MYSTICAL SOUTH INDIA

11d

Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry -Thanjore -  Madurai – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin

MYSTICAL SOUTH INDIA
Places

Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry -Thanjore -  Madurai – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin

Duration
11d
Region
South India
Experience
History, Temples, Spiritual

Tour Itinerary

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DAY 1
ARRIVE CHENNAI
DAY 2
CHENNAI TO MAHABALIPURAM (150 kms / 3.5hrs)
DAY 3
MAHABALIPURAM
DAY 4
MAHABALIPURAM TO PONDICHERRY (90kms / 02hrs)
DAY 5
PONDICHERRY TO THANJORE (240kms / 05 hrs)
DAY 6
THANJORE TO MADURAI VIA TRICHY (190kms / 4.5hrs)
DAY 7
MADURAI – PARIYAR (160kms / 4.5hrs)
DAY 8
PARIYAR – MUNNAR (160kms / 4.5hrs)
DAY 9
MUNNAR
DAY 10
MUNNAR – COCHIN (140kms / 04hrs)
DAY 11
DEPART COCHIN

DAY 1

ARRIVE CHENNAI

On Arrival in Chennai, you will be met and assist by Splendour Holidays representative and transferred to the hotel for check in.

Later, proceed for a Tour of Chennai – portraying a perfect blend of art, architecture and industrialization this is where traditional and conventional platforms seem to co-exist. Return for an overnight stay at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel

Hotels in Chennai

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Bell Chennai - www.bellhotels.in
  • Superior Hotel - Grt Grand - www.grthotels.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - The Park - www.theparkhotels.com

DAY 2

CHENNAI TO MAHABALIPURAM (150 kms / 3.5hrs)

After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visiting Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram ~ popularly known as Kanchi, is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus dating back to 6th & 7th century.  The town has numerous temples and had universities of higher learnings.  The town is neatly divided into the worshippers of Shiv and Vishu.  Important temples to be visited are Kamakshi Temple of 14th century, Kailasanatha Temple, Ekambareshvara Temple, Vaikuntha Perumal Temple, Varadaraja Temple to name a few.

Proceed further to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Rest of the day free for independent activities

Overnight at the hotel

Hotels in Mahabalipuram

  • Standard Hotel - Ideal Beach Resort- www.idealresort.com
  • Superior Hotel - Radisson Blu - www.radissonblu.com

DAY 3

MAHABALIPURAM

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour visiting the 5 rathas in Mahabalipuram.

Mahabalipuram lies on the Coromandel Coast, which faces the Bay of Bengal. This is an elegant place to watch which a well established seaport was during the 7th and 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty. This was the second capital of the Pallavas who ruled Kanchipuram. Formerly, Mahabalipuram was known and called as Mahabalipuram. he former name of this place ‘Mahabalipuram’ has a history. A very rude cruel king Mahabali reined this place and in a fierce battle Lord Vishnu killed king Mahabali and the place was named after the dead King.

Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram has a history dating back to the 7th century.  The spectacular Shore Temple perched dramatically on a promontory by the sea.  Not to be missed in the Bhagiratha’s Penance or the Descent of the Ganges wherein the panel depicts in great detail the story of the sacred Ganges’s descent from the sky.  The area is also strewn with a number of temples like Olakkanatha Temple, Krishna mandapa, Mahishasuramardini Temple, and many more.   

Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Hotels in Mahabalipuram

  • Standard Hotel - Ideal Beach Resort- www.idealresort.com
  • Superior Hotel - Radisson Blu - www.radissonblu.com

DAY 4

MAHABALIPURAM TO PONDICHERRY (90kms / 02hrs)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Later, walk on ‘Promenade’

Pondicherry ~ a seaside resort with Old French style buildings, churches and museums, tree-lined boulevards along the seashore where tourist attractions lie in its ambience. The laidback Township, pristine beach and the palm trees swaying in breeze bring a slice of serenity. The only sound you can hear is the waves crashing against the rocks and the chirping of the birds. Pondicherry is more famous because of its relation with Sri Aurobindo, which is the biggest of all tourist attractions in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo selected this peaceful and harmonious place to make his abode in the second decade of 20th century and remained there until his death.

Return to the hotel..

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Hotels in Pondicherry

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Annamalai International- www.hotelannamalai.com
  • Superior Hotel - Hotel Promanade - www.sarovarhotels.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Palais De Mahe - www.cghearth.com

DAY 5

PONDICHERRY TO THANJORE (240kms / 05 hrs)

After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Thanjore visiting temples ~ Chidambaram & Gangaikondacholapuram. Also visit Darsuram.

Drive further to Thanjore. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Rest of the time at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Hotels in Tanjore

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Sangam - wwwsangamhotels.com
  • Superior Hotel - Tanjore Hi Hotel - www.tanjorehihotel.com

DAY 6

THANJORE TO MADURAI VIA TRICHY (190kms / 4.5hrs)

After breakfast, leave for Madurai by surface. Enroute visit Trichy.

