Explore South India

Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination : Chennai - Pondichery - Swamimalai - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin - Mararikulam - Trivandrum

Day 01 : Chennai
Arrive Chennai in the morning. Afternoon tour of the City. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 02 : Chennai - Pondichery
Morning drive - visit the Shore temple in Mahabalipuram. Continue on to Pondichery. Afternoon tour visiting the Aurbindo Ashram and the French quarter. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 03 : Pondichery - Swamimalai
After breakfast leave for Pitchavaram and take a boat ride to see mangroves and Port Nova, a former Portuguese and Dutch port. Continue to Swamimalia visiting enroute Chidambaram. Evening cultural program. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 04 : Swamimalai
Morning visit the town, famous for iconography and craftsmen producing Chola style bronzes. Visit the richly decorated temples at Darasuram and Kumbakonam.

Day 05 : Swamimalai - Trichy
After breakfast drive to Tanjore, the cultural capital of the region, famous for Tajore School of painting. Visit the magnificent Brihadeeswara temple complex where you can also see 1000 year old paintings. After lunch drive to Trichy. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6 Trichy - Madurai
Trichy, the land of Three Headed Demon is a living example of a temple town. Early morning drive to Kaveri River to witness the Hindu rituals. Visit the magnificent Shrirangam island temple complex and the Rock Fort Temple. After lunch drive to Madurai. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7 : Madurai
Morning city tour visiting the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Shree Meenakshi temple, an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Afternoon at leisure. Evening return to Meenakshi temple and visit the colourful temple market.

Day 8 : Madurai - Thekkady
Drive to Thekkady. Afternoon game viewing by boat in the Periyar National Park, noted for its Elephant herds and a rich variety of bird life. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9 : Thekkady (Priyar National Park ) - Munnar
Early in the morning game viewing. Drive to Munnar, a hill resort in the midst of Cardamom and tea plantations. Munnar is a major centre for tea industry in Kerala. Afternoon explore the town. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10 : Munnar - Cochin
Morning visit tea and spice plantations. Later drive to Cochin. Evening see the Kathakkali dance performance. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11 : Cochin
Morning tour of Cochin, known as the Venice of the East. Visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin and St France’s Church. In the evening a Sunset harbour cruise to see the Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets.

Day 12 : Cochin - Mararikulam
Drive to Allepy and take a boat to Kottayam. The cruise takes over 3 hours passing along most picturesque narrow canals and waterways. Drive to Mararikulam. Overnight at the Hotel.

Days 13 & 14 Mararikulam
At leisure by the beach.

Day 15 : Mararikulam - Trivandrum
Drive to Trivandrum. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 16 : Depart Trivandrum
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.