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Highlights of South India

TIN09: 13 Days Private Tour of Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Munnar - Periyar - Alleppey - Kochi
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star handpicked hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrive in Chennai
Our representative will pick you up at Chennai Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Chennai. The rest of the day is free for you to recover from any jet lag or plan your own Chennai tour.

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Accommodation: Accord Metropolitan, Chennai
Day 2 Chennai - Mahabalipuram
After breakfast, your Chennai sightseeing tour start at Santhome Church, which was first built in the 16th century by Portuguese as a mausoleum dedicated to Saint Thomas. Then we head to the colorful Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which was built in the 7th century the in Dravidian architectural style. 

Finishing the visit, your holiday packages from Chennai will take you to Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram). A private transfer will deliver you to your hotel. You can arrange the rest of the day at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram
Day 3 Mahabalipuram
Drive to Kanchipuram, Visit Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy, Return to Mahabalipuram, Shore Temple. (B)
After breakfast, we will first drive to Kanchipuram. Upon arrival, your tour packages from Chennai continue to Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy, the biggest and most beautiful temples in Kanchipuram. We then visit The Shore Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 8th Century. There are a lot of magnificent bas-reliefs in Kanchipuram, including the largest one in the world, Arjuna's Penance, our next stop. At last, we visit the Five Rathas to see the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. The rest of the day you are free to explore the town at your own pace. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram
The bas-relief of Arjuna's Penance
The bas-relief of Arjuna's Penance
Day 4 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry & check in at hotel. Afternoon visit French Quarter of Pondicherry, Aurobindo Ashram, The Lord Ganesha Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple. (B)
After breakfast we will take you to Pondicherry (Puducherry) and help you check into your hotel there. In the afternoon, our Pondicherry tours from Chennai begin at the French Quarter, where you will have an unforgettable experience by seeing different styles of buildings and customs in the meantime. After this, we set off to Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community built by the former of Internal Yoga - Sri Aurobindo and the Mother - Mirra Alfassa. Then we go to The Lord Ganesha Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple, a popular pilgrimage temple dedicated to god Ganesa. During the rest of the day, you can arrange your own time. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Accord, Pondicherry
Day 5 Pondicherry - Tanjore
Transfer to Tanjore & check in at your hotel, Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple, Tanjore Maratha Palace, Saraswati Mahal Library, Raja Raja Chola art gallery. (B)
Morning after breakfast, we will drive to next stop of our travel packages from Chennai - Tanjore (Thanjavur) full of historical relics from the Chola Dynasty. After check in your hotel, we will start with Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple, which consecrates the largest stone carving of Shiva Linga. Then we head to Tanjore Maratha Palace, which belonged to Bhonsle family, once the rulers of the city for nearly 200 years. There you can view the Saraswati Mahal Library and the Raja Raja Chola art gallery with murals and sculptures. After visits, the rest of the day is free for your own exploration. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sangam, Tanjore
Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple, Tanjore
Day 6 Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai
Driver to Madurai. En route visit Trichy: Srirangam, Sri Ranganathaswami temple, Lord Robert Clive's house and Danish Church, Rock Fort. Drive to Madurai & check in at hotel. (B)
Morning your driver takes you from Tanjore to Madurai. En route we stop for Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) sightseeing. We will first go to Srirangam and visit Sri Ranganathaswami temple, a Dravidian-style temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the largest temple complexes in India. Next we head to Lord Robert Clive's house and the Danish Church. Then we will venture into Rock Fort built on a large rock. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the city there and visit two temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva respectively. 

