Saturday, June 16, 2007

Divya Desams around Kumbakonam

Route map courtesy: Balaji Hariharan

11 Divya Desams around Kumbakonam

Saint poets, Azhvaars  were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu. These saint poets composed verses in Tamil and revitalized the religious spirit sparking off a renewal of devotional worship, referred to as the Bhakti movement. The Azhvaars visited temples and sung praises in the name of Vishnu. Such temples have come to be known as Divya Desams. The compilation of the verses (known as Paasurams) is the revered Naalayira Divya Prabandam(4000 in all). There are 108 Divya Desams in all, 40 of these temples are in the Chola region (Trichy-Tanjore-Kumbakonam belt).

You will find that in all these temples, Vishnu is represented in one of three postures – reclining, standing or seated posture. (Detailed version on each of these temples will also feature separately in the blog)

1. Sarangapani(ThiruKudanthai) Temple

One can start off with the Aravamudhan Sarangapani temple in the heart of Kumbakonam town. This temple has the third tallest temple tower (150ft) after Srirangam(236ft) and Srivilliputhur(192 ft) in Tamil Nadu. Also, after Srirangam(11) and Tirupathi(10), this temple has the maximum number of Azhavaars (7 of them here) singing praise of the Lord. Another highlight of the temple is that it is the home to one of the biggest temple chariots in Tamil Nadu. It is at this temple that the Vaishnavite savant Natha Muni got the inspiration to compile the works of the famed 4000 verses of the Azhvaars, after listening to the Tamil hymn 'Aravamudhe' composed by Nammalwar.

One of the mandapams at the Sarangapani temple is believed to have been built in 7th Century AD by the famous Pallava King Mahendra Varma. This temple was later renovated by the famous Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya.

The main sanctum has been conceived like a chariot with wheels drawn by horses and elephants and is truly a splendid sight to watch. A visit to this temple, it is believed, will help get rid of one’s past sins, just as a trip to Kasi in the North, would.

The Chittirai Chariot(April-May) procession of the Sarangapani temple is of great significance.
Contact: Soundararaja Bhattar @ 94863 10896

2. Oppiliappan Temple

About 6 kms from Kumbakonam off the Kaaraikal road near ThiruNageswaram, it is believed that Lord Srinivasa here has similar powers to that of the Lord at Tirupathi and hence those who are unable to go to Tirupathi visit this temple. The Lord here is considered as the brother of Tirupathi Lord Srinivasa. This is the only Divya Desam where prasadams do not contain salt and hence the name ‘Oppiliappan’(Lord without Salt). Legend has it that any one bringing salt within this temple will go to hell. Some of the inscriptions at this temple date back to the period of Rajendra Chola, the great Chola king.

Local town buses ply between Kumbakonam and Oppilappan Temple.
Contact: Kannan Bhattar @ 94865 68159

3.Nachiyar Temple in Thiru Naraiyur

Located about 10kms from Kumbakonam, the Nachiyar temple at Thiru Naraiyur is our next stop. This temple can be reached easily from Oppiliappan temple. Every year in the month of Margazhi, there is a one of its kind procession where Lord Srinivasa is taken out on a stone Garuda mount. The mount is said to grow exponentially in weight as it is carried out of its sanctum. While 4 people are enough to carry him out of his Sannadhi, the mount increases in weight as it comes out of every layer and by the time the Lord is out on to the last layer of the temple, it requires as many as 64 people to carry him. This is an experience not to be missed at this temple. This is a temple of special significance for Lord Garuda and he is said to be very powerful here. At this divya desam, Naachiyaar (Goddess) gets the place of primary importance, unlike most other divya desams, where the main deity is the Lord. Another feature is that the idols of all the 108 divya desams can be seen here.
Contact: Gopi Bhattar @ 94435 97388

4.Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal

The Saranathan temple in Thirucherrai is 5 kms away from Nachiyar Temple and is close to Kudaivasal town. This is the only divya desam where the Lord provides darshan along with five Goddesses(Sridevi, Bhooma Devi, Neela Devi, Maha Lakshmi and SaraNayaki).
Contact: 0435 2468 175

From Thirucherai, one has to take a 45 minute drive back to Kumbakonam town.

5. Nathan Koil Nandipura Vinnagaram

The Nathan temple in Nandhipura Vinnagaram is about 5kms from Kumbakonam near Korukkai/Pateeswaram. Legend has it that Nandi performed penance here to seek atonement for insulting the Dwarapalakas of Vishnu and hence the name Nandipura Vinnagaram. It is also believed that Pallava King Nandivarma built this place and also created the temple here. An interesting feature is that Vishnu, who originally faced the east, turned westward to look at the spectacle of King Sibi saving a bird. An image of Nandi can be seen on one of the walls.

Lack of Attention from Vaanamaalai Mutt
This is under the administration of Vaanamaalai Mutt but despite the terrific commitment of the Bhattar, who does the daily rituals without fail even when there are no devotees, this is quite a neglected temple- something the Vaanamaalai Mutt must pay immediate attention to. Lack of attention from the Mutt has meant that that this temple, unlike Nanguneri Divya Desam, does not attract too many devotees, even on weekends. And add to this, the poorly paid bhattar, and it makes a very sad scene.
Contact: Prabhakara Bhattachar 98430 95904

6. Pulla Boothangkudi- Jataayu Moksham

From Kumbakonam, off Swami Malai, on the Kumbakonam -Thiruvaikaavur road, is Pulla Boothangkudi. This Divya Desam’s legendary tale dates back to the time of Ramayana. The Eagle King, Jatayu, an old friend of King Dasharatha (father of Raama) had fought a valiant battle trying to rescue Sita from Raavana, before the Lankan king cut off its wings. It is believed that parental curse will go away if one visits this place as Raama, who had not performed the last rites for his father, made up by performing his (Jataayu’s) obsequies, thus giving moksham to the Bird. In the Raamayana, this episode is referred to as the death of the 2nd father.

This is the only Divya Desam where Raama is in reclining posture and can be seen with all his ornaments and four hands. Interestingly, Goddess Sita is not seen with the Lord, as this temple relates to the time when Raama is separated from her.

The priest believes that many devotees have got employment after visiting Yoga Narasimhar (a separate sannadhi within the temple), so much so that the devotees have named it the Udyoga Narasimhar. This temple is administered by Ahobila Mutt.

This temple has been beautifully redone and has an air of freshness to it, especially with Gopal Bhattar’s friendly attitude towards devotees and his detailed explanation of the history of the temple.
Contact: Gopal Bhattachar @ 94435 25365

7.Adhanur Ranganatha Perumal

This temple is very close to Pulla Bhoothangkudi. Legend has it that Kamadhenu, the sacred cow(she grants all wishes), had undertaken penance here and hence you would find sculptures of Kamadhenu and her daughter Nandini here. It is believed that Lord Anjaneya stayed here for a few days on his way back from Sri Lanka to Ayodhya.
Contact: Seshadri Bhattachar @ 0435 2000503

8.Kapisthalam – Gajendra Moksham

Located about 10kms from Kumbakonam on the Thiruvayaru road, this is the only Divya Desam where Lord Vishnu provides Darshan to two animals- Crocodile and Elephant. Legend has it that Vishnu, on his Garuda Vaahanam (a vehicle of the Lord), rescued Elephant (King) Gajendra from the clutches of the Crocodile(the Asura) on the banks of the river by hurling his Chakra at the Crocodile. This episode is known as Gajendra Moksham and is enacted every year during the month of Panguni (March-April). This is one of the ‘Pancha Krishna Kshetrams’ (5 Krishna Kshetrams).

Temple in Terrible state
This temple is under the administration of AG Lakshmana Moopanar family and is currently in a terrible state, completely neglected. It is a wonder how the Bhattar is managing the day to day affairs, with meager monthly salary. All the devotees who visit this Divya Desam have wondered as to why the Moopanar family is not doing something to renovate the temple, which has a rich history.
Contact: O.S. Seshadri Bhattachar- 04374 223434

9. Koodalur Jagath Rakshagan

5 kms west of Kapisthalam on the road to Thiruvayaru is Thiru Koodalur. It is believed that (River) Cauvery displayed her grief to Lord Jagathrakshagan here that all the impurities were being washed at the river and that she was feeling that the river here was becoming impure and unclean. With Lord’s grace, Cauvery regained all her glory at this place.
Buses ply at frequent intervals between Kumbakonam and Thiruvaiyaru (narrow road along the banks of Cauvery)

Currently, some renovation activities is taking place.
Contact: Venkatesa Bhattachar- 04374 244279


The next divya desam on this route is Kandiyur, about 3 kms from Tiruvaiyaru on the Thanjavur road. The deity here is called ‘Hara Saabha Vimosana Perumal’ as Lord Shiva got cleansed of Brahmma’s curse (Hara is another name of Shiva). This temple is a ‘Pancha Kamala Kshetram’(Lord Kamalanathan, Goddess Kamalavalli, Kamala Pushkarani, Kamala Vimaanam and Kamala Kshetram). The place is called Kandiyur in memory of Lord Shiva, also known as Kandeeswarar, who got salvation from the Brahmma’s curse.

Thirumangai Azhvaar’s only Paasuram at Kandiyur goes thus “ Pindiaar Mandai Endhi, Pirar Manai…………….” meaning - Vishnu rid the curse on Shiva, who went begging everywhere with Brahmma’s skull as a begging bowl. Other than worshipping the Lord, is there a way to salvation” sings Thirumangai Azhvaar .

Buses ply every 5-10 minutes between Thanjavur and Thiruvayaru
Contact: Sriram Bhattachar- 98653 02750

11. Thanjai Maa Mani Temple

Our final stop on this Divya Desam journey is at three temples within a km of each other on the banks of Vennar River on the outskirts (North) of Thanjavur. These three temples together make this (one) divya desam. Legend has it that Lord Garuda flew over here and still guards this place. Hence it is believed that there are no snake threats here. The temples date back to the period of the Nayaks of Madurai. The three temples are administered by the Thanjavur palace

From Thanjavur, one can take the Rock Fort Express back to Chennai via Trichy.

