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
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
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
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
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
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.