Treasure Of South India Tamil Nadu & Kerala_243014

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Treasure Of South India Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Duration
time-raw2 weeks
Difficulty
Moderate
Starting point
Chennai
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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.

What to expect?

BEST SEASON: October - March

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit temples of Kanchipuram & shore rock cut caves of Mahabalipuram
  • Pondicherry bicycle tour through the French district and the Tamil quarter with a Storyteller
  • Visit UNESCO world heritage Airavatesvara Chola Temples
  • Visit 83m high and 3,800 million years old Fort Tiruchi's
  • Night ceremony of the bronze of Lord Shiva carried to the bed chamber of Parvati
  • Meenakshi Temple and experience the musical pillars
  • Enjoy boat ride on the Periyar Lake spotting a family of Elephants, Wild Boar, and Sambar Deer by the water's edge
  • Spice plantation tour
  • Visit Tea museum and a modern fully automated tea factory.
  • Visit St. Francis Church the first European Church in India (1562)
  • Enjoy Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Pristine beach of Kovalam
  • Experience overnight stay in a backwater cruise houseboat

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.

What is included?

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in unique and experiential 4/5 star hotels
  • Meal Plan as per the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and transfer by standard
  • vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Local guides Meeting and assistance on arrival station & departure Station

Is this Experience for Me?

  • This tour is appropriate to most people

What do I need to bring?

  • Dress according to the weather

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
    • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
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$1977