Upon arrival at Madurai Airport/ Railway Station, proceed to Rameshwaram which is also called the Benaras of South India. There is a traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi will be complete only after a visit to Rameshwaram.Rameshwaram has a huge mythological significance to the Hindus where Lord Rama took the journey of constructing a stone bridge that led him and his army to Sri Lanka to free his beloved wife Goddess Sita. Enroute drive past one of the longest sea bridges of India, Annai Indira Gandhi Road Bridge or Pamban Bridge which connects Rameshwaram Island with the Indian mainland. From this spectacular bridge you can see the nearby island and parallel rail bridge called Pamban Scissors Bridge.
On arrival, check-in to hotel.
Later visit Ramanatha Swamy Temple, Five Faced Hanuman Temple.
Overnight stay at Rameshwaram Hotel/Resort .
Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple, the five-faced Hanuman Temple, is situated at a distance of 2 km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is said that Lord had revealed his five faces here, hence the idol of Hanuman is depicted with five faces which are of Lord Hanuman in the middle along with faces of Lord Narasimha, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Garuda and Lord Hayagriva on the sides. The statue has been covered with senthooram by saints. Another major attraction of this temple are the ‘floating stones’ that have been kept at the temple for the devotees to see. These floating stones were used for building the floating bridge named Sethu Bandhanam, from Rameshwaram to Lanka so that Lord Rama, Lord Lakshman along with others could go to Lanka to rescue Goddess Sita and put an end to the brutalities of demon Ravana.
The 2.2 km. length bridge connecting the Rameswaram Island and the mainland is the longest bridge in India constructed over a bay. It is also called as Pamban Bridge. Similarly the railway SCISSORS bridge connecting the island is noted for its unique opening to pass the ships through the sea.
The Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most notable historic landmark of the town. Located in the centre of town, it is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines, where Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlinga meaning "pillar of light".
Located at the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, Kanyakumari is a coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is surrounded by mountains and bordered by vibrant sea shores, lined with paddy fields and coconut trees, and also boasts of aesthetic elevated patches of hills with undulating valleys and plains in between the sea and the mountainous terrain. Ever since ancient times, Kanyakumari has been one of the major centres of religion, art and culture. Famous for being the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach, Kanyakumari is a very popular tourist destination, not just because of this unique geographical phenomenon, but also because of its pristine beaches as well as its temples and churches which attract a huge number of tourists to this city all year round.Apart from historic monuments and buildings, Kanyakumari is also famed for its beaches and waterfalls. The Kanyakumari beach is the perfect place where you can spend a lazy afternoon sitting on the white sand and sipping a cool drink. Unlike the beaches in Goa which tend to be a little overpopulated, the Kanyakumari beach is a lot less crowded and is the best place to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.Kanyakumari has an authentic South Indian cuisine, with seafood and coconuts being an integral part of almost all dishes. Starting from light snacks to full course gourmet menus, Kanyakumari delights tourists with the numerous options it offers for eating out. While Kanyakumari is not a traditional shopping destination, you can buy plenty of souvenirs and curios from the numerous stalls and boutiques dotting the beachfront, with decorative seashell trinkets being a must-buy.
After breakfast check out & proceed to Kanyakumari.
On arrival check in to hotel after fresh ‘n’ up proceed to visit Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Vivekananda Memorial, Gandhimandapham, Trivenisagam, Thiruvalluvar Statue & Kanyakumari Beach.
Evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari.
Overnight stay at Kanyakumari.
Devi Kanya Kumari is goddess Shree Bhagavathy in the form of an adolescent girl child. Devi is also known as Shree Baala Bhadra or Shree Baala. She is popularly known as "sakthi. Devi Kanya Kumari has been mentioned in Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Sangam works Manimekalai, Puranaanooru and Nārāyaṇa (Mahānārāyaṇa) Upanishad, a Vaishnava upanishad in the Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajur Veda.
