Point of Arrival & Departure: Trichy (TRZ) or Trichy & Madurai (IXM)
Destinations Covered: Trichy-Palani-Kodaikanal-Madurai-Rameswaram-Trichy
Highlights: Trichy Rock fort and Temple, Utchipilliar Temple, Jambukeswara Temple, Sri Ranganatha Swami Temple, Palani Murugan temple, Kodaikanal, Berjam Lake, Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Madurai Meenakshi temple, Turumalai Nayak Palace, Rameswaram temple, Dhanushkodi 7 Ghost City.
Duration: 7 nights & 8 days
Day 1: Trichy
On arrival Pick up from the airport & get transferred to Hotel in Trichy. Go for the sightseeing after getting refreshed. Oernight stay at Hotel in Trichy.
Trichy: Trichy situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is one of the most famous temple towns of south India. Trichy is famous for its rich cultural and splendid architectural heritage and the town represents a fine blend of tradition and modernity. Also the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu, Trichy is also referred as gateway to many great temple cities and historical sites of Tamil Nadu.
Get fascinated with the unique charm Trichy by visiting Rock Fort the 83-meter high rock fort is in the center of the Trichy. Its 344 rock-cuts steps take one to the Uchipillayar temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. Half way up is the temple of Lord Shiva dedicated to Thayumanaswami. Jambukeshwara Temple here has Shiva lingam almost submerged in water. Visit the spectacular temple architecture near Trichy at Srirangam. Set on an island in the Cauvery River within seven concentric walled Courtyards, the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple is one of the largest complexes in India. The afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2: Trichy to Palani (165 Kms, 3 Hours drive)
Check out from the Hotel Transfer to Palani Check in to the Hotel Refresh and visit Palani Temple and Overnight stay at the Hotel in Palani
Day 3: Palani to Kodaikannal (70 Kms 3 Hours drive, 1900 meters above sea level)
Check Out from the Palani Hotel head to Kodaikanal the beautiful south Indian Hill station. Attraction here includes Coaker’s walk, St.Mary\’s church, Pambar falls, Green valley view, Upper lake view, Golf course, Guna cave, Pine tree Forest, Shanthi valley view, Vaigai dam view, Moier point, 500 year old tree, Bryant park, Kodai lake.Overnight stay at Hotel in Kodaikannal
Day 4: Kodaikanal Sightseeing
Today after refreshment do local sightseeing @ Pykara & Mudumalai, Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinji andavar temple, Palani view, Kodai full city view, Museum, Silver cascade falls, Chettiar park and Vaigai valley view. After sightseeing back to hotel for overnight stay.
Berijam Lake: 30 minutes drive from Kodai town will take you to Berijam Lake, which is surrounded by Shola Forest reserve hosting a large variety of flora and fauna. Full of trees and lake in the middle. Medicinal plants like Digitalis, Pyrethrum, Dioscorea are grown here.
Coaker’s Walk: Coaker’s Walk is about a kilometer from the Kodaikanal Lake got its name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai. The Walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai offering nature lovers a few moments of tranquility far away from the crowd and noise of the city.
Bryant Park: This park holds an annual flower and vegetable show each year which attracts a large number of tourists all across the country. There is a glass house in the garden which hosts a wide collection of flowers, ferns and other plants. With 325 species of trees, shrubs and cactuses, Bryant Park blooms highly during the season (April-June).
Kodaikanal Lake: This magnificent man-made lake spread over an area of sixty acres among the greener surroundings of the place. Boating and Angling facilities are available here from the boat club here.
Pillar Rocks: Few minutes drive from the town take you to a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 meters (400 ft) high which offers the panoramic view of the Kodai valley. Also there is a public garden adjacent to the Pillar Rock viewpoint.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: Usually the spiritually inclined people visit the Kurinji Andavar Temple, about 3.2 km from the Kodai Lake. The presiding deity here is Lord Murugan. In Tamil literature “Kurinji” means “Hilly Region” and “Andavar” means God.
Silver Cascade: Silver Cascade falls from a height of 180 feet, it is a great delight to look and hear the loud noise of Silver Cascade falls amidst the surrounding tranquility.
Bear Shola Falls: Bear Shola falls is believed to be once the bears used to come and drink water, ans so it is named as such. It is a popular tourist attraction in Kodaikanal and is a favurite spot of families and couple alike.