Narasimhan Bhattar@ 93441 47850

Where to Stay
For stay in this temple town, there are a number of economical, medium and deluxe hotels around the Sarangapani temple. (Siva International, Hotel Green Park, VPR Lodge)

What should you look for

Do not miss the ‘Kumbakonam Degree coffee’ while here
A special sweet at Hotel Venkatramana on Big Street
Kumbakonam is know for Beetal leaves


Malini Venkatesh said...

Hello Prabhu.
Thank you so much for a detailed blog. I have a couple of questions about the temple visit since I plan to take my parents alongwith who are elderly. Are the temples in this region easily accessible? Hoping none are on a hill or have too many steps to be climbed before reaching the main garbha gudi i.e. perumal's sannidhi? Also can all these temples be covered completely in 2 days if I take a taxi?

Thanks in advance, pls. email me at

PRabhu S said...

Yes, they are easily accessible if you take a taxi.

No Hill temples. Not too many steps to climb in any of these temples.

Yes these can be covered easily in two days.

Taxi contact in Kumbakonam: 99945 46416 (Saravanan)

Taxi contact in Thanjavur: 94435 88102 (Senthil)


Kala Subramanyam said...

Hi I plan to visit divya desam in and around kumbakonam and Tanjore. As I am coming by car from chennai is call drivers who r trained available my travel is from 17 for 2 days.

PRabhu S said...

Are you looking for a car driver in Kumbakonam/Thanjavur? or are you looking for a driver in Madras.


Kala Subramanyam said...

At kumbakonam

PRabhu S said...


Please contact Shri. Saravanan, who runs a cab in Kumbakonam, on 99945 46416.

I have spoken to him.

He will organise a driver for you there.


Anu said...

Thanks for an excellent blog that provides a lot of details. Planning to a 2 day trip with 2 10 year olds to Thanjavur and Kumbakonam from Trichy. What would be a suggested temple tour route and itinerary. Would you be able to help ?

PRabhu S said...


Thanks for your kind words.

am assuming you will be taking a car and then coming back to Trichy at the end of the 2nd day. And am assuming you want to do a Divya Desam Trip around Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

7am-8am Thanjai Maa Mani Koil(3temples)

815am-8.45am Kandiyur

915am-945am- Thiru Koodalur ( via Thiruvayaru from Kandiyur)

10am-1030am- Kapisthalam

11am-1130am- Pulla Bhoothangudi

1145am-1215pm- Athanur.

1245pm-4pm - Rest at Kumbakonam
(Let know if you would like a place to stay)


5pm-8pm: Sarangapani/ Ramaswamy/Chakrapani/Aathi Varaha Perumal temple within Kumbakonam


Day 2 Morning

7am-745am - Thiru Kannapuram

815am-9am Thiru Kannamangai

930am-10am- Thiru Cherai

10.15am-11am Nachiyar Koil

11.15am-12noon- Oppiliappan Koil

1230pm - Lunch at Kumbakonam

Return to Trichy....

Do let know if this works..

Let know if you need any other information/ local car/auto/Bhattar Support


ravilocanadas said...

Hello prabhu. I need your help I'm going to kumbakonam on 30th March at morning will be there. So m spent time for only 1day. Pls guide and need to taxi.. I col to that number that given contact mr Sarvanan bt not In the line

ravilocanadas said...

Hello prabhu.
Thank u for the details. We need a help from you. M cm with my family to kumbakonam on 30th morning. I will be there for only one day. So pls guide me. And pls give me a contact of taxi. Bcz you gv the saravanans number we can't get.

PRabhu S said...

that number of Saravanan will work.
request you to try again today.

In the morning, you can visit Oppiliappan, Nachiyar Koil, Thiru Cherai, Thiru Kannamangai Divya Desam from 7am-12noon.

In the evening, you can finish Pulla Bhoothangudi, Athanur, Chakrapani, Ramaswamy and Sarangapani Divya Desam from 4pm-9pm.


Bala r said...

very nicce piece of information.. we r planning for two days program around kumbakonam tepmles.. can u please guide us..

PRabhu S said...

You can contact Saravanan (cab). He will take you around at the appropriate time.

If you have a car of your own, below is the suggested option that you could consider:

1st half: Thiru Koodalur, Thiru Kapisthalam, Pullabhoothangudi and Athanur Divya Desams

2nd half: Sarangapani, Ramaswamy, Chakrapani, Varaha Perumal, Nathan Koil

Day 2 1st half: Thiru Kannapuram, Thiru Kannamangai, Thiru Cherai, Nachiyar Koil and Opppiliappan Koil


Mrs.J.Ganesan said...

hello Prabhu
I and my husband are going to come kumbakonam for four days. During this period, we want to visit divyadesams, swamimalai tanjore, and divyasesams around seerkazhi.Is it possible with in four days? we are senior citizens.Please provide the timetable for four days and give us the details of taxi and accomodation.we will come there on 4 th july.thanking u.

PRabhu S said...

Saravanan - Taxi Kumbakonam: 99945 46416

Senthil - Taxi Thanjavur: 94435 88102

You can contact either of them and they will take you around the divya desams in Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.

Seerkazhi is a little away.

You can reach Seerkazhi say by train from Kumbakonam and you can use a local auto/taxi to cover the divya desams in half a day there.

You can contact Satish Bhattar on 94439 85843 at Thiru Nangur and he will take care of auto/car around Seerkazhi DDs.

You can contact Soundararaja Bhattar at Kumbakonam on 94863 10896 reg accommodation. He will take care of that.

Yes, you can cover all of these in 4days.


Anonymous said...


We are coming in own car from chidambaram to kumbakkonam. After finishing chidambaram temple by 1 pm , we can proceed towards kumbakkonam for 2 nights stay . Can you pleas guide us the order of temples that we can see as we are with old parents and kids . Appreciate your guidance

PRabhu S said...

1st evening:


Varaha Perumal

( All are within a km of each other. Hence you can finish bath/tiffin at Kumbakonam at 4pm after arriving from Chidamabaram and visit these 4temples)

Day 2 morning:


Thiru Kannamangai - 8am-9am
Thiru Cherai - 930am-1015am
Nachiyar Koil-1030am-1130am
Oppilappan- 1145am
(all these four are in one route farthest being Kannamangai. Hence drive there first up in the morning starting at 7am from Kumbakonam)

back in Kumbakonam at 1pm

2nd evening - 4pm-9pm

Start at 4pm...
1. Koodalur(25kms on Thiruvayaru road)- 430pm-5pm
2. Kapisthalam - 515pm-545pm
3. Thiru Mandangudi( Thondaradi podi Azhvaar Avathara Sthalam - 2kms west of Pullam Bhoothangudi)- from Kapisthalam there is a short cut to Mandangudi- 615pm- 645pm
4.Pullam Bhoothangudi - 7pm-730pm


(all these are in the same route)

Back in Kumbakonam by 845pm

Day 3 morning: (i.e if you are staying back 3rd morning - else you can finish Nathan Koil after Oppiliappan by talking to the Bhattar and requesting him to keep the temple open)

7am - Nathan Koil (near Darasuram/Patteswaram)


Anonymous said...

Hi sir
My parents are planning to visit divya desams near thanjavur kumbakonam mayiladuthurai n nagai from chennai...can u pls suggest a plan for
them..also they are planning to stay fr 3 days in kumbakonam..Note : im not considering the temples in sirkazhi for this trip as they may bcum very tiresome..Also need a cab @ nominal rate for these 3 days to take them around ..expecting your reply sir

PRabhu S said...

Day 1 - 1st Half - 7am-12.30pm ( all these in one route)

Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai
Thiru Kannapuram

Day 1 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - with kumbakonam

Varaha Perumal
Nathan Koil

Day 2 - 1st Half - 6am-1pm
(all these in one route) Thanjavur-Thiruvayaru-Kumbakonam route

Thanjai Maa Mani- 3temples
Thiru Mandangudi
Pulla Bhoothangudi

Day 2: 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - around Mayavaram

Thiru Indhalur

Train back from Mayavaram to Madras

2days should do.

3 days could become hectic....But if they want to do these in 3days, we can slow down accordingly.

Saravanan ( Cab owner) knows all these places and will take on the right route and at the right time. He will also charge reasonably.


PRabhu S said...

Day 1 - 1st Half - 7am-12.30pm ( all these in one route)

Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai
Thiru Kannapuram

Day 1 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - with kumbakonam

Varaha Perumal
Nathan Koil

Day 2 - 1st Half - 6am-1pm
(all these in one route) Thanjavur-Thiruvayaru-Kumbakonam route

Thanjai Maa Mani- 3temples
Thiru Mandangudi
Pulla Bhoothangudi

Day 2: 2nd half - 5pm-9pm - around Mayavaram

Thiru Indhalur

Train back from Mayavaram to Madras

2days should do.

3 days could become hectic....But if they want to do these in 3days, we can slow down accordingly.

Saravanan ( Cab owner) knows all these places and will take on the right route and at the right time. He will also charge reasonably.


Anonymous said...

I spoke to Saravanan (cab owner) and Thanks for the reply sir.

Anonymous said...

Hi sir,
We visited all the divya desams around kumbakonam, thanjavur,nagai n thirunangur.
As you suggested we went with saravanan cab owner who was very helpful throughout the trip.. He knows all these places well n also plans very well as per our requirement...He took us to other famous temples on the way to divya desams..Along with 33 divya desams he took us to 20 famous temples (all in just 4 days)... He charges reasonable amount only..
Thank you so much sir for providing the suggestions which greatly helped me to plan for this trip...

PRabhu S said...

Good to hear this, Madam.


Anonymous said...

Hello Mr.Prabhu,

Your blogs on the Divya Desams have been extremely helpful by providing insightful details. Recently we visited Tanjore, Kumbakonam, Thiru Nangur, Mayavarum, Thiru Nagai, Sirkazhi/Chidambaram and covered 33 divya desams (could not have darshan at Thiru kapisthalam) in 4 days. We went with Saravanan for Cab services as suggested by you and encouraging feedback from other devotees.

