Explore some of the most well-known and beautiful locations in South India. Visit the holiest places in this region. Tamil Nadu is home to some of the most sacred temples in Hinduism. Travel to the tip of the country to the land where the Late President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam grew up. Also pay homage to the Ramanathaswamy temple from where Rama built a bridge to reach Lanka. Also visit some of the most important pilgrimage temples like Meenakshi temple in Madurai, Kumariamman temple and Suchindrum temple in Kanyakumari that have inscriptions dating back to the 9th century. Appreciate the Dravidian style of architecture and appreciate the intricacy of the idols, the attention paid to the detail in the sculptors present here. Enjoy the beauty of the nature around the area which has influenced the culture and the practices of the people. Gaze at the beautiful sunsets by the sea while enjoying the warm and comfortable air. Also go ahead and enjoy the flower show at Byrant Park which houses a variety of flowers. This packasge has been carefully put together for those who are looking forward to enjoying the best of what Tamil Nadu has to offer.
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on Twin Sharing Basis - 01 DBL Room
- Meal Plan - Room with Breakfast
- Transfers & Sightseeing as per the itinerary with Experienced Driver (From 8 AM to 8 PM) using AC Toyota Etios
- Maximum Coverage 1900kms (Garage to Garage).
- Parking / Toll Charges as per the itinerary (Single visit to any particular place)
Destination Hotel Name Room Type Pondicherry Hotel Ajantha Guest House Standard Non Sea Facing Room Thanjavur Star Residency Standard Room Rameswaram Rameswaram Grand Superior Room Rameswaram The Gopinivas Grand Superior Room Madurai MMR Gardens Deluxe Room Kodaikanal Happy Cottage NAC DBL Room
What is NOT included in the tour
- Flight, Train & Bus Tickets
- Any kind of personal expenses, extra meals, starters & Drinks(Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated etc)
- Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls, Guide Fee & Camera Fee
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above
- Goods and Service Tax
- Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar Temple & Auroville
- Chidambaram, Darasuram & Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple
- Memorial for late President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam
- Dhanuskodi Beach, Ram Sethu & Ramanathaswamy Temple
- Scenic sunset from the beach at Kanyakumari
- Vivekananda Rock & tiruvalluvar Statue
- Visit Meenakshu Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal and Koodal Alagar temple
- Visit Byrant Park, Coakers walk, Devils kitchen, Green Valley view, Pillar rocks and Kurinji temple at Kodaikanal.
Day 1 : Arrive Pondicherry - Sightseeing
- Arrive Pondicherry Railway Station. On Arrival Meet & greet by our driver and transfer to the hotel.
- Visit to Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville
- later in the day, spend your time along the beach road or shopping at Nehru Street
- Overnight @ Pondicherry - Ajantha Beach Guest House
Meal Included: Nill
Day 2 : Pondicherry -Thanjavur via Chidambaram & Gangaikondacholapuram
- Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Thanjavur (180kms)
Enroute visit Chidambaram - Thillai Natarajah Temple or Chidambaram temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town ofChidambaram, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South India. The temple is known as the foremost of all temples (Kovil) to Saivites and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art for over two millennium.
Later Drive to Gangaikondacholapuram –was ercted as the capital of the Cholas by Rajendra Chola I, the son and successor of Rajaraja Chola, the great Chola who conquered a large area in South India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Sumatra, Kadaram (Kedah in Malaysia), Cambodia and others at the beginning of the 11th century A.D. It occupies an important place in the history of India. As the capital of the Cholas from about 1025 A.D. for about 250 years, the city controlled the affairs of entire southern India, from the Tungabhadra in the north to Ceylon in the south and other south east Asian countries. As of 2014, the ancient city exists as a small forlorn village in the Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu, India.
The great temple of Siva at this place is next only to the Brihadisvara temple at Thanjavur in its monumental nature and surpasses it in sculptural quality.The Gangaikondaan temple is an architectural and engineering marvel. This temple in Gangaikondacholapuram village which was dedicated to Lord Siva in the form of Gangaikondachola Isvara or God of the Chola who conquered the Ganga.
There is a massive Nandi sculpture in front of the entrance.
