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Temple, Backwater & Palaces of South India

Package price 1763 per person sharing twin

Product Code : AGORA179

This our personal favourite itinerary has the ability to touch your soul and melt your heart. Explore the magnificent temple & see the largest & oldest active temples of Hindus in Thanjore, Trichy & Madurai of which some are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Walk in Colonial town of Chennai, Pondicherry, and Fort Kochi. Explore the picturesque Periyar National Park & learn about spice plantation. Cruise in enchanting backwater at Alleppey. Ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway and visit fort & palaces of Mysore and Bangaloe.

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Arrival Chennai airport assistance and transfer to hotel.
Later sightseeing of colonial Chennai which includes Churches, Fort, Museum and government buildings. Also visit Marina beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (120kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Mahabalipuram via visiting Kanchipuram Temples. Arrive Mahabalipuram check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100kms/ 2hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel visit temple and monuments at Mahabalipuram. Afternoon drive to Pondicherry check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Pondicherry - Darasuram - Chidambaram - Thanjore (185kms/ 4hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel sightseeing of French colony, churches, Temple and Aurobindo Ashram. 
Drive to Thanjore via visiting Darasuram & Chidambaram Temple. On arrival check in & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Thanjore - Trichy (60kms/ 1.5hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Thanjore Fort. 
Drive to Trichy check in at hotel. Later visit Rock Fort Temple & Srirangam Temple. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Trichy - Madurai (140kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Madurai heck in at hotel. 
Later sightseeing of Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Mahal & Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam Temple. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Madurai - Periyar (Thekkady)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Periyar check in at hotel. 
Late afternoon spice plantation tour and village visit. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Periyar (Thekkady)

Breakfast at hotel explore the park by boat. The special animals in this region include wild elephants, nilgiri langur monkeys, sambar deer, wild bison, and colorful birds. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 9: Thekaddy – Alleppey (135kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Alleppey. Board a houseboat from here and glide over the enchanting backwaters of Kerala. Houseboat stay includes lunch & dinner on board.

 

Day 10: Alleppey – Cochin (60kms/ 1.5hrs approx)

After breakfast disembark houseboat and drive to Cochin check in at hotel. Later city tour of Cochin one of few places in India that has managed to preserve the remnants of its colonial past with utmost care. Visit The Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Palace. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 11: Cochin - Ooty (280kms/ 8hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel proceed to the hill station of Ooty, the capital of the Nilgiri ‘Blue Mountain’ that once enticed the British to escape the summer heat of plains. Check in at hotel and rest time to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 12; Ooty - Mysore (140kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy the town and visit the well-maintained botanical gardens, which have over 1,000 varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Also take a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway that winds its way down through spectacular scenery and breathtaking views to the nearby town of Coonoor. 

Afternoon drive to Mysore check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 13; Mysore

Breakfast at hotel, city tour of Mysore. Visit Chamundi Hills, site of the Chamundeswari Temple and Nandi Bull as well as the vast City Palace. Excursion to visit the temple complex at Somnathpur and the exquisite Keshava Vishnu temple, along with Srirangapatnam where Tipu Sultan was killed in battle against an East India Company Army. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 14; Mysore - Bengaluru (150kms/ 3hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel drive to Bengaluru check in at hotel. Later half day city tour visiting Lal Bagh Garden, Vidhana Soudha and Bangalore Palace & Fort. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 15: Bengaluru - Departure

Breakfast at hotel as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport.

14-nights / 15-days accommodation in offered hotels or similar (standard room).

Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price.

Accommodation in Alleppey Houseboat includes all meals.

Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary.

Activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.

Boat Safari in Periyar National Park

Joy ride on Nilgiri Mountain Railway 

Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Applicable GST (government taxes).

 

Hotels used or similar

Chennai x 1 night
3* - Raj Park/ MGM East Woods
4* - The Raintree/ Accord Metropolitan
5* - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace

Mahabalipuram x 1 night
3* - INDeco Hotels/ Mamalla Beach Resort
4* - Ideal Beach Resort/ Confluence The Banquet & Resort
5* - Radisson BLU Resort Temple Bay/ Fisherman's Cove

Pondicherry x 1 night
3* - Shenbaga Hotel/ Annamalai International
4* - Le Pondy/ The Windflower Resort & Spa
5* - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa

Thnjore x 1 night
3* - Grand Gardenia/ Oriental Towers 
4* - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort
5* - Svatma

Trichy x 1 night
3* - Red Fox Hotel/ Grand Gardenia
4* & 5* - Sangam Hotels/ Ideal River View Resort

Madurai x 1 night
3* - Astoria by Sparsa/ Madurai’s Residency
4* - GRT Regency/ Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
5* - Heritage Madurai/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night
3* - Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop
4* - The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County
5* - Spice village/ Cardamom County

Alleppey x 1 night
3* - Deluxe Houseboat
4* - Premium Houseboat
5* - Luxury Houseboat

Cochin x 1 nights
3* - The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza
4* - Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent
5* - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien

Ooty x 1 nights
3* - Monarch Hotel/ Hotel Darshan
4* - Fortune Resort Sullivan Court/ Sinclairs Retreat
5* - Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions/ Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Mysore x 2 nights
3* - Southern Star/Sandesh The Prince
4* - Fortune Park JP Palace/ Grand Mercure
5* - Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden/The Windflower Resort & Spa

Bangalore x 1 nights
3* - Ramada/ The Rialto
4* - Fortune Select JP Cosmos/ Lemon Tree Premier Ulsoor Lake
5* - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection

Any air fare

Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.