Chennai–Pondicherry–Trichy–Madurai–Periyar–Alleppey–Cochin–Trivandrum

Trivandrum, India

Tour Package Includes:

Day 01: Arrive Chennai by International flight

On arrival at Delhi International airport you will be greeted and escorted by staff of travel GOLD to the hotel. Our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Over night at Hotel.

  • Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Chennai

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After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Marina Beach –the Second longest in the world, beaches running 12 km in length, Fort St. George – the building of the nucleus of this fort in 1640 a finest examples in India of British military construction and High court High Court buildings, constructed in the year 1892 in the Indo-saracenic style. It has beautiful domes.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Chennai/Pondicherry via Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driven to Pondicherry en route visiting Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram – Built by the Pallavas, the tample has 54 small shrines around it. Mahabalipuram – Visiting Krishna mandapa, Mahaishasuramardhini, Arjuna’s. Penance, Rath, and Shore Temple. Continue your drive to Pondicherry & check-in at hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Pondicherry/Trichy

After breakfast, you will be taken on a tour of Pondicherry visiting Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Light House, Glass House, French Institute. After finishing the tour driven by your private car & driver to Trichy –its famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloths & bangles.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Trichy/Madurai via Tanjore

After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Trichy visit Rock Fort Temple is in the center of the city, which can be seen for miles around, stands on top of a massive outcrop of rock, 83 meters high and 437 steps cut into a tunnel through the rock and also visit Vinayaka temple. After finishing the tour driven by your private car & driver to Madurai via Tanjore & check-in at Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Madurai

After breakfast, half day sightseeing tour of Madurai – it is the one of India most ancient cities with a history dating back to the 6th century situated on the Vaigai river. Two thousand years ago, Madurai was the great capital of the Pandya Kings and a center of Tamil culture.Visiting the Meenakshi Temple and Palace of Nayak Thirumala near the Meenakshi Temple, this Place was built in 1636 by the ruler of the name in the Indo-Saracenic style. Evening visit the closing ceremony of Meenakshi Temple.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Madurai/Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car and driver to Periyar & check-in at hotel. Late afternoon take a cruise on the lake. We will have an opportunity to see wild elephants, Indian Gaur, monkey, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar and birds of myriad varieties.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Periyar/Alleppey Boat Jetty

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driver to Alleppey boat jetty to board a rice houseboat.Over night on the Houseboat.

Day 09: Alleppey/Cochin

After breakfast on the houseboat, disembark the houseboad at jetty and driven by your private car & driver to Cochin - Called the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” because of its fine natural harbour. Rest of the day is free.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Cochin

After breakfast, sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis church Originally, built out of wood in 1503 and thusearning fame as the oldest European church in India. Vasco de Gama was buried there. Dutch Palace and Chinese fishing net. In the evening you will be invited to witness KATHAKALI – the ancient and traditional dance drama of Kerala.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Cochin/Kovalam

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driver to Kovalam & check-in at Hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Kovalam

After breakfast, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Trivandrum capital of the state of Kerala, is a beautiful seaside city built on seven hills. The city gets its name from the word, Thiru Ananthpuram, meaning the city of Anantha or the abode of the sacred serpent Anantha, on which Lord Vishnu, the preservers of the Hindu trinity. Visit the Napier Museum and Sri Chihara Art Gallery.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Kovalam-Cape Comorin-Kovalam

After breakfast, you will be taken on a tour to Cape Comorin, the “Land’s end” of India, where the Indian Ocean, Arabian sea and the Bay of Bengal meet. Return to Kovalam.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14: Kovalam

After breakfast, full day free to relax on the beaches.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Depart/Trivandrum by flight

Today you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport in time to connect your onward flight to your next destination.

Available Atractions

Marina Beach

Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, India, along the Bay of Bengal, part of the Indian Ocean. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi), making it the longest natural urban beach in the country and the world's second longest.The Marina is primarily sandy, unlike the short, rocky formations that make up the Juhu Beach in Mumbai. The average width of the beach is 300 m (980 ft) and the width at the widest stretch is 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the Marina Beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, as the undercurrent is very turbulent. It is the most crowded beach in the country and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays.

Fort St. George, India

Fort St George is the name of the first English (later British) fortress in India, founded in 1644 at the coastal city of Madras, the modern city of Chennai. The construction of the Fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity, in what was originally a no man's land. Thus, it is a feasible contention to say that the city evolved around the fortress.

