INDIA DEL SUR
PROGRAM FOR SOUTH INDIA 12 DAYS CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM - MAHABALIPURAM – CHIDAMBARAM THANJAVUR - TRICHY – MADURAI - PERIYAR – KUMARAKOM - ALLEPEY – COCHIN
DAY 01 ARRIVAL CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM DISTANCE: 50 KMS DRIVING TIME: 01 HR Assistance upon arrival at Chennai airport followed by drive to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. DAY 02 MAHABALIPURAM / KANCHIPURAM / MAHABALIPURAM DISTANCE: 65 KMS DRIVING TIME: 01 & ½ HR (ONE WAY) After breakfast, tour briefing by Luxury India Holidays staff followed by visits of Mahabalipuram. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram the first Tamil dynasty of any real consequence to emerge after the fall of the Gupta Empire. Temples to visit include
Shore Temple Rath temples
Then drive to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is very famous for its Silk Sarees. This is one of the seven sacred cities of India. Its temples are spectacular and the gopums can be seen from miles away. Temples to visit include
Varadaraja Perumal Temple Kailasanatha temple Ekambareshwara temple.
Late afternoon return back to Mahabalipuram. Overnight at the Hotel. Note: - Dress code for entering temples in Tamilnadu Men - Dhothi and Shirt, Pyjama and Kurtha, Long Pants. Women - Saree and Blouse, Salwar with Shawl, Daavani (Half Saree), Long pants, Long Skirts, Shirts with Full Sleeves.
DAY 03 MAHABALIPURAM – CHIDAMBARAM - THANJAVUR MAHABALIPURAM / CHIDAMBARAM DISTANCE: 160 KMS DRIVING TIME: 03 HRS CHIDAMBARAM / THANJAVUR DISTANCE: 110 KMS DRIVING TIME: 02 HRS 30 MINS After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Thanjavur.
En route, visit of Chidambaram.
Then continue drive to Thanjavur. Though the history of Thanjavur dates back to the Sangam age, it was between the 10th and 14th centuries that Thanjavur reached its zenith becoming the centre of Tamil learning and culture. Modern Thanjavur is a fertile plain which is often referred to as the "rice bowl" of Tamil Nadu. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 04 THANJAVUR After breakfast have visit of Thanjavur. Places to visit includes…
Brihadeeshwara temple Palace Schwartz church
After having visit, return back to hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. Note: - Dress code for entering temples in Tamilnadu Men - Dhothi and Shirt, Pyjama and Kurtha, Long Pants. Women - Saree and Blouse, Salwar with Shawl, Daavani (Half Saree), Long pants, Long Skirts, Shirts with Full Sleeves.
DAY 05 THANJAVUR – TRICHY – MADURAI DISTANCE: THANJAVUR – TRICHY: 57 KMS DRIVING TIME: 01 HR 16 MINUTES; TRICHY – MADURAI: 140 KMS DRIVING TIME: 03 HRS After breakfast, drive to Madurai. En-route visit of Trichy. Trichy has always been a seat of power in South India and it bears the scars of war fought to control it.
Rock Fort temple - The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India.
Srirangam temple - This Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha. The temple is the first and foremost among the 108 Divya Desams, the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu
After visit continue drive to Madurai. Madurai is situated on the banks of Vaigai River. This city is more than 2500 years old and was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 A. D. when the Pandvas made it their capital. Modern Madurai is a burgeoning industrial centre even though the vast stretches of lush paddy fields. Overnight at the Hotel. Note: - Dress code for entering temples in Tamilnadu Men - Dhothi and Shirt, Pyjama and Kurtha, Long Pants. Women - Saree and Blouse, Salwar with Shawl, Daavani (Half Saree), Long pants, Long Skirts, Shirts with Full Sleeves. DAY 06 MADURAI After breakfast, have a city tour of Madurai. Places to visit include:-
Enjoy Rickshaw ride Meenakshi temple Thirumalai nayak Palace Teppakulam
At late evening, attend the Evening ceremony at Meenakshi temple.After having visit, return back to hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. Note: - Dress code for entering temples in Tamilnadu Men - Dhothi and Shirt, Pyjama and Kurtha, Long Pants. Women - Saree and Blouse, Salwar with Shawl, Daavani (Half Saree), Long pants, Long Skirts, Shirts with Full Sleeves. DAY 07 MADURAI â€“ PERIYAR DISTANCE: 140 KMS DRIVING TIME: 04 HOUR After breakfast, check out from hotel & drive to Periyar. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Spice Plantation Tour (Introduction to Spices): Tour Spices have always been an important part of life in Kerala. Spices also play an important role in the Kerala cuisine, non-Ayurvedic medicine and cosmetics. Periyar is, due to its location in the lower mountains around 1000 metres above sea level, blessed with numerous types of spices. Consequently, the spice plantation tour is in one of the most important activities outside the reserve that a visitor can engage in. It is an opportunity to see why the Kerala cuisine is so different from most of the other Indian cuisines. The tour gives you a chance to enjoy cardamom, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and many other varieties of spices and medicinal plants. Evening is free at hotel. Overnight at the hotel. DAY 08 PERIYAR After breakfast, Nature walk in Periyar - Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes, generally 4 to 5 km. in length. This is an interpretive program offering excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The program is offered for about 3 hours. The Nature walk is the right program to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers. (PROVIDED BY PARK AUTHORITY & THE CLIENTS MAY HAVE TO SHARE THIS ACTIVITY WITH OTHER PEOPLE) Imp note: - Please wear full slives cloths & shoes for nature walk. Highly recommended..!!! Nature walk is not offered to children below 12 years In the evening, enjoy the performance of Kalaripayattu at a local theatre. Kalaripayattu-the oldest of martial arts-is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts. At Kadathanadan Kalari Centre, Thekkady, this martial art is performed in kuzhikalari. A highly designed gallery has been built in such a way that the viewers will get a clear vision from a safer distance. Evening is free at hotel. Overnight at the hotel. DAY 09 PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM DISTANCE: 140 KMS DRIVING TIME: 04 HOUR After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel
Evening enjoy Sunset Cruise on the Vembanadu Lake on sharing basis. Cruise along the Vembanadu Lake & through the narrow canals that cress-cross the typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The cruise on the motor boat takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Watch the sun set as we cruise along Vembanadu Lake in rustling coconut groves abound, an experience to carry back with lasting memories.