This new capital was built in his remembrance and to give tribute to his successful military campaigns that took him as far as the river Ganga in North India. The name of the village Gangaikondacholapuram exactly means `the city of the Chola who conquered the Ganga`.
Continue your drive to Thanjavur
Overnight Stay @ Thanjavur - Star Residency
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : Thanjavur - Rameswaram
- Visit Brihadeeswarar Temple ( Peruvudaiyaar Kovil) is part of a UNESCO heritage site known as the “Great Living Chola Temples & the Rajah Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library
- Post breakfast, drive to Rameswaram (250kms/5hrs).
- Rameswaram, is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometers from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Gulf of Mannar, at the very tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.
- Before reaching hotel stop at Late President of India Mr APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial & visit.
- On Arrival Checkin to the hotel.
- Fresh & up and visit Dhanuskodi (32kms/45mins) - visit the Ram sethu & Kothanda Ramar Temple.
- Also visit Ramar Patham (Gandhamdhana Parvatham) - marble foot print of Lord Rama.
- Later in the evening visit Ramanathaswamy Temple for Darshan. According to Hindu mythology, this is the place from where the Hindu god Rama built a bridge, across the sea to Lanka to rescue his wife Sita from her abductor Ravana. The Ramanathaswamy Temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva is located at the centre of the town and is closely associated with Rama. The temple along with the town is considered a holy pilgrimage site for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Before visiting the temple, take a holy dip in the sacred sea followed by holy bath at 21 sacred well inside the temple complex.
- Overnight @ Rameswaram - Hotel Rameswaram Grand
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4 : Rameswaram - Kanyakumari
- Early in the morning by 04.30 AM visit the temple for the Special Spadigalinga Darshan.
- After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & drive to Kanyakumari (310kms/6hrs).
- Kanyakumari- was named so after goddess Parvathi, in one of her incarnations as Devi kanniya, did penance on one of the rocks in this beautiful land of greenery and blue waters, to obtain the hand of Lord Shiva.
- Visit to Vivekanda Rock & thiruvalluvar Statue by boat.
- In the evening visit Kumariamman Temple & Gandhi Mandapam.
- Witness the sunset from the beach.
- Comfortable overnight stay @ Kanyakumari - The Gopinivas Grand
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 5 : Kanyakumari - Madurai
- Witness the Sunrise from the beach.
- Breakfast at the hotel. Later checkout from the hotel & drive to Madurai (250kms/4.5hrs)
- Enroute visit Suchindrum Temple - situated 13 km from Kanyakumari and is an important pilgrim centre. Suchindrum known as Gnanaranya, is well known for its sculptural wealth. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Ishvara, are worshipped.
- The temple enshrines Sri Sthanumalaya, the Trinity of God (Siva, Vishnu and Brahma). The linga is in three parts. The top represents Sthanu name of Siva,the middle Mal name of Vishnu, and the base Ayan name of Brahma. It is believed that the Trinity appeared here at the request of a sage, Atri, and his wife,Anusaya. Images of Vigneswari (a feminine form of Vinayaka), Goddess Aram Valartha Nayaki, Indra Vinayaka, Kala Bhairava and Saakahi Ganapathy are also enshrined. Inscriptions said to be of the 9th century are found in this temple.
- Suchindrum known as Gnanaranya, is well known for its sculptural wealth. The 134-foot-tall gopuram beacons the pilgrims from a long distance. On the eastern corridor is the shrine of Guru Dakshinamurthi next to Konnayadi.
- The Navagrahas are engraved on the ceiling. On the outer prakaram, there are separate shrines for Cheravasal Sastha, Rama and Lord Muruga. There is an imposing monolithic image of Lord Anjaneya opposite to Lord Ramas Shrine. It is about 5.5 m high and is said to represent the Viswarupa of
- Hanuman as shown to Sita at Ashoka Vana in Lanka. On the northern corridor, there are four musical pillars cut out of single granite blocks.
- Madurai is situated on the banks of the river Vaigai. Madurai's history goes back to the 6th century B.C., when it traded with Greece and Rome. According to legend, drops of nectar fell from Lord Shivas locks on this site so it was named `Madhuram, Madurai or nectar city. Famous as a temple town, Madurai is also a major industrial city.
