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Enchanting South India Tour
Kerala: Listed as the "10 Paradises in the World" by the National Geographic Magazine. The timeless beauty of the palm fringed beaches, the majesty of the undulating hills, the serenity of the pristine backwaters and the enchanting woods & forests will have you amazed.
Tamil Nadu: Has a history that dates back to thousands of years. Located in the far south of the Indian sub – continent with its feet washed by the Indian Ocean. Its magnificent temples which expose great art & architecture, beautiful beaches, stunning monuments & wild life make a great tourist attraction.
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Enchanting South India Tour

Kapaleeshwarar Temple


Marina Beach


Mahabalipuram


Arjuna Penance


Matrimandir


Brihadeeswarar Temple


Rock Fort Temple


Meenakshi Temple


Gandhi Museum


Periyar River


Kumarakom - House Boat


Kathakali Dance


Santa Cruz Basilica

Extended Customized Tours
DAY 1
Arrival in Chennai, upon arrival our representative will meet and assist you to your hotel.
Chennai: The third most visited city by tourist. Its historic landmarks & buildings, long sandy beaches, cultural & art center’s make a great attraction. Day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Chennai.

DAY 2
After Breakfast take a city tour to the following places.
Kapaleeshwar Temple: The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built more than 350 years ago is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in south India. It is a fine specimen of the Dravidian style of architecture with intricate carvings. These carvings say a story of the Hindu Mythology.
National Art Gallery: Also known as Victoria Memorial Hall built in Pink Sandstone. It was specially built and dedicated to preserve the cultural aspect of the city & its true Colours. You can view some exquisite paintings dated back to the 10th century. Paintings of many mythological & Historical characters can also be found here.
Government Museum: One of the most popular sightseeing pots in the city of Chennai. It is known to be the oldest museum of India, made of 6 independent buildings which constitute 46 Galleries. These buildings have their sections based on Geology, Archeology, Zoology, Anthropology, Numismatics, Botany & Sculptures.
Marina Beach: Among the longest beaches in the world which is stretched across 12 km long area. Watching the sun rise & set at the marina beach is one of the most beautiful experiences, in the evening the beach turns into a fair ground with various kinds of activities & entertainments of games, rides, food stalls & some shopping.

DAY 3
Today you will leave from Chennai to Mahabalipuram which is only an hour away. On your way to Mahabalipuram visit Kanchipuram, the famus city with over a 1000 temples. Also known as the ancient capital of the Pallavas. (Pallavas were a prominent dynasty that ruled South India for nearly 500 years and have left a permanent mark in the field of art and architecture). After your visit to Kanchipuram continue your journey towards Mahabalipuram. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel. Today you will take a tour of the city of Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram: One of the most beautiful places in south India situated by the Bay of Bengal. Known for its art and architecture which were done by the Pallavas. New sculptures & unique paintings were innovated here. Their rock – cut caves, temples make from a single rock are some of the major tourist attraction. The must see places in Mahabalipuram are:
Seven Pagodas: 5 Monolithic temples which were art crafted in different styles. It is known that out of the 5 temples 4 of them are crafted out of a single rock.
Tiger caves: an open air theatre where cultural programs are held.
Arjuna Penance: This rock bas-relief is shaped like that of a huge wale. The sculpture is carved at the back portion of the whale shaped stone. It measures 27 meters in length and 9 meters in height with a crack in the middle of the rock. It is the largest bas – relief sculpture in the world. Overnight at your hotel in Mahabalipuram.

DAY 4
After breakfast you will leave for Pondicherry by road. The journey is about 2 hours of drive. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel.
Pondicherry: Once a French colony, but now is a Union Territory of India. 160 kms away from Chennai. Also known as the French Riviera of the east cause of its unique influences that have shaped its culture. Today you will visit:
French Tamil Quarter: the French and Tamil quarter are divided by a large canal. The French quarter has streets that are wide and facades are usually characterized by continous wall to wall constructions and elaborate gates. Also known as the white town. The Tamil quarter is where all the major commercial activities like markets, showrooms and shops take place. There are a lot of temples and houses that reflect Tamil architecture.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram: This ashram was set up in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo. He ws a saint – yogi, philosopher who taught Intergral yoga, a new system of mind development. The activities of the ashram include the development of art, culture, spirituality, agriculture & cottage industries. Overnight at your hotel in Pondicherry.

DAY 5
After breakfast depart for Tanjore by road. The journey is about 3 hours. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel.
Tanjore: Also known as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. Was earlier ruled over by the Cholas which later came in the hands of the Nayaks and the Marathas who created a prominence in its culture and architecture. Today you will visit:
Brihadeshwar Temple: Situated in the southern part of the city. It is dedicated to lord Shiva. Was built in 1003 AD by chola king Rajaraja. The temple displays some of the best expressions of artistic excellence of the Chola period. Overnight at your hotel in Tanjore.

