Welcome to Madurai

Tourists, Indian and foreign, come here for the celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple, a dazzling maze-like structure ranking among India's greatest temples. Otherwise, Madurai, perhaps appropriately given its age, captures many of India’s glaring dichotomies: a centre dominated by a medieval temple and an economy increasingly driven by IT, all overlaid with the hustle, energy and excitement of a big Indian city and slotted into a much more manageable package than Chennai’s sprawl.

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$247 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Night Tour to Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi from Madurai

Day 01: Madurai (City Tour)Pickup from Madurai Airport – Check-in to the hotel after lunch – Proceed for Sight-seeing places Thiruparankundram (Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple and one of the Six  Abodes of Murugan), Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal (This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian  Architect), Mariamman Tank, Alagar Temple, Gandhi Museum one of the five Gandhi Sanghralayas in the country, Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the oldest and most famous  temples in Tamilnadu – Overnight stay in Madurai. Day 02: Madurai - Rameshwaram - Dhanushkodi After breakfast check-out from the Hotel drive to Rameshwaram and visit Pamban Bridge, Agni Theertham, Ramanathaswamy TempleHousing the world’s most sacred sand mound (a lingam said to have been created by Rama's wife Sita, so that he could worship Shiva), this temple is one of India's holiest shrines,  After Lunch proceed to Dhanushkodi is a ghost town at the south-eastern tip of Pamban Island  – Over-night stay in Rameshwaram. Day 3After breakfast check-out from the Hotel drive to Madurai airport for departure.

$25 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Full-Day Madurai Tour Including Meenakshi Amman Temple and Gandhi Museum

You will be picked up by your guide at your hotel in Madurai at 9:00 AM and then head off to the Meenakshi Amman Temple. This Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River is dedicated to Parvati and her consort, Shiva. Afterwards you will visit the Gandhi Museum, established at 1959. It showcases a part of the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. After sightseeing you will stop for lunch around 1:00 PM at your own expense. After lunch visit Thirumalai Nayak palace, originally dating back to 636 AD. You will see, it is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic architecture. The original palace complex was four times bigger than the present structure.Then you will visit the Tiruparamkundram Temple, known for its ancient temple of Murugan. The temple is the first among the Six Abodes of Murugan and is one of the most visited tourist spots in Madurai. At around 4:30 PM you will be transferred back to your hotel.

$29 Outdoor Activities

Vanakkam Maduai

The tourists are astonished to witness the culture, tradition, people and their lives. Be it a street shop or a small vendor, or a mobile ironing shop or a small scale tiffin centers, it will be an wonderful experience for you to know the long lasting traditional fragrance filled in the livelihood of Madurai citizens There have been so many testimonials from our foreign clientele as well as the Domestic Tourists. There are also chances that, we can make you a part of the wedding celebrations of Madurai people or a surprise visit to a House Warming ceremony in progress or be an audience of the temple festivals. It will be quite surprising that at the end of the tour, you will never want to conclude. Ultimately, the walking tour “Vanakkam Madurai” will be an unforgettable experience in your life time . This will  be the real value addition to your tour plan and the best gift you can offer to your family and friends.

$1495 Cultural & Theme Tours

Best of Southern India

Day 1 KochiThere are no planned activities before the evening welcome meeting, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. After the welcome meeting, visit the harbour to enjoy sunset over the Chinese fishing nets.Day 2 KochiEnjoy an early morning orientation tour of Fort Kochi. Enjoy free time to explore before an evening performance of Kathakali.Day 3 Kochi/KalpettaTake a morning train followed by a scenic drive to reach Kalpetta, in the Wayanad district. Day 4 KalpettaHere, we go on nature trails in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the Edakkal Caves, which are believed to have been a shelter of neolithic people.Day 5 Kalpetta/MudumalaiWe leave the hills for the plains, and stop for the night at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Spend part of the afternoon on a short safari and spot the variety of wildlife within the park. Day 6 Mudumalai/MysoreImagine life as a Maharaja on a guided tour of the Mysore Palace. Later, join the throngs of pilgrims at Chamundi Hills, with its temple on top, and Nandi the Bull (ridden by the Hindu god Shiva) a short walk below. Day 7 Mysore/MāmallapuramArrive by train to Chennai before continuing south for a short ride to the small village of Mamallapuram. Visit the 7th century Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Day 8 MāmallapuramFree time to explore Mamallapuram.Day 9 Māmallapuram/PuducherryIn the morning, drive to Pondicherry (now known as Puducherry), formerly the the largest French Colony in India and an important trading town. There is a strong French influence in the city's layout, with wide boulevards and French-style houses, but the city is undoubtedly Indian. Day 10 Puducherry/MaduraiTravel inland to Madurai, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Day 11 MaduraiAfter visiting the temple complex, opt to visit the handicraft shops or duck into the cool shade of the covered, stone tailor’s market where, for a few rupees, rows of expert tailors will whip you up a custom shirt in minutes, all done on antique foot-pump sewing machines. Day 12 Madurai/Periyār SanctuaryThekkady, adjacent to Periyar National Park, is the spice capital of India. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the spice plantations and a tea factory. Opt for a boat ride on the Periyar Lake. Day 13 Periyār Sanctuary/Kerala BackwatersTravel down to the backwaters from Thekkady to catch a private boat for the short journey to the village homestay. In the afternoon, explore the island with a local person to observe the different facets of local life. Your main bags will be transferred directly to the hotel in Kochi. Day 14 Kerala Backwaters/KochiThe morning is spent enjoying the last of our host family's hospitality with village activities. Depart the homestay and travel back to Kochi. The trip ends on arrival to Kochi in the early afternoon.

