Fantastic South India (Tamil Nadu & Kerala) – 13 Nights/ 14 Days

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Tour Details

(13 Nights / 14 Days) Arr : Chennai-Mahabalipuram (02 nts) – Pondicherry (01 nt) – Tanjore (01 nt) – Karaikudi (02 nts) – Madurai (01 nt) – Thekkady (02 nts) – Kumarakom (01 nt) – Alleppey (01 nt) – Dep : Cochin (02 nts)

Leave your worries behind as you escape to a tranquil paradise. Experience the ancient shore temple at Mahabalipuram, before making your way to the former French colony of Pondicherry. Explore the fine architecture of the towns and temples. You will also visit wildlife sanctuaries, spice farms and take an enjoyable wooden boat ride.

HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR

DESTINATION STANDARD DELUXE EXCLUSIVE
MAHABALIPURAM IDEAL BEACH RESORT RADISSON BLUE TEMPLE BAY FISHERMAN’S COVE
PONDICHERRY HOTEL DEL’ORIENT LE DUPLEX MAISON PERUMAL
TANJORE PARADISE RESORT MANTRA VEEPATHUR MANTRA VEEPATHUR
KARAIKUDI CHETTINADU MANSION THE BANGALA CHIDAMBARA VILLAS
MADURAI JC RESIDENCY HERITAGE MADURAI HERITAGE MADURAI
THEKKADY WILDERNEST HOTEL TREETOP SPICE VILLAGE
KUMARAKOM LAKE SONG COCONUT LAGOON COCONUT LAGOON
ALLEPPEY DLX HOUSEBOAT PREMIUM HOUSEBOAT SPICE COAST CRUISE
COCHIN FORT HERITAGE MALABAR HOUSE RESIDENCY BRUNTON BOATYARD

 

COST INCLUDES:

+ Accommodation with Breakfast Basis in above mentioned hotels or similar

+ AC INDIGO/LOGAN for Standard Package

+ AC INNOVA for Deluxe & Exclusive Programme

+ All Meals in Houseboat

+ Local English Speaking Guide with Applicable Entrance Fees

+ Game Viewing Boat-ride at Lake Periyar

+ Spice Plantation Visit at Thekkady

+ Kathakali Dance show in a Local theatre at Cochin

 + All Taxes

 

Cost Does Not Includes:

Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance etc.

Meals other than mentioned

Tips, telephone calls, laundry, shopping etc 

Any other items other than mentioned above

Itinerary

Day 1Arr CHENNAI/MAHABALIPURAM (55 Kms)

You will be met on arrival in Chennai and transferred to a beach resort at Mahabalipuram for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax on the beach. A welcome dinner is arranged at a local restaurant.

Day 2MAHABALIPURAM

Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram includes a visit to the ancient Shore Temple and the impressive rock carvings and reliefs from the mythological Indian epic known as the Mahabharata. The afternoon is at leisure with the option of a city tour of Chennai, which can be arranged at a supplement.

Day 3MAHABALIPURAM/PONDICHERRY(105 Kms)

Drive South on the pretty East Coast Highway to the former French colony of Pondicherry (3 hours). Explore the colonial buildings, statues and churches on foot. Spend the night at a hotel / resort on the outskirts of the city.

Day 4PONDICHERRY/TANJORE (170 Kms)

A day’s drive inland to Thanjavur (6 hours), via Darasuram, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Airavetisvara Temple. In Thanjavur, visit the Brihadeeshwara Temple complex, its 62m high tower is the tallest of its kind in India. Stay at a resort, set in the suburbs, for two nights.

Day 5TANJORE/KARAIKUDI (130 Kms)

Morning visit Tanjore, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Airavetisvara Temple. In Tanjore we visit the Brihadeeshwara Temple complex, its 62m high tower is the highest in India. We continue on to Chettinad for two nights at a well appointed hotel.

Day 6KARAIKUDI

Today we explore the sleepy village of Chettinad which is home to some fine mansions, each housing its own collection of antiques, furniture
and art.

Day 7KARAIKUDI/MADURAI (100 Kms)

Drive to the town of Madurai (4-5 hours), to visit the stunning Meenakshi Temple complex with its vast colourfully carved gopuram (towers) and bustling bazaars. Stay overnight at a hotel in the city.

Day 8MADURAI/THEKKADY (140 Kms)

In the morning, take a leisurely drive, across state borders, into ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala. Arrive in the village of Kumily (4-5 hours), a base to visit Periyar Tiger Reserve , by early afternoon, for two nights’ stay at a hotel / resort near by.

Day 9THEKKADY

Visit a spice plantation today; this offers an interesting insight into how various spices such as cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are grown, cultivated and processed. In the afternoon, take a boat trip on Lake Periyar, which offers the chance to see a variety of birds and wild elephants.

Day 10THEKKADY/KUMARAKOM (120 Kms)

Descending from the Western Ghats, we drive to Kumarakom (4 hours), a sleepy village on the shores of Lake Vembanad, for an overnight stay at a backwater resort. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 11KUMARAKOM/HOUSEBOAT

Late morning, board a rice boat for an overnight cruise on Lake Vembanad and the backwaters, a region that, not only shelters some unique animal and bird life, but also lush paddy fields which are referred to as the ‘Rice Bowl of Kerala’. This is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Day 12ALLEPPEY/COCHIN (60 Kms)

Depart after breakfast for Cochin (2 hours). Check-in to a hotel in Fort Cochin. In the evening, take a sunset cruise on the harbor, a signature Kochi experience for views of the Marine Drive and the landmark Chinese fishing nets.

Day 13COCHIN

Spend the morning taking in the sights of historic Fort Cochin . Explore the colonial streets, the Dutch Palace, with its murals of the Ramayana, the Jewish Synagogue and St Francis, the oldest church in India. In the evening, attend a Kathakali performance, a traditional dance drama in which the dancers wear elaborate costumes and make up.

Day 14DEP COCHIN/DUBAI

Travel back to the UK today on Emirates via Dubai.

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