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Splendours of South India

Splendours of South India

Destinations :- Chennai – Pondichery – Swamimalai – Tanjore–Trichy – Madurai – Thekkady – Munnar – Cochin – Mararikulam
Durations :- 14 Nights / 15 Days
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This tour provides a comprehensive insight into the Dravidian history, culture and architecture. It combines visits to magnificent temples, the historical French town of Pondichery, the game reserve at Periyar, and the Mangroves of Pitchavaram, considered among the healthiest mangroves in the world. The backwaters of Cochin, provide a fascinating theme throughout the tour. The journey offers a chance to stay in Munnar, a hill resort in the midst of tea and cardamom plantations and a few nights stay at the fine Mararikulam beach.

Day 1 Chennai

Arrive in Chennai early in the morning. Meet and assist on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the morning at leisure. Afternoon tour of the city. Located on the Coromandal coast, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company and the town grew around Fort St George from 1640.

Day 2 Visit Mahabalipuram

Today drive to visit the ancient town of Mahabalipuram with its exquisite rock-cut monuments, monolithic structures and bas-reliefs.

Day 3 Chennai to Pondichery

Leave for the seaside city of Pondicherry. Visit the Aurbindo Ashram and the French quarter. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Day 4 Pondichery to Swamimalai

After breakfast leave for Pitchavaram and take a boat ride to see mangroves (considered among the healthiest in the world) and Port Nova, a former Portuguese and Dutch port. Continue to Swamimalia visiting en route Chidambaram. Overnight stay in Swamimalai.

Day 5 Swamimalai to Trichy

Drive to Trichy visiting en route Tanjor, the cultural capital of the region, famous for the Tajore School of painting. Visit the magnificent Brihadeeswara temple complex where you can also see 1000 year-old paintings. Stay in Trichy for two nights.

Day 6 Trichy

Trichy, the land of Three Headed Demon, is a living example of a temple town. Today visit the magnificent Shrirangam island temple complex and the Rock fort temple.

Day 7 Trichy to Madurai

Drive to Madurai. Afternoon city tour visiting the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple, an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Also visit the colourful temple market. Overnight stay in Madurai.

Day 8 Madurai to Thekkady

Drive to Thekkady. Afternoon wildlife viewing by boat in the Periyar National Park, noted for its elephant herds and a rich variety of bird life. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 9 Thekkady to Munnar

Early in the morning wildlife viewing. Drive to Munnar, a hill resort in the midst of cardamom and tea plantations. Munnar is a major centre for the tea industry in Kerala. Afternoon explore the town. Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day 10 Munnar to Cochin

Morning visit tea and spice plantations. Later drive to Cochin, known as the “Venice of the East’. In the evening see the Kathakkali dance performance. Stay in Cochin for two nights.

Day 11 Cochin

Morning tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Cochin and St Francis Church. In the evening a Sunset harbour cruise to see the Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets.

Day 12 Cochin to Mararikulam

Drive to Allepy and take a boat to Kottayam. The cruise takes over 3 hours passing through picturesque narrow canals and waterways. Drive to Mararikulam on the Malabar Coast. Stay for three nights at the Marari Beach Resort in cottages built in traditional style.

Days 13 & 14 Mararikulam

At leisure by the beach. Ayurveda facilities are available at the resort. At your leisure you may like to explore the nearby fishing village.

Day 15 Mararikulam to London

Drive to Cochin and take an early morning 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
Pondicherry The Ashok Beach Resort/similar Anandha Inn/Similar Accord Puducherry/Similar
Swamimalai INDeco Hotels Swamimlai/Similar INDeco Hotels Swamimlai/Similar INDeco Hotels Swamimlai/Similar
Tanjore Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar Hotel Star Residency/Similar
Trichy Hotel Femina/Similar Hotel Femina/Similar Hotel Femina/Similar
Madurai GRT Regency/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar Fortune Pandiyan/Similar
Thekkady The Elephant Court/similar Cardamom County/Similar Abad Green forest/Similar
Munnar Abad Copper Castle/similar Ambady Estate/Similar Club Mahindra Lake View Munnar/similar
Cochin Bolgatty Island Resort/similar Abad Atrium/Similar Beaumonde The Fern/Similar
Mararikulam Hotel Royal Palace/Similar Hotel Royal Palace/Similar Hotel Royal Palace/Similar

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

Cost Includes:

  1. Accommodation for 14 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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