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7 Places to Take Your Family on a Pilgrimage Tour in South India

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HolidayIQ travellers favor these 8 places in South India if you wish to take your family on a religious tour.

1. Trivandrum(Thiruvananthapuram)

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HolidayIQ Reviewer garlapathy shares, “The black stone idol of Padmanabha Swamy is stunning in appearance to everyone and it is beautifully decorated with flowers. We can see it from a distance of 15 feet which is quite near. Opposite to that is the tortoise based Deepam with its 14 layered stands. It is made up of pure gold. Also, there are 4 pillared Deepams with 16 layers each surrounding the main area of the temple which is the place the idol is kept, to be used during festival times. The time taken to complete seeing the whole of the temple is 2 hours when there are no festivals happening. Photography is prohibited. ” Read Full Review

2. Guruvayur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Shilpz S says, “Local food and shopping: Coffee is something you shouldn't miss out on the temple. It is divine. You can shop for some amazing sambar and masala powders to carry home for authentic flavors. Activities: It has pretty much only the temples and the elephant home. But that is enough to keep you engaged for a day and a half. Another temple called Mammiyoor temple can also be covered during this time. Advice: The only advice is to try to stay as close to the temple as possible so you can walk up to it at 3 am to see the deity early in the morning. ” Read Full Review

3. Tirupati

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Neelima Nagabhusha shares, “Once you reach the place you will forget all the hustle and bustle of life as it offers a peaceful, fresh and divine breeze which refreshes your body and mind. There are many other attractions to explore the Iskon Temple, Govindaraja Temple, Padmavathi Temple, Tiruchanoor Temple and many others. I visited Tirumala last year during the summer holidays with my family. The friendly atmosphere and heart soothing scenic nature welcomed me in a great way. Maintenance is very good but beware of robbers. Once you enter the city, you should be very cautious as there is a possibility of robbery. People and the Devasthanam staff are very friendly. ” Read Full Review

4. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Deepika Bhardwaj says, “All you need to do is just sit and witness the rituals, rites, and customs. Some of the must visit are Kashi Vishwanath temple(adjacent to Gyan Vapi masjid), Nepali temple(near Lalita Ghat), B. H. U, Kashi Vishwanath temple(new one) inside the BHU campus, Hanuman Mandir, Durga Mata Mandir, Tulsi Das temple, Kal Bharat temple, the local markets (Chowk and Thatheri bazaar). Also, 10 km away is the famous place Sarnath, where Budha gave his first sermon. Sarnath Museum, Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Chinese Buddhist temple are also other must visits. To get the real feel, I strongly suggest staying in a hotel alongside the Ghats, or else you would miss the real divine feeling. ” Read Full Review

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5. Kumbakonam

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Pallavoor Subramanian shares, “Worshiping the deity at Uppiliappan Temple is equal to seeing him at Tirupathi. The sight of the Lord in a reclining posture along with his consorts, Bhudevi and Sridevi, needs 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. I would certainly like to revisit the place. Darasuram which is UNESCO heritage site is an architectural marvel. One can spend hours at this temple and your hunger will still not be vetted. The pains taken to preserve and maintain such a treasure is laudable.” Read Full Review

6. Rameshwaram

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Girija Shankar shares, “The temple, a mammoth structure, boasts of having the longest corridor in the world and is one of the oldest in the south. Lord Siva, the destroyer of the Hindu triumvirate, resplendent in all his glory is the presiding deity and is surrounded by a number of sub-deities of the Hindu divine hierarchy. The temple and its precincts are maintained well and the crowd organized so sensibly in spite of the heavy rush, that we couldn't help praising the temple administration in our minds. As in all temples in the state of Tamil Nadu, piety comes at a cost. God can be reached through different conduits depending on the paying capacity of the devotee.” Read Full Review

7. Kollur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Akshayakumar VB says, “Words might not be sufficient to detail this exotic temple. The temple is located about 4 hours from Mangalore, Karnataka by bus and by around 3 hours from Mangalore by train. One has to board the train to Byndoor Road, Milka Bike Station if traveling by train and if by bus, then one can board easily from Mangalore Bus bay directly to Mookambika temple. This temple is a haven for pilgrims, especially those from Kerala, and there is a huge spike in the inflow of pilgrims to this temple during the Rath festival times and during the Puja festivals or Navarathri festivals. There are a plenty of transportation facilities available from and to Mookambika and to Shimoga and Kudajadri Hills. The Kudajadri Hills which are located near to the Mookambika temple have a splendid view over the hilltop. ” Read Full Review

8. Coimbatore

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sankar Narayanan shares, “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. A visit to the temple and Darshan of Lord Muruga gives you a sense of divinity and peace of mind. It is a divine place to visit when you are in Coimbatore. ” Read Full Review

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