Temples Spices Backwaters
South India Tour - Temples, Spices & Backwaters highlights include Mahabalipuram's shore temple, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry, Brihadisvara Temple & Thanjavur Palace at Thanjavur, visit to Kumbakonam & Chidambaram, pilgrim centre Srirangam, Meenakshi temple at Madurai, Tea estates in Munnar, spice plantation tour, nature walk Elephant ride and see Martial Art of Kerala Kalaripayattu at Periyar and city tour of Cochin
Day 01: Arrive – Chennai
Meet and greet by Carmel representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram– Pondicherry ( 160 Kms/03hrs)
Morning breakfast driver to Pondicherry. En-route visit to Mahabalipuram visiting Shore temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Pondicherry
After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Pondicherry. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Pondicherry Museum. and futuristic town of Auroville designed by the French architect Roger Anger. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Pondicherry – Tiruvannamalai ( 110 Kms/03hrs)
After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamalai. Afternoon visit to Sri Ramana Ashram. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Tiruvannamali – Tanjore ( 230 Kms/05 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Thanjavur en-route visiting Kumbakonam & Chidambaram. Late afternoon visit Brihadeeshwra temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Tanjore – Madurai ( 190Kms/04 hrs)
Morning after breakfast we visit the Thanjavur Palace. Later drive to Madurai en-route visit the most important pilgrim centre, Srirangam, located in an island just 7 kms from Trichy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Madurai
Morning after breakfast, tour of Thirumalai Nayak Mahal. Also visit the Meenakshi temple, the main architectural attraction here, is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Evening we will witness Bed Chamber Ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 08: Madurai – Munnar ( 155 Kms/04 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Munnar. On arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed for Munnar Tea estate, tea factory & walk through the market. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Munnar – Periyar ( 120 Kms/03 hrs)
Morning drive to Periyar. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Evening witness the Martial Art of Kerala “Kalaripayattu”. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Periyar
Morning after breakfast proceeds for spice plantation tour, nature walk and Elephant ride. Afternoon boat ride in Periyar lake for viewing Wildlife. overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Periyar – Alleppy ( 155 Kms/04 hrs)
Morning drive to Alleppy and embark the Houseboat. Daytime cruising through the lakes of Vembanad and overnight on houseboat.
Day 12 Alleppy – Cochin ( 60 Kms/01½ hrs)
Morning breakfast disembark houseboat and drive to Cochin. Upon arrival check-in hotel. Evening Kathakali dance. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 Cochin
Morning after breakfast and proceed for the city tour of Cochin with visit to The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and the Chinese Fishing Nets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14 Cochin – Mumbai (Flight)
Morning breakfast at hotel. Later transfer to the Cochin airport in time to connect the flight for Mumbai. On arrival connect INTL flight back home.