$1520 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Wonderful Culture of Tamil Nadu 14 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive Chennai - Mamallapuram Welcomed by our representative at Chennai airport followed by a transfer to MamallapuramOvernight in MamallapuramDay 2: MamallapuramToday you can go for a sightseeing of the famous World Heritage Monuments of MamallapuramDay 3: Mamallapuam - TirupatiCheckout from your hotel and drive to Tirupati; walk around the outerside of the temple as non Hindus are not allowed inside(Overnight in Tirupati)Day 4: Tirupati - PondicherryDrive to Pondicherry and Enroute visit Auroville. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, visit the Shri Aurobindo Ashram, the Ganesha Temple, the Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, and the Gandhi Statue on the boulevard. (Overnight in Pondicherry)Day 5: Pondicherry - KumbakonamDrive to Kumbakonam. Enroute visit temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. (Overnight in Kumbakonam)Day 6: Kumbakonam - KaraikudiCheckout from your hotel and drive to Karaikudi (Overnight in Karaikudi)Day 7: Karaikudi - MaduraiAfter breakfast drive to Madurai. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple.(Overnight in Madurai)Day 8: Madurai Enjoy Madurai sightseeing by local Bicycle Rickshaw (Overnight in Madurai)Day 9: Madurai - KanyakumariDrive to Kanyakumari or Cape Comorin (Overnight in Kanyakumari)Day 10: Kanyakumari Enjoy the Sunrise and Sunset later visit Padmanabhapuram Palace(Overnight in Kanyakumari)Day 11: Kanyakumari - KovalamDrive to KovalamDay 12: Kovalam Day at leisure on the beach (Overnight in Kovalam)Day 13: Kovalam Day at leisure on the beach (Overnight in Kovalam)Day 14: Kovalam - TrivandrumDeparture transfer to Trivandrum airport

$869 Transfers & Ground Transport


DAY 1:     ARRIVAL CHENNAI – TRANSFER TO MAMALLAPURAM                Upon arrival you will be welcomed traditionally and transfer to your hotel in Mamallapuram. DAY 2:      MAMALLAPURAMHistory walk of Mamallapuram exploring UNESCO sites. DAY 3:       MAMALLAPURAM TO PONDICHERRY After breakfast proceed to Pondicherry. Enroute discover the harmonious community of Auroville. Today evening proceed to visit Shri Aurobindo Ashram. DAY 4:        PONDICHERRY TO TANJORE Depart to Tanjore. Despite its important history and culture. Tanjore was once the capital of the Chola empire and, although many buildings from that period no longer survive, the town is still full of lovely temples. Enroute visit Darasuram temple and silk weaving village. DAY 5:        TANJORE TO KARAIKUDI Drive Tanjore, enroute visit the Brihadeshvara Temple an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later drive to Karaikudi/ chettinadu which is the homeland of the Nattukottai Chettiars, a banking and business community.  Enjoy lunch at The Bangala. DAY 6:        KARAIKUDI TO MADURAI Drive to Madurai. This vast, pulsating city, one of the oldest cities in South India, dating back 2500 years, sprawls along the banks of the River Vaigai. Afternoon proceed for Rickshaw tour. DAY 7:      MADURAI Wander through the tailors markets and bazaars and further visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple, which lies in the heart of the city.  Visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace, an example of architectural grandeur. DAY 8:        MADURAI TO PERIYAR/THEKKADY Drive to Periyar/Thekkady. The evocative name of the Cardamom Hills is home to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a reserve on the Kerala/Tamil Nadu border, which is surrounded by tea and spice plantations. Lush forest, with a vast lake at its heart, it is home to many indigenous animals.      This afternoon proceeds to a Spice Plantation tour with a Naturalist. DAY 9:  PERIYAR Boat ride in Periyar lake and Kerala cooking class. DAY 10:     PERIYAR TO ALLEPPEYDrive to Alleppey, Homestay in Greenpalm Homes located on a backwater island which gives an unique chance to get into the Indian-Keralean culture. Explore Backwater & Village life.   DAY 11:     ALLEPPEY – COCHIN   Drive to Kochi a colonial port town whose diverse architecture acts as a reminder of the foreign traders who came over the centuries to buy spices. Sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi. Evening Kathakali dance show. DAY 12:     DEPARTURE TRANSFER TO AIRPORT After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to South India.  You will be dropped at the Cochin airport to connect your onward flight.