Travel : Kodaikanal, Madurai IRCTC Tour Package
Dep. from Chennai Egmore by Train no: 12661 Pothigai Exp at 20:05 hours
Arrival at Madurai at 05:20 hrs, Pick up from railway station. Proceed to Kodaikanal by Road. Check in Hotel at Kodaikanal. Visit to Green Valley View, Coakers Walk, Pillar Rock. Evening leisure. Overnight halt at Kodaikanal
Enjoy the Upper Lake View and Boat Rides. Pine Forest, Guna caves and Museum. Evening leisure. Overnight halt at Kodaikanal
Morning Check out Hotel at 09:00 hrs from Kodaikanal. Dep. to Madurai, En route – Visit Silver cascade. Reach Madurai and visit – Meenkashi Amman temple. Drop at Madurai Railway Station 20:00 hrs.
Dep. to Chennai by Train No 2662 Pothigai Express at 22:05 hours
Arrival at Chennai Egmore at 07:05 hours
Package Includes for Standard package:
Return train journey in (SL)
All transfers and sightseeing on seat in coach basis (Non AC Vehicle sharing basis)
2 Night accommodation in Kodaikanal on twin & triple Sharing basis (Standard accommodation)
Toll, parking and all applicable taxes for above services.
Package Includes for Comfort package:
Return train journey in 3 Tier AC
All Transfers and sightseeing in AC private vehicle car
2 Night accommodation in Kodaikanal on twin & triple Sharing basis (Deluxe accommodation)
Toll, parking and all applicable taxes for above services.
Any portage at hotels, tips, insurance, mineral water, telephone charges, laundry and all items of personal nature
Any services not mentioned in the above list of inclusions will be additional
Any Still / Video Camera fees, entrance fees for monuments and any activities suggested in the itinerary are chargeable direct
Any deviation from the above programme.
Catering services – Food (onboard & off board).
Services of Tour guide.
From Chennai Egmore at 20:05 hrs by Tr. 12661 Pothigai Express (Every Thursday)
All sight seeing places are subject to time availability and schedule running of trains.
Tariffs are subject to change.
Package tour starts on all Thursdays,
2011 December 8 , December 15, December 22, December 29
2012 January 05, January 12, January 19, January 26
Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. It is a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for the tourists.
The unique flowering plant ‘Kurunji'(Strobilanthus Kunthanus) that last bloomed in 2004, is nature’s gift to Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor and is frequented all through the year.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions of international repute. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are known for their freshness and taste. Berijam lake, one among the beautiful lakes of South India, spreads over an area of 24 hectares.
One of the main attractions for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai lake which is at a distance of 3kms from the bus stand. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement. He was the man of resource and creative ideas for this lake. By spending his own money he converted the marshy land with several streams of lake by constructing a strong bund and brought boats from Tuticorin. It is reported that the foreign resident’s even used to swim in the lake.
The lake is situated at 10 deg 14′ n latitude and 77 deg 28′ longitude at an elevation of 2285m above sea level and it looks magnificent with star shaped glittering water, in the midst of evergreen lush slopes. The hills receive the rainfall during North-East Monsoon months of October, November and December. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 kms length, the maximum depth in 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m due to siltation. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also. The famous Carlton hotel is facing the lake and the hotel is having their our boats for their customers.
Today lakhs of tourists walk around, sail on, ride on horses & cycles and admire the lake. Fishing can also be done obtaining permission from Inspector of Fisheries. Ponyrides by children and adults walking around the lake are part of Kodai Holiday.
The lake at Kodai is beautifully landscaped and it appears to be de rigueur for Indian families to get out on a boat. Both the Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club and Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation hire similar boats for similar prices: Rs. 20 to 40 for a two-seater pedal boat to Rs. 125 (including boatman) for a kasmiri shikara (covered gondola – like boat) for 30 minutes.
Madurai Meenkshi Amman Temple
The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi – Sundareswarar Temple.
The temple complex is within a high-walled enclosure, at the core of which are the two sanctums for meenakshi and Sundareshwara, surrounded by a number of smaller shrines and grand pillared halls. Especially impressive are the 12 gopuras. Their soaring towers rise from solid granite bases, and are covered with stucco figures of dieties, mythical animals and monsters painted in vivid colours.
Pyramidal gates(gopurams) rise to a height of more than 50m. These towering gateways indicate the entrance to the temple complex at the four cardinal points, while lesser gopuras lead to the sanctums of the main dieties.
There are 12 temple towers(Gopurams). The outer towers are the landmarks of Madurai. They are:
East Tower (Nine Storeys). Height 161’3″. This Gopura has 1011 sudhai figures.
South Tower (Nine Storeys). Height 170’6″. This Tower has 1511 sudhai figures.
West Tower (Nine Storeys). Height 163’3″. This Tower has 1124 sudhai figures.
North Tower (Nine Storeys). Height 160’6″. This Tower has lesser figures of sudhai than other outer towers.
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