Duration:10 Nights / 11 Days
Places Covered: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram - Chennai - Kodaikanal - Thekkady - Kottayam - Cochin - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Trivandrum.
Day 1: Arrive Chennai
On the first day of your itinerary, reach at International Airport. You will meet our company representatives here and get transferred to the hotel. Take rest and have your rest of the day at leisure for your independent activities.
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu in the South of India. It is also an important tourist destination of India. Chennai is famous as the "Gateway to South India". Explore the city and mark the rich historical and cultural heritage, of Tamil Nadu. The hundreds of temples, historic monuments, museums and art galleries are worth your visit. Have your dinner and stay overnight at Chennai.
Day 02: Chennai to Kanchipuram to Mamallapuram
Have your breakfast and take a sightseeing tour to Chennai. You will enjoy visiting the popular attractions of Chennai, including Mariana Beach, Fort St. George, Valluvar Kottam, Fort Museum, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Snake Park, Santhome Cathedral, and other. After lunch, move on to Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram is a beautiful temple city and an important cultural city of Tamil Nadu. It was the ancient capital of Pallavas. It is famous with the name of the city of 1000 temples. Still, after the long race of time, there are 124 temples in the city. Kanchipuram is known for its beautiful silk sarees too. See the amazing temple of Kanchipuram, popular for the architectural richness. Some of them are too ancient to have belonged to the 7th and 8th century time. There are several interesting paintings on the walls. Take a drive to Mamallapuram, also called as Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town of south India, best known for its rock cut and monolithic temple architecture. It is a major tourist attraction and is developed as a beach resort destination too. Mahabalipuram is also a UNESCO world Heritage Site. You will also see the other attractions of the city that include Arjuna's Penance, the Shore Temple and Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots), the five monolithic pyramidal structures. Reach here and check in the Beach Resort for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Mamallapuram to Chennai to Kodaikanal
Have your breakfast and enjoy the sightseeing tour of Mamallapuram. You can see here the ancient rock cut temple made out of a single rock and the 7th century Pallavas monuments. Later, you will return to the resort and unwind on the beach.
In the evening, you will have a drive to the Chennai Railway Station and board overnight train to Kodaikanal. Stay overnight onboard the train.
Day 04: Kodaikanal
Have an early morning arrival at the Kodai Station. You will move on to Kodaikanal by road. Watch out for the wonderful scenery as you will climb over the hill. Check in the hotel and have your rest of the day at leisure.
Kodaikanal is located on the picturesque Palani Hills at the altitude of about 2,100 meters over the sea level. Kodaikanal is simply splendid and is regarded as one of the most attractive and calm hill stations of southern India. With its surroundings of green slopes, rocks, delightful waterfalls and pretty lakes, Kodaikanal will win your heart instantly.
Enjoy an exhilarating boating experience in the evening on the Kodai Lake. Stay overnight at Kodaikanal.
Day 05: Kodaikanal
Have your breakfast and enjoy the sightseeing tour of Kodaikanal. You will enjoy visiting the renowned Coakers Walk, Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks and Kurinji Andavar Temple. You will take your rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at Kodaikanal.
Day 06: Kodaikanal to Thekkady or Periyar
Have your breakfast at the hotel. You will take a drive to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Reach here and check in the Forest Lodge. In the evening, you will enjoy a memorable trip on the picturesque Periyar Lake to view wildlife. Stay overnight at the Forest Lodge.
Day 07: Thekkady
After breakfast at the Lodge and take rest of the day at leisure. Take a safari on a Jeep or Elephant Safari (on your own) to explore the rich flora and fauna of Periyar. On the Munnar hills, you can see the serene world of lush grasslands. The Periyar Lake is also home for the wildlife species and adds much beauty to the sanctuary. You can see here elephants, Wild Pigs, Gaur, Barking Deer, Sambar, Dole, Indian Wild Dog, Mouse Deer and a Tiger. Optional: You can choose to enjoy launch trip again, at dawn. Stay overnight at the Forest Lodge.
Day 08: Thekkady - Kottayam - Cochin
Have your breakfast and take a drive to reach Kottayam. Reach Kottayam. Here, you will enjoy an unforgettable houseboat cruise in the scenic settings of palm fringed picturesque backwaters while sailing towards Cochin. Reach Cochin in the evening and check in the hotel.
Cochin is an exciting port city of Kerala that is most visited for its harbor culture and natural splendor. Cochin is also famous with the name of Kochi. It is one of the most popular and most visited historical cities of Kerala. Cochin offers spectacular backwaters and beaches. Stay overnight at Cochin.
Day 09: Cochin to Trivandrum to Kovalam
Have your breakfast and enjoy the sightseeing tour of Cochin. You will visit the famous sightseeing attractions, such as Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church, Bolghatty Palace, Jewish Synagogue and the Cochin harbor. The huge Chinese Fishing Nets, particularly at the Vasco Da Gama Square provide the best sight of the harbor.
In the afternoon, you will take a drive to Kovalam, the perfect beach destination of kerala. With its spectacular natural beauty, clean and beautiful surroundings and serenity, Kovalam attracts tourist from India and abroad. Kovalam beach is located near the capital city of Kerala. Reach Kovalam and check in the beach resort. Stay overnight at Kovalam.
Day 10: Kovalam
Have your breakfast at the hotel. Your rest of the day will be at leisure. You will enjoy your rest of the day in relaxing and sunbathing on the picturesque beaches of Kovalam. If you feel your sporty guts overcoming you, try your hand at the adventure sports here at the beach.
Day 11: Kovalam to Trivandrum to departure
Post breakfast, you will depart Kovalam. You will move on to Trivandrum. Board a timely flight to your next destination or back home with charming memories of South India Tour.
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