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South India Beaches Tour

Tour Duration :

16 Nights / 17 Days



Destinations Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kochi
Overview


The South India's waterfront fields are upheld by the mountains rimming the wedge of the Deccan level. On these fields lie the best shorelines in South India. On the rimming mountains, the western and eastern ghats are the tea, espresso and zest lands. Past these mountains, in the wedge formed level, are extraordinary old urban communities upheld by rich homestead lands and a culture that has its underlying foundations in the relatively recorded Kumari Continent from where, they guarantee, human advancement spread over the world. The south is thoughtful, agile, Old India.

South India Beach Tour Itinerary :
Day 1 – : Arrive Chennai : Arrive Madras (Chennai)

Arrive Chennai by international flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 : At Chennai

Morning free to relax from long flight. Breakfast at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Madras city. Chenna - the capital of Tamil Nadu, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. During your sightseeing tour you will vist Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing, Fort St. George - built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises, Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 : Arrive Chennai – depart for Mahabalipuram

Meeting on arrival at Chennai airport and proceed to reach Mahabalipurm via visiting Kanchipuram (time permiting otherwise Kanchipuram will be visited tomorrow). Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India. It is most famous for its exquisitely woven handloom silk saris. It has some very famous temples like the Kamakshi Temple and the Ekambareshwar Temple. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples. Most of the temples and rock carvings were completed around 630 - 660 AD and are notable for their folk- art origins. Evening relax by the beach. Overnight at self booked Hotel.

Day 4 : Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry

Morning after an early breakfast at the hotel and drive to Pondicherry, which was formerly a French colony. Today it is famous for the Aurobindo Ashram, which was chosen by the late Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary turned saint and Auroville, the inspiration of The Mother, a French woman who was the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo and conceived the idea of an international city of Dawn. Auroville was established to experiment and develop a new order of integrated living.

Day 5 : At Pondicherry

Full day free for self exploration of Beaches of Pondicherry. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjavur.

Chidambaram is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja, who is believed to have performed his cosmic dance here. Arrive at Thanjavur and check into hotel. Thanjavur is the cultural capital of this region. It is the home of Carnatic music and dance. It is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple, constructed more than a thousand years ago. Saraswati Mahal Library, The Art Gallery, and Sangeetha Mahal are also of interest. The land surrounding Thanjavur is known as the granary of Tamil Nadu, blessed as it is by the waters of Kaveri River.

Day 7 : Thanjavur - Madurai.

Morning Bathe in the sea at Agnitheeram, which is considered sacred and a pure place to bathe. Afternoon drive to for Madurai.

Day 8 : Madurai

The 2600 years old Madurai is often referred to as the 'Athens of the East'. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu both historically and mythologically. A reference is made to Madurai in the Indian epic Ramayana, and great chroniclers Magasthenes (302 BC) and Ptolemy ( 140 AD) have made references to it in their travelogues. Marco Polo, the famous explorer visited this city in 1293 AD. Enjoy a full day tour of city and temples. In the Evening see sound and light show and late night temple rituals.

Day 9 : Madurai – Kanyakumari - Drive

Morning after breakfast at the Hotel drive to Kanyakumari and check into the hotel on arrival. Later tour of Kanyakumari by visiting Kanyakumari Mandir, Tri-Samudra Milan and Gandhi Mandapam. Take a ferry ride to Swami Vivekanand Rock Memorial to see the meditation hall and Memorial.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 10 : Kanyakumari to Kovalam - Drive

Morning breakfast and leave for Kovalam Beach. Check into the Beach Resort on arrival. Rest of the day free to relax.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 11 : At Kovalam

Breakfast at the beach resort. Full day free to relax or explore the Kovalam Beach, take sea bath or opt for an Ayurveda Massage offered by your Resort.

Day 12 : At Kovalam

Full day free for independent beach activities.

Day 13 : Kovalam to Varkala

Morning drive to Varkala and check into the Varkala beach resort. Rest of the day free to enjoy the Varkala beach.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 14 : Varkala to Kumarakom

Morning after relaxed breakfast drive to Kumarakom backwater Village and check into the Backwaters Resort. Rest of the time free to see the backwater activities or visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary.

Day 15 : Kumarakom to Alleppey

Morning after relaxed breakfast at the resort check into the Backwaters Houseboat and sail throught the backwaters towards Alleppey on the way seeing a lot of local life around the Canal. Meals and overnight on the houseboat.

Day 16 : Alleppey to Cochin

Morning post breakfast disembark from houseboat and drive to Cochin. Afternoon Cochin City Tour visiting St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Palace and Chinese Fishing Nets in Fort Kochi.

Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Show.

Day 17 : Depart Cochin

Transfer to Kochi International airport to board your flight.

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