Sizzling South India
South India Tour - Sizzling South India holiday tour package covers 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 Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram breakfast driver to Pondicherry. En-route visit to Mahabalipuram visiting Shore temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas. After the visit continue drive to Pondicherry. On arrival check in to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Pondicherry After breakfast, proceed for the city tour of Pondicherry. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother lived for the most parts of their lives, is a major attraction of this little city. The Pondicherry Museum is home to some of the most exquisite collections on architecture and sculpture. Pondicherry also has a pleasant beach alongside promenade and historical monuments. And also visit the nearby futuristic town of Auroville designed by the French architect Roger Anger. Stroll around the nearby market and walk along the beach. overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Pondicherry – Tiruvannamalai ( 110 Kms/03hrs) After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamalai. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit to Sri Ramana Ashram: Mahan Sri Ramana maharishi lived in this tiruvannamalai town. Sri Ramana Ashram is one the holy places in this town. People from all over the world visit his Ashram. He attained mukthi in the year 1950. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Tiruvannamali – Tanjore ( 230 Kms/05 hrs) Morning after breakfast drive to Thanjavur en-route visiting Kumbakonam & Chidambaram. Later, 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 km long ramp- an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06: Tanjore – Madurai ( 190Kms/04 hrs) Morning after breakfast we visit the Thanjavur Palace. It has huge halls, spacious corridors, observation & arsenal towers and a shady courtyard. The Nayak hall of the palace is occupied by the Art Gallery. This gallery has an excellent collection of artifacts from the Chola dynasty during the 8th and 9th century. Later drive to Madurai en-route visit the most important pilgrim centre, Srirangam, located in an island just 7 kms from Trichy. surrounded by the waters of river Cauveri. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Madurai Morning after breakfast we proceed for a tour of Thirumalai Nayak Mahal. The palace was built in 1636 by Thirumalai Nayakar. A classic example of the Indo-Saracenic style, the piece de resistance of this Mahal is its carved Meenakshi Temple Meenakshi Temple dome outsoars without the support of girders or rafters. Also visit the Meenakshi temple, the main architectural attraction here, is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture, with gopurams or multi pillared halls, covered from top to bottom, in a profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. Evening we will witness Bed Chamber Ceremony at Meenakshi temple. 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.
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, Cochin Beach Cochin Beach now called ‘Kochi’ is the commercial hub of Kerala and a town of great historical importance. It has one of the finest natural harbours and is called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. You visit The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. 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.