Arattupuzha Pooram Thrissur
The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms south of
Thrissur town, and celebrates its annual pooram festival in
Arattupuzha Pooram is the oldest and the most spectacular of the
pooram festivals of Kerala. It is believed that on this day a
hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighbouring villages
visited Sree Ayyappan, the presiding deity of the Arattupuzha
Temple. Evey today, 61 elephants feature in the pooram procession
on the sixth day of the seven day festival. Panchavadyam,
nadaswaram, pacharimelam and pandimelam add to the festive tempo.
The arattu (holy bath of the idol of the diety) ritual is
performed with great pomp and gaiety in the arattupuzha river on
the following day.
The final pooram is conducted with sixty one caparisoned elephants
bearing bright coloured umbrellas and parasols, presenting an
unparalleled spectacle. The temple ensemble lends a majestic tenor
to the extravaganza.The elephant carries the images of the dieties
of 41 neighbouring temples to this village. Arattupuzha temple is
open 05:00 - 09:30 am & 05:00 - 07:00 pm
This festival celebrated at the famous
Arattupuzha temple in Trichur district of Kerala, is one of
the oldest festivals of Kerala. Sixty caparisoned elephants
bearing muthukkudas( silken parasols) and venchamarams (white
tufts ) make for a hilarious sight. In addition one can also
enjoy traditional art forms and scintillating fire works. The
festival falls in March/April.
01: Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Around midnight arrival at the Chennai airport. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by our representative and drive to Mahabalipuram and transferred into the
resort. Mamallapuram is a historical retreat set amidst natural beauty, about 58 km south of
Chennai. Mahabalipuram is also known as Mamallapuram, the city of Bali. This ancient city is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. This ancient place was the major seaport of the Pallava dynasty and was the second capital of the Pallava kings of
Kanchipuram. Mamallapuram is globally known for the famous
Day 02: Mahabalipuram
Today in the morning after breakfast we take a short trip to the shore temples. The Shore temple is located on a rocky hill very close to the sea. This is one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. After visiting the shore temples we visit the
Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is known for its silk sarees all over India and world. After having a small visit to Kanchipuram we return back to the resort. Evening at leisure to spent the day at the beach.
03: Mahabalipuram - Trichy
Today after an early morning breakfast we leave Mahabalipuram and drive to
Trichy. Upon arrival at Trichy check into your hotel and relax. Trichy is the fourth largest city in Tamil
Nadu. Once the citadel of the Cholas, this strategic city, was much too benevolent, under the rule of the Nayaks of
Madurai. In the evening we visit the famous Srirangam Temple and the famous Rock Fort Ganesha Temple.
04: Trichy - Karikudi
Today morning we proceed towards Karikudi. On arrival you will be transferred to the Bangala home stay. This home stay belongs to the local Chettiar family and is a quaint assortment of buildings, built over the last 75 years, that has been recently renovated and restored as a Heritage Hotel for visitors to Chettinad. Today we explore Karaikudi with its fabulous mansions, and its many temples and also visit various antique shops and the Village market.
Day 05: Karikudi - Madurai
Today we will drive to
Madurai. Madurai, the city of Nectar is located on the banks of the river Vaigai in the south of Tamil
Nadu. It is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also considered as an important cultural and commercial centre of Tamil
Nadu. Madurai is known for the famous Meenakshi temple dedicated to the goddess
Meenakshi. Today, this splendid temple is also known for its imposing gopurams that soar over the city. This temple, which is the centre of social and religious activity, attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. In the evening we will visit the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bedchamber of goddess Parvati with some religious prayers and music.
06: Madurai - Palakkadu
Today we drive towards Palakkadu. Nearly all the agricultural land you will pass on the way here from Palakkad belonged to the Kandath family. Their impressive ancestral home was built on part of the estate in 1794 using mud and teak. In the evening we have a walk through the winding roads through an unspoilt countryside and paddy fields together with a visit to the local village temple to watch the evening rituals and
pooja. Overnight stay at the house.