The legend says that Madurai was originally a forest known as Kadambavanam. One day, passing through the trees, a farmer named Dhananjaya saw Indra (King of the Gods) worshipping a swayambhu (self-created Lingam) under a kadamba tree.This was immediately reported to King Kulasekara Pandya by the farmer, Dhananjaya. The forest was cleared by Kulasekara Pandya and a temple was built around Lingam. With the temple as its centre, a city was soon built.
Lord Shiva is said to have appeared on the day the city was to be called and drops of nectar from his hair fell on the area. Many individuals from Rome and Greece later visited Madurai and developed trade with the kings of Pandya.
Madurai thrived until Cholas, the arch rivals of the Pandyas, conquered it in the 10th century AD.From 920 AD until the beginning of the 13th century, the Cholas controlled Madurai. The Pandyas regained their kingdom in 1223 AD. The Pandian Kings greatly patronised the Tamil language. Many master-pieces were made during their time. The great epic in Tamil, "Silapathikaram," was written on the basis of the storey of Kannagi, who burned Madurai as a result of the injustice inflicted on her husband Kovalanani.
Malik Kafur, Alauddin Khilji's general, then ruler of Delhi, reached Madurai in April 1311 and raided and robbed the town of precious stones, jewels, and other rare treasures. The Pandya kingdom, including Madurai, became a province under the Tughlaks of the Delhi empire in 1323. Madurai was conquered in 1371 by the Vijayanagar dynasty of Hampi, and Madurai became part of the Vijayanagar empire. This dynasty's kings had the habit of leaving the captured land to governors named NayakS, This was done for their empire to be efficiently controlled. The Nayaks paid the Vijayanagar empire a fixed sum annually. The Nayaks became independent and ruled the territories under their jurisdiction after the death of Krishna Deva Raya (King of the Vijayanagar empire) in 1530 AD. Thirumalai Nayak (1623-1659) was very famous among Nayaks, even now he is popular among people, because it was he who contributed to the construction of many magnificent structures in and around Madurai and extended the citation
Interesting facts about Munnar
Located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is a quaint town and an idyllic hill station. Set in the district of Idukki at an altitude of 6000 ft, Munnar used to be the British rulers' summer resort during colonial times. It is renowned for its lush green belt of forests and the endless expanse of tea estates and is also home to some of the animal species at risk, such as Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr.
Because of its pristine valleys, mountains, and exotic varieties of flora and fauna, it is considered to be one of South India's most sought after tourist destinations. Munnar is a lovely place in Kerala and its beauty attracts thousands of tourists to it every year.
It has made it a popular trekking and camping site with its pleasant hills, pristine lakes, and rugged terrain. Some of the local attractions here draw visitors from all over the world, The presence of three rivers that flow through this region is what makes Munnar even more famous, namely, Mattupetti, Periavaru, and Nallathanni.In this area, different viewpoints are split, from where you can have a look at the beautiful valleys, hills, and rivers.
Nestled between the beautiful hills of Munnar, where you can come for a romantic escapade, is a pristine waterfall called Atukkad Waterfall. Photopoint is another amazing destination packed with sparkling streams and peaceful forests in Munnar and is an excellent place to take photographs. The most famous activities that you will have to try during your visit to Munnar are trekking and camping.
The top things to do in Munnar should also be a safari tour of Eravikulam National Park and a Shikara cruise on Kundala lake. Throughout the year, the weather in Munnar remains very good, but people particularly come to this place in the summer to escape from the scorching heat in other parts of the world. Besides this, you can stay in a treehouse or visit the tea plantations for a spiritual experience.
Best Time to visit Munnar
During the monsoon season, Munnar experiences heavy rainfall that could impede your travel plan, as most of the activities during this time of year are minimal. When the weather remains very good, the best time to visit Munnar is between March and September.
Interesting Spots in Munnar
The famous Eravikulam National Park, the home and sanctuary of the Nilgiri Tahr, lies within it. For this wild animal, this holy sanctuary is a relief at a time when numerous animals are vanishing from the face of the earth. Located in the Idukki district of Devikulam Taluk, people also flock to this park to see the rare Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once every 12 years. It is predicted that the next sighting will be in 2030.
Visitors are also attracted by the unique flora and fauna found in the park. Official vehicles take individuals on trips where the biodiversity of a high elevation shola-grassland system can be witnessed. Along with the Nilgiri Langur, leopards and the Indian Bison, one can see rare terrestrial and epiphytic orchids and lovely wild balsams.
POTHUMEDU VIEW POINT : Pothamedu View Point is situated 5 km away from Munnar and is adorned with expansive hills and lush green mountains. The beautiful views of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the region are evident. It is an excellent place to see beautiful sunrises and sunsets. From this point of view, the Idukki Arch Dam, which is approx. 60 km downstream, is visible on a clear day.
ATTUKAD WATER FALLS: Nestled 2 km away from Munnar between gorgeous hills and lush green jungles, this pristine waterfall allows for romantic escapades and picnics. However, the road to Atukkad is very narrow and requires a lot of driving experience.
ECHO POINT : This unique beauty characterises three mountain ranges, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Situated on the banks of a lake, the peace and serenity of this location are enchanting. A quiet walk around the gentle slopes of the hills can be enjoyed here, or go boating in the serene waters of the lake. For birdwatchers, as many native birds can be seen here, Echo Point is a paradise. On the outskirts of the attraction, you can also see a few shops selling local things from the hill station.
At an altitude of 600 ft. and 15 kilometres from Munnar, RIGHT SIDE on the lap of alake and misty hills filled with lush trees, Echo Point is situated. As the name suggests, this location is well known for its enthralling depiction of the echoing phenomenon. Hearing your voice reverberate around the attraction over and over again as you scream is enjoyable.
KUNDALA DAM: On the way to Top Station, about 20km from Munnar, Kundala is a picturesque location. In height, it is 1700 metres above sea level. It is located 20 kilometres away from the Kundala dam, Munnar Munnar. Cherry blossoms occur twice a year in Kundala. In the hills and valleys around Lake Kundala, the famous flowers of Neela Kurunji bloom once every twelve years.
Morning pick up from Madurai .
After Refreshment at Theni.
Then proceed towards Munnar.
Then Proceeding to visit Munnar sightseeing such as Mattupetty and Kundala dams, Varaiyadu, Echo Point, Spice garden, etc.,
Hotel check in.
Overnight stay @ Munnar.
At Early morning refreshing walk in tea plantation garden.
After fresh up and breakfast check out the hotel.
Then proceed to visti Munnar sightseeing such as Pothamedu View Point, Tea Museum, The Blossom International Park.
After that proceeding to Aanai Irankal dam. There you can enjoy Boat riding.
Then proceed towards Madurai.
Finally drop @ Madurai.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*)
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *