a guest from another country, the Kashi Vishwanath temple is bound to attract one like a flower beckoning a bee. The hustle and bustle around the temple, the hawker's endless calls, colourful shops which sell trinkets and amulets, the meandering lanes and bylanes is all set to make your visit or pilgrimage an unforgettable one. The evening Aarti on the Dashashwamedh Ghat is soul enriching and makes your heart cry in pain when we see the pure and historical river being polluted endlessly. If you want to witness the Aarti at its best, make sure you reach the Ghats by 6:30 and hire a boat to go to the other side and watch the spiritual magic unfold.” Read Full Review

4. Rameshwaram

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Satish Tripathi says, “Previously there was a small shrine at this place but now a new temple has been built at the same place. According to scripture, Rama broke the Setu (bridge) with one end of his Dhanush (bow), hence this place is known as Dhanush- Koti.Reaching to this place was a pleasant trip as the road approaching the place passes through the sea on both the sides. There is a very important and historical seashore in front of the temple. As mentioned in the scripture, this is the place where Rama met Vibhishana (brother of Ravana ), who was a devotee of Rama. He requested his brother Ravana to return Sitaji to Lord Rama and take his (Rama's) shelter. On hearing this, Ravana got angry and kicked Vibhishana. This picture is displayed inside the temple.” Read Full Review

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5. Trichy

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Pallavoor Subramanian shares, “This centuries’ old temple spread over 136 acres is awe inspiring. Braving the odds and waiting in the long queue of people is all worth it as the mere Darshan of Lord Ranganatha in his majestic posture makes you forget all your troubles. Once inside the shrine, you are allowed to have peaceful Darshan without any disturbance. One must visit the shrine at least once in a lifetime. The temple is an architectural marvel with its huge Gopurams considered as the highest in Asia - huge corridors with the thousand pillars Mandapam are a sight behold. One day is not enough to see the whole temple in its celestial glory.” Read Full Review

6. Coimbatore

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sankar Narayanan shares, “The temple is situated on a small hillock about a ten minute drive away from the main road. The road leading to the temple is plush with greenery. The temple is well connected by public transport from the main bus stand and the temple authorities run a shuttle service to the hilltop. This temple is the seventh abode of Lord Muruga. Six others are: Thiruthani, Swamimalai, Palani, Pazhamudircholai, Thirupparankundram and Thiruchendur. Lord Muruga is known by different names such as Karthikeya, Skanda, Vadivela and Muruga at various temples. Here he is known as Marudha Malai Murugan. The hillock is named as Maruthamalai because Marudha tree is found here and it's the sthala vruksha. It's a small and neatly maintained temple.” Read Full Review

7. Kumbakonam

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Pallavoor Subramanian says, “Both Uppiliappan and Darasuram temple take you to another world and makes you relive the bygone era. Worshiping the deity at Uppiliappan temple is equal to seeing him at Tirupathi. The sight of Lord in a reclining posture along with his consorts Bhudevi and Sridevi need to be experienced. We had a wonderful darshan and the priests take the pain to explain the history of the temple. We were lucky to partake of the prasadam - curd rice without salt. But each and every bit of it is divine. We will certainly like to revisit the place. Darasuram which is a UNESCO heritage site is an architectural marvel. One can spend hours at this temple with his hunger still not vetted. The pains taken to preserve and maintain such a treasure is laudable.” Read Full Review

8. Thanjavur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer S.M.Bega Raaj says, “We went to this wonderful temple on 15th January 2016 and were stunned by its architectural brilliance! It is one of the most memorable evenings of our lifetime. The glorious golden ball going down the horizon in the background and the temple tower (Gopuram ) in the foreground was such a fabulous treat to our eyes; we took some gorgeous photos and videos to cherish for our entire lifetime. We went inside the temple and it was filled with positive vibrations; we prayed to Lord Shiva and sat in silence to enjoy the bliss. It is a must visit for all age groups when you are in Tanjavur. We stayed in a hotel very close to the temple. ” Read Full Review

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9. Kanchipuram

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Jagdish Raval adds, “This is one of the biggest temples of Lord Shiva in South India. It is believed that Mother Parvati got Lord Shiva by Tapasya under a mango tree. It is believed to be 3500 years old and now a small part of the so-called tree is kept in a temple at the entrance in a showcase. The temple is huge and the doors are nearly 40 feet tall. The temple is proof of the architectural splendour of the bygone era. The present structure of the temple is about 600 years old, work framed by King of Vijayanagar. We were so pleased and blessed here and it cannot be expressed in words.” Read Full Review

10. Mathura

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Gourahari Pradhan shares, “The temple premise is huge, neat, clean and beautiful. The idols of the deities are so beautiful you can spend a whole day just watching them. All the basic amenities like wash room and food stalls are available inside. There was an elevator but it wasn't working when we went – maybe because of maintenance issues! Don't miss the peda and lassi, they are delicious and economical. It is important from a historical point of view too and the adjoining masjid adds to security concern as well. You have to leave all your belongings in a locker room outside except the purse, so plan accordingly.” Read Full Review

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