EXPLORE SOUTH INDIA
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL - CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM EK 544/0740 hrs
Arrive Chennai.Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon Proceed to the orientation tour of Chennai, visiting Fort St George - first British fortress in India & its Museum (closed on Fridays) housing rare bronzes. Later drive to Mahabalipuram and check in at Hotel. Evening at leisure to enjoy the beach on the Bay of Bengal. Overnight at the resort.
DAY 02 : MAHABALIPURAM
After breakfast visit Kancheepuram Temples. Visit Silk Weaving Center at Kanchipuram. Afternoon return to Mahabalipuram followed by sightseeing of Shore Temple, majestic in its solitary splendour; Arjun's Penance, mammoth relief sculpture on living rock face & The Five Raths, caved out of a mountain, dedicated to heroes of India's most famous epics. Overnight at the resort.
DAY 03 : MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. The former French colony of Pondicherry exudes a positively Mediterranean aura, thanks to its sunny coastal promenade and whitewashed residences. Check in at Hotel . Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04 : PONDICHERRY
After breakfast, enjoy the sights combined with a visit to the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, whose spiritual tenets combine yoga and modern science. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 05 : PONDICHERRY - THANJAVUR
After breakfast drive to Thanjavur. En route visit Gangaikondacholapuram & Darasuram Temples. Proceed to Thanjavur. Check in at Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06 : THANJAVUR
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Trichy & Thanjavur. Visit Rock fort Temple, in the center of the city and Srirangam Temple at Trichy. At Thanjavur visit the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. This World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian pyramids. Also visit Thanjavur Palace & its Mesuem. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 07 : THANJAVUR - MADURAI
After breakfast drive to Madurai. Check in at Hotel. Afternoon proceed to sightseeing of Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city's busy bazaars. Also visit Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 : MADURAI - PERIYAR
After breakfast drive to Periyar and check in at Hotel. Periyar which has south India's most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to sambar wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. Kumily, close to the sanctuary, is a pretty town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. Afternoon visit to a Spice Plantation. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09 : PERIYAR
Morning boat ride at Periyar Wildlife sanctuary. Or guided trekking at wildlife sanctuary.Rest of the day at leisure. (Overnight at the resort.
DAY 10 : PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY - HOUSEBOAT
After breakfast transfer to Alleppey (Nedumudy – 5 Kms beofre Alleppey) to board Houseboat. All meals will be served on the board. Overnight at the houseboat.
DAY 11 : HOUSEBOAT - COCHIN
After breakfast disembark and drive to Cochin. At Cochin, check in at Hotel. In the evening enjoy the classical dance performance of Kathakali.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12 : COCHIN
Morning at leisure. Afternoon city tour of Cochin including the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) & Jewish Synagogue, St.Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13 : DEPARTURE