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South Indian Temples

South India is a land of numerous temples that attract millions of devotees and tourists from across the globe. Visiting a temple has more dimensions than religious sentiments. For people who are passionate about architecture and engineering grandeur, South Indian temples are always a subject of learning.

Following are some of the most important South Indian temples that one must visit if you happen to be in South India availing a kerala tour package

Guruvayoor Sri Krishna Temple

Being one of the most famous temples in Kerala, this temple hold a unique reputation to its name, being the temple that witnesses maximum number of rice-feeding ceremony of babies and marriages. The temple is the abode of the Lord Vishnu in its incarnated persona of Krishna. The temple is calculated to be more than 1000 years old and the deity in the sanctum is more than 5000. Strictly following dress codes, the temple is only accessible to Hindus. The temple is an excellent example of architectural finesse of the South Indians. The painting on the walls of the temple are a sheer treat to a person's eyes.

The temple is located at the Thrissur district of Kerala and is reachable by road and railways.

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

The temple and the city of Madurai has indissoluble relationship. Legend has it that the city was built around 2600 years ago on the banks of the Vaigai River, making the temple the center of the city. Anyone who sees this pre-historical marvel would simply be awed by its cultural, religious, social and architectural significance. The temple and its twin sanctum are supported by breath-taking 985 pillars that have beautiful sculptures carved on it. Though primarily a worship centre, the adjacent areas of the temple is a market place very closely tied to the socio-cultural lives of the local people here. There are many kerala tour packages that accommodate temple visits as an itinerary if demanded by the traveler.

The Temple is located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and the temple can be reached easily through different roadways.

Trivandrum Sri PadmanabhaSwamy Temple

The temple has been shot to become the centre of attraction when it was revealed recently that the temple is the richest temple in the world with antique riches that is estimated to value over 1 Lakh crore Indian rupee in its secret vaults. It is believe that there are such many other vaults in the temple. Being the presiding deity of the Royal family of Travancore, the Lord Padmanabha blesses the entire district of Trivandrum with his blissful aura. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple and the temple exercises strict dress codes for the entrants

Located at the capital city of Kerala, the temple is well connected with road, rail, water and airways.

Rameshwaram, Ramananthswamy Temple

Breath-taking and amazing, the temple flaunts the biggest temple passageway ever to have built in an Indian temple. With 1200 odd granite pillars that are exquisitely designed, the temple is simply awe-inspiring. Being a holy pilgrimage connected very closely to the Indian epic of Ramayanam, the temple offers many miraculous experience to all tourists. One of them is the 22 wells in the premises of the temple, all them taste differently from one another. The presiding deity of the temple is the Lord Shiva and the temple is believed to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

While visiting these temples as part of your Kerala holiday package, always make sure that you follow dress-codes given by temples and temples such as Guruvayur and Padmanabha Temples do allow entry for Non-Hindus

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