Magnificent South India 10 nights /11 Days

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Magnificent South India

Places Covered: Chennai – Tirupati – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Trivandrum

Days of trip: 10 nights /11 Days

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Package Itinerary

Day 01:

Upon arrival at the Chennai Airport our representative will welcome you and escort you to the hotel. Rest of the day is at your disposal to enjoy at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 02:

Following a refreshing breakfast proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Chennai (Madras) – the fourth largest city in India and the capital of Tamil Nadu. The city apart from being a major commercial hub of South India is also a centre for South Indian art, architecture, music, dance, culture, traditions and festivals. There are many places of tourist attraction in and around the city – Marina beach (a gorgeous 11 km shoreline), Kabaleeswarar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Government Museum, Fort Museum, National Art Gallery, St. Thomas Mount, Guindy Deer & Snake Parks, Little Mount Shrine, Fort St. George and St. Mary’s Church, Valluvar Kottam, Kalakshetra, Sittratangam and Zoological Park. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 03:

After an early morning breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Tirupathi; on arrival check-in into hotel. Afternoon proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Tirupathi. The temple town of Tirupathi is a major Hindu pilgrimage center; famous for its Lord Venkateswara Temple. The temple, said to be the richest in India, has a history dating back to the 9th Century A.D, when Pallavas, the rulers of Kancheepuram, patronized this temple. The temple attained the zenith of its glory in the 15th century AD under the royal patronage of the Vijayanagar Emperors. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 04:

Following breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram (en-route visit the temple town of Kanchipuram); on arrival check-in into hotel. Afternoon, proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram. The town, famous for its stone carvings, is situated on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 58 km south of Chennai. Once a thriving port city under the Pallava Empire this UNESCO world heritage site has many rock-cut monuments dating from 7th – 9th century AD. Places of tourist interest include the Shore Temples, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishnamandapam, Mandapams, Rathas, Crocodile Farm, Covelong beach, and Thirukkazhukundram. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Day 05:

Depart for Pondicherry by road after a refreshing breakfast; on arrival check-in into hotel. Rest of the day is at your disposal to enjoy at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06:

After breakfast, proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Pondicherry, known as ‘The French Riviera of the East’, was a French colony until it was integrated into India as a Union territory in 1954. The town still remarkably preserves its French heritage in its many colonial monuments, cuisines, language, customs and traditions. Places of tourist interest include the Sree Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, The French Institute and the Raj Nivas. Return for an overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 07:

After morning breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed by road to Tanjore; on arrival check-in into hotel. Rest of the day is at your disposal to enjoy at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08:

After a refreshing breakfast, embark on a sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Tanjore, was once the imperial capital of the Cholas, a dynasty that ruled over South India, parts of Sri Lanka, and the Maldives Islands for four centuries (900 – 1300 AD). These mighty emperors were great patrons of art, architecture, music and literature. During their reign countless magnificent temples were built all over the kingdom including many great ones in their capital city of Tanjore.  The prime attraction of Tanjore is the imposing Brihadeeswara Temple built by king Rajaraja Chola in A.D 1010 – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Places of tourist interest include Sri Brahadeeswara Temple, Palace, Art Gallery, Saraswathy Mahal Library, Schwartz Church, Thirukandiyur, Thiruvalyaru, and Kumbakonam. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 09:

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Madurai via Trichy; on arrival check-in into hotel. Evening is at your disposal to expend at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10:

Following a filling breakfast, proceed for a local sightseeing tour of Madurai. The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Places of tourist interest include the imposing Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum, Vaigai Dam, Thirupparankundrum, Athisayam Water Theme Park, Azhagar Koil and the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 11:

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum Airport for your onward journey.

 

 

Heritage South India Tour Package

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Heritage South India

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Duration : 17 Days

Destinations Covered : Mahabalipuram – Swamimalai – Karaikudi – Madurai – Kovalam – Houseboat – Kochi – Thrissur (Trichur) – Kadavu – Wayanad – Mahe – Kozhikode

South India is rich in its heritage. ”The diversity of India is tremendous and lies on the surface and anyone can see it,” wrote Nehru. Celebrate this diversity with Heritage South India tour that will showcase the best of South India and take you to the journey of the past and shows you how rich is India’s heritage and culture.

