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".
Kodaikanal is also popularly known as the princes of Hill Stations.
The cool and misty weather, the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest of Kodaikanal and its surroundings will mesmerize any visitor throughout the year. Walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, bath in one of the splashing waterfalls, go for horse riding and cycling around the lake or simply admire the views.Centred on a beautiful lake, Kodai rambles up and down hillsides with patches of shola forest, unique to the Western Ghats in South India, and evergreen broadleaf trees like magnolia, mahogany, myrtle and rhododendron.
After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is one of the most popular, peaceful & striking hill stations on the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu.
On arrival check into the hotel.
Evening visit Kodaikanal Lake. It is an artificial star shaped 60 acres lake built in 1863 and is Kodaikanal's most popular geographic landmark. Rowboats, Pedals, Horses & Bicycles can be hired beside the lake for short period.
Overnight stay at Kodaikanal.
Water samples from Kodaikanal Lake have proven to be contaminated with high levels of mercury, along with lichens and mosses. So avoid using the waters as far as possible.
While a serene walk by the Kodai Lake try and stay away from the touts and agents that come to offer their services, they might be con men!! There are also fake astrologers that may dodge you into palm reading and fortunetelling, a polite ‘no’ would be enough to avoid them.
Kodaikanal Lake is a manmade lake in the Kodaikanal city which is also known as Kodai Lake. The star-shaped lake is centrally located in Kodaikanal and is surrounded by the rich green Palani Hills Range the main watershed for the lake. The lake is situated at an elevation of 2285m above sea level and has an average depth of 3.0m.
The Palani Hills are an eastward extension of the Western Ghats ranges, which run parallel to the west coast of India. The Palani Hills adjoin the high Anamalai range on the west, and extend east into the plains of Tamil Nadu, covering an area of 2,068 square kilometres.
After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing to visit Cookers Walk, Green Valley View, Pillar’s Rocks, Silent Valley View, Silver Cascade Falls.
Overnight Stay at Kodaikanal.
Coakers Walk is a beautiful man-made one-kilometre-long walking plaza built on the mountains. The lovely path of Coakers Walk that curves by the edge of the gorgeous mountain have been constructed mainly for visitors to get a glimpse of Paradise on Earth.
The valley is surrounded by a water body in the mid and gives a splendid view of the surrounding which adds to the beauty of the nature. Far away from the busy life, one visits this place to have a refreshing mind and enjoy the time out here with family and friends.
The tour to the entire city will give the best opportunity to one to explore and reach to various new places which are of great importance and are worth visiting . The enchanting view of the city will leave you awestruck.
The Pillar Rocks have become a lovely picnic spot. Constituting a beautiful mini garden the place is named so as it has three vertically positioned boulders reaching up to a height of 400 feet. The aura here is full of affection and is evidence of a great love story. The 'white cross' which once existed on these rocks represented David Gell's excellent tribute to love.
The Silver Cascade Falls formed as a result of the over flowing of the famous man-made Kodai Lake, are the perfect way to have a break while on a long road trip. One can also take a swim in the waters of the waterfall provided the temperature is right.
Another breath taking sightseeing place in Kodaikanal is the Silent Valley View Point. On the Berijam Lake road, it is located near to the Pillar Rocks. A popular place among nature lovers, it offers mesmerizing view of the valley. Its calming atmosphere and lush greenery add on to its charm while the view, from here is sure to leave to awestruck. The best time to visit Silent Valley View point is early mornings and evenings or late afternoons. During this time of the days, the valley can be sometimes seen covered in white mist that passes between the trees, crossing its refreshingly green meadows. The view of clouds passing through you, the sight of greenery till your eyes you could see is an experience worth remembering.
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.
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.
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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