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15 Days 14 Nights
Availability : Jan 19 - Dec 23
Chennai
South India
Min Age : 10+
Tour Details
A sweet discovery of India: Tamil Nadu to Kerala
This trip offers you the opportunity to discover a part of South India, more relaxed and colorful than North India. We begin our journey through the state of Tamil Nadu, cradle of Tamil culture. A strong culture, temples to the specific architecture, an art of dance that lasts and warm hospitality are the features of this state in southern India. From Mahabalipuram, quiet village on the coast of Bay of Bengal, we will go to meet this strain of India, taking the time to go with meetings and major sites of the area are: Auroville Pondichey , Thanjavur, Trichy and Chettinad.
We reach the holy city of Madurai, the Mecca of Hinduism where pilgrims flock to the fabulous temple of Sree Meenakshi before entering in Kerala, its plantations of teas and backwaters. 
Kerala is considered to be the most tolerant of all states of the great Indian Republic. Christians, Hindus and Muslims live side by side without history for centuries. Between the lush forests, canals lined with coconut trees, beaches and mountains sanctuaries dream of ubiquitous wildlife, Kerala is emerging as a paradise and is undoubtedly an ideal gateway to the sub- Indian continent.
This trip to South India allows you to understand many facets of this complex country. Reflecting his kitchen at once sweet, spicy and refined, this trip is an invitation to an awakening of the senses, gently.
 
The mind
This comprehensive discovery of South India artfully blends visit major cultural and parentheses Nature. On foot, bicycle, rickshaw, kayak or comfortably in your air-conditioned car,

Departure & Return Location

 Chennai

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Lodging in hotels comfortable double / twin room
  • Small breakfasts + 01 Chettinad dinner.
  • Support and all transfers airport / train station / hotel and vice versa in individual vehicle
  • The usual tips (excluding guide, driver, assistant driver)
  • The entrance fees to monuments
  • The displacement minibus chauffeured vehicle,

Price Excludes

  • flights
  • Meals lunch / dinner except or mentioned
  • The personal expenses
What to Expect
 
  • A output kayaking in the backwaters.
  • A getaway rickshaw Puduchery,
  • A during Chettinad cuisine,
  • A trip by autorickshaw in cities
  • A Kathakali show in Cochin.
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive CHENNAI - KANCHIPURAM

Arrive Chennai. Meet and assistance at the airport by our team and transfer to Kanchipuram on the road to the airport. Night in Kanchipuram. Meals not included.
TO KNOW :
Visitors must remove their shoes to enter Hindu temples. Some parts of the temples are not open to non-Hindus.

Day 2 Kanchipuram - MAHABALIPURAM - Pondicherry (150 kms - 4 hours)

Breakfast. Morning excursion to Kanchipuram, one of the key cities in the culture of South India. This means “the golden city” is actually a temple town, once the capital of the kingdom of Pallava (seventh – ninth centuries). The Pallava dynasty kings greatly influenced the formation of the own regional culture in Tamil Nadu, encouraging the development of all forms of art, tolerating the practice of different religions (Buddhists and Jains in particular); the city has been an important cultural emulation home. It has no fewer than a hundred beautiful and impressive temples with their features gopurams whose Ekambareswarar temple dedicated to Shiva, which is the largest in the city, the temple of Kailasanathar said archaeological monument by the Archaeological Survey of India, an agency within the department of culture to study and preserve the cultural heritage of India. Continuing with the temples of Kamakshi and Vaikuntha Perumal. En route to Pondicherry, we visit Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry Night

Day 3PUDUCHERY

Breakfast. Morning dedicated to the visit of the Temples “Five Rathas” the temple of Rivage flirting with the waves of the Bay of Bengal and the famous rock relief of Ascesis Arjuna, also known as the Descent of the Ganges.
Later, drive to the utopian city of Auroville, a humanist project inordinate initiated in 1968 by the philosopher Sri Aurobindo and his partner, Mother. Visit Auroville information center and observation Matrimandir Temple
“The soul of Auroville.” Continue to Puduchéry, the former French colony until 1954, which kept its French character, with its well drawn avenues and houses whitewashed recreating the Mediterranean atmosphere of southern France. Puduchéry night.
Breakfast included.
Puducherry (Union Territory) is a former French trading post of the eighteenth century. Pondicherry is an Indian city still steeped in French culture through the names of its streets, its town hall and its buildings. This former French colony has a special atmosphere for relaxation where it is good to take time.
After breakfast, visit the craft paper factory of Sri Aurobindo Ashram which now exports its products worldwide. Then visit the city in a rickshaw: the French Quarter where Catholic churches are located, the Aurobindo Ashram, the French Alliance and its colonial buildings. Then you will finish the visit by the local market where they sell and buy vegetables, fish, cereals and flowers for the offerings in Hindu temples. Afternoon free for Pondicherry rediscover your rhythm is undoubtedly step stroke heart of French travelers. Overnight in Pondicherry.
Breakfast included.
TO KNOW :
We recommend you dine on the terrace of the Promenade or the Palace of Mahe craft paper factory opened in the morning from Monday to Saturday.

Day 4PUDUCHERY - Gangaikondacholapuram - Kumbakonam - Tanjore (200 km / 5 h)

After breakfast, drive to the town of Kumbakonam. Stop Gangaikondacholapuram Rajendreshvara to visit the temple World Heritage. Afternoon dedicated to a rustic arch near Kumbakonam. Overnight in Tanjore
Breakfast included.

