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South India Tour – Namakkal – Srirangam – Thanjavur – Kumbakonam

We did a roadtrip from Mumbai – Trichy – Chennai recently in the month of November 2016. We did in an Alto K10. This blog will cover the trip from Namakkal, Srirangam, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam. This was my wife’s first trip to proper South India.

Namakkal

Namakkal is famous for its Narasimha (Half Lion & Half Human Avatar) temple and Anjaneyar Temple (Hanuman). Narasimha temple is carved out of a mountain and located below. Anjaneyar temple is open roof. These temples are hardly crowded so it is very peaceful.

Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 1/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 2/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 3/4 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, India 4/4 by Prahlad Raj

After Namakkal, our next destination was Srirangam. We crossed a town called Thottiyam which is famous for Bananas.

Photos of 1/2 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of 2/2 by Prahlad Raj

Srirangam

The must do list in Srirangam below:

1. Srirangam Temple – Amazing prasad you get in the temple. You can have your dinner here. Tamarind Rice, Curd Rice, Sweet Pongal, Dosai & Vadai. Ideal time to visit: 7PM. See pics below.

Photos of Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 1/2 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple, Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 2/2 by Prahlad Raj

2. Venkatesa Bhavan – Located just on the way to the main entrance of the temple. Timings: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Try to reach here early. Dishes to try: Sambhar Vada, Idly, Rava Dosai, Coffee & Sweet

3. Cauvery River – If there is water, go to Amma Mandapam or Mukkombu (Tourist view point – 20kms from Srirangam)

4. Thiruvanaikaval – Shiv Lingam soaked in water (2kms from Srirangam temple)

5. Gunaseelam – Balaji temple in Salem road – 20 kms from Srirangam.

Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Gunaseelam Prasanna Venkatachalapathy Kovil, Gunaseelam, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Kallanai, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

We then proceeded towards Thiruvaiyaru – samadhi of Saint Thyagaraja by the river Cauvery. Famous for Asoka Halwa (Urad dal halwa) soaked in Ghee (Clarified butter).

Photos of 1/1 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Thiruvaiyaru, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

Thanjavur Brihadeeshwar Temple – Visit for the architectural beauty

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Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Thanjavur Big Temple Fort, Balaganapathy Nagar, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj

Kumbakonam

Must do things here:

1. Degree Coffee @ Sri Venkatramana

Photos of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

2. Banana Leaf lunch @ Sri Venkatramana

Photos of 1/1 by Prahlad Raj

Some other things on the way which we experienced:

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Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 1/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 2/3 by Prahlad Raj
Photos of Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India 3/3 by Prahlad Raj

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