Arrive Chennai. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative at the airport, which escort you till check in hotel.
Chennai is the cultural heartland & gateway to the South India. Here on the east coast, ancient traditions of classical dance, music, arts, handicrafts,Then when great commercial companies of the Portuguese, British, French and Dutch set up their centers in and around Chennai in the 18th century trading families from other parts of India flocked in and added to the culture of this great sea port.Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: In Chennai
Breakfast at the hotel followed by sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting — the national art gallery & museum, Fort St George, a drive along the marina beach, St. Mary’s church and Mylapore temple. Afternoon free to explore the city. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Chennai-Mahabalipuram
Morning post breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram; enroute visit Kanchipuram. The Golden City of Kanchipuram has about 125 shrines, all of them centuries old, dating back to the early collapse of 200 B.C. It was successively the capital of the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Rayas of Vijayanagara. The height of Kanchi’s glory was when it was the capital of the far-flung empire of the Pallavas from the 6th to the 8th centuries when Mahabalipuram and Mylapore were its great ports. All that is left are its magnificent temples.
Continue drive to 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 the living rock. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
Morning post breakfast drive to Pondicherry. This was the former capital of the French territories in India. Landmarks include the Raj Nivas, the residence of the Lt. Governor of Pondicherry – a handsome 200-year-old building which faces Government Park (French Place) with its well laid out paths and lawns.
Pondicherry was the former capital of the French territories in India. Landmarks include the Raj Nivas, the Pondicherry Museum Aurobindo Ashram, and the best known landmark of Pondicherry.Transfer on arrival and check in at hotel.On arrival check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Pondicherry-Trichy
Morning post breakfast drive to Trichy. In the morning after breakfast, leave Pondicherry for Trichy en route visiting Chidambaram. Chidambaram is a sprawling ancient temple renowned for its architecture encompassing the complete pose sequences of the classical South Indian, Bharat Natyam dance; from which originated the revived dance in its present popular form.Continue drive to Trichy.
Is a historic town and was for a period the capital of the Chola rulers. Visit the Rock Fort, 300 ft. (90 m) high, which dominates the landscape. At its summit is a Ganesha Temple, a popular place of worship inspite of the steep climb involved – 434 steps.
There is a 100-pillar mandapam which was used for music concerts and religious discourses. A fine view of the city can be had from the fort. Visit the island of Srirangam across the River Kaveri – 3 miles (5 km. ) Away.
The temple here is practically a town in itself with several residential streets within its 1 sq. mile together with a number of shopping streets. Its annual winter festival attracts thousands of devotees. The visitor can wander around freely in most parts of the temple.Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Trichy-Tanjore-Madurai (approx. 142km)
Morning post breakfast drive to Madurai; enroute visit Tanjore. Tanjore is famous for the Brihadeeswara Temple hasgopurams over 90 ft. (27 m) high and are exquisitely sculpted. They lead to a vast courtyard in which the main temple stands guarded by two sentries carvedout of single stones. Facing the sanctum is a Nandi (bull) Shiva’s favorite vehicle. The corridors around the sanctum have many sculptures as well as Chola frescoes which were recently discovered. The Palace and the remains of the fort that surround it can still be seen. Members of the former royal family of Thanjavur still occupy some apartments in the inner recesses, but the Palace is now mainly used as an art gallery.
Visit the famous Brihadeeswara Temple, which has gopurams over 90 ft. (27 m) high and are exquisitely sculpted & the Saraswati library.
Continue drive to Madurai. Madurai, known as the City of Festivals, Madurai is the most ancient home of culture and the first TamilAcademy was founded here by scholars and pious kings. The town has developed encircling the famous MeenakshiTemple 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.On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: In Madurai
Morning post breakfast proceed for city tour. 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 MeenakshiTemple.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.
The evening “Aarti” is a must see for all visitors. The Consort of Goddess Durga – Shiva, is brought to her chamber in procession. This procession goes around the temple, and has various short ceremonies at different shrines, before the final prayer at the entrance of her chamber. The entire procession takes 45 mins.Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Madurai-Kanyakumari-Kovalam
Morning post breakfast drive to Kovalam; enroute visit Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari – The southern most end of the mainland of Indian subcontinent. Kanyakumari unique in itself for being amongst the very few places in the country where you could watch a sunrise and also a sunset sitting in the very same spot. Also famous for the Kumari Amman temple!Much more than just a tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, Vivekananda rock is more of a sacred monument dedicated to one of the most revered spiritual leaders – Swami Vivekananda. Visit beach , temple the Vivekananda Memorial.
Continue drive to Kovalam. The town of Kovalam is situated along the Malabar Coast in the state of Kerala in South India. Kovalam is a famous beach destination visited by Indian and international tourists all round the year. It is 15 km from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram.On arrival check in hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: In Kovalam
Morning breakfast in hotel. Day free at leisure by own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Kovalam-Alleppey
Morning post breakfast drive to Alleppey to board on House Boat.A House Boat is about 70 feet in length and has a width of around 13 feet in the middle. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. The House Boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with Sundeck, comfortable chairs, Kitchen and toilet with A/C. In addition there is also separate rest room for the crew. Traditional lanterns are used as lights. The crew includes a chef and two oarsmen. The houseboat takes you through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. The Traditional Kerala cuisine will be served on the board. Overnight on board.
Day 11: Alleppey-Cochin
Morning disembark from house boat & drive to Cochin. .Cochin, originally built by the Portuguese, has a natural harbour with lagoons, canals and fishing hamlets. One of the three biggest ports on the West Coast, it is also an industrially developed area. The coir industry is of special importance. There is golf and swimming for the sporty tourist. An excursion by boat through the backwaters is enchanting.On arrival check in hotel.Rest of the day at leisure. overnight at hotel.
Day 12: In Cochin
Morning post breakfast city tour of Cochin.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 colors the story of the epic Ramayana. Visit a JewishSynagogue – 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. There are a couple of streets of picture-postcard houses out of another age, in 17th century Dutch and traditional Kerala styles. Visit St. Francis Church – open from 09.00 to 13.00 hrs. And 14.30 to 17.30 hrs.(closed for visitors on Sundays from 08.00 to 11.00 hrs.) the oldest European Church in India. It has several antiquities including a wealth of records. These include a palm-leaf title deed the local Raja gave the Portuguese in 1503. See the Chinese Fishing Nets, along the tip of Fort Cochin unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast.
Evening witness the Kath Kali dance at the Auditorium.Kathakali performances, a dance-drama based on the ancient epics forming among the most colorful of the country’s stage tradition. Male actors in makeup that takes as much as two to three hours to apply cavort on the stage in a spellbinding display of morality-theatre. The women perform the more graceful dance form, the Mohiniattam.Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Cochin-Departure
After Breakfast In time transfer to airport to connect flight to onward destination.
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