Lord Muruga is a god of Love and War and most reverantly worshiped by crores of people in Tamilnadu. Aaarupadi Veedu is a holy collection of ancient Lord Muruga Temples located in various parts of Tamilnadu. This unqiue Pilgrimage tour takes you to seek the blessings of the God. We cover Thirutani where God regained his inner peace and married Valli, Thirchendur where Lord quelled Surapadman, Palani where lord resided after his fight over divine fruit, Thirparamkundram where Lord Married Deivanai, Azhkarkoil where Lord is seen with both his cohorts and Swamimalai where Lord thought the meaning of Pranava Mandra 'OM' to Lord Shiva.
Day 01     Arrive Chennai
On arrival at Chennai before noon, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Evening visit Sri Parthasarathy temple-one of the Divya Desom temple, Kapaleswarar temple- ancient 7th century temple where Lord Muruga was believed to have received his spear "Sakthi Vel" from Goddess Shakthi to quell the Sura and Vada Palani Murugan temple where the standing posture of Lord Muruga resembles the Palani temple in every way. Overnight at Chennai.
Day 02     Chennai-Tirutani-Chennai
After early breakfast drive to Subramaniya Swami Temple at Tirutani - One of the six Aarupadai Veedu, where Lord Muruga stayed after quelling Padamasura and the temple where Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Arjuna and Lord Rama is believed to have worshipped Lord Muruga. Back in Chennai you have some free time shopping and other activities. Overnight at Kanchipuram.(B)
Day 03     Chennai - Kumbakonam
After early breakfast we drive to Kumbakonam (300 Kms, 6 Hrs). On arrival check-in to hotel. Afternoon visit Swami Malai-One of the six abodes of Lord Muruga where he is believed to have thought the meaning of Pranav mantra to Lord Shiva. Later visit Adi Kumbaeshwara temple- which is associated with Mahamaham festival and believed to be the very first temple made by the Lord Shiva himself mixing the nectar of immortality with sand.
Time permitting you can also visit Kasi Viswanathar temple - where nine rivers are believed to have prayed to Lord Shiva to wash away the sins of their bathers. Ramaswamy temple, famous for its pictorial depiction to Ramayana and other temples Sarangapani temple, Someswara Temple etc., Overnight in Kumbakonam.
Day 04     Kumbakonam- Palani- Madurai
After early breakfast we drive to Palani (250 Kms, 5 Hrs). Afternoon we visit Palani temple -One of Aarupadaiveedu temple where Lord Muruga is beleived to have lived after the fight with his parents over the divine fruit. Later we drive to Madurai ( 2 1/2 Hrs) for overnight stay. Overnight in Madurai
Day 05     Madurai-Thiruchendur-Madurai
After early breakfast we drive to Tiruchendoor - The abode where Lord MUruga have quelled the Asura Soorpadman. On returning to Madurai we visit we visit Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple (which also houses Sundara Eswarar shrine) which is world famous for its architectural and spiritual magnificence. Enjoy the beauty of various gopurams which has thousands of stone figures of animals, gods and demons, halls with various sculptures and various shrines dedicated to different deities. Later you can witness the temple ceremony. May be late in the evening you can go out for dinner and check-out local delicacies. Overnight in Madurai.(B)
Day 06     Alagar Koil & Thruparamkundran visit. Departure from Madurai or Trichy or overnight in Chennai.
After breakfast we visit Lord Sundara Rajar temple (Vishnu) also known as Azhakar Kovil and Pazhamudir Cholai- Subramaniya temple- One of the six abodes of Lord Muruga where he is beleived to have played Hot Fruit or Cool Fruit trick with Avvaiyar, a famous Tamil poet. It is also widely believed that this Muruga temple was originally at Azhakar Kovil but got relocated during the rule of Thirumalai Naiker rule in Madurai. Back in Madurai we go on a excursion to the ancient Subramaniya temple at Thiruparamkundram-A cave temple which is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga.
Afternoon we drop you at Madurai Airport or Madurai railway Stations for your return journey. As the car returns empty to Chennai you have the option of getting dropped at Trichy or Chennai airports or railway stations. It takes eight hours for Madurai to Chennai. Hence to be safe you can also stay overnight in Chennai and then fly out following day.
Tour Joining Instructions
To take part in this tour you arrive at Chennai airport (MAA) or Chennai Railway Station (MAS) before noon. If you arrive very late you may have to miss out some temples on day 01.
On last day, you depart from Madurai Airport or Trichy Airport or Chennai airport. Madurai-Trichy is 2 1/2 Hrs and Madurai Chennai is 07-08 Hrs drive. Make sure your return flight from Chennai is after 2000 Hrs.
For passengers arriving from International destinations like Srilanka, Malaysia, Singapore you can try carriers like Air Asia, Srilankan airlines who fly to Chennai, Trichy, Madurai. Incase you arrive or depart from airports different than the itinerary we will have to re-do the program based on your arrival/departure details. Check with us
Though there are no special dress code in Tamilnadu temples it is very important that you are dressed appropritaley while visiting holy places. Avoid shorts, skirts and similar type of exposing dresses.
Normal temple timings in Tamilnadu is from 0430 Hrs to 1130 Hrs and from 1600 Hrs till 2030 Hrs. This timings and the crowds at temple may change depending on visiting day and month. Hence we may have to start early from your hotel to follow the above program and reach back to the starting point in time. Generally be prepared for the early morning drive outs or late evening return. The road condition in tamilnadu is generaly good and highways are lovely.
Trip Ideas from our Trip Makers
The program if booked in advance can can make use of train services especailly between Madurai and Chennai which will make it less tiring Please check with us for details.
If you have time you can add-on two nights at Kodaikanal Ex. Madurai, the most pristine Hill Station in South India or Thekkady the forest area in neighbouring Kerala. If you add Kodaikanal or Thekkady you will have to depart Madurai or Trichy only as Kodai Chennai drive will be long & tiring