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MEGALITHIC BURIALS OF THE IRON AGE




“…The remarkable megalithic burials of the Iron age and the structures built in honour of the dead called ‘pethu’ by the locals fascinated the entire crowd. Deciphering inscriptions on the highway by a Trade Guild that brokered a peace deal between warring communities using its good offices with the Pandya king, with the intent to sustain a business interest (the Spice Trade) of the Medieval era speaks of how practical people were in that period. The day ended with a high tea at the Tranquil Nest! Day 2, was a colonial trail that began with studying the Sun on a day dedicated to the Sun God, that incidentally was a New Moon Day! With palpable excitement around an enlightening tour of Asia’s oldest Solar Observatory, followed by a peep into the shared Swedish German heritage i.e. the TELC Jubilee Church, La Salette Matha Church the travellers got a glimpse of the years that went past Kodi in its colonial hay days…”


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BY ROAD FROM MADURAI AIRPORT: From Madurai reach Nillakottai (about 60km). From Nellakottai travel to Pattiverampatti (15 kms). From Pattiverampatti travel north to Chitarevu village (about 10 kms – located at the foot hills). From here take the ghat road to Thandikudi (40 kms) and reach Tranquil Nest at Mangalamkombu village, located 5km before Thandikudi.

BY ROAD FROM KODAIKANAL: From Kodaikanal take the ghat road down towards Bathalagundu and reach Pannaikadu Junction. At the junction turn left towards Thandikudi village. From Thandikudi travel 5 kms to Mangalamkombu village.

BY TRAIN: Take any train travelling south from Chennai to Dindigul Junction. From Dindigul take the Periakulam-Dindigul Highway to Sembatti village (about 20 kms from Dindigul). Continue on the Periakulam-Dindigul Highway until you reach Pattiveerampatti junction (about 15 kms from Sembatti village). At the Junction turn right and proceed towards Pattiveerampatti (about 5 kms). From Pattiverampatti travel north to Chitarevu village (about 10 kms – located at the foot hills). From here take the ghat road to Thandikudi (40 kms) and reach Tranquil Nest at Mangalamkombu village, located 5 kms before Thandikudi.

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