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South India With Kerala Backwater Tour

8 nights 9 days

Destination Covered: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom

Day – 1:  Chennai
Arrive Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. Assistance and transfer to hotel.
After lunch at hotel, half day sightseeing tour, visiting Gandhi Memorial, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore temple and Marine beach. Dinner and overnite at hotel.
Day – 2:  Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram ( 76 kms/01.50 hrs ) – is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara , Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Lunch at local restaurant and later drive to Mamallapooram and check in at hotel.
Afternoon visit the city - built in 7th century, earlier called Mahabalipooram, this ancient Pallava port, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town , shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. The rock carvings depicting mythological episodes - of demons, Gods and animals in battle and others - are truly poems in stone. The only shore temple which remains here is the spectacular two - spired shrine, unique because it houses both Lord Shiva and the Lord Vishnu in its sanctum-sanctorum. Dinner and overnite at hotel.
Day – 3:  Mahabalipuram - Trichy
Morning arrive Trichy and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive's house is still there to see and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Trichy.
Day – 4:  Trichy - Madurai
Drive to Madurai visiting Tanjore enroute. At Tanjore, the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Madurai.
Day – 5:  Madurai
Morning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Afternoon free. Overnight Madurai.
Day – 6:  Madurai - Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar. The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.
Day – 7:  Periyar- Kumarakom
After breakfast check out from Hotel and we drive down to Kumarakom (145 Kms / 4 Hrs). On arrival at Kumarakom visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and later check in at the hotel, Evening go for Sunset cruise (optional) or enjoy and explore the beauty of backwater by just relaxing near Vembanadu Lake.
Day – 8: Houseboat
Morning at leisure at resort, 1230 hrs check in at houseboat. Rest of the day at leisure on the House Boat. Sit back and relax while the boat cruises through the narrow serene backwater canals. Lunch, Evening Tea/Coffee with snacks, dinner and enjoy your evening on the sundeck away form polluted cities and maddening crowd. You could hear the twinkle of a shining star or diving of fish around you to say hello by waving its tail from the lake. Overnight stay on House Boat.
Day – 9: Houseboat – Cochin -  Mumbai
AM at leisure on House Boat experience the pollution free air and after a good breakfast at 0900 Hrs check out from houseboat and we transfer you Cochin – airport(100 km /2 hrs) to board the flight to Mumbai. On arrival check in to the hotel. Later in evening transfer to International Mumbai Airport to board the flight to onward destination.
 


  

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Inclusions

    -Accommodation on double sharing basis
    -Daily breakfast
    -A/C Indigo car for all transfers and intercity travel (sightseeing).
    -A/c deluxe houseboat in Alleppey with all meals.
    -All toll tax, parking, fuel charge and driver allowance etc.
    -All applicable taxes.

     

Exclusions

    -Monuments entrance fees

    -Any air/train fare

    -All expenses of personal nature like phone calls, tips, laundry, camera fee etc.

    -Any other expenses not mentioned under includes items