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Hindu Gods and Coconut Trees

19 Days / 18 Nights (0)
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  • South India


Destination

CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM- PONDICHERRY- TRICHY- CHETTINAD- ATTANGUDI- MADURAI- COONOOR- OOTY- HASSAN- COORG- COCHIN (DEPARTURE)

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: OCTOBER TO APRIL

19 Days / 18 Nights
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Trip Highlights

From intricately carved temples of ancient architecture, to the tranquil backwaters and from Verdant hills to sandalwood forest. This trip has everything to make one feel South India a Traveller’s Paradise. A leisure holiday in coastal south is a treasured memory of enchanted hours spent close to nature. Carry with you the memories of hospitable people filled with zest for life.

Highlights

CHENNAI: ST. GEORGE FORT, PARTHASARTHI TEMPLE, KAPALEESWARAR TEMPLE
KANCHIPURAM: KAILASANATHA TEMPLE, THE SRI EKAMBARNATHAR TEMPLE, DAKSHINCHITRA
MAHABALIPURAM: ARJUNA’S PENANCE, THE SHORE TEMPLE,
PONDICHEERY: AUROVILLE ASHRAM,
THANJORE: THE BRIHADEESWARA TEMPLE,
CHETTINAD: OLD STATELY HOMES,
COONOOR: PLANTATION TOUR,
MYSORE: AMBA VILAS PALACE, JAGANMOHAN PALACE, ST. PHILOMENA’S
MADURAI: MEENAKSHI TEMPLE
ALLEPEY: HOUSEBOAT
COCHIN: ST. FRANCIS CHURCH, KATHAKALI DANCE PERFORMACNE

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Day Wise Plan

DAY 01  ARRIVAL IN CHENNAI

Upon arrival check you will be meet and assisted by our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight Hotel- Chennai.

DAY 02  CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM (60KMS/2HRS)

They reach Chennai in the morning.The former Madras is a port city on the east coast of South India and the Gulf of Bengal.At the airport you will be greeted warmly and your journey into the strangeness and fascination can begin.Drive to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).This small but very significant place is located on the Coromandel Coast. Because of his temple, cult caves and bas-reliefs Mahabalipuram since 1984 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Upon arrival check in at hotel. The rest of the day is free for own activities.

Overnight hotel- Mahabalipuiram.

DAY 03  MAHABALIPURAM – KANCHIPURAM – MAHABALIPURAM (65 KM/1.5HRS)

You wake up with the sound of the sea and enjoy breakfast at the resort. A short drive takes you to the impressive buildings of Mahabalipuram. The temples were in the 6th and 7th Century built by King Narashimhavarman that went down with it as the most important client in the story. Arujana’s Penance is a bas-relief – also known as the “Earth Ride of the Ganges.” Another well-known bas-relief is the Krishna Mandapa. Next it goes to the Five Rathas. There is an impressive group of monoliths, which are also called the “five cars of the Pandavas.” The architecture belongs to the Dravida style. The remarkable Shore Temple is located on the beach and is probably the most photographed building of this facility. In the afternoon an excursion to Kanchipuram, located on the small tributary of Pelar in the hinterland of the Coromandel Coast. This city is one of the seven holiest places in Hinduism.You will visit the three best preserved temples of the Pallava dynasty: Kailashanatha Ekambareshvara Temple and Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.The Vaikuntha Perumal temple was built in honor of Lord Vishnu. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk production in the world. The beautiful silk products here are still woven by hand. Drive back to Mahabalipuram.

Overnight hotel- Mahabalipuram.

DAY 04  MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY (120KMS/3HRS)

The morning is still free to own creation. The East Coast Road takes you along the Coromandel coast in the formerly French city of Pondicherry. Here, Sri Aurobindo once lived, the famous Indian master, whose philosophy is world-wide attention.Upon arrival check in at hotel. In the afternoon, discover the charm of the former French colonial town of Pondicherry. On your tour you will also visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Overnight hotel- Pondicherry.

DAY 05  PONDICHERRY – VILLUPARAM – TRICHY (40KMS/1HRS)

Morning drive to Villuparam. From here it is with the Indian Railways to Trichy (Tiruchirapalli). After a 3-hour drive to Trichy arrival at the station and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon it goes on tour. Trichy is located in the lowlands between the Shevaroy and Palani Mountains, and is a modern commercial center. Visit the towering rock Fort – a fortress and temple complex from which you have a magnificent view of the city. Return to hotel and overnight.

Overnight Hotel- Trichy.

DAY 06  TRICHY – TANJORE – CHETTINAD (150KMS/3HRS)

In the morning after breakfast to start your day excursion to Tanjore. (Thanjavur), the former capital of the Chola dynasty, which has promoted the Middle Ages, the development of the arts in particular. The flat fertile land is crossed by numerous poor mouth. Because of the fertility of the soil of this district is known as the “rice bowl of Tamil Nadu”. Tour of Brihadishwara Temple and the open-air gallery of Tanjore. Continue to to Chettinad, a settlement of wealthy merchants. The Chettiars were once very successful in money-lending and overseas stores in 19 and early 20 Century with the significant gains grandiose palaces, which are still present today emerged.

Overnight at Heritage Hotel.

DAY 07  CHETTINAD – ATTANGUDI – CHETTINAD

Visiting and exploring the Chettinad region. You will see an unusual mix of old stately homes, bungalows in the English style, wedding halls, shops and schools. The region is also famous for the traditional tile production. In the village Attangudi you can watch this production. Return to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for own activities.

Overnight at Heritage Hotel.

