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Arupadai Veedu Tour

Arupadai Veedu Tour (4 Nights / 5 Days)

Tour starts from : ex - Chennai
Destinations covered : Palani, Swamimalai, Tiruchendur
Theme : Pilgrimage Tours, South India Tours
Arupadai Veedu Tour in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu hosts six holy abodes of Lord Murugan, t... more

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  • Visit Swamimalai Murugan Temple
  • Visit Palani Dhandayutapani Temple
  • Visit Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple
  • Visit Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

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Arupadai Veedu Tour

Arupadai Veedu Tour in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu hosts six holy abodes of Lord Murugan, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who is also known by names like Kartikeya, Kumara Swamy, Skanda and Subramaniya.

The journey to six temples (collectively known as Aarupadai Veedu Tour) that are located on hillocks as Murugan according to Tamil Literature is the God of the mountainous regions.

Flocks of pilgrims throng these highly revered pilgrimage places that are also the stunning architectural masterpieces. Whether you plan a religious tour or a photography tour to Arupadai Veedu, you would treasure its memories forever in life.

Plan your Arupadai Veedu tour with Waytoindia.com and stay in the best of resorts and hotels while you visit these holy abodes of Lord Murugan.

Itinerary Details

Day by Day itineraryDay 1: Chennai – Thiruthani – Chennai (87 km. one side)

Arupadai Veedu tour begins with your arrival at Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu.

We pick you from the airport/railway station and escort you to Thiruthani, where one of the 6 holy abodes is located. Thiruthani (or Tiruttani) Murugan Temple is located on a hillock and is accessible by climbing 365 steps (representing days of a year) or via a motorable road. It was here that Lord Kartikeya rested and attained peace after war with the demon king Surapadman and married one of his two consorts named Valli.

Several other legends state that the divine place was visited by Lord Rama and Arjuna, one of the 5 Pandavas. Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma too worshipped Subramaniya here.

On arrival, pray at the temple and admire its excellent construction and art. Drive back to Chennai where you would stay overnight.

Day 2: Chennai – Swamimalai (308 km.)

Start an early morning drive to Swamimalai. The town has Swamimalai Murugan Temple located over a hillock and accessible via 60 steps (each named after a Tamil year).

It was here that Kartikeya imprisoned Lord Brahma who could not explain the meaning of the Pranav Mantra ‘Om’. When Lord Shiva (Kartikeya’s father) tried to convince him and asked him the meaning of the mantra, he explained it like a guru (teacher). Lord Shiva was impressed and praised him as Swaminatha Swami (Teacher of Shiva).

This is the reason that Murugan’s shrine is atop the hill while Shiva’s shrine is at the foot.

On arrival, pray at the temple and admire the mesmerizing gopurams (gateway towers) and precincts. Overnight stay at the nearby town of Kumbakonam.

Day 3: Swamimalai – Palani (252 km.) – Madurai (118 km.)

Leave Kumbakonam to visit the third Murugan temple at Palani. Located over a hill is the Palani Dhandayutapani Temple where Lord Murugan is worshipped as the one carrying dhanda (staff) yuta (weapon) in pani (hands).

It was here that Kartikeya resided as a hermit and meditated after he was tricked by his brother Lord Ganesha to win a divine fruit of wisdom.

On arrival, pray at the temple and explore the magnetic pillar sculptures, Tamil inscriptions and brilliant architecture. Later, drive to Madurai where you will stay overnight.

Day 4: Tirupparankunram and Pazhamudircholai

Today, you will visit the two of the six Murugan temples. First, visit Tirupparankunram Murugan Temple (about 8 km. from Madurai), known for its inimitably beautiful architecture. It was here that Murugan married his second consort named Deivayanai, the daughter of God Indra.

On arrival, pray at the temple and then you would love to discover the hypnotic rock-cut architecture and other impressive arts at every inch of the temple.

Later, drive to Pazhamudircholai (about 24 km. from Madurai) where the 5th Murugan Temple is located on a hill amidst dense jungles and fruit orchards. It was here that Murugan tested his ardent follower Avvaiyar.

