SOUTHERN SPLENDOURS

8d

Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjore – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum

SOUTHERN SPLENDOURS
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Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjore – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum

Duration
8d
Region
South India
Experience
Beach, Temples

Tour Itinerary

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DAY 1
ARRIVE CHENNAI
DAY 2
CHENNAI TO MAHABALIPURAM VIA KANCHIPURAM (150 kms / 3.5hrs)
DAY 3
MAHABALIPURAM TO PONDICHERRY (90kms / 02hrs)
DAY 4
PONDICHERRY TO THANJORE (240kms / 05 hrs)
DAY 5
THANJORE TO MADURAI VIA TRICHY (190kms / 4.5hrs)
DAY 6
IN MADURAI
DAY 7
MADURAI TO KANYAKUMARI (250kms / 5.5hrs)
DAY 8
KANYAKUMARI TO TRIVANDRUM

DAY 1

ARRIVE CHENNAI

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

Check in at the hotel.

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.

Return to the hotel for dinner. 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 VIA KANCHIPURAM (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 TO PONDICHERRY (90kms / 02hrs)

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.   

Later, check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Evening, 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 4

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 stay at the hotel

Hotels in Tanjore

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

DAY 5

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 Sound and light show.

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 6

IN MADURAI

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

Madurai - One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers.  

Remaining day at leisure Overnight Stay 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 TO KANYAKUMARI (250kms / 5.5hrs)

After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and drive to Kanyakumari. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.

The lands end of India is a meeting point of the great seas -the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. A spell binding scene which attracts tourist in large numbers is the unique sunrise and the sunset which is most spectacular at full moon, when sunsets and moon raise takes place simultaneously. Enjoy Sunrise at Kanyakumari. Take a ferry boat to Swami Vivekananda Rock memorial. Visit Kanyakumari Mandir, Gandhi Mandapam, Thiruparappu falls, Suchindram and Trisamudra Milan,

Overnight Stay at the hotel.

Hotel in Kanyakumari

  • Standard hotel - Hotel Sparsa - www.sparsaresorts.com

DAY 8

KANYAKUMARI TO TRIVANDRUM

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Trivandrum.

Later in time you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.                                           

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Handpicked hotels. Unbeatable Price

We handpick our hotels and have a long relationship with every one of them. This ensures that we get unbeatable prices on your hotel stays, bringing down the overall price of the tour. All tours offer a choice of accommdation between 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star hotels. Each hotel is rated highly on TripAdvisor by travellers around the world.

Standard Hotel Superior Hotel Deluxe Hotel
INR 50,501pp INR 62,563pp INR 67,862pp

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 07 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.
  • Monument Entrance Fees
  • Light and Sound Show in Madurai.
  • 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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