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Coromandel to Malabar Coast: 13 Days


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Point of arrival & Departure: Chennai (MAA) & Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)
Destinations Covered: Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Trichy, Tanjore, Madurai, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam.
 
Highlights: Chennai, Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Madras Museum, St. George Fort, St. Mary’s Church, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Kancheepuram temples of Kailasanatha, Ekambareshwara and Vaikuntaperumal, Mamallapuram rock hewn monuments, Rock cut shore temple, Trichy, Srirangam temple, Rock Fort Temple, Madurai Meenakshi temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Periyar wildlife sanctuary, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Kovalam beach.
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Itinerary
Day 1: Chennai (Previously known as Madras)
On arrival at Chennai, the fourth largest city in India, get transferred and check in to the htel. Chennai is  located on the warm shores of the Bay of Bengal. Modern Chennai traces its origins to 1639 AD, the then British East India Company was awarded a trading post in India and the company built St. George fort near the sleepy fishing village of Madrasi Patnam. Spend time with your leisure activities. Spend overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Chennai Sightseeing
Tour in Chennai, visiting historic as well as contemporary places of interest such as Victoria Art Gallery, Bronze Gallery and Madras Museum. Continue driving though Egmore to George Town stopping at Fort St. George, housing the State Secretariat, also visit St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in Asia located within the ramparts of the fort. This church was consecrated in 1680 AD. Drive along Marina Beach, visiting San Thome Cathedral. Your final stop is colour Kapaleeswarar Temple, devoted to Lord Shiva, where you have an opportunity to mingle with the devotees and observe the various rituals of Hinduism. Back to hotel in Chennai and spend overnight.
Day 3: Full day Excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Today after breakfast drive to Kanchipuram (58 K.ms), one of the seven sacred cities of India, served as a capital for several dynasties, most prominent among them were the Pallava and Chola dynasties. And they were responsible for making Kanchipuram the most spectacular temple city of India.
Enjoy visiting the best temples like Kailasanatha Temple Ekambareshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vaikuntaperumal Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Kanchipuram is also renowned for its silk weaving industry. It is a traditional cottage art that has been handed down over the centuries from generation to generation. Continue on to the ancient Pallavan port of Mamallapuram. Later visit the seventh century rock hewn monuments. The shore temple, the only surviving of the seven, is a unique example of a temple built of huge rock elsewhere and carried to the shore of Mahabalipuram. Back to hotel in Chennai and spend overnight.
Day 4: Chennai to Trichy (325 K.ms, 5 hours drive by road)
After a leisurely breakfast head to Tiruchirapalli, better known as Trichy. Several dynasties including the Cholas, Pallavas and the Pandyas reigned over this city. Trichy is in the agriculturally rich basin of the Cauvery River, also known for their patronage of art and architecture. On reaching Trichy check in to the hotel. Free at own leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Trichy sightseeing
Trichy situated on the banks of the river Cauvery, Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is one of the most famous temple towns of south India. Trichy is famous for its rich cultural and splendid architectural heritage and the town represents a fine blend of tradition and modernity. Also the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu, Trichy is also referred as gateway to many great temple cities and historical sites of Tamil Nadu.
Visit and explore Trichy  and get fascinated with the unique charm of the city. Visit to Rock Fort the 83-meter high rock fort is in the center of the Trichy. Its 344 rock-cuts steps take one to the Uchipillayar temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. Half way up is the temple of Lord Shiva dedicated to Thayumanaswami. Jambukeshwara Temple here has Shiva lingam almost submerged in water. Visit the spectacular temple architecture near Trichy at Srirangam. Set on an island in the Cauvery River within seven concentric walled Courtyards, the Sri Ranganathaswami Temple is one of the largest complexes in India. The afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Trichy to Tanjore (55 K.ms, 1 hour drive) to Madurai (170 K.ms, 4 hours drive)
Morning after breakfast have a 55 K.ms drive (1 hour) to Tanjore, ancient capital of the Chola kings in Tamilnadu whose patronage and philanthropy rendered Tanjore a veritable haven for artists, musician and craftsmen.
