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.
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.
- The first day it was Thirunallar (Lord Shani)
- 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
- The third day it was Ramaswamy Koil (which had the entire Ramayanam story painted on its wall), Chakrapani Koil (Lord Sudharshanar)
- Last day on our return we went to Srirangam, Trichy before returning to Chennai
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