Day 1 – Arrive in Chennai
On arrival at Chennai airport our representative having a placard displaying your name will meet you to pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Chennai.
Day 2 – Chennai – Mahabalipuram
80km / 2 hours
After breakfast, half day city tour of Chennai. First of all visit the Museum to see the art and bronze gallery. Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market, High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, Saint Thomas Cathedral.
Afternoon, drive towards Mahabalipuram. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
100km / 2 hours
After breakfast visit Mahabalipuram. Visit the 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens. Later visit the 7th-century Five Rathas. After the visit drive to Pondicherry. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Evening walk in the busy market of Pondicherry.
Day 4 – Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Tanjore
180km / 4 hours
Morning after breakfast visit Pondicherry. Visit the city and Sri Aurobindo Ashram the serene world of distinct spiritual vibration and thus renowned as Sacred Land. Later drive to Swamimalai. En route visit The Nataraja Temple at Chidambaram. The roof of the sanctum sanctorum is covered with gold plates. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam. After the visit continue drive towards Tanjore. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tanjore.
Day 5 – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai
200km / 4 hours
After breakfast visit Brihadeeswarar Shiva Temple at Tanjore, built by King Raja Rajan from the year 985 AD - 1010 AD. This is one of the superb temple architects of the Chola dynasty. Later visit Raja Rajan art gallery to see bronze statures of 9th-16th century. After the visit drive to Trichy. Arrive and visit Srirangam Vishnu Temple. It has 21 gopurmas (towers); one of the gopurma is 73 meters, highest in India. Continue drive towards Madurai. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Later in the late evening attend Puja (worship) ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 6 – Madurai – Periyar
145km / 3½ hours
Breakfast at the hotel visit Madurai city. Visit Meenakshi Temple, which is 1000 pillared hall carrying some beautiful sculptures of the seventeenth century. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian architect. The building we see today was the main palace where the king lived. The original palace complex was four times bigger than the present structure. This palace consisted mainly of two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. In the afternoon drive to Periyar. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 – Periyar
In the morning take boat ride in the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, you are likely to see animals like wild boars, sambars, wild dogs, Langur monkeys and wild elephants. Later you will be taken to visit a plantation garden. In the afternoon elephant ride of 30 minutes in the plantations. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Pariyar.
Day 8 – Periyar – Kumarakom
130km / 3½ hours
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Kumarakom.
Day 9 – Kumarakom – Alleppey
Backwaters cruise till Alleppey
After breakfast visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the most visited tourist venue in Kumarakom. This marshy stretch of land is the natural habitat of various species of birds. Migratory birds make this sanctuary their home during the winter season.
In the afternoon check in to traditional Kerala house boat for a cruise, which is totally a delightful experience. Cruise through the palm fringed canals, watch the paddy fields and village folk, while relaxing on board hearing the lullaby of the wind & waves. This mysterious strip of emerald green land is stuffed with endless miles of placid backwaters that appends to its charm. Freshly cooked local food is served onboard. Dinner and overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 10 – Alleppey – Cochin
60km / 1 hour
Breakfast at the houseboat. Check out and drive to Cochin. Arrive and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening attend Kathakali dance show. Overnight at the hotel in Cochin.
Day 11 – Cochin – Transfer to airport
After breakfast visit of Cochin including The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. In the late evening transfer to the airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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