A visit to Madurai, Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi, & Chettinad takes you across some of the finest temples of South India. It allows you to stand at the southern-most tip of India. You get to cross the Pamban bridge and if you are lucky enough you get to see the bridge open up to give way to a passing cargo ship.
If food is getting served on a banana leaf. It means that you are in South India.Aakash Bhosale
- Destination: Tamil Nadu
- Location: Madurai-Rameshwaram-Dhanushkodi-Chettinad
- Google Map Co-ordinates: 13.0900° N, 80.2700° E
- Nearest City (Airport): Madurai
- Nearest City (Railway Station): Madurai
- Duration: 3N/4D
- Level: Easy
- Guide: Available
- Price: On request
Madurai, which is mentioned during the Sangam era (6th to 3rd century BC), is one of the oldest cities of India. The Meenakshi Temple is one of the finest temples in India, and also one of the oldest, having a mention in Tamil Literature as early as the 7th Century. It is spread over 14 acres of land and has Gopurams that are visible from any part of the city. This is where Lord Shiva performed the Cosmic Dance, the Tandava. Also visit the Thirumala Nayak Palace in the vicinity. This was built in 1636 CE and is a national monument.
Visit Rameshwaram, one of the most significant pilgrimage centres of India, via the Pamban bridge, a spectacular engineering wonder, 2.3 kms long, built on the sea, having a double-leaf bascule section midway, which can be raised to let ships and barges pass through. The colour of the sea is sure to blow you off. Spend time at the Ramanathswamy temple built in the 12th century. It is believed that a visit to this temple would wash away the sins and one can attain salvation.
Get to stand at the end of landed territory at Dhanushkodi, around 20 kms away from Rameshwaram. It is known as the lost city of Tamil Nadu. It was a popular port town but was destroyed in 1964. You can gaze out at Adams bridge, the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects India to Sri Lanka.
The Meenakshi Temple at Madurai, the street food which is probably the best in Tamil Nadu, and of course the colourful lanes and bye lanes of this temple city that is dotted with myriad small shops selling colourful clothes, household ware and small artifacts.
The amazing Pamban bridge with deep blue water beneath.
The temple at Rameshwaram, has 22 wells and it is believed that bathing with the water of each well gives one particular power.
Dhanushkodi that is a ghost city now and will give you an end of the world feel.
The Chettinad mansions, the colorful Athangudi tiles that are handmade, the Pillayapatti temple, the farmer’s market and of course the Chettinad cuisine.
- Day 1 / Madurai
- Pick up from Madurai station or Airport. Spend the day at the Meenakshi Temple. Our guide will keep you engrossed with the story of Madurai, the legend of Meenakshi, the history of the temple and take you to many a gems within the temple like the hall with thousand pillars where on striking each pillar you would hear a unique sound, the sacred pool with a golden lotus and the innumerable small shrines. Also visit the Thirumala Nayak Palace in the vicinity. This was built in 1636 CE and is a national monument. Stay at Madurai.
- Day 2 / Rameshwaram-Dhanushkodi
- Start early morning for Rameshwaram, by car. You will reach Rameshwaram, taking the Pamban bridge. Spend time at the Ramanathswamy temple built in 12th century.It is believed that a visit to this temple would wash away the sins and one can attain salvation. This temple has 22 wells called Teerthams and a person washes himself with the water of each of these wells. Go to Dhanushkodi, around 20 kms away, the lost city of Tamil Nadu. It was a popular port town but was destroyed in 1964. You can gaze out at Adams bridge, the chain of reefs, sandbanks and islets that almost connects India to Sri Lanka. Stay at Rameshwaram.
- Day 3 / Chettinad-Madurai
- Post breakfast go to Karakudi by car. See the grandeur of Chettinad mansions with wide courtyards, spacious rooms, the unique Athangudi colourful tiles and the sharp tasting, renowned Chettinad cuisine. The Chettiars, a traditional business community of Tamil Nadu were probably the first community, which had a structured method to become an entrepreneur. They are one of the first from India to have taken banking business to South East Asia. Come back to Madurai. Stay at Madurai.
- Day 4 / Departure
- Check out after breakfast. A car will be available to take you to Madurai airport or railway station for your flight or train back home.
- Accommodation with breakfast.
- Guided tours along with transportation.
- All applicable government taxes, toll fees, parking charges, etc.
- Transportation: Pick up and drop from Madurai airport or railway station in an AC vehicle.
- Entry tickets to monuments etc.
- Tips & Gratuties.
- Any expense that is not mentioned in the Inclusions list above. These will have to be paid at actuals directly by the guests.
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