Kanyakumari beach with its beautiful hue-changing beaches, the confluence of three water bodies as well as the places of religious, historic and spiritual interests is one of the most exotic destinations in India and will never cease to amuse you with its sheer magnificence. The three distinct shades of the Bay of Bengal, The Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea can be distinguished easily. Another exciting thing to do nearby will be the exciting water sports.
The main deity of the temple is Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma in a single form called Sthanumalyam. This 17th-century temple is famous for its architectural grandeur. The seven-storey white Gopuram is visible from the distance. Its 40 m facade is covered with sculptures of Hindu deities.
This monument stands tall at a mighty height of 133 feet and is perched upon a 38-foot pedestal. The pedestal's height represents the 38 chapters of virtue in Thirukkural. Full of symbolism and cultural significance, this destination is awe-inspiring, and a must visit. The sky-high statue amid the deep ocean outgives spiritual atmosphere of pleasure and prosperity to be enjoyed with a strong base of virtue.
This place offers the most mesmerizing view of the 3 into one where one can easily distinguish between all the 3 and enjoy the scenic beauty of nature till its end where ones eye can reach upto.
Vivekananda Rock is about a hundred meters from the shore and a regular ferry service exists between the mainland jetty and the rock. The tickets are Rs 30 for a ride. Normally you will find a lot of people waiting in the queue during holiday season, so there's a legitimate way of bypassing the queue by paying Rs 150, they take you directly inside the ferry, no waiting.
Kovalam offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort.Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southern most part of lighthouse beach.Kovalam was among the most famous traveler spots in India during the hippy epoch. It still has a high rank among tourists, who arrive mostly from Europe and Israel. Kovalam is finding a new implication in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and healing and renaissance resorts which supply a wide variety of Ayurvedic treatments for tourists.Kovalam tourism is not just confined to sightseeing, swimming and lip-smacking cuisines, but there are more adventurous sports at Kovalam beach which are really pleasurable. This includes water diving, parasailing, wind surfing and many more.Kovalam is also suited for honeymooners and it one of the best honeymoon destinations in Kerala.
After breakfast check out and proceed to Kovalam.
On arrival check in to hotel. after fresh ‘n’ up proceed to visit Kovalam Beach, Poovar Beach, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple.
Overnight Stay at Kovalam.
Padmanabhapuram Palace is a Travancore era palace located in Padmanabhapuram, Kalkulam taluk of Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. It is also known as Kalkulam Palace. Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Travancore. It is around 20km from Nagercoil, and 60km from Thiruvananthapuram city. The palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which forms a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby. Another palace known as kuttalam Palace is situated in Kuttalam in Tenkasi, Thirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu which is also under the ownership of Kerala government. It is situated in the Tenkasi, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu (before state reorganisation, Kanyakumari District, Chenkottah Taluk, Tenkasi Taluk including the areas of Kuttalam are in the control of Travancore Kingdom in Kerala).
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram.
Poovar Beach is unspoilt and unexplored, offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters and a large amount of exotic wildlife. Located 12 km from Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, Poovar Beach is haunted by those who love solitude. Known for its pristine and virginal beauty, the golden sands are home to some of best picnic spots in the area. Boating trips in the area are exquisite and one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village. Because of the fishing activities, the place is not used for swimming or other water activities.
Kovalam Beach is a magnificent and an internationally renowned beach. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists with amassive rocky promontory on the beach that has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of the best facilities offered here. The beach complex includes budget cottages, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Ayurvedic health resorts, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres.
After breakfast Proceed to Light House Beach, Halcyon Castle,Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium and Hatchery, Hawa Beach.
Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Light house beach is named after the 30 meter high Light house here which is the most important feature of this beach. The Light House is located towards the southern end of the beach and it's on a cape. There is an observation platform from which you can see Poovar in one direction and the famous Beemapalli mosque on the other. You can reach this platform by climbing a total of 142 steps.
