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Handpicked South India

Chennai 02 Mahabalipuram 02 Pondicherry 01 Trichy 02 Madurai 02 Kodaikanal 01 Periyar 02 Munnar 02 Cochin 02 Trivandrum 01

Handpicked South India

(18 D / 17 N)

General Information About tour

With T Paradise, evoke the true beauty of aromatic South India. We begin with Chennai aka Madras situated along the coastline of bay of bengal, UNESCO acclaimed temple city’s of Mahabalipuram, Trichy and Madurai. Next we do soft trekking in the famed tea/spice plantations of Periyar and Munnar Hill Stations. We finish the last leg of this trip in city of Kochi aka Cochin sustaining european colonies from colonial era of India, traditional houseboat river cruise in Alleppey and beach town of Kovalam in the South India’s capital city of Trivandrum. From ethnic south Indian cooking classes, traditional houseboat cruises, rich spice plantations, to visit inside worlds most ancient temples, this is an amazing trip that covers complete South India.. 

 

Tour Information

Day01: Chennai arrival:

Once you arrive we will transfer you to your Chennai Hotel alongwith complimentary welcome gift!

O/N: CHENNAI HOTEL

 

Day02: Chennai Tour: B

9am. Enjoy morning sightseeing begns as we visit Fort St. Geroge built in 1653 by british east india company, oldest surviving british church in India St Marys Church, and the popular Government Museum. Next we visit inside city’s most active Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and 16th century old Santhome Cathedral built during Portuguese rule. Later we stroll around the famed Marina Beach to enjoy sunset.

After tour we return to Hotel.

O/N: CHENNAI HOTEL

 

Day03: Chennai > Mahabalipuram city:  B  (Apx. 90min & 58Km drive)

9am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to temple city Mahabalipuram and checked-in at Hotel.

2pm. We take you for sightseeing visiting one of the world’s greatest ancient artwork and unesco world heritage site’s Arjuna’s Penance and Five Rathas dating back to the 7th century. Later we stroll around Mahabalipuram Beach and visit Shore Temples overlooking the bay of bengal.

After tour we return to Hotel.

O/N: MAHABALIPURAM HOTEL

 

Day04: Mahabalipuram > Pondicherry city: B (Apx. 3Hr & 110Km scenic drive)  

8am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to Pondicherry town influenced by French colonial settlement in India during 1954, and checked-on at Hotel.

2pm. We visit the famed Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926 by a French woman locally known as ‘the Mother’. Later we stroll in the downtown area to explore mediterranean houses and bakeries.

After tour we return to Hotel.

O/N: PONDICHERRY HOTEL

 

Day05: Pondicherry > Trichy city: B (Apx 4½Hr & 196Km scenic drive) (via Tanjore)

8am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to Trichy. Enroute we visit temple town of Tanjore to explore the Brihadishwara Temple built in 1001 by Rajaraja ‘king of kings’.

Upon arrival in Trichy we check-in at Hotel.

O/N: TRICHY HOTEL

 

Day06: Trichy Tour: B  

9am. You will be taken on a short tour of Trichy visiting ancient Rock Fort Temple and India’s biggest temple Sri Ranganathaswamy.

After tour, day at leisure.

O/N: TRICHY HOTEL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day07: Trichy > Madurai city: B (Apx. 2½Hr & 130Km scenic drive)

8am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to the ancient city of Madurai set on Vaigai river and checked-in at Hotel.

3pm. Our afternoon sightseeing begins as we visit inside Tirumalai Nayak Palace and for sunset we visit India’s most popular temple Meenakshi Temple to experience evening prayer rituals Aarti. North India has Taj Mahal, and South India has the Meenakshi Temple. Built during 6th century BC and over 170ft tall, this temple is also nominated for the new 7 wonders of world.

Later we return to Hotel.

