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This tour, starting in Chennai takes you through the highlights in the State of Tamil Nadu, visiting the beautiful temples in Mahabalipuram, Kancheepuram, Tanjore and Madurai. Enjoy the Spice Plantations in Periyar and later proceed to the pictureque backwaters of Kerala, where you visit Allerppey and Kumarakom and end your tour with sightseeing of Cochin- The captital of Kerala.

Destinations & Night Stays

12 Nights / 13 Days

South India

Day 1 Chennai Arrival Chennai
Arrival Chennai Airport by International flight.
Chennai: is hailed to be the liveliest city in entire South India. The city has its own unique charm, which sets it aside from the rest of the big cities. The vibrancy of rich culture and traditions exuded by the city and its residents is simply moving. It is one such city in Tamil Nadu, which has been blessed with an extreme treasure of tourist attractions. The sightseeing tour around the ancient city of Madras, will completely sweep you off your feet. Besides, there is such wide diversity that you will be amazed at its existence. The tour includes beautifully carved temples, serene beaches, colonial monuments and much more. So, come and explore the magnificent city of Chennai, rightly called the 'Gateway to South India'.
Meeting and assistance at the airport and Transfer to hotel.
On arrival check-in and Traditional welcome at hotel.
Afternoon proceed for city tour of Chennai - Take you to Fort St. George – a British trading post and powerful bastion and entrance to South India. The 16th century Portuguese old Cathedral of St. Thomas Church in which the remnants of St. Thomas is buried who came to India in 52 AD. Pass by the University built in Indo-Sarscenic style, as well as 5 km long Marina Beach, a lovely esplanade by the sea, and National Museum with sculptures from Pallava, Pandava and Chola time which houses archaeology, art, exceptionally beautiful bronzes statues, with exhibits of stone and iron age.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 2Chennai /Mahabalipuram By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Check Out from hotel & transfer to Mahabalipuram.
En-route visiting Kanchipuram (90 minutes’ drive).
Kanchipuram - the `Golden City’ which was once the capital of the Pallavas and the Cholas. These two powerful ruling dynasties gave the city its numerous temples and tanks. The city is also famous for its Kanchipuram Silk’. It has still has 150 active temples, dedicated various gods and goddesses. Kanchipuram is also one of 7 holy cities in India. In Kanchipuram visit the Kailashnath Temple, one of the oldest temples, built in the 7th century AD. It is built of sand stone and houses some of the most elegant sculptures of Natraja (Shiva in cosmic dance).
Later visit Ekambareshwara-Temple, the biggest in the city, are large complexes with mandapas, tanks and sculptured halls with devotees who still flock here. It has an ancient mango tree, and it’s believed that its branches represent the four Vedas and its fruits are said to have a different taste.
(Non- Hindus are not allowed inside the main sanctum)
Continue drive to Mahabalipuram.
On arrival, check-in at hotel.
PM free on the beach.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning visiting Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram - Visit the magnificent rock temples and carvings in Mahabalipuram. Five Rathas (chariots) ceremonial chariots, rock-cut monoliths, named after the 5 Pandavas - heroes of the Mahabharata epic and Draupadi their wife. The Shore Temple by the sea surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient times. Built in sandstone in the 7th century. Bhagiratha’s Penance is a bas- relief (27 to 9m) sculptured on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks, depicts, the penance of Arjuna, myraid characters from the Mahabharata (a Hindu epic) with realistic life-size figures of animals, gods and saints depicting the descent of the river goddess Ganga to earth.
Continue drive to Pondicherry.
Pondicherry - The last French settlement in India till 1954. Despite its invigorating seafront and relaxing atmosphere the town is visited above all for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram which draws visitors from all over the world. Before checking into the hotel you visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual centre founded by Sri Aurobindo and his chief disciple Mirra Alfassa. Sri Aurobindo Ghosh was an early 20th century Bengali revolutionary and philosopher who struggled for freedom from British colonial power. He started the Ashram to put into practice his ideals of a peaceful community. In this aim he found a lifelong French companion in Mirra Alfassa, who became universally known as the Mother. After his death the Mother continued as the spiritual successor and charismatic figure of Pondicherry. Stroll through the streets whose names still bear the French influence and finally to Auroville, “city of dawn”, founded in 1968 and is inhabited by about 1000 people who are from 20 different countries.
On arrival, Check-In at hotel.
