13 NIGHTS 14 DAYS SOUTHERN INDIA STORIES

Overview

Highlights of the tour
-Visit of Kanchipuram Saree handloom.
-Walking tour in Pondichery.
-Visit Tanjore painting workshop in Trichy.
-Enjoy famous Chettinadu lunch at Chettinad.
-Morning walking tour in Madurai.
-Kathakali Dance in Cochin.
-Kalaripayattu Martial art performance
-Kumbhalangi Village visit along with lunch.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Chennai by flight

On arrival at Chennai airport after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet our representative in arrival hall holding paging of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. (Standard check-in time is 1200 hours).
Chennai capital of Tamil Nadu, earlier also known as Madras. The city is very well keeping South India artistic, culinary and religious tradition. It has Asia’s second longest urban beach “Marina”. Being the metro modern city, it still has its old charm with simple people, old temples, churches, museum and
Monuments.

Later in the afternoon visit Kapeeleshvar Temple, Fort St. George and Government Museum.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2
Chennai – Kanchipuram- Mahabalipuram (approx. 55 Kms/ 1 ½ hrs )

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visit Kanchipuram. It has the monuments and temples
dating back to 6th to 8thcentury built by Pallava dynasty. It is also famous for its silk sarees. Also visit
Kanchipuram saree handloom.

Later continue drive to Mahabalipuram. It was the major seaport in the ancient Pallava ruling period. It is a UNESCO world heritage site having beautiful carved temples, Five Rath, shore temple and Krishna butterball.

On arrival check in at hotel. Evening will be at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3
Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Five Rath, shore temple and Krishna butterball.

Rest of the day will be free to relax or to pursue independent activities.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4
Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (approx. 110 Kms/ 3 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Pondicherry. The city was under French rule till 1954 and has great influence of them. Still people speak French here and English with French accent. You can observe the influence
If you take a walk to French colony their building and café still has the same France architecture traces.
The city world famous Aurbindo Ashram, Auroville.

On arrival check in at hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing visiting Aurbindo Ashram, Auroville. Evening will be at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 5
Pondichery - Thanjavur (approx. 110 Kms/ 3 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Thanjavur en-route visit Chidambaram.

Chidambaram:The temple is dedicated Lord Shiva master of dance (Natraj).It is a great example of Dravidan architecture.

Gangaikonda Cholapuram: Ariyalur is best known for the Gangaikondacholisvarar temple in Gangaikondacholapuram, the biggest temple constructed during the reign of Rajendra–I in Ariyalur region. Following the conquest of the Gangetic plains in A.D. 1023 Rajendra–I built a great city called Gangaikondacholapauram and a Siva temple Gangaikondacholisvarar and a lake Chola Gangam in commemoration of his victory. The place, the temple and the lake (Chola Gangam) are the living embodiments of the heroism of the Tamils who unfurled the Chola‘s Tiger flag on the banks of the River Ganges. He also shifted his capital from Thanjavur to this newly built town. From his period to the end of the Chola family rule in A.D.1279 this city was the capital for the Chola Empire for a period of 256 years. The gigantic stone temple which he built in this place is rich repository of beautiful sculptures of middle Chola period.

Continue drive to Darasuram. On arrival visit Airavatesvara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Airavata was
Lord Inder’s elephant, it has four tusks and seven trunks.

Continue drive to Thanjavur, on arrival check in at hotel. Thanjavur was once the capital of great Chola empire. Today Thanjavur is modern, hectic and crowded town of India. The city is also famous for world
Famous Brihdehwara temple.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6
Thanjavur

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast proceed for half day city sightseeing visiting Brihdishwara temple dedicated Lord Shiva and Saraswati Mahal Temple, one of the oldest library in Asia which display a rare collection of Palm
Leaf manuscripts.

Afternoon excursion to Trichurappali, on arrival visit Rock Fort Temple. It is a historic Fort & temple build on ancient rock.

Evening drive back to Thanjavur for overnight stay

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 7
Thanjavur – Chettinad (approx. 98Kms/1.5 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Chettinad. On arrival check in at hotel.

The Chettinad region is well known for its 19th-century mansions, whose wide courtyards and spacious rooms are embellished with marble and teak. Construction materials, decorative items, and furnishings were mostly imported from East Asian countries and Europe. The marble was brought from Italy, chandeliers and teak from Burma, crockery from Indonesia, crystals from Europe and wall-to-wall mirrors from Belgium. These mansions belongs to Chettiar the trader’s community.

