18 days covering Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Velankanni - Thanjavur - Tiruchirappalli - Madurai - Periyar - Ayurvedic Beach Resort (Kovalam) - Cape Comorin - Alleppy - Cochin - Munnar - Ooty - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore

 

Day
Program
 
01


Arrive Chennai

Hotel check-in 12.00 noon. Assistance on arrival by the Tour Masters Representative and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Chennai visiting Fort St. George and the Marina Beach.


02


Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

This morning we visit Kanchipuram, famous for its brilliant Kanjivaram silk sarees. Continue onto Mahabalipuram. Later visit the famous rock-cut and shore temples.


03

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

We leave for the old Portuguese township of Pondicherry. Visit the Aurobindo Ashram and other sights before checking in at the hotel. In the afternoon take an excursion to Auroville, a powerful happening of international integration.


04



Pondicherry - Velankanni

Leave for the shrine of Our Lady at Velankanni, which like Lourdes in France is renowned for miraculous healing. Visit the inspiring Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. In the evening you may wish to recite the Rosary as Our lady is carried in procession around her Basilica.

05


Velankanni - Thanjavur

This morning we leave for Thanjavur. In the afternoon, visit the Temple and Museum (subject to being open).

06

Thanjavur - Tiruchirappalli - Madurai

Leave for Tiruchirappalli and visit the Temple and Rock Fort. Continue onto Madurai.


07

Madurai

This morning you will visit the famous Shree Meenakshi temple. The afternoon is free for independent activities.

08
Madurai - Periyar

This morning we drive to Periyar. Enjoy a visit to the Periyar wildlife Sanctuary in a boat on the Periyar Lake

09
 
Periyar - Ayurvedic Beach Resort (South of Kovalam)

This morning we leave for south of Kovalam, on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

10






Ayurvedic Beach Resort - Cape Comorin Excursion

Early this morning take an excursion to Cape Comorin, confluence of the three great oceans - the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea to witness the sunrise. The Ayurvedic Beach Resort surrounded by pristine nature with a lovely beach, has a full fledged Ayurvedic Centre. Ayurveda, the 3000 year old Indian system of medicine prescribes time tested and trusted methods to improve your physical and mental activity irrespective of the age group. It is the only system of medicine in the world that has methods to totally rejuvenate the body and mind. Day at leisure on the beach and time to benefit from the ancient herbal treatment of Ayurveda on your own.


11






Kovalam - Alleppy - Cochin

Depart for Cochin. Enroute enjoy a cruise on the emerald palm fringed backwaters of Kerala. In the afternoon we visit the Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church, the Dutch Cemetery and the Chinese Fishing Nets.


12


Cochin - Munnar

This morning drive up through groves of jackfruit trees, pineapple plantations and churches with beautiful facades to the hill station of Munnar set in the heart of the Western Ghats. Evening at leisure.


13
 

Munnar - Ooty

In the morning we drive up to Ooty, (2268 meters) "Queen of Hill Stations", which still has the lingering flavor of the British Raj.

14
Ooty - Mysore

This morning we visit the Botanical Gardens, the Ooty Lake and take an excursion to Doddabatta. In the afternoon we drive down to Mysore.


15
 

Mysore - Hassan

Mysore is one of the finest cities of South India with tree-lined boulevards, beautiful gardens and stately buildings. Visit also the Mysore Palace. In the afternoon drive to Hassan.


16


Hassan - Bangalore

This morning we will venture out to see some of the most strikingly beautiful temple sculptures of India. Visit the Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid. In the afternoon drive to Bangalore, and check in to your hotel on arrival.


17
 
Bangalore - Chennai

This morning enjoy a tour of Bangalore city. In the afternoon board the super-fast train to Chennai.

18

Chennai - Departure

Morning at leisure. Hotel checkout is 12.00 noon. Late evening transfer to the airport in time to board your onward flight to depart India. Bon Voyage!

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