Though I had made a detailed plan for this trip based on your inputs and also from other sites, I didn't really need to use it. Saravanan assured me on Day 1 that he would cover 34 Divya desam and kept his word. Not only that, we could visit additional 20+ other famous temples during the trip. What we liked about Saravanan was his passion/devotion in giving the details of some of the famous temples, and in a way played the role of guide as well.

We took the help of Sathish (through Madhav Bhattar of Thiruvellankulam Annan Koil) during our trip without whom we wouldn't have covered Thiru Nangur divya desams to a plan. We stayed at Kumbakonam for the entire trip. Perhaps, we could have covered few more temples if we stayed one night at Mayavaram. Indeed, a very satisfactory trip for me and my family.

Thank you for your very useful blogs and help to devotees. Appreciate it


PRabhu S said...

Good to hear.

Thank You Sir for the kind words


Satya said...

Hello - traveling from Thirunagari to Srirangam by car on Friday. Will be reaching Kumbakonam around 11AM. We want to reach Srirangam before 6PM. Please suggest what divya desams can be covered in this short period.

PRabhu S said...

If you are coming to Srirangam for Panguni Uthiram, better take your time and reach there 8pm/9pm.

6pm will be too crowded and you will have to wait near Northern Gopuram, unless you have made special arrangement.


11am to 1pm

Sarangapani, Ramaswamy and Chakrapani
at Kumbakonam.

4pm Kapisthalam Gajendra Varadar

445pm Thiru Koodalur Jagathrakshagan

530pm Koviladi Appakudathan Divya desam
(Thiruvayaru to Kallanai route)


Chandra Aiyangar said...

Sir. I have to visit Thirukarukavur. We will be leaving this Saturday morning from chennai by car and we want to back in chennai by Sunday late night. We would like to visit divyadesams near kumbakonam. Can you suggest suitable i route to cover maximum temples, including thirukarukavur.
Thanks in advance
Chandra Aiyangar

PRabhu S said...

Saturday Evening
4pm-6pm –thirukarugavur
630pm-7pm- Oothukadu Kalinga Narthana Temple
(this is about 15mts by car from Thiru Karugavur)
730pm-830pm Patteeswaram

Sunday morning:

6am: Oppiliappan Temple
7am: Thiru Cherai Saranathan Temple
8am: Nachiyar Koil
930am Nathan Koil ( Nandipura Vinnagaram) – There is a short cut to the temple from Nachiyar Koil

1030am Chakrapani Temple
1115am Ramaswamy Temple
12noon-1230pm Sarangapani Divya Desam

Lunch at 1pm at Green Park ( 1km from Sarangapani Temple)

You can head back to Bangalore at 2pm


Raja Santanam said...

Dear Sir,
Thank you for posting all the details about Divya Desams in and around Kumbakonam and Tanjore. We have plans to visit Kumbakonam. A really useful blog. Please keep up the service.

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.


Raghav said...

Thanks for such a detailed account.
I'm planning a trip to visit the Divya Desams in the Thanjavur/ Kumbakonam belt between 29-31st July (I'll be travelling on the 28th night by train from Chennai to either of Thanjavur or Kumbakonam, whichever you recommend as a better starting point for covering the Divya Desams). On 31st afternoon, I wish to travel to Kalyanapuram and on 1st morning/afternoon travel back to Chennai (preferably by the Cholan express).

Would it be possible for you to suggest an itinerary for the same? I'll be travelling solo (in case it helps you provide a plan accordingly).

Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...


Very good information. Very helpful to all devotees.
I plan to be in kumbakonam in October 2015 for a day between 7.00 am to 7.00 pm to visit the Divya Desams. Arriving from myladuturai at 7.00 am by train.

I will need to take the train to trichy from tanjore by 7.00 pm.

Please suggest the route to be followed. My mother will be with me ( senior citizen).

I can contact sarvanan as per your direction. How much will the cab charge be. Approximate.

Thank you


PRabhu S said...


Oppiliappan - 730am-830am
Thiru Cherai - 9am-930am
Nachiyar Koil - 10am-11am

Nathan Koil (there is a short cut from Nachiyar Koil to Nathan Koil)
- 11.15am-12noon


4pm - 630pm

Aathi Varaha Perumal

( all are within a km of each other)

The cab will be as reasonable as you can get in Kumbakonam.
( refer my name if you so wish, though that is not required. Or you may just say you got his number online)


vadai69 said...

Dear Mr Prabhu

Excellent work you are doing and May God Bless you for this wonderful effort. Scholors say Adiyarku Sevai seivathe mikka unnadha sevai and you are blessed to do this.

With Warm regards
Irumbanur Vadaiyem

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.

Geetha anand said...

We are very much impressed by your details......we planned to visit kumbakonam this weekend.....kindly let us know good accommodation and also a cab with reasonable charges for two days....

Prabhu.S said...

Places to stay:

Andavan Ashram just behind Sarangapani Koil Temple Tank is available next week Monday-Friday. - GOOD ROOMS

ac 800 per day

Non AC 400 per day

Phone: 0435 2401185

It will be good....Lot of traditional people opt for this place...

2. If you are going by train, retiring room at Kumbakonam stations is another option. There are AC/Non AC rooms/ Family room. That is a safe place to stay.

Cab: Contact Saravanan @ 99945 46416. He will charge you a fare rate.
You can refer my name, if you so wish. Not referring is also fine...


Srinivasan Iyengar said...

Dear Shri.Prabhu,
My wife and self would like to visit Divyadesam and Abhimanastalams temples at Kumbakonam,Tanjore,Nagapatinam,Mannargudi during first week of Jan2016.Arriving at Kumbakonam from Chennai on 7 th Ja,leaving Mannargudi on 10 th Jan.Can you suggest the following
1.Good guide to take us to all Divyadesams in a planned manner
2.Taxi at Kumbakonam,the same can be used to go to Tanjore and Mannargudi.
3.Planned to stay at Raya's grand at Kumbakonam.
4.?Schedule of visits
Looking forward your reply on my email Or
Thanking you,

PRabhu S said...

You may talk to Saravanan ( Cab). He will take you around Kumbakonam, Thanjavur, Mannargudi and Nagai. He knows all these temples.

He will charge a fair rate.

Day 1 morning ( Jan 7):

Aathi Varaha Perumal

Day 1 evening - 4pm-9pm

Pulla Bhoothangudi
Thiru Mandankudi ( 1km from Pulla Bhoothangudi) - Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar Avathara Sthalam
Nathan Koil

Day 2 ( Jan 8) 1st half ( 6am-12noon)
Oppiliappan (6am)
Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kanna Mangai

Day 2 2nd half (4pm-9pm)

Thiru Kannangudi
Thiru Nagai
Thiru Kannapuram
Mudikondan Ramar

Day 3 Jan 9 ( 8am-12noon)

Thanjai Maa Mani

2nd Half (4pm-9pm)

Punnai Nallur Ramaar


If you are planning to return on 10th Jan night from Mannargudi, then you may do Therezhendur / Thiru Velliyankudi / Oothukadu on 9th 1st half.

You can then do Kapisthalam......on 9th 2nd half
and do Punnai Nallur, Vaduvur, Mannargudi on 10th 1st half...

Hope this helps


RAGHAVAN said...

my family of 4 sr..citizens wish to cover vaishnava divyadesams in and around Kumbakonam and sirkali,We are starting from Chennai in taxi on 23rd instant 7 am. Mr Prabhu please suggest which place to start from and sequence of travelplaces with timings of visit and place to stay. we have three days at our disposal. kindly mail information, thanks RAGHAVAN

Prabhu.S said...

Day 1;

Singiri Kudi - Narasimhar: 9am-930am (10 kms after Pondy just off the Cuddalore Highway)
10am -11am: It will be 9th day Desikar Avathara Utsavam at Thiruvahindrapuram Divya Desam
(if you are not keen on the above two, then you can reach Sirkazhi by 1030am)

1030am -11am Thadalan Divya Desam
11.30am – 1230pm: Thiruvali and Thiru Nagari
1pm-5pm: Thiru Nangur Temples
(can talk to the Bhattars to see if they can keep it open during this time / you may also talk to them)

Indhalur Divya Desam:6pm
Vaanamutti Perumal, Kozhi Kuthi ( 6kms from Mayavaram) – 7pm-730pm
Therezhendur: 8pm-830pm

Night Stay at Kumbakonam

Day 2: 8am-12noon

Athanur 8am
Pullam Bhoothangudi 830am
Thiru Mandangudi (Thondarapodi Azhvaar Birth Place) – 2kms from the above place – 9am
Kapisthalam- 945am
Koodalur- 1030am
Oothukadu – 1115am
Nathan Koil- 12noon

Day 2 : 4pm-9pm:

Aathi Varaha Perumal

6am : Oppiliappan
730am: Nachiyar Koil
9am : Thiru Cherai
10am : Kodaivasal
11am : Thiru Kannamangai

If you are okay, you can return to Madras from Kannamangai via Kannapuram, Sirupuliyur Divya Desam.

You can stay at Andavan Ashram behind Sarangapani Temple :0435-2401185

or at Iyengar Guest House: 99449 63800
( You will like this. cost: approx: Rs. 1000 per day)


Raggavan said...

Dear Prabhu sir, thanks for the prompt response to my request for the guidance. I talked to the Bhattacharya of Sirkazhi and Annan koil who had suggested to take a guide with us from Annan koil and from what they said we find that 1pm to 5pm no temple will be open. therefore we advanced our time by an hour, starting from Chennai ADYAR at 6 am. Hope with your best wishes we would be cowering all diva desams in and around Kumbakonam and Sirkali, thanks in advance, Raghavan

PRabhu S said...


Very Happy to hear this.

My prayers for your good darshan.


Geetha anand said...

Hello sir.....
We visited kumbakonam in the beginning of this month.....we visited opiliappan,nachiyar koil,thirucherai,kanamangai,kannapuram, athanur,aduthurai,....all
Now want to visit Tanjore.....we want to know the divyadesams in and around Tanjore.....just two days stay only.....
If we puyup in Tanjore will it be OK.....
Please guide us sir......

PRabhu S said...

Yes, you can stay in Thanjavur:

Thanjavur Railway Station has very good retiring rooms or there are a number of hotels within a km of the station:

1. Thanjai Maa Mani Divya Desam ( 3 temples)

2. Kandiyur Divya Desam ( 5kms from above)

3. Kalyanapuram Srinivasa Perumal Temple ( 2kms from above)

4. Punnai Nallur Kothandaramar ( 6kms from Junction)- Saligrama Ramar

5. Vaduvur Ramar - 25kms from Thanjavur

6. Perumpuliyur Sundararaja Perumal Temple ( 4kms from Thiruvayaru)- historical temple ( from Kalyanapuram this is 6kms via Thiruvayaru)

7. Varagur Venkatesa Perumal temple ( 15kms from Kandiyur)


Geetha anand said...

hello sir....
We are planning for two days......The temples which u said can be visinted in one day i hope so...... so please guide us for two days sir........

PRabhu S said...

If you are going up to Varagur and if you are doing it by car, you may also visit Senthalai Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple( - This is just under 15kms from Varagur.


Koviladi Appa Kudathan Divya Desam (12kms from Senthalai) and Anbil Divya Desam ( about 10kms via short cut new bridge)

(Varagur, Senthalai, Koviladi and Anbil are close to each)

the next day:

You may visit Gandharvakottai ( - 30kms towards Pudukottai


Malayadipatti (

-this is 20kms from Gandharvakottai ( if you are using car)

You can cover Gandharvakottai and Malayadipatti in one half of a day

for the 2nd half of day 2, you can visit:

Thittai Perumal temple (


Melattur Perumal temple (

both of these are on the same route

But this will work only if you are going by car.

If you aren't, you can try Thanjavur- Kumbakonam passenger train and get down at Thittai station. Auto from there to the temple will cost Rs. 50.

However, from here to Melattur, buses will be infrequent.


RAGHAVAN said...

Dear Prabhu sir,
with your good wishes and prayers we completed the tour of DD in kumbakonam and Sirkazhi.
The guidance and timings given by you was very useful and precise. Thanks. Now we 4 sr. citizens wish to go to D/D of Malai Desam and Pandiya Desam and Guruvayoor. Kindly guide us with similar guidance as to which place we need to fix as our center and the timings to be followed by us during this tour. We wish to go by train from Chennai and go to Guruvayoor first. We have 4 days at our disposal Also suggest whether Oct.3rd week will be ideal for the trip. Thanks in advance. Raghavan

Prabhu.S said...

Kerala Divya Desams:

From Guruvayoor, you may visit Thiru Naavai and Thiru Vithuvakodu ( near Pattambi) both on the Shoranur- Mangalore rail route

By Car, this will take less than one hour from Guruvayoor.

After finishing Thiru Naavai and Thiru Vithuvakodu, you may take a train from Thiru Naavai or Pattambi or Shoranur to Kochi for the 1st night stay at kochi).

If you start back from thiru Navai at 11am/12noon, you should be able to reach Kochi by 3/4pm.

If you use a cab at Kochi, you can visit the two DDs around Kochi - Thiru Kaatkarai and Thiru Moozhikalam on the 1st evening.

You may stay at Kochi on the first night:

From Kochi, you may take an early morning train to Chengannur Railway Station ( say 4am/5am train)

There, you may use the cab services of Mohan @ 99466 73868 to cover 6 Divya Desams ( Thiru Puliyoor, Thiru Chittaru, Aranmula, Thiruvan Vandur, Thiruvalla and Changanacheri)- a number of late night / early morning trains ply on that route from Kochi.

Since the temples open at 430am/5am, it would be good to reach the first temple by 5am ( Thiru Puliyoor) on the 2nd morning so you will be able to cover these 6 temples by 1030am/11am.

From Chenganacheri, you can take a train / bus to Trivandrum after 12noon/1pm after lunch - you will be able to reach Trivandrum in 3-4 hours
( buses are very fast on that route and there are some nice deluxe buses)

You may visit Thiru Ananthapuram DD on Day 2 evening.

On day 3 morning, you can take a train from Trivandrum to Marthandam. From Marthandam you may take an auto or bus to Thiru Vattaru
(I can organise an auto service there to pick you from Marthandam and to drop you back at Marthandam)

After that you can visit Thiruvan Parisaram near Nagercoil on the 3rd morning before 1130am.

If interested you may visit Suchindram/ Kanyakumari on 3rd evening and you may take the KK express back to Madras.

Or you may visit Thiru Kurungudi and Vanamamalai and return the next day.

PS: I visited all these Divya Desams by bus/ train...

Can organise Cab in any of these places if you so wish.

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viji 1984 said...

Hi Sir, We r reached 14th 2 clock nit stay thirukarukavur bcoz we r planing to 15th mrg pooja at this temple return only nit train , so please tell the plan 108 dd temples and other famous temple near kumbakonam

PRabhu S said...


On your way back from Thiru Karugavur, you may visit:

Oothukadu Kalinga Narathana temple ( Samprokshanam will take place later this month) - 8kms from Karugavur


Avoor Pasupatheeswarar temple ( A Mada Koil built by Ko Chenganan Chozhan) - 2 kms from Oothukadu

If you reach before 12noon, you may also visit Patteeswaram
( 4kms from Avoor)

Nathan Koil Divya Desam - 3kms from Patteeswaram

( You may visit any of these 4 four temples after Thiru Karugavur in the first half of the day. All these four are on the Karugavur - Kumbakonam return route)


2nd Half: 4pm to 9pm

Sarangapani Divya Desam
Ramaswamy Temple
Chakrapani temple
Aathi Varaha Temple

( all these four temples are within a km of each other in the heart of Kumbakonam)

viji 1984 said...

Thank u sir and please tell 14th 2 pm to nit any possible to visit temples

Srihari said...

Hi Prabhu.

I would like to visit all 11 temples in a day can you tell me from which temple to start with. Cab from srirangam so suggest a route which would cover all Divya desam in a day.

Thank you in advance

Prabhu.S said...

630am-8am : Thanjai Maa Mani ( 3 temples0
830am-9am: Thiru Kandiyur
930am-930am: Koodalur
945am-1015am: Kapisthalam

1045am-12.30pm: Thiru Mandangudi, Pullam Bhoothangudi and Thiru Athanur

( Mandangudi is the birth place of Thondaradipodi Azhvaar - nice temple. It is on the way between Kapisthalam and Pullam Bhoothangudi. hence would be good to visit)

There is a short cut from Kapisthalam to Mandangudi/ Pullambhoothangudi.

Do call these Bhattars in advance on that morning to let know you are
on the way.


4pm: Thiru Cherai Saranathan
445pm: Nachiyar Koil
545pm: Oppiliappan
645pm: Nathan Koil

730pm-9pm : Sarangapani ( and Ramaswamy/Chakrapani)

Hope this helps


Anonymous said...

Dear Prabhu,

Thank you for your very informative blog. We contacted Saravanan to show us all the divyadesams in chola nadu. The testimonials were true; he was knowledgeable, had a lot of experience in these temple tours and especially in divyadesam tours, speaks Hindi/Tamil, and charged reasonably. I would definitely recommend Saravanan.


devaraj said...

Dear Prabhu,
It's really great to see your service over here.. Perumal anugraham paripoornamaga kittatum!!!

I am going to travel from Kanchipuram on this Friday 25th march morning by our own car.. Could you please guide us on making our plan.. Sorry to bother you.. Also let me know self drive works out or better to keep a local driver or guide? If I start Friday morning I guess I could reach in 5 to 6 hours by afternoon.. I could stay till Sunday morning.. I want to visit including thirunangur divya desam, thiruchitra koodam, kapisthalam, kumbakonam temples..

Many thanks

PRabhu S said...

A Fly over is being constructed at the railway gate at Panruti. Hence there is a long diversion a few kms ahea d of Panruti on the Vikravandi – Kumbakonam Highway. Given this and also the fact that you are likely to reach Kumbakonam only after 12noon ( which means you will not be able to visit any temple till 4pm), here is a suggested plan:

Friday morning:7am-10am

Kanchi- Chengalpet- Tindivanam- Pondy-Cuddalore- Chidambaram : approx 180kms
( the road is good through this entire stretch. Even at a steady speed you should be able to reach in 3hours. Cuddalore – Chidambaram : You can take the new ECR by-pass without going to Bhuvanagiri. This has reduced the distance by well over 15kms and is a beautiful stretch to drive)

Chidambaram – 10am-11am
Sirkazhi Divya Desam: 1130am-12noon
Nangur Divya Desam : 12.30pm- 530pm
( Talk to Guide Mohan in advance on 94863 03430 – either today/tomorrow and tell him that you are likely to reach Annan Koil by 12.30pm. And check with him if he can take you around in your car to all the Nangur DDs from 12.30pm so he can talk to all the Bhattars in advance. He should also be able to organise temple Thaligai/ Lunch)

Friday Night Stay

You can talk to Madhava Bhattar, Annan Koil @ 94898 56554 to see if you can stay in the (guest) house opposite the temple for the night of Friday.

Saturday Morning
7am : Indhalur
8am: Sirupuliyur near Kollumangudi(Bala Ranganatha)
9am: Therezhendur ( There is a short cut from Sirupuliyur to Therezhendur – Under 15kms via Kollumangudi- Komal)
10am: Oppiliappan
11am: Thiru Cherai
12noon: Nachiyar Koil

(You can have Thaligai at Therezhendur /Sirupuliyur / Nachiyar Koil)

You may stay at Andavan Ashram @ Kumbakonam Just behind Sarangapani Temple. Good rooms are available. Number @ 0435 240 1185. You may rest here between 1pm and 4pm.

Saturday Evening 430pm – 9pm

Nathan Koil – Via Darasuram : 4pm
Ramaswamy : 530pm
Chakrapani : 630pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal : 730pm
Sarangapani : 8pm- 9pm

Sunday Morning 7am-12noon

Athanur - 7am
Pulla Bhoothangudi- 8am
Thiru Mandangudi ( birth place of Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar – the temple is 2kms from Pulla Bhoothangudi) – 830am
Kapisthalam : 930am :There is a short cut from Thiru Mandangudi. You should be able to reach in 20mts
Koodalur: 1015am

Kalyanapuram : 11am

Kandiyur: 11.30am
From Kandiyur, you can take the Thiruvayaru- Ariyalur- Ulundurpet road and join NH 45.

You can have evening tiffin at Tindivanam (By Pass highway hotel)
And reach Kanchipuram by 5pm or so on Sunday


Do let know if you would like me to talk to any of the Bhattars.
or for any other route / time information.

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devaraj said...


Sounds like great plan and wide coverage.. would love to talk to you.

Let me know your convenient time to reach you.


devaraj said...

Swamy, Sounds like a great plan and wide coverage.
Would love to talk to you, let me know your convenient time.


PRabhu S said...

Thiru Nangur 3pm - 730pm
8pm- 9pm Chidambaram (20 kms drive back)
and you may come back to Annan KOil to stay that night
provided they have accommodation there ( do check with the Bhattar)

Sat/Sunday can be the same.


PRabhu S said...


Friday Kanchi- Kumbakonam – 11am- 330pm

4pm-9pm :Kumbakonam:

Evening Tiffin @ Venkataramana Hotel or Kings Park

Nathan Koil – 430pm
Ramaswamy – 530pm
Chakrapani- 630pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal – 730pm
Sarangapani – 8pm-9pm

Saturday 6am-12noon

1.Oppiliappan 6am-7am (temple opens at 6am)
2. Nachiyar Koil -730am-815am (Thaligai)
3. Thiru Cherai – 830am-9am (4kms from 2)
4. Thiru Kannamangai – 930am-10am
5. Kannapuram- 1030am-11 am (25kms from 4)
6. Sirupuliyur - 11.30am-12noon (20kms from 5)
7. Therezhendur- 12.15pm (12kms from 6 via short cut)

Back to Kumbakonam : Lunch at Kings Park

Saturday Evening 4pm-8pm – All these are in one direction

Koodalur : 4pm
Kapisthalam: 5pm
Mandangudi: 6pm
Pullam Bhoothangudi: 645pm
Athanur: 730pm

Sunday morning – Kumbakonam – Mayavaram – Nangur- Kanchi

7am: (Mayavram) Indhalur
8am: Annan Koil
830am-2pm : Nangur Temples (13 temples)

4pm: Sirkazhi
5pm: Chidambaram

6pm to 10pm – Chidambaram- Kanchi

Or you can skip the last two and return 2pm-6pm Nangur- Kanchipuram


Keshav said...

Hello Mr Prabhu,

Firstly, thank you for taking time of in giving us good info.

We are family of four, all >50 years of age (and an 80 year old lady as well) and are planning the following itinerary ,whilst at Kumbakonam. Your advice will be appreciated. We will be reaching Kumbakonam on the 9th of April hardly 2 days from this post).
Our stay is booked near the railway station @ Kumbknm. The below is the itinerary ,including travel time.

Day 1 : 4pm t0 6pm - Sri Gajendravaradha perumal. 6pm - 7pm Sri Valvilraman perumal . 7pm to 8pm - Sri aanduallukumayan perumal. Then dinner & head to hotel.
Want to fit in swami malai here, can you advise?

Day 2 : 7 am to 9am - Travel to vaduvur ramar and darshan. 9am to 10:30 am - Rajagopalaswamy temple. Return to hotel and lunch ,rest
4:30pm to 5:30 pm Nathan koil. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Nachiyar kovil. 7pm yo 8pm Uppiliyappan koil. Then return to hotel,rest

Day 3 : 6:30 to 7:30 am Sarangapani temple. 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm Chakrapani temple.
Ends here,we return to hotel,relax and ends our darshan tour.

Is this itinerary tough ,given the age group? Can you advise on a reliable taxi person who can help us around with this list? Any good place for lunch / dinner while at this tour?

I will be much obliged with whatever info. you can share on the above ,sir.


PRabhu S said...


Please contact Saravanan @ 99945 46416 for the cab.

He will give you a fair rate and he knows all the temples.
He will take you around in a friendly manner and he will take good care of you.
He will also organise food for you at an appropriate place.

If you so wish, I can also talk to him.


On the way from Kapisthalam to Pulla Bhoothangudi, please also visit
Thiru Mandangudi, the birth place of Thondaradipodi Azhvaar. There is a nice small temple. This is just 2 kms from Pulla Bhoothangudi on the way to Kapisthalam.


Mannargudi Brahmotsavam

9th evening is Go Ratham at Mannargudi
10th morning 730am is Vennai Thaazhi Utsavam
and evening is Golden Horse Vahanam.

Just as a background information so you may plan accordingly
based on your interest.

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PRabhu S said...

Since you will be tired after a day train trip, suggest that you finish Swami Malai and the Kumbakonam temples on 1st day evening

Also, Oppilliappan will be crowded over the weekend. Hence it is better to visit on Monday morning.

Since there is a Vennai Thaazhi purapadu on Sunday morning and you are keen to visit Mannargudi, it will be good to start early on Sunday morning and be there by 630am/7am.

Day 1 Evening - 4pm-9pm

Swami Malai – 4pm
Chakrapani – 530pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal-630pm
Ramaswamy Temple: 7pm
Sarangapani – 8pm -9pm

Day 2 Morning : 530am Leave for Mannargudi


Mannargudi – Vennai Thaazhi Brahmotsavam Purapadu – 630am – 830am
Vaduvur – 9am- 10am

1030am-1115 am : Punnai Nallur Saligrama Kothandaramar ( Thanjavur)

1145am-1230pm: Thanjai Maa Mani Divya Desam

Lunch/ Rest at Thanjavur ( can find you a place to stay for a few hours at Thanjavur on Sunday afternoon)

Day 2 Evening: 4pm-830pm

Kandiyur – Hara Sabha Vimochana Perumal
Koodalur -Jagathrakshagan
Kapisthalam – Gajendra Varadaraja Perumal
Mandangudi – Thondaradi Podi Avathara Sthalam
Pullam Bhoothangudi


Day 3 Morning

6am-7am: Oppiliappan
730am : Nachiyar Koil
830am: Thiru Cherai
930am: Nathan Koil ( there is a short cut from Nachiyar Koil to Nathan Koil)

1030am: @ Kumbakonam Station

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sanki said...

Prabhu Vanakam... Vaishava adiyar sevai perumaluku sevai... Ungal sevai endrum thodaratum...I am planning a trip to trichy and around DD temples... Also planning to visit pullam boodhangudi, adhanur, thirumadangudi, kapisthalam etc... Could you please guide me with a good plan... I am planning for a single day trip from trichy in car... Please provide me good cab details (fascinated by saravanan's sevai)...

PRabhu S said...

Do explore the possibility of doing the below:

Anbil : 630am-7am
Koviladi: 730am-8am

(there is now a short cut from Anbil to Koviladi via a new bridge)

Kandiyur: 830am-9am (via Thirukattupalli/Varagur)
Koodalur: 930am
Mandangudi: 11.15am
Pullam Bhoothangudi: 1145am

Athanur: 12.15pm

2nd Half: You may visit the DDs around Kumbakonam

Sarangapani – 4pm
Chakrapani – 5pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal 545pm
Ramaswamy: 615pm
Nathan Koil:7pm
Nachiyar Koil: 8pm ( there is a short cut from Nathan Koil to Nachiyar Koil)
Oppiliappan: 845pm?

Contact car @ Srirangam @ 97873 73813(Selvam) or 98428 18582/94437 81681 ( Ashok Travels- Dheeraiyan)


BalajiS said...

Dear Prabhu,
I got lot of info from this thread and also contact of Cab Driver Mr Saravanan. Used his services for two days for last weekend to visit 9 divyadesams. Hes an great human being and very resourceful about the routes and about each and every temple in Chola Nadu.

PRabhu S said...

Good to hear that.

Prabhu.S said...

Day 1 Morning / Through the day
You can leave from Pondy at around 530am/6am to reach Thiru Nangur Annan Koil by 7am.

7am to 3pm

Start at Annan Koil - Thiru Nangur Divya Desams including Thiruvali – Thirunagari and Thalai Changa Naan Mathiyam ( near Poompuhar)

You can talk to Mohan Guide well in advance and block the day with him.
He can come along with you and you can pay him a DAY fee for his services

(He can organize food for you at one of the temples)

Day 1 Evening


Indhalur Parimala Rangan – 5pm-545pm
Sirupuliyur Bala Ranganthar ( near Kollumangudi) – 630pm-715pm
Therezhendur Aamaruviappan ( near Komal) – there is a short cut from Sirupuliyur to Therezhendur – just over 10kms – 730pm-830pm

Night stay at Kumbakonam

Day 2

6am Oppiliappan ( go on a week day not weekend)
730am Nachiyar Koil
9am- Thiru Cherai
10am – Thiru Kannamangai

Lunch at 12noon at Kumbakonam

Day 2 evening

Nathan Koil (near Darasuram) – 430pm
Ramaswamy Temple – 530pm
Chakrapani -630pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal- 730pm
Sarangapani – 8pm-9pm

Day 3 morning

Start from Kumbakonam, drive towards Thanjavur.
Thanjai Maa Mani DD is at the entrance point of Thanjavur
on this highway.

7am- 830am Thanjai Maa Mani Koil (3 temples)
845am – Thiru Kandiyur (2 kms before Thiruvayaru)
930am Thiru Koodalur
10am Thiru Kapisthalam
1030am Thiru Mandangudi
11am Pullam Bhoothangudi
1145am Athanur

(Kandiyur, Koodalur, Kapisthalam, Mandangudi are very small temples. You may not spend more
than 15 minutes there unless you want to explore more)

Day 3 evening

4pm Sirkazhi Kazhi Cheerama Vinnagarm
5pm Chidambaram Govindaraja Perumal
7pm Thiruvahindrapuram

9pm back to Pondy

Lakshman Vasudevan said...

good afternoon sir,
we are planning to kumbakonam divya desam temple from chennai v started friday afternoon from chennai by car and planning return sunday night please guide as.

