On arrival at Madurai, our representative meet, assist you and check in at the hotel. Later proceed on a sightseeing Tour of Madurai. Visit the Thirupparankundram Temple, Alagar Koil, Meenakshiamman Temple, Pazhamudir Cholai and Gandhi museum and Theppakulam. Enjoy the light and sound show at Thirumanalaik hall. Overnight stay in Madurai.
Madurai - Rameshwaram
After early breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Rameshwaram, on arrival check into hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Rameshwaram – visit Agnitheertham, Ramjharokatemple, Ramanathaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi and Adam's bridge. Overnight stay in Rameshwaram.
Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari
After early breakfast check out from Hotel and drive to Kanyakumari, on arrival check into Hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Kanyakumari – visit Vivekananda Rock, Suchithram Temple, Devi Kanyakumari Temple, Gandhi Memorial and Triveni Sangam. Evening watch the most beautiful Sunset of Kanyakumari. Overnight stay in Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari - Kovalam
After breakfast, drive to your beach resort at Kovalam the international beach destination of Kerala with shallow water for swimming and other water sports activities. After lunch enjoy the beach till the sun set in the Arabian Sea. Overnight stay in Kovalam.
Today after breakfast you will have a half day city tour to visit the iconic spots Old Travancore Kingdom's capital Trivandrum includes, Padmanabhapuram Temple, Napier Museum, Sri Chithira Art Gallery, Zoo, and adjacent Palace etc. after back to your resort and enjoy the beach. Overnight stay in Kovalam.
After breakfast transfer to Kovalam Airport/ Railway Station as per the itinerary. Tour ends.
A few centuries later saw the developments of the Vijayanagar kings at Srirangam, close to Tiruchirapalli, and Madurai, 150 km (93 miles) to the south. Temples now had to support an increasing number of social functions. For marriages, for example, the 1,000-pillared mandapams (pavilions) were added. The gopurams were made taller and water tanks were also introduced.
Although each temple town has a distinct character, they share common elements. Processions of the god or goddess are accompanied by the loud temple ensemble of nagasvaram (a long oboe with a piercing tone) and tavil (barrel drum, played with a stick in the left hand and fingers clad in plaster "thimbles" on the right). The music from the procession is considered very auspicious. The overpowering fragrance of incense and jasmine and marigold garlands, the sight of hundreds of slippers piled up outside temple gopurams and the thousands of pilgrims pressing forward for a better view of an idol being paraded on a palanquin are common to all temples during festivals. Visitors should note that many Tamil temples forbid non-Hindus to enter the inner sanctum, although they are usually free to wander around the rest of the complex.
The Ramalingesvara temple on Ramesvaram Island, 150 km (93 miles) southeast from Madurai, severed from the mainland by a cyclone in the 15th century, is one of the holiest spots in India. This is believed to be the place where Rama stopped to worship Siva after his conquest of Lanka. Walk away from blaring, devotional songs playing on loudspeakers and catch a bus as far as it will go to the extreme tip of the island for a holy bath at Danushkodi. Walk back to the bus stop, 3 km (1% miles) across a perfect circle of sand dunes. A pilgrimage to Varanasi is said to be complete only after bathing at Danushkodi, once a thriving port linking India to Sri Lanka, and only 20 km (12 miles) away across the Gulf of Mannar, until it was devastated by a cyclone in 1964.
At the southernmost tip of India is Kanniyakumarl, another pilgrimage town, this time to the goddess Kumari. The Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea all meet here, and in April it is possible to see the full moon and sun on the same horizon.
Thiruvananthapuram district 16 km (10 miles) S of Thiruvananthapuram.
Until the 1960s, kovalam was just a sleepy fishing village with narrow lanes and thatched dwelling with wide courtyard for drying fish. However, once its spectacular beach and shallow, crystal-clear water were discovered, its become a favorite with hippies and backpackers and over the year acquired the reputation of being a shabby, downmarket resort. Today, however, it also attracts the rich and famous, who come here in private planes. As a result, the beaches are dotted with both luxury and budget resort, as well as cafes and several government-approved Ayurveda centres that offer anything from a simple massage to three-week treatments. Hawkers, too, have set up stalls selling handcrafts and inexpensive beachwear. Despite the onslaughts of mass. Tourism, Kovalam retains an inherent charm that make it one of India's finest and most popular beach resorts.
Kovalam's sheltered natural bay is ringed by two rocky headlands. Its four beaches – Samudra Beach, Ashok Beach, Eve's Beach and Lighthouse Beach – all within short walking distance of each other – provide visitors with their fill of sun, sea and sand. While the beaches to the south of the promontory are most crowded, the once to the north offer ample secluded space for sun-bathing, safe swimming in the placid blue waters, catamaran trips, and water sports.