 

Day 01 Arrive Mahabalipuram

Arrive Chennai, the gateway of India. On arrival transfer to Mahabalipuram. Day free to relax.

Day 02 Mahabalipuram

Full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.

Day 03 Swamimalai
After breakfast drive to Swamimalai enroute visit Chidambaram, Gangaikondacholapuram, DarasurSouth-India-tour-Packages-chennai-Madurai-Trichy-TOURIST-DESTINATIONS-Tamilnadu-Tourist-Places-Kerala-Tourism-Goa-holiday-tours-Karnataka-Andhra-Pradesh-Telangana-Pondicherryam and Kumbakonam. Later observe how the traditional crafts such as bronze statue making and pottery are done. Evening Cultural programme. Overnight at Swamimalai Tourism in south India,south India travel agents,south Indian tour operator Heritage Resort.

Day 04 Trichy Srirangam
Visit the Big temple, one of the heritage monument, Palace and Bronze museum. After Lunch drive to Trichy. Visit Rock fort temple and Srirangam. Overnight at Trichy.

Day 05 Karaikudi
Drive to Karaikudi, home to the Nattukottai Chettiars, a properous banking community, who ventured overseas to Ceylon, Burma and Indo-China in the 19th and 20th centuries and amassed great fortunes. Stay at The Bangala a charming 75 year old Chettinad Bungalow belonging to the Meyyappa Chettiar family that has been sensitively restored into a delightful heritage guesthouse.

Explore the area of Chettinad visiting some of the grand mansions that are an architectural delight. The Chettiars are renowned for their warmth and hospitality and they celebrate many local festivals throughout the year, but the days following the Pongal festival (after the 13th January) when cattle are adorned with garlands and their horns painted in bright colours is a very special time to visit Chettinad.
Overnight at “THE BANGALA” an Heritage House.

Day 06 Madurai
Drive to Madurai and check into Taj Garden Retreat. Afternoon visit 1000 pillared Meenakshi temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. Overnight at Taj.

Day 07 Madurai
After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram, the most sacred temple town of India. It is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana, where Lord Rama is said to have visited before going into battle of Srilanka. Legend says that Lord Rama sent Hanuman to Mount Kailash to bring a Lingam for worship when he set foot after defeating Ravana. As Hanuman did not return when the auspicious hour was approaching, Sita made a sand Lingam so that worship could be performed in time, which is where the present day Ramanatha Swamy Temple stands close to sea on the eastern side of the island. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known, for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai for dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08 Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam en route visiting Padmanabapuram Teak Palace, the only Teak palace in India. Visit enroute Haripad Subramanian Snake Temples which house 500 snake statues. Overnight at Chowra Beach near Kovalam at Travancore Heritage.

Day 09 Kovalam
Optional exursion to Suchindram and back. Relax at the Beach. Overnight at Travancore Heritage.

Day 10 Houseboat
Morning drive to Thottapally and check into your traditional Kettuvallam Houseboat. Travel through the lush green backwaters of Kerala observing the traditional lifestyle of the Keralites. You will see Temples, fishing, people tending their crops and coconut plantations as you drift through the canals. A unique and totally relaxing experience and your crew will serve delicious keralean food on board. Overnight on board the houseboat.

Day 11 Kochi
After breakfast drive to Kochi. Visit the Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis’ Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some of the nearby islands and the legendary Chinese fishing nets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Thrissur
After breakfast drive to Cheruthuruthi to visit Kathakali and Mohiniattam dance centre. Visit Local potters and weavers. Overnight at the Cheruthuruthi River Retreat a heritage hotel.

Day 13 Wayanad
Drive to Wyanad. Check into Vythiri Resort surrounded by lush green rainforests. This eco-friendly resort provides the visitors with ample opportunities for bird watching, trekking and an elephant ride at the nearby Muthanga Sanctuary. Overnight stay at Vythiri Resort.

Day 14 Wayanad
Visit the nearby tribal village, tribal museum. After lunch take a 4-km trek to an awe-inspiring ancient cave, providing an insight to the rich Indian civilization. Overnight stay in Vythiri Resort.

