Day 01 ARRIVE
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival
at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon Half
day sightseeing tour of Chennai, the Capital
city of Tamil Nadu state, which is India’s Southern
Gateway city and one of the biggest centre of trade, and
communications. Begin your tour with sightseeing of Chennai.
Among the principal sights are the Fort St. George and Museum,
which has the British East India Company documents, The
Bronze Museum, St. Thom Cathedral, the Marina Beach, and
drive past the Parthasarathy Temple at Mylapore.Overnight
at the hotel.
02 CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM
after breakfast departure by surface to Mahabalipuram
en route visiting Kanchipuram was
under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD
and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar
Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a center
of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background
for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples
of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony
to its glorious Dravidian heritage. All the religious
cities in India support one of the two sects in Hinduism
Shaivism,but Kanchipuram has blended itself equally
to both the sects,dividing itself into Vishnu Kanchi,surrounding
the Varadaraja Temple, and Shiva Kanchi, surrounding
the Ekambareshwar (also spelt as Ekambareshwa) Temple,
while the Kamakshi Amman Temple stands in between
as a place of Shakti worship. Upon arrival check in
at the hotel Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 MAHABALIPURAM
Morning after early breakfast Sightseeing tour of 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. Visit the Krishna, Varaha and
Mahishasura Mardhini Mandapas besides the famous stone bas-relief,
Arjuna’s Penance. Later departure by surface to Pondicherry
upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 PONDICHERRY
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Pondichery
- a former French colony oozes a Mediterranean
aura with classy streets, stylish houses and ornamental
gardens, is famous for pleasant weather and easy paced life.
Visit the serene atmosphere of Aurobindo Ashram, which was
founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 and has attained international
reputation for its spiritual tenets including yoga and modern
science of living. The Botanical Gardens, conceived in 1826,
boast a variety of rare and exotic plants from India and
abroad, and take a stroll on the beaches of Pondichery.
After noon departure by surface to Kumbakonam upon arrival
check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 KUMBAKONAM
(Natyanjali Dance Festival)
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Kumbakonam
is a very important Temple City of South India. Kumbakonam
is one of the Oldest Towns in Tamil nadu and is famous for
its Mahamaham festival. In the 7th Century it was the Capital
of Chola Kings. Visit the Kumbeshwaran Temple. Afternoon
drive to Chidambaram to celebrate Natyanjali Dance
Festival. Drive back to Kumbakona overnight at
Day 06 KUMBAKONAM
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to the Tanjore
Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free
of leisure overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 TANJORE
Morning after breakfast full sightseeing tour of famous
Tanjore city, visit the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara.
The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single
granite block weighing 80 tons, which was taken to the top
with the help of a 6 kms long ramp, an old technique used
by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and
handicrafts makes Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit
to South India. Later departures by surface to Trichy upon
arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 TRICHY
Morning after breakfast visit to the ancient Rock Fort temples
dedicated to Lord Ganeshj, where 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
ascend is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri
Also visit Srirangam a massive temple dedicated to Lord
Vishnu, which contains within its walls a bazaar as well.
Later departure by surface to Madurai upon arrival check
in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast full day sightseeing tour
of Madurai or "the city of nectar" is the
oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This
city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital
of Pandyan rulers. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had
built a gorgeous temple around which he created a
lotus shaped city. It has been a center of learning
and pilgrimage, for centuries. Legend has it, that
the divine nectar falling from Lord Shiva's locks,
gave the city its name - 'Madhurapuri', now known
as "Madurai".Visit the great Meenakshi Temple,
an excellentexample of Dravidian Architecture,dedicated
tothe consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams
(rising high above the surrounding country side).
Also Visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious
building in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the
Stucco work on its domes and arches. Visit Alagar
Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock Temple. Overnight
at the hotel
Day 10 MADURAI
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Kodaikanal
(120 Km approx) upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest
of the day free of the leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 KODAIKANAL
Morning after breakfast visit to Kodaikanal is a charming
hill station situated amidst the sylvan grandeur of the
southern crest of the upper Palani hill – in the Western
Ghats, at a height of 2135m. Its tranquil lake framed by
wooded hills, mighty rocks and slopes and enchanting waterfalls
mesmerizes visitors. It is noted for hybrids and grafts,
hill plantain fruits and plums and “Kurunji”
flower which blossoms once in 12 years. Overnight at the
12 KODAIKANAL – MUNNAR
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Munnar
Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon visit
to the nature-lover’s paradise. Snuggling in
the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills, lies the
quite and restful resort of Munnar. Panoramic views
of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make
it a pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate.
It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago
by pioneering planters. Within its remote andelderly
churches - gracious, stone-structures with ancient
chandeliers and rosewood pews. A little beyond
lies Anaimudi,South India's highest peak. In the
vicinity is the Eravikulam National Park, the home
of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that roams on a stretch
of grassland or is seen climbing the pinnacles of
the undulating hills.
The Kundale Tea Plantation - An area surrounding
a lovely lake that offers some of the most stunning
views of the region. It offers the best opportunity
you are ever likely to have to see the tea plantations,
to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed,
to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through
the air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 MADURAI
– ALLEPPEY-HOUSE BOAT
Morning depart by surface to Alleppey and upon arrival board
House Boat to kumarakom, and cruise on the enchanting backwaters,
engulfed by a lush-green landmass lying below sea level,
known as kuttanad. Kuttanad is known as the rice-bowl of
Kerala for its paddy fields. Overnight on board the house-boat.
Day 14 HOUSE
BOAT – COCHIN
Morning after breakfast, disembark from the House Boat and
check in at the hotel. Afternoon 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 the 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 COCHIN
In time departure transfer to the Cochin airport to board
flight back home with the sweet memories of your holiday
with Indian Festival Tours.