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Best Of South India
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12 days
Duration
7 / 10
Physicality
India
Location
11/01/2017
Start Date

TOUR DESCRIPTION

  1. Kanchipuram Temple complex.
  2. Panch Rathas, Arjuna Penance and the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram.
  3. In Trichy, cover Rock Fort, Srirangam and Thiruvanaikkaval
  4. Temple tour of Madurai.
  5. Visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Boat Ride at Lake Periyar, Spice plantation tour and Kalari show.
  6. Stay in Alleppey backwater and cruise in Kerala backwaters.
  7. In Cochin, Kathakali Dance, Mattancherry palace and Jewish Synagogue.
  8. Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours.
  9. Assistance at airport and sightseeing tours by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  10. Start in Chennai and End in Cochin.

DEPARTURE / RETURN
Chennai / Cochin
DEPARTURE TIME
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare
Accommodations
Local transportation
Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity
IMPORTANT NOTES

1N Chennai, 2N Mahabalipuram, 1N Pondicherry, 1N Trichy, 2N
Madurai, 1N Thekkady, 1N Kumarakom, 1N Alleppey HB, 1N Cochin


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Day 1: departure

Meet our representative upon arrival in Chennai - the capital city of Tamil Nadu is sited on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. It has played a very crucial role in the traditional, historical and academic growth of the country, representing the different elements of the highest variety of the Dravidian civilization. Also, considered as the cultural hub of South India which is famous for its affluent heritage in classical dance, music, architecture, sculpture, crafts, etc. After reaching, proceed to hotel and check-in for overnight stay.

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Day 2:

Drive to Mahabalipuram - the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram, and a wander round the town’s great, World Heritage–listed temples and carvings inflames the imagination, especially at sunset. Take an excursion to Kanchipuram - Visit the Ekambaranatha Temple, Vaishnavite Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Kailasanatha Temple. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

3

Day 3:

After breakfast proceed to explore highlights of Mahabalipuram – covering Panch Rathas, Arjunas Penance and the Shore Temple. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

4

Day 4:

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Pondicherry- the older part of this former French colony has a lot of quiet, clean, shady, cobbled streets, lined with mustard-yellow colonial townhouses numbered in an almost logical manner. You will probably spend most of your time in this part of town, old Pondicherry may well seem a sea of tranquility. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. Later, proceed to visit half-day sightseeing tour of Pondicherry covering Auroville, Aurobindo ashram, Museum and Church of sacred hearts of Jesus. Overnight in Pondicherry.

5

Day 5:

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive towards Trichey. Arrive Trichey and check-in at the hotel. Later, proceed for the visit of visit Rock Fort, Srirangam and Thiruvanaikkaval. Overnight stay in Tanjore.

6

Day 6:

After early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Madurai. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Madurai.

7

Day 7:

Visit the Meenakshi Temple, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Tirumalai Nayak and Koodal Azhagar Temple. In the evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple. Overnight Madurai.

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Day 8:

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady (Periyar) and on arrival check-in at the hotel. Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Periyar. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats in Kerala, is the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. Periyar wildlife sanctuary has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Herds of playful wild elephants have made Periyar Lake their favorite haunt for frolicking in the water. They can be witnessed bathing and swimming here. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake to view the wildlife at close quarters. Other inhabitants of Periyar include the leopard, wild dog, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, sambhar, porcupines, squirrels, gaur (Indian bison), wild boar and sloth bear. Later, take a spice plantation tour. The aroma and pleasant ambiance of the spice and tea plantations of Periyar are fascinating. Spices found in Thekkady include pepper, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric, vanilla and curry leaves. In evening, watch traditional Kalari show. (Optional) - You can also enjoy an elephant ride in Periyar. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9:

After breakfast, check-out and proceed to Kumarakom - a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Spend the rest of the day at beautiful resort of Kumarakom. (Optional) explore the Kerala Backwaters through sunset cruise at Vembanad Lake. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.

10

Day 10:

Proceed to Alleppey by road after breakfast. After arrival, check-in at the houseboat in backwaters of Kerala. Alleppey is a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the picturesque Vembanad Lake dotted with innumerable traditional country rafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake flows into the mainland, making a labyrinth of lagoons, canals and waterways. Spend the rest of the day cruising through beautiful backwaters. Overnight at the Alleppey houseboat.

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Day 11:

After breakfast, proceed to Serene Cochin which is amalgam of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast. Enjoy city tour covering Mattanchery Palace- gifted to the king of Cochin, by Portuguese in 1555, about 500 year old Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, local spices market followed by colorful performing art – Kathakali Dance. Later in the evening, return to the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 12: return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cochin airport for return flight back home. End of Services.

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