Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered: Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Periyar - Kovalam - Aleppey - Cochin
1 - Chennai: Arrival at airport / railway station and transfer
to your hotel. Afternoon visit museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery, High
court, Fort museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Day 2 - Chennai: Kingdom of Pallavas. Excursion to Kanchipuram. Visit temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshiand and Varadarajaswamy are of interest.
Day 3 - Pondicherry: Drive to Mahabalipuram to see the famous seven pagodas. Continue to Vedanthangal Water Bird Sanctuary to see various kinds of water birds. Reach Pondicherry in the evening.
Day 4 - Pondicherry: For the half-day sightseeing tour of Pondicherry, we visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Museum and Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 5 - Tanjore: Reach Tanjore or Thanjavur by noon. After lunch explore the beautiful Chola temple of Brihadeeshwara, Palace and it's Art Gallery, which contains several granite and bronze statues of the Chola period.
Day 6 - Madurai: On the way to Madurai, visit Trichy. The Rock Fort is the landmark of Trichy. Enjoy a climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva Temple.
At Madurai we keep the day free to relax.
Day 7 - Madurai: Visit the great Meenakshi Temple. Later, visit the Tirumal Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock Temple.
Day 8 - Periyar: Reach Periyar by noon. After lunch visit a nearby coffee plantation.
Day 9 - Periyar: Early morning we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. For the lunch we return back to hotel. Late afternoon, visit the park again by cruise to shoot its animals by camera.
Day 10 - Kovalam: Enjoy aquatic sports at a nearby beach. Yoga classes and transcendental meditation are held at the yoga & health center. Experts give Ayurvedic oil massages and oil bath.
Day 11 - Kovalam: Complete day at leisure or use it in exploring its beach, people & culture and water sports.
Day 12/13 - Aleppey: From Kovalam to Aleppey, take an overnight houseboat journey and pass through the palm fringed narrow canals winding. Reach Aleppey the next day.
Day 13 - Aleppey: Full day at leisure.
Day 14 - Aleppey: Explore the coastal town of Aleppey.
Day 15 - Cochin: After having breakfast we drive to Cochin. At Cochin, visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church. We also visit the Hill palace Museum that displays articles of archeological importance.
Day 16 - Cochin: For the day we take a motor launch excursion to Kottayam. Upon arrival, visit the Thirunakkara Shiva Temple built in the Kerala style. Evening return back to hotel.