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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 

Other Inclusions

  • Guide charges
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  • Bottled water
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  • Refreshments


  • Photography is restricted in certain portions of the village. Spots permitting photography charge camera ticket fee. Please remember to take prior permission before taking pictures of artists or sites.
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  • Since the trail involves mostly walking, please do inform in case of health conditions/ issues.
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  • This trail is best suited for anyone above 12 years.
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  • Dress comfortably and conservatively, as the trail takes you through religious sanctums and it is best to keep your shoulders and legs covered.

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