Overnight at the hotel. DAY 10 KUMARAKOM – ALLEPEY - COCHIN ALLEPEY / COCHIN DISTANCE: 60 KMS DRIVING TIME: 01 & ½ HR After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Alleppey Jetty point. On arrival board the Houseboat from jetty point…
A 03-04 hour Back-Water Cruise with Lunch on Board.
After having day cruise, drop at Alleppey Jetty point and then drive to Cochin. On arrival, check into hotel.
Evening is free to explore the city.
Overnight at the hotel. Cochin is truly a museum city and is found in the most abundant quantities at fort Cochin. Fort Cochin is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India. Vasco Da Gama first arrived in Cochin in 1502. He returned again in1524 as the Portuguese viceroy of the Indies. He died here and was buried in St. Francis church, the first European church in India. DAY 11 COCHIN After breakfast, half city tour of Cochin. Places to visit include
Dutch Palace at Mattancherry.(Friday Closed) The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. (Friday & Saturday Holiday) The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Drive past the Chinese fishing nets which are huge cantilevered nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by Chinese traders.
In the evening see a Kathkali dance drama which is a must while in Cochin.
After having visit, return back to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 12 COCHIN DEPARTURE After breakfast, you will be provided in time assisted departure transfer to Cochin International airport to connect the flight for onward destination.
VALID PRICES TILL SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2016) NUM PAX / VEHICLE USED 6 PAX / AC TEMPO TRAVELER 4 PAX / AC TOYOTA INNOVA 2 PAX / AC TOYOTA INNOVA
PER PERSON PRICE IN EURO AND DBL ROOM € 1.275 PER PERSON € 1.350 PER PERSON € 1.525 PER PERSON
HOTELS: Hotels mentioned below or similar on mentioned meal plan... CITY
Chariot Beach Resort www.chariotbeachresorts.com Ideal River View www.idealresort.com GRT Regency www.grthotels.com Greenwoods www.greenwoods.in Backwater Ripples www.backwaterripples.com Eighth Bastion www.cghearth.com
Thanjavur Madurai Periyar
River View Room Superior Room Aranya Room Standard Room Standard Room
NOTICE: Please note that the Hotels proposed in the quote may not be available at time of booking, in this situation suitable alternative hotel will be booked. In the situation suitable/similar hotel is not available a next available category will be booked n cost diff between the two hotels will be provided, in case of reduction we will refund the money but in case of supplements, the clients should be ready for the same. If we get higher category rooms such as club rooms etc clients will need to pay the difference if they choose this option. SERVICES INCLUDED: Complete transportation by AC Toyota Innova, AC Tempo Traveler, AC Mini Coach as per the case including all sector drives, all airport / hotel transfers, all sightseeing as per the program. In Chennai, only arrival transfer to Mahabalipuram hotel is included only. Vehicle for all intercity transfers, sightseeing and en route visits as indicated in detailed program from day 02 Mahabalipuram sightseeing till drop at Cochin hotel on day 12 is included. In Cochin, departure transfer + half day city tour on day 13 is included. One time monument entrances fees as per the sightseeing is included. Services of local English speaking guide during the sightseeing in Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai and Cochin as per the program is included. Travel insurance ACTIVITIES INCLUDED:
Rickshaw ride in Madurai is included. Ceremony at Meenakshi temple is included. Spice plantation tour in Periyar is included. Nature walk in Periyar is included. Kalaripyattu Show in Periyar is included Sunset Cruise on the Vembanad Lake for 01 hour (Shared with other Guests) is included. In Alleppey, day Cruise houseboat with Lunch (Without Drinks) is included. Kathakali dance show in a local theatre in Cochin is included.
Any expenses of personal nature such not mentioned above Any meals apart from the ones mentioned above. Any camera fees Any airfares. Any expenses apart from the ones above. Visa procedure and cost