Explore local culture, heritage, and wildlife, on this tour of the largest city in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Enjoy a Pondicherry bicycle tour as you visit local sites like the Airavatesvara Chola Temples and temples of Kanchipuram as well as the shore rock-cut caves of Mahabalipuram. Experience the undertaking of a local night ceremony of Lord Shiva, and enjoy a boat ride on Periyar Lake overlooking some wild animals at the shores.
BEST SEASON: October - March
Day1: Arrive Chennai Airport & Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Visit Kanchipuram (60 Kms / 1.5 Hrs). Experience ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.
Day 3: Explore the Rock cut caves of Mahabalipuram.
Day 4: Drive to the French colony of Pondicherry (110 Kms/ 2.5 Hrs) Stroll through the French boulevard with our story teller.
Day 5: Visit Auroville, Maitri Temple & savor the Pondicherry cuisine.
Day 6: Explore Pondicherry early morning on a cycle. Drive to Tanjore (180 km / 4.5 Hrs)- Visit Airavatesvara Chola Temple, UNESCO world heritage site and colony of silk weavers.
Day 7: Drive to Trichy (59 Kms/ 1 Hr)- visit Srirangam Temple & the most famed 83m high and 3,800 million years old landmark Rock Fort Tiruchi's.
Day 8: Drive to Madurai (135 Kms/ 2 Hrs)- attend the night ceremony of the bronze of Lord Shiva carried to the bed chamber of Parvati.
Day 9: Full day at Madurai- Visit famous Meenakshi Temple and experience the musical pillars. Visit 17th-century palace Thirumalai Nayak Palace.
Day 10: Drive to Kerala / Thekkady (148 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs)- enjoy boat ride and spot a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water's edge.
Day 11: At Thekkady - fantabulous landscape, Spice plantation tour, green carpets of endless tea gardens and lush tropical forests & Kalaripayattu show.
Day 12: Drive to picturesque countryside of Munnar (91 Kms/ 3 Hrs).
Day 13: At Munnar - Visit Tea museum and a modern fully automated tea factory. Visit Mattupetty Dam & Echo point.
Day 14: Drive to Cochin (131 Kms/ 4 Hrs)- visit St. Francis Church the first European Church in India (1562), Chinese Fishing Nets Jewish Synagogue, Kathakali Dance Show.
Day 15: Drive to Alleppey (57Kms/ 1/5 Hrs.)- Enjoy backwater cruise showcasing small islets and glimpses of village life at its best of serenity and innocence. Experience overnight stay in a houseboat.
Day 16: Reach Kumarakom (33 Kms/ 1 Hr.)- Visit Vembanad Lake, a haven for bird life.
Day 17: Drive to Varkala (131 Kms/ 4 Hrs)- visit Papanasam beach, which is considered to have holy waters and medicinal springs.
Day 18: Drive to Kovalam (53 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)- Padmanabha Swamy Temple known for its mural paintings and stone carvings.
Day 19: Kovalam – Enjoy the pristine beach.
Day 20: Departure Trivandrum Airport.
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