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Tamil Nadu with Kerala Tour

Duration: 14 Night / 15 Days
Destinations: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry – Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Thekkady – Cochin – Alleppey - Kumarakom – Kollam – Kovalam - Trivandrum

Day 1 - Arrive Chennai

Traditional welcome on arrival at the international airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Chennai Kanchipuram Madurai
Alleppey Kovalam Trivandrum

Day 2 - Chennai

Relaxed breakfast at hotel, followed by a full day guided visit to Fort St. George, War memorial, St. Mary's Church, the Basilica of Saint Thomas, believed to have been built by St. Thomas, the apostle, Snake Park ending the day on Marina Beach. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 - Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (175 kms)

After breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram (1 hr.) the erstwhile capital of the Pallavas and Cholas. Visit the temples dedicated to various gods and goddesses. Also visit the shopping area, as it is also home of weavers of the famed Kanchipuram silks. Lunch at Kanchipuram. Evening drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), a world heritage site and check in hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (134 kms / 3.5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel. Guided sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, which, too was part of the Pallavas dynasty and exhibits some of the most outstanding examples of the Dravidian style of art and architecture. Experience the Arjuna’s Penance, the rock cut caves, the Krishna Mandapam, the famous rathas and the Shore Temple. Afternoon drive to Pondicherry and enjoy this quaint French town. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 - Pondicherry

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour visiting Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 - Pondicherry - Tanjore (196 kms / 5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Tanjore (Thanjavur): the former city of Danish settlement from 1624 to 1825. Commonly known amongst the Danish language as "Tranquebar". The town of Tanjore is surrounded by lush green rice fields and winding rivers with coconut and banana orchards. Afternoon, guided visit to the Brahadeeswarar temple built by King Raja Cholan between 985 & 1014 AD which is an architectural marvel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai (198 kms / 5 hrs)

After breakfast, visit the palace, which also houses an art gallery, a library, a hall of music and the Schwartz Church. By noon drive to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli). After lunch in a restaurant, guided visit to the Rockfort and Srirangam Temple. Proceed for Madurai and on arrival check-in hotel. Enjoy the sound and light show at Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 - Madurai - Thekkady (140 kms / 3.5 hrs)

After breakfast, guided city tour visiting the Meenakshi temple built in the Dravidian style and Teppa Kulu, a tank with an island temple. Evening drive to Thekkady and check in resort. Overnight at resort.

Day 9 - Thekkady

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy game viewing on boat safari on Periyar lake. Evening at leisure to spend time on own under the nature's lap. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 - Thekkady- Cochin (190 kms / 4 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Cochin (Kochi). On arrival transfer to hotel followed by city tour and boating in the backwaters of Cochin. Cochin means, "port" and so it has been since history began, trading spices, silks, ivory and sandalwood. It is now the spice capital of India. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 - Cochin - Alleppey – Kumarakom (64 kms / 2 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Alleppey (Alappuzha) and transfer to jetty point to embark on the 'Kettuvalloms' - a traditional rice boat of Kerala, which gives a romantic way to explore the unique web of lagoons, lakes, canals & rivers. Lazy cruising towards Kumarakom. Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight on houseboat.

Day 12 - Kumarakom - Quilon (110 kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast, drop off at jetty point to drive to Quilon (Kollam). This is the most picturesque and absorbing of the backwaters town with the Ashtamudi Lake at one end. It is an old port town on the Arabian coast. Being one of Kerala's most historic ports, it was a stopover for Persians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. On arrival check in resort. Afternoon visit Ramesharwara Temple. Evening free to explore the city. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 - Kollam- Kovalam (90 kms / 2 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to renowned beach resort, which has been a favorite haunt of tourists since 1930's. Kovalam consists of three adjacent crescent beaches. The southernmost, known as the Lighthouse Beach, is the most popular. Kovalam is much sought after for sunbathing, watersports, shopping, catamaran cruising, yoga, meditation and rejuvenating ayurvedic massages. Check in hotel and day for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 - Kovalam

After breakfast, full day to enjoy time at the beach, sunbathe or and indulge in water sports. Overnight in resort.

Day 15 - Kovalam – Trivandrum (20 kms / .5 hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Trivandrum (International) airport to catch flight to connecting destination.