To begin, this beach has many names: Sea Rock beach, Eve's beach, and some even call it Kovalam beach, which is wrong because that term applies to the whole area. The good things: it has excellent swimming for domestic tourists, who generally not only can't swim, but often have never seen the ocean and waves before in their life. Being a smaller bay to Lighthouse beach around the corner, it is mostly a calmer sea (though not always). This means you can stand or sit on the edges, and enjoy the smaller waves that roll in.
Halcyon Castle was as a family retreat built for the royal family of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bai. The castle is located in Travancore in God's Own Country, Kerala. The splendid castle is an example of the traditional architecture of Travancore. The beautiful expansive lawn all around the magnificent castle is a treat to the eyes. The stunning castle primly sits atop an outcrop on the Kovalam Beach. Tourists can get a splendid view of the beach and watch sunsets on the private beach which can be accessed from the luxurious Hotel. Guests can choose from rooms and cottages midst tall coconut trees, and that face the beautiful Kovalam Beach for a wonderful stay. The hotel provides world-class amenities that tourists can make complete use of during their stay here. One can explore the beach front or go swimming in the sea before enjoying some mouth-watering traditional Kerala Cuisine. Halcyon Castle is a chosen Heritage Hotel among most of the tourists visiting Kerala.
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Madurai, which is called the `Athens of the East' because of the way myth meets life here. It is almost synonymous with the famed Meenakshi Temple the nucleus of the temple is older than the Madurai city.
On arrival, check-in to hotel.
Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamed of. If you are keen to visit a place that has a glorious past and a busy present with great temples that flaunt the architectural brilliance of the artisans, you need to be in Madurai. The 2500 plus years old city, which has a rich heritage, is located on the banks of Vaigai river. Famously called ‘The city that never sleeps’, Madurai is always busy regardless of the time of the day. Anytime you venture out, you are sure to find the city busy and even if you are hungry in the middle of the night, you will find ‘idlis’, the famous south Indian dish served here. Incidentally, Madurai is famous for idlis too.
Later proceed for half day sight-seeing of Madurai visiting Badri Narayana Temple and Meenakshi Temple which is not only an architectural marvel but also the epitome of Indian culture and civilization.
Later drive to the hotel .
Overnight stay at Madurai Hotel/Resort.
Though the rainfall is very frequent and uniform throughout the year, just like the flow of pilgrims and tourists, the city receives the major share of rainfall between the months of July and October. The average rainfall is 85 cm.
If you are traveling to Madurai city of Tamil Nadu in the summer months, then cotton should be the preferred fabric in clothes. The city has a hot and humid climate during summers so wearing comfortable clothes is very important. During winter months the weather is pleasant and you can experiment with your attire. But cotton remains the perfect solution to the questions 'what to wear in Madurai' or how to dress for Madurai travel', in all seasons.
The wonderful architecture of the place is renowned globally. Meenakshi Temple is primarily dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her spouse, Shiva. Meenakshi temple was hence built here to commemorate the same and to pay respects to the Goddess. The most striking feature of the temple is its exquisite facade, which has highly minute details with great art pieces incorporated in the walls and pillars. Meenakshi Amman temple complex is made in accordance to the Shilpa Shastra and has 14 gateway towers or 'gopurams', golden 'vimanas', holy sanctums and shrines dedicated to the revered Goddess Meenakshi and many others.
Badri Narayanan temple is a Hindu temple in the Madurai District in the entrance of Alagar Koil in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is built in the style of the Badrinath temple, Uttarakhand. Lord Balaji is in seated position in this temple. An idol of the Adi Shankaracharya — an important Hindu saint in 8th century AD — is placed alongside of the temple. The principal idol represents Vishnu in a meditative posture and is flanked by Nara-Narayana. There is a large date tree in the back of the temple's shrine, behind the statue of Lord Badri Narayana. Some of the other images include Lakshmi (Vishnu's consort), Garuda (Vishnu's mount), Anjineya, and Ganesha. Daily pujas and monthly bhajans are held on temple premises.
After breakfast pack your baggages with a promise to return once again to this Paradise.
Check-out and proceed on time to board your flight with sweet memories of your holiday.
We await for your next visit.
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