GEMS OF SOUTH INDIA - Guarandeed Departure Tour
10 Nights / 11 Days
Uncover the diversity with this fabulous journey around South India. Explore the myths and legends of the sacred temples coupled with the laid back rural highlights. Travel from Chennai "the Gateway to South India" to the colonial city of Cochin via beaches, temples, villages, wildlife and backwaters.
Itinerary Route: Mamallapuram-Kumbakonam-Madurai-Periyar-Alleppey-Cochin
Day 1: Arrival Chennai and transfer to Mamallapuram
Pickup from Chennai airport and transfer to Mamallapuram . (Overnight stay in Mamallapuram)
Day 2: Mamallapuram
Proceed for "History walk of Mamallapuram" is an interesting walk that takes you to all important monuments in this area covering The Arjuna`s Penance (Bass Relief) and onward visiting monuments of Five rathas (symbolises equality of men & women) & the famous Shore temple. Apart from the monuments we also visit to a Sculpture studio. Evening free to relax on the beach. Overnight stay in Mamallapuram
Day 3: Mamallapuram to Kumbakonam
Drive to Kumbakkonam – a small typical Indian town. Enroute visit temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. Check in and later visit Darasuram, further more you will be taken for a special visit to the Silk Weaving untouched by regular tourist. (Overnight at hotel in Kumbakkonam)
Day 4: Kumbakonam (Day excursion to Tanjore)
morning drive to Tanjore visit the fine collection of Chola bronzes at the Raja Museum and the famous Brihadeshwara Temple, built by the Chola ruler Raja Raja. Special visit to experience the art of statue making and glass. Later drive back to Kumbakonam for overnight stay.
Day 5: Kumbakonam to Madurai via Kanadukathan
Drive to Madurai En-route visit Kanadukaathan village where you can see the girls threading garlands of jasmine, and the stalls selling bangles and biscuits, women bent double sowing rice in emerald-green paddy fields. stop at a small temple built around a banyan tree, where almost life-sized clay horses are ranged in rows as offerings to the gods, the churning of butter and the drawing of water from a well, Later drive to Madurai
Day 6: Madurai
This morning visit the beautiful Meenakshi Temple later to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak. After refreshment precede for Cycle rickshaw tour around Madurai city gives you a memorable experience of this ancient city. You drive through the narrow streets and lanes of Madurai showing the typical life of local people. Evening, re-visit the Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony at the temple. Overnight stay in Madurai.
Day 7: Madurai to Periyar
Morning Checkout and drive to Periyar or Thekkady is located in Idukki district. On arrival check into hotel. Evening enjoy a visit to Spice Plantation. See various species of spices and other aromatic plants/herbs. The guide will explain about the usage of different spices in Indian cuisine.
Meals included: Breakfast - Overnight stay in Periyar
Day 8: Periyar
Morning you have an option to leave for a guided walk in the national park. Evening enjoy the Kalaripayatu performance, a local traditional martial arts form. Overnight stay in Periyar
Day 9: Periyar to Alleppey
Morning checkout and drive to Alleppey embark on a "Kettuvallam", the traditional trading vessel of this beautiful coastal region and cruise on the backwater. The boat will stop in villages for you to experience a glimpse of the village life in rural Kerala.
(Overnight stay in houseboat)
Day 10: Alleppey to Cochin
Morning checkout from houseboat and drive to Cochin. On arrival check in. Later afternoon visit to the Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) built in 1568. Later visit the Mattancherry Palace (closed on Friday), built by the Portuguese in 1555. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. Evening visit an auditorium to watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Day 11: Departure transfer to Cochin airport
Morning checkout and drive to Cochin airport for onward flight
Special 1st August departure to visit the exciting snake boat race festival
Visit to UNESCO World heritage sites of Mahabalipuram
Guaranteed departure even with 2 paying person
Walk in the rural village of Kanadukathan
Witness the evening prayer ceremony at the famed Meenakshi Temple
Enjoy a walk in the spice plantation
Relax with a soothing Ayurveda/Spa experience at your hotel
Explore lush tropical landscapes of backwaters from a comfort of houseboat
Loose yourself in the 16th century streets of Fort Kochi and explore the wealth of colonial architecture