Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival – Madurai
Departure - Madurai
Route:- Madurai (1N) - Kodaikanal (2N) - Thekkady (2N) - Munnar (2N) - Madurai.
Summarized Itinerary :-
Day-1 Arrival at Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Temple.
Day-2 Madurai - Kodaikanal. Boating in Kodai Lake.
Day-3 In and around Kodaikanal.
Day-4 Kodai - Thekkady. Sightseeing around Thekkady.
Day-5 Activities inside Periyar reserve forest.
Day-6 Thekkady - Munnar.
Madurai to Kodaikanal -115 kms (3.5 hrs).
Kodaikanal to Thekkady -150 kms (4 hrs).
Thekkady to Munnar -102 kms (3 hrs).
Munnar to Madurai -152 kms (4 hrs).
Destination Overview :-
Madurai - Madurai today is one of the busiest towns in Tamilnadu. The Meenakshi temple is awe-inspiring and is a must visit for any South India itinerary for both Indian as well as Overseas guests.
Kodaikanal - Kodaikanal (7000 ft asl) traditionally has been one of the favorite hill stations to visit in summer alongwith Ooty. It’s also a destination for corporate conferences ex-Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore.
Thekkady - Thekkady (2500 ft asl) is a stopover on the South India Itinerary on Madurai - Kottayam route known for nature centric experiences connected with Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Munnar - Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and surrounded by tea and Cardamom Plantations.
Arrive at Madurai. Visit Meenakshi Temple complex. The complex is massive and renowned for its architecture. Given time guests may visit Lord Muruga Aarupadaiveedu temples around Madurai (two temples Viz. Pazhamudircholai and Thiruparamkunram within 10 kms radius) or visit Gandhi Museum or even opt for a foodies walk.
Arrival at Kodaikanal (7000+ ft asl, 115 kms - 3 hours). Evening boating at the Kodai lake.
Sightseeing options around Kodaikanal comprise Green Valley, Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Bear-Shola falls, Bryant Park, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, Silver Cascade, Kurinji Andavar Temple etc. Guests can choose options to visit accordingly to their preferences.
Proceed to Thekkady (2500 ft asl) (140 kms - 3.5 hrs). Post Lunch can go for the touristy Periyar boat cruise (on direct payment) and later Kathakali dance show. Given time Spice garden visit (Cardamom, Pepper, Cinnamon, Vanilla) can be done (Direct payment) alongwith a visit to Elephant Junction for the elephant experience (elephant ride).
Guests can opt for an activity inside Periyar forest such as half day jungle walk / trek forest programme or a full day forest programme involving jungle walk / trek and Bamboo Rafting. Guest also can opt for a full day Gavi eco tourism experience programme (42 kms from Thekkady) involving Jeep Safari (Gavi trip), nature walk / hike, bamboo rafting etc. These programmes require to be reserved in advance.
Proceed to Munnar (5500 ft asl) (110 kms - 3 hours). Drive around Munnar / Visit Team Museum. Evening boating at Mattupetty Dam.
Opt for one or two of the Mini-Excursions ex-Munnar such as Marayoor (Sandalwood Forests - 40 kms), Top Station (Highest view point in the area - 40 kms) or jeep ride to a 70 year tea plantation 30 kms away.
Depart for onward journey.