Enchanting Tamilnadu & Kerala tour

‘South India’, as this word strikes your mind, you start dreaming yourself around sky high temples, nature and lush green plantations, splashing backwaters enjoying an un-forgetful holidays. Witnessing the past treasures in form of architecture, ornamented temples, colonial buildings, sailing on private boat laden with all modern amenities and much more to absorb around– This customized tour follows the intermingled state highways taking you deep inside the countryside revealing the diverse culture and traditions of enchanting South India while you travel from South-east to South-west. Come and enhance your excitement to see the rural and urban life blending at various occasions to experience the treasures on colourful India.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience beaches &Temples of Tamilnadu
  • Backwaters & wildlife of Kerala
  • Nature walks & spice garden visit at Periyar
  • Experience of Backwaters on Houseboat
  • Kathakali dance show in Kochi

Tour Plan

1 Arrive Chennai

Our executive will receive you at the Chennai airport and escort you to the hotel for hassle free check in. Chennai formerly known as Madras is country fourth metropolitan city and capital of Southern state of Tamilnadu.Golden beaches are lapped by the Bay of Bengal are the hallmark of Chennai. The city has a distinguished colonial heritage dating back to the 17th century when the Portuguese arrived, to be followed later by the British. Overnight stay

2 Chennai-Mahabalipuram ( 1 ½ Hrs drive)

Our half day visit takes us to the Government Museum and Art Gallery to see the art and bronze gallery (closed on Fridays and public holidays). We also visit the famous 16th century Kapaleeshwar Temple, that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here non-Hindus are only allowed as far as the outer courtyard. Later, we drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and Santhome Cathedral. After sightseeing will leave for Mahabalipuram for 03 night stay. Overnight stay

3 Mahabalipuram

Today full day explore Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Mahabalipuram situated on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon. Here visit The Shore Temple, now a UNESCO world heritage site, was constructed on the water’s edge, its altar facing east to catch the rays of the rising sun. Kanchipuram- Kanchipuram is important center of Hinduism and known as the city of 1000 temples. Kanchipuram silk is famous worldwide specially Kancheevaram Saris. Overnight stay

4 Mahabalipuram

Day at leisure to relax on the beach. Overnight stay

5 Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry – ( 03 Hrs drive)

Today after breakfast leave for Pondicherry.Pondicherry now known as the Puducherry was the former capital of the French colonial territories in India. It is also known as French Riviera. Pondicherry’s history can be traced back for thousands of years, to its origins with Saint Gasthya, a revered sage. Here we visit Auroville, an ashram dedicated to peace and harmonious living that was founded by Sri Auribindo, a revered saint and philosopher. The Pondicherry Museum has an outstanding collection of artifacts relating to the history of the French in India. Overnight stay

6 Pondicherry-Thanjavur ( 05 Hrs drive)
7 Thanjavur

Thanjavur is famous for its UNESCO world heritage site Brihadeeswara Temple which was built by Raja Raja Chola 1st. Visit beautiful Chola Brihadeeswara Temple, whose beautifully sculpted gopurams (or towers) are over 90 ft high (27 m). The temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons. The Brihadeeswara temple is encircled by the 16th century Shivaganga fort which includes the temple complex , the Schwartz Church , the Royal Palace and the Shivganga tank and Park. Overnight stay

8 Thanjavur –Trichy-Madurai ( 04 Hrs drive)
9 Madurai Karaikudi-Madurai

Today full day excursion to Kraikudi.Karaikudi was the capital of Chettinad. Karaikudi can lay claim to being the hub of the cluster of 75 villages which are broadly referred to as Chettinad. Here you can see 18 century mansion which embellished with Marble and Burma teak. After visit return drive to Madurai for overnight stay. Overnight stay

10 Madurai-Periyar (Surface 03 Hrs drive)

Today morning leave Madurai for Periyar. Periyar is situated on higher elevation of western Ghats, is the largest National Park and Tiger Reserve. The picturesque Periyar Lake at the heart of sanctuary is one of the major attraction of Periyar. Here you can see herds of elephants with in the Park and other species you can see gaur, sambar or spotted deer. Evening visit to a Spice garden to watch different varieties of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee growing in their natural environment Overnight stay

11 Periyar-Kumarakom ( 04 Hrs drive)

Morning you will be taken for Nature Walk with naturalist in the forest area. Learn more about the local flora & fauna as you walk through the dense forest trails. The rich forests of Periyar are home to many species of plants and you will be amused by the rich bio-diversity of this region. Later leave Periyar for Backwater village Kumarakom. Kumarakom is tiny village on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Here you can go for Ayurveda or spa treatment at resort. Overnight stay

12 Kumarakom-Alleppey

Today late morning you will embark upon your personal houseboat for an overnight journey across the backwaters. The houseboat cruise takes you through the intricate maze of backwaters, mesmerizing and surprising you at every turn with its serene beauty & simple charm. Enjoy the countryside of Kerala at its best. Soak your eyes & soul with array of coconut trees & endless paddy fields. You will also get chance to take a small stroll through the villages & interact with the locals. Overnight on board

13 Alleppey-Kochi ( 01 ½ Hrs drive)

After breakfast disembark the houseboat at Alleppey boat jetty and head out for Kochi. Here we visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, and rive past Dutch and Portuguese buildings. While driving along the coastline, at the mouth of the harbour we see Chinese fishing nets, unique to Cochin and still very much in use. Evening - Enjoy Kathakali dance performance. India's most spectacular Dance Drama based on stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Overnight stay

14 Leave Kochi

Today in time transfer to Kochi airport to board return flight to home.

Chennai Leela Palace Park Hyatt Lemon Tree 01 Night
Mahabalipuram Vivanta by Taj Fisherman’s Cove Radisson Blu Temple bay Ideal beach resort 03 Nights
Pondicherry Palais De Mahi Palais De Mahi Perumal Maison 01 Night
Thanjavur Ideal River view Resort Tanjore Hi Sangam 02 Nights
Madurai Heritage Madurai Taj Gateway Sangam 02 Nights
Periyar Anavilasam Plantation House Shalimar Spice Garden Greenwoods 01 Night
Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon Coconut Lagoon Punnamda Seren Resort 01 Night
Alleppey AC Houseboat AC Houseboat AC Houseboat 01 Night
Kochi Brunton Boatyard Malabar House The Killians 01 Night

Below prices are indicative

Twin sharing cost on Luxury hotels 2452 Per Person 1922 Per Person 1545 Per Person
Twin sharing cost on Deluxe hotels 2089 Per Person 1594 Per Person 1316 Per Person
Twin sharing cost on Economy hotels 1678 Per Person 1315 Per Person 1058 Per Person
Above cost inclusions: Accommodation for 13 nights with breakfast;  all transfers to / from airport and hotel by private air-conditioned car and driver for the duration of the journey. ; English speaking local tour guides as per the itinerary, all entrance fees to attractions and monuments; assistance 24 hours. * Note-Price quoted above is an approximate price per person in a double room in high season (October’2014 to March’2015). Prices may be higher during the Christmas - New Year and less in low season (April- September). Travel insurance is not included in the cost.


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