Blissful South Indian Tour

Day 01: Chennai/Madras

Welcome to the Gate way of South. Arrival at Chennai and transfer to the Hotel. Check in your pre booked hotel. Afternoon sight seeing of Madras including a visit to Santhome Cathedral, Kapaleeswar Temple, Marina Beach, Govt. Museum and Art Gallery. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 02 & 03: Madras– Kacheepuram – Mahabalipuram

Break fast.
Drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visit Kancheepuram ,. At Kancheepuram Visit the temples and Silk Weaving centres . On arrival check in at beach resort at Manhabalipuram. Sight seeing at Mahabalipuram visit Five Rathas ( Chariots) Shore temple, Arjuna’s penance and Krishna Mandapram all built in the Dravidian temple architecture on 7th century. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.


Day 04 & 05: Mahabalipuram – Pondichery

Break fast.
Drive to Pondichery, on arrival check in at the hotel. Visit Matrimandir, Aurobindo Ashram in the afternoon. Roman Settlement Known as ‘Poduke’ to the classical geographers of Greece and Rome, the ancient port of Pondicherry flourished from the 2nd century BC. Pondicherry was traditionally a seat of learning and Vedic culture. 8-km north of Pondicherry is Auroville. Sri Aurobindo started his Ashram to train others in his comprehensive and world-accepting system of spirituality. Overnight at Pondichery.


Day 06 : Pondichery – Tanjore

Breakfast.
Later leave Pondicherry by surface for Tanjore. En route visit Chidambaram. On arrival at Tanjore check in at the hotel. Evening visit the imposing Brihadeswara Temple, Tanjore palaxce and Veena making centre. The most important tourist attraction in Tanjore include the 10th century Brihadeshwara Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva with a huge Shiva Lingam and a stone sculpture of the Nandi Bull. The Temple has been included in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Monuments. The 14th century Tanjore Palace & Art Gallery is another major attraction of Tanjore. Other worth visiting tourist attractions on your Tanjore Tour include the Gangaikondacolapuram Temple, Royal Museum, Serfoji Memorial Hall, Marattah Durbar Hall, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Schwartz Church, Rajagopala Beerangi. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 07: Tanjore – Trichy

Breakfast.
Later drive to Trichy. Trichy has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. On arrival at Trichy check in at hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 08 & 09 : Trichy – Madurai

Later drive to Madurai, the city of the largest living Temple of South India via Trichy . En route visit the Srirangam and Rock Fort Temples at Trichy. On arrival at Madurai check in at hotel. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers. 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. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 10 : Madurai – Thekkady/Periyar

Breakfast.
Proceed to Thekkady/Periyar. On arrival at Thekkady check in the Hotel. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. The pride of Kerela and a testimony to nature’s splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. In addition to elephant rides, cruises on the lake and treks to the ruined Mangala Devi temple – a beautiful old stone temple situated in the heart of the Thekkady forest, this sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 11 : Thekkady / Periyar – Munnar

Breakfast.
Later in the morning drive to munnar. On arrival at Munnar check in hotel. Munnar hills are situated in the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kundala. Situated 1600 metre above sealevel, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 12 : Munnar – House Boat

Proceed to Kumarakom. On arrival at Kumarakom check in the house boat. House Boat for an exciting cruise through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Cruise through the palm fringed canals, watch the Paddy fields, village folk. Relax on board hearing lullaby of the wind and waves.
Overnight on board.


Day 13 : House Boat – Marari

Proceed to Mararikulam. On arrival at Mararikulam check in at the hotel. A typical fisherman village with white sanded, palm fringed beach. The village of Mararikulam is tucked away behind a line of dense palms that rise like a sudden rampart of green out of the sands. Like all villages, it has evolved naturally, in picturesque disorder.
Overnight at the hotel.


Day 14 & 15 : Marari – Cochin

Later drive to Cochin, the palm green commercial capital of Kerala. On arrival check in at the hotel Afternoon start the sight seeing of the City. Visit the St. Francis Church, the oldest Church of India, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Chinese Fishing Nets. Evening watch the spectacular Kathakali show.
Overnight at hotel.


Day 16 : Departure