Temples & Nature of South India
Temples and nature of South India tour package
Tour Duration : 14 days / 13 nights
Tour Destination : Chennai / Mahabalipuram / Pondichery / Gangaikondacholapuram / Tanjore / Trichy / Chettinadu / Madurai / Thekkady /Alleppey / Cochin
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An unusual journey, Travel either by bus, by boat, on foot or on elephant back, all means are good to discover the Temples and nature of South India. In the midst of magnificent and varied landscapes, you will walk in the footsteps of great Cholan kings, who built the great temples of South India.

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  • Day 1 : Day 1 : Chennai: Arrival in day or in evening (according to your flight schedule).

    Chennai is capital city of Tamilnadu, which keeps its hustle bustle going on, and is among major metros of India. Major attractions of Chennai includes Fort William, Marina beach, and its National Museum. An evening stroll at Marina beach gives visitor real glimpse of South Indian culture, along with sea food delecacies.

  • Day 2 : Day 2 : Chennai / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram:

    Visit the government museum of Chennai. Drive to Mahabalipuram. En route visit the temples of Kanchipuram. Check in to hotel in Mahabalipuram. In the evening, visit the town of Mahabalipuram.
    Mahabalipuram is a sea shore city, about 60 kms from Chennai, famous for its Shore temples. It is a small excursion from Chennai, and one can easily take a break from busy metro life of Chennai, to seek break in some best leisure resorts of Mahabalipuram.

  • Day 3 : Day 3 : Mahabalipuram:

    Visit the shore temple, five chariots "rathas" Pandavas "The hero of the epic Maha Bharat". Visit Arjuna'a Penance and Krishna's butterball. Free time on the beach and visit the Mahablipuram fishermen village.

  • Day 4 : Day 4 : Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry:

    Departure for Pondicherry. Check in to hotel in Pondicherry. Visit Auroville and Sri Aurobindo’s Ashram. Church Sacred Heart of Jesus and Notre-Dame-des-Anges. In the evening, visit the Indian and the French colony.
    Pondicherry is first french settelement in India, which is also a major attraction of Tamilnadu. The city is divided into two parts, in which one is French colony, and another is Tamil colony. Some major attractions include Church of Notre dame de Angers, and Sacred heart cathederal. The beaches of Pondicherry are also very famous, and attracts large number of tourists from all over the world.

  • Day 5 : Day 5 : Pondicherry / Chidambaram / Gangaikondacholapuram / Darasuram / Tanjore:

    Drive to Tanjore. On the way visit the temples of Chidambaram, Gangaikondacholapuram Darasuram. Check in to hotel in Tanjore. In the evening, explore the city of Tanjore.
    Tanjore is major temple town of Tamilnadu, which is known for its mighty Brihadeshwara temple, enlisted in Unesco’s world heritage monuments. Tanjore is known for its art and culture and its numerous boutiques selling brass and bronze wares and statues.

  • Day 6 : Day 6 : Tanjore / Trichy / Chettinadu :

    Visit the Temple of Brihideshwara, The Marata Palace Museum. Then drive to Chettinadu. En route visit the temple of Srirangam and Rock fort of Trichy. Check in to hotel in Chettinadu. Then visit the village and Chettinadu houses.
    Chettinad is small town, mainly of Nattukotai Chettiars which is a prosperous banking and business community of South india, thus we find extraordinarily beautiful houses with some finest painting art in south India. Chettinadu Cuisine is also very famous for its finest delicacies including sambhar, payasam and paniyaram.

  • Day 7 : Day 7 : Chettinad / Madurai:

    Drive to Madurai. Check in to hotel in Madurai. Visit the Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the ancient city of Madurai.
    Madurai is second largest city of Tamilnadu, famous for its Meenakshi temple. This is one of the ancient cities of India. The city is visited by numerous visitors from all around the world, to witness this city of ancient culture and civilisation. The evening ceremony at Meenakshi temple is worth watching and leaves an undying impression on the heart of visitor.

  • Day 8 : Day 8 : Madurai:

    Departure to visit the Meenakshi temple. Then visit Gandhi Museum and the caves of Annamalai and Nagamalai.

  • Day 9 : Day 9 : Madurai / Thekkady :

    Drive to Thekkady, a small village in the Periyar Reserve. In the late afternoon, visit the plantation of spices at Manayath Heritage.

  • Day 10 : Day 10 : Thekkady:

    Boat safari in the Periyar Reserve with a professional English-speaking guide. By late afternoon, 30-minute ride on an elephant in the forest.

  • Day 11 : Day 11 : Thekkady / Alleppey:

    Drive to Alleppey. Check into houseboat. Navigation through backwater channels and discovers the surrounding villages.
    Alleppey or Allapuzha is world famous backwaters where large number of tourists come to witness the backwaters of Kerala. There are large number of Ayurveda resorts and Heath centres, which offer different rejuvenation therapies to remove stress and depression. One can also experience staying in Houseboats and travel around backwaters of Kerala.

  • Day 12 : Day 12 : Alleppey / Cochin:

    Drive to Cochin. Check in to hotel in Cochin. In the afternoon, visit the synagogue and the Jewish Quarter. The evening Kathakali dance show, free time to walk around the Fort Cochin.

  • Day 13 : Day 13 : Cochin:

    Departure to visit the Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, then visit Fort Kochi and the Chinese fishing nets.
    Cochin is famous port town of Kerala, known for its famous 15th century monuments including Jewish Synagogue, and Jewish colony. It was once a major centre of Spice trade between western countries and India. While going through the streets of Fort Cochin, one can still see the Chinese fishing nets and some old buildings of British times in India.

  • Day 14 : Day 14 : Cochin / Return:

    Transfer to the airport for the return flight.

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