Visit one of the ancient cities of South India famous for its temples and culture.
What to Expect
The most common reason to visiti the city is the Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi (considered a form of Parvati) with a sanctum for her consort, Sundareshwarar (or Siva). Actually, historically, the Sundereshwar shrine is the larger and older of the two temple complexes. The complex itself is a splendid example of the south Indian Dravida architectural idiom. Four immense gopurams or temple towers crown the gateways at each cardinal direction, easily visible from a distance. Each tower is encrusted with more than a thousand brilliantly painted sculptures depicting an assortment of mythological and auspicious themes. It is traditional to enter through the south gopuram and, unusually, worship the Goddess before her consort. Inside the shelter for shoe storage, offering baskets with coconuts, bananas and incense are available in addition to images of the Goddess for home altars.
Thiruparankundram, one of the important old Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is Karthikeya, located on a hillock approximately 8 km from the city. References to this ancient temple are available in scriptures from 6th century AD (Paripadal). The temple interior is a huge rectangular chamber carved out of the hill, with side chambers housing various deities of Hindu religion approached via narrow passages.
Alagar Temple, another Vaishnav temple Alagar Koil, is 20 km away from the city in the nearby hills. At the top of the hill is a natural stream from where the fresh water is carried daily by the temple priest for the Lord. The place is famous for the Chittrai Festival (First Tamil month)/9 April-May), a summer festival.
Thirumalai Nayak Palace was originally divided into two parts meant for the King's harem and housing the darbar court, and the ranka vilasa, which was for his brother. Entry to the roof is permanently prohibited.
The Ghandi museum houses Gandhi's bloodstained dhoti and little else by way of artifacts. Those interested in the freedom struggle, though, will be interested in the extensive texts housed here. Tamil speakers and long-term visitors may be interested in the classes and workshops offered in subjects as diverse as tai chi and local herbs.
•Pick-up at 09:00 AM in the morning
•Visit to Meenakshi Temple, Local Markets, Koodal Alagar Temple, Thiruparankundram, Alagar Temple, Pazhamudhir Solai, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum, and Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam
•Tour ends at around 5 pm to 6 pm
- English-speaking local city expert
- Air- Conditioned vehicle with private driver
- Private Tour
- Pick-up and drop off
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses