Famous for its incredible scenery, South India is well known for its brightly decorated temples, cultural monuments, Ayurvedic treatments and mouth-watering dishes. In this land of temple spires, the devout and the connoisseur of art both pay homage.
Glittering beaches, lush hill stations, resplendent waterfalls and sprawling plantations what more can you ask for exhilarating and memorable vacation.
Upon arrival at Chennai International airport after clearing immigration and customs, you will be met and assisted by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
In the morning following breakfast, visit Kapaleeshwar temple. This ancient shrine dedicated to Shiva is centrally located and among the area’s most popular landmarks. Lord Shiva once pinched off one of the heads of Brahma to arrest his pride. A crestfallen Brahma came to this place, installed a Siva Lingam and did penance. The Lingam is known as Kapaleeswarar. At noon, visit National Art Gallery and Government Museum, which houses a fine collection of items in various sections of geology, archaeology, numismatics, anthropology, botany and zoology Later, visit Marina Beach which extends from Fort St. George all the way to Mahabalipuram.
Morning after breakfast proceed to Kanchipuram. This ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. After visiting Kanchipuram proceed for Mahabalipuram. Upon in Mahabalipuram, check-in at the hotel & later visit the city of Mahabalipuram famous for the seven pagodas.
Morning drive to Pondicherry a charming coastal town that was formerly a French colony and still has a few touches of French culture. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour to the French Tamil quarter and the world famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram a spiritual center founded on modern sciences and yoga.
After breakfast depart for the Great Chola Capital Tanjore (The Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu). On arrival check-in to your hotel at Tanjore and proceed for sightseeing to the world famous Brihadeshwar temple. The temple built by the cholas is very special for its architecture. The most surprising is that the temple does not have a shadow falling on ground at any time of day but falls on its own body.
After breakfast check-out of hotel and drive to Trichy. On arrival check-in and proceed for sightseeing of Trichy ‘a town situated on the banks of river Cauvery’ visiting the famous “Sriranganathaswami temple” at Srirangam. It is surrounded by seven concentric walls and 21 towers called “Gopurams”. At the next place we visit the ‘Rock fort temple’ at the main town. A 437 rock cut steps will reach us to the Ganesh Shrine, a view of entire Trichy town from here is breath taking.
Depart from hotel after breakfast and drive to Madurai the old city of Tamilnadu. ‘Madhuram’ means ‘sweet’ in Sanskrit. Depart from hotel after breakfast and drive to Madurai – the old city of Tamilnadu. ‘Madhuram’ means ‘sweet’ in Sanskrit. On arrival check-in to hotel. At noon, we do the sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the famous Meenakshi Temple. People are blessed by the temple elephant. Further more visit the Tirumalai Nayak palace and Gandhi Museum. Later return to the hotel.
Late evening visit Meenakshi temple for the Aarti ceremony with a fanfare where the god Shiva is lead to the bedroom of his wife, Meenakshi.
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name Periyar comes after the Dam made here by the English in 1895. On arrival at Periyar check in to the hotel. At noon, we would leave for guided plantation tour to the nearby garden. In the evening enjoy the most popular boat trip at the National Park. There are many animals to see, including herds of elephants, bison’s and packs of wild boars that roam through the woods and parade along the shores of the lake just before sunrise and sunset.
After breakfast in the hotel drive to backwaters.
Periyar – Backwaters on Houseboat – On arrival we would be boarding our houseboat from Kumarakom jetty. During the cruise, you would also be able to drop in at some villages to check out the techniques and procedure involved in coir making. Lunch and dinner would be onboard, and you would be spending your night in the mid of the lake.
After leisurely breakfast on board disembark at Alleppey jetty, which is also known as Venice of the East because of the narrow canals and backwaters. Transfer to Cochin. In the evening visit the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali”. This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
After breakfast proceed for sight seeing tour of Cochin visiting-‘The Jewish Synagogue’ at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, ‘The St. Francis Church’, the oldest European Church in India, ‘The Santa Cruz Basilica’ originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese, ‘The Dutch Palace and Spice market at the narrow streets. Later return to hotel and in the evening visit the ‘Chinese fishing nets’ huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.
Transfer to the airport as per your flight schedule to board the flight for your onward journey.