VIBRANT TAMIL NADU

Day 01        Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai the Capital city of Tamil Nadu State.

You are met, greeted and escorted to the Hotel.

Chennai served as the economic and political capital of the East India Company from the 17th century onwards. Afternoon we visit Fort St George that marks the beginning of Chennai as an important centre for trade. Within the fort is St Mary’s Church, the first English church in India and the oldest British building to survive. We will spend sometime in the Mylapore Temple area visiting the 16th century Kapaleeswarar Temple and the fruit and flower market. Later we visit the Government Museum and Art Gallery, to see the art and bronze gallery, (closed on Fridays and public holidays

Day 02      Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai

In the morning we leave for full day visit of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.

Kanchipuram, one of the seven most sacred cities for Hindus. This “Golden City of a Thousand Temples” dates back to the early Cholas in the 7th century AD. Only around 70 temples of the original 1000 old temples are still intact and the most famous of them is the Kailasanathar Temple built with sandstone in the early seventh century A.D. Kanchipuram is also known for its silk weaving and a visit to the nearby villages to see the craftsmen at work on their looms is a rewarding experience.

Later we drive to visit Mahabalipuram – the seventh-century rock-hewn monuments. The Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument is the only surviving one of seven, is a unique example of a temple built of rock quarried elsewhere and carried to shore. The best-known of the rock carvings are the immense bas-relief which is sculpted in fascinating detail on a huge whaleback-shaped rock, depicts the descent of the Ganges to the earth, the penance of Arjuna and myriad characters from the Mahabharata.

We also visit the Five Rathas, set of monolithic rock temples located on a sandy compound are the perfect examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. The Rathas have an association to the great epic Mahabharata which describes the heroes of Mahabharata with their wife Draupadi which is termed as pancha pandava rathas.

In the evening we return back to Chennai.

Day 03       Chennai – Coimbatore – Pollachi

We drive to Chennai airport to board our flight for Coimbatore.

Upon arrival at airport you will straight drive to Pollachi.

Pollachi has pleasant climate throughout the year. Pollachi is very popular for its markets, especially for jaggery, fresh vegetables and cattle. The Jaggery Market in Pollachi is Asia’s largest of its kind. The Central part of Kerala totally depends upon the vegetables from Pollachi. Cattle Market of Pollachi is the biggest of its kind in Southern India.

Check in at the hotel upon arrival.

Late visit Temple of Consciousness. This temple advocates and practices a yoga style called ’Simplified Kundalini Yoga’. The temple of consciousness is not a monument but rather a centre which helps a person to realise self-consciousness and inner peace through the practice of various meditation and yoga techniques. An important fact to be noted is that temple of consciousness does not preach any specific cult or a religion. It focuses on promoting world peace. You will participate in the mass meditation classes which happen here. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 04       Pollachi

06:30 AM    The day will start with an early morning common Yoga Session (1 hour) at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave to visit Vaidyaratnam Ayurvedic Factory.

We return to our hotel for our Ayurvedic Cooking Session followed by lunch.

After lunch, you will have a consultation with your Ayurvedic Consultant.

Thereafter, you shall undergo an Ayurvedic massage (45mins) at wellness centre, Vaidya Sultras.

Evening at 05:30 PM, you will have the discussion on Indian Philosophy with Yoga Instructor and this will be followed by Yoga Session (1 hour).

Day 05       Pollachi – Kodaikanal (128 Kms/ 03 Hrs)

In the morning we will visit local Coir and Cashew Industries, the two major small scale industries in Kollam. A visit to these industries is highly recommended. Cashew factory is just 5 km from the resort on the way to Chathannoor, where you can see the processing of raw cashews. It is possible to pick fresh cashew nuts from their outlet. Coir factory is 6 km from the resort on the way to Paravur along the back waters. You can explore how coir fiber is extracted through a traditional retting process. The immature husks are suspended in river or water filled pits for up to ten months. During this time micro-organisms break down the plant tissues surrounding the fibers to loosen them. The breathtakingly beautiful lakes and lagoons have been natural allies of the coir sector.

In the afternoon we drive to Kodaikanal. Check in at the hotel upon arrival.

Day 06        Kodaikanal

After breakfast, go for a sightseeing trip of the various waterfalls which include Silver Cascade, Bear Shola Falls and Pambar Falls.On the return visit the Observatory located at the highest point in the Kodaikanal hills. Take a brief halt at Shenbaganur Museum which houses one of the best orchidarium in the country. There are more than 300 species of orchids in this Museum.

Afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the breath taking views

Day 07        Kodaikanal – Madurai (115 Kms/ 04 Hrs)

In the morning we drive to Madurai

Check in at the hotel upon arrival for overnight stay.

In the afternoon, we visit Meenakshi Temple, an enormous temple complex dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The temple with its majestic stonewalls and 12 towers known as ‘ Gopurams’ rising out of the swarming streets of the city center were built in the 17th century by Nayak rulers. The high point of the Meenakshi temple is Hall of a “Thousand Pillars”, built in the 16th century; every pillar sculptured in Dravidian architecture. Not to be missed here are ‘Musical Pillars’. Each pillar when struck, produces a different musical note.

We continue with our visit of Tirumala Nayak Palace – a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches.  From here you enjoy a Rickshaw Ride through the busy markets of Madurai, pass through the fruits and vegetable markets. After early dinner you have the choice to return to Meenakshi Temple to witness the daily prayer ceremony when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bed chamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and temple music

Day 08        Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai

Early morning we will leave to visit Rameshwaram temple. The temple has 22 holy springs which are believed to have medicinal properties 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 After the sightseeing we will return back to Madurai

Day 09        Madurai – Tirunelveli

In the morning we drive to Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli is an ancient city, and is over 2000 years old. Tirunelveli is the capital of the district of Tirunelveli. The City is located on the West Bank of the Thamirabarani River River; His twin Palayankottai is on the east bank. Palayamkottai is called the South India Oxford. It is a center of many schools, colleges and many major government offices. Tirunelveli is believed to be an ancient settlement of great importance.

In the afternoon we leave to visit Nellaiappar Temple dicated to the deity Shiva is worshipped as Nellaiappar (also called Venuvananathar) represented by the Lingam and his consort Parvati is depicted as Kanthimathi Amman. The temple is located on the northern banks of Thamirabarani River in Tirunelveli district. The presiding deity is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work,

We also visit Shenbaga Devi Amman Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Shenbaga, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple is located in the natural terrain of the region covered in dense forests with the main waterfalls of Courtalam gushing nearby through the forest. The divine vibe of the presiding deity draws devotees every day.

Day 10                        Tirunelveli – Kanyakumari 

In the morning we drive to Kanyakumari – The Land of Three Seas

Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu and at the southernmost tip of Indian Peninsula. During the British period it was known as Cape Comorin. It is surrounded by vibrant seas, paddy fields, coconut trees and mountain. The vibrant seas around Kanyakumari are Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal & Indian Ocean.

In the afternoon visit -Kanyakumari is India’s ‘land’s end.’ The multicolored sands of Kanyakumari are not it’s only natural phenomena…wait until we see the Sunsets. The Vivekananda Rock on the island is a noted pilgrimage site for Indians as is the memorial to Thiruvalluvar and the temple of Kumari Amman (the virgin lady) and Gandhi Memorial. En route we will also visit the famous wooden palace at Padmanabhapuram.

Day 11  Kanyakumari – Trivandrum – Journey Home (By Flight).

We shall be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board our flight back home.

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