Tanjore –Trichy- Madurai - Trichy & Madurai tour
Have early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for Madurai, known as Kashi of South India. En route visit historical city of Trichy or Trichirapally. On arrival at Trichy, proceed for sightseeing of Tiruchirapally which is situated on the bank of river Cavery. The city was a Chola citadel from Sangam age. The Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic rock fort which played a vital role in Carnatic wars in 18 century. Prime attractions of Trichy are Srirangam and Rangnathar. Srirangam, a 600 acre island-town and protected by seven walls of Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, is the biggest temple complex in India. An annual Car Festival is held in Sri Rangnathaswami in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between various walls.
Have sumptuous lunch in Trichy and early noon, move for Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, you will be taken to Madurai hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for sightseeing of Madurai. Madurai is a historical and religious city. Known as ‘Kashi of South’, Madurai, situated on the banks of Vaigai River, is more than 2500 years old city. Madurai, since the beginning, has been under the reign of the Pandyans, barring a brief period of Chola rule and 200 years rule of the Nayakas. Interestingly, the Nayakas rule is termed as golden age of Madurai when the city made stunning strides in art, architecture and learning.
On arrival at Madurai, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal and Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam. But the feast to the eyes is Meenakshi Temple. More than 2000 years old Meenakshi Temple was enlarged and brought to present status by Nayaka rulers. 1000 pillared ‘mandapam’ is an attraction of Meenkashi Temple’s architecture, as every pillar is uniquely sculptured. Meenakshi Temple is the best example of Dravidian style of temple architecture.
After exploring Madurai, return to hotel for overnight stay.