Arrive Madurai Airport Meet & greet by our representative & transferred to the hotel.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.Visit the popular Meenakshi Temple for an in depth tour of the temple complex. Later, we visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace built by King Thirumalai Nayak in 1636 AD. The palace was designed by an Italian Architect and served as the residence of the King. It is situated at a distance of 2.5 km from the Meenakshi temple of Madurai. The palace is divided into two major parts, Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa, which include the royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armory, palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and garden.Overnight @Madurai.
After breakfast, visit Thiruparankundram Lord Murugan Temple & Koodal Alagar Temple.
Post Lunch, Drive to Alagarkoil (30kms/45mins)Visit the Vishnu Temple, Later drive uphill for 5mins to Pazhamuthirzholai Lord Murugan Temple for the Darshan.Return back to the hotel.Late in the evening, do little shopping in & around Meenakshi Amman Temple.After Dinner, optional to visit Meenakshi Amman Temple to witness the Bed chamber Ceremony- a unique experience in your life.Overnight @ Madurai
After Leisure breakfast drive to Kodaikanal (125kms/3.5hrs).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. Evening spend your time leisurely around the lake & you can test your mettle in the pedal boats. Overnight Stay @ Kodaikanal
After Leisure Breakfast, Explore Kodaikanal at your own pace.Sightseeing places @ KodaikanalBryant Park - Bryant Park, seen on the lake's 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 Coaker's 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. 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. 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.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
In the evening visit, Kodaikanal Lake for Boating.Overnight in Kodaikanal
After early breakfast, Drive to Rameswaram (300kms / 7hrs) & check into the hotel on Arrival. After fresh & up visit the temple. Before visiting the temple, take a holy dip in the sacred sea followed by holy bath at 21 sacred well inside the temple complex.Later visit Ramar Patham (Gandhamdhana Parvatham) - marble foot print of Lord Rama, Agnitheertham - sacred stretch of shallow sea, it ie beleived that lord Rama made this to quenched the thirst of Sita by dipping the bow in the sea water. Overnight stay.
After breakfast, visit Dhanuskodi (18kms/30-45mins) - the last few miles will be accessible only by four wheel drive jeeps*. (Last Jeep by 1600hrs & Charge R150-200/pax on sharing basis. They take maximum 15-20 people in a jeep. If you want to hire exclusively it will cost you R1500-1800/-)
Post visit drive to Kanyakumari (350 kms/7hrs). Enroute visit Uttrakosamangai & Thiruppulani Temples if time permits. Comfortable overnight stay @ Kanyakumari
Early Morning, witness the Sunrise from the Thriveni Sangamam. Later come back to the hotel for breakfast, Post breakfast, visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue & Gandhi Mandapam. Enjoy your boat ride to this beautiful memorial spots.Overnight Stay @ Kanyakumari.
Post breakfast, drive to Kovalam (90kms/2hrs). On Arrival checkin to the hotel. Later visit Padmanabha Swamy Temple & palace. In the evening spend your time in the Hawa beach & Lighthouse Beach. Overnight Stay @ Kovalam.