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Pongal 2020 – Harvest Festival - 11 Days

Pongal 2020 – Harvest Festival

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
Day 1
09th January, 2020 - Arrival Chennai

Arrival in Chennai, meet tour manager in Chennai hotel.

Short Chennai sightseeing starts at 1400 hrs.

Day 2
10th January, 2020 - Chennai to Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

Transfer to Mahabalipuram

Sightseeing of Mahabalipuram

Transfer to Pondicherry

Day 3
11th January, 2020 - Pondicherry

Sightseeing of Pondicherry

Day 4
12th January, 2020 - Pondicherry to Thanjavur via Kumbakonam

Transfer to Thanjavur.

En-route visit Kumbakonam.

Day 5
13th January, 2020 - Thanjavur

Sightseeing of Thanjavur

Day 6
14th January, 2020 - Thanjavur to Madurai, en-route Trichy

Transfer to Madurai

En-route visit Trichy

Day 7
15th January, 2020 - Pongal & Madurai

Visit nearby village to witness Pongal Celebration.

Madurai sightseeing.

Day 8
16th January, 2020 - Madurai to Thekkady

Transfer to Thekkady

Day 9
17th January, 2020 - Thekkady to Kochi(Cochin)

Thekkady sightseeing.

Transfer to Cochin.

Day 10
18th January, 2020 - Cochin

Cochin sightseeing.

Kathakali Dance show.

Day 11
19th January, 2020 - Departure


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