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Ancient Memories Of South India

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Ancient Memories Of South India

Duration :   12 Days 11 Nights
The Price :   122,000.00
Max People :    50
Start Location:   Chennai
Age Range :   06 - 60+
Total Seats :  49/50
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This South India tour begins in Chennai, exploring its rich history and vibrant culture, including Marina Beach and St. George Fort. The journey continues through Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, showcasing ancient temples and rock-cut caves. In Tanjore and Trichy, marvel at architectural wonders like the Brihadeshwara Temple and Rock Fort. Experience Madurai’s iconic Meenakshi Temple, and immerse in nature at Periyar’s spice gardens and tiger reserve. A serene houseboat cruise through Kerala’s backwaters follows, leading to Cochin’s colonial charm and Kathakali dance. Conclude with relaxation on Kovalam’s beaches, ending the trip with a return to Chennai. Embark on a mesmerizing 15-day journey through South India, beginning in Chennai, where you’ll explore historic landmarks and scenic beaches. Travel through the ancient cities of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, visiting centuries-old temples and rock-cut caves. Discover the architectural marvels and rich history of Tanjore and Trichy, including the iconic Brihadeeswarar Temple and Srirangam Vishnu Temple. In Madurai, marvel at the grandeur of the Meenakshi Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Experience the lush landscapes of Periyar with a spice plantation tour and a wildlife sanctuary visit. Enjoy a serene houseboat cruise in the backwaters of Kumarakom, followed by a cultural immersion in Cochin with visits to historic sites and a traditional Kathakali dance performance. Conclude your adventure with relaxation on the pristine beaches of Kovalam before returning to Chennai for your journey home, leaving you with unforgettable memories of South India’s rich heritage and natural beauty.

 

Tour Cost Includes :

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast & Dinner ( Half Board )
  • Full board during house boat cruise ( breakfast, lunch & dinner )
  • Air conditioned car throughout the tour
  • English Speaking local guides at all the places
  • All entrances, portage, monument fee & boat ride in Periyar
  • Kathakali traditional dances at Cochin
  • Farewell dinner at Chennai
  • Inland Air ticket from Trivandrum – Chennai in economy class.
  • All applicable government taxes & service charges.

 

Not included in Cost :

  • International Flights
  • Airport tax, visa fee, insurance, personal expenses, camera fee, hard & soft drinks & tips

Schedule Details

Chennai

Fly from your country to Chennai, arrive & check in at Radha Park Inn or similar Hotel for overnight stay.

Chennai

Breakfast & leave for sightseeing of Chennai, the first British major settlement in India. Visit Kapleshwara temple, St. Thomas Church, Art Gallery, St. George Fort, Marina beach ( 2nd longest beach of the world after California ). Return to Hotel for overnight.

Chennai – Kahcipuram – Mahaballipuram ( 130 Km, 05 hours )

Morning leave for Mahaballipuram enroute Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi temples. Continue your drive to Mahaballipuram, arrive & check in at Hotel for overnight stay.

Mahaballipuram

Morning visit 6-8th century Pallave rock cut caves, Panch Ratha temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu & Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market who designs and made sculptures by chisel & hammer. This is very special to see. Afternoon free to enjoy at sea beach. Overnight at Hotel.

Mahaballipuram – Chidambram – Gangekondcholapuram – Tanjore

Morning leave for Tanjore, your first stop will be at Chidambrum golden Natraja temple. Afterwards drive to Gangekondcholapuram exciting Shiva temple built from 1012-1044 AD by Kind Rajendra I. The speciality of the temple and 1000 years engineering is the rays of sun falls on Nandi ( bull ) and it reflects and give light to the Shiva Lingam since sun rise to sun set. Your next stop will be at Kumbakonam water tank, it is believed that after every 12years 9 scared holy rivers including holy Ganges are meeting here. During those days thousands of pilgrims dip into the tank to wash their sins. Next stop at 13th century Shiva temple at Darasuram. Finally reach to Tanjore, arrive and check in at Hotel for overnight stay.  

Tanjore – Trichy ( 56 Km, 01.1/2 hours )

Morning sightseeing of Tanjore visiting Brideshwarar Shiva Temple was built by King Raja Rajan from the year 985 – 1010 AD. As usual South Indian temples have big Gopurmas ( towers ) but this temple is parameter shaped, 65 meters high from the ground. This is one of the superb temple architect of the Chola dynasty. Afterwards visit Raja Rajan art gallery to see bronze statures of 9-16th century. Return back to Hotel and after some rest drive to Trichy, arrive & check in at Hotel. Afternoon visit Srirangam Vishnu temple has 21 gopurmas ( towers ), one of the gopurma is 73 meters highest in India. Afterwards visit Rock Fort 83 meters above the ground having 344 steps to reach on the top to see Vinayaka temple. Return back to your Hotel for overnight stay.

Trichy – Madurai ( 131 Km, 03 hours )

Morning leave for Madurai, arrive and check in at Hotel Taj Garden Retreat similar. Afternoon visit 16th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Afterwards visit biggest Meenakshi temple, the temple has two main shrines one is dedicated to goddess Parvati ( Meenakshi ) and another to Sunereshwara ( Shiva ). The doms of both the shrines are covered with heavy gold plates. You can also see 1000 pillars hall built in 16th century by Nayakas by pure granite stones. Return to hotel for overnight stay

Madurai – Periyar ( 140 Km, 04 hours )

Breakfast at Hotel and leaver for Periyar, arrive and check in at Hotel Spice Village Holiday Resort. Afternoon a special visit to the spices Garden to watch different varieties of spice plantations such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee plantations etc. Periyar is on 1000 meters above sea level and is rich in spice growing. 95% pepper in India is produced from here. Vaskodegama was the first European landed at Malabar coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices. Those days pepper was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold. Afterwards visit Periyar Tiger Reserve by boat to watch different varieties of animals such as tiger, panther, leopard, bison spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, groups of wild elephants and many birds. Return to Hotel for overnight stay

Periyar – Houseboat Cruise

After breakfast drive to Kumarakon to board houseboat Cruise to enjoy the cruise in backwaters. This cruise is very exciting and sensational to watch the real traditional Kerlan life who lives on the banks of backwaters. Overnight with full meals at Houseboat cruise.

Houseboat Cruise – Allepy – Cochin ( 60 Km, 01.1/2 hours

Houseboat will drop you at Allepy to board your vehicle & drive to Cochin. Arrive and check in at Hotel Casino or similar, afternoon visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church, one of the oldest Church built by the Europeans in 1503 A.D. Late afternoon visit to watch traditional Kerlan Kathakali dances. Overnight at Hotel.

Cochin – Kovalam ( 235 Km, 05 hours )

Morning leave for Kovalam, arrive & check in at Hotel Samudra ( KTDC ) to enjoy at sea beach till day 15.

Kovalam ( Trivandrum ) – Chennai ( By Flight )

Transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for Chennai. After little sightseeing & dinner transfer to Chennai International airport to board flight back to your country with pleasant memories of South India.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Flights
  • Guide
  • Hotel Rent
  • Outing Ticket
  • Taxes
  • Transport
  • Welcome Drinks

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation
  • Additional Services
  • BBQ Night
  • Concert Ticket
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Meals
  • Newspaper

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