BEAUTIFUL TRIP OF SOUTH INDIA
Let yourself entangle by nature in Gods own country and among tropical landscapes of Kerala. From the pristine white sands of Kovalam beach to the southernmost tip of the Indian landmass, an action packed fortnight that has it all!!
Day 1: Chennai
Our representative will receive you on arrival at the airport in Chennai and will take you to your hotel.
Chennai known as Madras is the cradle of Dravidian civilization, one of the oldest cultures in the world. The metropolis has few tall buildings but we would recommend enjoying and relaxing in the provincial market instead of the bustle of a big city atmosphere.
Activities: We will visit Santhome Cathedral, constructed by the Portuguese during 14 & 15th century in the name of Saint Thomas; St. George Fort, one the first constructions of the East India Company en India; Rippon Building, with more than hundred years of life this building was named after the Governor Rippon who was the father of autonomy in India.
Day 2-3: Chennai – Mahabalipuram by road
En route we will visit Kanchipuram, also known as “the golden city” or “city of a thousand temples”. It is one of the seven holy cities of India. Most important temples of Kanchipuram are the Kailasanatha, the Sri Kanakshi and Varadarajaswam.
Mahabalipuram: One can call it a city of Stones and Carvings! With lots of temples here and around, Mahabalipuram provides excellent sightseeing!
Shore temples, Five Rathas, and the Sculpture Museum add to the beauty of this fascinating city!
Activities: We will visit the shining Shore temples dedicated to Lord Shiva; the temple of Anantasayana or ‘reclining Vishnu’; Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Pandava Rathas, the Varaha Cave, Krishna’s Butterball and the famous Dakshinachitra Museum. In the evening relax on the beach.
Day 4-5: Mahabalipuram – Chennai by road
Chennai – Madurai by train
Madurai – The Athens of the East- attracts large number of tourists from worldwide. It is synonymous with the highly acclaimed Meenakshi Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other center of attraction includes Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Thirupparankundaram Temple and Gandhi Museum.
Activities: We will visit the thousand pillared Madurai Meenakshi Temple; the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple; Koodal Alagar Temple; Thirumalai Nayak Palace; and Gandhi Museum.
In the evening we can enjoy a Light and Sound Show in temple complex.
Day 6: Madurai – Thekkady by road
Jhansi – Orchha – Khajuraho by road
Thekkady is a true paradise for nature lovers. The Periyar National Park is located at the top of the ranges of Western Ghats in the southern state of Kerala. It is a wildlife sanctuary famous for its dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands leaf. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, gaur etc… It also has a lake in the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers.
Activities: We will enjoy a boat ride in the scenic Periyar Lake amid lush, calm environs of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. A Naturalist accompanying us on the boat will explain all about Periyar’s wildlife. Glimpse elephants frolic; see gaurs and bison’s along the lake shore bathing, drinking, resting; sight River Otters – the only lake mammal here. In the evening we will visit the tea and spice plantations.
Day 7: Thekkady – Cochin by road
Cochin officially known as Kochi is a major city in the state of Kerala. It has one of the major seaports of the country and is located in the district of Ernakulum, about 220 kilometers north of the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram. The combination of several villages on the coast of southwest created the current incarnation of Kochi (Cochin or), where walking at sunset, try fresh fish from offshore vendors and boat ride around the islands off the coast are part of the most popular activities among visitors. The art centers present traditional dance, Kathakali.
Activities: We will start our excursion with a visit to the Old Fort Area, one of the most ancient Jewish communities of the world constructed in 1568. Later we will visit the Dutch Palace & Cemetery; St. Francis Church with the grave of Vasco da Gama; will stroll through the spice and antique markets and see the Chinese fishing nets. In evening we will enjoy traditional Kathakali dance performances or even a kaleidoscope of martial arts and traditional dance forms of Kerala.
Day 8: Cochin – Alleppey by road
Alleppey washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, which is nicknamed “the Venice of the East”, welcomes you. The city dedicated to nature has canals, backwaters and picturesque lagoons. The “snake boat races” are the most significant traditional event in Alleppey. This city is also considered as the oldest planned city in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the city adds to the beauty of this place.
Activities: Cruise Kerala’s backwaters in a traditional houseboat which will give you a distinctly unique experience! These quaint slow moving exotic barges have all the creature comforts of a hotel – furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, living rooms, kitchen and a balcony for viewing/angling – shaded and with uninterrupted amazing views of an untouched, rather inaccessible rural Kerala. Your food will be prepared and served on the boat itself. The next morning we will disembark in Kumarakom.
Day 9-11: Kumarakom – Kovalam by road
Kovalam is basically a beach based city which is often referred to as the Paradise of South! There are endless stretches of Coconut Trees which keeps you hooked to the beauty of this place. There are endless numbers of beach resorts that allow you to take some sleep in nature’s lap! You can even try your hand at fishing with the help of the local fishermen of that area.
The beach complex also includes a number of Ayurveda health resorts, shopping areas and centers of yoga and Ayurvedic massage.
Activities: Relax at the beaches and visit local temples and shopping areas in the city.
We will do an excursion to Kanyakumari; the southernmost tip of India- formerly called Cape Comorin. It’s basically an n extension of the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats Range of India. Kanyakumari is notable basically for pilgrimage. Also the multi-colored beach sands will make your heart go fly!
Day 12-13: Kovalam – Mumbai by flight
Soothing weather, sea beaches and a fabulous metropolitan city with magnificent nightlife- Mumbai! -The hotspot for tourists- is all about falling in love with this city. The more time you will spend here, the more will get connected with it!
From Juhu Beach to Marine Drive…from Gateway of India to the Prince of Wales museum Mumbai is surely a visitor’s delight.
For the religious people – there is the Great Siddhivinayak Temple, Hajrat Ali Shrine & Mahalakshmi Temple, and the famous Elefanta Caves – which attract pilgrims from all over India!
Activities: While exploring the city we will see the Gateway of India, Victoria Terminus Railway Station, Mumbai High Court, scenic Marine Drive, Flora Fountain, and Prince of Wales Museum. Visit Hanging Gardens, Kamala Nehru Park, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, Crawford Market, Hanuman Circle; Partially glimpse the Parsi Tower of Silence from afar while driving past. Explore vibrant Markets and Bazaars. Enjoy the evening on the famous Chowpatty beach.
Day 14: Mumbai – Departure
Today we will visit the Elefanta Caves, complex ancient rock-cut temples of 600 AD.
Return back to the Mumbai City. Rest of the day is at leisure. And, as per your international flight schedule you will be transferred to airport for flight back home.