South India Tour- Temple Architecture and Backwaters

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Airport/ Railway Station to Airport/ Railway Station

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Travel to the two southern most states of India, neighboring each other yet incredibly different. While Kerala is known for its backwaters and palm fringed areas, Tamil Nadu is an exemplary example of temple architecture. On this remarkable tour, explore the years old temples at Madurai, Thanjavur and Mahabalipuram; walk through the tea and spice plantations in Munnar and praise the pristine beauty of Kerala as the houseboat cruises through the backwaters in this tour of 12 Nights/ 13 Days.
Day 1: Arrive ChennaiOn arrival at Chennai International airport, our representative will meet and assist you in transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Stay in Chennai.Day 2: Chennai-Mahabalipuram Post breakfast, drive to Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On reaching Mahabalipuram, visit the rock-cut temples, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore temple. Stay in Mahabalipuram.Day 3: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry Post breakfast, drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival, proceed for the sightseeing of Pondicherry, divided into two neighborhoods - French "White City" and the Indian quarter "Black City". Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram,Auroville, Sri Ganesha Temple and Manakula Lord Vinayagar. Stay in Pondicherry. Day 4: Pondicherry-ThanjavurPost breakfast, drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore),famous for Tanjore paintings, silk weaving and the Bharatanatyam classical dance form. On arrival,check in. Stay in Thanjavur. Day 5: Thanjavur-TrichyPost breakfast, drive to Trichy.On reaching, visit the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam temple, walk through China Bazaar,Grand Bazaar and side streets. Stay in Trichy.Day 6: Trichy-Chettinad Post breakfast, drive to Chettinad- well known for its houses embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards and spacious rooms. As the legend goes,the usual walls are polished with a paste made of egg white for a smooth texture. Visit the Chettiars mansions and the Museum. On arrival, check-in . Stay in Chettinad.Day 7: Chettinad-Madurai Post breakfast, drive to Madurai. On arrival, visit the Meenakshi temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. In evening, witness the Aarti ceremony at the temple. Stay in Madurai.Day 8: Madurai-MunnarPost breakfast,drive to Munnar,meaning three rivers - Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly,offering spectacular view of tea plantation hills.Stay in Munnar.Day 9: Munnar SightseeingPost breakfast, visit the Atukkad Cascades ,Chithirapuram tea plantations, Floriculture center and tea museum. Stay in Munnar.Day 10: Munnar-Periyar Post breakfast,drive to Thekkady for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On arrival, check in and then take a boat ride in the Periyar lake. Stay in Periyar.Day 11: Periyar-Kumarakom Post breakfast,drive to Kumarakom. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Day free at leisure. Stay in Kumarakom. Day 12: Kumarakom-Alleppey [Housbeoat]Post breakfast, drive to Alleppey. On arrival, board the houseboat. Stay in a houseboat at Alleppey.Day 13: Cochin [Departure] Post breakfast, get transferred to the Cochin International Airport for your flight back home.

What’s included

  • 12 Nights accommodation in 3 Star hotels
  • Accommodation on single/ twin/ triple sharing basis using 3 star hotels.
  • Room with Breakfast
  • Room with all meals during stay in Houseboat at Alleppey
  • Airport transfer along with assistance in Chennai and Cohin
  • All the sightseeing in an air-conditioned private vehicle as per itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide for sightseeing
  • 01 Boat ride in Thekkady
  • 01 water bottle per day per person
  • Including all parking, Toll Tax, and Driver allowances
  • Presently applicable taxes
  • Breakfast

What’s not included

  • Any Monument fees
  • Entry fees to the Periyar National Park, Thekkady
  • Services of vehicle on leisure days and after finishing the sightseeing tour
  • Travel / Medical Insurance.
  • Any kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tour / Extra Meals Ordered.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health and roadblocks and / or any factors beyond control.

Itinerary

Day 10: Munnar-Periyar Post breakfast,drive to Thekkady for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. On arrival, check in and then take a boat ride in the Periyar lake. Stay in Periyar.
Day 11: Periyar-Kumarakom  Post breakfast,drive to Kumarakom. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Day free at leisure. Stay in Kumarakom. 
Day 12: Kumarakom-Alleppey [Housbeoat] Post breakfast, drive to Alleppey. On arrival, board the houseboat. Stay in a houseboat at Alleppey.
Day 13: Cochin [Departure]  Post breakfast, get transferred to the Cochin International Airport for your flight back home.
Day 1: Arrive Chennai On arrival at Chennai International airport, our representative will meet and assist you in transfer to the hotel. Check in and relax. Stay in Chennai.
Day 2: Chennai-Mahabalipuram Post breakfast, drive to Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On reaching Mahabalipuram, visit the rock-cut temples, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore temple. Stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry Post breakfast, drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival, proceed for the sightseeing of Pondicherry, divided into two neighborhoods - French "White City" and the Indian quarter "Black City". Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram,Auroville, Sri Ganesha Temple and Manakula Lord Vinayagar. Stay in Pondicherry.  
Day 4: Pondicherry-Thanjavur Post breakfast, drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore),famous for Tanjore paintings, silk weaving and the Bharatanatyam classical dance form. On arrival,check in. Stay in Thanjavur. 
Day 5: Thanjavur-Trichy Post breakfast, drive to Trichy.On reaching, visit the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam temple, walk through China Bazaar,Grand Bazaar and side streets. Stay in Trichy.
Day 6: Trichy-Chettinad Post breakfast, drive to Chettinad- well known for its houses embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards and spacious rooms. As the legend goes,the usual walls are polished with a paste made of egg white for a smooth texture. Visit the Chettiars mansions and the Museum. On arrival, check-in . Stay in Chettinad.
Day 7: Chettinad-Madurai Post breakfast, drive to Madurai. On arrival, visit the Meenakshi temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. In evening, witness the Aarti ceremony at the temple. Stay in Madurai.
Day 8: Madurai-Munnar Post breakfast,drive to Munnar,meaning three rivers - Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly,offering spectacular view of tea plantation hills.Stay in Munnar.
Day 9: Munnar Sightseeing Post breakfast, visit the Atukkad Cascades ,Chithirapuram tea plantations, Floriculture center and tea museum. Stay in Munnar.
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