Number of Days :18
Chennai – Mammalapuram – Pondicherry – Tanjaore – Trichy – Madurai – Rameswaram – Thekkady -Munnar- Cochin – Alapuzha – Trivandrum – Kanyakumari
Our friendly driver will be waiting for you at the Airport he will take you to the hotel in the city. After taking rest get ready for a city tour in & around Madras – Visit Kabaleswar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Marina Beach, Fort Museum, National Art gallery, St. Thomas mount, Little mount shrine, Valluvarkottam, sittrarengam etc. – back to the hotel by evening – enjoy the night stay.
At Mamamallapuram Beach holiday.In the morning you will be transferred to resort at Mamallapuram. Enjoy the sun and surf anywhere at the twenty-kilometre stretch of Golden beach. After lunch and relaxation, set out to enjoy the seventh century town, which has a vast beach line. On a sightseeing tour, marvel at the stone-made sculptures, caves, chariots and temples of the Pallava period.You will also visit Arjuna’s Penance – the largest bas-relief in the world. Come back to your resort for a refreshing dinner.Overnight stay at your resort.
Onto Pondicherry Visit Auroville Town.After Break fast Drive to Pondicherry (105 km) – city with a uniqiue Anglo-French background. Check in Hotel and relax.After lunch,visit world famous Aurobindo Ashram-abode of the twentieth centuary saint and philosopher Sri Aurobindo.Later visit Aurobindo town -a oasis of peace and enlightenment desinged by the french architect ,Back to Hotel.
Onto Tanjore.World heritage Monument.After Break fast we drive to Tanjore.the ‘Rice bowl’.Arrive at tanjore afternoon and relax.Evening visit the Brahadeswara Temple- World heritage Monument.Enjoy the architecture.Also be awed bythe majesty of the palces.Dinner at hotel and stay.
After breakfast, sit back in your car and drive to Trichy.Trichy is along the beautiful Cauvery River; enjoy the landscapes on your route. Arrive by afternoon in Trichy – the city blessed by a fine blend of history, religion and commercial activity. Check into your resort and relax.By afternoon, we visit Rock Fort temple – a boulder of giant proportions perched on top of a hill, with images carved into it. Take a deep breath and climb the 437 odd steps from the entrance to the summit.
Visit Sri Rangam.Today free for shoping and Lunch at resort relax.
In the evening, visit Sri Rangam Temple sprawled on an island in the river Cauvery. Gaze up at the twenty-five magnificent towers of the temple surrounded by seven walls. Mind you, this temple was built around the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Back in the resort enjoy your dinner. Overnight in your resort.
Onto Madurai -Visit the amazing Meenakshi Temple Complex. After
breakfast,we set out to Madurai. Sit back and relax in your car seat. You are about to enter a very special city. Madurai is over 2500 years old and is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu.Check in to your hotel at Madurai by noon. After lunch,visit the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple.There are four entrances to this amazing temple complex set in six hectares.Marvel at the truly majestic towers, twelve of them,pointing skywards at 45 to 50 metres. Beat some of the stone pillars in the complex with any hard object and feel incredible on hearing sweet metal sounds. You now know why they are called musical pillars. By the way, the total number of pillars in the temple is a staggering one thousand. Enjoy a light and sound spectacle and back to the hotel by 8 p.m. Enjoy a fine dinner. You had an exciting day. Go to bed early.
Madurai – Excursion to Rameshwaram –Madurai (360kms – 10 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram ( 180Km – 5Hrs) – the most sacred temple town of India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend has it that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai for dinner. Overnight stay at hotel.
Onto Thekkady Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. After an breakfast, we drive you to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Arrive at the Sanctuary by fore noon and check into your hotel. Enjoy your lunch. A little later, we take you on a memorable boat ride through Lake Periyar in the heart of the sanctuary.come across elephants and bison grazing on the banks.You can also opt for an elephant safari through the forest, if you are interested.Enjoy your dinner at the hotel.Overnight at your hotel.
A Day at periyar.Experience Spice Tour, Jungle Safari A pleasure tour day at Thekkady – Enjoy a spice Tour near Thekkady to familiarise with the great spices of Kerala. – In the afternoon enjoy a jungle safari with an expert guide in the forest ranges of Periyar – Back to the resort by evening – overnight stay
Departure for Munnar after Breakfast. Check in at Munnar Hotel.
Munnar is 135 KM from Cochin and drive time is approximately 4 hrs.The land of rolling hills and tea estates, Munnar is 6500 feet above sea level and highest peak of South India.Visit Pothamedu valley view, and trek through the tea estates in the evening. Option (extra cost) for boating in the river is available.Overnight at Hotel.
Full day sight seeing of Munnar Sightseeing trip to rajamallai.Eravikulam national park, where you can see Nilgiri tahr – a rare species of goat found only in the high altitudes.Rajamallai is a haven for trekkers.Overnight at Hotel
Drive to Queen of Arabian sea(Cochin) 135 km 4/5 hrs.Check in Hotel.After noon Boat ride.Places of importance include Fort Cochin,Chinese fishing nets,Mattancherry Jewish synagogue and Dutch Palace.Evening For Shopping and Visit Kathakali centre to exprence the most popular performing art of kerala.There is an enlightening ‘Mudra (gestures) & Make-up’ demonstration too. Reach back your hotel by 8 p.m. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay.
After Break fast Move to Southern Venince (Alapauzha) Check in House boat. Enroute you can see many romantic beauty of the nature which will remind you that you are in the “God’s Own Country”. You an view coconut palm fringed canals and local people going for a fresh catch of the day & Tapping of toddy (Local beverages) from palm trees. Rest of the day at leisure.Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Alleppey, Proceed to Cape Comerin.Check out from the Houseboat by forenoon & proceed to Kanyakumari (Cape comerin) Arrive at Kanyakumari – the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal – by afternoon and check into your hotel. Enjoy lunch and relax. Leave your hotel in time to watch the glorious sunset from the seashore.Dinner at your hotel.Overnight at your hotel.
Visit Vivekananda Memorial Onto Kovalam.Awake in time to see the stunning sunrise view in the Bay of Bengal. After breakfast,board a boat to the just offshore Vivekananda Memorial – located on a huge rock, in memory of Swami Vivekananda, the Great Indian spiritual leader.Back to the mainland by forenoon.Time to drive to Kovalam – the famous palm-fringed beach. Arrive at Kovalam in the afternoon and check into your beach resort.Soon be in the silvery sands. Enjoy the sun, sea and surf. Rule the beach as long as you please. Dinner at the resort’s restaurant. Overnight at your resort.
Be at the Beach.A full day at the Kovalam beach. The day’s plans are for you to chart. Shall we suggest some: Beach volleyball. Kattamaram (traditional boat) fishing trip… Enjoy the hospitality and overnight at your resort.
Enjoy City Tour at Trivandrum Leave Kerala.After breakfast, you may be taken for a city tour covering various museums & historical monuments in & around Trivandrum. In time transfer to the Airport for a safe & comfortable return journey.