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Duration: 16 Days 15 Nights
Description : Temples of South India and Highlights of Kerala

DAY 01: BOMBAY-CHENNAI (By Flight)
Morning: Arrive Chennai
Met and Greet at Airport
Transfer to Airport
Rest of the Morning FREE
14:00 – Visit Govt. Museum Complex Art & Bronze Gallery, Drive through Panoramic view of Old Part of Chennai – George Town, Egmore Railway Station, Rippon Building, Victoria Hall, Central Railway Station, Southern Railway Head Quarters (All British style Heritage Buildings), Flower Markets High Court Buildings. Visit – Fort complex – Fort Museum & St. Mary’s Church and panoramic Marina Beach and Santhome Cathedral Church & Kapaleeshwar Temple.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Chennai

DAY 02:CHENNAI –KANCHIPURAM (76 Km-2,30hrs) – MAHABLIPURAM (67 Km – 02 Hrs)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Leave by Car for Leave by Car for Kanchipuram – (The Golden city 76 Kms south west of Madras, has a long history, it was a capital of successive dynasties of Hindu Rulers. Huen Tsang, the Chinese traveller also visited the place in 07th Century. Visit the Group of temples of Tiruparuttipuram dating from the 09th to 16th Century AD. Even older are the two great temples of Shiva and Vishnu, namely the Kailashnath and the Vaikunthanatha Perumal Temples, built by the Pallava Kings.)
Visit the Temples, city and Silk Shops.
You can have LUNCH in one of the Local Restaurant and taste the Local cuisine and then proceed to Mahablipuram (This tourist destination has been listed amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance and ancientness of the sculptures and temples which depict its historical past and traditional legacy and also about the Dravidian civilization. The major attraction of Mahabalipuram is the Shore temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, sited on the Bay of Bengal with the gateway from the Western side away from the sea).
LATE AFTERNOON – Arrive & Proceed to Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mahablipuram
DAY 03: MAHABLIPURAM
Breakfast in the Hotel
Visit the Shore Temple
Rest of the Day Free on the Beach
Overnight stay at the Beach Hotel in Mahablipuram

Day 03: MAHABLIPURAM – PONDICHERRY (100 Km – 02 Hrs)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Leave by Car for Pondicherry (The Former French colony settled in the early 18th Century, is a charming and enduring pocket of French culture set beside the sea) SRI AUROBINDO ASHRAM: Founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926, this ashram is one of the most popular in India with Westerners and is also one of the most affluent . After Aurobindo’s death, spiritual authority passed to one of his devotees, a French Woman known as The Mother, who herself died in 1973 aged 97.

AFTERNOON – Arrive & Proceed to Hotel
After Check-in, Visit – AUROVILLE – just over the border in Tamil Nadu, Auroville is the brainchild of the Mother and was designed by French architect Roger Anget. It was conceived as an experiment in international living. The Project has 70 settlements spread over 20 Km and about 1200 resident (two thirds of whom are foreigners.). Stroll around the Marine Plaza
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pondicherry

DAY 04: PONDICHERRY – Chidambaram (63Km-1H,15Min)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Leave by Car for Chidambaram. Visit Nataraj Temple, which is located in the center of Chidambaram. The temple was built over 1,000 years ago during the Chola dynasty. The word “Nataraj” means “Lord of the Dance” and is representative of the Dancing Shiva, the creator of the universe.

After visit of Temple, proceed to Gangaikondacholapuram (50Km – 01Hr) was established as a capital city by the Chola ruler Rajendra I (1012-44). There you will visit Brihadiswara Temple, which is a large Siva temple that can be seen from a distance because of its enormous 55m high vimana (tower over the altar).
Next you will visit Darasuram (38 Km – 1 Hr)which is a small town near Kumbakonam. It is known for the Airavatesvara Temple built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE. This temple is a storehouse of art and architecture. The vimana is 85 feet high. The temple has some exquisite stone carvings.
Proceed onwards to Tanjore(36 Km – 01 Hr) – CHECK-in at the Hotel
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Tanjore.

DAY 05:TANJORE sightseeing – to TRICHY (57 Km 1,30hrs)
Breakfast in the Hotel
MORNING: City sightseeing of Tanjore visiting – the magnificent Brahadeeswara temple, where the shade of the tower (gopuram or vimanam) will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. The Royal palace complex houses in important library and museums, including a superb collection of Chola bronzes.

After Visit of the Temple – proceed to TRICHY
(Trichy – May have been a capital of the early Cholas in the 3rd
century BC. It passed through the hands of the Pallavas, medieval Cholas, Pandyas, Delhi Sultanate and Vijayanagar before the Madurai Nayaks brought it to prominence, making it a capital in the 17th century and building its famous for its Rock Fort Temple.)