Day 5 Tanjore - Trichy - CHETTINAD (220 km / h 5-6) (B / D)

After breakfast, visit Tanjore, one of the oldest cities in South India, located in the rich delta of the Kaveri river, rice granary of South India. Visit the temple World Heritage by UNESCO: Brihadeeshwara. Then, you take the road to Trichy, famous for its temple Sri Rangam.
Continue to Chettinad, the land of Chettiars, Tamil community known in the business world with a strong presence diaspora in Southeast Asia and the United States. The Chettiars have a long tradition in trade and had built with the fruits of their labor, luxurious mansions in Carrara marble and Burmese teak. In the evening, we offer to attend a cooking class. Indeed, the cuisine of South India will have no secrets for you. Learn about the scientists mixtures of spices and seasonings that make a successful Indian places. Your hosts will reveal their culinary secrets, open your eyes and prepare your taste buds! Overnight in Chettinad.
Breakfast and dinner included.
Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) is the ancient capital of the Chola empire that controlled between 850 and 1270 AD most of the Indian subcontinent and parts of Sri Lanka. One of his greatest emperors, Raja Raja is responsible for the construction of the temple in 1010 Brihadeeshwara.
Trichy (Tamil Nadu) is also known as Tiruchirapalli. Its history is closely linked to prestigious dynasties Pallavas, Cholas and Pandyas that have all three contributed to the construction of the largest Srirangam Hindu spiritual complex.
DISCOVER DIFFERENTLY
In Trichy, go for the climb (400 steps) Rock Fort at dawn. Enjoy the cool morning while admiring the temple complex in Sri Rangam the first light of day.

Day 6CHETTINAD - Athangudi - MADURAI (100 km / 2-3 hours)

After breakfast, you hop on your bike to visit the village of Chettinad whose charm lies in its centuries-old houses quaint. Continue to the village of Athangudi famous for making tiles and wood carving. Then, drive to Madurai, famous for its temples Sri Meenakshi complex. Overnight in Madurai. Breakfast included.

Day 7 Madurai - Periyar (130 kms / 4 hours approx)

After breakfast, visit the temple of Sri Meenakshi Temple opportunity to continue learning about Hindu mythology! Then you will visit the museum of Gandhi, widely regarded as the “Father of the Indian Nation”. Continue to the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal palace was partially destroyed. Ballade in Madurai local market. In the evening, you will in autorickshaw (local taxi) to Sri Meenakshi Temple Sundareswarar. It will follow the ceremony bedtime Shiva. After visiting Madurai, depart for Periyar, Periyar night
Breakfast included.
Madurai (Tamil Nadu) is one of the oldest cities in India with a history dating back to the sixth century BC. The historic city of Madurai houses the famous Sri Meenakshi Temple Dravidian, profusion of colors and divine representations.
Periyar (Kerala)

Day 8Periyar -MUNNAR (100 km / 4-5 hours)

After breakfast, tour of the gardens of spices has Periyar famous for were planting of cardamon, vanilla, pepper, coffee and several spices
departure for Munnar hill station in southern India, known for its tea plantations. On arrival, visit the TATA tea museum and walk through a tea plantation. Overnight in Munnar.
Breakfast included.

Day 9MUNNAR - Suryanelly - Kolukkumalai (dep 1650m / arr 2160 m / 11 m / approx 4-5 hrs walking (night in a tent)...

Day 10Return of Kolukkumalai has Suryanelly (Night in the hotel)

Day 11Kumarakom

Your vehicle will take you directly to Kumarakom on the banks of Vembanad Lake for a relaxing afternoon. Overnight in Kumarakom. Breakfast included.

Day 12KUMARAKOM / Alleppey

Breakfast. Traveling by kayak to explore the stunning tropical landscapes of Kerala: the “backwaters”, huge or tiny water channels running through a natural setting quite extraordinary: rubber plantations, pepper, tea, teak and coconut and rice fields. Stop in villages, visiting temples break “cai masala” with villagers can bathe during the tour. Back to Kumarakom. Overnight in Kumarakom.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Backwaters (Kerala) is a network of countless canals, lakes and estuaries forming a delta of 44 rivers drained to the Arabian Sea. Crossing Backwaters in kettuvallam -Boat Living traditionally offers an amazing natural spectacle and to better approach the green state of Kerala.

Day 13KUMARAKOM - COCHIN (60 km / h 1-2)

After breakfast, drive to Cochin, Kerala city located on a peninsula between the Arabian Sea and estuary fringed islands dotted with coconut palms. Morning dedicated to the guided tour of the city: the Mattancherry Synagogue, the Dutch Palace, the Chinese fishing nets in the colonial district of the city.
In the evening you will attend a Kathakali dance performance transcribed passages from the Hindu mythology. The actors, thanks to exceptional facial expressions convey emotions and moods of various gods parodied. Overnight in Cochin.
Breakfast included.
Cochin (Kerala) or Kochi embodies the eclecticism in southern India where the oldest church in India find themselves, the Portuguese colonial style houses dating from 500 years of Chinese fishing nets, a synagogue dating from the sixteenth century , mosques and a Portuguese palace offered to the Raja of Cochin and renovated by the Dutch.
TO KNOW :
Dutch Palace closed Fridays and closed the synagogue Friday and Saturday Meals

Day 14COCHIN

After breakfast, free day to stroll through the historic district of Fort Cochin with shady avenues and quaint. Overnight in Cochin.
Breakfast included.

Day 15 COCHIN Departure

Transfer to the international airport.

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