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Kerala with Temples of South

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Day 01 – Arrive Cochin

Qutab MinarOn arrival at Cochin airport you will be taken to the hotel. Cochin perfectly reflects the electicism of Kerala. Cochin has a rich cultural history, but it is also one of the most modern cities of India. One of the best natural harbors in the world and a major port of India. The city has strong, palaces, museums, churches, rivers, lagoons but at the same time, it is a modern city.
Evening witness a Kathakali dance performance at the theater. Kathakali is a dance that displays the works of India's epic (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The dancers are dressed in many colors and details. Their faces painted to represent the heroes of the works.
Overnight in Cochin

Day 02 – In Cochin

Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Jewish synagogue – the oldest synagogue in the entire commonwealth, St. Francis Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Cochin Harbour, Terminus, Chinese Fishing Nets, Mattancherry Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese is known for its murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and dresses and palanquins used by Cochin’s erstwhile rulers.
Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Cochin.

Day 02 – Drive Cochin – Houseboat (63 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey, on arrival transfer to the embarkment point to board the houseboat, which is one of the highlights of any trip to Kerala. It’s once a lifetime impression to have such a romantic and beautiful experience. Browsing through villages built on narrow pieces of land, stopping to visit local markets, or to watch craftsmen busy with their previous work to build boats. Time spend on the houseboat passing through the Backwaters of Kerala. Here your houseboat crew will prepare delicious Keralian meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.
Overnight on board houseboat.

Day 04 – Transfer Houseboat Jetty – Kumarakom

Qutab MinarDisembark houseboat at Alleppey, and transfer to the hotel in Kumarakom. Seeing Kumarakom, it becomes very clear why Kerala is called the "Land of God." This charming village is made up of several towns on Lake Vembanad, a paradise for birdwatchers. With its mangroves so beautiful, its clear waters, its emerald fields, its canals lined with coconut palms and white lilies, the village is the perfect place for a few days of vacation. You can explore the bird sanctuary, walking on the canals, or fishing.
Overnight In Kumarakom

Day 05 – In Kumarakom

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam

Day 06 – Drive Kumarakom – Kovalam (165 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam. Few years ago this place was famous among hippies but today this area is the focus of a multimillion dollar business drawing thousand of tourist. On arrival in Kovalam, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam

Day 07 – In Kovalam

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam

Day 08 – In Kovalam

Spend the day relaxing on the beaches.
Overnight in Kovalam

Day 09 – Drive Kovalam – Kanyakumari (90 kms / 02 hrs)

Qutab MinarMorning after breakfast drive to Kanyakumari - a place of great natural beauty - from the blue seas of Kanyakumari town to the blue hills of the Western Ghats in the interior. Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset. The confluence of three ocean bodies - the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea - makes the sunrise and sunset even more special. On arrival in Kanyakumari, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kanyakumari visiting Kanyakumari Temple dedicated to a manifestation of Parvati, Vivekanda Rock Memorial etc. Later witness the beautiful sunset in the evening.
Overnight in Kanyakumari.

Day 10 – Drive Kanyakumari – Madurai (240 kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Madurai. Over the centuries Madurai remained under the juridictions of the Cholas, the Pandyas, the Muslim invaders and the Nayaks who ruled Madurai until 1781. Madurai is proud of its 2500 years of heritage. On arrival in Madurai, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 11 – In Madurai

After breakfast start your full day sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the Meenakashi Temple- The Sri Meenaksh Temple was designed in 1560 during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. This is a huge complex of temples is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with its bright colors and exquisite carved columns miles. Within the temple complex, housed is the 1000 pillard hall, is the Temple Art Museum. Later continue your city tour visiting Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Museums and Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank.
Overnight in Madurai.

Day 12 – Drive Madurai – Thanjavur (165 kms / 03 hrs)

Qutab MinarMorning after breakfast drive to Thanjavur. Thanjavur (Tanjore) was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings, controlled most of the Indian peninsula, including parts of Sri Lanka and the Srivijaya kingdom of the Malay Peninsula on the island of Sumatra. On arrival in Tanjavur, check into hotel. After the short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Tanjavur visiting Brihadishwara Temple, Fort, Thanjavur Palace & Museums.
Overnight in Tanjavur.

Day 13 – Drive Thanjavur - Trichy – Pondicherry (180 kms / 04 hrs) enroute Trichy

Morning after breakfast drive to Pondicherry enroute visiting Trichy - the royal city of the Chola empire between 850 and 1270. Your visits here include Rock fort Temple perched 83m high on a massive rocky outcrop, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple – a superb temple dedicated to Vishnu, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati and other religious sites. After the visit continue your drive for Pondicherry. On arrival in Pondicherry, check into hotel

Day 14 – In Pondicherry

Pondicherry formerly a colony of France, is a fascinating synthesis of European culture and India. For years, its charm attracts travelers from around the world. With its friendly atmosphere, its location on the sea, shops and restaurants and its appetites, it is an ideal place to relax. After breakfast sightseeing tour of Pondicherry visiting the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo and a Frenchwoman known as, The Mother. The ashram does many cultural and educational activties in Pondicherry. Later, visit the Museum of Pondicherry and Auroville, a city dedicated to human unity.
Spend rest of the day relaxing.
Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 15 – Drive Pondicherry –Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (160 kms / 03 hrs)

Qutab MinarMorning after breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram-the city of thousand temples, once the capital of Pallava. Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. Mainly two rulers, Mahendray and Mamall Narashimha Parman, built the temples. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Shiva, believed to be 1200 years old. Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is also the centre for silk weaving and is famous for its saris and dress materials. Later continue for Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) famous for its shore temple once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th century AD. This charming and quiet town was destroyed by the tsunami in December 2004. Showing their courage and determination, the citizens of Mahabalipuram rebuilt their home very fast. On arrival in Mahabalipuram, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 16 – In Mahabalipuram

Morning after breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting Ganesh Ratha - a rock cut dravidian temples resembling a chariout, Trimurti Cave temple, just north to the Ganesh Ratha, Five Rathas – are sculptured temples in the style of Chariots. Spend rest of the day at leisure relaxing on the beaches or visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

Day 17 – Drive Mahabalipuram – Chennai ( 55 kms / 1.5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Chennai. Chennai was the site of the first colonization of the British East India Company and was founded in the year 1639. For more than 2000 year Chennai area has been popular with seafarers, spice traders and cloth merchants. Chennai has grown from the merging of a number of small villages, including its former namesake Madraspatnam. On arrival in Chennai, check into hotel.
Overnight in Chennai.

Day 18 – Drive out Chennai

Morning after breakfast half day sightseeing tour of Chennai - the fourth largest city in India, visiting the Fort St.George, St.Mary’s Church, St.Thomas Cathedral and the Fort museum - the museum has a collection of objects that come from the occupation of Chennai by the British East India Company, including letters from the famous Robert Clive. Later in time transfer to Chennai airport to board flight for back home.

 

 

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