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    Madurai

    Madurai is Known as Athens of the East. Madurai is a place of great historical and cultural importance. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu and Madurai lies on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the liveliest cities in South India. it was originally known as Kadambavanam or the \"forest of Kadamba\" or the Nauclea kadamba.

    Legends says that Lord Shiva appeared in the dream on the king, Kulasekhara Pandya and the king was amazed to see drops of nectar or madhu falling down of earth from Lord Shiva\'s matted hair. The \"madhu\" was so sweet that the place where it fell came to be known as Madhurapuri, which in course of time became \"Madurai.\"

    Tamil and Greek documents record its existence from the 4th century B.C. Being in the heart of Tamil Nadu, Madurai has fostered an essentially Dravidian and Tamil culture. Famous for its cultural and scholarly pursuits. The city had an academy consisting of critics, poets and savants highly esteemed both by kings and commoners. It was in Madurai that three successful conferences of Tamil scholars called sangams flourished under benevolent royal support.

    Madurai is famous for housing one of the five traditional dance halls where Lord Siva in his form as the Silver Hall or the Velli Ambalam. It is situated within the Meenakshi Temple.

    Meenakshi Koil Madurai was the capital of the dynasty. The Meenakshi-Sundareswarar Shrine is its central glory. The Muslims invaded Madurai in the 14th Century. Later it came under the rule of Thirumalai Nayak, who is remembered as the maker of modern Madurai an eventful one.

    Madurai was known to be the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Today, Madurai is a modern commercial and industrial city with a vast University campus and is renowned for its weaving mills and dyeing industry. The chungadi cotton sarees are the speciality of this city with its colourful tie and dye motifs, handicrafts, brassware, bronze items and the famous wooden toys. Madurai are some of the notable artefacts. Madurai is 450 kms from Chennai.

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    Mararikulam, Kovalam, Trivandrum ..

    4 Night / 5 Days 

    Cochin-Mararikulam-Kovalam-Trivandrum

    Beach Goldies

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    The tour offers endless miles of superb sand beaches flanked with swaying palms, where you can experience the local charm and the traditional Kerala Hospitality at its best.

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  • Hotels

    Bolgatty Palace
    Kochi, the prominent travel destination of Kerala, India, has always been an exotic location in a traveler\'s not-to-be-missed list. The sea, backwaters, monuments, heritage; Kochi has all that would keep a traveler engrossed. With many architectural, cultural and natural splendors, Kochi, which is also the commercial hub of Kerala will never cease to enthrall you. Just off the Kochi Marine Drive is the Bolgatty Island. It is an island of calm right in the midst of the bustling City of Kochi. Located in this fascinating island is the stunning property of KTDC - Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. The other centre of attraction in this property is Kochi International Marina and Bolgatty Event Centre. Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort - a well-preserved legacy Amid this picturesque island of Bolgatty is the beautiful Bolgatty Palace, the exclusive mansion with four palatial rooms, provides the travelers with world class amenities and wonderful holidaying options. Originally built by Dutch traders in 1744 and it is the oldest of its kind that exists outside Holland. The resort combines leisure with business and it is, popularly known as the honeymooners\' paradise. The resort is neatly tucked among giant umbrellas of refreshing green and is sure to give an exotic island experience in Bolgatty. The resort has a main block, a mansion block, which houses the palace rooms and a marina block which faces the marina. The Marina block has marina on the one side and the golf course on the other side. There are six lake view cottages also in the resort. The resort is encircled by a 9 hole golf course established in 1925. Bolgatty Event Centre Overlooking the backwater, Cochin seaport, Vallarpadam container terminal and the Arabian Sea is the Bolgatty Event Centre. The venue, with its greenery and romantic ambience, can be easily accessed from the heart of Kochi city. The venue is ideal for conducting International conferences, Conventions, Exhibitions, Meetings, Wedding receptions and Theme dinners. The centre is regarded as one of the exotic locations in Kochi/Ernakulam Kochi International Marina Located on the eastern coast of Bolgatty Island is the \"Kochi International Marina\" - the first full-fledged marina of international standards in India. The marina provides berthing facility for 34 yachts and also offers services like water, electricity and sewage pump-outs etc. Marina House, built in the traditional Kerala architectural style, serves as a station for vessels to refuel and to replenish their stores.
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  • Attractions

    Nehru Trophy Boat Race

    The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Vallam Kali or Vallamkali literally means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. Other types boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam.

    The race is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year. It is a major tourist attraction.

    Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India visited Kerala in 1952. He was given a roaring reception by the people of alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats. Having gone through the tremendous excitement of sailing in a snake-boat Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are inscribed. 

    To the winner of the boat-race witch is a unique feature of community life in Travancore- Cochin.

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