Tour Highlights

Tour Duration: 27 Days and 26 Nights
Places Covered:

  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Alappuzha (Alleppey)
  • Thiruvanathapuram (Travandrum)
  • Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari)
  • Tuticorin (Toothukudi)
  • Rameshwaram
  • Madurai
  • Karaikudi
  • Tanjore
  • Pondicherry
  • Thiruvannamalai
  • Chennai (Madras)
  • Tirupati

Tour Itinerary

Assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel (check-in and check-out time 12 noon)

Afternoon – free.

Evening – Witness Kathakali programme at a local theater, Kathakali, the stately dance of Kerala- both make up and dance.

Kathakali make-up is the the slow metamorphosis of mortals into immortal deities and demons. A lengthy affair, the process takes two-three hours to complete. Doing the facial using natural pigments like manayola, actors turn themselves into mythical beings step-by-step. And as the brilliant head-gear is fixed on their heads, they become larger than life

Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at the hotel.

Later, at 0900 hrs. leave for a city tour of Cochin-

St. Francis Church is the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India.

Chinese Fishing Nets are a fascinating sight at the entrance of the Cochin harbor. They were first brought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kubla Khan’s Court

The Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which was built by the Portuguese is well known for its mural paintings representing scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. In the central courtyard of the palace is a temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathy

The Jewish Synagogue (closed on Saturdays) built in 1568 A.D was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years after. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of Copper Plates inscribed in the Hebrew script are preserved in the synagogue.

Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church with beautiful paintings on its ceiling.

The Dutch Cemetery is situated near the entrance to the beach, a short distance away from St Francis Church.

Afternoon – free. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. Around 1100 hrs. proceed to Alleppey to board Houseboat for day cruising and night-stay.

Check in around 1230 hrs. Enjoy lunch on board the boat and then start cruising through canals, watching village life. Evening tea, snacks, dinner provided on board.the boat. The cruising will end for the day around sun-set when fishermen spread their nets.
After breakfast, continue cruising through the canals until it is time to disembark, 0930 hrs. You will proceed to Kovalam, en-route visiting the places of interest at Trivandrum.

You will also visit Kuthiramalikai, Napier Museum etc. before proceeding to Kovalam. Arrive and check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at hotel. These days are free to be spent as you may feel. Ayurvedic Treatments/Massages are available at the Hotel. Please check with Reception for more details.

Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, leave for Cape Comorin (also known as Kanyakumari) – the place of the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, where one can enjoy the unique experience of watching the sunset and moon rise simultaneously on a full Moon evening.

En-route to Cape Comorin, you will visit Padmanabhapuram Palace. The wooden palace contains 17th and 18th century murals.

Sucheedram – located approx. 15kms away from Kanyakumari. No entry between 11.30 am to 4.30pm.

Arrive Cape Comorin and check-in at your hotel. You will visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, using ferry service, to cover about 200 metres from shoreline. Also visit Gandhi Memorial. Thereafter, watch sunset and return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Wake up in time to proceed to watch Sun-rise. Return to hotel for breakfast.

At your convenience, proceed to Tuticorin (also known as Thoothukudi), a port city of India. The major harbour of Tuticorin is well known as pearl diving and fishing centre. Industries here include Cotton milling, salt-working, and processing of coffee, tea, rice and fish.Arrive and check-in at your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. (You may visit Thiruchendur, approx. 45kms from Tuticorin, very popular for the seashore temple of Lord Subbranch. The temple tower and the sculptures of the temple are worth seeing.)

At your convenience, leave for Rameswaram – The holy island of Rameswaram is known for one of India’s most venerated and most visited Shiva shrines, dedicated to Sri Ramanathaswamy.

It is so intimately associated with the life of Sri Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, that both Saivites and Vaishnavites consider every grain of Rameswaram’s sand very sacred.There is a traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi (Benaras) will be complete only after a visit to Rameswararn, also hailed as “Benaras of the South”.

Pilgrims aspire for a holy dip in the sea at Dhanushkodi, revered as Sethu Theertha, where the Mahodathi (Bay of Bengal) meets Ratnakara (Indian Ocean). The sanctity and antiquity of Rameswaram is summed up in the old saying Aa Sethu Himachalam. The temple is open from 0900 hrs to 1300 hrs. and again from 1500 hrs to 2100 hrs. daily. Arrive and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, at your convenience, leave for Madurai 05 hours drive. Arrive and check-in at your hotel.

Afternoon visit Meenakshi Temple, the main attraction, the 1000 pillared Mandapam of the temple has 985 beautifully sculptured pillars. Also visit the art museum housed here. Other attractions include Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, Gandhi Museum etc. You will return to Meenakshi Temple in the evening, after dinner, to witness Bed Chamber Ceremony.

Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, leave for Karaikudi in Chettinad Village of Shivaganga District. Karaikudi and 74 other villages comprise Chettinad, the homeland of Nattukottai Chettiars.

