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  • 01A Potter’s story, Madurai

    A Potter’s story, Madurai

    On this one-of-a-kind trail to the Potter Village at Vilacheri, you are part of a transformation journey as you watch mud go from the mundane to the sublime. Over 5 hours,  get to walk through an entire village dedicated to making Navratri Kollu dolls and paper mache dolls, have intimate conversations with generations of potters, listen to innumerable mythical stories, and even get your hands soiled in making a toy or two.

    This one day guided tour begins post lunch around 2:30pm. A short drive on an AC coach leads you to a village that takes pride in playing host to many gods. Upon reaching here, discover this fascinating little village create handmade mud dolls that ornate traditional Hindu households during Navratri. Witness their dexterity as they gently pack hundreds of dolls into a fire to bake them and observe their skill as they wield paintbrushes to bring a blush on an earthen cheek.

    If interested, you can get into the shoes of a potter and take on the wheel for some quick lessons on creating your very own fashionable idols. Also get the chance to unwind by the lotus pond, which holds many unsaid stories. The stories connected to this place run the gamut of mythology, fantasy, history, and tradition. By the end of the trail you will have your own rendition, adding yet another facet to one’s notion of Madurai. Arrive back at Madurai by 7pm.

    Duration: This one day tour will take around 5 hours 

  • 02Madurai's Ancient Story Walk

    Madurai's Ancient Story Walk

    Take a short guided walk through Madurai and chance upon her stories which have transcended over time to be relevant even today. For around 2.5 hours, carry this vintage feel all over Madurai as you zigzag obscure lines of stories separating history and myth, of whimsical Gods, and extraordinary mortals.

    You begin your short walk early morning around 7am from the North Tower entrance of the Meenakshi Temple. Over the next two and half hours, this gripping walk will take you on an extraordinary journey of the flourishing market town that’s been in existence since 2nd century BC. Depending upon the group preference, you will be taken to places like Elukadal shopping complex and Marret Street. Invariably you will stumble upon spaces that were once the centre of power for many dynasties such as the famous Nayaks, or a seat of divinity from time immemorial. Curate all these for your very own storybook as you learn about the heart of Madurai, understand background of very many Indian beliefs, and get a sneak peek of way of life around here.

    Duration: Around 2.5 hours

  • 03Cycle Rickshaw Tour, Madurai

    Cycle Rickshaw Tour, Madurai

    Particularly known for its centuries old temples, market places, trade fair, and some brilliant architecture, Madurai is beautiful every inch of the way. Over 2.5 hours, experience a slice of history and heritage and get transported to a bygone civilization.

    The guided tour in a cycle rickshaw begins 10am or 3pm from the famous Meenakshi Temple. You’ll have a short rendezvous with the temple, its architecture, and life at large as it happens around its narrow alleys. Next explore and unravel the city’s other traits such as banana and vegetable markets, bamboo bazaar, dhobi ghat, as well as seat of textile and brass industries to watch locals make metal pots on furnace and spinning yarns. As you end your ride around 5:30pm, you would’ve seen every nook and cranny of this simply gorgeous city.

    Duration: Around 2.5 hours

  • 04Madurai Sightseeing Day Tour

    Madurai Sightseeing Day Tour

    One of the oldest Indian cities, Madurai, has been an ancient metropolis with a vibrant trade history. Visitors have never been alien to this city, which is known to be the soul of Tamil Nadu. For around 10 hours, you’ll experience the popularity of this captivating place through its very many temples, other sanctums, historical monuments and much, much more.

    You’ll begin the guided sightseeing tour at 8am. First stop is Meenakshi Amman Temple, a 2,000 year-old complex that is literally a city within the city. It’s also one of the greatest and largest temples in India. Undoubtedly this would take over two hours of your visit time. Next, drive to Thiruparankundram, one of the six residences of Lord Subramanya that is located in the city centre. After this tour, you’ll visit the secular, Dravidian-Islamic style Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, which is now only a quarter of its original size.

