South India Journeys
The Coastal View of Mumbai, Lakes of Udaipur, The Pink Capital of Rajasthan, The Taj Mahal of Agra, Exotic sculptures of Khajuraho, Oldest City of India Varanasi, and the Magnificent Kathmandu Valley is enough for any one to fall in LOVE with India & Nepal.
Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Tanjore – Madurai – Cochin – Periyar – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Trivendrum – Kanyakumari – Trivendrum
South India Journeys Itinerary
- Day 01: Chennai
Arrive Chennai by International flight & transfer to hotel
CHENNAI : Madras is India’s fourth biggest city and the Gateway to the South. From a tiny hamlet in 1639, it grew around the nucleus of Fort St. George built by the British. Five hundred years earlier the Portuguese had landed here, and further back in time st. Thomas came to Madras as a missionary and was martyred here. A lush, green city famed for its temples and silk, music and dance, Madras gives a sense of serenity and spaciousness, enhanced by one of the world’s largest and most beautiful beaches. It retains a distinct individuality in its gracefulness and old-world charm.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 02: Chennai
Breakfast at the hotel. Later half day sight seeing in Chennai.
Visit the National Art Gallery, itself a fine old Gothic building, housing exquisite Chola bronzes, the most famous being that of Shiva in the cosmic dance pose, which has become a symbol of Indian art. Proceed to Fort St. Visit the National Art Gallery, itself a fine old Gothic building, housing exquisite Chola bronzes, the most famous being that of Shiva in the cosmic dance pose, which has become a symbol of Indian art. Proceed to Fort St. Geogre containing the oldest Anglican Church in India, St. Mary’s Church, one of its benefactors being Elihu Yale, the English merchant after whom the University in Boston is named. The Fort Museum contains a fine collection of relics of that era. Drive along the Marina Beach past the Madras University, the Senate House and the Palace of the Nawabs of the Carnatic, to the San Thome Cathedral where the apostle is buried. Visit the ancients Kapaleeshwar Temple dedicated to Shiva, having a beautifully sculptured “Gopuram” (temple-tower) typical of South Indian temple architecutre.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 03: Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive from Chennai to Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram : Also called Mamallapuram, the coastal temple town of Mahabalipuram is an hour’s drive from Chennai. It has a beautiful beach over 20 km long. An erstwhile port of the Pal lava dynasty, its stone carvings, caves and rock cut temples also attract tourists. A crocodile farm, a snake venom extracting centre, schools of art and sculpture and many resorts draw holiday seekers all around the year, especially during the dance festival held in January.
On arrival in Mahabalipuram, check in at the hotel.
Later half day sight seeing visiting the temples at Chidambaram, Gangai Konda Cholapuram and Darasuram.
CHIDAMBARAM : Between two rivers in a 40 acre temple-complex, lie the temples of Chidambaram, one of the oldest, most venerated and magnificent temples of South India. Shiva Nataraja or the Dancing Shiva stands in his cosmic dance pose in the golden rooted sanctum sanctorum. Flanking the temple are 108 sculptured illustrations of Bharat Natya Shastra. In Akash Lingam hidden by a veil, lies the real secret of Chidambaram.
GANGAI KONDA CHOLAPURAM : The Brihadishwara temple at Gangaikondacholapuram was conceived and constructed by the Chola King Rajendra - I after his victory over the kingdoms bordering the River Ganga. Apart from the huge Nandi, there are some beautiful sculptures including a dancing Ganesha, a lion-headed well and a stunning frieze depicting Rajendra being crowned by Siva and Parvati
DARASURAM : The Airatesvara or Darasuram temple built by Raja Chola-II is an excellent example of 12th century Chola architecture and is well preserved to this day. The frontal columns of the temple have unique miniature sculpturesOvernight at the hotel.
- Day 04: Mahabalipuram / Tanjore
Breakfast at the hotel and Later drive to Tanjore en-route visiting Trichy.
Trichy - Tiruchirappalli or Trichy, located on the banks of the Cauvery River, was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC. The Nayakas of Madurai built the town and its fort. It was ruled at various times by different dynasties, each of which has left their mark on the town. Today, Trichy is a blend of historical town, pilgrim centre and thriving commercial city. It is also India’s largest centre manufacturing artificial diamonds.Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 05: Tanjore / Madurai
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive to Madurai, on arrival check in at hotel.
Madurai: - Over 2500 years old, Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. It is an important cultural and commercial centre. It was once the seat of Tamil learning and still the place where the Tamil language is spoken in its purest form. The city is planned in the shape of a lotus. Modern Madurai is a burgeoning industrial centre, even though the vast stretches of paddy fields, dusty roads and crowded bazaars make it seems like an overgrown village. Modernity has reached the city of Madurai, but not at the cost of its rich tradition and culture.Overnight at the Hotel.
- Day 06: Madurai
Breakfast at the hotel.
Later half day City tour - The crowning glory of Madurai is the Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple Complex, which is dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, her consort Lord Sundareshwara, and her celestial brother, Lord Vishnu. The Meenakshi Temple has a thousand-pillared hall. Also enjoy a 'light & sound Panorama' in Thirumala Naik Temple or visit to Alagar hills & Thirupura Rock Temple. In the evening, listen to the distinctive temple music at Thiruppa RakundramOvernight at the hotel.
- Day 07: Madurai - Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive from Madurai to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin, check in at the hotel.
COCHIN: Cochin (Kochi) is spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. The city was founded in 1341 when a flood created a natural safe port, which became the principal harbour for Malabar Coast’s spice trade. Cochin was on the main trade route between Europe and China. The rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, attracting the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 08: Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for a full day sight seeing tour of Cochin
The Hill Palace Museum: A fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays).
Chinese Fishing Nets: this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King.
Santa Cruz Basilica : this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984.
The Jewish Synagogue: Constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.
Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace): built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays).
- Day 09: Cochin - Periyar
Breakfast at the hotel.
Later, check out from hotel in Cochin and embark on the drive to Periyar.
On arrival in Periyar, transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 10: Breakfast at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. Boat ride at the Lake Periyar.
Later drive to Thottalty to embark the Houseboat for Alleppey.Overnight at the houseboat.
- Day 11: Alleppey - Kumarakom
Disembark the houseboat and drive to Kumarakom.
On arrival in Kumarakom, transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 12: Kumarakom - Trivendrum
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Kumarakom to Trivendrum.
- Day 13: Trivendrum - Kanyakumari - Trivendrum
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day visit to KanyaKumari and Back.Overnight at the hotel.
- Day 14: Depart Trivendrum
Breakfast at the hotel.
In time transfer to the international airport to connect flight for your onward destination.(NO HOTEL ENVISAGED IN MUMBAI FOR THIS DAY)