The Chettiars of Chettinad went to the East, some as plantation workers while others as bankers. Gradually this community became wealthy. Having left families behind in their native land, it was customary for the Chettiars to make periodic visits home to preserve family ties, and to build palatial homes. All the mansions here have lovely teak, marble or granite pillars supporting a spacious veranda, and the inner courtyards, the domain of the sheltered women.

The Burma teak for these lathe turned pillars came from the forest of Myanmar and Malaysia. Having no cargo containers then, the shipping itself a bit rare, these huge logs were transported in a noval and typically thrifty manner.

Arrive and check-in for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Your visit will take through fabulous mansions, and its many temples. Browse through the towns numerous antique shops, etc. Also visit Village Market or artisans workshops where silversmiths and goldsmiths fashion Utensils and precious jewelry, and craftsmen create handicrafts of metal and Wood.Return to the hotel for Meals.

Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel, and later leave for Tanjore. On arrival, proceed to Sri Brahadeeswara Temple. This massive temple was built by the great Chola king Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD. The tower over the inner sanctum sanctorum rises perpendicularly to a height of 15 metres from a square base of 28.8 metres and then tapers off making a total height of 64.80 Metres. The tower is capped by an 81.3 tons round monolithic cupola. The temple and the palace are open everyday. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside The sanctum sanctorum.Near the temple is a Palace, vast building of masonry built partly by Nayaks and partly by Marathas. The Art Gallery and Saraswathy Mahal Library are a must to visit.

Thereafter, proceed to Swamimalai – 35 kms from Tanjore.

Check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
Spend your day free here to explore the surroundings of the very house you stay, built in around late 1800s. In the afternoon –you may visit Darasuram, just about 5 kms from the hotel.The temple dedicated to Lord Siva was built by Rajendra Chola. Darasuram also boasts of a Silk weaving centre.

Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, take an excursion to Gangaikonda Cholapuram, (approx. 40 kms away) famous for its Chola temple, a replica of the Big Temple of Tanjore.

Overnight at hotel
After breakfast, leave for Pondicherry, enroute visiting : Kumbakonam : Called a Temple city, located approx. 04 kms away from your hotel, has four famous temples dedicated to Sarangapani, Kumbeswarar, Nageswara and Brahma. Thereafter, proceed to Chidambaram : approx. 77 kms away from Kumbakonam, the temple complex here covers an area of 40 acres. The temple’s Gopurams carved with 108 classical postures of Nataraja (Siva) and the 1000 pillared Hall is worth seeing. After an elaborate visit here, proceed to Pondicherry, a further travel of 76 kms approx. On arrival, proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. At your convenience, you may visit Sree Aurobindo Ashram. Sree Aurobnindo, The Saint philosopher came to Pondicherry in 1910 and spent his lifetime here.
Breakfast at the hotel You may visit Auroville – aprox. 10 kms from the city, the place has been Converted tinto a lush green cover from a highly eroded area, by 25 years of sheer hard work. It is the brain child of the “Mother”. It was designed by French architect Roger Anger. According to the concept of the Mother, Auroville is to be a Universal Town where men and women of all creeds and nationalities are equal. The purpose is to realize the merits of human unity. Return to hotel as and when you may feel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, leave for Tiruvannamalai. The Arunachaleswar Shiva temple in Tiruvanamalai (Tiruvanamalai is the Tamil word for the Sanskrit Arunachala), situated at the foot of the Arunachala hill, is one of the largest (25 acres) and oldest temples in all of south India. The era of its founding is unknown; the complex grew over several millenia; and the large towers, called gopurams, were erected between the 10th and 16th centuries. The tallest gopuram is over 60 meters tall and has 13 stories. Arunachala hill is considered a miraculous healing place, especially for ailments of the lungs and barrenness in women. The hill of Arunachala is also a symbol of spiritual knowledge and several great sages have lived here, including Arunagirinathar, the author of the Tiruppugal, and Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879-1950).Arrive and stay at Hotel.
Spend this day to have a leisurely visit of the interesting and desired spots. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, leave for Mahabalipuram. Arrive and check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Resort
Breakfast at the Resort. Day at leisure. Overnight at the Resort
Breakfast at the Resort. Morning – free. Afternoon, leave for Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary (approx. 55 kms). This is one of the major water bird sanctuaries in India. Best time is between 3 and 6 pm.Return to your Resort for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the Resort – Morning free. Afternoon, leave for Chennai – approx. 55 kms. Arrive continue sightseeing of Chennai, visiting Govt. Museum, known for the finest bronze collections in the world. Checkin at your hotel.

Overnight at hotel
Early morning, leave for Thirupati. Arrive and spend some time taking rest at a hotel at the base. Later, proceed to the Temple. Spend as much time needed, and return to the base for overnight Stay.
After breakfast, Leave for Chennai. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at hotel
Transfer to airport to connect your flight back home.

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