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    Chettinad charm and the bridge of Ram

TOUR OVERVIEW

Madurai or ‘Thoonga Nagaram’ (The city that never sleeps) is the cultural capital of TamilNadu 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.

Handpainted 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 history of RamSethu – the place has all these 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.

Day 1 - 24 Jan 2018

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 25th Jan 2018 and we will arrange for airport/railway station/bus stand pickup.

Day 2 - 25 Jan 2018

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.

Day 3 - 26 Jan 2018

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.

Day 4 - 27 Jan 2018

We will proceed to Rameshwaram after an early breakfast. We will visit Devipatnam and Pamban bridge on the way. Check in and 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.

Day 5 - 28 Jan 2018

After an early breakfast, we will visit the Rameswaram temple and leave for Madurai. Today is the day to explore Sethukarai, the region mentioned in Ramayana, from where Ram is said to have built the bridge to Lanka. We will also visit the temple that houses the 6 feet tall Emerald idol of Shiva. Reach Madurai by evening and refresh. Post dinner, onward journey to Bangalore at night. 

Inclusions

  • All meals for 4 days – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and two tea/coffee
  • Transport in an AC vehicle throughout the trip
  • All stay on twin sharing basis.
  • All entry, parking and permit charges.
  • Volvo Overnight Bus tickets from Bangalore to Madurai and back.

Exclusions

  • Tips
  • Shopping
  • Food other than inclusions. Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything not included in inclusions
  • 5% GST

Terms & Conditions

  • 25% of the trip cost if canceled 10 days in advance
  • 50% of the trip cost if canceled 9 to 3 days in advance.
  • Last 3 days – no show – entire amount will be forfeited.

Disclaimer

  • F5 Escapes is in no way responsible for any untoward incident happening due to the ignorance/negligence of the guests, natural/man-made calamities, accidents or any other events that are out of human control during the trip.

    All our trips are well-researched, including identifying access to medical facilities. In case of a medical emergency, F5 will assist the traveler in getting medical attention.

    The trip is NON-SMOKING and NON-ALCOHOLIC.

    F5 reserves the right to cancel the trip under certain conditions – in such a case, the amount will be refunded in full.

Arrival & Departure timings

Flight or train landing in Bangalore by 4- 5PM on 24th Jan evening and a return flight/train after 10:30 AM on 29th January, 2017 would be ideal, so as to account for delays and travel time within the city.

You can also fly into Madurai directly! Reach before 8AM on Day 1 & book flight after 8PM on Day 5.

Weather

January is the season of mild weather ( About 30 degree Celsius) in Madurai, but given that Madurai weather is ‘hot, hotter, hottest’ all through the year, brace yourself for some heat and humidity in the coastal region.

Food

We will arrange for authentic Chettinaad food and Madurai food on the first two days, which will include non vegetarian options. However, we cannot guarantee availability of non vegetarian food in Rameshwaram. If you have any specific meal preferences / dietary requirements, please let us know before hand.

Stay

We will be staying in well appointed hotels in Madurai and Rameshwaram and in a beautiful Chettinaad style stay in Karaikudi.

Note > Prepare > Accept > Embrace

  • Madurai and surrounding areas are seeped in Tamil culture and rich history. If you are not that interested in culture and heritage, you can consider some other trips of ours. If you love stories, history and experiencing local culture through their temples and food, then this trip is for you.
  • This trip will have a lot of temple visits. We will try keeping it as non-religious and as story-oriented and culture oriented as possible.
  • The journey to and fro are by overnight volvo buses. If you have severe knee or back issues, you might want to reconsider.

‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on crafting and executing all-women travel experiences in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream –  to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women.  Come, join us, as we work towards redefining the way women travel India.

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