Aarupadaiveedu Circuit - Six Abodes of Lord Murugan(4 Nights)

Coimbatore, Palani, Tiruchendur, Kumbakonam, Chennai

for Senior Citizens, Pilgrim Traveller

Holiday Overview

Pazhamudircholai - Photo Courtesy S Sriram MT
Raja Gopuram of Tiruchendur Temple - Photo Courtesy Aravind Sivaraj
Tiruchendur Temple
Tiruchendur Temple Entrance
Palani Temple Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 14 April 2008)

Aarupadaiveedu Circuit - Six Abodes of Lord Murugan is an itinerary to visit 6 Abodes of Lord Murugan popular known as Arupaiveedu Temples.


Palani(1) - Tiruchendur(1) - Kumbakonam(1) - Chennai(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Coimbatore - Palani
  • Day-2 Palani - Madurai - Tiruchendur
  • Day-3 Tiruchendur - Kumbakonam
  • Day-4 Kumbakonam - Thiruthani - Chennai
  • Day-5 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Chennai - Lord Murugan Temple Thiruthani (84.00 kms)

Kumbakonam - Swamimalai Murugan Temple (8.00 kms)

Palani - Palani Murugan Temple (2.50 kms)

Tiruchendur - Thiruchendur Murugan Temple (0.50 kms), Pazhamudircholai (180.00 kms), Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple (180.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Coimbatore Departure - Chennai
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

There are four more significant Lord Murugan temples enroute which can be done if one has two nights extra.

  • Coimbatore to Palani -108 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Palani to Tiruchendur -300 kms (7 hrs)
  • Tiruchendur to Kumbakonam -410 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kumbakonam to Chennai -280 kms (6 hrs)

Coimbatore - Palani(1) - Tiruchendur(1) - Kumbakonam(1) - Chennai(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Coimbatore - Palani Arrival at Coimbatore. Travel to Palani (100 kms - 2.5 hours). Palani is a renonwed pilgrim centre for Lord Murugan devotees. Visit Lord Murugan Temple, one of the six Aarupaiveedu Temples.

Day-2 Palani - Madurai - Tiruchendur Travel to Madurai (120 kms - 2.5 hours). Visit two Arupadaiveedu temples here which are in 10 km radius of Madurai i.e. Pazhamudircholai (10 km north of Madurai), Thiruparamkunram (10 km south of Madurai). Proceed to Tiruchendur (180 kms - 4.5 hours).

Day-3 Tiruchendur - Kumbakonam Early morning visit Thiruchendur Lord Murugan Temple. Travel to Kumbakonam (400 kms - 8 hours).

Day-4 Kumbakonam - Thiruthani - Chennai Early morning visit Swamimalai Lord Murugan Temple (8 kms). Travel to Thiruthani (290 kms - 6 hrs). Visit Thiruthani Lord Murugan Temple. Travel back to Chennai (84 kms - 1.5 hrs).

Day-5 Departure Depart for onward Journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Chennai :

  • Lord Murugan Temple Thiruthani - Tiruthani Murugan temple is located at Thiruttani on a hill having 365 steps.It is one of the Arupadaiveedu, the six holy abodes of Lord Murugan.

Kumbakonam :

  • Swamimalai Murugan Temple - Swamimalai Murugan Temple is a Lord Murugan temple in Swamimalai near Kumbakonam on the banks of a tributary of river Cauvery is one of the Arupadaiveedu, one of the six main abodes of Lord Murugan.

Palani :

  • Palani Murugan Temple - The Dhandayudhapani Temple at Palani is a one of the six Arupadai Veedu Lord Murugan Temples. The temple is a major pilgrimage centre and received millions of visitors every year.

Tiruchendur :

  • Thiruchendur Murugan Temple - Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is a Lord Muruga temple and one of the six Arupadaiveedu temples of Lord Muruga. The temple is surrounded by forests and overlooking Indian ocean.

  • Pazhamudircholai - Pazhamudircholai is a Lord Murugan Temple near Madurai atop a hill covered with dense forests and is One of the six important abodes (Arupadaiveedu) of Lord Muruga. Vishnu temple of Azhagar Kovil is also visited alongwith

  • Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple - Tirupparamkunram is renowned for Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple on outskirts of Madurai. This temple is regarded as an Arupadaiveedu, one of the six abodes of the Lord Muruga.

Destination Overview

Coimbatore - Coimbatore is the second largest city in state of Tamil Nadu and a major textile and engineering hub. The plantation areas Coonnor and Valparai and hill station of ooty and kodaikanal are accessible from here.

Palani - Palani or Pazhani is home to one of the most sacred temples of Lord Muruga and is the third Aarupadai Veedu

Tiruchendur - Tiruchendur is located 40 kms south of Tuticorin and visited for the Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is the second of the Arupadai Vedu (six abodes) of Lord Muruga.

Kumbakonam - Kumbakonam is where guests get a feel of a typical Tamilnadu village. It is called the temple town on account of the large number of temples in and around the area including Navagraha temples. The town is also known for its brass vessels units.

Chennai - Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is a metro city of India and the largest in South India. Chennai is starting point for many itineraries of Taminadu and South India.

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  • Coimbatore to Palani -108 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Palani to Tiruchendur -300 kms (7 hrs)
  • Tiruchendur to Kumbakonam -410 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kumbakonam to Chennai -280 kms (6 hrs)

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  • Coimbatore to Palani -108 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Palani to Tiruchendur -300 kms (7 hrs)
  • Tiruchendur to Kumbakonam -410 kms (8 hrs)
  • Kumbakonam to Chennai -280 kms (6 hrs)

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Chennai night at the end is optional if one is able to take late evening train / flight.

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