DAY 08  CHETTINAD – MADURAI (125KMS/2.5HRS)

Today will bring your trip to Madurai. While driving through the mountains of experience impressive views over the verdant plains and the Madurai somewhat distant. According to mythology, Shiva took his companion here in the form of beautiful Pandya princess Meenakshi to wife. This is revered in Madurai as “Goddess with the fish-shaped eyes.” On the way visit the Azhagar Kovil temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Upon arrival in Madurai check in at the hotel and sightseeing. Of the 16thCentury resulting Meenakshi Temple represents the late form of the Dravidian temple architecture. To the north, the temple closes at Sundareshwara, the Shiva is consecrated as a nice groom.Both together form an impressive temple complex, the visitor is immersed with garish temple towers, half-dark colonnades and oil lights illuminated side shrines in a mystical atmosphere. The Tirumalai-Nayak Palace reflects the Indo-Islamic style again. The Gandhi Museum is one of the most interesting of its kind with exhibits include historical photographs, original letters and personal belongings of Gandhi.

Overnight hotel-Madurai.

DAY 09  MADURAI – COONOOR (270KMS/6-7HRS)

Today we drive to Coonoor. You leave the plains of Tamil Nadu and drive up the scenic landscape of the Cardamom Mountains, a popular tourist area and center for tea, coffee and spice cultivation.Afternoon arrival in Coonoor and check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for own activities.

Overnight hotel- Coonoor.

DAY 10  COONOOR – OOTY – MYSORE (150KMS/4HRS)

After breakfast, drive to the railway station of Coonoor. From here, take the narrow gauge railway (Toy Train) along a beautiful green landscape of Ooty. The drive takes only uphill to the highest point of the railway line on 2218 meters and just before the Ooty railway then slides down. Ooty you still have some time before then take the onward journey to Mysore. Arrive Mysore and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free for own activities.

Overnight hotel- Mysore.

DAY 11  MYSORE – SRIRANGAPATNAM – HASSAN (14OKMS/3.5HRS)

Sightseeing in Mysore. The city Amba Vilas Palace is perhaps the most unusual buildings of South India. Was once the home of the former princely state of Mysore Maharajas and today a part of the palace is inhabited by their descendants. He reflects the glory and richness as well as the extravagance of the Maharajas again impressive. The Jaganmohan Palace are paintings from the first half of the 20th Century exhibited. After visiting the St. Philomena’s Church travel to Hassan. On the way, you still hold on to the fortress Sri Rangapattanam.

Overnight hotel- Hassan.

DAY 12  HASSAN – BELUR – HALEBID – COORG (160KMS/4HRS)

Today we will make an excursion to Belur and Halebid. The two places are famous for the ancient Hoysala temples. In Halebid visit the Hoysaleshvara Temple in Belur and the Chennakeshvara Temple. Return to the hotel and then drive to the mountain region of the Western Ghats of Coorg (Kodagu). The region is hilly, with jungles, coffee plantations and lush green rice fields. Arrival in the afternoon and check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for own activities.

Overnight hotel- Coorg.

DAY 13  COORG

During a hike-in Dubare Wildlife Reserve, you will learn much about the flora and fauna as well as learn some jungle wisdom.The rest of the day is free for own activities. Optionally, you can take a walk through the plantations, take a coracle boat with a local fisherman on the Cauvery river, or take a trip to the Tibetan exile settlement after Bylekuppe (approx. 40km).

Overnight hotel- Coorg.

DAY 14  COORG – KANNUR – COCHIN (KOCHI)

After breakfast drive to Kannur railway station. With the train you are traveling to Cochin (Kochi). Cochin is located scenically very attractive on several islands and headlands on the Malabar Coast. Here you will find a multi-ethnic population and cultural diversity  In the evening you reach the railway station of Cochin. You will be warmly greeted and driven to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel. (Takes about 2.5 hours, 110 km).

DAY 15  COCHIN – PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (170KMS/4HRS)

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary for – a fascinating nature reserve in dense forest. Upon arrival check in at hotel. In the afternoon visit the spice plantations. The spices of Kerala are known worldwide. Here, the “King of Spices” grows the pepper, cardamom is one of the most precious yellow spices, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, to curry leaves. Then visit a Kalaripayattu studios. Kalaripayattu is taught in Kerala for many centuries and is very deeply rooted in the Indian culture. This martial art combines dance with South Indian Ayurveda and Yoga. In the evening attend a traditional Kathakali dance performance, a dancing mime in peak performance with impressive masks and costumes.

Overnight hotel- Periyar.

DAY 16  PERIYAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Full day jeep safari in the Periyar WS. The forests and species-rich area around Periyar lake lies at an altitude 900-2000 m and has already declared 1934 Wildlife Reserve. You live next to the Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, wild boar, sloth bear, leopard, jungle cat, Deccan Dhole also several species of monkeys. For bird lovers, the park is a paradise with a total of 275 different bird species. You might also be lucky and get a tiger face.

Overnight Hotel- Periyar.

DAY 17  PERIYAR – ALLEPEY (160KMS/4HRS)

At the early morning you leave and drive to Periyar Alleppey. At the house boat jetty to get to know your crew.  Romantically you glide with a comfortable house boat through the picturesque fairytale world of – an unforgettable experience that is often described as the highlight of each Keralareise.

Overnight on the houseboat.

DAY 18  ALLEPPEY – COCHIN (75KMS/2HRS)

Drive to Cochin (Kochi). Cochin is located scenically very attractive on several islands and headlands on the Malabar Coast.Here you will find a multi-ethnic population and cultural diversity. Currently employs the cultural history of this multi-faceted city. You will visit the Church of St. Francis, the Mattancherry Palace, also known under the name Dutch Palace and the Jewish quarter with a synagogue. In the evening you admire on the beach promenade, the famous Chinese Senknetze in the light of the setting sun.

Overnigth Hotel- Cochin

DAY 19  DEPARTURE

Post breakfsat Transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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