Duration of Programme: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places to Visit: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Kumbakonam - Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari - Alleppey - Munnar - Madurai - Palani - Muttupalayam - Ooty - Coimbatore - Chennai.

India Gate-DelhiDay 01: Arrive Chennai - Mahabalipuram (67 kms) - Pondicherry (100kms) - Chidambaram (70 kms)
Morning arrive at Chennai International airport.

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, this 369-year-old city is the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu and is India's sixth-largest city in terms of population with an estimated population of 7.45 million (2005). It serves as one of the main gateways to South India and has a thriving local culture and art scene and is one of the major destinations for medical tourism. It is considered as one of the world's fastest growing cities although ranks 13th in terms of cleanliness. It is on the Coromandel coast of the Bay of Bengal and has the second longest beachfront of any municipality in the world.

On arrival, meeting, assistance at airport by our local representative. Where our executive will explain the travel plan in detail and hand over the essential documents (Tour programme, Hotel’s vouchers, Feedback report etc.) to you.

Later continue your drive to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram - The religious centre of Mamallapuram (formerly Mahabalipuram) was founded by a 7th-century-CE Pallava king, Narasimhavarman, also called Mamalla ("great wrestler"), for whom the town was named.

imgOn arrival visit The Sthalasayana Perumal Temple also known as Thirukadalmallai temple - The Temple resides as the first and foremost of Mahabalipuram sculptures. It is one of the 108 Divya desam. The temple stands on the shore and it was built along with the other sculptures. It is a small temple with two major Shrines for Lord Sthalasayana Perumal and Nilamangai Thayaar. This is the avatrasthalam (Birthplace) of Bhoothathazhwar, the 2nd Azhwar. There is also a separate shrine for Lord Narasimha. Also visit shore temple, Five Rathas (Panch Rathas) & Pallava Cave - The standing testimonial to the rock cut art, Arjuna’s Penance, Krishna Mandapam and beach.

imgLater drive to visit Pondicherry. Pondicherry is the erstwhile French colony now a union territory India. On arrival visit Auroville - A real example of community living and gradually flourishing, Auroville is conceived as a ‘Universal Town’. This is a place were people with different nationalities; beliefs and culture live in harmony. This amazing city of community living was started in 1968 by the Maa, renowned disciple of Shri Aurobindo, also visit Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum and sculpture gallery with an outstanding collection of artifacts.

Later continue drive to Chidambaram. Chidambaram is among the most venerated towns in the Southern India. The sacred city has some of the finest of the architectural marvels that its famous temples reflect. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 02: Chidambaram - Kumbakonam (70kms) - Tanjore (40kms) - Rameshwaram (237 kms)
After an early breakfast at hotel visit Thillai Natarajah Temple, Chidambaram (Chidambaram Thillai Natarajar-Koothan Kovil or Chidambaram temple) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town.

Later drive to visit Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam - The city is famous for the Mahamaham festival that is celebrated once in 12 years in the Mahamaham tank located in the heart of it. The town has also been well - known for its prestigious educational institutions which have turned out eminent stalwarts in diverse spheres. The town is famous for brass vessels. It is primarily a market town for the predominantly agriculture based villages surrounding it. Betel leaves are cultivated more in Kumbakonam since it is also called as Kumbakonam Vettrilai.

On arrival visit Airavateswara temple - Airavatesvara Temple is a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture located in the town of Darasuram, near Kumbakonam. This temple, built by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Brihadeeswara Temple at Thanjavur, the Gangaikondacholisvaram Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram that are referred to as the Great Living Chola Temples.

Later drive to visit Brihadeeswara Temple - The Peruvudaiyar Kovil, also known as Brihadeeswara Temple, Raja Rajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram, at Thanjavur is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and an art of the work achieved by Cholas in Tamil architecture. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Great Living Chola Temples"

Continue drive towards Rameshwaram. On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Rameshwaram - Excursion tour to Danushkodi
Rameswaram is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar, is a major pilgrim centre. It is connected to the mainland by road and railway bridges. Rameswaram is a holy place because Sri Rama, on his return from Sri Lanka, offered his thanks to Lord Shiva and performed pooja to wash away his sin in killing the Demon King, Ravana.

Rameswaram is known for its 22 theerthas or wells in and around the main temple. This place is equally sacred to both Vaishnavites and Shaivites. According to Hindu Mythology, if one visits Rameswaram and prays to Lord Shiva one will be relieved of one’s sins. It is 197 metres long.

