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Day 1 : Chennai
Greet and meet on arrival at Chennai airport , proceed to hotel check in hotel, refresh and later visit Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Colourful Dravidian-style temple dedicated to Shiva, established in the 7th century & later rebuilt, Vivekananda Illam , Former ice store where Swami Vivekananda stayed in 1897, now a permanent exhibition on his life then the Government museum, Fort museum, drive past Marina Beach, San Thome Church and later return to hotel and Overnight at Hotel
Optional places you can also visit if you are staying one more night
Guindy National Park, Anna Zoological park, Dakshinachitra (On the way to Mahabalipuram), Theosophical Society, Better spot for Shopping is T Nagar.
Day 2 : Chennai - Enrote - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry ( 180 Kms – 4 Hrs drive)
After breakfast check out hotel and proceed to Pondicherry, Enrote visit Mahabalipuram including Five Rathas,. Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture, Mahishasuramardini Mandapa, Mahishasuramardhini Mandapa is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century, of the Pallava dynasty. Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Shore temple, Beach and later drive to Pondicherry arrival , later check in to hotel and overnight at Hotel
Day 3 : Pondicherry - Sightseeing
After breakfast proceed to the full day sightseeing of Pondicherry including , Matrimandir, The Matrimandir is an edifice of spiritual significance for practitioners of Integral yoga, situated at the centre of Auroville initiated by The Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville: The City of Dawn, Arikamedu -Arikamedu is an archaeological site in Southern India, in Kakkayanthope, Ariyankuppam Commune, Botanical Garden- Botanical garden built by French colonists on 22 acres with themed plots, an aquarium & train rides. Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Promenade Beach and Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Boat House, later return to hotel and overnight at Hotel.
Optional places / Activities at Pondicherry – Depends on time & Days of Stays.( With additional cost)
1. Manakular Vinayakar Temple- Temple of Lord Ganesha
2. Old Light House
3. Go Scuba Diving for an underwater adventure
Day 4 : Pondicherry - Chidhambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapauram - Tanjore ( 195 kms – 4 hrs drive)
After breakfast check out hotel and later proceed to Tanjore via visiting Chidambaram - Nataraja Temple 1,000-years-old sacred site devoted to Shiva with 4 separate 7-storey towers around a central temple. Later proceed to Gangaikondacholapuram , it is a town whose origin trace to medieval India and which was the capital of the Cholas for king Rajendra Chola, and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later proceed to Darasuram visit the Airavateswara temple constructed by the Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century AD. The temple is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage monument, arrival at Tanjore check in hotel and Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5 : Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai ( 210 kms – 4 Hrs drive)
After breakfast check out hotel and later proceed to the Morning sightseeing of Tanjore including Brihadisvara Temple, Brihadeeswarar temple, which is dedicated to Shiva, was built by Raja Raja Chola I. The construction was completed in 1010 which it means that the temple is more than 1000 years old and it is one of the best example of the Chola architecture, The Thanjavur Maratha Palace Complex, known locally as Aranmanai, is the official residence of the Bhonsle family which ruled over the Tanjore region from 1674 to 1855, Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjavur one of the highlights of a visit of the South. It is also famous for its silk, one of the best of India and later drive to Trichy visit the ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ganapathi- Rock fort , 434 steps cut out into the rock side and interspersed with shrines, lead to the temple, yet another flight leads to the temple of Lord Shiva. The ascent is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri River. Visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which contains within its walls a bazaar, Drive to Madurai arrival at Madurai Check in Hotel and Overnight at Hotel.
Can Visit the Meenakshi Temple at Madurai for Night Ceremony It is of Meenakshi temple which is also used in local Tamil language as Palliyarai, palli denotes resting, and yarai means sanctum sanctorum.
Day 6 : Madurai - Munnar - 170 kms – 5 hours drive
After breakfast Check out hotel and later proceed to the full day sightseeing of Madurai including the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams, rising high above the surrounding country side. Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches and Drive to Munnar. On the hill drive you can enjoy the biodiversity of the hill, green lush of tea plantations established in 19th century. Arrival munnar, check hotel and overnight stay in Munnar- hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations.
Optional visits at Madurai – Need to Have at least 2 Days stay with additional costs.
Alagar Koyil – Temple of lord Vishnu–Large, historic Hindu temple in scenic surrounds with elaborate carvings & sculptures.
Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam
Koodal Azhagar Temple Sacred temple dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, featuring a tower covered with colourful idols.
Thirupalkundram Murugan Temple
Athisyam – Theme Park
Day 7 : Munnar - Sight Seeing
After break fast proceed for full day sight seeing of Munnar including Eravikulam national park established to protect the endangered Nilgiri Thar- Goat, Madupetty Dam built in the hills to conserve water for hydroelectricity. Later proceed to Anamudi the highest peak in the Kerala and South India, at an elevation of 2,695 metres gives you stunning hill view. Pothamedu view point gives lofty overlook with a tea plantation, offering panoramas of the valley landscape . Munnar tea museum you can trace out the history and production of tea with old machinery, photographs & demonstrations. Photo point- Photos can be taken with Tea estate as background also can take pictures with costumes of tea workers. Rose garden with variety of flowers and fall in love with amused beauties of flowers. After sight seeing later proceed to hotel rest overnight in Munnar with scenic thoughts.
Day 8 : Munnar - Thekkady (105 kms- 3hrs drive)
After breakfast check out hotel and later proceed to Thekkady, throught out this journey you can enjoy the spice planation visit like cardamom, Pepper and enjoy the elephant ride, check in hotel and refresh and enjoy the boating at the periyar lake and in the evening enjoy the kathakali dance performance and return to hotel and overnight at Hotel.
Optional activities & Visit with additional cost
Day 9 : Thekkady - Alleppey (160 kms- 5hrs drive)
After breakfast early, check out hotel and proceed to Alleppey, arrival at Alleppey, Alleppey where at about 12.00 noon you can check in to the much awaited houseboat or hotel. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwaters, rivers and canals. Your houseboat has a bedroom with attached toilet, a dining area cum sit out. There will be 3 accompanying staff in the boat, one drive, one helper and one cook. Lunch, Evening Tea, Snacks and Dinner will be cooked and served on board by the accompanying cook. Enjoy your evening on the sun decked sand and shore. Overnight stay at House Boat will be a unique experience
Day 10 : Alleppey - Cochin (70 kms- 2 hours 30 minutes drive)
After breakfast check out hotel and proceed to Cochin, arrival at Cochin, check in hotel, refresh and proceed to the sightseeing of cochin including Santa Cruz Basilica - one of the finest basilica showing heritage edifices of Kerala, Mattancherry Palace- is a Portuguese palace known as the Dutch Palace depicts portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi, Jewish synagogue was built in 1568 by Cochin Jewish community is the oldest one, was built in the year 5105 (as per the Hebrew Calendar) as an abode for the spirit of God. St. Francis Church, in Fort Cochin built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his 3rd visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon. Later proceed to hotel, overnight cochin.
Optional Visits with additional charges
Boating on Marine Drive
Day 11 : Cochin - Departure
After breakfast checkout hotel and we transfer you to the Cochin airport for your return journey to back home – end of the services.
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