Visit Trichy's Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive sand-coloured rock to a height of more than 80m, its irregular sides smoothed by wind and rain. This temple was built by Pallavas as a small cave temple, but the Nayak's grasped the site's potential as a fort. The Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam is among the most revered shrines to Vishnu in south India and the largest and liveliest temple complex in India. Enclosed by seven rectangular walled courtyards, the temple has 21 gopurams; it stands on an island defined by a tributary of the River Kauvery.

Drive further to Madurai.

Evening, proceed for a tour of Madura visiting the Meenakshi temple.

Overnight at the hotel.

Hotels in Madurai

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Jc Residency - www.jcresidency.com
  • Superior Hotel - Grt Regency - www.grthotels.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Gateway Hotel Pasumalai - www.thegatewayhotels.com

DAY 7

MADURAI – PARIYAR (160kms / 4.5hrs)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Periyar. On arrival in Periyar. You will be transferred to the hotel. Check in at the hotel.

Thekkady, India 's largest wildlife sanctuary is a dream destination for any tourist visiting India . The 120 years old 'Surki' dam built across Peryiar, Poorna in Vedic parlance, is a major tourist attraction. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 777 Sq.Kms, surrounded by an artificial lake over an area of 25 Sq.Kms. The Country's sole Tiger reserve, Thekkady, with its bountiful treasures of tropical flora and fauna is the ultimate reservoir of many an endangered species and a rich tribal culture. Thekkady is a pleasant heaven on earth for those who love nature in its wild manifestations.

Later in the evening proceed for the boat ride in Periyar.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Hotels in Periyar

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Tree Top -www.hoteltreetop.com
  • Superior Hotel - The Elephant Court - www.theelephantcourt.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Spice Village - www.cghearth.com

DAY 8

PARIYAR – MUNNAR (160kms / 4.5hrs)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Munnar

You will drive up the hills of Rubber & Pineapple plantations to get to Munnar. You will be at an altitude of about 5500 feet above sea level at the hotel. It might be advisable to carry some light woollens for the evenings.

Munnar, one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India is originally a comfort station among the hills built by the British planters.

On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel

Hotels in Munnar

  • Standard Hotel - Deshadan Mountain Resort - www.deshadan.com
  • Superior Hotel - Tea County - www.teacountymunnar.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Windermere Retreat - www.windermeremunnar.com

DAY 9

MUNNAR

After breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing tour of the high ranges. Later, visit the Tea museum to see the processing of tea; it also has the history of tea in the region. There are other view points like Eravikulam National Park famous for Nilgiri Thar, Mattupetty Dam and scenic place and these tend to be very popular with tourists.

Afternoon, at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. 

Hotels in Munnar

  • Standard Hotel - Deshadan Mountain Resort - www.deshadan.com
  • Superior Hotel - Tea County - www.teacountymunnar.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Windermere Retreat - www.windermeremunnar.com

DAY 10

MUNNAR – COCHIN (140kms / 04hrs)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Cochin. On arrival, check in at the hotel.

Take a short tour of Cochin.

Cochin City Tour ~ includes St. Francis Church, which is the oldest European church on Indian soil. Thereafter, visit The Jewish Synagogue, which dates back to the 17th century and has pretty patterned floor tiles that were brought in from China. The Synagogue and Jewish Town in Mattancherry is home to the 20 odd Jews who still live in India, mostly old timers, they chose to stay on even after the creation of Israel. Lastly, visit the Chinese fishing nets resting on their cantilevered stands along the waters. The technique came from Kubla Khan’s court and till date serves the purpose for catching fresh water fish in large quantities.

Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Show

Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance drama noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century AD and has been updated over the years with improved looks.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Hotels in Cochin

  • Standard Hotel - Hotel Grand - www.grandhotelkerala.com
  • Superior Hotel - Casino Hotel - www.cghearth.com
  • Deluxe Hotel - Le Meridien - www.starwoodhotels.com

DAY 11

DEPART COCHIN

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 10 nights on Single/Twin/Triple room basis in the above mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Meeting & Assistance on arrival/departure at Airport and Hotel by Splendour Holidays Representative.
  • Air-conditioned Vehicle for all airport transfers, sightseeing & intercity transfers.
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel.
  • Monument Entrance Fees
  • Local English speaking Guide as per the itinerary

Exclusions

  • Any early check in at hotels other than specified
  • Any extra meals not specified in the inclusions.
  • Any meals other than specified
  • Any international/domestic airfare other than specified.
  • Camera/Video Camera charges at monuments
  • Personal and health insurance coverage
  • Expenses of personal nature i.e. tip to driver, guides, hotel staff, telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
  • Any beverages during the meals. The same will be as per actual consumption, locally payable.
  • Any change in tax structure resulting from the hike in the published tariff

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