May 24 - We left sharp at 7:15 am as our driver picked up the vehicle after service only at 5:30 am. We reached close to Madurandhagam where we had breakfast. There were a lot of maintenance work on the road as they are building a road connecting ECR with Kanyakumari. We used NH 45 up to Ulundurpettai and then diverted towards Virudachalam, Chidambaram, to Vaitheeswaran Koil. When we reached Vaitheeswaran Koil, it was close to 2 pm. All the restaurants such as Sadabhisekham and Kanakabhishekam were all booked due to Muhurtham and no food was available. We went backwards to Sirkazhi to have lunch and then came back to have dharshan at Vaitheeswaran Koil. It was 4:30 when we left from there and reached Kumbakonsm around 5:30 pm. My wife wanted to stay at Manthira Kudam in Veppathur. We reached there and they asked for passport and OCI copies as we didn’t have any local IDs. Luckily I had soft copies in my phone and they allowed us to check in. It is actually a cottage located deep inside the village surrounded by woods. Nice facility with restaurant, massage center, etc. It is nice to see Peacocks around. It seems the dinner begins at 7:30 pm. Tomorrow morning breakfast is free. We have stayed once here 5 years ago recommended by my cousin. It is a bit expensive but a nice experience once in a while.