Day 01 : Arrival Cochin International Airport
On arrival in Cochin you will be met, assisted by Our representative and escorted to your hotel. Check in at hotel. Overnight at Cochin
Day 02 : Cochin
After Morning breakfast proceed for Halfday sightseeing of Cochin including Asia's best preserved Synagouge, the Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India - the St. Francis Church where Vasco De Gama was originally buried.
A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge catileavered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing.
In the evening, witness Kathakali Dance Show Night Stay in Cochin.
Day 03 : Cochin to Alleppey/Houseboat(Approx 70Kms/2Hours)
Enjoy Morning breakfast later proceed to Alleppey. On arrival check in at Houseboat Cruise which gives one a fascinating insight into the life of a Keralan Backwater Village. As the boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages. On the narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming and playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and it's harvesting (during harvest season), huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc. Night Stay in Houseboat
Day 04 : Alleppey-Kumarkom(50Kms/1.5Hours)-Thekkady/Periyar(Approx 120Kms/4Hours)
After breakfast proceed to Thekkady via Kumarkom.In kumarkom visit Kumarkom Bird Sanctuary.Later proceed to Thekkady(Periyar). Periyar has one of the world's most fascinating Natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty.
On arrival Thekkady check in at hotel in Thekkady.Afternoon enjoy boat ride on the Lake Periyar where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.
Night Stay in Thekkady
Day 05 : Periyar-Madurai(Approx 150Kms/4Hours)
After Morning breakfast proceed to Madurai.On arrival Check in at hotel.After refreshment visit Madurai - one of the oldest cities in South India and has been a centre of learning & pilgrimage for centuries.
Visit Madurai's main attraction - Sri Meenakshi temple which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over India. The temple is named after the daughter of a Pandyan King. Designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak, the present temple was substantially built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak (1623-55 AD), but its history goes back 2000 years to the time when Madurai was the capital of Pandya Kings.
Night Stay in Madurai.
Day 06 : Madurai-Trichy-Tanjore(Approx 190Kms/5Hours)
After breakfast leave for Tanjore . Enroute visit Trichy. Visit the Rock Fort Temple in Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam - This superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India. Most of it dates back from 14th to 17th centuries. The largest gopuram was completed as recently as 1987, and now measures an astouning 73 metres. Continue drive to Tanjore ,arrive Tanjore check in at hotel. Night stay in Tanjore.
Day 07 : Tanjore-Pondicherry(Approx 190Kms/5Hours)
Morning after breakfast visit Tanjore (Thanjavur) which was the ancient capital of Chola kings. Visit the Brihadishwara temple which was built by Raja Raja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. This temple is one of the monuments in India with World Heritage listing. Also visit the Thanjavur Palace which was contructed in 1550 and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers. Later drive to Pondicherry. On arrival Pondicherry check in at hotel.night stay in Pondicherry
Day 08: Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram(Approx 140Kms/4Hours)
After Morning breakfast sightseeing of Pondicherry which was formerly a French Colony. Settled early in the 18th century Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. The main attraction here is the Aurobindo Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. The ashram is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and is also one of the most affluent. Also to be visited is the Pondicherry Museum which has a well displayed variety of exhibits ranging from French furniture to this history of bead making. Later drive to Mahabalipuram.On arrival Mahabalipuram check in at hotel. free to relax on the beach. Night Stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 09 : Mahabalipuram-Kanchipuram-Chennai
Morning after breakfast visit Mahabalipuram , which was the main port of the Pallava dynasty & has exquisite Rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures & Bas-reliefs. It is also a beach resort. Visit a very interesting creation enroute Dakshin Chitra , a museum that preserves actual houses of different communities & village craftsmen from the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh , Karnataka & Kerala.
Later proceed to Chennai & enroute visit Kanchipuram - (64 km from Madras) ancient capital of the Pallavas, famous as a city of 1000 temples that still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th & 8th century & has painting on the walls. Templs of Ekambaswara, Kailasnatha, Sri Kamakshi & Vardarajaewamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk. Later drive to Chennai.
Chennai : The state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai - or Madras as it was known earlier - is its capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also the third largest metropolis in India. Chennai as the gateway will put you in touch with a different face of India - classical, ancient, gentle. Definitely touched by colonialism but not ravaged by wars & intensely aware of its roots & traditions. On arrival Chennai check in at hotel,night stay in Chennai.
Day 10 : Departure Chennai
Morning enjoy the breakfast at hotel & till noon you are free to walk around the nearby market/last minute shopping etc. Afternoon half day city tour of Chennai visiting Museum to see the art and bronze gallery (Closed on public holidays). Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market, High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome cathedral. Later in the evening we will transfer you to Chennai International Airport to catch your flight for onwords destination return back to home country.