PRabhu S said...

Friday evening – 4pm to 9pm

If you are taking Chennai- Panruti – Vadalur-Sethiya Thope highway, you may start with
Thiru Velliyangudi Kola Villi Ramar Temple, which is off Thirupananthal (25kms before Kumbakonam). You can talk to Bhattar in advance to tell him that you are coming
6pm: From here, you can take a short cut to Therezhendur Divya Desam via Aduthurai/Kutralam
8pm : Oppiliappan Temple

Sat 7am-1pm

Thiru Kannamangai – 8am
Thiru Cherai – 9am
Nachiyar Koil- 10am
Nathan Koil (you can take the short cut from Nachiyar Koil to Nathan Koil)- 11am

Sat 4pm – 9pm
Ramaswamy Koil
Aathi Varaha Perumal
Sarangapani 8pm-9pm

Sunday 6am-1pm
Athanur – 730am
Pulla Bhoothangudi – 8am
Kapisthalam – 9am
Koodalur- 930am
From Koodalur, you can come to Ayyampettai and take the Kumbakonam-Thanjavur highway
to reach Thanjai Maa Mani Koil

Thanjai Maa Mani Koil- 1015am- 1130am
Kandiyur- 1145am-12.15pm

From Kandiyur, you can return to Madras via Thiruvayaru, Ariyalur, Thittakudi or Thiruvayaru, Ariyalur, Vriddachalam, Ulundurpet to join Trichy-Madras NH 45

you can go to Sirupuliyur, Nagai, Kannangudi, Kannapuram and Indhalur on a separate trip
when you visit Mayiladuthurai / Sirkazhi...


Anonymous said...

Dear Prabhu

Me & My wife will be in Trivandrum on 16JUL 0600am to have the sevai of Sri Padmanabha Swamy and I have booked to Tirunelveli at 1600 hrs and arr at 1945.
I would like to visit Nava tirupathy on 17 JUL plus two DD in that area and I am booked back to Chennai by Kanyakumari express at 1900 hrs.

Is it possible to give me the temples in order to save time and I wish to go back to Chennai by 1900 hrs.

Also please advise in Trivandrum area any other temple to be visited after seeing Lord Padmanabha and my departure time at 1600 hrs. And since I arrive
Tirunelveli at 1930 hrs can I use that time to visit any temples that night.

Also need Cab driver contact to see the temples in Tirunelveli area including Nava Tirupathi and two DD.

Many thanks for your assistance
Best regards
Babu Vedhiyam

Prabhu.S said...

You could visit Thiruvattaru ( near Marthandam) - 45min drive from Trivandrum
and Thiruvanparisaram (6kms Nagercoil).

You could also visit Suchindram on the Nagercoil - Kanyakumari road that day.

Instead of boarding a train at Trivandrum, you should move on to Nagercoil
in the 2nd half and finish the above two temples and take KK express from Nagercoil to Tirunelveli or you can take an express bus that will reach in 1 1/2 hours- the NH is very good and you will be there just as fast the train.

You may contact 94436 71632 for your trip to the temples around Tirunelveli.
He will be reasonable and will take you around to all the temples based on the temple timings.


vadai69 said...

Dear Mr Prabhu
Thanks for your information and it is a excellent idea to move on the Nagerkoil after completing Trivandram temple visit to see those two temples and will do. The next day can I complete all the 9 temples plus two DD and Malai mel Nambi temple and then connect my KK express at Nellai to Chennai at 1900 hrs.

Grateful if you can kindly advise and many thanks and God Bless You


PRabhu S said...

Yes 7am to 1pm nava tirupathi

3pm to 630 pm the other two.

and then you can board at 7pm at valliyoor

vadai69 said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu

Many many thanks. That was too quick.I think I should buy ticket from Vallioor to Chennai for the return. Presume I can cover MaliMel Nambi temple too during 3pm to 600pm

Thanks a lot again

Geetha anand said...

hello sir,
we r planning to visit srirangam on may 1st......and planning to leave srirangam on 3rd may please guide us what are the divya desams we can cover on this two days.......

thanking you....

Prabhu.S said...

am assuming you will be having darshan of the Chitrai Brahmotsavam there. There will be purapadu in the morning and evening
(sesha vahanam and hanumantha vahanam on 1st May
and Hamsa Vahanam and Yaanai Vahanam on 2nd May).

1st May:
3pm- Thiruvellarai
430pm- Uthamar Koil and

530pm- Anbil Divya Desam

You may come back to Srirangam for purapadu by 630pm

2nd May

10am - Koviladi Appakudathan
1130am- Uraiyur Divya Desam


Srinivasan said...

Namaskaram Sri Prabhu,
Great service that you are doing!
I am planning a trip to Kumbakonam Divya Desams next week. I want to know some information -
1) I will be coming alone, is there a decent budget place like a lodge or hotel to stay, which is (preferably near to the main bus stop)?
2) Is it possible to cover all Divya Desams + Vaduvur and Mannargudi from Kumbakonam, via bus? Please guide me on which bus to catch, which temples to combine on trips & where to catch?
3) How many days will it take to cover the DDs and Vaduvur - Mannargudi?

Thanking you in advance~

Prabhu.S said...

1. You can stay at Andavan Ashramam behind Sarangapani Temple.
Charges are reasonable, decent place to stay.

Railway retiring room will be a good place to stay i.e if you are travelling by train.

Dhanam Lodge is 1/2 km- equidistant from both railway station and bus stand on the main road.

Siva International on TSR Big Street is a good place as well behind Sarangapani temple.


Buses every 15-20minutes to Mannargudi. You can stand outside the station as well. It will pass through there. It will take about 1 hour from Kumbakonam.

Buses every 10minutes from Mannargudi to Vaduvur. It will take 20minutes to reach.


Take 5am bus to Thiru Nageswaram - walk from there to Oppiliappan temple for darshan at 6am

From there take an auto to Nachiyar Koil - Rs. 100-125 to have darshan at 730am.
Buses are infrequent - only once an hour or so.

From Nachiyar Koil, take bus to Thiru Cherai ( 4kms - will take 10minutes)-815am

From Thiru Cherai, take Tiruvarur bus to Thiru Kannamangai - just over 15kms - will reach in 30minutes - 9am

From there, take bus to Thiruvarur ( 7kms) and from there take Nagai bound bus and get down at Keezhvelur(15kms). Take an auto -Rs. 50 to Thiru Kannangudi DD. Mini buses are available but will be infrequent

From there, bus to Nagai ( 8kms) for darshan at 11.30am

If you are lucky you can do the above a little quicker to try and have darshan at Thiru Kannapuram before 12noon after Thiru Nagai.

and then you can return to Kumbakonam.

This will be very very tedious- only those with a lot of Bhakti and energy can do the above (through such bus trips in one of the day)

2nd half:

temples in Kumbakonam

Nathan Koil ( by auto - Rs. 300 to and fro)
Aathi Varaha Perumal


Day 2 Morning

Bus to Pullam Bhoothangudi ( you can catch the 6am/7am bus) via Swami Malai to reach the temple by 730am/8am

You can finish Pullam Bhoothangudi and Athanur as well as Thiru Mandangudi (2kms from PB Gudi).

From Mandangudi, you can take mini bus to Kapisthalam.

From Kapisthalam take Thiruvayaru bound bus to get down at Aduthurai for darshan at Thiru Koodalur Jagathrakshagan at 1015am.

You may continue to Thiruvayaru and have darshan at Kandiyur ( 3kms on Thiruvayaru-Thanjavur highway) at 11am

You may finish at Thanjai Maa Mani Koil - 3 temples at 11.30am
(5kms from Kandiyur on Thanjavur Highway)

You may then return to Kumbakonam via bus at 1230pm/1pm


Sumana Raghu Vishnu said...

Hi Prabhau. This blog is extremely useful and you are doing a great service . Congrats .
me and my family members are planning to reach Kumbakonam after having Perumal darshan at Tiruppulani, Madurai and Srirangam. Is it good to visit Srirangam first or Kumbakonam first?
Also is it possible to visit all temples in and around Kumbakonam in one day? Incl Tanjavore we can allocate max 1 and a half days. Is it possible?

Sravan Kumar said...

Hi i am coming from Coimbatore by car with elders and kids, planning for Kumbakonam and Thanjavur. We are planning for 3 days ( Fri/Sat and Sun) we leave coimbatore on Thu. My concern is should i stay in Kumbakonam or thanjavur. How to plan my itenary. Is 3 days enough or can i visit some other divya desam apart from the above 2 places. Kindly advise. I am planning during July.

PRabhu S said...

Stay in Kumbakonam:

Day 1 morning


Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai
Nathan Koil

Evening 5pm-9pm

Aathi Varaha Perumal

Day 2 Morning - Drive To Thanjavur

Thanjai Maa Mani Koil (3 temples 7am-830am)
Kandiyur -845am
Koodalur -930am
Kapisthalam -10am
thiru Mandangudi -1045am
Pulla Bhoothangudi -11.15am
Athanur 11.45am
Lunch at Kumbakonam

Day 2 Evening

Thiru Velliyangudi ( via Athanur)

Day 3 :
Thiru Kannapuram
Thiru Nagai
Thiru Kannangudi

You may return to Thanjavur via Thiruvarur

And may be visit Divya Desams near Trichy


on your way back to Coimbatore


PRabhu S said...

1 1/2 days for Kumbakonam and Thanjavur:

If you are coming from Srirangam, you may explore the following:

Thanjai Maa Mani Koil
Thiru Mandangudi
Pullam Bhoothangudi


Aathi Varaha Perumal

Day 2 morning

Oppiliappan - 6am
Nachiyar Koil
Thiru Cherai
Thiru Kannamangai

On your way back you may visit Nathan Koil (there is a short cut from
Nachiyar Koil without coming back to Kumbakonam)


Sravan Kumar said...

Thanks Mr. Prabhu for immediate response, extremely useful and you are doing a great job.