Visit famous Brahadeeswara Temple (Brihadeeswarar Temple also known as Rajarajeswaram at Thanjavur is the world’s first complete granite temple and a brilliant example of the major heights achieved by Cholas in temple architecture. It is a tribute and a reflection of the power of its patron Raja Raja Chola) the Saraswathi Mahal library which houses palm leaf and paper manuscripts .Later drive to Madurai which is 170 K.ms, 4 hours drive. On reaching Madurai check-in at hotel. If interested visit Meenakshi Temple for the evening Arathi (Prayers).
Day 7: Madurai
Madurai is a bustling city packed with pilgrims, buisnessmen, bullock carts and legions of Auito rickshaws (Tuk Tuk). Madurai It is southern India’s oldest center of pilgrimage and learning. Visit Shree Meenakashi templeTirumalai Nayak Palace built in 1636 in Indi-Saracenic style by the most famous king of the Nayak dynasty. It has a great audience hall, a three-sided pavilion and a courtyard.  And visit Gandhi Museam, containing memorabilia of the father of the nation. Continue to Mariamman Teppakkulam Tank. Built in 1646, the tank is fed by underground channels from the Vaigai River.
Day 8: Madurai to Thekkady-Periyar Wildlife Reserve (140 K.ms, 3 hours drive)
Today after a delicious traditional breakfast with Sambar & Rasam continues your tour to Thekkady, in Kerala state, located on the Tamil Nadu & Kerala border.
This Tiger Reserve is about 300 square miles around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. A short boating is highly recommended to view the wild life. Animals cane be seen are elephants, bisons, deer, wild swines if you are lucky tiger and much more. All manner of flora and fauna flourish in this tropical habitat, making it one of the premiere reserves of southern India.
Day 9: Thekkady – Kumarakom (120 K.ms, 3 hours drive)
Today morning after a sumptuous Kerala breakfast drive down the mountains to visit Kumaramom, the melodious backwater village and enjoy a houseboat cruise in Alappuzha, called the ‘’Venice of the  East’’. Stay overnight at Kumarakam.
Kumarakom: 
Kumarakom is a popular backwater tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region, the ‘The Rice Bowl of Kerala’ where paddy is cultivated below sea level. The bird sanctuary in Kumarakom spread across 14 acres is a favourite haunt of migratory and local birds. Birds such as Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teals, Waterfowls, Cuckoo, wild Duck and migratory birds like Siberian Stork visit here in flocks and are a fascinate the visitors.
Day 10: Kumarakom to Alappuzha for a 22 hours Houseboat Cruise 
Today morning after your breakfast 1 hour drive to Alappuzha called the ‘’Venice of the East’’. On reaching Alappuzha embark onboard the houseboat with a tender coconut welcome drinks. And start cruising by relishing with the Kerala traditional meals. Enjoy cruise through narrow picturesque canals, Lakes & lagoons by enjoying duck farming,backwater village life, Village women making Coir, toddy tapping, traditional fishing and watching birds like kingfisher, wood pecker, drongo, egrets, bee-caters etc. Staying totally away from the hustle & bustle mainland for 22 hours.
Day 11: Alappuzha to Kovalam (160 K.ms, 4 hours drive)
Disembark from the houseboat after breakfast and drive to Kovalam by visiting Thiruvananthapuram Kerala’s capital city, Known as the “city of the sacred snake” due to the Padmanabha Swami Temple. Thiruvananthapuram, a low skyline and red tiled roofs lend a distinct character and ambiance to this most unusual capital city. Check into your beach hotel at Kovalam and enjoy with your own leisure activities.
Kovalam: 
The attractions here are three adjacent crescent beaches and a massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sunbathing, swimming, surfing, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programmes and catamaran cruising are some of them. Here night life begins by the sunset and carries on well till late night with vibrant music & delicious seafood.
Day 12: Lands End of India Tour (Kanyakumari Tour (65 Km, 2 hours drive)
After breakfast travel to Kanyakumari by visiting Padmanabhapuram wooden palace (Monday closed), Suchindram temple. When in Kanyakumari visit Devi Kanyakumari TempleVivekananda rockGandhidham and Triveni Sangam (confluence of 3 oceans–Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal & Arabian Sea).
Kanyakumari: 
The city is at the southernmost tip of India is especially popular for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by ocean waters. On a pleasant, full-moon evenings (Chitra Pournami), one can see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. The nature of the sand in the beaches of Kanyakumari is unique as it is multicolored. Return to Kovalam after sunset.
Day 13: Departure Transfer
Depends on your time of onward flight/Train we transfer you to the concerned point.
Packages Includes:
  • Hotel Accommodations with Breakfast,
  • All Meals in Houseboat,
  • All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/c car,
  • All Land & Water Tours as per the Itinerary,
  • Airport/R.Station Pickup & Drop,
  • And all taxes and service charges.
Please Note: Itinerary is informative, you can change it by increasing number of days in a place or ignoring a place and so on.
 
Price as per Request     

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