February 25th: Inauguration of Pilgrimage � Ganapathy Homa �Mamallapuram is
renowned for its shore temples built during the 7th century. The
rock carvings and rock cut temples at Mamallauram are noted for
their simplicity and freshness. Sight seeing - languish in beutiful
beach and marvel at the bygone splendors of a golden era in this
Heritage spot. Stay.
February 26th: Sight seeing - close by spots.
February 27th: Travel to Chidambaram(172km) and stay at pre-booked hotel. One of
the most important pilgrim destinations. The great Nataraja Temple
complex is located here. Our visit to the Nataraja Temple will
include a fascinating observance of the most ancient of Tamil pooja
and arati (ceremony of light)
February 28th: Temple visit ,sightseeing . Stay at
March 1st: Morning departure to
Thanjavur (115 km). Evening- temple visit.
March 2nd: Thanjavur was once the capital of the Chola dynasty. One of the
Chola Emperors, Raja Raja (985-1014), built the Brihadishwara
Temple, Thanjavur's main
March 3rd: Travel to Madurai(158 km),
one of south Asia�s oldest cities. Evening sightseeing,
March 4th: Morning visit to Meenakshi
Temple, one of India�s greatest temples with its architecturally
sacred ancient design. Evening- visit nearby attractions, great
shopping places, and stay.
March 5th: Scenic travel Westward into
State of Kerala, to MUNNAR(164 Km), beatiful and peaceful hill
station 1800m above sea level.
March 6th: Morning visit to Rajamala. See the 'NEELAGIRI THAR', sight seeing.
Evening-travel to Cochin(135km) and
March 7th: Cochin (Kochi), an extraordinary city of many foreign cultural
influences, set on a myriad of islands adjoining the Arabian Sea.
Rich spices, Chinese fishing nets, a Portuguese Palace, lovely
winding streets with Mosques, India�s first European church, quaint
Dutch houses, and a 16th century Jewish synagogue highlight this
March 8th: Travel to Trivandrum(212 km).Journey includes backwater cruise.Stay
at the renowned Arsha Ayurveda Hospital
March 9th: (day
before Attukal Pongala) Morning- Ayurvedic Massage/sightseeing.
Afternoon - watch hundreds of thousands of women carrying firewood
and earthen pots swarming the town and occupying the roads, shops,
houses and all available open space within a radius of more than 6
or even 7 km from the temple and setting up open hearths for the
next day's ritual.
March 10th: See
and participate in Attukal Pongala, the world's largest annual
gathering of women. Afternoon-Ayurvedic massage,
March 11th: Temple visits, sightseeing, Ayurvedic massage and an introductory
workshop on Ayurveda, the "Science of Life". We also enjoy a
traditional South Indian vegetarian feast.
March 12th: Check-out. Departure from Trivandrum International