Ramya Reddy said...

hi prabhu, extremly thankful for this blog.
we re coming to kumbakonam on tuesday. can you kindly suggest regarding the stay and transport. we want to darshan tirumanancherri and navagraha temples by wednesday noon. kindly suggest. thankyou.

Ramya Reddy said...

Hi Prabhu, extremly thankful for the information on the blog.
we re coming to kumbakonam on tuesday by 5am. kindly suggest us regarding stay and transport. we want to darshan tirumanancherri and navagraha temples. we ll stay there till wednesday 3 pm. kidly help.

PRabhu S said...

Andavan Ashram just behind Sarangapani Temple in Kumbakonam will be a good neat place to stay. AC and non AC rooms are available. Good bath facilities.
As a devotee, it will be a good place to stay.

You may contact: 0435 240 1185 to book your room.

You may also consider Andavan Ashram at Oppiliappan Koil. You may
contact 0435- 2463138 to book.

If you prefer a hotel kind of place to stay, then

Raya's may be a good place near Maha Maham tank 0435 242 3170


Green Park @ 0435 240 2853 ( this is a km from Sarangapani temple)

If you are coming by train, retiring rooms at the Kumbakonam station
are also good. It is a safe place to stay.


Saravanan (Cab) will take you around to all the temples that you are looking to visit at economical cost. You may reach him on 99945 46416

Do let know if you need any other details.


PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.
Prabhu said...

Hi , I plan to visit Thanjavur SASTRA to pick my son by car and to visit Divya desams in and aroud Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, & Nagai. what temples i can visit in order. R.RameshPh:9840105170

PRabhu S said...

Saturday 2nd Half: 4pm to 9pm:

Thanjai Maa Mani Koil ( 3 temples) - 4pm-5pm

Kandiyur - 515pm

Punnai Nallur Kothandaramar- 6pm

Vaduvur - 7pm

Mannargudi - 8pm

Night Halt at Mannargudi

Sunday morning:

7am dep: Mannargudi to Thiru Kannamangai via Thiruvarur

8am Thiru Kanngamangai

845am Thiru Kannangudi via Thiruvarur

945am Thiru Nagai

11am Thiru Kannapuram

12noon Nachiyar Koil

Afternoon halt at Kumbakonam


Oppiliappan - 4pm
Sarangapani- 5pm
Nathan koil630pm
Chakrapani 730pm
Aathi Varaha Perumal - 8pm

You may return to Thanjavur on Sunday night


Nambi Perumal said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu.

After spending a day at Kanyakumari, my wife and I want to visit Trivandrum Padmanabha Swami and Suchindram temples the next day before taking an express bus to Tirunelveli (TNV) in the evening.

My first day at TNV, I want to go to Thirukkurungudi first including Malaimel Nambi and then Valliyur Murugan cave temple and Nanguneri Perumal (& Sivan?) temples before returning to TNV. Can I cover this day trip taking buses/auto? And if you suggest take cab service, I would like to cover Krishnapuram temple too.

Next day I would like to cover the Nava Thiruppathy temples, Thiruchendur Murugan temple (is there a cave there?) and back to TNV by the cab service (Could you recommend one?).

And next 2 days, I want to spend in the west side of TNV: Visit Nellaiappar Koil, Kallidai Kurichi Laxmi Varaha Perumal, Siva Sailam, Athalanallur , Mannarkoil Rajagopalaswami, Papanasam Sivan , Agasthiar falls and Manimuthar dam and return to TNV and take the Tiruchendur - Madras Egmore Express at 08:20 pm to Kumbakonam.

Could you sketch me a detailed (if possible) plan for the visits including place/s to stay and cab service?, for which I thank you very much.


Nambi Perumal said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu.

After spending a day at Kanyakumari, my wife and I want to visit Trivandrum Padmanabha Swami and Suchindram temples the next day before taking an express bus to Tirunelveli (TNV) in the evening.

My first day at TNV, I want to go to Thirukkurungudi first including Malaimel Nambi and then Valliyur Murugan cave temple and Nanguneri Perumal (& Sivan?) temples before returning to TNV. Can I cover this day trip taking buses/auto? And if you suggest take cab service, I would like to cover Krishnapuram temple too.

Next day I would like to cover the Nava Thiruppathy temples, Thiruchendur Murugan temple (is there a cave there?) and back to TNV by the cab service (Could you recommend one?).

And next 2 days, I want to spend in the west side of TNV: Visit Nellaiappar Koil, Kallidai Kurichi Laxmi Varaha Perumal, Siva Sailam, Athalanallur , Mannarkoil Rajagopalaswami, Papanasam Sivan , Agasthiar falls and Manimuthar dam and return to TNV and take the Tiruchendur - Madras Egmore Express at 08:20 pm to Kumbakonam.

Could you sketch me a detailed (if possible) plan for the visits including place/s to stay and cab service?, for which I thank you very much.


PRabhu S said...

yif you stay in the retiring room in Tirunelveli junction ( which is good), you can take the early morning Kanyakumari express to Valliyoor from where there are frequent buses passing through Thiru Kurungudi.

This way you will be able to reach the temple by 630am. You can finish the temples there and return to Valliyoor and then you can visit Nanguneri as well in the first half of the day before 12noon.

In the 2nd half, starting at 4pm, you can visit Krishnapuram and the
temples in Tirunelveli.

The next morning you may take the bus to Azhvaar Tirunagari at 6am/7am from where you can engage an auto to visit the Nava Tirupathi temples
( Ananthu Bhattar of Thenthiruperai who stays in Azhvaar Tirunagari will organise an auto for you - will cost around 500-600). You will be able to finish this by 3pm. You can then move to tiruchendur and have darshan at 4pm
and return by evening passenger train to Tirunelveli to reach by 7pm.

Cab from Tirunelveli will be a more comfortable option: Contact: 94436 71632. He will be economical and will take you to all the temples when they are open.

You may also use him for Thiru Kurungudi, Nanguneri and Valliyoor as well as for the trip to Ambai and around.

Alternately for Ambai, you can take the morning passenger train that will reach in 45minutes. From Ambai, you can engage an auto locally. Contact PS Narasimha Gopalan Acharya at Mannar Koil on 04634 252874 and he will organise an auto for you.

Buses are quite frequent in this region. Hence you may go to papanasam from Ambai station by bus as well.

I have always used the train+ bus option to all of these places + local mini bus and auto.

Let know if you need any other information.

Nambi Perumal said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu,
Thanks a million for your immediate and kind response. Next week my wife and I I are hoping to land in India and carry on with our Yatra for 4 weeks starting from Kanchi, Madras, Kumbakonam, Trivandrum,Tirunelveli, Madurai,and Srirangam before returning to Madras. In the course of my temple visits, can I call you over the phone if I need some guidance?
I am 73 yrs old and would really appreciate your help.

Thanks again.

Prabhu.S said...

Yes Sir. Anytime on 94440 40748


thiyaga said...

Dear Prabhu,
I'm impressed on your post. Incredible. I'm planning to cover Cholanattu Divyadesam (except trichy based six temples) by the coming week end( 11th Sep to 12th Sep 2016... i can stretch on 13 Sep 2016 if not possible cover up). I'll starting from Chennai on 10th Sep 2016 afternoon. Request you to pl guide me the route map for the temples near chidambaram, seerkazhi,kumbakonam, tanjur and nagapattinam.

Many Thanks in advance!!

Adambakkam, Chennai 88

PRabhu S said...

am assuming you will be driving on 10th afternoon from Madras:
(if you are going to take a train, then will send you a revised list)

Sept 10 evening

4pm: Thiru Vahindrapuram ( Cuddalore)
530pm: Chidambaram Divya Desam
7pm: Sirkazhi Kazhi Chirama Vinnagaram DD

Night halt at Mayavaram or Sathabhishekam (Vaitheeswaran Koil)

Sept 11 morning

7am-1pm: Thiru Nangur Divya Desam – 13 temples starting with Annan Koil and ending with Thalai Changa Naan Mathiyam (TCNM)
( You may use the local guide from Annan Koil – talk to Madhava Bhattar in advance)
After finishing TCNM, you can return to Mayiladuthurai for lunch

Sept 11 evening

4pm: Thiru Indhalur
5pm: Sirupuliyur (near Kollumangudi off Thiruvarur Highway)
6pm: Thiru Kannapuram
7pm: Thiru Nagai
745pm: Thiru Kannangudi (Talk to Prabhakara Bhattar in advance- he will keep the temple open)

Night halt at Thiruvarur

Sept 12 morning

7am/730am:Thiru Kannamangai ( 7kms from Thiruvarur)- Talk to Raju Bhattar ( son of PK Ramaswamy Bhattar in advance so he can open it at 7am/730am. Else they open only at 8am
8am :Thiru Cherai (towards Kumbakonam)
830am:Nachiyar Koil
915am: Oppiliappan Koil
1015am: Therezhendur
1115am: Thiru Velliyankudi via Aduthurai short cut

Reach Kumbakonam via Chennai Highway
Lunch @ Kumbakonam @ 1pm

Start at 330pm and reach Koodalur by 4pm (Thiruvayaru Road)
(Talk to Kasturi Rangan Bhattar in advance)

4pm: Koodalur DD
430pm Kapisthalam
5pm Thiru Mandangudi (Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar birth place)
530pm: Pullam Bhoothangudi
6pm Thiru Athanur
630pm Nathan Koil (via Patteeswaram)
7pm-9pm: Sarangapani, Ramaswamy, Chakrapani, Aathi Varaha Perumal

You can combine Thanjai Maa Mani Divya Desam, Kandiyur Divya Desam, Vaduvur Mannargudi with another trip

thiyaga said...

Thanks a lot Mr. Prabhu for your swift response. I would like to cover the Nagapattinam and Tanjur DD by stretching my stay on 13th Sep 2016. Request you to advise accordingly.

PRabhu S said...

