South India Tour
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Destination Covered: Tamil Nadu – Pondicherry - Kerala
- Day 1: Chennai
On arrival transferred to Hotel. After Checking into hotel,go for a city tour.
Chennai, capital of Tamilnadu, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science.
Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.
- Day 2: Chennai – Pondicherry (165 kms)
After Breakfast depart to Pondicherry.On Arrival check in to the hotel. Go for a half day sightseeing Covering Aurobindo Ashram. French War Memorial, Aayi Mandapam, a 19th Century Lighthouse, Romain Rolland Library, the Museum etc .Spend the Evening in the sandy Beaches. Night Back to the hotel for Overnight stay.
- Day 3: Pondicherry – Tanjore (170 kms)
After Breakfast proceeds to Tanjore, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tanjore.
Tanjore home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional handicrafts, Tanjore is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.
- Day 4: Tanjore – Madurai (200 kms)
After Breakfast drive to Madurai .On arrival check in to the hotel. After noon go for a half day city tour.
Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent “Meenakshi – Sundereshwara Temple” Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.
- Day 5: Madurai – Munnar
IAfter Breakfast drive to Munnar "The beautiful and peaceful hill station covered with unending expanse of tea plantation" via Valara and Cheeyappara water falls. On arrival in Munnar check in to the Hotel. Rest of the day free for individual activities.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
- Day 6: Munnar Sightseeing
After breakfast sight seeing tour of Munnar, visit Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty dam, Kundala Dam, Eco point, Tea plantations.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
- Day 7: Munnar - Thekkady (100 kms)
After breakfast drive to Periyar and transferred to the Hotel.’ The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary' – Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the fascinating natural wildlife reserves. It's spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat in the lake. Evening boating in Periyar Lake to watch wild animals.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
- Day 8: Thekkady - Kumarakom
After Breakfast Proceed to Kumarakom .Check in to the hotel .Rest of the day is free to enjoy in the backwaters.
Over night stay at the resort.
- Day 9: Kumarakom – Aleppy (House Boat)
Check in to your House boat by noon, for a thrilling experience on the backwaters of Kerala .On this cruise you can enjoy beautiful villages, paddy fields, small churches, temples and day-to-day life of village people. Your crew will cook you delicious meals on board the boat. Over night stay on your Houseboat.
- Day 10: Aleppy – Cochin
After Breakfast Check out From House boat by around 9.30Am & proceed to Cochin. Go for a half day sightseeing Covering Fort Cochin, Jewish Synagogue, Mattanchery Et., etc. Evening you will dropped to the Airport / Railway Station for Your Flight Back Home.