LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:
INDIA REALLY HAS IT ALL, from the hot sultry deserts of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal
and the majestic Himalayas in the north, to the idyllic palm fringed beaches and
ancient temples of the south, plus a multitude of wildlife parks! The way to best
enjoy India is to absorb it - the warmth of the people, the beauty, the smells,
the food, and the wonderful hospitality!
Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state
of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine
flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river
of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’.
Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is
most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike
flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is
named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous
structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard
contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.
Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the
14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe
inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls
and tourist shops.
Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even
ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel
like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people. If you’re after an overwhelming
experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!
KERALA has been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery,
wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking backwaters.
It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient system using essential oils
and vigorous massage to aid medical complaints or just for pampering - a one hour
massage is an unforgettably relaxing experience.
Kerala also has one of the best wildlife parks in the country; Periyar. A huge array
of activities are on offer, jungle trekking and jeep safari’s which take you off
the beaten track in the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more
likely to see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also take
an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch martial arts
– it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from Madurai!
Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.