Day 5, 6 & 7: Kodaikannal to Madurai (120 K.ms, 3 Hours drive)
Check out from the Hotel Transfer to Madurai Check in to the Hotel Refresh and visit Sri Meenakshi Temple, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Mariamman Teppakulam, Overnight stay at Hotel in Madurai
Day 6: Rameswaram day tour ( 3 hours drive)
Rameswaram is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar is a major pilgrim centre. It is connected to the mainland by road and railway bridges (Pamban Bridge). Rameswaram is a holy place because of Ramanathaswamy Temple. Evening back to Madurai and overnight stay.
Ramanathaswamy Temple: Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here on his return from Sri Lanka to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana and his associates. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays Lord Shiva he/she will be relieved of all their sins. This temple has the longest corridor with massive sculptured pillars, among all Hindu temples in India. Also the temple is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites and Shaivites. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.
Besides pilgrimage, Rameswaram Island has several picnic spots. There are beautiful beaches atOlaikuda, Dhanushkodi and Pamban. The Olaikuda beach is 1 km from the main temple which is engulfed by coral reefs makes swimming & diving safe and enjoyable. During winter you can spot Flamingos, sea gulls and a variety of migratory birds.
Ghost City & Dhanushkodi (30 minutes drive from Rameswaram):
Once a flourishing Tourist, Business and Pilgrims destination Dhanushkodi at the southern tip of the Rameswaram Island in Tamilnadu was devastated by a cyclone in 1964, which washed off the whole city. The remains of the town can still be seen now as parts of the rail bridge, & rusted tracks, walls of School, skeletons of Railway Station & church, silted public offices & warehouses and much more. People in large numbers come here for seeing the Ghost city.
Day 7: Madurai Sightseeing
The places worth visiting are described in details below.
Madurai Meenakshi Temple: The Meenakshi Temple complex is literally a city – one of the largest of its kind in India and doubtlessly one of the oldest too. The temple grew with the contribution of successive dynasties and victorious monarchs into an enormous complex which extends over an area of 65000 Sq m. Two thousand (2000) years ago the temple came in to being and was substantially expanded during the regime of Thirumalai Nayak (1623-55 AD). The temple has 4 gateway towers ranging from 45 to 50 meters in height. The temple is visited by 15,000 people a day & 25,000 on Fridays. There are 33,000 sculptures in the temple. Hall of Thousand Pillars is an amazing attraction in the temple.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace: This is about 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple, was built in 1636 by Thirumalai Nayak. The imposing edifice is famous for the “Stuccowork” on its domes and impressive arches. The Celestial Pavilion here measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of brick and mortar without any other support. The palace has massive white pillars 20m in height & 4 metre in circumference line the corridor that runs along the courtyard. The pillers are connected by high decorated arches.
Thirupparankundram Temple: This temple is located 8 Kms from Madurai Railway Station. This temple is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The innermost shrine here is cut out of a solid rock.
Alagar Koil: This is about 21 Kms North East of Madurai and this Vishnu Temple dedicated to Lord Alagar. The temple is situated on Solaimalai hill amidst panoramic surroundings. The temple contains beautiful carvings makes the visit rewarding. Palamudirsolai, one of the six abodes of Lord Subramaniya is located on the top of the Hill.
Gandhi Museum: This museum is housed in the old Palace of Rani Mangammal. The Gandhi Museum depicts the highlights of the freedom struggle and contains a picture gallery of Gandhian movement. Also visit Khadi and village industries section and South Indian Handicrafts section.
Mariamman Teppakulam: Mariamman Teppakulam is a beautiful square tank spread over a huge area of almost 16 acres, located about 5Kms East of Meenakshi Temple. The tank is the scene of the colourful float festival held in January/February to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak, who built this tank. The deities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are placed in a float, called “Teppam”, decorated with flowers and illuminated with hundred of lights. This float is taken around the tank to the sound of traditional music. On the Northern side of the tank a temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a famous village deity of Tamil Nadu.
Day 8: Departure Transfer
Check out from the Hotel Transfer to Railway Station / Airport for the return journey with memorable memories.
The Package Includes:
- Arrival assistance and transfer to hotel,
- 7 night’s hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
- Intercity transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
- Sightseeing in Kodaikanal, Madurai & Trichy,
- Day tours to Rameswaram,
- Departure transfer to Airport/R.Station,
- And all taxes with service charges.
Price as per Request