Splendors of South: Chennai and Cochin

Splendors of South: Chennai and Cochin

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days

Places to Visit: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Cochin - Alleppey - Marari


Day 1: Chennai (Madras)

Assistance on arrival in Madras and transfer to hotel (check-in at 12:00). Later, we visit the city of Chennai: Fort St. George (a British trading post and the entrance to South India), Georgetown (courthouse, the lighthouse, the general post office), ancient cathedral St. Thomas Church where the remains of St. Thomas, who came to India in 52 AD. Chennari accommodation.

Day 2: Chennai -Mahabalipuram (58 kms, 2 hrs)

After breakfast, depart to Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram visitaremose on the road. It is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built between the VII and VIII century and has paintings on the walls. Ekambaswara visit temples, Kailasanatha, Kamakshi Lanka and Varadarajaswamy. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Mahabalipuram arrival and accommodation at the hotel. We visit in the afternoon the famous temples. It is believed that there were seven magnificent temples which are known as the seven pagodas, built near the sea. But the lone survivor is the shore temple. This temple has gained popularity on the coast and tourists flock here, as it has been included among the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The temple is filled with designs made ​​by size. Accommodation in Mahabalipuram.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100 kms, 2 hrs)

Morning drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Pondicherry is best explored on foot, and during the morning and evening the experience of their various states of mind exists. Afternoon visit Auroville I -intended to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and harmony. Accommodation in Pondicherry.

Day 4: Pondicherry - Tanjore (180 kms, 3-4 hrs)

In the morning leave for Tanjore. Arrival and hotel accommodation. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the city. It was the capital of the Chola Empire from the tenth to the fourteenth century. Chola king, Raja Raja Chola, who held the throne 985-1016, built the largest of the 74 temples of the empire. You can also visit the art gallery and library of the palm leaf. Accommodation in Tanjore.

Day 5: Tanjore - Trichy

After breakfast depart from the hotel to Trichy. Arrival. In the afternoon we will visit the city. Visit the Rock Fort Temple, which rises steeply to a height of 273 meters by a steep staircase carved into the rock that leads to the strong. At the top of the hill, the 'Uchhi Pillayar Koil' - A Ganesha Temple - provides a commanding view of the city. Also visit Srirangam. Surrounded by the waters of the river Cauveri Kollidam on one side and on the other, it is an island city enclosed within seven delas Sriranganathaswami gigantic temple walls. Overnight Trichy. Day 6: Trichy - Madurai (140 km, 3 hrs) Morning drive to Madurai. Arrival at the hotel. In the afternoon visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the evening ceremony known as "Bedtime God", a colorful procession around the temple tour and has several short ceremonies in the various shrines before the final sentence in the entrance to his room. The procession lasts about 45 minutes. Overnight Madurai.

Day 7: Madurai - Periyar (145 km, 4 hrs)

In the morning departure to Periyar Periyar it has much to offer the tourist. The name Thekkady, for those who have already visited this place brings to mind images of elephants, unending chains of hills and plantations of spices. Moreover, the flora and fauna of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary are quite exciting. The wildlife sanctuary is the natural habitat of a variety of animal species. Overnight Periyar.

Day 8: Periyar

During the day enjoy a nature walk (2-3 hours) inside the wildlife sanctuary Periyar. At night, we do an elephant safari (30 minutes). Overnight Periyar. Day 9: Periyar - Cochin (210 km, 4 hrs) After breakfast, Drive to Cochin. Arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening, we enjoy a Kathakali dance show. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, dating from the 17th century and has its roots in Hindu mythology. Kathakali has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. It relies heavily on drama and dance masks and elaborate costumes. Accommodation in Cochin.

Day 10: Cochin

We will make a tour visiting the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue (which is closed on Fridays and Saturdays), the Church of San Francisco and the Basilica of Santa Cruz. While walking along the coast, at the mouth of the harbor, we can also see the unique and still in use "Chinese fishing nets" which were introduced by Chinese traders in the 14th century The tour ends in the Fort Kochi where you can walk through the historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. Portions of this fortress almost 500 years, are still incredibly well preserved. At night, we enjoy the sunset on a cruise boat. Accommodation in Cochin.

Day 11: Cochin - Alleppey

Morning board the Kettuvallam (houseboat) for exciting cruise backwaters. Kettuvallams are huge barges, which traditionally used to transport rice and other products across Kerala. It is partly covered bamboo and coir serving as kitchen and rest areas for the crew. These boats are constructed entirely without the use of nails. Today Kettuvallams are called houseboats, they have modern bathrooms, comfortable rooms, kitchen and even a balcony where tourists can rest in almohodones. Overnight on board.

Day 12: Alleppey - Marari

After breakfast, we disembark at Alleppey and drive to one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Kerala and quiet - Mararikkulam (15 km / 30 minutes). We arrive at a beautiful resort. Accommodation at the resort.

Day 13: Marari

Day at leisure. Overnight at the resort.

Day 14: Marai - Cochin

At the proper time transfer to the airport for the flight back. (Check Out the hotel is 12.00 noon)
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