Madurai or ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ (the city that never sleeps) is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu with a strong Tamil history and is one of the seats of the Tamil Sangam literature. The city has been ruled by several kings including the Pandyas, Cholas, Madurai Nayaks and the British.
Hand-painted floor tiles, mammoth luxurious mansions etched with Belgian glass and fine antiques from across the world, Traditional Tamil handloom mills, spicy food – Karaikkudi is sure to overwhelm the senses of any traveller.
We then head to Rameshwaram – we cross the bridge from the mainland to this island, where people go to absolve themselves of their sins. But Rameshwaram is beyond its temples – the eerie history of Dhanushkodi, the inspiring abode of Late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – the place has this and more to offer. When you are in Tamil Land, can you miss the authentic Tamil food, Jigarthanda, Madurai Jasmine flowers and authentic Chettinaad cuisine ?
Come, explore this enchanting part of Tamil Nadu with F5 Escapes.
Leave Bangalore around 10 PM to Madurai. It would be an overnight journey. Reach the historic town by 6:00 AM. Ladies coming from other parts of the country can come in before 8 AM into Madurai on 27th July and we will arrange for airport/railway station/bus stand pickup.
Reach early morning and freshen up. After breakfast, we will set out to explore the temple city of Madurai. Understand the city’s history and explore the attractions here including the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Meenkashi Amman Temple and the shopping complexes around. If time permits, visit Azhagar Kovil and Pazhamudhir Solai. Stay in Madurai.
Leave for Karaikudi early morning after breakfast. Have the local tour of the town with experiences of saree weaving and tile making added in. Also explore the huge mansions of Kanadukathan. Stay in Karaikudi.
We will proceed to Rameshwaram after an early breakfast. Check in and quickly proceed to visit Dhanushkodi. Dhanushkodi is a ghost town which was declared unfit for living by the government post the disastrous 1964 cyclone. Did you know the story behind the train that disappeared into the sea? Know it all today. Stay at Rameshwaram.
You will explore the temple town of Rameshwaram today. Also visit APJ Abdul Kalam’s house. Leave for Madurai by afternoon and onward journey to Bangalore at night.