O/N: MADURAI HOTEL

 

Day08: Madurai > Kodaikanal Hill Station: B (Apx. 3½ Hr & 120Km scenic drive)

9am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to princess of southern hill stations Kodaikanal situated 2200mtr above sea level, here we explore enchanting waterfalls, beautiful lakes and visit Botanical Gardens.

Later we check-in at Hotel. 

O/N: KODAIKANAL HOTEL

 

Day09: Kodaikanal > Periyar National Park: B (Apx. 4½ Hr & 150Km scenic drive)

8am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to Periyar National Park and checked-in at Hotel.

2pm. You will be taken for soft trekking in Spice Plantation of Periyar. Later we take you to witness the traditional live martial arts of South India Kalaripayattu dating back to 2nd century AD.

Later we return to Hotel.

O/N: PERIYAR HOTEL

 

Day10: Periyar > Munnar Hill Station: B (Apx. 3Hr & 110Km scenic drive)

6am. For sunrise we take you inside Periyar National Park for wildlife spotting and Boatride on Lake Periyar.

8am. We return to Hotel for breakfast and checkout.

10am. We drive to Munnar Hill Station situated in the Western Ghats range of mountains and checked-in at Hotel.

O/N: MUNNAR HOTEL

 

Day11: Munnar Tour: B

9am. After breakfast we take you to local Tea Factory & Tea Plantations. Here we interact with local tea pickers, learn the importance of tea grown in the region and also do Tea Tasting!

12pm. We take you to Eravikulam National Park for Soft Trekking and encounter the main attraction of this park Nilgiri TahrA rare species of mountain goats.

Later we reutn to Hotel.

O/N: MUNNAR HOTEL

 

Day12: Munnar > Cochin city: B (Apx 4Hr & 135Km scenic drive)

9am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to Cochin aka Kochi famed as the first european colonies of colonial India. Upon arrival you will be checked-in at Hotel.

Rest day at leisure.

O/N: KOCHI HOTEL

 

Day13: Kochi Tour: B  L

9am. We begin your morning with a heritage walking tour of Old Fort area. Here we witness how local fisherman use Chinese Fishing Nets and visit inside Santa Cruz Basilica dating back to 1506. Along the coast, we pass through local fish markets and spice trading bazaars.

12am. We take you to a local residence for an ethnic South Indian Cooking Class (incl. preparation by you) followed by Lunch on-spot.

2pm. Our sightseeing continues as we visit inside Dutch Palace and the famed Jew Town area to explore its Jewish Synagogue known as oldest active synagogue in the commonwealth of nations today.

6pm. We take you for an entertaining evening of live Kathakali dances of South India.

Later we return to Hotel. 

O/N: KOCHI HOTEL

 

Day14: Kochi > Alleppey Houseboat: B  L  D (Apx. 90min & 63Km drive)

8am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to a jetty point in Alleppey to aboard your traditional Houseboat Backwater Cruise.

Rest day at leisure and relax. Enjoy Lunch & Dinner onboard.

O/N: TRADITIONAL HOUSEBOAT

 

Day15: Alleppey > Kovalam Beach (Trivandrum): B (Apx. 3½ Hr & 160Km scenic drive)

10am. After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and driven to Trivandrum pronounced as the ‘Evergreen City of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi. Upon arrival we head to Kovalam Beach and check-in at Hotel. 

Rest day at leisure by the beachside. 

O/N: BEACH RESORT IN KOVALAM

 

Day16: Trivandrum Tour: B

9am. We begin morning tour as we visit inside 1880 British built Napier Museum and Sree Chitra Art Gallery housing over 1100 ancient works from Rajput and Mughal dynasty.

Later we return to your Hotel for day at leisure by the beachside.

O/N: BEACH RESORT IN KOVALAM

 

Day17: Depart Trivandrum Airport: B  (17Km drive)

(At your flight time advised) After breakfast and checkout you will be picked-up and transferred to Trivandrum International Airport for your return flight.

 

..Namaste..

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