Day 15 Mahe
Drive to Mahe. On arrival transfer to Ayisha Manzil, a heritage bungalow located on the Arabian Sea. In the afternoon visit to the fort and mosque. Overnight stay at the bungalow.

Day 16 Mahe
Visit the Kerala Traditional Dance centre to witness ‘Thayum’ and ‘Kalari Pati’. Overnight stay at the bungalow.

Day 17 Departure
Transfer to Kozhikode Airport to connect flight to Mumbai.

” All Tours may can be tailor-made as per your need “

 

Temples of South India Tour Packages from Chennai – 11 Nights /12 Days

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Temples of South India Tour Packages from Chennai

Package Category: Family , Pilgrimage

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Places Covered: Chennai, Kanchipuram , Mahabalipuram , Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai, Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari ,Trivandrum

Days: 11 Nights /12 Days

 

Day 1 – Chennai – Arrival

On arrival at Chennai, our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure and stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 – Chennai

Set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Chennai – portraying a perfect blend of art, architecture and industrialization this is where traditional and conventional platforms seem to co-exist. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Day3 – Chennai / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram

Morning drive down to Mahabalipuram via Kancheepuram (1 ½ hrs), en-route visiting the places of interest – many temples within the city premises and the outskirts, dating back to the period of early dynasties of ancient Tamil Kingdom exude architectural brilliance that cannot go unnoticed. On arrival, check into a hotel. Overnight stay will be arranged here.

Day 4 – Mahabalipuram

Enjoy a full day sight seeing trip to rock cut cave temples. The stunning sculptures, especially that of Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, reflects the art=architectural finesse during the Pallava period. The Shore Temple here is a must-see for any tourist. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 – Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry

Morning set out on an exciting journey to Pondicherry (2 ½ hrs). On arrival, check in to hotel. This land is with a history of over 2000 years and still preserves the quaint charm of early French colony. Your guided tour will cover Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Botanical Gardens, Museum, Churches etc. Overnight stay at the hotel .

Day 6 – Pondicherry / Thanjavur

Morning proceed to Thanjavur (3 hrs), on arrival check in to the hotel. After settling set out on a sightseeing trip to Sri Bragadeeswarar Temple depicting Chola architecture, The Palace Nayakas dating back to 1550 AD and Art Gallery showcasing some priced possessions of the Chola period. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 7 – Thanjavur / Trichy / Thanjavur

Set out on a full day sightseeing tour to Trichy. An important constituency of the early Tamil Kingdom, the place is gifted with some of the most exquisite buildings of the yesteryear. On arrival, check in to the hotel of your choice. Afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of Trichy; your itinerary here will include the rock fort temple, and the island of Srirangam. Return to Thanjavur for overnight stay

 

Day 8 – Thanjavur / Madurai

Morning start your journey to Madurai (3 ½ hrs), on arrival check in to hotel. Highly significant with its cultural and historical background, the city has tourist attractions in plenty, the most prominent among them being The Meenakshi Temple. Reserve your evenings to witness the vibrant and colorful temple ceremonies. Return to the hotel for the overnight stay.

 

Day 9 – Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai

Enjoy a full day sightseeing at Rameshwaram. The temple here is highly famous among Hindu pilgrims all round the globe. Your itinerary here will also include other places of attraction in an around this temple town. Drive back to Madurai for overnight stay

 

Day 10 Madurai / Kanyakumari

Morning proceed to Kanyakumari (4 ½ hrs), on arrival check in to hotel.  Later in the afternoon visit Padmanabhapuram Palace & Archeological museum, The Kanyakumari Temple, Sri Padaparai, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Memorial. Spend night shopping at the local bazaar and return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 11 Kanyakumari / Trivandrum

Morning proceed to Trivandrum (2 hrs) and on arrival check in to the hotel. After settling set out on a guided city tour, with your itinerary covering Padmanabhaswami temple, renowned for its towering gopuras and temples arts and paintings. The main pavilion of the temple stands impressive with 400 marvelously granite carved pillars. Your guided sightseeing tour will cover the rest of the attractions too. Later in the evening return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 12 Trivandrum – Departure transfer

Morning get dropped at Trivandrum airport / railway station for your flight/train back home, feeling contented about the wonderful you had in the city of temples!