10 Abodes of Lord Murugan(4 Nights)

Coimbatore, Palani, Tiruchendur, Kumbakonam, Chennai

for Senior Citizens, Pilgrim Traveller

Holiday Overview

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

10 Abodes of Lord Murugan is a pilgrim itinerary to visit 10 most significant Abodes of Lord Murugan including 6 Arupaiveedu Temples.


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

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

Kumbakonam - Swamimalai Murugan Temple (8.00 kms)

Palani - Palani Murugan Temple (2.50 kms)

Tiruchendur - Thiruchendur Murugan Temple (0.50 kms)

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

10 Abodes of Lord Murugan itinerary could be done in a less hectic variants by adding a night at Madurai.

  • 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

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Coimbatore - Palani Arrival at Coimbatore. Visit Marudamalai (15 kms) is considered to be the unofficial Aarupadaiveedu of Lord Murugan. Travel to Palani (100 kms - 2.5 hours). Palani is a renonwed pilgrim centre for Lord Murugan devotees.

Day-2 Palani - Madurai - Tiruchendur Early morning visit to Visit Lord Murugan Temple, one of the six Aarupaiveedu Temples. 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). Visit Kunrakudy is a Murugan temple, atop a small hill near Madurai. The temple is one of 10 most significant temples of Lord Murugan. Proceed to Tiruchendur (180 kms - 4.5 hours).

Day-3 Tiruchendur - Kumbakonam Early morning visit Thiruchendur Lord Murugan Temple. Travel to Kumbakonam via Trichy (400 kms - 8 hours). Enroute visit The Vayalur Murugan Temple near Trichy (1200 year old temple) and Swamimalai Lord Murugan Temple (8 kms before Kumbakonam).

Day-4 Kumbakonam - Sikkal - Kanchipuram Travel to Kanchipuram via Sikkal (350 kms - 7 hrs). Visit Sikkal Lord Murugan temple at Sikkal (6 kms from Nagapattinam).

Day-5 Kanchipuram - Thiruthani - Chennai Visit Thiruthani Lord Murugan Temple (43 kms North of Kanchipuram). Travel to Chennai from Thiruthani (84 kms) or to onward destination.

Detailed Sightseeing

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.

Destination Overview

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.

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.

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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)

Expert Speak

10 Abodes of Lord Murugan is a hectic itinerary and guest should be prepared to spend 10-11 hours travelling and having temple Darshan. Last night could be spent in Chennai instead of Kanchipuram if one has early morning train / flight.

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