Evening visit Ashram includes: The Ashram, which was, founded by Sri Aurobindo a onetime Bengal evolutionary who later took to the spiritual pat & Auroville, the city of Dawn was started in Feb. 1968 as a unique experiment in international living, where people live and work in total harmony. Sri Aurobindo Ashram: The Sri Aurobindo Ashram located on rue de la Marine, is one of the most well-known and wealthiest ashrams in India, with devotees from India and all over the world flocking to it for spiritual salvation. Its spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science.
(Children below 3 years of age are not allowed into the ashram and photography is allowed only with permission of the ashram authorities.) Also visit Auroville Ashram: or the ‘City of Dawn’ - was conceived as a place of research into the ideal of human unity by the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The idea is to build a futuristic city where people of goodwill can live together in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Auroville came into existence in 1968. Its Charter says, “To live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness”, and describes it as “belonging to nobody in particular, but to humanity as a whole”; as a place “of constant progress”; and as “a bridge between the past and the future.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 4Pondicherry/Tanjore By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Check Out from hotel & transfer to Tanjore.
En-route visiting Chidambaram & Bronze factory
Tanjore, or Thanjavur as it was earlier called, was the capital of the Chola Empire from the 10th century to the 14th century A.D. later is become part of the Vijaynagar kingdom, then passed into the hands of the Marathas and later still went to the British. For ages it has been the chief political, literary and religious centre of the South. The celebrated temple Brihadeshra built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major attraction.
On arrival, Check-In at hotel.
City tour of Tanjore – Visit Sri Brihadishwara Temple This is also called the big temple and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The great Chola king Raja Raja I (985-1012 A.D) built this temple. It is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture. Its unique architectural excellence has made the UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Monument. The 64.8mts.Tall vimanam or the tower over the sanctum sanctorum is a testimony to the engineering skill of the Cholas. In keeping the immensity of the temple the gigantic mahalingam in the shrine measures 4 Mtrs. in height. The monolithic Nandi or the bull mount of Lord Shiva has been chiselled out of single rock. It is the second largest Nandi in India. The beautiful Chola Fresco paintings on the inner walls of the temple are no way less than Ajanta paintings.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 5Tanjore/Trichy/Madurai By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Check-out from hotel and Continue drive to Trichy
Upon arrival proceed for visits: Sri Ranganathaswami Temple: Srirangam is said to be the abode of Lord Sri Ranganatha, the reclining form of Lord Vishnu. The temple of Ranganatha is said to be the largest in India Also visit Tiruvanaikkaval or Jambukeswara Temple: beautiful Shiva temple overshadows the larger Ranganathaswami temple due to its excellent architectural design. It is named after the elephant believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Thereafter, drive to Madurai.
Madurai - The cultural capital of Tamilnadu. Here, the Dravidian culture reached its zenith in art, architecture, palaces and temple buildings. Once the capital of powerful Nayaka kings, a bustling city packed with pilgrims, businessmen, bullock carts and legions of rickshaw pullers. Its narrow overcrowded streets seem to be bursting at the seams with activity. Southern India’s oldest center for pilgrimage and learning.
On arrival, Check in at hotel.
Evening at leisure.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 In Madurai By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning city tour to Madurai - Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace , a palace in Indo-Saracenic style built in 1636, with huge domes and 240 columns rising to 12 m, a beautiful garden and a attached museum. The celestial Pavilion, an arcaded octagonal structure is curiously constructed in brick and mortar without any supporting rafters.
Later visit Meenakshi Temple , an outstanding example of the Dravidian temple architecture from the Vijaynagar kingdom. Meenakshi, the fish eyed goddess and the consort of Shiva has a temple to the south and Sundareswarar (Shiva) a temple to the west. One of the biggest temples of India. Its nine “Gopuram”-Temple towers (23-30m) have wonderful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals from the Hindu mythology.
Afternoon free walk through local markets.
Evening witness Night ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.
Return to hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at hotel
Day 7Madurai/Munnar BY Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Check-Out from hotel & transfer to Munnar.
Munnar - One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience.
Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken over by the Tata Tea Company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.
On arrival, check-in at hotel.
