Cultural Highlights Of South India

Chennai, South India

A tour including the prominent cultural destinations of Tamilnadu…

Package Includes :

Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days

DAY 1 : Chennai

On arrival, transfer to hotel. Relax till next morning.

DAY 2 : Chennai

Take a brief rest at your hotel and later in the day, you will be taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Chennaiwhich includes your visit to Fort St. George, KapaleeswaraTemple, ParthasarthyTemple, High Court Complex and other places of tourist attraction.

DAY 3 : Trichy

Morning transfer to Chennai railway station to board the train to Trichy.On arrival, you will be assisted & transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight.

DAY 4 : Trichy

Enjoy a guided tour to Trichy. Stay overnight at Trichy.

DAY 5 : Tanjore

Drive to Tanjore and check in at hotel. During the day, visit Tanjore. Stay overnight.

DAY 6 : Madurai

At appropriate time in the evening (1600 hours),you will be picked up from the ashram anddrive towards the temple town of India, Madurai. Late evening attend the very special “night ceremony” at ShreeMeenakshiTemple. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 PM, when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and enchanting temple music. Stay overnight at your hotel.

DAY 7 : Madurai

Day is free to visit the Meenakshi temple – a superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the focal point around which the city has developed. Remaining day is for leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel.

Also visit the TirumalNayakPalace constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1639 AD. The curved dome, standing without the support of a girder or rafter, is an architectural feat Pass by the MariammanTeppakulam – the tank with a mandapam in the center. Visit Tirumangalam, 19 kms from Madurai.

Late evening attend the very special “night ceremony” at ShreeMeenakshiTemple. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 PM, when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and enchanting temple music. Stay overnight at your hotel.

DAY 8 : Kovalam (VIA Kanyakumari)

Morning after breakfast drive towards Kovalam. En route visit Kanyakumari. The visit includes VivekanandaMemorialRockTemple, Gandhi Memorial and Kanniyakumari DeviTemple. Continue your drive to Kovalam & check in at the beach resort. Remaining time is free to relax on the beach. Stay overnight at your beach resort.

DAY 9 : Kovalam

On this day you will be taken for the sight seeing tour of Trivandrum which includes your visit to Padmanabhaswamy temple, Palace museum and other places of tourist attractions. Evening is to relax on the beaches. Stay overnight at Kovalam.

DAY 10 : Houseboat

Drive towards Alleppey. On arrival embark in your luxury air-conditioned House Boat (backwater Cruise) with a fully furnished bedroom, attached bathroom, living room and sun deck. You will have your exclusive chef who will prepare tasty meals and seafood for you. For the whole day you will be moving over the backwater canals witnessing every aspect of backwater lifestyle in a leisurely manner. You have the discretion to ask your boat to be moored at any point you find appealing. In houseboat – Traditional Kerala food will be served. Overnight stay in your luxury air-conditioned houseboat.

DAY 11 : Kochi

Check out fromthe houseboat after having your breakfast and drive to Kochi. Day is proposed at leisure in Kochi. Evening is ideal to take a stroll near Chinese fishing Nets. An ideal spot for sunset photography! Enjoy the special Christmas Eve at your hotel. Stay overnight at Kochi.

DAY 12 : Kochi

During the day take a guided sightseeing tour of Jew town; visit the synagogue and take a walk in the market.

You may also visit the DutchPalace, St. Thomas’s church and Santa Cruz Basilica. In the evening watch a spectacular performance of traditional Kathakali dance.

DAY 13 : Kochi

During the day, you will be taken for a visit to ‘Kalamandalam’ – the world famous art and dance academy where training in various traditional forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattametc are imparted. Return back to Kochi for overnight stay.

DAY 14 : Kochi

At appropriate time, you will be picked up and transferred to Kochi international airport to board your flight back home. The Tour Ends.