Thai Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamils in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Indian Union Territory of Puducherryand in Sri Lanka. Pongal coincides with the festival Makara Sankranthi celebrated throughout India. Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over" or "spill over". The boiling over of milk in the clay pot symbolizes material abundance for the household. Thai Pongal, celebrated at harvest time, is traditionally intended to thank the Sun God and farmstead livestock that helped create the material abundance. Pongal is traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya. Tamils thank the solar deity for the good harvest and consecrate the first grain to him on this 'Surya Mangalyam'. Tamils draw kolams/rangolis on the door step, consume sugar cane, prepare sweetened rice, milk and jaggery in new earthen pots and dedicate it to Sun God. The family elders present gifts to the young.
It is the biggest harvest festival, spread over four days. 'Bhogi' is celebrated on January 13, 'Pongal' on January 14, 'Mattu Pongal' on January 15, and 'Thiruvalluvar Day' on January 16. Thiruvalluvar has done a great contribution to Tamil literature with 'Thirukkural'. There are 1,330 verses in this work and they talk about all aspects of life.
All the four days of Pongal have there own individual significance. On the first day, delicious preparations are made and homes are washed and decorated. Doorways are painted with vermilion and sandalwood paste with colourful garlands of leaves and flowers decorating the outside of almost every home. On this day 'Bhogi' or the Rain God is worshipped. The first day, "Bhogi Pongal", is a day for the family. "Surya Pongal", the second day, is dedicated to the worship of Surya, the Sun God. The third day of Pongal, "Mattu Pongal", is for the worship of the cattle.
Every year Pongal is celebrated from 13th to 17th January. The main festivities occur on January 13.
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Day 1: Chennai
Arrival at Chennai International airport, assistance on arrival by our company representative & transfer to hotel
Day 2: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
In the morning a short sightseeing of Chennai city then a drive to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram. Visiting some temples in Kanchipuram then continue the drive to Mahabalipuram. Arrival at Mahabalipuram, check In at pre booked. overnight at Hotel
Day 3: Mahabalipuram
After breakfast the full day would be sightseeing of Mahabalipuram, which includes, big Monolithic temple – Five Rathas, Shore temple & Arjuna’s Penance after the city tour gets over you would have an opportunity to spend some time on the beach. Overnight at Hotel
Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Tanjore
Morning drive to Tanjore, visit famous Sri Rangma Temple which is another cultural hub of Tamil Nadu. During the visit you would come to see a lot of people in a festive mood, in & around of temple premise, after the visit another visit would be to Brihadeshwar temple in Tanjore. Night at Tanjore hotel
Day 5: Tanjore – Trichy
After Breakfast drive to Trichy, en route visit Chidambaram temple & Kumbakonam temple. Chidambaram temple is one of the cultural hub of Tamil Nadu & people in large numbers come there during the festival time. This is a good chance to see people of Tamil Nadu in their festive humor. After the visit, the drive would continue to Trichy . Check in pre booked hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 6: Trichy - Madurai
After Breakfast drive to Madurai en route visit Chettinad village, famous for the ancient Chettinad mansions. You would prefer to have lunch at an authentic Chettinad House. Arrival at Madurai & check in at hotel. You can also have a visit to the local house in Madurai to see Pongal Celebration. Night at Madurai.
Day 7: Madurai
Morning sightseeing of Madurai city including the Meenakshi temple, Thirumalai nayak palace & other interesting places. Night at Madurai
Day 8: Madurai / Chennai departure
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Chennai. Arrival at Chennai your onward flight would be connected.
Cost of the PackagePackage cost based on 5 Star hotel:
|Couple Cost||INR 113500 for 2 Adults|
|Supplement cost for third Traveler||INR 28900 for extra adult|
|Car||AC Toyota Innova|
|Mahabalipuram||Mamalla Beach Resort|
|Couple Cost||INR 96400 for 2 Adults|
|Supplement cost for third Traveler||INR 24200 for extra Adult|
|Car||AC Toyota Innova|
|Couple Cost||INR 60900 for 2 Adults|
|Supplement cost for third Traveler||INR 19500 for extra Adult|
|Car||AC Tata Indigo|
Assistance at Airport
AC accommodation at pre booked hotel
Daily breakfast at hotel
English Speaking Driver for entire tour.
All transfer & sightseeing by AC Car.
One Lunch at Chettinad House.
24 hours assistance during tour by tour manager.
Meals, Laundry & Liquor