Faith Travel Review

Trip to Kumbakonam, the temple town

Paradise Resort

Last few days I was on a year-end vacation with my family to Kumbakonam. Why Kumbakonam? No specific reason other than we got a good recommendation about a resort there which was affordable for a group of 10 adults and kids. About 45 days back I booked 5 rooms with Paradise Resort, the property is on the Tanjore main road on the outskirts of Kumbakonam (Google Map). From Chennai, you take NH45 (GST) branch off to left after Vikravandi (much before Villupuram) towards Kumbakonam. In that road (NH45C) stay on the Kumbakonam by-pass and take a right towards Tanjore, you will find the resort. From Chennai, t is about 275-290 kilometres and takes about 5 to 5:30 hours, due to recent rains the road after Vikravandi was not good. The resort is also few kilometres before Swamimalai. The resort had very comfortable and clean Rooms & Bathrooms, nice atmosphere, good swimming pool (where we enjoyed a family swim) and decent food. The food and service need to be improved, other than that we enjoyed the stay.

Swimming Pool @Paradise Resort, Kumbakonam - Dec 2010

Swimming Pool @Paradise Resort, Kumbakonam – Dec 2010

Guest rooms @Paradise Resort, Kumbakonam - Dec 2010

Guest rooms @Paradise Resort, Kumbakonam – Dec 2010

பசுமை தாயகம் பாணியில் நான் - தி.ந.ச.வெங்கட ரங்கன்

பசுமை தாயகம் பாணியில் நான் – தி.ந.ச.வெங்கட ரங்கன்

Temple visits

Since it was the month of Margazhi (sacred in Vaishnavism) and it was Kumbakonam (where for every few steps you have a historic Hindu Temple), the vacation became a mini-pilgrimage. Each day we went to 2 or 3 temples, I was trying to ensure we don’t overdo it and had time to enjoy a good rest in the vacation.

  1. The first day it was Thirunallar (Lord Shani)
  2. The second day it was the famous Uppiliappan koil and Kann Kodutha Vanitham (near Koradacheri), in the evening it was Alwar procession in Sarangapani Koil
  3. The third day it was Ramaswamy Koil (which had the entire Ramayanam story painted on its wall), Chakrapani Koil (Lord Sudharshanar)
  4. Last day on our return we went to Srirangam, Trichy before returning to Chennai
Sri Dharbaranyeswara Swamy Koil aka Sri Saneeswara Baghavan Sthalam, Thirunallaru

Sri Dharbaranyeswara Swamy Koil aka Sri Saneeswara Baghavan Sthalam, Thirunallaru

ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்பாரண்யேஸ்வர சுவாமி கோயில் மற்றும் ஸ்ரீ சனீஸ்வர பகவான் ஸ்தலம், திருநள்ளாறு

ஸ்ரீ தர்ப்பாரண்யேஸ்வர சுவாமி கோயில் மற்றும் ஸ்ரீ சனீஸ்வர பகவான் ஸ்தலம், திருநள்ளாறு

Uppiliappan Temple aka Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple

Oppiliyappan Koil aka Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple

Kankodutha Vanidham - Dec 2010

Kankodutha Vanidham – Dec 2010

Nandhi bhagawan at Kankodutha vanidham

Nandhi Bhagawan at Kankodutha vanidham

Kankodutha vanidham

Kankodutha vanidham

Temple pond at Kankodutha Vanidham - Dec 2010

Temple pond at Kankodutha Vanidham – Dec 2010

Chakkrapani Koil Kumbakonam

Chakrapani Koil Kumbakonam

Chakkrapani Koil Kumbakonam

Chakrapani Koil Kumbakonam

Portions of Ramayanam Paintings in Ramaswamy Koil

Portions of Ramayanam Paintings in Ramaswamy Koil

Portions of Ramayanam Paintings in Ramaswamy Koil

Portions of Ramayanam Paintings in Ramaswamy Koil

I wanted to capture more of the historic works inside the temples, but in most places, they don’t permit photographs even on the outskirts for no reason.

Wish you all a very happy new year 2011


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