Enchanting Tamilnadu

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10th Mar 2015
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Tamilnadu - This was our family trip 10th March, 2015 to 22nd March, 2015

It was 11 Nights and 12 days trip of Tamilnadu and visiting to all Main Temples with Mom and Father.

It was my first trip of South India and know about our South Indian Culture and Tradition.

After that we have visited Padmanabhapuram Palace - is located in at Padmanabhapuram Fort, in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari. Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu kingdom of Travancore. It is about 20km from Nagercoil and about 50km from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which form a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby.

Day 1

On first day of our trip, we did city tour and sight which has included local attractions. We have seen Government Museum, Marina Beach, Varaha Cave, Shriramakrishnananda Hall and Golden Beach.

Government Museum, Chennai

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Government Museum, Chennai

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Government Museum, Chennai

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Government Museum, Chennai

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Shriramakrishnananda Hall

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Government Museum, Chennai

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Varaha Cave, Chennai

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Varaha Cave, Chennai

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Varaha Cave, Chennai

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Varaha Cave ,Chennai

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Varaha Cave, Chennai

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Information of Varaha Cave, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai

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Marina Beach, Chennai

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Tight Security at Marina Beach, Chennai

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Golden Beach is now take caring by a Resort.

VGP is good for :

1.Good option to spend a whole day with family

2. Cheaper when compared to other theme parks.

3. You have options to choose which package you need. Basic package is good if you want just to spend a whole day there.

4. Few kids rides are there.

5. Most of the rides are free for basic package too.

6. There are lot of eat outs here and there.

7. Some rides are really funny and some are seriously thrilling.

8. Located on ECR and well connected through bus.

9. Open till 8 PM.

10. Beach is good and not polluted.

As we have taken the local Bus for city tour and they have limited time to see all places we couldn't see the Mahabalipuram Sea Shore temple but we have enjoyed a lot and experience great day.

Golden Beach, Chennai

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Entrance of Golden Beach

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Golden Beach

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Golden Beach, Chennai

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Tirupati Balaji Temple view on Seshachalam Hills Range, Tirumala

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Tirupati Balaji Temple view on Seshachalam Hills Range, Tirumala

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Day 2

On day two, we have board a bus to going Tirupati Balaji Temple, we have departed in early morning at 5:00 am, a guide was there in our bus. We have enjoyed this 4 hours journey in bus, there was lot of energy in all people and we had a great group.

After reaching at entry gate towards of main temple the security check post is there where we have put all our gadgets and stuffs.

There are so many halls in temple premises where people have to wait for their turn. We have awaited three hours for " Darshan" and that was a very precious moment for us.

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is a landmark of Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chitoor District of Andhra Prasad, The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.

The Tirumala Hills are part of Seshachalam Hills range. The hills are 853 metres (2,799 ft) above sea level. The Hills comprises Seven Peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri.

Day 3

On Third Day, we have visited a temple - Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple which is located in Sri Rangam, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu. India . Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, this temple is glorified in the Thiviya Pirabandham, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Alvar saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD and is counted among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. We had a very precious experience in this temple.

Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Chennai

Photo of Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Inside from Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Chennai

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Inside from Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Chennai

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Inside from Shri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Chennai

Photo of Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya
Day 4

This day was our relaxation day in hotel and we checked out next day evening we have checked out our hotel after relaxation.

Day 5

We have left Chennai and going to Kanyakunmari.

Kanyakumari Railway Station

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Day 6

We have arrived at our Hotel - The Gopiniwas Grand on sixth day. This hotel is located near the beach. We have reached in morning. After had breakfast, we have enjoyed Sunrise at "Sunrise View Point", it was a great feeling that we had this cherishable moment forever, after that we have done sight seeing.

Hotel The Gopiniwas Grand, Kanyakumai

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Hotel The Gopiniwas Grand, Kanyakumai

Photo of The Gopinivas Grand, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

We have visited the Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue. That was very useful place where we have got some history of these two place. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters east off mainland of Vavathurai, India's southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock.

View of Swami Vivekanand Memorial Rock and Thiruvalluvar Statue

Photo of Vivekanand Rock Memorial to Thiruvalvar Statue Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Swami Vivekanand Memorial Rock, Kanyakumari

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Swami Vivekanand Memorial Rock, Kanyakumari

Photo of Vivekanand Rock Memorial to Thiruvalvar Statue Memorial, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

We have also been Thiruvalluvar Statue, it is located with Vivekanand Rock Memorial - 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural.

Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari

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Thiruvalluvar Statue, Kanyakumari

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Padmanabhapuram Mahal, Kanyakumari

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Padmanabhapuram Mahal, Kanyakumari

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Padmanabhapuram Mahal, Kanyakumari

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After that we have visited Padmanabhapuram Palace - is located in at Padmanabhapuram Fort, in Padmanabhapuram, Kanyakumari. Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu kingdom of Travancore. It is about 20km from Nagercoil and about 50km from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The palace is complex inside with an old granite fortress around four kilometers long. The palace is located at the foot of the Veli Hills, which form a part of the Western Ghats. The river Valli flows nearby.

After a day we have back to our hotel and get relaxed. Next day we have been Tiruparappu Waterfalls, it is famous for its waterfalls and is located in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India. Tirparappu Falls is located 42 km (26 mi) from Nagercoil. Tirparappu waterfalls is 300 ft (91 m) feet long and consists of a rocky riverbed. The water falls from a height of nearly 50 ft (15 m). The waterfall has flows with great force for around seven months in the whole year.

Tiruparappu Waterfalls, Kanyakumari

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Tiruparappu Waterfalls, Kanyakumari

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Tiruparappu Waterfalls, Kanyakumari

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Thanumalayan Temple, Kanyakumari

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Thanumalayan Temple, Kanyakumari

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Thanumalayan Temple, Kanyakumari

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Day 7

After visited Water Falls, we have been at Thanumalayan Temple which is also called as Sthanumalayan Temple, it is located in Suchindram District. The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism.

