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Day 01 – Arrive Chennai

On arrival at Chennai airport you will be taken to the hotel. 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. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Chennai.

Day 02 – Drive Chennai – Mahabalipuram ( 55 kms / 1.5 hrs)

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 drive to 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 03 – 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 enjoying the beaches.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day 04 – Drive Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram – Pondicherry (160 kms / 03 hrs)

Morning after breakfast depart for Pondicherry en-route 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 your drive for Pondicherry., on arrival in Pondicherry, check into hotel
Overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 05 – In Pondicherry

Pondicherry formerly a colony of France, is a fascinating synthesis of European culture and India. For years, his 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 06 – Drive Pondicherry – Trichy (196 kms / 04 hrs)

Day 07 – Drive Trichy – Rameshwaram

Morning after breakfast drive to Rameshwaram located on an island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is less than 40 kilometers from the Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka. Together with Kashi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages, the presiding deity here is in the form of a Linga with the name Sri Ramanatha Swamy, it also happens to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas..Hence, it is a bustling pilgrim centre. According to legend, this is the place from where Lord Rama built a bridge Ram Setu(also known as Adam's Bridge) across the sea to Lanka to rescue his consort Sita from her abductor Ravana. On arrival in Rameshwaram, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the visit of Ramanathaswamy Temple, Agniteertham, Gandhamathana Parvatham, Hanuman Temple, Dhsnushkodi , Pamban Bridge etc.
Overnight in Rameshwaram.

Day 08 – Drive Rameshwaram – Madurai

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 09 – 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 10 – Drive Madurai – Periyar (155 kms / 4 hrs)
After an ealry breakfast drive to Periyar. Periyar is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary created by British. Located in the Idukki region, Periyar (Thekkady) is known as one of the best places to see elephants in Asia. The park is covered with forests and various habitats allow the existence of a large variety of flora and fauna. In the animal reserve, there are elephants, deer, leopards, bison, wild dogs etc. The drive to this hilltop wildlife sanctuary is one of the most beautiful ones. On arrival in Periyar, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure exploring on your own.
Overnight in Periyar.

Day 11 – In Periyar

Morning after breakfast visit of spice plantation. The area is famous for coffee, tea, and the plant in Asia.

Enjoy evening boat ride on Lake Periyar. All activities of the reserve is concentrated around the lake. There are nearly 700 elephants in the region, most often around the lake.
Rest of the time walking around and enjoying the surroundings.
Overnight in Periyar.

Day 12 – Drive Periyar – Kumarakom (185 kms / 04 hrs)

After breakfast start your journey for Kumarakom. The drive is a wonderful experience passing through the backwater and plantations. 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. On arrival In Kumarakom, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight In Kumarakom

Day 13 – In Kumarakom

Spend full day at leisure exploring the surroundings on your own.
Overnight In Kumarakom

Day 14 – Drive Kumarakom – Cochin (85 kms / 1.5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin - perfectly reflects the electicism of Kerala. Cochin has a rich cultural history, but at the same time 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 etc. On arrival in Cochin, check into hotel.
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 15 – Depart Cochin

Morning after breakfast proceed for the half day 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. Later in time transfer to Cochin airport in time to board flight for back home.


 

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