AFTERNOON– Arrive TRICHY & CHECK-IN at the Hotel
LATE AFTERNOON: Visit Island of SRIRANGAM – Srirangam temple Sri Raganatha swami is blessing in three different islands of the holy river Cauvery. It flows from Karnataka to Tamilnadu. The first island is Sriranga Patinam and it is called Aathirnagam (Origin of Rangam), located in Mysore. The second island is Sivanasha Samuthiram and it is called Mathiyarnagam (Middle of Rangam), situated 70 km distance from Srirangapatinam. The third island is Thiru navalantheevu and it is called Srirangam and also called Antharngam is situated in Trichy. Sriranagm temple is 7 km away from the Trichirappalli Junction
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Trichy

DAY 06: TRICHY to Madurai by Car (140 Km – 04 Hours)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Visit Rock Fort – a landmark of Trichy with a Genesh Temple on the top. This rock also contains excavated cave temples on the top. This rock also contains famous for the fine sculpture. It is the landmark of the City with climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient
Temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva.
Proceed by Car for Madurai
EVENING – Arrive and CHECK-in at the Hotel
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Madurai

DAY 07: MADURAI
Breakfast in the Hotel
MORNING: Thirumalai Nayak Palace: About 1.5 Kms from the Meenakshi temple, this palace was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the “Stuccowork” on its domes and impressive arches. The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion), measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder, is a marvel of indo-Saracenic architectural styleThere’s daily sound and light show in English at 1845 hrs
EVENING: Visit 1000-pillared Meenakshiamman temple famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D and visit to the temple to witness the famous night ceremony when the Temple bronze of Lord Siva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy to the accompaniment of religious prayers and music.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Madurai

DAY 08: MADURAI-PERIYAR (140 Km – 4,1/2 Hrs)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Leave by Car for Periyar (You will be taken to one of the best game sanctuaries in India Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera.
AFTERNOON – Arrive & Check-in at the Hotel

EVENING – SUN SET Cruise on Lake PERIYAR to see the Wild Life of Periyar.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Periyar

DAY 10:PERIYAR – MUNNAR (90 Km – 03 Hrs)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. You can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
Leave by Car for Munnar
(MUNNAR – one of the attractions that contributed to Kerala’s popularity as a travel destination among domestic and foreign travellers. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, and perched about 1600 m above sea level, the hill station of Munnar once used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India.)

Late Afternoon – Arrive and Check-in at the Hotel
Walk through the Tea Gardens
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Munnar

Day 11: MUNNAR
Breakfast in the Hotel
Visit: Eravikulam National Park
One of the main attractions near Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. Located about 15 km from Munnar, this park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds
Visit – Mattupetty – Another place of interest, located about 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Visit the Echo Point
Tea Musem – Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Munnar

DAY 12:MUNNAR – KUMARAKOM (150 Km – 4 Hrs) – HOUSE BOAT TO ALLEPPEY
Breakfast in the Hotel
Afternoon– Arrive & check-in at the House Boat for Overnight trip on Back waters towards ALLEPPY. (Referred to as the Venice of the East, Alleppy is the most important tourist centre in the state. The large network of canals provides Alleppy its lifeline. Alleppy has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre and is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and Coir Industry)
Start cruising through the canals. Lunch on board the House Boat. Dinner on Board the House Boat. Anchor the boat in the middle of the Lake for
Overnight stay at the Luxury House Boat

Day 13: ALLEPPEY – KOCHI (72 Km -2 Hrs)
After Arrival in Alleppy, Breakfast on Board the House Boat
Orientation drive of Alleppy and proceed by Car for Kochi

Late Morning – Arrive & Proceed to Hotel
Afternoon: City sightseeing of Kochi – Visit the Dutch Palace – the oldest Synagogue of the British commonwealth, The Jewish Synagogue – the oldest in India with features like great scrolls of the old testament, Hebrew inscriptions on stone slabs, gold and silver crowns, blue willow patterned floor tiles in which each tile is unique, St. Francis Church – India’s oldest European church, Bolghatty Palace.
Evening– Visit a Theater to see traditional KATHKALI Dance.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kochi

Day 14:KOCHI – Mumbai (BY AIR)
Breakfast in the Hotel
Meet and greet at the Airport
Transfer to Hotel

Afternoon: City sightseeing of Mumbai. Visit Gateway of India, Flora Fountain, Town Hall, church Gate, Malabar Hill and Nariman Point.
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mumbai

Day 15: MUMBAI
Breakfast in the Hotel
Morning – Drive up to Gateway of India and take a Motor Launch and Visit ELEPHANTA CAVES – These are Rock-cut Temples on Elephanta Island. The Main Cave with a number of large sculpted panels, all relating to Shiva, and a separate lingam shrine. Visit the famous Trimurti or triple-headed Siva, where the God also takes the role of Brahma, the Creator and Vishnu the preserver.Central bust of Siva, its eyes closed in eternal contemplation, may be the most serene sight.

Afternoon: FREE for shopping
Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mumbai

Day 16: MUMBAI – BACK HOME
MIDNIGHT – Transfer to International Airport
Leave back home with sweet memories of the tour