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#1 Aug 2nd, 2018, 00:56
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Hello
I have a question regarding my Tamil nadu itinerary.
I think to land in Madurai after noon and to spend about 2.5 days in Madurai. I would like to visit Rameshwaram for 2 days and kodaikanal 3 days and then head to Cochin. I have a few questions:
1. What do you think regarding rhe itinerary?
2. How to organize the route in order not to go back and forth too much?
3. Should I replace Kodai with Munnar?
4. Should I add Thenjavur to my trip? Actually I am afraid to be 'templed out'
Appreciate your help in advance
#2 Aug 2nd, 2018, 19:29
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1. What do you think regarding rhe itinerary?
2. How to organize the route in order not to go back and forth too much?
3. Should I replace Kodai with Munnar?
4. Should I add Thenjavur to my trip? Actually I am afraid to be 'templed out'
1. Looks good. Be aware that not all temples will allow Non-Hindus into the sanctum - though you will be allowed in the outer areas
2. Madurai to Rameswaram and back then you go to Kodai -unavoidable
3. Kodai has its own charm and Munnar its own - both places Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years are blooming now and will be on for the next 2 or 3 months. I personally prefer Kodai.
4. Thanjavur is a great temple and in my opinion not to be missed - but this would add a 180+180 km trip - you will be going back and forth! Suggest that you do some basic research on Rameswaram & Thanjavur - if you are not visiting for religious reasons then decide which attracts you more!
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Thank you for your responce . Few additional questions:
1. Can Thenjavur be visited as a day trip from Madurai?
2. Are Madurai and Rameshwaram temples similar regarding their archtecture?
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Originally Posted by Dima Bourdetsky View Post Thank you for your responce . Few additional questions:
1. Can Thenjavur be visited as a day trip from Madurai?
2. Are Madurai and Rameshwaram temples similar regarding their archtecture?
1. Yes - comfortably by cab, also possible by bus - leave early - The sanctum closes by about 12.30pm (applicable to most Lord Siva temples of Tamilnadu) but the complex itself is open.
2. Madurai and Rameshwaram are based on Dravidan architecture, both were built mainly by Pandya kings but the Madurai temple has also contribution from Nayak rulers. The most fascinating thing about the Rameswaram temple is its long corridors totaling about 4000ft in length. Rameswaram is more of a Hindu pilgrimage site. You can see Madurai temple and skip Rameswaram.
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Dear Ravichandar,
thank you very much for your response. I think to go to Rameshwaram as a pilgrimage site +Danushcodi. I have about 8-9 days in TN, trying not to be templed out and not to be in rush. Would you kindly suggest me another place to visit.( my main interest is culture, religion and ceremonies)
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Originally Posted by Dima Bourdetsky View Post Dear Ravichandar,
thank you very much for your response. I think to go to Rameshwaram as a pilgrimage site +Danushcodi. I have about 8-9 days in TN, trying not to be templed out and not to be in rush. Would you kindly suggest me another place to visit.( my main interest is culture, religion and ceremonies)
When are you traveling? I can check the local calendar to see if some festivals that reflect Tamil culture coincide with your travel date.

So Arrive Madurai - Half a day - visit Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple - dont miss the 1000 pillar hall (aayiram kaal mandapam) inside the temple. You will need to cover yourself - no bare shoulders / legs (cover up to ankle). You will not be allowed to carry camera & cellphone inside the temple - lockers and luggage storage available at the south Gopuram (Temple tower) entrance. Whenever you get some free time in Madurai consider visiting the Thirumalai Nayacker Mahal - palace of erstwhile Maratha ruler.

You can click pictures of the Gopuram from outside the temple - no restriction. You can walk around the outer compound of the temple - a vehicle free area and click pictures. West & South Gopurams have good sculptures. Opposite to East Gopuram there is a mandapam (hall) that is filled with shops but you can see the pillars with ornate carving. Ideally done in day time. Opposite to the temple wall are plenty shops - of course you will be bothered by all and sundry selling their wares. You can do some shopping if you feel like - ethnic dresses, dress makers, brassware, etc Bargain hard!

Second day you can do your Rameswaram, Dhanushkodi trip - takes about 4 hours one way. You may have to leave Madurai early. There are some 22 wells in the temple campus where people take bath or water is sprinkled. En route you can stop on the Pamban bridge to admire the view.

Third day you can do the Thanjavur trip - you have to start early again - it is a 3.5 hour drive! You will be passing via Trichy. Srirangam is close by and has another magnificient temple - A temple for Lord Vishnu (the others are Lord Shiva temples) - considered very sacred. The Saraswathi mahal library in Thanjavur has some interesting displays. It is part of the Thanjavur Maratha palace that displays a vast collection of bronzes ( I have not visited here in ages). Detailed info here
#7 Aug 3rd, 2018, 21:47
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I have to say that srirangam deserves more than a passing visit. As a non-hindu you'd be allowed to the fourth prakaram, but well worth it.
If you want to see bronze casting go to swamimalai near kumbakonam / thanjavur.
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