10 Days South India Splendors Tour


10 Days South India Splendors Tour

10 Days South India Splendors Tour

Itinerary:  Chennai > Madurai > Periyar > Kumarakom > Alleppey > Cochin

10 Days South India Splendors Tour

This enchanting tour of South India starts at Chennai and covers Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom and Alleppey which are popular destinations in South India. The tour includes Chennai Sightseeing, Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple at Madurai, Elephant activities at Periyar, A short walk through the area, Kumarakom backwaters, stay and canal cruise aboard a houseboat at Alleppey, sightseeing at Cochin, Kathakali Dance performance and the traditional martial of South India –Kalaripayattu.

Travel Plan Details:

Day 01: Arrive Chennai 

You will arrive at Chennai Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, you would be transferred to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Chennai International Airport

Chennai International Airport

Day 02: Chennai

Full day sightseeing tour of Chennai. Founded in 1639, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company.

Sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Museum and Art Gallery ( closed on Friday). Drive through the Flower & Fruit Market; visit the Fort St. George (closed on Friday), which once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Within the Fort complex, is also the oldest Anglican Church in India, St Mary’s Church, built in 1678-1680. Drive along the Marina Beach, one of the longest beaches in the world. Also visit Kapaleeswarar Temple   (temple remain closed from 1230 -1600 hours) & San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas) and drive past the Marina Beach.

Chennai Museum

Chennai Museum

Chennai Art Gallery

Chennai Art Gallery

Flower & Fruit Market Chennai

Flower & Fruit Market Chennai

fort st. george chennai

fort st. george chennai

St. Mary's Church Chennai

St Mary’s Church Chennai

Marina Beach Chennai

Marina Beach Chennai

kapaleeswarar temple chennai

kapaleeswarar temple chennai

San Thome Catherdal Chennai

San Thome Catherdal Chennai

Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Chennai – Madurai (Flight) 

Breakfast at hotel. In -time transfer to airport to connect  flight to Madurai.

Arrive Madurai – Meeting and assistance on arrival at airport and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and magnificent Shree Meenakshi temple – an excellent example of Dravidian architecture.

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

Thirumalai Nayak Mahal

meenakshi temple madurai

meenakshi temple madurai

meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti

meenakshi temple madurai evening aarti

Evening witness aarti ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Madurai – Periyar (Surface Drive) 

Drive to Thekkady. Arrive Periyar and check-in at hotel.

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

wildlife sanctuary of Periyar

Afternoon proceed for Elephant activities – Elephant ride, bathing, washing, feeding, commanding and timber dragging.

Elephant Camp periyar

Elephant Camp periyar

Day 05: Periyar 

Early morning proceed for the boat ride in the Park for wild life viewing. Return for the breakfast at hotel. In the afternoon enjoy jeep safari to Ottakathalemedu Cross hills (approx 1500 meters above sea level). Drive through cardamom coffee, pepper plantation to chellarcovil mettu  (1200 meters high from sea level). A small walk though the area (Black Tea/ cardamom tea & local snack served on the hill). En-route visiting the spice plantations cardamom, pepper, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla  and different spices. Visit Tribal village during the Jeep Safari. Stay overnight at hotel/ resort.

Ottakathalamedu Cross Hills Jeep Safari

Ottakathalamedu Cross Hills Jeep Safari

Spice Plantation Periyar

Spice Plantation Periyar

tribal village periyar

tribal village periyar

Day 06: Periyar – Kumarakom (Surface Drive)

After breakfast, proceed to Kumarakom – the spectacular and inviting backwater destination. Arrive at Kumarakom by noon. Check-in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the beauty of the natural surrounding and serenity of the beaches. Stay overnight at hotel.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Day 07: Kumarakom – Alleppey (HouseBoat)

Breakfast at Hotel. By noon board Houseboat from resort jetty (check-in time is around 1230 hours). Lunch on board, cruise through the canals, witness the  serenity of the surroundings and the local lifestyle. Dinner on board.

Houseboat From Kumarakom to Alleppey

Houseboat From Kumarakom to Alleppey

Kumarakom House Boat

Kumarakom House Boat

*Important : The boats will be moving in canals, lakes and rivers only till 1700 hours only. Afterwards it will be anchored. Air conditioner is operational only when the boat is stationary during night from 2130 hours till 0630/0700 hours in the morning.

Day 08: Alleppey – Cochin (Surface Drive) 

Awake early to experience a magical backwater morning. Breakfast on board Houseboat.

Disembark Houseboat (around 0930 hours) at Alleppey, where you will be met and transferred to Cochin, a short drive away. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon is free for individual activities. Cochin is a fascinating blend of medieval Portugal, Holland, an English country village and the local tropical Malabar culture. Here you see the India’s oldest church, old fashioned Chinese fishing nets, a classical Indian dance performance and five hundred year old Portuguese houses as you tour Cochin, a quiet seaside city in Kerala found here. Evening witness Kathakali Dance performance in regular theartre. Stay overnight at hotel.

Kathakali Dance Drama

Kathakali Dance Drama

Day 09: Cochin 

Post breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays), Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). Also visit the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church where Vasco da Gama was originally buried, and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel coloured interior and carved wooden panels. Also witness the traditional martial of South India –Kalaripayattu.  Kalaripayattu is the oldest martial art form of Kerala in South India, is formed by the combination of two words Kalari means school, gymnasium and Payattu means to fight or exercise. This unique martial art form is said to be more than 2000 years old. Stay overnight at hotel.

Chinese Fishnets Cochin

Chinese Fishnets Cochin

Jewish Synagogue Cochin

Jewish Synagogue Cochin

Mattancherry Dutch Palace

Mattancherry Dutch Palace

St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church

kalaripayattu dance

kalaripayattu dance

Day 10: Cochin 

In-time transfer from hotel to airport to board onward flight

Cochin International Airport

Cost

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Terms

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
  • Chauffeured air-conditioned vehicles for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
  • English speaking guide will be provided for sightseeing and excursion tours
  • All currently applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Local payments in domestic currency, such as entry fees to monuments, tips and gratuities
  • Any ride, monument entry fees
  • Domestic / International air fare
  • Indian Visa Fees
  • Any other services not mentioned in Price Inclusions above

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