On arrival, pray at the temple and explore its architecture. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 5: Madurai – Thiruchendur – Madurai

Drive from Madurai to Thiruchendur early morning.

Located on the sandal mountain remains near the coast, Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is the place lord Murugan fought with and defeated the demon king Surapadman and also worshipped Lord Shiva.

On arrival, pray at the temple and explore various construction features and the coast. Later, begin the drive back to Madurai. Reach back Madurai airport on time in evening.

The tour ends as we drop you at Madurai Airport for your onward flight to Chennai.

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    Room Sharing Basis
    • 2 Persons – 1 Double Room
    • 3 Persons – 1 Double Room with extra bed
    • 4 Persons – 2 Double Room
    • 5 Persons – 2 Double Room with extra bed
    • 6 Persons – 3 Double Room
    • 7 Persons – 3 Double Room with extra bed
    • 8 Persons – 4 Double Room
    • 9 Persons – 4 Double Room with extra bed
    • 10 Persons – 5 Double Room
    • 11 Persons – 5 Double Room with extra bed
    • 12 Persons – 6 Double Room
    Special Terms Related to Vehicle
    • Transportation as per itinerary only (not available at disposal).
    • For upto 3 persons, AC Indica Car or similar vehicle shall be provided. In case you wish to upgrade to Innova car it can be done by paying extra cost.
    • For 4-6 persons AC Innova car or similar vehicle shall be provided.
    • For 4 persons in case they wish to take AC indica, extra charge per person shall be less in the per person price.
    • For 7-12 persons AC Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle shall be provided.

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    Travel Tips For Arupadai Veedu Tour


    Travel Tips for your Arupadai Veedu Tour

    Weather at Chennai: With a temperature, which is mostly hot and humid, Chennai has a tropical climate. April-June is the hot summer months with a temperature variation between 38-42o C. With the arrival of the Northwest monsoon winds, the monsoon season begins. The rain comes as a huge relief. However, the winter months are the most pleasant and comfortable in Chennai. The ideal time for exploring on your Arupadai Veedu tour is November to February.

    Things To Remember On Your Arupadai Veedu Tour

    • Carry skirts and three-quarters, which are below knee-length. Carry a scarf or stole to wrap around the neck while visiting the temple. Men should preferably wear, cargoes, or trousers while visiting the temple no shorts, lungis, or Bermuda allowed.
    • Do not smoke in public areas in Chennai, police may arrest you for smoking in public.
    • Use the bus or metro and avoid the auto rides. The auto drivers tend to rob off the visitors by charging exorbitant amounts.
    • Do not litter the Chennai beaches during your Arupadai Veedu tour, as they are extremely particular and diligent about keeping their beaches clean.

    Interesting Facts about Arupadai- Veeru

    • Thirupparankundram Murugan Temple-According to mythology, this temple is auspicious for conducting weddings as in this temple the divine marriage of Lord Murugan and Goddess Deivanai took place.
    • Thiruchendur Murugan Temple – On your Arupadai Veedu tour, you will notice this is the only temple, which has its entrance to the west and unlike other temples built by Kings; this one was essentially built by three saints.
    • Palani Dhandayutapani Temple- The idol of this temple is made out of Nava Pashanam, which is nine poisonous elements which when mixed in a certain ratio, becomes medicinal.
    • Thiruthani Murugan Temple- The sacred pond, Thiruthani Saravanapoikai, at the foot of the hill, has curative power. The water is greatly enriched with sulphur, iron and other minerals. The holy enriched water treats both mental and physical illness.
    • Swamimalai Temple- The temple has a beautiful golden chariot made up of seven kilos of gold, besides metals like copper and 85 kilos of silver. The chariot is beautifully illuminated with electric bulbs. On paying up Rs. 1001, devotees can take the deity out in a procession in the golden chariot around the outer corridor. The devotees are then given a box of prasadam, shawl, and a silver pot.
    • Pazhamudircholai Temple- Along with Lord Muruga two of his divine consorts - Goddesses Deivayanai and Valli are also worshipped as well. Most devotees come to this temple to seek blessing for academic excellence, child prayers, and marriage.