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Explore South Tamilnadu & Kovalam

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Explore South Tamilnadu & Kovalam

Day wise Itinerary
Day 1: Madurai

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.

Day 02: 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

Day 03: Madurai - Kodaikanal

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

Day 04: Kodaikanal

After Leisure Breakfast, Explore Kodaikanal at your own pace.Sightseeing places @ Kodaikanal.Bryant 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. Coaker's walk is named after Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal. A telescopic view house is there at Coaker's 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. DevilS Kitchen - Devil's 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 Devil's 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. Overnight in Kodaikanal

Day 05: Kodaikanal - Rameswaram

After early breakfast, Drive to Rameswaram (300kms / 7hrs) & check into the hotel on Arrival. After fresh & up visit the temple. Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres 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.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.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.

Day 06: Rameswaram - Kanyakumari

After breakfast, visit Dhanuskodi (18kms/30-45mins) - the last few miles will be accessible only by four-wheel drive jeeps. Enroute visit Uttrakosamangai & Thiruppulani Temples if time permits. 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. If time permits visit to Sri Kumari Amman temple. In the evening witness the Sunset from the beach.Comfortable overnight stay at Kanyakumari

Day 07: 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. Post Lunch, 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 Rama's 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.Overnight Stay @ Kanyakumari.

Day 08: Kanyakumari - Kovalam

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.

Day 09: Kovalam - Trivandrum

Early morning departure transfer to Trivandrum Airport & Drop.
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