09 Nights / 10 Days
Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Tanjour – Trichy – Madurai – Thekkady – Alleppey – Cochin
Detailed Tour ItineraryDay 01 : Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. Upon arrival Chennai Airport meet our representative who will transfer you to hotel.
Overnight at Chennai hotel
After breakfast; proceed for a guided tour in Chennai visiting the famous land mark like Anna salai Marine beach, Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and kapaleshwaran.
Afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram; the 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. Further continue to Mahalbalipuram and upon arrival, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at Mahabalipram hotel
After breakfast; proceed for a guided tour in Mahabalipuram visiting the Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples. Unique about this temple is the fact that it houses shrines for both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Also visit The Five Rathas. There are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style.
Overnight at Mahabalipuram hotel
Today morning post breakfast proceeds for Tanjore/Thanjavur. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, later sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore is known as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Visit Brihadeeswara or the Big Temple of God, an example of the magnificent achievements of the Cholas in the field of temple architecture. Also visit The Palace near the temple. It is a vast building of masonry built partly by the Nayaks around 1550 AD and partly by the Marathas. Also visit Saraswathi Mahal, a library which has over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages.
Overnight at Tanjour hotel
Morning after breakfast drive to Madurai en-route visit Trichy. Trichy is famous for Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at Madurai hotel
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Morning after breakfast; proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Madurai. The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam.
Overnight at Madurai hotel
Today we drive to Thekkady/Periyar, on arrival check-in at hotel. Periyar set on an attractive lake side; it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds. Evening game viewing at the sanctuary by boat on Lake Periyar.
Overnight at Thekkady/Periyar hotel
Today at sun rise we take a boat ride to view wildlife in the sanctuary on Lake Periyar. After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel for breakfast. Later we drive to Alleppey. Upon arrival; board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom to Alleppey to observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters.
Overnight at Alleppey hotel
Morning disembark houseboat and drive to Cochin. Cochin is a very popular & historical sea trade connection with Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, Dutch & British. Upon arrival check – in at hotel. Later in day visit Jew Town, synagogue, built in the year 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Also visit the spice market, where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history that brought the world to its doorstep. Chinese fishing nets, (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. In the evening see Kerala's most popular classical dance Kathakali.
Overnight at Cochin hotel
After breakfast, day free & easy for own activities and shopping. On time transfer to Cochin international airport to board the flight to onward journey.