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|When||Where||What To Experience and Admire|
|Day 1-2||Chennai||National Art Gallery and Museum, Cathedral of San Thome, the Mylapore Temple, and St Mary’s Church.|
|Day 2-4||Mahabalipuram||The Five Rathas, the Shore Temple, huge frescoe. Kanchipuram, Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple|
|Day 4-7||Madurai||Chetinad, Meenakshi Temple, Tirumal Nayak's Palace, evening ceremony of the Meenakshi Temple.|
|Day 7-8||Thekkady||Boat cruise on the Periyar Lake, spice Plantation tour.|
|Day 8-10||Kumarakom||Rubber plantations, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary , Vembanad Lake,|
|Day 10-13||Kovalam||World Renowned Beach with varied range of leisure activities|
Welcome to India! Upon your arrival at Chennai Airport, our local representative will receive you at the arrival hall and escort you to your Hotel in an air-conditioned Car. Our representative will help you with check-in process, brief you about your tour program and handover your entire tour related documents.
Chennai – Mahabalipuram
Morning sightseeing tour of Madras to see some of the highlights of India's fourth largest city. Visit the National Art Gallery and Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes and South Indian bronzes; the Cathedral of San Thome; the Mylapore Temple, and St Mary’s Church. (Museums are closed on Fridays and National Holidays).
Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram - an ancient coastal port, south of Madras. Here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South Indian architectural design; the Five Rathas - a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of the sea; and the huge frescoe, "The Penance of Bhagirath".
Mahabalipuram – Chennai – Madurai by flight
Morning drive to Chennai to connect flight for Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai, Transfer to Hotel, rest of the day at leisure.
Morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai. The primary interest is the Meenakshi Temple, where Dravidian temple architecture may be considered to be at its best. Its Hall of a Thousand Pillars is fabulous and is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak's Palace, which is a highly decorative monument.
Witness the evening ceremony of the Meenakshi Temple.
Madurai – Periyar/Thekkady (137 kms/4 hours)
Morning drive to Thekkady (Periyar)
Periyar/Thekkady – Kumarakom approx 139kms/4Hrs
Morning you will have a Spice Plantation tour. Periyar of Thekkedy district is full of variety of spices like Clove, cardamom, different types of peppers etc.
Day at leisure.
Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp (chemmeen in the local language) and prawns. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres (57,000 m²), and came into existence following preservation efforts from the government. It is a major tourist attraction.
Kumarakom – Allepey
Morning embark Houseboat.
Houseboat – Kovalam
Breakfast onboard houseboat.
Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches. It has been a favourite haunt of tourists since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. The tropical sun acts so fast that one can see the faint blush of coppery tan on the skin in a matter of minutes. Life on the beach begins late in the day and carries on well into the night. The beach complex includes a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, convention facilities, shopping zones, swimming pools, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centers.
Day at leisure
Day at leisure
Depart from Trivandrum
In time transfer to Trivandrum International Airport which is approx 13 kms away from Kovalam.
Connect flight for onward destination.
|Chennai||The Leela Palace|
|ITC Grand Chola|
|Mahabalipuram||Radisson Blu Temple Bay|
|Taj Fisherman's Cove|
|WelcomHotel Kences Palm Beach|
|Chariot Beach Resort|
|Ideal Beach Resort|
|Madurai||Taj Gateway Pasumalai|
|The Heritage Madurai|
|Shalimar Spice Garden|
|The Elephant Court|
|Kumarakom Lake Resort|
|Allepey/Houseboat||Spice Coast Cruise|
|Kovalam||The Leela Kovalam|
|The Travancore Heritage|
|Vivanta by Taj|
Kalakshetra Dance school
Bazaar Trail in to the Crowded Markets and Narrow lanes
Dancers Trail Story Telling Dances of Bharatanatyam
Walking tour Story Trail
Philip Kutty Farm
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