Make mine Madurai

Make mine Madurai
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First Published: Fri, Jun 04 2010. 11 12 PM IST
Updated: Fri, Jun 04 2010. 11 12 PM IST
Seasons may come and go, fad holiday trends may die, but heritage is never out of date. So Heritage Madurai, fashioned out of the Geoffrey Bawa-designed building that housed the old Madurai Club, is offering to acquaint expat pilgrims and others so inclined with the rich cultural legacy of Tamil Nadu in general and Madurai in particular. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on the planet, Madurai literally centres around the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. No wonder then that Heritage Madurai’s two nights/three days package starts with a visit to the temple. Also on the itinerary: the Thirumalai Nayaka Palace, the Mariamman Teppakulam tank, the Thiruparankundram temple, the Alagar Kovil temple and the Jain Cave temples on the outskirts of Madurai. Expect to get up close with Carnatic music, Bharatanatyam and superb Chettinad food in Chettinad itself. Probably the first package targeting those unwillingly alienated from their roots—and those wanting an insider’s insight—the Cultural Heritage Tour costs Rs19,999 per couple, inclusive of a luxury villa suite, all meals, all local travel and airport transfers. For details, call 0452-2385455 or visit www.heritagemadurai.com
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First Published: Fri, Jun 04 2010. 11 12 PM IST