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Home :: India Tour Packages :: Coromandel to Malabar

Coromandel to Malabar
12 Days / 11 Nights

Chennai | Kanchipuram | Mahabalipuram | Pondicherry | Tanjore | Trichy | Madurai | Thekkady | Kumarakom | Kochi


Day 01 : Arrive Chennai
Marina Beach - ChennaiUpon arrival at Chennai airport you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to hotel. Chennai (formerly known as Madras), your gateway to sunny south & capital of Tamil Nadu, a state known for grandiose temple sculpture & architecture of the Chola. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Chennai.

Day 02 : Tour Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram (02 hrs)
Today we will drive you to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram - one of the seven sacred cities of India and is also known for having served as a capital for several dynasties. Visit three of the best temples - Kailasanatha and Ekambareshwara (dedicated to Lord Shiva) and Vaikuntaperumal (dedicated to Lord Vishnu). Continue your excursion to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram, visit the 7th century rock hewn monuments. The shore temple, the only surviving one of seven, is a unique example of a temple built of rock quarried elsewhere and carried to shore. Late evening check in. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 03 : Drive to Pondicherry (03 hrs)
After breakfast we will drive you to Pondicherry - It was a French settlement & is today a union territory where the French connection on the architecture and culture of the place is strongly visible result of the centuries-old relation with the French power. Upon arrival check in. In the afternoon visit the Botanical Gardens, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus, The Promenade, Government Park, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Roman Rolland Library, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, French Institute and other museums and art galleries. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram Day 04 : Drive to Tanjore (04 hrs)
Today drive to Tanjore - the capital of the powerful Chola dynasty. Today, it is the little town set amidst the lush green rice fields of the Cauvery delta. Magnificent temples, still bear witness to the splendour of Chola architecture. Enroute visit Nataraj Temple at Chidambaram, and also visit the temples at Kumbakonam. Upon arrival check in. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Tanjore.

Day 05 : Tour Tanjore
After breakfast proceed on a guided tour of Tanjore, visiting Brihadeeswara Temple, the palace, Sangeetha Mahal, Saraswati Mahal, Library, Raja Museum, Temple Museum and Schwarz Church. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Tanjore.
Day 06 : Drive to Madurai (03 hrs)
Early today we drive to Madurai. Enroute tour Trichy - situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Here you will visit the Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple, Tiruvannaikaval, Srirangam & other museums and art galleries. Continue your drive & check in. In the evening, visit Meenakshi Temple again for the evening prayer ceremony. Overnight stay in Madurai..

Day 07 : Tour Madurai & drive to Thekkady (05 hrs)
After breakfast proceed on sightseeing tour of Madurai - One of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Visit Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Tank and Koodal Alagar Temple. Later we to Spice Capital Thekkady, located on the Tamil Nadu / Kerala border. This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 300 square miles and centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Upon arrival check in. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Rock Fort Temple - Trichy Day 08 : In Thekkady
This morning game viewing is on board boats, which carry you along convoluted waterways and afford sightings of elephant, bison, deer and occasionally tiger. This tropical habitat makes it one of the premiere reserves of southern India with all manner of flora and fauna in abundance. Return to hotel & relax. Later take a spice plantation tour accompanied by a naturalist. Rest of the evening is free for leisure / experience holistic ayurveda massage at your hotel. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 09 : Drive to Kumarakom (04 hrs)
Kumarakom BackwatersAfter breakfast we drive to Kumarakom - is an emerald peninsula of paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters that juts out into Lake Vembanad. Perhaps more famously knows as the Backwaters this area is unique being made up of labyrinth of canals and lakes that stretch between the capital Cochin and Quilon in the south. From the vastness of Lake Vembanad to the quiet streams just large enough for a canoe, the Backwaters form the arteries through which rural daily life calmly flows - children splashing in the water, women washing clothes at the water's edge, fishermen up to their necks in water digging out fish with their feet, rice barges transporting coconuts and rice (the staples of the Keralan diet) and, above all, an overriding sense of peace and tranquility that permeates every aspect of this stunning region. Upon arrival check in. Rest of the day is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Day 10 : Experience Ayurveda
Day is free to experience the healing ayurvedic massage. Ayurveda believes that human being consists of the five elements, air, water, fire, ether & earth. And the combination of any of these elements exists in each one of us. Ayurveda the traditional form of Indian medicine was developed by ancient sages whose astute observations led to the development of constitutional medicine. The ancients visualized the universe as a constant play of energies, an imbalance of which created discomfort and disease in the body. It was the duty of the vaidya (physician) to harmonize this imbalance of the body - mind environment. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
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Day 11 : Drive to Kochi & tour (03 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kochi - formerly known as Cochin in the coastal state of Kerala. With a natural harbour that has always been one of the finest in the world. On arrival proceed on a guided city tour, visit the Portuguese Church built by St. Francis in 1562, the Jewish Synagogue, the famed Mattancherry Palace, and the Chinese fishing nets - ingenious devices requiring little human attention. Tonight enjoy a presentation of the colorful costumed Kathakali dance drama. Overnight stay in Kochi.

Day 12 : Departure
Bid farewell. Today we transfer to Kochi airport for your flight to onward destination.


End of a memorable tour !!!


TOUR QUOTATION


Validity Apr to Aug 2011
Per Person Twin Sharing Minimum 02 persons : USD 950
Per Person Twin Sharing
Minimum 04 persons : USD 800
Per Person Twin Sharing Minimum 06 persons : USD 750


CITY HOTELS - STANDARD
Chennai Vijay Park
Mahabalipuram
MGM Beach Resort
Pondicherry
Anandha Inn
Tanjore
Oriental Towers
Madurai
Germanus Days Inn
Thekkady
Abad Green Forest
Kumarakom
Abad Whispering Palms
Kochi Abad Plaza

Package Includes :
- Accommodation for 12 days / 11 nights in well appointed standard double room
- Daily breakfast during your stay
- All meals during stay on houeboat
- All transfers & sightseeing excursions by private air conditioned standard car
- Services of local English speaking guides during sightseeing tours
- Services of naturalist in Thekkady
- Wildlife cruise on lake Periyar
- Tickets to Kathakali Dance
- Driver allowances, fuel, parking, interstate permits, toll charges
- Current applicable taxes

Package Excludes :
- Any air / train fare other then specified
- Entrance fees to monuments / parks
- Meals other then specified
- Items of personal nature viz, laundry, tele con, mineral water, tips, travel insurance, etc
- Anything not specifically mentioned under package includes section




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