    Post lunch in a restaurant, drive to Gandhi Museum, a 17th century palace with artifacts of Gandhian movement and highlights freedom struggle. The last leg of the tour takes you to Alagar Koil, a Vishnu Temple on a picturesque wooded hill. You’ll be transferred to the drop point around 6:30pm.

    Duration: Around 10 hours

  • 05Madurai Walking Tour

    Madurai Walking Tour

    Take a walk around this magnificent ancient temple town and come close quarters with its essence. Get a feel of Madurai’s glorious past, trade history, famous textile industry that weaves a colourful portrait alongside its popular temple town heritage. This guided experience is presented in 3 - 4 hours and is rated as one of the must-dos on your visit here.

    You’ll report at the East entrance of the Meenakshi Temple (near Hajeemoosa Textiles) around 9am. Get a glimpse of life in a temple town by walking through the narrow alleys around the temple. The track will lead you next to the palace ruins of Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. Though now only a quarter of its original size, you’ll be impressed by its structure.

    Take strides next towards the city’s famous textile hub. Well known for its readymade garments, fabrics, and sarees, you can pick up your souvenirs here. Along the way, converse with tailors and artists who produce some beautiful handicrafts. Witness the century old still thriving brass industry in action. Also get a whiff of the aromatic local spice market, flower, and banana markets, which are integral to the temple town’s source of daily life. You’ll get dropped back around 1pm.

    Duration: Around 3 - 4 hours

  • 06Authentic Food Tour, Madurai

    Authentic Food Tour, Madurai

    Treat yourself to an unforgettable amazement of authentic and regional road-side food in Madurai. Known as a city of temples, the ancient city also has noteworthy food courts, stalls and eateries.

    Your sumptuous tour begins at 5.30 pm where you are taken to the city’s eating places. Along the way sample about fifteen dishes from 8 to 10 eateries. Sink your teeth deep into Kari Dosa - thick dosa topped with egg and crisp-fried mutton, Idiyappam - spring hoppers made from rice flour or ragi, eaten along with coconut milk or tomato chutney and Adirasam - doughnut shaped local sweet made from jaggery, spices and deep fried. Get refreshed with Paruthi Pal - a beverage unique to Madurai made from cotton seeds. Other items on the menu include Sambar Vada and Kothu Parotta. Also, get a true insight into the ambience and culture of the city that reverberates in an old world charm.


  • 07Sightseeing Tour of Madurai

    Sightseeing Tour of Madurai
    • h2 Hours
    • lMadurai
    • NNNNN36 ratings

    See the amazing history come alive during a sightseeing tour of Madurai and see this flourishing market town come alive in all its beauty. This temple town of Tamil Nadu is famous for its temples and stories that are a thing of history to be reckoned with. Wherever you walk, you will be stepping on a figment of history that has remained hitherto unheard of. It has many interesting anecdotes that you can unravel on this tour! Let the rituals, symbolism, monuments, and legends enthrall your mind, body, and heart.

    Transportation Types: On foot or by rickshaws. 

    Timings: The tour can be carried out at two timings i.e.:

    7:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    • 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

  • 08Potter’s Trail in Madurai

    Potter’s Trail in Madurai
    • h4 Hours
    • lMadurai
    • NNNNN33 ratings

    Experience a pottery tour of Madurai on your next day off and spend a day with your friends and family in getting to know the intricate art of pottery! At first glance, it is the archetypal Indian village – sun burned and sleepy. There are dolls here of all sizes and in various stages of making. This village plays host to many Gods, all made of clay. Watch villagers turn creators as their hands fashion mud dolls with dexterity as they gently pack hundreds of dolls into a fire to bake them and wield paint brushes to paint the pots. When you’ve had enough of the mud, soak in the peace and calm by a lotus pool. The stories connected to this place run the gamut of mythology, fantasy, history and tradition, and each one adds a new facet to one’s notion of Madurai. The package is an exclusive tour for 6 people. 

    Tour Timings: 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    Transportation Types: Air conditioned coach at INR 3252 extra. 

    Activities: Pottery tour of Madurai

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