Total Days including Arrival & Departure : 13 days
Tour Start Location : Chennai
Countries Covered : India
Tour End Location : Cochin
Day 1 : Chennai Airport to Mahabalipuram (1.5hrs)
Meet and greet on arrival at Chennai Airport.You will be received by our representative at the airport, who will take you to Mahabalipuram from Chennai by car. Enroute you can see DakshinaChithra traditional houses and handicrafts of rural Tamil Nadu. Check-in at hotel.
Night Stay: Mahabalipuram
Day 2 : Mahabalipuram Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the places like Arjuna's Penance and Tiger Cave and relax on the beach in the evening.
Night Stay: Mahabalipuram
Day 3 : Mahabalipuram to Puducherry (2 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to Puducherry, the French town. Check-in at the hotel and in the afternoon go to Paradise Beach and spend time till evening.
Night Stay: Puducherry
Day 4 : Puducherry Sightseeing
After breakfast, drive through the French colony (White town) and surrounding attractions. Visit Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram and Government Museum. Spend time in seaside promenade shopping and return back to hotel.
Night Stay: Puducherry
Day 5 : Puducherry to Tanjore (3.5 hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Tanjore by car. Check-in at the hotel and in the afternoon visit the famous places in the area. Tanjore is known for its architecture and paintings. Visit the magnificient Pragadheeswarar Temple which is known as Big Temple. This temple is special because the shade of the tower doesn't fall on the ground.
Night Stay: Tanjore
Day 6 : Tanjore to Trichy (1 hr)
After breakfast, drive to Trichy. This place is a mix of temples and monuments. Visit the Rock Fort Temple which is 83m high, and the rock is one of the oldest rocks in the world (approx. 38000 million years). Srinrangam is a 600 acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple.
Night Stay: Trichy
Day 7 : Trichy to Madurai (2hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and move to flower town Madurai by Car. Check in hotel and in the afternoon visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple, Koodalazhagar temple, Sound and Light show in the evening at 17th century Nayaks palace.
Night Stay: Madurai
Day 8 : Madurai to Periyar (3hrs)
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and get ready to travel to Periyar by car. After a morning drive through the scenic beauty on the way to Periyar, check-in at the hotel there and in the afternoon visit the wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 777 sq km.
Night Stay: Periyar
Day 9 : Periyar Sightseeing
After breakfast, visit the wonderful places in the area. In Periyar, there is a 26 sq km artificial lake. It serves as natural habitat for wild boars, elephants and antelopes. Watch them on the banks of the river during a boat cruise.
Night Stay: Periyar
Day 10 : Periyar to Alleppey Houseboat
After breakfast, travel to a houseboat from Alleppey. A houseboat cruise in these backwaters is a delightful experience. Enjoy evening in the sun deck.
Night Stay: Alleppey Houseboat
Day 11 : Alleppey Houseboat to Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Cochin. Check-in at the hotel and spend time visiting the attractions in Cochin which includes Mattanchery Palace, St Francis Church and Jewish Synagogue.
Night Stay: Cochin
Day 12 : Cochin Sightseeing
After breakfast, get ready to explore the nature of Cochin. Main attractions of Cochin are natural harbour, cruise through the back waters. Relax in the afternoon, Spend the evening by enjoying the Kathakali dance show in an auditorium before you get back to the hotel.
Night Stay: Cochin
Day 13 : Drop to Cochin Airport.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Cochin Airport to board the flight to your onward destination.Tour ends
Cochin, for centuries the hub of Indias spice and tea trade, Fort Cochin occupies the northern tip of a peninsula dividing the mouth of the Vembanad Lake from the Arabian Sea. Its low-rise, red-tiled skyline bears the imprint of its former colonial residents: Lusitanian chapels, Jewish synagogues, Dutch burghers houses, Armenian mansions, and British bungalows and godowns (warehouses) all survive in the Forts grid of narrow lanes the largest collection of early colonial buildings in Asia. Visitors can savour the atmosphere of bygone eras by staying in one of the beautiful heritage hotels that have opened around the waterfront.
The pride of Kerala and a testimony to natures splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar Lake – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.
One of South India’s great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD.Chennai may be the capital of Tamil Nadu, but Madurai claims its soul. Madurai is Tamil-born and Tamil-rooted, one of the oldest cities in India, a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome and was a great capital long before Chennai was even dreamed of.Tourists, Indian and foreign, come here for the celebrated Meenakshi Amman Temple, a dazzling maze-like structure ranking among India's greatest
Mahabalipuram is situated about 60 odd kilometers from Chennai,Tamil Nadu.Mahabalipuram was a sea-port during the time of Periplus (1st century AD) and Ptolemy (AD 140).The monuments at Mahabalipuram got the status of UNESCO’S World Heritage Site in 1984.The Shore Temples at Mahabalipuram is the only surviving temple of a set of seven such temples. The other temples are assumed to have submerged in the ocean.Truly a masterpiece, this site never fails to impress people.
A float in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) via the spell binding backwaters of Alleppey is positive to rob your heart. Palm fringed slender canals winding through the huge expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets coated up alongside bothaspects of the canals are panoramic points of interest you could by no means overlook. A house boat is about 67 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 main wood used is Anjili. The house boats have fully furnished single and double rooms with sundeck, private balcony with comfortable chairs, kitchen and toilet with WC.
Tanjore is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.It is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the great living Chola temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monument, are located in and around Thanjavur. The most popular among those are Brihadeswara Temple which is located in the centre of the city.Thanjavur is also famous for its local paintings.There are many places, structures and ancient establishments developed with Vedic engineering that are considered mysterious.The Tanjore big temple contains more than 100 underground passages to various places.
A welcome respite from the citys frenzied streets is the exquisite tomb of Akbar, on the northern outskirts, which rises from parkland grazed by gazelles and black-faced langur monkeys – like a picture from a Mughal miniature. The ghostly ruins of the palace complex the great Mughal emperor built, after his conquest of Gujarat, on a ridge 28 miles (45 km) southwest at Fatehpur Sikri is Agras other obligatory day trip.
Trichi is the geographic centre of Tamil Nadu.Trichy has a strong character and long history.Trichy may have been a capital of the early Cholas in the 3rd century BC.Situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu.The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India. The city is famous for artificial diamonds, the grand old Trichinopoly cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.
|City||Premium||Luxury||Once In A Life Time|
|Cochin||P J Prices Regency||The Taj Gateway hotel||The Taj Gateway hotel|
|Periyar||The Mountain Courtyard (4 Star)||Green Woods Nature Resorts (5 Star)||Green Woods Nature Resorts (5 Star)|
|Madurai||Fortune Pandiyan||Heritage Madurai||Luxury Hotel|
|Mahabalipuram||TGI Landmark Pallavaa||Golden Bay Resorts||Chariot Beach Resort|
|Alleppey Houseboat||Premium Houseboat||Luxury Houseboat||Top Luxury Houseboat|
|Tanjore||Lakshmi Hotel||Sangam Hotel Tanjore||Sangam Hotel Tanjore|
|Puducherry||Promenade Hotel Pondicherry||Windflower Beach Resort||Le Pondy Beach Resort|
|Trichy||Hotel Femina||Sangam Hotel Trichy||Sangam Hotel Trichy|