Day 01 ARRIVE
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival
at the airport and transfer to the hotel.Overnight at the
Day 02 IN CHENNAI
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Chennai.
The Capital city of Tamil Nadu state, Chennai is
India’s Southern Gateway city and one of the
biggest centres of trade, and communications. Afternoon
visiting the Fort St. George, San Thome’s
church, Parthasarathy temple & Marina Beach.Later
attend the Music festival. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 IN CHENNAI (Music
Morning after breakfast at the Hotel Full day attends
the various music Programme. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 CHENNAI
- KANCHEEPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Mahabalipuram
enroute visiting Kancheepuram to see the Ekambareshwar and
Kailasanatha Temples Upon arrival check-in at the hotel
Mahabalipuram – a quite seaside resort with a unique
and glorious 7th century Shore Temple and some of the most
beautiful rock-cut caves in the world. Evening: Attend the
Music & Dance festival. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 IN
Morning breakfast at the hotel Rest of the day free.
Afternoon visit the Krishna, Varaha and Mahishasura Mardhini
Mandapas besides the famous stone bas-relief, Arjuna’s
Penance. Later attend the Music & Dance festival Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 06 MAHABALIPURAM
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Pondicherry
(133Kms/3Hrs approx) upon arrival check in at the hotel.
Afternoon Visit the Sri Aurobindo Asharam, Pondicherry Musuem,
Matrimandir at Auroville, the Anglo-French Textiles showroom,
Manakula Vinayagar Koil, Ashram’s handmade paper factory,
the Botanical Gardens and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.Overnight
at the hotel.
07 PONDICHERRY - TANJORE
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Tanjore
(245 kms/8 hrs approx including the visit) En-route
visiting Chidambbaram &Gangaikondacholapuram Chidambaram,
one of the oldest, most venerated and magnificent
temples of South India. Shiva Natraja or the Dancing
Shiva stand in his cosmic dance pose in the golden
rooted sanctum sanctorum. Flanking the temple are
108 sculptured illustrations of Bharat Natya Shastra.
In Akash Lingam hidden by a veil, lies the real secret
Gangaikondacholapuram, the Second Brihadisvara angaikkondacholesvara
temple rears its head nobly and bespeaks the imperial
dignity of the capital that Rajendra (1012-44), the
son of Rajaraja, established after his victorious
march to east India up to the river Ganga. The capital
itself has disappeared: even the place where the emperor
dwelt does not exist except in ruins marked by brick
debris about 1.5 km away from the temple, at a place
known as Ulkottai, where a mound even now called Maligaimedu,
‘palace-mound’, supplies bricks to the
villages Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest
of the day free of leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 IN
Morning after breakfast Visit the Brihadeswarar TempleThe
great Temple of Tanjore (Thanjavur) was built between 1003
and 1010 in the reign of the great King Rajaraja, founder
of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of South India
and the neighbouring islands. Surrounded by two rectangular
enclosures, the Brihadisvar (built from blocks of granite
and, in part, from bricks) is crowned with a pyramidal 13-storey
tower, the vimana, and standing 61 m high and topped with
a bulb-shaped monolith. The walls of the temple are covered
with rich sculptural decoration.Afternoon drive to Thiruvayyaru
to witness the Thyagaraja Festival. Later drive back to
Tanjore. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 TANJORE
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Maduarai
Madurai - is Tamil Nadu's most happening
cultural arena. Today, Madurai is the thriving pulse of
Tamil Nadu industrial growth. Truly, we believe that the
Gods are here to stay! Situated on the banks of river Vaigai,
Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, a southern
state in India. Madurai is more than 2,500 years old and
has a rich cultural heritage and history. Madurai was an
important cultural and commercial centre even as early as
550 AD. Madurai was the capital city for the great Pandya
kings.Upon arrival check in at the hotel.
Afternoon city tour of Madurai visiting the great Meenakshi
Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering
gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side).
Visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious building
in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the Stuccowork on
its domes and arches. Visit Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran
Rock Temple. Evening: Attend night ceremony at Meenakshi
temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 MADURAI
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour visit
Visit Thiruparankundram: Dating back to 2nd century B.C.,
and located 10 kms. South of Madurai, it is one of the ‘Aarupadaiveedu’,
the 6 Muruga temples in the state. It is a cave temple where
Muruga married Deivayaanai, after slaying the demon. There
are separate shrines in a line for Shiva, Vishnu, Durga
and Vinayaka. A hillock is attached to the temple, the rock
from which the temple is said to have been built.Rest of
the day ree. Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 11 Madurai
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Periyar
(134 kms/ 4 ½ hrs approx) upon arrival check in at
the hotel.Later Thekkady where rolling hills, tea &
Cardamom plantations welcome you. It is one of the largest
wildlife reserves in India, it is more popular as a tiger
reserve. Afternoon take a boat ride on the splendid Periyar
Lake which is the best way to experience the sanctuary.
The greatest attraction here is the herds of wild elephants
that come down to the lake to frolic in the water. Tiger,
Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Leopard, Malabar flying Squirrel,
stripe necked Mongoose & so on can be spotted in the
forest. Kumily, an important spice trade centre lies in
the periphery of the sanctuary. Overnight at the Hotel.
12 PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Kumarakom
(124 kms/3 hrs approx) upon arrival check in at the
hotel.Afternoon Kumarakom an unbelievably beautiful
paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy
fields, and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting
waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated
on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world, you
will come across plenty of traditional country crafts,
boats and canoes. Located on the banks of the Vembanad
Lake, is the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary – an ornithologist’s
paradise, is a
haunt of migratory birds like the Siberian stork,
egret, darter, heron and teal. Other common varieties
like woodp0ecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots
can also be spotted here. Sunset Boat Cruise –
there can be few better ways to adjust to the pace
of backwater life than to spend the waning hours of
the afternoon just watching the sun go down.Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 13 KUMARAKOM
Early Morning Sunrise Boat Cruise – Take an early
morning boat Cruise, which is mainly to bird watching on
the shores of the Vembanad Lake and to see the rising sun.Breakfast
at the hotel. Rest of the day free of leisure. Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 14 KUMARAKOM
– HOUSE BOAT - ALLEPPEY
Morning after breakfast departure transfer Houseboat
to take a backwater cruise to Alleppey upon arrival check
in at the house boat. Overnight on board house boat.
Day 15 HOUSEBOAT
– ALLEPPEY – COCHIN
Morning after breakfast, disembark from the House
Boat and transfer to the Cochin upon arrival check in at
the hotel. Aftternoon sightseeing sightseeing tour of Cochin.
Cochin is a city with an eventful history. The Portuguese,
the Dutch, the English all had established themselves here
at one time or the other. Prominent attractions are the
Jewish synagogue, santa cruz church( built in 16th century
by the Dutch ), cochin fort (built-1503 by Dutch ), Bolgatty
Palace built by Dutch in 1744 and the St. Francis church
( built-1510 AD by the Dutch ) where Vasco de Gamma was
buried ( later his remains were taken to Portugal, but his
tombstone is still there at the St. Francis church which
is the oldest church in India built by Europeans ). Evening
witness a Kathakali Dance Drama performance, which is the
authentic and ancient dance drama form of Kerala depicting
the stories from the Indian Epics such as Mahabaratha or
Ramayana. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 COCHIN
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the
airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on arrival
at the domestic airport and transfer to internationation
airport to board flight back to home with beautifull memories
of your enchanting holiday with Indian Festival