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South India Tour

12 Days / 11 Nights
Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicheery – Thanjayuvr – Trichy – Madurai – Periyar- Kumarakom – Allepey – Cochin
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Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights Language:
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Best Time to Visit: Jan Feb Mar Oct Nov Dec
Primary Activities: Ayurvedic Massage Backwater Cruise Beach Tours Bird Watching Boating Elephant Safari Spa Temple Tours Tiger Safari Village Tour Wildlife Safari Other Activities: Art and Handicraft Buddhist Monuments Cooking Lessons Culture Tour Food Safari Music And Dance Nature Walk Photography Trekking Tribal Tour
Nearest City: Chennai Mahabalipuram Pondicheery Thanjayuvr Trichy Madurai Thekkady Allepey / Alappuzha Cochin / Kochi Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport ( Chennai MAA ) Cochin International Airport ( Cochin COK )
Nearest Railway Station: CHENNAI CENTRAL ( MAS ) Cochin ( CHTX ) Activity Level: Basic
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Trip Code: Tam/Che/adm/029 Wild Tour: Eco-Friendly Educational Adventures Family Group Spiritual Weekend Beach Tours
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Elephants Tigers Otters Nilgiri Langurs Common Langurs Bonnet Macaques Lion Tailed Macaque Malabar Squirrel Wild Boar Sambar Barking Deer Mouse Deer Nilgiri Tahr Dhole Porcupines Gaur And Sloth Bears Flying Snake Flying Lizard Flying Squirrel And The Flying Frog Pythons King Cobras Darters Cormorants Ospreys Kingfishers Racket Tailed Drongos Fish Owls Kites Great Hornbills Gray Hornbills Hill Mynahs Grey Herons White Egrets And Orioles
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The South India is an almost not having come in contact by invasions throughout its history, has its heritage more intact than any other regions of the country. With a medley of rich cultural heritage, mesmerizing backwaters, deep ravines, glinting sea beaches, verdant hills, seamless coastline, tapering palm trees and bright, sunny mornings, South is truly titled as God's own country. The south offers incredible scenery, with brightly decorated surrounding, cultural monuments and wondrous temples, Ayurvedic treatments and the relishing cuisines. Brimming with sprightliness. Come let us enjoy a bit of everything!The South India is an almost not having come in contact by invasions throughout its history, has its heritage more intact than any other regions of the country. With a medley of rich cultural heritage, mesmerizing backwaters, deep ravines, glinting sea beaches, verdant hills, seamless coastline, tapering palm trees and bright, sunny mornings, South is truly titled as God's own country. The south offers incredible scenery, with brightly decorated surrounding, cultural monuments and wondrous temples, Ayurvedic treatments and the relishing cuisines. Brimming with sprightliness. Come let us enjoy a bit of everything!

    Trip Highlights Activities Included: - Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicheery – Thanjayuvr – Trichy – Madurai – Periyar- Kumarakom – Allepey – Cochin
    • Chennai: St. George Fort, Parthasarthi Temple, Kapaleeswarar Temple,Kanchipuram: Kailasanatha Temple, The Sri Ekambarnathar Temple, Dakshinchitra
    • Mahabalipuram: Arjuna’S Penance, The Shore Templ.
    • Pondicheery: Auroville Ashram.
    • Thanjore: The Brihadeeswara Temple.
    • Chidambaram: The Nataraja Temple, The Palace, Rock Fort Temple, The Jambukeshwara Temple. Madurai: Meenakshi Temple.
    • Kumarakom: Enchanting Villages Of God’s Own Country.
    • Allepey: Houseboat
    • Cochin: St. Francis Church, Kathakali Dance Performacne

Day 1: Arrive- Chennai

Upon your arrival at Chennai airport/ railway station, you will be escorted to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.

Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (68 Kms – 02 Hrs)

After having breakfast today you will be taken for sightseeing of Chennai. Chennai is also famous for Beaches & Temples. The Marina beach, stretched over an area of 13 km, is the second longest beach in Asia. Presently used as the state secretariat, the St. George Fort. One of the many old temples of Chennai is the Parthasarthi Temple of Lord Krishna. Then you will visit Kapaleeswarar Temple, the oldest temple of Lord Shiva in Chennai. After sightseeing of Chennai, you will start drive to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram. On the way you will visit the city of Kanchipuram covering Kailasanatha Temple of Lord Siva, Kailasanatha is the oldest structure in Kanchipuram, covering nine hectares. Its 59 m high gopuram and massive outer stone wall. Inside are five separates enclosures and a 1000- pillared hall. The temple’s name is said to be a modified form of Eka Amra Nathar, the Lord of the Mango tree. And in one of the enclosure is a very old mango tree with four branches representing the four Vedas. The fruit of each of the four branches is said to have a different taste and a plaque nearby claims that the tree is 3500 years old. Post lunch drive down to Dakshinchitra. The Dakshinchitra is called in this context, means ‘Picture of South India’. A trip down Dakshinachitra takes you back to traditional home architecture from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Upon your arrive Mahabalipuram in the evening and check in hotel. Dinner & overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram- Pondicheery (100 Kms – 03 Hrs)

