9 Must-Visit Temples in South India

Temples in South India: List of 8 South Indian Temples

South India is the hub of culture and tradition in India with the oldest historical monuments and temples preserved immaculately. From Tamil Nadu to Kerela to Andhra Pradesh, you will find beautifully carved temples that were created decades ago by different rulers of the states. Read on to find out which temples you must visit if you go to South India.

Also See: Famous Temples in Bangalore | Famous Temples in Karnataka


Temples in South India: List of 8 South Indian Temples 

1. Siva Subramanya Swami Temple

Siva-Subramanya-Swami-Temple

This temple is dedicated to Sri Murugan and along with consorts vallinayaki and deivanayaki. Nearest railway station is west saidape. It was established when Lord Murgan had won deivanayaki in war and Vallinayaki with love. The walls have intricate designs and the murals are something to admire.

  • Distance From City: 10 km
  • Temple Timings:  6 am to 8:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Murugan
  • Best Time To Visit:  November to February
  • Time Taken: 1 hour
  • How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Saidapet Railway Station | Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport

Also See: Famous Temples in Goa


2. Vallakottai Subramaniyaswami Temple

Vallakottai-Subramaniyaswami-Temple

According to legend there was a demon named Vallan who was troubling the celestial deities. Lord Murugan sympathized with the people who were destroyed by the demon and eventually slayed the demon to restore peace in the region. The temple has a five tiered rajagopuram, the gateway tower and a granite pillar hall. The sanctum is facing east which is considered auspicious in which the presiding deity stands tall.

  • Distance From City: 20 km
  • Temple Timings:  6:30 am – 12 pm | 3 pm – 8 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Murugan
  • Best Time To Visit:  November to February
  • Time Taken: 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram Railway Station | Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport

3.  Sabarimala Sastha Temple

Sabarimala-Sastha-Temple

According to sources god Ayyappan meditated here after destroying the demon Mahishi which led to the creation of this temple. It is located near Periyar Tiger reserve and is famous for it’s pilgrimage which is performed at a large scale. The pilgrims wear blue or black dresses smear chandan on their forehead and remain unshaven till the journey comes to an end.

  • Temple Timings:  04:45 am – 12 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Ayyappan
  • Best Time to Visit:  10:00 am
  • Time Taken: 1 to 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Bhagavathipuram

4. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal-Bhagavathy-Temple

The presiding deity of this temple is goddess Kannaki (incarnation of Goddess Parvati) who is considered the supreme mother and the creator of all things. It also holds the record of the single largest gathering of women who participate in its Attukal Pongola Festival.

  • Temple Timings:  04:30 am – 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Goddess Parvati
  • Best Time to Visit:  8:00 am
  • Time Taken: 1 to 2 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
  • Nearest railway station is Thiruvananthapuram Central

Also See: Famous Temples in Andhra Pradesh


5. Srikalahasti Temple

Srikalahasti-Temple

Shiva is the presiding deity in this temple and it is situated 36 km from Tirupati. Mahashivratri is the most popular festival and on the day a lot of pilgrims throng the gates of this temple. The priests perform Pooja on a daily basis. Temple is open from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm

  • Distance from City: 36 km
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva
  • Temple Timings: 9am – 2 pm | 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: November – February
  • Time Taken: 3-4 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport: Visakhapatnam Airport| Nearest Railway Station: Simhachalam North Railway Station

6. Devipuram

Devipuram

Devipuram is a hindu temple located near Vishakahapatnam. It is devoted to goddess Sahasrakshi. The sanctum is reached by going around 100 life sized murthis that are placed along the circular path. It has been a social catalyst in providing women more autonomy and freedom with it chants of ‘you are devi and I am devi ‘. Adjacent to the main shrine there are two other shrines of worship.

  • Distance from City: 36 km
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva
  • Temple Timings: 6 am – 12 pm | 4 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Best Time To Visit: November – February
  • Time Taken: 3-4 hours
  • How to Reach: Nearest Airport: Tirupati Airport | Nearest Railway Station: Srikalahasti

7. The ISCKON

The-ISCKON

This temple was built to commemorate the centennial birth of Sri Prabhupada the founder of ISKON Temple. It is considered a feast for the eyes with its ornate temple arches, fountains and elaborated Rajagopuram. A lodging facility is available for devotees and the main deities worshipped are Sri Sri Radha Krishnana Chandra, Sri Si Krishna Balarama, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahalad Narsimha.

  • Distance from City: 26 km
  • Temple Timings:  7:15 to 1 pm and 4 to 8:20 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Sri Prabhupada
  • Best Time To Visit : October to february
  • Time Taken: 2 hours
  • How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station Bangalore city railway junction station, Bangalore International Airport

8. Gavi Gangadareshwara temple

Gavi-Gangadareshwara-temple

It was built in the 9th century and according to legend was cut from a single rock and is also famous for its stone discs in the forecourt.  The main deity is Lord Shiva and the main Idol is a shivalinga. There is a beautiful sculpture of Nandi in front of the temple as well. During the festival of Makar Sakaranti devotees visit this temple from all parts of the world.

  • Distance from City: 5 km
  • Temple Timings:  06: 00 to 8:00 pm
  • Main Gods Worshipped: Lord Shiva
  • Best Time To Visit : October to february
  • Time Taken: 2 hours
  • How To Reach: Nearest Railway Station Bangalore CY railway station, Bangalore International Airport

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