Arrival at Chennai airport meet and assist by our representative transfer to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day will be free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast leave for city tour of Madras visiting the Museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum, Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and snake park. Overnight at hotel.
Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
138 Kms / 2½ Hrs
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Kanchipuram – it is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. On arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast visit Mahabalipuram – it is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. Overnight at hotel.
Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
106 Kms / 1 ½ hrs
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry this erstwhile French colony on the east coast of South India merged with the rest of the country in 1954. Legend says that Pondicherry is the place where St. Agasthaya settled down. On arrival, check in at hotel. Later you will visit Auroville – a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment. Where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. Overnight at hotel.
Pondicherry – Tanjore
196 Kms / 5 hrs
After breakfast drive to Tanjore via Chidambaram. On arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Tanjore, once the capital of Chola Kings, has the Brahadeswara temple (or the big temple of God). Overnight at hotel.
Tanjore – Trichy
60 Kms / 1½ hrs
After breakfast drive to Trichy. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit the Trichy city, shortname of Trichurapalli, situated on the banks of KaveriRiver is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre. Visit the famous Rock fort and its temple at a height of over 23mts. Also visit Srirangam and JambukeshwarTemple. Overnight at hotel.
Trichy – Madurai
142 Kms / 4 hrs
After breakfast drive to Madurai. Later check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast proceed for city tour with visit to SriMeenakshiTemple for which Madurai is synonymous with. Later visit Thirumala’s Nayakr Mahal, GandhiMuseum and Thiruparangundram. Overnight in Madurai.
(Non Hindus are not allowed in the temple where the main deities are placed).
Madurai – Periyar
160 Kms / 3-4 hrs drive
Morning drive to Periyar . On arrival transfer to Hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the lake to view game, you will see elephants, tiger, sambar, barking deer, lion tailed macaque and and a rich birdlife on a government run boat ride. Overnight in Periyar.
After breakfast spice plantations tour. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Periyar – Alleppey
90 Kms / 02 hrs
After breakfast proceed to Alleppey. Check in to the house boat in Alleppey by noon for cruising through legendary backwaters of Kerala. On the way you will witness a full range of lives and activities and some mind boggling sceneries. Overnight in the house boat. House boat is a private boat with fully furnished spacious bath attached bed rooms, hygiene kitchen, dining area and private front deck to capture the beauty of the back waters.
Allepey – Cochin
53 Kms / 01 hr
After breakfast in the houseboat disembark at Alleppey, later leave for Cochin & rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Mosques & Hindu temples, Mattancherry Palace etc. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Overnight stay at hotel.
Cochin – Out
After breakfast on time transfer to Airport to connect flight for onward destination.
|City||04 Star Hotels||05 Star Hotels||No. Of Nights|
|Chennai||The Pride||Accord Metropolitan / Fortune Select Palms||02|
|Mahabalipuram||Hotel Chariot Beach Resort||Radisson Resort Temple Bay||02|
|Pondicherry||Sunway GRT Grand||Le Duplex / Promenade||01|
|Tanjore||Hotel Sangam||Hotel Sangam||01|
|Trichy||Hotel Sangam||Hotel Sangam||01|
|Madurai||GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan||Hotel Sangam||02|
|Periyar||Green Woods / Wild Corridor||Cardamom County||02|
|Allepey||AC Deluxe Houseboat||AC Deluxe Houseboat||01|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF NIGHTS||14|