Day 1: Chennai (Arrival)
On your arrival at the Chennai airport, our representative will take you to the hotel in an air-conditioned car. Once at the hotel, you can check into the hotel and relax. The rest of the day can be used for personal work.
Overnight stay at Chennai.
Day 2: Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (56 kms), (100 kms)
After the early morning breakfast, you will leave for Mahabalipuram which is famous for its various stone carved monuments and ancient temples. At first, you will visit the Shore Temple which is so called as it overlooks the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Next, you will visit the Panch Rathas which are open air rock cut reliefs. Thereafter, you will visit the Mahabalipuram beach and enjoy the scenic landscape.
Once the tour in Mahabalipuram is complete, you will leave for Pondicherry and on reaching you will check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Exploring Pondicherry
After the breakfast, you will leave for the sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. At first, you will visit the world famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram where people come to seek spiritual harmony. Next, you will the Auroville which is a strategically planned township, and is referred to as the “City of Dawn”. After that, you will visit the Raj Niwas which was once the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor.
Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay in the hotel at Pondicherry.
Day 4: Pondicherry-Tanjore-Chettinad (166 Kms), (87 kms)
After breakfast, you will leave for Chettinad via Tanjore. In Tanjore, you will visit the Brihadeshwar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a wonderful piece of Tamil architecture built during the Chola period. Next, you will visit the Thanjavur Royal Palace which was once the official residence of the Bhonsle family who ruled over the Tanjore region from 1674 to 1855. After that, you will visit the Shiva Ganga Garden which is a popular picnic spot.
Thereafter, you will leave for Chettinad and once reaching there, you will check into the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Exploring Chettinad
After the delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will explore the beautiful Chettinad. You will start your tour with the Chettiar Palace which is also known as the Chettiar mansion. Next, you will visit the Athmanathaswamy Temple which was built during the 10th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then, you will visit the Chettinad Museum which is a heritage home and the only reason that it was converted to a museum was to show the public the unique Chettinad style of living.
In the evening, you can explore the local markets of the town and treat yourself with the local cuisines. Overnight stay at Chettinad.
Day 6: Chettinad-Madurai ( 275 kms)
After the breakfast, you will drive towards the next destination, Madurai. Once reaching Madurai, you will check into the hotel and relax. The rest of the day is free and you can utilize it as you want.
Overnight stay at Madurai.
Day 7: Exploring Madurai- Periyar (140 kms)
After breakfast, you will commence the sightseeing tour of Madurai with the Meenakshi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is named after Goddess Parvati. Next, you will visit the Thirumalai Nayak palace which was constructed in the 17th century by King Thirumalai Nayak. On completing the tour, you will leave for Periyar.
Once in Periyar, you will check into the hotel and make yourself comfortable for the overnight stay.
Day 8: Exploring Periyar
Have breakfast at the hotel, then you will leave for full day sightseeing in Periyar wherein you will visit Periyar National Park which is a true example of nature’s bounty with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Next, you will visit the spectacular Periyar lake where you can enjoy the boat ride and see the wild animals in their natural habitats.
After exploring you will return back to the hotel for an overnight stay at Periyar.
Day 9: Periyar-Kumarakom (114 kms)
After the breakfast, you will drive towards Kumarakom. On reaching this place, you will check into the hotel and rest. Post lunch you will visit the various attractions in Kumarakom like the Vembanad lake which is one of the longest lakes in India and the largest lake in Kerala. After that you will visit the Kumarakom backwaters.
Next, you will visit the Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls which has wooded landscapes and beautiful scenes. Return back to the hotel for an
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Kumarakom- The Houseboat
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will drive towards Houseboat. You will cruise through the lagoons, lakes and small narrow canals to see farming and traditional style of fishing.
Overnight stay in the houseboat.
Day 11: Kumarakom-Cochin (48 kms)
After the breakfast, you will drive towards Cochin. Once reaching Cochin, you will check into the hotel and rest. The rest of the day is at leisure though you can enjoy the evening by taking a long walk at the Marine drive.
Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 12: Exploring Cochin
After breakfast, you will leave for the sightseeing tour of Cochin, the largest city in Kerala. This city has become a great hit among the tourists all across the globe because of its amazing hideouts and getaways. At first you will visit the Dutch Palace which is very close to the Jew town and it was built by the Portuguese and presented to the then ruler of Kochi. Then, you will visit the Fort Cochin. It is famous for Chinese Fishing nets, picturesque beaches and marvelous architectural style of the buildings. Next, you will visit the Santa Cruz Basilica. This Cathedral is an important Basilica in the Fort Kochi. Its architecture is a treat to the eyes. Thereafter, you will visit the Hill Palace Museum which is not only Kerala’s first heritage museum but also the largest archeological museum in Kerala. Then, you will enjoy the local cuisines of Kochi at any of the local restaurants.
Post-lunch, you will visit the Museum of Kerala History which is located at Edappally. This museum is a must visit place for the ardent lovers of history. Next, you will visit the Indo-Portuguese museum which was built to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Portuguese people.
Return to your respective hotel rooms for a comfortable overnight stay in the hotel at Cochin.
Day 13 : Departure
Have breakfast at the hotel, then you will be dropped at Cochin airport to board your flight to home/next destination.
• Hotels will accommodate for 12 nights on the basis of Bed and Breakfast.
• Airport transfers with staff assistance.
• A warm welcome at Cochin airport on arrival.
• Transport will be Air-conditioned.
• Wherever available a Guide will be provided; well versed with speaking English.
• All taxes are currently applicable.
• Entrance fee of any kind.
• Travel Insurance.
• Supplement of any peak season.
• All sort of personal level expenses such as drinks, telephone, laundry bills etc.
• Any type of Tips and porter charges
• Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions, political closures, technical faults etc.
• Any other service/s not specified above.
The South India Temple & Backwaters Tour Package is a tour for nature lovers and believers-who believe in the essence of God. This tour is perfect for all kinds of people- the couples, or the families, or even a group of friends. Here, you will get a deep insight into the beauty of nature and rich culture of South India.
|Duration||12 Nights / 13 Days|
|Places Covered||Chennai - Pondicherry - Chettinad - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Departure|
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