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Highlights of South India

Highlights of South India

Destinations :- Chennai – Kanchipuram – Covelong – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Madurai – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Backwaters – Cochin
Durations :- 13 Nights / 14 Days
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The tour starts in Chennai, the site of the first settlement of The East India Company. Then on to the French colony of Pondicherry before proceeding to the cultural towns of Tanjore and Madurai with more then 2500 years of history. Explore the wilderness of Periyar National Park and the backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy a boat cruise and see the day to day life in the backwaters of the Vembanand Lake. The tour concludes in the city of Kochi once called ‘Cochin’ and also known as the ‘Venice of the East’.

Day 1 London to Chennai

Morning arrival in Chennai, transfer to your hotel for one night. Founded in 1639, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company. Afternoon tour of the city visiting the Museum and Art Gallery. Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market; visit Fort St. George, which once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Within the Fort complex is the oldest Anglican Church in India, St Mary’s Church, built in 1678-1680. Drive along the Marina Beach, one of the longest beaches in the world running to a length of 12 km. Also visit San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas).

Day 2 Chennai – Kanchipuram – Covelong (Mahabalipuram)

After breakfast depart by road to Kanchipuram, one of the most vibrant religious and cultural centres in Tamil Nadu, also known for its flourishing silk industry. The temple town of Kanchipuram is also a treasure- trove of Hindu temples and art from the Pallava, Chola and Pandiyan dynasties. Continue to Covelong Beach. Stay for two nights.

Day 3 Covelong (Mahabalipuram)

Morning sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, famous for the Shore Temple. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 4 Covelong to Pondicherry

After breakfast leave for Pondicherry. The city has a long history dating back 2000 years when it was an important Roman trading post. Francois Martin, a Frenchman, established the modern city of Pondicherry between 1673 and 1680. The French established their supremacy in this area by waging several battles against the Dutch, the English and the Caranatic Nawabs. Pondicherry is also the place where Sri Aurobindo, a well known philosopher, patriot and savant established his Ashram. Stay for one night.

Day 5 Pondicherry to Tanjore

Morning drive to Tanjore. Afternoon visit Brihadisvara Temple (capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single gigantic granite block weighing 80 tons) and Raja Chola Art Gallery. The Raja Chola Art Gallery has over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper preserved in the Saraswathi Mahal Library. Overnight stay in Tanjore.

Day 6 Tanjore to Madurai

Morning depart for Madurai, an ancient city dating back 2,500 years. Afternoon visit Meenakshi temple, which is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Also visit Sundareswarar Temple with its Hall of a Thousand Pillars elaborately carved, some of which sound like metal and are commonly referred to as the metal stone or musical pillars. Stay for one night.

Day 7 Madurai to Thekkady

Morning drive to Thekkady for two nights. Afternoon visit Periyar National Park, noted for its elephant herds and a rich variety of animal and bird life. The sanctuary is spread across 777 sq km, much of which is thick evergreen forest. Wildlife viewing by boat.

Day 8 Thekkady

Morning boat ride in lake Periyar in search of more wildlife. Afternoon spice plantation tour.

Day 9 Thekkady to Kumarakom

After Breakfast leave for Kumarakom. Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kumarakom is a land of backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations. Stay for two nights.

Day 10 Kumarakom

Morning take a walking tour of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake, the sanctuary is known for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as waterfowls, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here.

Day 11 Kumarakom – Backwaters (Houseboat)

Morning transfers to Kumarakom Jetty, embark on a houseboat for one night. Cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. The Backwaters are a maze of bridge and canals set in a labyrinth of backwater channels dotted with endless stretches of lakes and lagoons.

Day 12 Backwaters (Houseboat) to Cochin

Disembark in the morning and drive to Cochin for two nights. Kochi, once known as Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Many influences including Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese are evident in the city. In the evening attend a Traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 13 Cochin

Morning tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, originally built by the Portuguese, housing a fine collection of mural paintings. The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Visit the St. Francis Church, which is the city’s oldest church, built by Europeans. See the Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Cochin. Evening by sunset enjoy a boat cruise.

Day 14 Cochin to London

Return flight to London.

Subject to availability at the time of booking or else similar hotels will be suggested:-
Destinations  Deluxe  Hotel    Premium Hotel Luxury Hotel
Chennai Ambica Palace/Similar Aloft/Similar The Accord Metropolitan/Similar

Covelong(Mahabalipuram)

Chariot Beach Resort/Similar Le Waterina/Similar Coconut Beach Resort/Similar
Pondicherry The Ashok Beach Resort/similar Anandha Inn/Similar Accord Puducherry/Similar

Tanjore

Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar
Madurai GRT Regency/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar
Thekkady The Elephant Court/similar Cardamom County/Similar Abad Green forest/Similar
Kumarakom Ashirwad Heritage Resorts/similar Abad Whispering Palms/Similar Coconut Lagoon Resort/Similar
Backwaters Houseboat Houseboat Houseboat
Cochin Bolgatty Island Resort/similar Abad Atrium/Similar Beaumonde The Fern/Similar

Extra Govt. Service Tax @ 3.09 % (Applicable on total billed amount)

Cost Includes:

  1. Accommodation for 13 Nights on twin / double sharing basis.
  2. Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels.
  3. Transportation by private air-conditioned car with driver for all arrivals, All arrivals, departures, sightseeing and inter-city drive as per the itinerary.
  4. Services of English speaking guide as per the itinerary above.
  5. Services of Travel Pals representative on all arrivals and departures.
  6. Complimentary mineral water bottles during drives and sightseeings.
  7. Fuel charges, toll tax, state tax & parking charge
  8. All presently applicable luxury taxes.

Cost does not Includes:

  1. Entrance fees at monuments/parks/museums.
  2. Items of personal nature like drinks on table, laundry, telephone bills etc.
  3. Meals other than mentioned above.
  4. Indian visa fees or international airfare / domestic flight fare / train ticket
  5. Still Camera or video charges levied by some monuments.
  6. Any other shopping and personal purchase.
  7. Medical Requirements on request.
  8. Service Tax as per government.
  9. Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.

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