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Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Cochin
Duration :- 10 Days
The Southern Splendor tour acquaints you with the unique architectural and historic facets of South India. The region encompassed with outstanding sites bearing testimony to several historic events and showcasing wonderful artistic pieces will appeal your aesthetic senses, hence giving you an unforgettable experience.
Day 1. Chennai
The Southern Splendor tour will commence with your arrival at Chennai. This capital city of Chennai will pleasantly surprise you in every step. The city stands true to its name which is cultural capital of India as the city is houses immense wealth of tradition and heritage. Enlighten yourself from the ancient Dravidian style of architecture at Kapaleshwera Temple and know the British style of architecture at Fort St. George. The pristine Marina beach is instant choice of anyone visiting Chennai.
Day 2. Chennai- Mahabalipuram (60km)
This morning satisfy the artist in you by a dose of artistic splendors at National Art gallery. After seeking blessings at the Little Mount shrine depart for historic town Mahabalipuram. The town has earned a lot of name for the temples of Pallava dynasty dating back to 7th and 8th centuries; the Pancha Ratha Temple, Varah Cave Temple and the Shore Temple being few of them.
Day 3. Mahabalipuram – Madurai(418 km)
On this day you would be chauffeured to one of the oldest cities of India- Madurai. The city is also known as Lotus city owing to its structure in the shape of lotus. Madurai has a sound mythological history which is evident from the presence of innumerable temples dotted all over the city. Apart from being a pilgrimage centre the temples showcase brilliant art which makes the city an artistic hub as well.
Day 4. Madurai
Leave your hotel after sumptuous South Indian breakfast to discover this amazing city. The splendid Meenakshi Amman temple is the most precious jewel in Madurai’s crown. It is an extensive Hindu temple complex with vast gate towers covered in exquisite carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses. The Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Koodal Azhagar, St. Mary’s Cathedral are the popular highlights of the city.
Day 5. Madurai – Periyar (140 km)
After a leisurely breakfast you will be driven to explore Periyar, a beautiful natural abode of many birds and animals and also the spice plantation hub of Kerala. Upon arrival you will be escorted to the hotel where you will freshen up before proceeding for sightseeing tour. Visit the spice plantations in the evening where you will be amazed to see such variety of spices and cloves, cardamom, ginger, chilli, pepper, turmeric being few of them. Do buy few of the spices to take back home.
Day 6. Periyar
This morning start off early for an exotic boat ride in Lake Periyar which surrounds the Periyar National Park. Explore the wild in their natural turf in this boat safari wherein you may get sights of elephants, leopards, rare lion tailed macaques, sambhar deer and Indian bison. You can even opt for a guided trek through the National Park.
Day 7. Periyar – Kumarakom(185 km)
This morning you will head for Kumarakom a charming coastal town in Kerala. Here you will be accommodated in a luxurious resort overlooking the scenic beauty offered by the backwaters. The town is known for rubber plantations and is home to a Bird Sanctuary where you will find innumerable exotic species of birds; it is a heaven for bird watchers. The amazing cruises in the backwaters of Kerala would mark perfect end of the evening.
Day 8. Kumarakom – Cochin (50 km)
This morning bid adieu to Kumarakom and move forward to visit Cochin, also referred as Queen of Arabian Sea. The erstwhile European colony furnishes some of the finest European architecture evident through the monuments of the city.
Day 9. Cochin
This morning gear up to explore Cochin. The city houses one of the finest harbors which even attracted the colonists and it was one of the first sites to be colonized. Take a guided tour of the city and visit the historic Fort Kochi, the Mattancherry Palace, Paradesi synagogue, St. Francis Church and see authentic Chinese Fishing nets- all these places hold immense historical wealth which you will discover.
Day 10. Departure
This morning you will be dropped at the airport from where you board the flight back home.
Get the once in a lifetime experience of cruising in a houseboat.
Enjoy elephant ride through the jungles of Periyar.
Visit the well known Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai
Witness the ancient temple art of Pallava dynasty in Mahabalipuram
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