Afternoon Tea Gardens & Tea Museum.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 8Munnar/Periyar By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Check Out from hotel & transfer to Periyar.
On arrival, firstly we will take you to Elephant Camp where you can interact with the Elephants, feed them & enjoy a ride on them.
Check-In at hotel.
Afternoon boat ride on Lake Periyar, which carry you through the jungle with the possibility of sighting of elephant, bison, deer and occasionally, tiger. Small animals include black Nilgiri langur; bonnet and lion tailed macaque, Giant and Flying squirrel. There are some 246 species of birds and 112 species of butterfly. There are trees more than 100 years old and over 50 m high.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 9Periyar/Alleppey By Coach
Breakfast at hotel.
Thereafter, we drive to Alleppey to embark to Houseboat.
On arrival, Embark to House boat.
Long Ago there were wooden barges in the Back Water area to convey Rice Coir and Coconut from one village to another. The rice boat takes you through the Back Waters where you can walk through the water logged villages and experience the breath taking beauty.
Hot Lunch on board
Sail through the backwaters to view rural life in Kerala
At sun-set, the house boat drops anchor at the banks of the lake
Dinner & overnight on board.
Day 10Alleppey /Kumarakom By Coach
Breakfast on board.
Dis-Embark from house boat & transfer to hotel in Kumarakom.
Kumarakom: The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala, a state in India. Geographically, it is located at 9.35 North and 76.26 East. Kumarakom's soil is extremely fertile due to the proximity of the water source, this has resulted in the growth of a wide variety of flora in Kumarakom, especially the mangrove and coconut trees. Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the 'Karimeen' (Pearl Spotted Fish), the 'Chemeen' (Prawns) and the 'Konju' (Tiger Prawns).
On arrival, Check-In at hotel.
Evening walking tour through local Villages.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Day at leisure.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel.
Day 12Kumarakom/Cochin By Coach
Breakfast at hotel. Check Out from hotel & transfer to Cochin.
On arrival, Check-In at hotel.
Afternoon proceed for city tour of Cochin especially Fort Cochin area which is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India – Visit the Chinese fishing nets; one of the fascinating attractions of Kerala. Their beauty is attributed to their size, elegant construction and the way they work. The Chinese fishing nets are popularly known as Cheenavala in Kerala, & St. Francis Church; the first European Church to be built in India. The history of this Church reflects the colonial struggle of European powers in India, from the 15th to 20th Centuries.
Further proceed to tour of the satellite towns of Kochi (Cochin) - Comprises visits to the Jew town & Synagogue (Closed on every Friday & Saturday) and Dutch Palace (Closed on every Friday) Portuguese Architecture and British Influences, all blending harmoniously with the basic Kerala heritage testify that the rulers of Cochin traded goods as well as knowledge with the visitors from far off lands.
Also enjoy a walk around Ernakulum, the new & modern part of Cochin.
Evening witness Kathakali dance Show in Theater.
Kathakali classical dance of Kerala owes its transnational fame to the nearly 300-year-old. Kathakali literally means story-play and is an elaborate dance depicting the victory of truth over falsehood. Themes revolve around the two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.A Striking feature of Kathakali is the use of elaborate make-up and colorful costumes. This is to emphasize that the characters are super beings from another world. The spectators can feel his invisible presence when the heroine or her maid details dreams and ambitions through circular movements, delicate footsteps and subtle expressions.
Through slow and medium tempos, the dancer is able to find adequate space for improvisations and suggestive bhavas or emotions. Costume is designed with lots of paint applied on the face of the artist. The pomp and magnificence of Kathakali is partly due to its decor, part of which include the 'Kireetam' or huge head gear, the 'Kanchukam' or the oversized jacket, and the long skirt worn over a thick padding of cushions.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel
Day 13Cochin /Onward Destination By Flight
Breakfast at hotel. Check Out from hotel & transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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Notes

- This Tour Includes 12 nights accommodation with Breakfast and Dinner in India

- Prices are Per Person on Twin Sharing Basis

- Prices are based on fixed departures in group, traveling with other pax by Private Air-conditioned vehicle on SIC (Seat in Coach) basis.

- Prices include the services of an English Speaking through guide (From Chennai till Cochin) for all sight seeing and Single entrance fee to all monuments mentioned in the itinerary.

- Tour can be customized as per your requirement

- Hotels mentioned above or similar will be provided

- Important : All hotels observe 12 Noon as check-in/check-ot time.

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