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Temples & Backwater Tour

Tour Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Itinerary: Chennai - Mahabalipuram(2N) - Pondicherry(1N) - Thanjavur(1N) - Trichy(1N)- Madurai(2N) - Periyar National Park(2N) - Alleppey(2N) - Varkala(2N) - Thiruvananthapuram(1N)
Best Season: October to April
Tour Theme: Cover popular South Indian Heritage Temples destinations with Kerala Backwater & Beaches with wildlife.
Highlights: Tour to magnificent South Indian temples, heritage cities, culture, beaches, backwater, house-boat and wildlife.

DAY 01: CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM (60kms/01:30hrs)
South India Tour On arrival at Chennai airport, our representative will assist you and provide all travel related documents. Later we will drive to beach town Mahabalipuram. It is a popular tourist attraction, close to Chennai city. Beaches and rock-cut temples are the popular tourist attractions at Mahabalipuram. Here we can see artistic rock-carved structures in the form of temples, animals, gods etc. Each structure is en-carved on single rock which makes it unique and special.
Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
In this day we do excursion tour to holy town Kanchipuram or Kanchi. It is one among top 7 holy Hindu cities. Other 6 destinations are Varanasi, Ujjain, Dwarka, Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar. Hindu temples of Kanchipuram represents this town. Here majority of temples are dedicated to Hindu god Shiva & Vishnu. Some popular Hindu temples at Kanchipuram are: Kailasanathar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambaranatha Temple etc. In addition to temples hand woven silk sarees are popular by the name of "Kanchipuram Sarees" throughout the India. These sarees are gifted and wear on special occasions. Town history is far older than Christian era.
Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
On this day we will drive Pondicherry town located on Bay of Bengal. It is also known as Puducherry. It is popular for its township developed in French style and beaches. Earlier, contrary to British India it was under control French administration due to which it was developed in French style. While sightseeing we will find impact of French style in buildings. It remained a important trade center and port since 1st century when goods imported from Roman manufacturers. Now a days it is known as education center with the presence of important universities. Tourist attractions here are city architecture, buildings and beaches.
Overnight at hotel in Pondicherry.
DAY-04: PONDICHERRY - THANJAVUR (190kms/04:00hrs)
On this day we will drive to Thanjavur, known for UNESCO World Heritage Chola temples. It is a important center of South Indian art and culture. Brihadeeswarar Temple, built in 11th century by Chola king Raja Raja-1 is a important tourist attraction about whom famous historian Percy Brown described as "Landmark in evolution of building art in South India". During those days Tanjore was capital of Chola empire. Just like temples, "Tanjore Painting" also have its unique identity and popularity. In addition to temples, Thanjavur Fort and palace are also other places to see. City in located on Cauvery delta which provides fertile soil that makes this place most suitable for rice production.
Overnight at hotel in Thanjavur.
DAY-05: THANJAVUR - TRICHY (60kms/01:30hrs)
Our journey to explore South Indian Temples will continue. In this phase of tour package, we will drive further to Trichy. It is another historic town known for South Indian temples and architecture. "Trichy" is also named as "Tiruchchirappalli". Inhabitation marks near Trichy hints that people lives here since 2nd B.C. Almost all popular ruling dynasties like Cholas, Pandayas, Pallavs, Vijaynagar Empire, British, have their rules here. War of Carnatic between British & French forces took place here for supremacy on the region. As meaning of its name is "holy-rock-town", here you will find tall and beautifull Hindu temples, courtyartds, rock-temples, Cauvery river bank. Trichy tourist attractions includes Ranganathaswamy temple or Srirangam temple, Rockfort, Jambukeshwarar temple etc.
Overnight at hotel in Trichy.
DAY-06: TRICHY - MADURAI (150kms/03:30hrs)
After having breakfast, we will drive to Madurai which is in South-West of Trichy. It is known for Hindu temples with large courtyards. It is third largest city of Tamil Nadu state, located on bank of river Vaigai. It is important place to see South Indian Temples and celebration of festivals like Jalikattu (game with ox) and Pongal. Popular Madurai tourist attractions are Meenakshi Amman Temple and Tirumalai Palace (built in 1636 AD). Temples and culture are the main attractions here.
Overnight at hotel in Madurai.
DAY-07: TRICHY- THANJAVUR (TANJORE) (60kms/01:30hrs)
On this day, we will remain in Madurai and do the sightseeing.
