Arrive in Chennai .You will be met by our representative at the arrivals lounge and escorted till your check in at Hotel.
Chennai is the cultural heartland & gateway to the South India. Here on the east coast , ancient traditions of classical dance, music arts, handicrafts, literature, philosophy and religion have taken root and spread over India and to many parts of the world.Morning drive to Mahabalipuram.On arrival at Mahabalipuram transfer and check in to Hotel.Afternoon city tour of Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram is a beautiful beach resort which consists of a the tiny village by the sea in which all else is dwarfed by a dream world of awesome Tamil art, an open air museum of sculpture in living rock. The best known landmark of Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple, which has stood by the sea for 12 centuries. Its twin spires are pure poetry in granite.Overnight at hotel
Day 02:Mahabalipuram –Pondicherry
Morning drives to Pondicherry.On arrival transfer and check in at hotel,Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry.Pondicherry was the former capital of the French territories in India.Overnight at hotel.
Day 3:Poundicherry – Tanjore
Morning after breaksfast driver to Tanjor .Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore) is the royal city of the Cholas and Nayaks. Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjan-an asura (giant), who according to local legend devastated the neighborhood and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Vishnu. Sri Neelamegapperumal Tanjan’s last request that the city might be named after him was granted. It has been believed from the Epics that many Chola kings were ruling from Thanjavur even before Karikala Cholan.Over night at hotel
Morning Half day excursion to Trichy visiting the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganapathi 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva. The ascend is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri river. Visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which contains within its walls a bazaar as well.
Afternoon half day city tour visiting the famous city of Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara. The Temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building the pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to south India.Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 5:Tanjor – Madurai (enroute visit Trichy )
Morning after breakfast drive to Madurai, enroute visit Trichy
Trichy, situated on the banks of the Kaveri and commercial center of the fertile river deltas. Short orientation tour of the city with a visit to the Rock Fort. Visit the temple complex of Sri Rangam, the largest temple complex of Southern India, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is famous for its beautiful sculptures. In the afternoon take a city tour of Tanjore and the Brihadeeswara Temple, considered the greatest temple ever built in India. Perfect symmetries, numerous frescos and paintings will delight you. Then you will visit the Thanjavur Palace, of which only ruins are partly preserved. In the palace there is an art gallery with bronze and granite statues and historic music hall. It is home to the Saraswati Mahal Library, which contains a collection of rare palm leaf manuscripts. In the evening take part in a cooking class and receive an introduction to South Indian cuisine. Of course, you can enjoy the delicacies prepared directly.Later drive to Madurai .Overnight at hotel.
Madurai known as the City of Festivals, Madurai is the most ancient home of culture and the first Tamil Academy was founded here by scholars and pious kings. The town has developed encircling the famous Meenakshi Temple built in the Dravidian style – one for Shiva and the other for his spouse Meenakshi. It is believed that if you place a literary work in the tank of this temple, it will sink if it is worthless and float, if worthy. The temple has beautiful sculptures of Shiva. The court of a thousand pillars built in 1560 AD also has lovely sculptures. From any side inside the hall, the visitor can get a kaleidoscopic view. Outside the temple, are the Musical Pillars, which produce different swaras or notes when tapped. To the east, is the Vasanth Mandapam with life-size statues of nayakas of Madurai.Later proceeds for city tour of Madurai
The `Temple City’ was the capital of the Pandya kingdom but it was during the reign of the Nayaks (10th to the 18th century) that the magnificent Meenakshi Temple. Visit the Palace of Thirumalai Nayak, the most famous king of the Nayak dynasty. It has a great audience hall, a three-sided pavilion and a courtyard & Alagar.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: Madurai – Periyar
Morning after breakfast drive to Periyar. On arrival transfer and check in at hotel.
Periyar is spread out over an area of 300 sq. miles and one can see leopard, tiger, elephant, bison and wild bear. Evening boat ride in Lake Periyar to view wild life.Periyar Park encompasses 26 sq. km. artificial Lake Take a boat ride on the lake to view wild life and water birds. Herds of elephants and bison come to the lake. Spotted deer and Sambhar are also found here.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 8:Periyar – Alleppey
Morning drive to Alleppey to board the traditional houseboat to go on overnight leisurely backwater cruises along lake. Cruise through backwaters towards. Boat will be anchored in the backwaters along paddy field.Overnight at House boat
Day 09: Alleppey
Private boat trip along the beautiful backwater canals of Kerala is a highlight of any visit to the South. These converted rice barges or “Kettuvallams” sail along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and narrow canals where coconut and cashew is loaded onto dugouts. You pass villages built on narrow spits of land, stopping to visit local markets by bullock-cart, or to marvel at craftsmen engaged in centuries-old boat-making tradition.
The boats offer one or two cabins with a small sitting room and a crew of 2 staff and a chef. The food is authentic Kerala cuisine, purchased fresh along the way. For most of the journey, the boat is poled, sailing only between dawn and dusk. Although the accommodation on board is basic, this is an unforgettable experience. Most tourists taking this trip recall it as a fascinating experience and a unique way to see authentic Kerela life.Overnight at House Boat
Day 10:Alleppey – Cochin
Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin.Later proceed for half day city tour visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace – open from 10.00 to 15.00 hrs.(closed on Fridays and public holidays), which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663. In the ancient rooms are 17th century murals that relate in vibrant colour the story of the epic Ramayana. Visit a Jewish Synagogue – open 10.00 to 12.00 hrs. & 15.00 to 17.00 hrs.(closed on all Saturdays and Jewish holidays) in Jew Town and Fort Cochin Area – Legend dates Jewish trade with Kerala from the times of King Solomon.Over night hotel
Day 11: Leave Cochin
Later in time transfer to International airport to connect flight to onwards destinations
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