After an early breakfast at hotel enjoy full day city tour including Maratha Palace, Gandamadana Parvatham, Agni Theertham, Rama Sethu Point, Sri Danushkodi Ram Setu Kshethram, Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Ramanathaswamy Temple - The Ramanathaswamy temple is renowned for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor of Ramanathaswamy temple is the longest one in the world.Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari (307kms)
After an early breakfast at hotel drive to Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari - is the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India. On arrival visit Gandhi Memorial, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue - built on a huge rock off the shore off Kanyakumari, Have darshan at Suchindram Temple.

Later check in at hotel. In the evening see sunset at the shore of the sea. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 05: Kanyakumari - Trivandrum (60kms) - Alleppey (152kms)
After an early breakfast at hotel drive to visit Suchindram Temple - It is an important pilgrim centre and the site of the famous Thanumalayan Temple. Suchindram is located at It has an average elevation of 19 metres (62 feet). Suchindrum is a temple town situated 11 km from Kanyakumari city. The town of Suchindrum is renowned for the Thanumalayan Temple and was an important citadel of Travancore.

Later drive to Alleppey. On arrival board on houseboat to enjoy cruise in backwaters. This cruise is very exciting and sensational to watch the real traditional Kerlan life who lives on the banks of backwaters. Enjoy lunch, Dinner at Houseboat. Overnight at House boat.

w3infotekDay 06: Alleppey - Munnar (170kms)
Morning after breakfast disembarks from house boat and drive to Munnar.

Munnar is a beautiful hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourist come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The "Kannan Devan" brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here. The strobilanthus ("neelakurinji" in Malayalam, the local language), a blue flower which blooms only every 12 years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2,695 m. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 07 :Munnar - Madurai (150 Kms)
After an early breakfast at hotel visit Mattupetty Lake & Dam. Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.

Later drive to Madurai. Madurai is a temple town of southern India. People from several different religions and cultures are residing in the place and all different kinds of festivals are celebrated here in unison.  It is situated on the bank of river Vaigai and has been the kingdom of Pandya kings in the past century. The city is constructed in the form of a lotus and is known as lotus city too. On arrival visit Thirumalai Nayak  Palace, a magnificent palace that was built by King Thirumalai Nayak with valuable assistance of an Italian architect in the year 1636. Rest of the day free for leisure activites. Later in the evening visit Sree Meenakshi Temple, one of the most prominent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva who was known here as Sundareshvara and his wife Parvati or Meenakshi. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 08: Madurai - Palani (119 kms) - Mettupalayan (140 kms)
After an early breakfast at hotel drive to visit Jallikattu  or, the Old Tamil phrasees eruthazhuvuthal or manju virau , is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. Annually, jallikattu is held from January to July, played first in Palamedu, near Madurai on January 15 followed by the world-famous "Alanganallur-jallikattu" in Alanganallur, near Madurai.

Later drives to visit Palani - Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Thirukkovil Temple, continue drive to Mettupalayan on the way you can enjoy Coimbatore city tour (If time permits). On arrival, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activites. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 09: Mettupalayan - Ooty (Toy Train: Departure at 0710 hrs / Arrive at 1200 hrs)

After an early breakfast at hotel transfer to railway station to enjoy Toy train ride to Ooty. Ooty is famous as the 'All-seasons-hill resort' and the 'Queen of hill stations.' Nestled amidst the hills the hill station famous for tea estates. On arrival, our same driver will pick you up from the railway station and enjoy city tour including Botanical garden & Rose garden. Overnight at hotel.

w3infotekDay 10: Ooty - Coimbatore (85kms) - Chennai (Train)  
After an early breakfast at hotel visit famous Lake, Dodabetta Peak - This is the highest point in the district the peak is the best view point offers picturesque view of the surrounding valley. Pykara Falls, Dolphin nose, Sim’s Park.

Later in the afternoon drive to Coimbatore (if time permits you can visit Dhyanalinga temple). On arrival transfer to railway station where our driver will assist you to board inside the train to Chennai. Overnight in train.

w3infotekDay 12: Chennai - FREE DAY

Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Chennai - FREE DAY / Departure

Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure activities. In time transfer to airport to board your homebound flight with the happy memory of our services.
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