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Day 1 Arrive Chennai
Arrive at Chennai. Our representative will meet you at the airport, escort you to your hotel and help you check in your hotel. Chennai is known for its cultural heritages and temple architecture. It is also a hub for South India classical music and dance performances.
Day 2 Chennai – Mamallapuram B,
You will explore Chennai in the morning and then be drive to Mamallapuram in the afternoon. Check in at hotel and the evening is free at leisure. Mamallapuram is also known as Mahabalipuram. It is famous for its shore temples and rock carvings. It was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kancupuram. It has miles of unspoiled beaches and rock-cut art. The sculpture here is particularly interesting, because it shows scenes of day-to-day life, in contrast to the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu, where the carvings generally depict gods and goddess.
Day 3 Mamallapuram B,L,
After breakfast at hotel, you will take a talking tour of Mamallabpuram, visiting snake chamber, sculpture studio. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant served in traditional way.
Day 4 Kancheepuram - Bangalore B,L,
Today you will be driven to Bangalore. On the way, you will visit Kancheepuram – a city of thousand temples. It is one of the seven scared cities of India and a former capital of the Pallavas. Among all the temples, four are the most important: Vaikuntha Perumal, Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambaraseswar Temple and Vardharaja Temple. The town is also famous for its exquisitely woven silk saris.
Day 5 Bangalore - Mysore B,
After breakfast at hotel, you will start to explore Bangalore – the Garden of South India. Bangalore is said to get its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century. A woman offered him a meal of boiled beans, which the king enjoyed so much that he named the town after the dish. Visit the ISKCON Temple (International Society For Krishna Consciousness), which houses various deities, including Krishna, Balaram and Radha. After lunch you will be driven to Mysore – the palace city of South India. On the way, you will visit a factory to see brightly colored wooden toys and door curtains by local artists.
Day 6 Mysore (Excursion to Srirangapattinam) B,
Mysore – once a political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty where the kings were great patrons of art and culture, it is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples. Mysore is a center of sandalwood carving, silk production. After lunch, you will take an excursion to visit Srirangapattinam - an Ancient Island fortress town on the bank of river Cauvery. In the evening, you will visit Chamundi Hill Temple. Situated at a height of 1062mts, the 2000-year-old temple is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi. A seven storey high tower dominates the temple. Enjoy a breath taking view of Mysore city from this hilltop
Day 7 Mysore - Mudumalai B,L,D,
After breakfast, you will be driven to Mudumalai Sanctuary, where nature has been lavish in providing this sanctuary with thickly wood hills, plateaus, deep valleys, waterfalls, rivers, marshes and streams
Day 8 Mudumalai - Coonoor B,
Wake up early to experience Jungle Sarari. Then travel to Coonorr. On the way, you will visit Ooty (Udagamandalam) - the Queen of Hill Station. Then you will take the steam train from Ooty to Coonoor. Enjoy some spectacular views of the precipitous eastern slopes of the rain-forested Nilgiri. Check-in at hotel in the evening.
Day 9 Coonoor - Cochin B,
After breakfast at hotel. you will travel to Cochin – truly a museum city. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin was an important spice-trading center on the Arabian Sea coast from the 14th century onwards. It was the first European colonial settlement in India. First Portuguese followed by Dutch and British ruled over here till 19th century.
Day 10 Cochin B,
Today’s sightseeing highlights include: The Jewish Synagogue, The St. Francis Church - the oldest European Church in India, The Santa Cruz Basilica, The Dutch Palace, Spice market at the narrow streets and the ‘Chinese fishing nets’ - huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Return to hotel for lunch. Later in the evening enjoy the famous dance drama of Kerala, the “Kathakali”.
Day 11 Cochin - Alleppey B,L,D,
Travel to Allepy. Set in the labyrinth of Backwater channels and bridges, the town is one of the best gateways to explore the unspoiled natural beauty of the countryside. Alleppey is also known for the production of the high quality coir goods, rice bowl of Kerala, boasts of a diverse variety of fauna and its famous annual Snake Boat Race festivals. Upon arrival, you will board a Houseboat. Then you will cruise on inland canals and stroll back into the town past the canals covered with mauve hyacinths. Overnight in the Houseboat.
Day 12 Alleppey - Kovalam B,
Kovalam situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea boats one the renowned beach destinations in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The most popular, is lighthouse beach, the Hawah beach and Samudra beach. A golden strip of sand, laced with palm trees, this internationally acclaimed, lush, tropical beach is often referred to as “the Paradise of the South". Here you can enjoy Sun bathing, Swimming, Ayurvedic Rejuvenation, Yoga and meditation, Herbal body toning massages, Special Cultural Programmers, or Catamaran cruising.
Day 13 Kovalam B,D,
In the morning, you are free at leisure to enjoy the beach. You may also choose to visit the Kovalam Harbor where you will see more than hundred of small fishing boats. Later on you can visit the Fish Market and Fish Aquarium.
Day 14 Kovalam - Trivandrum B,
After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your next destination or for your flights to return home.