||Ancient Temples and Prestine Beaches - The South
|Number of Days
||13 Days / 12 Nights
||Luxury / Deluxe / Quality/ Budget
||Mumbai - Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Kodaikanal - Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Trivandrum
Day 01: Arrival in Mumbai
On arrival at the airport, met and transferred to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon city tour of Mumbai visiting The Gateway to India, the Hanging
Gardens, Marine Drive, Dhobi Ghat, Victoria Terminus and the Prince of Wales
Day 02: Mumbai - Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Morning transfer to the airport to fly to Chennai. On arrival, met and drive
2 hours to Mahabalipuram. Thereafter, check in to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon 2 hours sightseeing of the sea shore temples of Mahabalipuram.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram
Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of Kanchipuram, one of the 7 holiest
Hindu cities and famous for its spectacular temple.
Day 04 : Mahabalipuram – Pondichary
Morning drive for 2 ½ hours south to Pondicherry, formerly a French colony,
which became part of India in the early 1950's. On arrival check-into the
hotel. Afternoon visit Auroville, an international commune founded by the
Mother, where a large number of people from different parts of the world
live and work together. The other attraction of Pondicherry is the Sri
Day 05: Pondicherry - Chidambram - Tanjore
Morning, drive westwards to Tanjore, enroute is Chidambram a gem of
Dravidian architecture famous for its Natraja Temple (Dancing Shiva). This
temple is said to be the oldest in this area. It is a 6 hours journey
including the visit to Chidambarm.
Day 06: Tanjore - Trichy - Kodaikanal
A drive of about 6 hours via Trichy takes us to Kodaikanal a hill town
surrounding a man made lake, located at 2000 mtrs on the Palany Hills. The
Shola forests are unique to this area. Late afternoon, free to play a
round of golf, at the unique course here; or go for a 7 km hike to Pillar
Rocks. Bryant Park, a botanists delight, is also worth a visit.
Day 07: Kodaikanal - Madurai
Morning, drive for 4 hours to Madurai. On arrival check in to the hotel of
your choice. Afternoon visit of the famous Meenakshi Temple (named after one
of the daughters of a Pandyan king, who had 3 breasts). The temple is spread
over 6 hectares and its enormous gopurams or towers are covered with gaily
coloured statues, and are visible from a great distance.
Day 08 : Madurai - Lake Periyar
A 5 hours drive brings us to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary famous as the abode
of the Indian Tuskers (Elephants), and a wide array of other animals and
birds. On arrival check in to the hotel of your choice. Afternoon, boat ride
on the lake to see the wildlife.
Day 09 : Lake Periyar - Kumarakom
Early morning visit of the wildlife park. After breakfast, depart for
Kumarakom, a 5 hours drive. Transfer by boat to a resort on an island on the
backwaters of Vembanad Lake, one of the largest salt water lakes of India.
Day 10 : Kumarakom
Day at leisure in Kumarakom. Boat cruises by speed boat are available for
trips into the backwaters.
Day 11 : Kumarakom - Cochin
Morning, depart for Cochin, a 1 ½ hours drive to one of the finest natural
harbours of India and the business centre for the state of Kerala. On
arrival check in to the hotel of your choice. Afternoon city tour of Cochin
visiting the Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Matencherry Palace, Jewish
Day 12 : Cochin - Trivandrum
Early morning transfer to airport to fly to Trivandrum. On arrival,
transfer to the hotel of your choice. Rest of the day at leisure on the
Day 13 : Trivandrum Departure
Day at leisure. Late evening transfer to airport to board the connecting
flight for onward journey.