DAY 6
After breakfast drive to Trichy. The journey takes about three and a half hours. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel.
Trichy: Situated on the banks of the river Cauvery & is the fourth largest of Tamil Nadu. It was citadel of the early cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. The city is a fine blend of tradition and modernity. Today you will visit:
Srianganathaswami Temple: The temple is much older then the city of Trichy. The island shrine is dedicated to Ranganatha & is a centre for the Vaishnava Faith.
Rock Fort Temple: Built by the Pallavas as a small cave temple & it tops on a 83m high outcrop. It's a stiff climb up the 437 steps cut into the stone of the top and has a breathtaking view. Overnight at your hotel in Trichy.

DAY 7
After breakfast drive to Madurai. The journey will take about 4 hours. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel.
Madurai: Also known as the "city of nectar" and the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. During the ancient times it was called Madhurapuram as it was considered that honey or madhu have dripped from the long locks of Lord Shiva. Today you will visit:
Meenakshi Temple: Dedicate to the highly beautiful Devi Meenakshi, the consort of Lord Shiva, the original form of the temple was constructed by Kulasekara Pandya of the Pandya dynasty. the temple also known as Meenakshi-Sundareshwar temple is today of utmost importance to the Hindu pilgrimage. The whole city wakes up to the chant of the priest and the hymns that are sung in praise of the deities kept in the temple.
Tirumalai Nayak Palace: The Thirumalai palace best describes the grand architectural style of the Nayakas. Divided in to mainly two parts, Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. The swargavilasa is of special attraction as it has the towering dome which lies beyond the courtyard. The Rangavilasa contains the the royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments and the armoury.
Gandhi Museum: This Musuem is one of the rare living memorial of "The Father of India". The Gandhi Memorial Museum has been built and organised by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The Museum serves to propagate the ideals of Gandhiji. Exhibitions, Seminors, Study Circle meetings, Group discussions, Summer Camps for students, Fine Arts training courses for children and classes on Yogasana and Naturopathy are organised periodically. Overnight at your hotel in Madurai.

DAY 8
After breakfast drive to Periyar. The journey is about 3 hours. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel.
Periyar: Periyar is a nice place to cruise on the lake, a place to enjoy a jungle walk with an opportunity to see the wild animals. Its famous National Park and Tiger Reserve make a great tourist attraction. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. The animals spend a lot of time near the lake and the elephants can be seen bathing and swimming in the reservoir. In the evening enjoy a Boat trip. Overnight at your hotel in Periyar.

DAY 9
Today after breakfast drive to the backwaters to check into a houseboat from Kumarakom Jetty. The Kumarokam jetty is about 30 minutes away from Periyar.
Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam. Famous for its backwater tourism, It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala.
During the cruise and also visit some of the villages to see their techniques and procedure in Coir making. Overnight in the cruise in the midst of the lake.

DAY 10
After breakfast you will disembark the cruise at Alleppy jetty and take a transfer to Cochin. On arrival our representative will meet & assist you to your hotel. In the evening you will get to see the most famous drama dance of Kerala, "Kathakali".
Kathakali: This dance can be characterized by grotesque gesticulations, amazing costumes and very extensive make-up. The stories are mostly taken from the epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. Overnight at your hotel in Chochin.

DAY 11
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing. The places you will visit are:
The Jewish Synagogue: It was built in 1568 by the prosperous Jewish trading community. Decorated with Chinese, but no two tiles resemble each other. The interiors are beautifully decorated with Belgian Chandeliers and grand lighting. It is rated as the oldest synagogue in all the 53 member countries of the common wealth of nations.
The St. Francis Church: Has a great historical significance as it stands as an evidence of the European colonial struggle in India. Also the oldest church built by the Europeans in India.
The Santa Cruz Basilica: It is amongst the oldest churches in India and is also one of the eight Basillicas in the country counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala. It was built in 1505 by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Francesco de Almeida. In 2004 the church completed 5 centuries of its existence. Its architecture is a blend of the Indo – European & the Gothic style.
The Dutch Palace: The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana.
Spice market: Along with beaches and backwaters Cochin is famous for its spice production. The production and export of spices in Cochin dates back to around 600 years ago. The merchants of the city used to trade in spices with the Arabs, Jews, Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese. Some of the famous spices of Cochin are black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger and chillies.
Chinese Fishing Nets: The chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

DAY 12
End Of tour.
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