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Kodai Madurai Weekend

Kodaikanal, Madurai

4 Days

This trip is designed as a long weekend around two gems of the South - Kodaikanal and Madurai. Explore the ancient Tamil rooted city of Madurai and its seat of divinity to feast your eyes on the marvel it is. Kodai, still retains its charm of a more relaxed, intimate hill station with all trapping of an ideal getaway.

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Experience Highlights

  • Discover what it is to breathe at the ozone rich hills of Kodaikanal.
  • Awe at the centuries old temple architecture which still stands tall, stretching into the sky
  • Experience bliss as you enjoy take a bike ride around the scenic Kodai lake
  • Walk through the jasmine-scented back-alleys of Madurai exploring the unique culture of its rural side.
  • Take a morning walk along the amazing 'Coakers walk' in Kodaikanal which will offer vistas to die for

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Madurai
  • Day 2

    Madurai -
    Kodaikanal
  • Day 3

    Kodaikanal
  • Day 4

    Drop at Madurai

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Detailed Itinerary

Day

1

MADURAI

You start your journey at one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. This town is an ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge, centre of power of many dynasties and the seat of divinity from time immemorial. Arrive at Madurai, check-in to hotel and relax for a while.

Exploring Madurai: Tirumalai Nayak Mahal & Gandhi Memorial

The 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak (who made significant contributions to Madurai) is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. It is famed for its interior work and style. Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and has rare Gandhi memorabilia

Alternatively, you could do a walking tour/tuk-tuk ride to see real life of this Tamil rooted city.

Image by Pauthy

Meenakshi Temple Courtyard

An evening at Meenakshi Temple: Architectural marvel of the fish eyed goddess

Visit this imposing 15-acre temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures. Enter through the busy eastern entrance (a lot of craft shops here) and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall (Ayiramkal mandapam) sculpted with life size ornamented figures. After Darshan, spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilings.

If you are interested in seeing Indian temple rituals, then don't miss the night ceremony here. The bronze of lord Shiva is brought on a chariot to his wife Meenakshi's bed chamber amidst much chanting, drums, horns and gathering of devotees. An absolute must-see! Relax for the night at your hotel.


Suggested: The light and sound show at Tirumalai Nayak Palace in the evenings is an interesting affair which decipher the stories of victory, pride, anger, war and celebrations of Madurai kings. For the foodies, do try the 'Kuzhipaniyarams' from a local eatery and wash it down with a tall glass of 'Jigarthanda', a mocktail made out of milk and cream.

Tips for Shopping in Madurai

Madurai is particularly famous for cotton fabric, hand-woven silk, bronze work and stone carvings


Where to Buy: East Masi Street and Town Hall road are popular spots. Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks (Vengala Kadai Street) and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop (West Veli Street), Khadi Gramayog Bhavan (Town Hall Road) and Cottage Arts Emporium (North Chithirai Street) are the best places in Madurai.

Day

2

KODAI - HILLS IN THE MIST

There are few more refreshing South India moments than leaving the heat-soaked plains for the cloudy mist of a Kodai morning. Centred around a star shaped lake, Kodai's hillside charms us with patches of shola (unique to the Western Ghats) and the scent of pine mingling with eucalyptus.

TRAVEL TO KODAIKANAL (125 KMS / 3.5 hours)

After a sumptuous breakfast, proceed to the misty hills of Kodai. Spend some time at the Silver Cascade where water from Kodai lake falls 180ft through piles of rock. Check-in to your resort and relax for a while.

Upper Lake View, Kodai

Image by Challiyan

Evening by the Kodai Lake: Calming blues keep you company

The area around the star shaped Kodai lake has some popular hangouts. Today evening would be good for row boating, horse riding or cycling around the lake waters. There is also a good walking path encircling the lake. Enjoy the comfort of a steaming hot cup of tea and the hearty cuisine of the hill streets.

Suggestion: While in Kodai, Try out cafe Cariappa - a caffeine addict's dream. The wood panelled cafe crats fantastic brews of its locally grown organic coffee. Also try homemade carrot cake, sandwiches and crepes.

Day

3

EXPLORE KODAIKANAL

The day is at leisure to explore the hill station. Kodai is a special destination which manages to retain its charm of a more relaxed and intimate hill station despite its growing popularity. But if you choose to explore its delights, it has all the trappings of an ideal getaway.

The Ideal Kodai morning: Walk through the clouds

Start your day with stroll along Coaker's walk - a beautiful pedestrian path cut along steep slopes. If it isn't a day cloaked in opaque mist, this 5-minute walk affords you panoramic views of the plains 2000 m below. After breakfast, do a local tour of Kodai starting with Bryant Park - landscaped and stocked by the British officer after whom it is named.

Pillar Rock, Kodai

The best sights of Kodai: Pillar Rocks, falls and more

Later today head to Pillar rocks, three towering boulders offering jaw-dropping views. There is a cave on the far side of the pillars which was earlier named Devil's Kitchen because of the mist which mysteriously appeared to emanate from it. Visit Green Valley viewpoint and the numerous falls in town.

Activity likers will find the simple pleasures of adventure infused trails of Kodai to be exciting. Opt for a nature trek, climb your way to towering summits and feast your eyes on breath-taking panoramas. Relax for the night at your hotel.

Suggestion: Try out Eco Nut, A tiny shop stocking local organic food (wholewheat bread, muffins, muesli, cheese, spices) along with oils and herbal remedies

Day

4

DEPARTURE FROM MADURAI

Have an enjoyable breakfast and head back to Madurai from where you can take your flight/train for onward journey with memories to last for a lifetime.

Recommended Trip Add-Ons

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Walking tour of Madurai

Dive into the jasmine scented back alleys of Madurai with pit stops to interact with locals. Pick up 5000-year-old legends of fickle Kings and colourful gods while sipping meter tea at the corner stall.

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Trek to Dolphin's Nose

A medium intensity 3-4 hour trek takes you to a breathtaking landscape. Clear days offer a panoramic view of Periyakulam and Vaigai Lake. Also take a detour to the small village of Vellagavi.

STANDARD PACKAGE

Accommodation

3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service

Transportation

Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal throughout the tour

Meals

Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotel

Total tour cost

Starting from INR 5000 per person (*group) in October to March and INR 10000 per person (*group) from April to September

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