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling sea-port during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a spiritual community (ashram) established at Pondicherry, in the Indian territory of Puducherry, by Sri Aurobindo on the 24 November 1926 (Siddhi Day). At the time there were few disciples staying with Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo subsequently decided to withdraw from public view for continuing His spiritual work and handed over the responsibility of the Sadhaks (spiritual aspirants) and the Ashram to His spiritual collaborator The Mother, earlier known as Madam Mirra Alfassa.

Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rockfort

Ucchi Pillayar koil,is a 7th century Hindu temple, one dedicated to Lord Ganesh located a top of Rockfort, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India. Mythologically this rock is the place where Lord Ganesh ran from King Vibishana, after establishing the Ranganathaswamy deity in Srirangam..

Vaigai River

The Vaigai is a river in Madurai, Tamil Nadu state of southern India. It originates in the Periyar Plateau of the Western Ghats range, and flows northeast through the Kambam Valley, which lies between the Palni Hills to the north and the Varushanad Hills to the south. The Vattaparai Falls are located on this river. As it rounds the eastern corner of the Varushanad Hills, the river turns southeast, running through the region of Pandya Nadu. Madurai, the largest city in the Pandya Nadu region and its ancient capital, lies on the Vaigai. The river empties into the Palk Strait in Ramanathapuram District.

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the southern bank of river Vaigai in the temple city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Parvati who is known as Meenakshi and her consort, Shiva, named her as Sundareswarar. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 gateway towers called gopurams, ranging from 45-50m in height, the tallest being the southern tower, 51.9 metres (170 ft) high, and two golden sculptured vimana, the shrine over sanctum of the main deities.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar National Park is located at the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border in India. This Tiger Reserve lies 155 km from Madurai and is host to many animals and birds. The Park came to existence because of the love of the Maharaja of Travancore for nature. Amidst the high ranges of Western Ghats and Savannah grasslands, the sanctuary is situated on the bank of Lake Periyar, which is surely a nature's delight. Periyar Lake was constructed by the British in 1895 and now holds great importance for both the wildlife of the park as well its visitors.

Alappuzha

Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, is a city in Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India.It is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District.This town is considered to be the oldest planned town in this region and the lighthouse built on the coast of the town is the first of its kind along the Arabian coast. As per 2001 census Alappuzha is the sixth largest city in Kerala with an urban population of 177,029. Alappuzha is situated 62 kilometres (39 mi) to the south of Kochi and 155 kilometres (96 mi) north of Trivandrum.

Kochi

Kochi formerly Cochin, is a major port city on the west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam of the state of Kerala. Kochi is often called by the name Ernakulam, which refers to the eastern part of the mainland Kochi. The civic body that governs the city is the Corporation of Cochin, which was constituted in the year 1967, and the statutory bodies that oversee its development are the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) and the Goshree Islands Development Authority(GIDA)

St. Francis Church, Kochi

St. Francis CSI Church, in Fort Kochi (aka. Fort Cochin), originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent.The Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were removed to Lisbon.

Mattancherry Palace(Dutch Palace)

The Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, in Mattancherry, Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala features Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi.Mattancherry Palace with its medieval charm is situated at Palace Road, Mattancherry, Kochi. It was built by the Portuguese and presented to Veera Kerala Varma (1537–65), Raja of Kochi, in 1555 AD. The Dutch carried out some extensions and renovations in the palace in 1663, and thereafter it was popularly called Dutch Palace.

Kathakali

Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country's present day state of Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Napier Museum

The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram , the capital city of Kerala, India.he museum is about 6 km from the city. Visiting Hours: Open 1000 - 1645 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26, August 15, Thiruvonam and MahanavamiThe museum was established in 1855.In 1874, the old Museum Building was demolished and foundation for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872.

Cape Comorin

Kanyakumari About this sound pronunciation ,formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanyakumari lies at the southernmost tip of mainland India (the southernmost tip of India as a whole being Indira Gandhi Point in Andaman and Nicobar Islands). The closest major cities are Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, (22 km (14 mi)) and Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala (88 km (55 mi)). The town is a popular tourist destination.

Kovalam

Kovalam first received attention when the Regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore constructed her beach resort, Halcyon Castle, here towards the end of the 1920s. Thereafter the place was brought to the public eye by her nephew the Maharaja of Travancore.[2] The European guests of the then Travancore kingdom discovered the potentiality of Kovalam beach as a tourist destination in the 1930s.

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