Overnight at hotel in Madurai.
After breakfast, we will drive to Periyar national park which is a wildlife destination in south-west of Madurai. It is a noted Tiger Reserve and Elephant Reserve. With Periyar National Park, we have entered into Kerala state which is also called "God's own country". Periyar National Park is also sometimes referred as "Thekkady" which is a popular name in South Indian tourist destinations. Forest is spread on Cardamom Hills which is part of UNESCO Site: Western Ghats of India. Here we will do the jungle safari through boatride in Periyar lake. This lake is backwater of Mullaperiyar Dam made on Periyar river. About 63 mammal species are available at Periyar National Park like Elephant, Tigers, Leopard, Dholes (Indian Wild Dogs), Sambar, Gaur, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Foxes etc. Nilgiri Thar is the special attraction of this park. Similarly 320 bird species and 45 reptile species are available at this park.
Overnight at hotel in Thekkady.
In this day also our wild expeditions will continue at this wildlife sanctuary. Periyar forests are ever-green and semi-evergreen type. It you wish to relax, you can stay back in resort and enjoy the solitude in peace with natural surrounding.
Overnight at hotel in Thekkady.
After wildlife, we will proceed for Alleppey or Alappuzha which is a popular backwater & beach destination, visited by honeymoon couples. It offers a type of isolation in houseboat at backwater which connected to Kumaradom and Cochin. Famous Kerala Boat race held close to Alleppey at Punnamada lake which is very popular event among tourists. Similarly beach fun can also be enjoyed here. It is located on Arabian sea coast in Kerala state. Other tourist attraction includes Krishnapuram Palace, Sri Krishna Temple, Edathua Church. Coir industry at this place is popular throughout India. Presence of lakes, water lagoons and wetlands in this region, attracts thousands of migrant birds like Ducks, Common Teal,Brown-crowned Pigmy Woodpecker, Cormorants, Barbets, Bee-eaters, Barred Jungle Owlets, Common Sandpipers etc. One more amazing place here is "Kuttanad" which is below sea level and known for good production of paddy crops.
Overnight at hotel in Alleppey.
In this also we will stay in Alleppey and continue to enjoy sightseeing of this amazing destination.
Overnight at hotel in Alleppey.
DAY-12: ALLEPPEY - VARKALA (100kms/02:00hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive to our next beach destination called "Varkala". Here you can found cliffs adjacent to beaches. It is also a popular beach tourism destination. Here cliffs are of sedimentary rocks and are unique geographical feature as in Kerala their are no other beach area with cliff. Varkala is located adjacent to Arabian sea and also a holy place for Hindus. Here popular attraction is 2000 years old Janardan Swami Temple considered as Kashi/Benaras/Varanasi of South India. Other tourist attractions are Sivagiri Muth, hill-top mausoleum of Sri Narayan Guru, Anjengo Fort, Kappil Lake, Varkala Tunnel etc. Here you can also found Ayurveda treatment center.
Overnight at hotel in Varkala.
In this day also we will stay in Varkala and enjoy the tourism of this place.
Overnight at hotel in Varkala.
On this morning we will drive to our last destination of tour package called Thiruvananthapuram which is also named as Trivandrum. It is state capital of Kerala due to which all government machinery and major state offices, technoparks, Software Development Companies are located here. It is a big city on Arabian sea shore on 7 hills at southern bank of Western Ghats. Thiruvananthapuram tourist attractions includes Kovalam beach, Sanghumukham Beach, Padmanabha Swamy temple, Napier museum, Zoological Park etc. In past it was an important market or trading point since 1000 BC where buyers from other countries visit to buy spices, sandalwood, ivory, cardamom etc. Last rulers here were Travancores who ruled till 1947 and their royal family members still lives here in Kowdiar Palace.
Overnight at hotel in Thiruvananthapuram.
This day will be free for your own. You may go for some shopping or local market visit. Later drive to Thiruvananthapuram Airport to fly back to your home.
01 Days
Great Hindu pilgrim destination on Bay of Bengal shore, referred in Hindu epic "Ramayana".
02 Days
Hill station with tea estates and natural surrounding.
02 Days
Scenic backwater destination, close to Alleppey.
01 Days
Southern-most point of India and beach destination.
03 Days
Popular holiday destination with beautiful beaches for pubs,fun & parties. Best place to relax form long tours.

Tour Duration: 14 Nights/ 15 Days
Itinerary: Chennai - Mahabalipuram(2N) - Pondicherry(1N) - Thanjavur(1N) - Trichy(1N)- Madurai(2N) - Periyar National Park(2N) - Alleppey(2N) - Varkala(2N) - Thiruvananthapuram(1N)

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