After temple visit, we have had our lunch in nearby restaurant. As usual, the Paper Masala Dosas are really tasty and delicious, we had it and enjoyed a lot. After taking our lunch we have been Mathur Aqueduct.

Mathur Aqueduct OR Mathur Hanging Through

Photo of Thanumalayan Temple, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Mathur Aqueduct OR Mathur Hanging Through

Photo of Thanumalayan Temple, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Mathur Aqueduct OR Mathur Hanging Through

Photo of Thanumalayan Temple, Suchindram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Mathur Aqueduct OR Mathur Hanging Through - is an Aqueduct in Southern India, in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu state. Built over the Pahrali River (also called Parazhiyar), it takes its name from Mathur, a hamlet near the Aqueduct, which is at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Thiruvattar town and about 60 km from Kanyakumari, the southernmost town of India. It is one of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia[citation needed] and is also a popular tourist spot in Kanyakumari District. The nearest railway station is Kullithurai Railway Station which is about 15 kilometres and the nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport which is about 70 kilometres. We had Pineapple pieces a lot here and enjoyed this bridge, we have taken so many pictures, My Mother so scared for me that i should be careful to taking photos because my mother so scare from the height of this bridge. We also had a small family with us on this Kanyakumari Trip, this is a Couple who has a little Baby Boy and he is so cute and naughty, i have played a lot with him. This was really great family.

Sunset Point, Kanyakumari

Photo of Mathur aqueduct(Mathur Hanging Trough), Mathur Hanging Trough, Aruvikkarai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Sunset Point, Kanyakumari

Photo of Mathur aqueduct(Mathur Hanging Trough), Mathur Hanging Trough, Aruvikkarai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

At the end of the day we have been Sunset View Point and The Hidden Twin Beach.

On next day we have checked out our hotel and boarded our Train for going to Madurai.

Hotel Temple Tower, Rameswaram

Photo of Sunset View Point, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

View from Pamban Bridge

Photo of Sunset View Point, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

View from Pamban Bridge

Photo of Sunset View Point, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

On this day we have arrived on Madurai Railway Station and we have boarded the train for Rameswaram. In this small journey we had enjoyed the view of Sea from Pamban Bridge from the train window, it was a great moment for me because it was first time that i have seen this view. The Pamban Bridge opened on 24 February 1914, it was India's first sea bridge. The railway bridge is 6,776 ft (2,065 m) long. It was opened on 24 February 1914, construction having begun in 1911. However, plans for a bridge had been suggested from as early as 1870 as the British Administration sought ways to increase trade with Ceylon. The bridge has a still-functioning double-leaf bascule section that can be raised to let ships pass. The adjacent road bridge was opened in 1988.

Outside of Rameswaram Temple

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Rameswaram Temple

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Rameswaram Temple

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Day 8

After reaching to Hotel Temple Tower - Rameswaram, we have been Ramanathaswamy Temple, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples.It is one of the 274 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where the three of the most revered Nayanars (Saivite saints), Appar, Sundarar and Tirugnana Sambandar, have glorified the temple with their songs. According to the Ramayana, Rama, the seventh avatar of the god Vishnu, prayed to the god Shiva to absolve sin of killing a brahmin, committed during his war against the demon king Ravana in Sri Lanka. The primary deity of the temple is Ramanathaswamy (Shiva) in the form of lingam. There are two lingams inside the sanctum - one built by Sita, from sand, residing as the main deity, Ramalingam and the one brought by Hanuman from Kailash called Vishwalingam.[4][5] Rama instructed that Vishwalingam should be worshipped first since it was brought by Hanuman - the tradition continues even today.

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Dhanushkodi, Pamban Island, Rameswaram

Photo of Ramanathaswamy Temple Gopuram, East Car Street, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya
Day 9

On next day we have been Dhanushkodi - Pamban Island, we have enjoyed it a lot, the best thing was that we have taken a small bus which almost run upon the sea and i continuously holding the hand of my Dad and i was scared a little bit. We have also seen the destroyed remnants of Railway Station and village which has completely destroyed in Tsunami- 2004

Next day, My Mom and Dad has been the nearby beach and i was in the hotel room because i was so tired on that day. Next day we have spent our whole time to Ramanathaswamy temple as we have so tired on this .

The most popular temple - Meenakshi Temple, it is a beautiful temple which has a great architecture. This temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Photo of Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya
Day 10

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, it is a 17th-century palace erected in 1636 AD by King Thirumalai Nayak, a king of Madurai's Nayaka dynasty who ruled Madurai from 1623–59, in the city of Madurai, India. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Rajput styles. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace, in which the king lived.

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Photo of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Photo of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Photo of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Photo of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Photo of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Mahal Area, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Gandhi Memorial Museum, established in 1959, is a memorial museum for Gandhi located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. Known as Gandhi Museum, it is now one of the five Gandhi Sanghralayas (Gandhi Museums) in the country. It includes a part of the blood-stained garment worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai

Photo of Gandhi Memorial Museum, Tallakulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya
Day 11

Koodal Azhagar Temple it is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Koodal Azhagar and his consort Lakshmi as Maragathavalli.

Koodal Azhagar Temple

Photo of Koodal Alagar Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Dushyant Acharya

Alagar koyil is a village in Madurai district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The history and living of the village is centered around Kallazhagar Temple.

Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple and one of the Six Abodes of Murugan, located at Tirupparankunram.

Day 12

On this day, we have tired a lot and spent whole day in hotel's room and we have checked out on next early in the morning.

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