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ITINERARY

DURATION : 13 Days / 12 Nights
PLACES COVERED : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin Departur

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN CHENNAI
Arrive in Chennai (formerly Madras) and transfer to hotel. Formerly called Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu is a teeming, sprawling, bustling metropolis which established on the site of a fishing village in 1639 as the first British settlement in India. The city has a strange mix of British Raj-era monuments, Portuguese churches, Hindu temples, and one of the longest urban beaches on earth. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 2: CHENNAI
After breakfast embark on your city tour.
Visit Fort St. George, where the city began, and St. Mary's Church, an ancient monument tended carefully by the Archaeological Department and its congregation. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 3: CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM (60 KMS / 1.3 HRS)
Today we drive to Mahabalipuram (60 Kms / 1 Hour - 30 Minutes), once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 6th and 9th centuries A.D., via Kanchipuram, once the capital of Pallava and a city of a thousand temples. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 4: MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY (170 KM / 03 HOURS)
After breakfast, depart to Pondicherry, away from the hustle and bustle of big city, it's a quiet little town on the southern coast.

Situated on the Coromandel Coast, about 160 Kms south of Chennai, lies the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The French ruled this territory for 300 years, and today, it stands as a living monument of the French culture in India. It is bound on the east by the Bay of Bengal and on the other three sides by the South Arcot District of Tamil Nadu. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 5: PONDICHERRY - TANJORE (210 KM / 04 HOURS)
Morning we drive to Tanjore, which was the seat of the Chola Empire from the 10th to 14th centuries and approximately 74 temples were built here. The notably among them is, Brihadeshwara Temple, which is more than 200 feet tall in the Dravidian truncated pyramid form, and has a huge lingam in its sanctorum. In the inner shrine of the temple, one sees India's second largest stature of Nandi the bull, the mount of the god Shiva. Return back to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 6: TANJORE - TRICHY (56 KMS /1.3 KMS)
This morning drive to Trichy. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Trichy's historic associations stretch from chola times to the 18th century Karnataka Wars, when Britain and France supported the aspirations of rival princes. Afternoon explore Trichy city with a visit to Rock Fort Temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Jambukeshwar Temples. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 7: TRICHY / MADURAI (140 KMS / 3.3 HRS)
We drive to Madurai this morning, a city with a history that goes back to about 600 B.C. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th century and the city bloomed with writers, builders, poets and academics. Later, the Nayaks ruled from the middle of the 16th century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty.

Check in your hotel. Spend the rest of the day visiting this huge complex of temples, the Palace of King Triumalay, Gandhi Museum and the Temple at Alaghat Koli where you can see its beautifully carved stone lattice windows. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 8: MADURAI PERIYAR (140 KMS/4 HOURS )
Today drive to Periyar, our first entry point into Kerala, 8,608 square feet national park, where preservation of wildlife is very sacred. Arrive and stay for two nights. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 9: DAY IN PERIYAR
Breakfast in Hotel. Spend the morning, exploring the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, one of the finest elephant reserves of south India. Enjoy boating on the serene Periyar Lake, in the heart of the sanctuary.

This afternoon, enjoy a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 10: PERIYAR / KUMARAKOM (130 KMS / 4 HOURS)
Breakfast in Hotel. Depart this morning drive to Kumarakom (130 Kms / 4 Hours), experiencing the rich culture and active lifestyle that has evolved over the centuries in and around the backwaters and waterways that thread this region.

Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take advantage of the rich waters with a bit of fishing, or just relax and soak in the rich atmosphere of your surroundings. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 11: KUMARAKOM - ALLEPPEY
After breakfast start for Alleppey. Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. Dinner and Overnight at Houseboat.

DAY 12: ALLEPPEY - COCHIN (85 KMS/2 HRS)
Drive to Cochin (85 Kms / 2 Hours), known for its well balanced ecosystem. Check in at hotel. In the evening, watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 13: COCHIN / DEPART
Today transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.

 
 
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