Sept 10 evening
4pm: Thiru Vahindrapuram ( Cuddalore)
530pm: Chidambaram Divya Desam
7pm: Sirkazhi Kazhi Chirama Vinnagaram DD

Night halt at Mayavaram or Sathabhishekam (Vaitheeswaran Koil)

Sept 11 morning
7am-1pm: Thiru Nangur Divya Desam – 13 temples starting with Annan Koil and ending with Thalai Changa Naan Mathiyam (TCNM)
( You may use the local guide from Annan Koil – talk to Madhava Bhattar in advance)
After finishing TCNM, you can return to Mayiladuthurai for lunch

Sept 11 evening
4pm: Thiru Indhalur
5pm: Sirupuliyur (near Kollumangudi off Thiruvarur Highway)
6pm: Thiru Kannapuram
7pm: Thiru Nagai ( Nagapattinam)
745pm: Thiru Kannangudi (Talk to Prabhakara Bhattar in advance- he will keep the temple open) – 6kms from Nagapattinam off the Thiruvarur Highway

Night halt at Thiruvarur

Sept 12 morning
7am/730am:Thiru Kannamangai ( 7kms from Thiruvarur)- Talk to Raju Bhattar ( son of PK Ramaswamy Bhattar in advance so he can open it at 7am/730am. Else they open only at 8am
8am :Thiru Cherai (towards Kumbakonam)
830am:Nachiyar Koil
915am: Oppiliappan Koil
1015am: Therezhendur
1115am: Nathan Koil ( via Darasuram)
Lunch @ Kumbakonam @ 1pm

Start at 3pm, take Thanjavur Highway and reach Vannartrang Karai (Vennar Banks) by 4pm
4pm: Thanjai Maa Mani Koil (3 temples next to each other)
5pm Kandiyur DD
545pm Koodalur DD (on the Thiruvayaru- Kumbakonam Highway)
630pm Kapisthalam
7pm Thiru Mandangudi (Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar birth place) – there is a short cut from Kapisthalam to Mandangudi
730pm: Pullam Bhoothangudi (2kms from Mandangudi)
8pm Thiru Athanur

830pm Chakrapani
Night Halt @ Kumbakonam
13th morning
730am – 10am: Sarangapani, Ramaswamy, Aathi Varaha Perumal ( next to Chakrapani temple)
1030am Thiru Velliyangudi (off Madras Highway near Sholavandan)
You can return to Madras from there

thiyaga said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu,
Wow....thanks a lot for the optimized plan. When I plotted your route map in the google map , it came up very well in a fantastic way wrt distance, night halt etc.

Many thanks for your support.

Best regards,

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Prabhu,
My husband and I would like to visit Tanjore & Trichy and around these places.

We would be leaving Bangalore by train on Jan 25, 2017 and Leave Tanjore on Jan 29, 2017 by train.

Could you please guide us how to see the best places within the 4 days.

Basically we are amateur photographers and not pilgrims.

Thanks in advance

PRabhu S said...

Do you want to see places with architecture and the like...?

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir

We would like to visit Kumbakonam and Thanjavur Divya Desams. We would be coming from Bangalore. Please help us with planning the trip. We dont want to rush and would like to spend atleast a week as would like to spend some time in each temple. Kindly help us in planning a trip and also the local contacts.

Thanks in advance.

PRabhu S said...

Day One 1st half Temples in Kumbakonam
7 am to 12.30 pm

Thiru Velliyankudi ( 15kms away off Madras Highway)

Day One 2nd half – 4pm -8pm – Kumbakonam- Thiruvayaru Route

Thiru Mandangudi ( Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar birth place temple)
Pullam Bhoothangudi
Nathan Koil via Swami Malai/Darasum from Athanur

Day Two 1st Half Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur Route

Oppilliappan Vishwaroopam – 6am
Therezhendur – 730am
Sirupuliyur – 9am
Thiru Kannapuram – 10am
Thiru Nagai 11.30am

Stay /Rest at Thiru Nagai (Lunch) / Thiru Kannangudi

Day Two 2nd Half - Nagai-Thiruvarur- Kumbakonam Route

Thiru Kannangudi – 4pm
Thiru Kannamangai – 5.30 pm
Thiru Cherai – 7pm
Nachiyar Koil Vishwaroopam– 8pm-9pm

Day 3 1st Half - Thanjavur

Thanjai Maa Mani Koil 7am - 9am
Punnai Nallur Ramar – 945 am
Vaduvur – 1130am
Vaduvur Paatshala 12.30pm

Lunch at Vaduvur Paatshala

Stay/Rest at Vaduvur

Day 3 2nd Half

Mannargudi – 430pm-730pm

Return to Kumbakonam for Dinner

Day 4 1st Half

7am : Thiru Indhalur (Mayavaram)
830am : Annan Koil

930am – Through the Day

Thiru Nangur Divya Desams including Thalai Changa Naan Mathiyam
(with Lunch/ Rest)

Day 4 Evening

4pm Sirkazhi Kaazhi Cheerama Vinnagaram
5pm Chidambaram
630pm – 830pm Thiru Vahindrapuram

You may return to Bangalore from there via ViLLupuram/Thiruvannamalai ( i.e if you are coming by car). If you are coming by train from Bangalore, then this will have to be revised slightly so you can board the train from Mayavaram/Kumbakonam on 4th evening...

Guide is not required for most of these DDs. For Thiru Nangur, you may use a guide from Annan Koil ( Madhava Bhattar will organise the guide from there)

PS: There are some Divya Desams where you may not be able to spend more than half hour for a variety of reasons ( hence you will be able to spend enough time at some of the temples where there are other aspects - architecture/ tank/village surroundings to be seen as well)


Srini said...

Hello, We would like to visit Trichy and stay there for 5 days / 4 night to cover cholanadu divya deshams (40 temples) around trichy, mailaduthurai and kumbakonam including srikazhi. Please help us with planning the trip. we will be 6 people including our elderly parents. Kindly help us in planning a trip and also the local contacts including a Car (Innova), and daily trip planning. Based on your advise, we will make hotel arrangements in the cities for night halts. Thank you very much, Srini

kidambi said...

Dear Mr Prabhu,
we are visiting Trichy on Dec 31 early morning and planning to stay around there for 5 days (leaving by Jan 4th night train to Rameswaram). We would like to cover Cholanadu divyadeshams (40 DD) along with our elderly parents. Please suggest a route to drive to all these places with suitable night halts for 6 people, and car rental Innova (6 adults) at reasonable charges. To be picked up at Trichy station, need a room to freshen, shower and visit Lord Ranganathar, and start our temple visits. As per your suggestion, we will make necessary hotel reservations. Please advise who to contact for Bhattars, Car rental etc. Thank you so much for your service. kidambi sri

Prabhu.S said...

Dec 31 Full day Srirangam and around

Srirangam Thiruvellarai, Uthamar Koil Anbil Uraiyur
(it will be Pagal Pathu Utsavam in Srirangam)

Day 2 : Jan 1 Morning
7am Koviladi
830am Kandiyur
915am Thanjai Maa Mani Koil ( 3 temples)
11am Koodalur
1145am Kapisthalam

Lunch/halt at Kumbakonam
2nd half : 4pm-9pm
4pm Pullam Bhoothangudi 4pm
Athanur – 445pm
Nathan Koil- 530pm
Sarangapani/ Ramaswamy/Chakrapani ; 7pm to 9pm

Night Halt at Kumbakonam

Day 3: Jan 2 Morning

6am Oppiliappan
730am Nachiyar Koil
830am Thiru Cherai
930am Thiru Kannamangai
1030am Thiru Kannangudi
1130am Thiru Nagai (You may also have Thaligai there)

Afternoon Halt at Thiru Nagai/Thiru Kannapuram

4pm Thiru Kannapuram
5pm Sirupuliyur
6pm Therazhandur
730pm Thiru Velliyankudi
830pm Thiru Indhalur (Mayavaram)
Night halt at Mayavaram or Vaitheeswaran Koil ( Sathabhishekam)

Day 4 Jan 3
7am to 2pm : Nangur 13 temples
Lunch at Annan Koil

2nd Half 4pm – 9pm
4pm Sirkazhi Kaazhi Cheerama Vinnagaram
5pm Chidambaram
630pm Thiru Vahindrapuram

You may use Saravanan (cab) from Kumbakonam to all the temples.

For Srirangam and around, Selvam @ 97873 73813

For Thanjavur, Senthil @ 94435 88102


kidambi said...

Thank you very much Mr.Prabhu for taking the time to provide us with detailed schedule. It will really help us to navigate the whole trip with ease. we are not from there so do not know the area at all. I request you to kindly help us with the following

1. Day1 - Dec 31 - We reach Trichy early morning, so we can get a place to stay for the night (early morining to next day morning) and use a cab to go around.
2. Day 2- Jan 1 - as we are staying at Kumbakonam for night halt, do we ask the car to pick us up in Trichy and drop off in the night at Kumbakonam?
3. Day 3 - Jan 2 - ask KUmbakonam car contact to take us around and drop off at mayavaram/vaidheeshwaran?
4. Day 4 - Jan 3 - request the same car to pick us up and take around and night halt would be where? because we have to come back to Trichy for taking the train to Rameswaram on Jan 4th night at 10.30 pm. Can I call you to seek your advise please.

Thank you very much, Lord Ranganatha may shower his blessings on you.


Prabhu.S said...

If you are coming by, staying in railway retiring room at Trichy Junction will be a good option.

The retiring rooms are very good and a safe option.

You may send a request letter to the station manager Trichy Junction with photo copy of ticket, PNR details and request for the booking of a room.

or lodging options in Srirangam:

You may call SM Towers ( Sathara St) 0431 2437600, BSSK in @ 4030011/ 97506 60297 ( this is high quality place)


You may use the cab for half a day from Trichy to Kumbakonam

From evening on 2nd day, you may talk to Saravanan - he will take you around to Mayavaram, Sirkazhi and all the Chola DDs in that region.

You may call me anytime on 94440 40748


PRabhu S said...

Previous Comment 1st sentence:

I meant: if you are coming by train*


Kidambi said...

Thank you again Mr Prabhu for the ocean of tips to navigate in and around divyadesams. I will keep you updated after our trip in Dec 2016. Kidambi