4 Days 3 Nights Madurai

DEC’2010

09 THU ARRIVAL: MADURAI (D)

AI 447 0820 HRS SIN – 0945HRS MADRAS

IC9671 1225HRS MADRAS – 1315HRS MADURAI

MEET ON ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL. ROOM FROM 12 NOON

10 FRI MADURAI/RAMSEHWARAM (180 KMS / 03 HRS) (B/L/D)

SAME DAY EXCURSION TO RAMESHWARAN

RAMESHWARAM IS A SEA SWEPT SACRED ISLAND OF GREAT TOURIST POTENTIAL. A HOTSPOT PILGRIM DESTINATION, RAMESHWARAM IS NESTLED IN THE GULF OF MUNNAR AT THE VERY TIP OF INDIAN PENINSULA. SOME OF THE MOST VISITED

SITES IN THE REGIONS INCLUDE:

RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE AS A PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF LATE DRAVIDIAN ARCHITECTURE, THE RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE ATTRACTS PILGRIMS IN HORDES. THIS IS MOST RENOWNED FOR ITS MAGNIFICENT CORRIDORS LINED WITH MASSIVE SCULPTURED PILLARS THAT HAVE ELABORATE DESIGN, STYLE AND RICH CARVING. ACCORDING TO LEGENDS, RAMA SANCTIFIED THIS PLACE BY WORSHIPPING SIVA HERE AFTER THE BATTLE OF SRI LANKA. ONLY HINDUS ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE INNER SANCTUM. AN EXTENSIVE WORSHIP OF RAMA IS HELD DURING JUNE 15 TO JULY 15 EACH YEAR.

KOTHANDARASWAMY TEMPLE: ANOTHER POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTION, THIS TEMPLE IS BELIEVED TO BE AT THE SITE WHERE VIBISHANA, BROTHER OF SITA’S ABDUCTOR RAVANA, SURRENDERED TO RAMA. ABOUT 12 KMS FROM THE TOWN, THIS TEMPLE IS THE SOLE STRUCTURE TO SURVIVE AFTER THE SEVERE CYCLONE OF 1964.

ADAM’S BRIDGE IS A LONG FRAGMENTED PASSAGE THROUGH THE INDIAN OCEAN THAT ALMOST CONNECTS THE INDIA TO SRI LANKA. LEGENDS HAVE IT THAT RAMA BUILT UP THE BRIDGE IN QUEST TO RAID LANKA IN ORDER TO RETRIEVE HIS CONSORT SITA. HOWEVER, THE ADAM’S BRIDGE CONSISTS OF THE CHAIN OF REEFS, SANDBANKS AND ISLETS.

GANDHAMADANA PARVATAM ABOUT A MILE AND A HALF WEST OF THE RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE, GANDHAMADANA PARVATAM OFFERS A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. IT HAS STEPPED MANDAPAM OR HALL AND ALSO TREASURES A FOOTPRINT THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE OF LORD RAMA.

LUNCH AT LOCAL RESTAURANT IN RAMSEHWARAM & BACK TO MADURAI BY EVENING. DINNER & OVER AT HTL

11 SAT MADURAI (B/L/D)

FULL DAY SIGHT SEEING OF MADURAI CITY

MEENAKSHI TEMPLE: THIS IS AN EXQUISITE EXAMPLE OF TEMPLES BUILT BY THE PANDYAN RULERS. THERE ARE AS MANY AS 11 MAJESTIC TOWERS WITH THE MAIN ENTRANCE FROM THE EAST. THERE ARE TWO SHRINES, ONE DEDICATED TO SUNDRESWARAR AND THE OTHER TO HIS CONSORT MEENAKSHI. THE HALL IN FRONT OF THE SUNDARESWARAR SHRINE IS KNOWN AS KAMPATHADI MANDAPAM. THE DIFFERENT MANIFESTATIONS OF LORD SHIVA ARE DEPICTED ON THE PILLARS OF THIS HALL.

GANDHI MUSEUM, IN THE 300 YEAR OLD RANI MANGAMMAL PALACE. IT CONTAINS AN ART GALLERY, MEMORABILIA (GANDHI’S DHOTI WHEN HE WAS SHOT), TRACES HISTORY OF THE INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE FROM 1800, AND THE ‘QUIT INDIA’ MOVEMENT. INFORMATIVE, INTERESTING AND WELL LAID OUT. ALSO HAS A KHADI AND VILLAGE INDUSTRIES SECTION AND ONE OF SOUTH INDIAN HANDICRAFTS.

THIRUMALAI NAYAK PALACE: ABOUT 1.5 KM SOUTH-EAST OF THE MEENAKSHI TEMPLE, THIS INDO-SARACENIC PALACE WAS BUILT IN 1636 BY THE RULER WHOSE NAME IT BEARS. TODAY, ONLY THE ENTRANCE GATE, MAIN HALL AND DANCE HALL REMAIN BUT THESE ARE WELL WORTH SEEING.

IN THE EVENING WITNESS THE POOJA (WORSHIP) CEREMONY.

12 SUN MADURAI/OUT (B) ROOM TILL 12 NOON

AFTER B/FAST TRANSFER TO AIRPORT.

IC9672 1350HRS MADURAI – 1445 MADRAS

MEET ON ARRIVAL AND PROCEED FOR MADRAS CITY TOUR. DINNER AT LOCAL RESTAURANT AND TRANSFER BACK TO MADRAS AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE.

AI446 0045HRS MADRAS – 0720 HRS SIN

13 MON SINGAPORE

WE SHALL BE USING THE FOLLOWING HOTELS AS UNDER: (SUB TO AVAILABILITY)

DEC’2010 NTS CITY HOTEL – 3*
09/12 03 MADURAI MADURAI RESIDENCY

OUR NETT PACKAGE COST: S$1,325/-

THE ABOVE COST INCLUDES:

  • RETURN AIRFARE WITH AIRPORT TAXES WITH AIR INDIA.
  • 03 NTS ACCOMO SHARING TWIN / TRIPLE ON FULL BOARD BASIS STARTING WITH BREAKFAST ON DAY 02 (10 DEC) & END WITH BREAKFAST ON DAY 04 (12 DEC).
  • MADRAS CITY TOUR.
  • DINNER AT LOCAL RESTAURANT IN MADRAS ON 12 DEC.
  • ALL GUIDE AND DRIVER TIPS.
  • ALL ADMISSIONS FEE AS PER ITINERARY.
  • FULL VEGE MEALS. (B’FAST.LUNC,DINNER)
  • ALL TRANSFERS/TOURS BY PRIVATE TWO AIRCON TEMPO TRAVELLER
  • ONE LOCAL STATIONED ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE DURING SIGHTSEEING.

NOT INCLUDED:

tRAVEL INSURANCE (RECOMMENDED)

LAUNDRY, TELEPHONE BILLS, CAMERA FEE AND ANY OTHER EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE.

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