Madurai - Kanyakumari - Rameswaram - Thanjavur
3 Nights/ 4 Days
Day 1 : Arrival at Madurai
Arrival at Madurai, check in to the hotel and later proceed for Madurai sightseeing:
- Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple, is devoted to Lord Shiva as Lord Sundareswarar and his wife, Maa Parvati as Goddess Meenakshi.
- Koodal Alagar Temple, and all its shrines are surrounded by granite walls. The main shrine of the temple has the idol of Koodal Azhagar. There is shrine of Goddess Madhuravalli who is the consort of Koodal Azhagar towards the south. Along with this, there are many small shrines of other God and Goddesses such as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayana.
- Thirumalai Nayak Mahal is famous for its giant pillars. It is considered to be one of the wonders of the South. The palace depicts the perfect blend of Dravidian and Rajput styles.
Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 2 : Madurai- Kanyakumari (245 kms/ 4 hrs)
Early morning, check out from the hotel and transfer to Kanyakumari. Arrival at Kanyakumari, check in to the hotel and later proceed for Kanyakumari sightseeing:
- Vivekananda Rock Memorial, is a monument and was built in honour of Swami Vivekananda, who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock.
- Thiruvalluvar Statue, represents the second and third books of the Kural text, namely, Wealth and Love. The whole design signifies that wealth and love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of solid virtue
- Kumari Amman Temple, is 3000 years old and is dedicated to Devi Kanyakumari. She is the virgin goddess who stands strong protecting her devotees.
- Gandhi Memorial, was built in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. It is also known as Gandhi Mandapam. After demise of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, his ashes were kept in 12 different urns so as to transfer them to different parts of the country. One of these urns was brought to Kanyakumari. Before immersions, it was kept at the spot where the memorial is built now for public so that they can pay their last homage to one of the greatest sons of India. Later the ashes were immersed in the sea waters at Kanyakumari. Later Mahatma Gandhi Memorial or Gandhi Mandapam was built at the same place.
Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kanyakumari
Day 3 : Kanyakumari - Rameswaram ( approx 300 kms/ 6 hrs)
Early morning, check out from the hotel and transfer to Rameshwaram. Arrival at Rameshwaram, check in to the hotel and later proceed for sightseeing:
- Agniteertham, is the first outdoor water body located in the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple complex. This Teertham is located in a corner of the sea and is located within the temple. It is believed that Lord Rama took a bath in this part of the sea after killing Ravana
- Ramanatha Swamy Temple, known for its intricate works, majestic towers and corridors this temple is a fine example of architecture excellence. This highly sacred temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India and is visited by almost every Hindu devotee. It is associated with Lord Rama and his successful rescuising of Goddess Sita after killing demon Ravana as while on their way back to Ayodhya, it is here that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva.
- Annai Indira Gandhi / Pamban Bridge is the first sea bridge to be constructed in India. This bridge is built on artificial sandstone and has been created in the shape of an arch.
Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Rameshwaram
Day 4 : Rameswaram - Thanjavur (approx 247 kms/ 4.5 hrs)
Arrival at Thanjavur, and proceed for sightseeing:
- Brihadeeswarar Temple, known for its exemplary Dravidian architecture. One of the largest South Indian temples, the complex has five sections – the sanctum and Vimana (tower), the Nandi hall, the assembly hall (mukhamandapam), the gathering hall (mahamandapam), and the prakara (pavilion).
- Thanjavur Palace, has a unique place as a site madreflecting the convergence of Tamil and Maratha heritage. One can also visit the Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library that have been absorbed within the ground of this complex
- The Panchanatheesvarar Temple , is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also the place where one of the trinity of carnatic music, Saint Thyagaraja lived and attained Samadhi.
Afterwards, proceed for the departure.