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04 Days Road Trip to Kodai & Madurai

  • Madurai 1 night
  • Kodaikanal 2 nights
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Indus Holidays Best Seller
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

3 Nights 4 Days

Category

Temple / Hills

Package type

Customisable

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

Starting from

12000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Hills
  • Temple
  • Architecture
  • 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

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Tour Summary

  • 4 Days
  • 2 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Madurai on Arrival
  • Day 2 - Madurai - Kodaikanal
  • Day 3 - Explore Kodaikanal
  • Day 4 - Departure from Madurai

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Madurai on Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Arrive at Madurai, the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. An ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge, centre of power of many dynasties and the seat of divinity from time immemorial, The main attraction here is Meeakshi temple, the abode of fish eyed Goddess. The imposing 15-acre temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures is an architectural marvel.

  • Start with the famous Meenakshi temple, which is an architectural marvel.
  • 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.
  • Consider visiting the famous Tirumala Nayak Palace, the 17th century palace of Tirumalai Nayak.
  • Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and has rare Gandhi memorabilia.
  • Relax for the night at your hotel.

 

Stay at Madurai

Star Residency

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

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

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Madurai

View more tips

    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!

    Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop , Khadi Gramayog Bhavan and Cottage Arts Emporium are the best places in Madurai.

Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Madurai to Kodaikanal
  • 3 hrs
  • 120 kms

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.

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

Stay at Kodaikanal

Great Trails

(See our stay selections)

Rock Cabin

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the very popular Lake of Kodaikanal is manmade that too not by an Indian but an Irish man?.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kodaikanal

View more tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Explore Kodaikanal
  • Full Day
  • In Town

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Relax after a quiet dinner.

Stay at Kodaikanal

Great Trails

(See our stay selections)

Rock Cabin

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that the very popular Lake of Kodaikanal is manmade that too not by an Indian but an Irish man?.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kodaikanal

View more tips

 

 

 

 

Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Departure from Madurai
  • 3 hrs
  • 120 kms

Have an enjoyable breakfast and head back to Madurai. We will drop you at the airport/railway station for your flight/train back home with memories to last for a lifetime.

Departure from Madurai

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

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

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Madurai

View more tips

    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!

    Hand loom textiles can be purchased from Puthu Mandapam. Kumaran Silks and Alankar Textiles are famous for sarees. To buy handicrafts, Government Poompuhar Handicrafts Shop , Khadi Gramayog Bhavan and Cottage Arts Emporium are the best places in Madurai.

Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Madurai 1 night
  • Kodaikanal 2 nights

3 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

9000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

10000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Premium Package

Starting From

15000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

3 Nights Deluxe Package for groups

Starting From

8000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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Q & A for Kodai - Madurai (3 Nights) by Indus Holidays

Can I customise my itinerary with a few stays of my choice?

Answered by Prasanth Madhavan

Definitely! As we specialise in customised holiday planning to Kerala & South India for the last 20 years, we can offer almost any stay option. We have long-standing direct relationships with resorts, homestays & hotels in this region which allow us to deliver privilege services at unbeatable rates.

If you want to change the stay options in our offers, your trip designer will work with you till you are happy with the package. More importantly, our experts give you unbiased insights and highlights of each stay option from direct experience to help you make better choices.

What is the holiday booking procedure?

Answered by Nisha Vinod

You can submit an enquiry here anytime or contact our destination experts directly. One of Indus’ Trip Designers will call you back to understand your requirement and will make an offer within 2 hours. Our experts will also make suitable recommendations on stay options, day activities, itinerary options and transportation to assist you further in customising the holiday to your requirements. Once it is perfect, send a confirmation and we will take care of the rest.

What are the payment options you offer?

Answered by Goldin Syriac

We offer all major payment options including credit cards , debit cards , wire transfer, net banking and UPI. Service charges from the bank may be applicable on select payment methods.

Can my driver speak hindi? Do you offer taxi services only?

Answered by Divya Hrishikesh

Yes, our transportation team carefully chooses and trains our driver partners to deliver the high touch experiences we offer. They are highly co-operative, friendly and can speak in hindi and English. You will also find our cabs to be well maintained, safe and reliable.

When you book hotels, activities and taxi together with Indus, we will be able to offer you a better overall deal than what you get directly. Also you get the added benefit of Indus’ responsive customer relations team for on-tour support. So, currently our trained drivers are available only for our package customers.