- The town has developed encircling the famous Meenakashi temple built in the Dravidian style - one for Lord Shiva and the other for his spouse Meenakashi. The temple offers lovely aleidoscopic views. Outside are the musical pillars which produce different `swaras or notes when tapped.
- Later Visit Meenakshi Temple & Thirumalai Nayak palace & Koodal Alagar Temple.
- Overnight @ Madurai - MMR Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 6 : Madurai - Kodaikanal
- Post leisure breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kodaikanal (140kms/4hrs)
- Enroute we visit the first attraction that unfolds in front of a tourist on the Madurai – Kodaikanal road. The excess water in the Kodai Lake comes down as a fall at about 8 kms from Kodaikanal. It is like a pit stop for vehicles and tourists as there are shops selling fruits and other forest products.
- Continue your journey uphill to Kodaikanal.
- On Arrival Check in to the Hotel & Relax.
- Overnight @ Kodaikanal - Happy Cottage
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 07: Kodaikanal - Full Day Sightseeing
- After Leisure Breakfast, Explore Kodaikanal at your own pace.
- Sightseeing places @ Kodaikanal
- Bryant Park - Bryant Park, seen on the lakes eastern side, is another important botanical park that must not be missed by tourists visiting Kodaikanal as it houses plenty of different varieties of flowers, rafts as well as hybrids. A British forest officer by the name Bryant was the one who landscaped this park in the year 1980 and hence it is named after him. This is the place where the annual vegetable and flower show is held during the month of May and is the most visited place by many during the summer months. A glasshouse in the park contains wide varieties of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
- Coakers Walk - Any tourist interested in morning walk will definitely have to visit Coakers walk which is about 1 km from the lake and it provides very picturesque view of the plains as well as scenic valleys that is sure to bring a joy in the minds of the visitors. Coakers walk is named after Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal. A telescopic view house is there at Coakers walk that will provide a panoramic view of the valley, plains and the nearby towns and should not be missed by the tourists visiting the place. The ideal time to visit this place is before 2:30 pm in the afternoon as mist will start to set in over the valleys by late afternoons.
- Devil’S Kitchen - Devils Kitchen is a very dangerous deep hidden ravine that looks like small dark gutters but are actually a deep fall. There are plenty of tourists who visit this place and is a must see spot for adventurous tourists. The Devils Kitchen is found to be lying between Green Valley View and Pillar Rock.
- Green Valley View - Earlier known as Suicide point, now this area is known as Green
- Valley View and it provides a picturesque and panoramic view of the plains, valleys, hills and the Vaigai dam. The deep, dense and dangerous valley below this point is more than 5000 feet drop and to get a good view from this point, it is better to visit the place after 10 am and before 3 pm, as early mornings and evenings will have mist covering the valleys. A tourist visiting Kodaikanal should definitely visit this viewpoint and plenty of monkeys seen in this area will be an added attraction for the children as well as the adults visiting this place.
- Pillar Rocks: The Pillar rocks are three granite boulders which are seen standing vertically shoulder to shoulder and it is now a very famous tourist spot for many visitors. These rocks are measuring a height of about 400 feet from the ground and the chambers that are seen between the two pillars are known as Devils Kitchen.
- Kurinji Temple: Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga who is considered to be the God of the Hills as per Tamil literature. In Tamil, Kurinji means “hilly region and the word Andavar refers to God This temple is located at about 5 km from the bus station and the summer festival that is most anticipated event by the locals is celebrated in the month of May every year. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the summer festival to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga. One can get a good view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills from the hill on which the temple is located.
- In the evening visit, Kodaikanal Lake for Boating – a man made lake during British era. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 kms length, the maximum depth in 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m due to siltation. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also.
- Spend your time around the lake..
- Overnight in Kodaikanal - Happy Cottage
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 08: Kodaikanal to Madurai & Drop
- After leisure breakfast, check out from the hotel by 09.30 AM & drive to Madurai Airport or Railway Station & Drop.
- Meals Included: Breakfast
Tour ends with Wonderful Memories