South India Heritage Tour Package

Duration

16 Days - 15 Nights

Destination Covered

Chennai››Mahabalipuram››Pondicherry››Gangai Kondacholapuram››Darasuram››Swamimalai››Karaikudi››Dindigul››Madurai››Kovalam››Kumarakom››Cochin
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Itinerary Details

Day 01 : Chennai

Arrival at Chennai and transfer to Hotel for the overnight stay.
 
Day 02 : Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Visit Chennai city, Fort St George and Museum. Afternoon to Dakshinachitra Cultural Village and Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
 
Day 03 : Mahabalipuram
Morning sightseeing of Mahabalipuram's 7th century rock cut shore temples. Afternoon drive to Pondicherry. Upon arrival check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
 
Day 04 : Pondicherry
Morning city tour covering the French Quarter of Pondicherry and Museum. Rest of the day is free and overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 05 : Gangakondacholapuram - Darasuram
Drive to Gangakondacholapuram and Darasuram 10th Century Temples. Rest of the day is free and overnight at Swamimalai Hotel/Resort.
 
Day 06 : Swamimalai
Day at Swamimalai experiencing traditional crafts such as bronze statue making and pottery. Evening Cultural Programme. Overnight at Swamimalai hotel/Resort. 
 
Day 07 : Karaikudi
Visit Pullamangai Temple, Tanjore Temple and Museum. Drive to Karaikudi district to visit old merchants houses build in traditional style. You can also visit the Chettinad Palace Overnight at Mansion. 
 
Day 08 : Dindugal
Drive 3 hrs to Dindugal and check into Cardamom House, a quiet traditional home on the banks of the Kamaraj Lake at the foot of the Western Ghats. The nearby village offers the opportunity to see day to day life of Tamil people. Overnight at Cardamom House. 
 
Day 09 : Madurai
Drive to Madurai and check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum and Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 10 : Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam en route visiting Padmanabapuram Teak Palace, the only Teak palace in India. Overnight at Kovalam hotel.
 
Day 11 : Kovalam
Relax at the Beach. Overnight stay at hotel.
 
Day 12 : Thottapally
Morning drive to Thottapally, enroute visiting Krishnapuram Palace and check into your traditional Kettuvallam Houseboat. Travel through the lush green backwaters of Kerala observing the traditional lifestyle of the Keralites. You will see Temples, fishing, people tending their crops and coconut plantations as you drift through the canals. A unique and totally relaxing experience. Overnight on board the houseboat. 
 
Day 13 : Kumarakom
Your houseboat will drop you at Coconut Lagoon Backwater Resort on the banks of the backwaters. Traditional Keralan cottages have been reconstructed in this secluded spot. Overnight at Coconut Lagoon. 
 
Day 14 : Alleppey - Cochin
Transfer by motor boat to Alleppey and drive to Cochin. Afternoon sightseeing of Fort Cochin, Jewtown, Mattancherry Palace. Evening Kathakali Dance Performance. Overnight Heritage Fort - / Malabar House / Brunton Boatyard. 
 
Day 15 : Cochin
Morning visit the Hilltop Palace and have a traditional lunch at the home of renowned Malabar Chef Mrs Nimmy Paul. In the evening watch a demonstration of Kalaripayyatu traditional Keralan Martial arts. Overnight in Cochin. 
 
Day 16 : Cochin Departure
Departure transfer to Cochin airport for onward journey.

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