South India Textile Tour - 16 Nights and 17 Days
Day 1: Arrival Chennai and Drive to Mahabalipuram
Upon landing, our representative heartily welcomes you and assists you to transfer at your pre-booked hotel in Mahabalipuram. After checking into the hotel enjoy your leisurely refreshments and relax. Subsequent to reviving yourself, take a visit to Shore Temple, Crocodaile Park, Arjunar Penance, Kovalam Beach, Muttukadu Boat House, and Five Rathas.
Overnight at Hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Day 2: Drive to Kanchipuram
After morning Breakfast, go for block printing workshop at Dakshina Chitra cultural village. Also visit Textile Museum at Dakshinachitra. Thereafter, check-out from the hotel and drive to the brilliant city of Kanchipuram. The very term Kanchipuram Silk is an amazing cluster of hues frequently shot with threads of gold. Ladies from all over India head out here to look for marriage sarees. The Konrad Sari remains the traditional sign of Kanchipuram textiles and owes a lot of its restoration to Kalakshetra. After reaching, check into the hotel and take a visit to a few silk weaving production factories. It is the waters this city that give the crude silk yarn its rich glossy sheen.
Overnight at Hotel in Kanchipuram.
Day 3: Arani (Kanchipuram excursion)
In the morning after luxurious Breakfast, head out for a day trip to Arani. Visit handloom silk weaving upon reaching. Mudaliars and Pattu noolkarar are the families who are into handloom silk weaving. Silk sarees are created by an uncommon method called “Korvai” weaving well known for temple designing.
Later, drive back to lodging and Relax. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kanchipuram.
Day 4: Drive to Salem
After morning sumptuous Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and start for Salem. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival and take your leisurely refreshment. After a while, you will be taken at weaving centres Gugai and Amma Pettai. Salem’s conventional industry is handloom. Post Lunch, take a visit to Surumanglam known for woolen druggets which are sent out to U.S.A., Canada and Newzealand.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Salem.
Day 5: Rasipuram (Selam excursion)
After morning wholesome Breakfast at the hotel, head out for a day excursion to Rasipuram. Rasipuram is famous for silk sarees and silk dhotis (white). The silk threads or silk strings used here are 2 plies and thus lightweight silk sarees are woven here. Advancements are, kundan work, multi-thread embroidery, dual colours and sequins fused in the designs.
Later in the evening drive back to hotel at Selam for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Drive to Trichy
After Breakfast at the hotel, check-out and leave for Trichy. Check into the hotel upon reaching and take some rest. After a while, head out to visit cotton weaving centres at Woraiyur. Cotton sarees and silk material for the Hindus and ‘Gulbadan’, silk fabric for the Muslims are woven by the weavers having a place with the Devanga, Padmasali, Chettiars, Kaikolars, Vadugar, and Saurashtra families.
Overnight at Hotel in Trichy.
Day 7: Drive to Kumbakonam
In the morning after heavenly Breakfast, check-out from the inn and start for Kumbakonam. Check into the hotel upon arrival. In the Afternoon visit Thirubhuvanam popular for its one-sided border silk sarees in striking hues, for the most part utilizing motifs of blooms, parrots, peacock-eye, rudraksha beads and many other.
Overnight at Hotel in Kumbakonam.
Day 8: Swamimalai and Nachiarkoil (Kumbakonam excursion)
After morning sumptuous Breakfast, head out for a day excursion to Swamimalai & Nachiarkoil. On reaching, see Bronze idols made by the traditional sculptor families at Swamimalai. Thereafter, drive to visit the nearby cottage Industries. Also take a visit to making of brass lamps at Nachiakoil.
Later in the evening drive back to hotel for dinner and night stay.
Day 9: Drive to Karaikudi
In the morning after sumptuous breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Karaikudi. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. After refreshments, drive to visit cotton weaving centre famous for the bright-coloured sarees with checked design pattern on the body and at times in the borders as well. Also visit Athangudi village and see the famous handmade tiles.
Overnight at Hotel in Karaikudi.
Day 10: Karaikudi
Today, after Breakfast, head out to attend the workshop on basket weaving of palmyra leave at Keelaya Patti village. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Karaikudi.
Day 11: Madurai
In the morning after Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and start for Madurai. Check into the hotel upon reaching and Relax. Here you will visit Meenakshi Temple, Adhisyam, Vaigai Dam and Mariamman Teppakulam. Subsequent to touring, take a visit to Shree Meenakshi Textile Limited. Also visit otton weaving centre where block printing, wax printing and screen printing are done on cotton sarees.
Night is allowed to shopping. Madurai is celebrated for cotton Sungidi Sarees ( Hand Loom) , Brass works, Tanjore Paintings, Handicrafts and other antique collectibles.
Overnight at Hotel in Madurai.
Day 12: Drive to Coimbatore
After morning Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Coimbatore. Check into the hotel, enjoy your leisurely refreshments and Relax. After a while, take a visit to House of Lakshmi Mills Group which comprises of Textile Mills, Engineering works, Producing Spindles and Textile machinery, a manufacturing plant for card Clothing and a rayon Factory.
Evening is free to visit Local Textile Market. Overnight stay at Hotel in Coimbatore.
Day 13: Erode and Bhavani (Coimbatore Excursion)
In the morning after Breakfast at the hotel, leave for a day outing to Erode and Bhavani. Here at Erode, you will see weaving of blankets and bed linen. Whereas in Bhavani, weaving process of handmade durries called Jamakkalams is done.
After the visit, drive back to hotel and Relax. Overnight at Hotel in Coimbatore.
Day 14: Drive to Ooty
After morning wholesome Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Ooty. Check into your pre booked hotel upon arrival. After refreshing yourself, take a visit to Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake and The Dodabetta Peak.
Thereafter, go for Ooty Textile tour. In Ooty, women weave a traditional shawls in white/off-white and embroider beautiful designs in red and black colour on the body, border and ends of the shawl called ‘puthukuli’.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Ooty.
Day 15: Drive to Kozhikode
After morning scrumptious Breakfast, check-out from the hotel and leave for Kozhikode/Calicut. Check-in at the hotel upon reaching and Relax. After a while, when you feel refreshed, head out to visit Dolphin’s Point, Science Planetarium, Pazhassirajah Museum, and Kappad.
Overnight at Hotel in Kozhikode
Day 16: Kozhikode
After morning Breakfast, head out to attend a full day workshop on weaving, Dying & printing the fabric at TASAARA centre for creative weaving.
Evening is free for long walks along shoreline.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Kozhikode.
Day 17: Departure
Today, you will be transferred at Kozhikide Airport/Railway Station to catch your flight/train back to home.
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