Chinnalpatti Sarees and Sungudi Weaving

We start in the morning at 9:00 am from Madurai and drive towards the temple town of Chinnalpatti where we will visit weavers homes to discover the fine art of silk saree weaving. Every home in Chinnalapatti resonates with the rhythmic click clack of looms as nimble hands weave exquisite ikat sarees from the softest of silks.
Next, we will visit the organic dye center of Co-optex to learn about organic dyeing. Co-optex has come out with with a fully organic range of sarees that uses organic cotton as well as organic dyes. 
We will return to Madurai for a traditional South Indian lunch followed by Madurai's gourmet specialty, Jigarthanda, a tasty concoction of milk, China grass and fragrant rose water. 
We will spend the afternoon exploring the art of making Sungudi sarees. Sungudis were introduced to Madurai by weavers from Saurashtra, Gujarat who migrated to Madurai in the 16th century. Sungudi sarees are woven in the softest of cotton with or without thin jari borders. The sarees are light and easy to drape.
Spend the evening at the hotel getting to know each other over dinner through fun games and quizzes.

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel we start our journey  to explore the famous Madurai Meenkashi Temple, one of the largest temple complexes in Tamilnadu.
Life in Madurai revolves around the temple. The famous thousand pillared hall is a must visit. There will be an experienced local guide who will explain to us the intricacies of the temple architecture.