Afterwards, we drive to Madurai and check in at your hotel. After settling in, you can make your own arrangements in the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai
Day 7 Madurai
Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills, Gandhi Museum. (B)
Today your Madurai travel packages from Chennai will start with the Meenakshi Temple with a trapezoidal design and numerous colorful statues. After that we go sightseeing at the Islamic-style Tirumala Nayak Palace, where you can see delicate murals and carvings from the 17th century. Afterward we will move to the Alagar Hills and Gandhi Museum. In the afternoon you will be free to explore Madurai on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai
See countless colorful statues at the Meenakshi Temple
See countless colorful statues at the Meenakshi Temple
Day 8 Madurai - Munnar
Drive to Munnar & check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Morning after breakfast, we set off to Munnar, a beautiful town with wonderful natural sceneries. Upon arrival, your driver will help you check into your hotel. You are free to walk around this hill station to have a close touch with nature beauty the rest of the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar
Day 9 Munnar
Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Echo Point, Top Station, Mattupetty. (B)
After breakfast we will visit Eravikulam National Park, a habitat of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and o over 100 species of birds and butterflies. Next we go to Tea Museum, where many curios, machineries and photographs about local tea plantation are on display. Then we continue to Top Station, the highest point, to catch a splendid scenery of Munnar. On the way we stop at Echo Point famous for the natural echo phenomenon. Last destination today is Mattupetty, a hill station renowned for its Mattupetty Dam.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar
Day 10 Munnar - Periyar
Drive to Periyar & check in at your hotel, Take a cruise on Periyar Lake. (B)
After breakfast, we will set out for our family tour packages from Chennai to Periyar, famous for the reserve of elephants and tigers. After settling in your hotel, you can spend time strolling in a spice plantation to learn about local spices.

In the afternoon, you will have a boat trip withour guide on Periyar Lake to view the tranquil natural scenes. You could see various animals such as boars, deer, the green forests and variety of orchids. In the evening you have an opportunity to watch Kalaripayattu (at additional cost), a 3000-year-old martial art performance. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Elephant Court, Periyar
Day 11 Periyar - Alleppey & Board Houseboat
Transfer to Alleppey, Take a houseboat trip in Kerala's backwaters. Stay overnight in the houseboat. (B+L+D)
Early morning after breakfast, we will set off for our Alleppey (Alappuzha) tours from Chennai. Alleppey is a city crossed with canals and waterways and hence the nickname 'Venice of the East'. You will board a houseboat to cruise on Kerala's backwaters without a guide to view the rural landscape. 

Friendly Tips:
1. As the fishermen begin to fish by fishing nets in the night, the houseboats stop sailing at about 17:00 - 18:00 and be moored on the dock the whole night, we suggest you start the houseboat trip between 12:00 - 13:00. The sailing period is about 4 - 6 hours a day. 

2. Nehru Trophy Boat Race holding on the Punnamada Lake is on the second Saturday of August. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cruises: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat)
Day 12 Alleppey - Kochi
Morning drive to Kochi & check into your hotel. Jew Town, Mattancherry Palace, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Kochi Harbor. (B)
Today we leave for the last stop of the Chennai sightseeing tour - Kochi with lots of old European-style houses. Upon arrival, you will check in at the hotel.

After a break, we will continue the trip to Kochi to visit Jew Town. You will see different architectural styles along the alleys like Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese style etc. Then we go to Mattancherry Palace, a Portuguese palace kept lots of ancient furniture and murals. After, we pay a visit to St Francis Church, the earliest European church in India. The next stop is the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest synagogue among Commonwealth countries that is still in use. After that, the guide will lead you to harbor and view the Chinese fishing nets introduced to Kochi by a Chinese diplomat named Zheng He. After a leisurely afternoon planned by yourself, you can choose to watch Kathakali (at your own expense), Kerala’s signature performance holding more than 400 years of history. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Kochi
Day 13 Departure from Kochi
Transfer to Kochi airport & see you off. We wish you a nice trip! (B)
Your India best tour packages from Chennai comes to an end today and you will be escorted to Kochi Airport for your homeward flight. We hope you have a nice journey!

Meals: Breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
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  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides for the city tours mentioned
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • 2 bottles drinking water per person per day & wet tissues in vehicle
  • All presently applicable taxes
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  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
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