The place is also famous for Aathangudi handmade tiles.
Athangudi tiles, named after the place of the manufacture in Chettinad, come in a myriad of colours and patterns, and are made by a unique process using local soil and glass plates. These tiles are a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Chettiar community, who effectively adapted many influences to their own brand of local craftsmanship. The designs and colours used in Athangudi tiles are still those of a bygone era. However, of late, new designs and patterns are being incorporated.
The Athangudi tiles are hand-made. However, with a short shelf life and relatively slow manufacturing process, these tiles are not much in demand. The situation has led to the decline in the market.
After lunch proceed for an orientation tour of this beautiful small town.

Chettinad is also famous for its delicious and spicy food, guests can enjoy authentic Chettinad cuisine here.

Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 8
Chettinad– Madurai (approx. 95 Kms/ 2 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to MaduraiIt is one of the oldest city of Tamilnadu known for Meenakshi AmmanTemple ranked one of the greatest temple of India in terms of amazing architecture beauty.

On arrival check in at hotel.Later visit Thirumalainayak Palace: The Palace built in 1636 built by King Thirumalai Naik. It is bland of Italic and Dravidian art.

Evening visit Meenakshi Amman temple and be the witness of temple procession.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9
Madurai –Thekkady (approx. 140 Kms/ 4.5 hours)

Early morning walking tour of Madurai local market.

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Thekkady. It is located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level. Thekkady holds the nature’s beauty, wildlife Sanctuary, and famous spice plantation. The place has great opportunity
For mountain walk and trekking.

On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon enjoy boat ride at Lake Periyar.

Evening will be at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10
Thekkady

Early morning proceed for walking trek with packed breakfast for approx. 2.5 hours.

Late afternoon witness Kalaripayattu martial arts performance

Evening will be at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11
Thekkady - Alleppey (approx. 95 Kms/ 2 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast visit spice plantation with a naturalist. This tour gives you inside of famous spice plantation like cardamom, Pepper, turmeric etc. This tour gives you an insight of famous spice plantation like cardamom, Pepper, turmeric etc.

Later drive to Alleppey. It is also known as Venice of East. It is home of vast waterways network. On arrival in Alleppey embark the houseboat, locally called Kettuvalam. Kettuvalam is traditional houseboat with knot, during assemble work of this traditional houseboat not a single nail is used, only coir ropes tied in knot to hold the whole structure.

On arrival at Alleppey Jetty embark the houseboat. The cruise will take you through small water canals and while cruising you can see small villages and witness village people and their daily routine.

Dinner & overnight onboard.

Day 12
Alleppey - Cochin (approx. 65 Kms/ 1.5 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Cochin. This magnificent Malabar coastal city has been attracting towards its shores many traders, explorers and travelers for over 600 years. The Old Fort Cochin area quench the thirst the travelers who has historical interest with its famous Portuguese settlement Mattenchery Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, Old colonial roads with tree line avenues. Huge Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church are another attraction. Here one can experience the stay of some of the best Ayurveda Resorts, Traditional Kathkali Dance and Traditional Martial art Kalarpayattu.

On arrival half day sightseeing of Old Fort Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Bascilica, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets.

Evening enjoy Kathakali dance (Classical form of dance drama) describing Indian ancient Hindu mythological stories. They present the story through beautiful dance wearing beautiful traditional outfits. It shows rich tradition and culture of India.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13
Cochin

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast visit Kumblangi Village. Kumbalanghi, taking in the sights of rural Indian life. Also enjoy a look at weavers working on coir, observe local women weaving coconut leaves and watch the art of “groping for fish,” which involves catching fish using only the hands. These and other activities will be taking place as you explore Kumbalanghi, giving you a chance not only to peek into some of the unique traditions of India, but also to participate if you wish. Later drive back to Hotel

Please refer to below activities which you can do at Village. (Subject to availability on that specific day).

1. Boating
2. Crab farm visit and crab catching
3. Dehusking of coconut and coconut processing
4. Making coir fibre from coconut husk
5. Making yarn from coconut fibre
6. Agriculture farm visit
7. Chinese net operation

Please note above mentioned activities are just to give you an idea that we can get to see these types of activities during visit hence they are purely subject to availability of that particular day of visit.

Day 14
Depart Cochin

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board the flight for onward destination.

End of the tour

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13 NIGHTS 14 DAYS SOUTHERN INDIA STORIES
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