Falls on the first day of the month of Thai on the Tamil calendar. It corresponds with Makar Sankranti, the winter harvest festival celebrated throughout India, which marks the start of the sun’s six month journey north (the Uttarayanam period) and warmer weather. This occasion honors the sun god, Surya, for providing enough warmth and energy for a prosperous harvest. Festivities feature the preparation of the Pongal dish, which is offered to the sun and shared with loved ones. It’s made, facing the rising sun to the east, by boiling the first rice of the season with milk and sugar. The highlight is when the dish spills over during cooking, signifying abundance.
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Highlights of the program
- Visit multiple UNESCO Heritage sights
- All sightseeing with English Speaking Guide
- Witness Pongal in village of Tamil Nade
- Visit Pondicherry, once a French Colony
- Explore towns like, Kumbakonam, Trichy, Mahabalipuram, Thanjavur & Cochin
- Visit Spice Plantation
- Kathakali Dance show
Arrival in Chennai, meet tour manager in Chennai hotel.
Short Chennai sightseeing starts at 1400 hrs.
Transfer to Mahabalipuram
Sightseeing of Mahabalipuram
Transfer to Pondicherry
Sightseeing of Pondicherry
Transfer to Thanjavur.
En-route visit Kumbakonam.
Sightseeing of Thanjavur
Transfer to Madurai
En-route visit Trichy
Visit nearby village to witness Pongal Celebration.
Transfer to Thekkady
Transfer to Cochin.
Kathakali Dance show.
END OF TOUR.