After Morning breakfast you will start towards for a sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. Visit to Arjuna’s Penance carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjuna’s Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya. The Shore Temple this beautiful and romantic temple, ravaged by wind of sea. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Krishna Mandapam there are eight mandapams, which is shallow, rock-cut halls scattered over the main hill. The Temples made from a single rock, temples and strives of different structures, and bas-reliefs which are so artistic and sheer creativity. The mahabalipuram is the beauty of the place is not only due to these architecture but the vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach the classical hand male crafts around have made them all to form what is a collective splendor. Any visitor who visits mahabalipuram will remain startled and intoxicated with the grandeur. They feel hand hearted and more out from this historical and fascinating tourist spot. You will Post sightseeing drive down to Pondicherry. The Pondicherry have recorded history after the advent of the Colonial Powers like the Dutch, Portuguese, English and the French. Neat & charming, Pondicherry has a beautiful beach & a refreshing sea. Arrive at Pondicherry on before Afternoon, check in hotel. The Tourist attractions in Pondicherry lie in its ambiance. Old French style buildings, churches and museums, tree lined boulevards along the seashore would remind you of a bygone era. The laid back township, pristine beach and the palm trees swaying in breeze bring a slice of serenity. The only sound you can hear is the waves crashing against the rocks and the chirping of the birds. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Day 4: Pondicheery-thanjore (153 Km –04-05 Hrs)

After having Morning breakfast start visit the rest of places of Pondicherry. The places of attraction are Sri Aurobindo Ashram where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother was lived. The Pondicherry open Museum is home to some of the most exquisite collections on architecture and sculpture. Visit the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is another interesting site in Pondicherry. The Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside promenade and historical monuments. Pondicherry is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. The city has many beautiful colonial buildings, churches, temples, and statues which, combined with the systematic town planning and the well planned French style avenues, still preserve much of the colonial ambiance. Pondicherry is also a popular weekend destination. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture, virgin beaches. On afternoon you start drive down to Thanjore. On the way you most visit Chidambaram covering the Nataraja Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located in center of the town, it is one of the most ancient temples. The top roof of the sanctum is covered with gold plates and strings. There are five halls in the temples. The Nritha Sabha is the Hall of Immortal Dance. This sabha has fifty pillars depicting dancing figures. Here, the stone pulsates with rhythm and life. Deva sabha is the hall of festivals and meeting place of the administrators. The Raja sabha is the 1000 pillars hall, which symbolizes the yogic chakra of thousand pillared lotus or Sahasraram (which in yoga is a chakra) at the crown of the head and is a seat where the soul unites with God. This chakra is represented as a 1000-petalled lotus. Upon your arrive Thanjavur in the evening and check in hotel. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 5: Thanjavur (tanjore) -trichy-madurai (195 Km- 05-06 Hrs)

Today Morning breakfast you will first start visit to The Brihadeeswara Temple .The Brihadeeswara Temple is the main attraction of Tanjore. The temple is characterised by its unique structure. The Brihadeeswara temple has a soaring vimana and a stunted gopuram. The palace also functions as a Royal Museum housing a diverse collection of royal remnants. Then you start drive down to Madurai while visiting Trichy en route you will visit to the spectacular Rock Fort Temple. The landmark of the city is on the shores of the Kaveri. The Thayumanaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated halfway to the top. It has a 100-pillar hall and a Vimana covered with gold. The Jambukeshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated just 2 km east of Srirangam and houses five concentric walls and seven gopurams. The Legend has it that an elephant once worshipped the Lord under the holy Jambu tree. There are even today at noon the 'Archakar' (priest) dresses like a female and does Pooja to Jambukeswara and 'Gou Maatha' (Cow). The noon pooja is very famous and a host of pilgrims attend it every day. On Arrival in Madurai check in hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay in Madurai.

