Jain circuit in Madurai

Jain circuit in Madurai (5 Days & 4 Nights)

Pay homage to the ancient Jain caves in Madurai dating back to 2200 years old The oldest religious practice exiting from the 2nd century BC. One of the ancient cities of the world, Madurai has also been the place where Jainism got flourished during the 3rd and 4th Centuries. The remnants of the Jain culture and their life styles can be seen even today in and around the places of Madurai. The abodes of Jain monks are the rock hills and the caves where they used to meditate and preach the principles to the followers. Some of the main Jain caves found in and around Madurai are Mangulam, Anaimalai, Arittapatti, Alagarmalai, Keelavalavu, Thiruvathavur, Varichiyur, Karungalakkudi, Thirupparankundram, Muthupatti, Kongarpuliangulam, Mettupatti, and Vikramangalam. These are the caves situated at a radius of 30 kms enriched with the authentic evidences for Jainism practises and settlements. Here we can find the sculptures for Mahavir Tirthankara and Brahmi is the text format and Vallezhuthu – the early text forms in 02nd BC to 04th AD.

Madurai > Keelakuilkudi > Tenparakundram > Keelavalavu> Arittapettai > Mangulam> Varichiyur > Madurai

Arrival in Madurai

Day 1 : Arrival in Madurai - On arrival at Madurai International Airport you’ll be met and assisted by our Indian Panorama Tour executive followed by a transfer to hotel. Check into your hotel. Relax and acclimatize yourselves. Evening- Make a visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple, the icon of Tamilnadu Temples and a Torch Bearer of Tamilnadu Tourism. Overnight stay at Madurai.

Day 2 : Madurai – Keelakuilkudi - Tenparakundram - Madurai - Morning - Post breakfast drive to Keelakuilkudi, 12 kms from Madurai city. Visit the Samanar Hill. The monastery atop the hill where you find the statues for Mahavir, the last monk of the Jainism and Bahubali also called as Gommateswara. History says there was a training school was run here for the monks. Afternoon- Post lunch drive to Tenparakundram, 11 kms from Madurai city to its South-West. The Jain cave at Tenparakundram dates back to first century B.C. this shows the earliest practise of Jainism from Tamil Brahmi inscription and also the abode of Digamber Jaina monks since 1 century BC. Also visit the Anaimalai Cave Temple at Tiruparakundram before leaving to Madurai. Evening- Drive back to hotel and relax.

Madurai - Keelavalavu - Arittapettai

Day 3 : Madurai - Keelavalavu - Arittapettai - Morning - Post breakfast drive to Keelavalavu, a village in Melur Taluk. There is a granite mountain called Panchapandavar Malai, on the Melur – Thirupattur road. Here we can see the Jain beds, sculptures of Mahavir and Bahubali also known as Gomatheeswarar since 9th – 10th Century AD. Afternoon- Post lunch, drive back to Madurai, on the way make a visit to Arittapettai. The hill is also called Thirupinayanmalai, having the Jain monks’ sculpture since 1st Century BC. Later drive back to Madurai Hotel. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 4 : Madurai - Mangulam - Varichiyur - Morning- Post breakfast drive to Mangulam. Magaulam is home to ancient Jain caves where the monks used to meditate. The ruins of two Chaitya Grihas or Jain Prayer halls have been excavated here. It is said to be 2200 years old belonging to Tamil Sangam age. You could see lot of Jaina Beds cut out of the rocks where the monks used to rest. Afternoon- Post lunch drive to Varichiyur. Visit the Varichiyur Cave Temple. Evening- Drive back to hotel and relax.

Day 5 : Madurai - Morning- Post breakfast, as per your departure schedule you will be transferred to the Madurai International Airport to board your flight back home. You will be met by an Indian Panorama Tour executive at the airport to ensure your smooth departure. Places to Visit