Day 6: Visit- Madurai

After Morning breakfast, you will take sightseeing tour in side of Madurai covering Meenakshi Temple This temple is the city’s main attraction. This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town, a splendid example of Dravidian architecture. The Potrama Raikulam or the Golden Lotus Tank is the place where the Tamil literacy society, called Sangam used to meet to decide the merits of the work presented to them. The temple museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the other in beauty and Thirumalai Nayak Mahal. After then sightseeing back to hotel. Overnight stay in Madurai.

Day 7: Madurai- Periyar (247 Km – 4 Hrs)

Today Morning start toward to Periyar. Upon your arrival in Periyar, check in hotel. Rest of the time at leisure. In the evening sightseeing of local area. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 8: Visit- Periyar

Early morning enjoy the boat cruise on Lake Periyar and if you are lucky you could come across a herd of wild elephants or wild boars. Later visits small spice plantation, where we will learn about the many uses of the spices, both in medicine and local cuisine. Periyar is really famous for its wild elephants and Tiger, 100-year-old artificial lake and its setting in the beautiful thickly forested. The park is made up of tropical evergreen and moist deciduous forests, grasslands, stands of eucalyptus, and lake and river ecosystems. There are many hundreds of flowering plant taxa, including about 171 species of grass and 140 species of orchids. Afternoon relax in the hotel or enjoy Ayurvedic massage or learn to cook the Keralite delicacies from the master chef at the hotel. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 9: Periyar - Kumarakom (118kms–3 Hrs)

Morning after breakfast, drive down to Kumarakom, The Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination in India. It is famous for its backwater. The Kumarakom is one of the most enchanting villages of God’s Own Country, situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. This beautiful hamlet is a pleasing world, wrapped in quaint charm all its own. With soothing backwaters, thick mangrove forests, green paddy fields and ripe coconut groves as its accessories. The Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience. They are used only for tourists these days. A separate boat known as Kettuvallam is used by the people to go fishing or to transport goods. There are elegant special boats like Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi-Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam, Churulan Vallam and Chundan Vallam(Snake Boat), which take part in the boat races around Onam time. More than 1000 oarsmen in boats of different sizes and shapes will participate in this event. Even though Snake Boats participate in this race, the importance is given here is for iruttukuthi, in which about 50 oarsmen row. The Kumarakom boat-race is conducted in the big canal in the centre near the market. Rest of the time at leisure. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 10: Kumarakom- Allepey (45 Kms – 1.30 Hrs )

After having breakfast start drive to Alleppey, Upon your arrival check into Houseboat . The sweeping network of canals honey-combing the town of Alleppey (Alappuzha) has earned for the place its sobriquet “The Venice of the East”. Small, low-slung country boats are the taxis of this water land. It is a heartwarming sight to see them carry a motley assemblage of cycles, goats, fisher women with cane baskets, school children, toddy-tappers with their knives and pots, duennas in white and gold earrings, Syrain Christian priest and the bare chested boatman apiece. Other attractions in Allepey are Alappuzha Beach, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Laccadive Sea. The Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India. The mullackal chirap is also one of the attractions of Allapuzha which is the festive season held ten colourful days every year in the month of December. Overnight stay in house Boat.

Day 11: Allepey - Cochin (70 Kms – 1½ Hrs )

Today morning proceed to Cochin. Upon your arrival check in hotel, after taking some rest you start visit the Dutch palace, the Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church. Also view the Chinese fishing nets. Come back to hotel, sometime take relax to your body in the afternoon. In the evening you start proceed to the auditorium to witness the famous classical dance performance of Kathakalli. The Kathakali dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabarata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based in traditional Ayurvedic principles. enjoy Night view from Marine Drive. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 12: Departure- Cochin

Today we transfer to Airport / Railway station to onward your destination.

    Trip Includes
    • Well appointed rooms on the above mentioned hotels on twin sharing basis.
    • Daily breakfast in hotels.
    • A/c Taxi for all the surface transfers & sightseeing.
    • Drivers allowance, toll & parking. (Pick-up from Chennai Airport/Railway Station and drop-in at Trivandrum Airport/Railway Station)
    • All applicable hotel taxes.
    Trip Excludes
    • Any meals other than those mentioned above.
    • Any Airfare/Train fare.
    • Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entrance fees to the amusement parks & boating charges.
    • Any portage at Airport and Hotels, tips, insurance, beverages, mineral water, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature.
    • Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
    • Expenses caused by the factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, road blocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances, etc.
 
   
   
 
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