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This exclusive travel package offers spiritual journey in most famous
temples of India covering the exclusive Shore temple of Mahabalipuram, Sri
Ranganathaswamy Temple of Trichy and many other popular Hindus shrines. It
also offers excursion in Periyar wildlife reserve and sightseeing of Kerala
backwaters to spend most amusing holiday trip to India.
Day - 1 - Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai, after a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative
would assist you at the airport & to our hotel for check in.
Chennai is known for its cultural heritage & temple architecture. The
region was served as an important administrative, military, & economic
centre dating back to the 1st century. When the Portuguese arrived in 1522,
they built a port, the region then passed into the hands of the Dutch, who
established themselves near north of the city in 1612. On 22 August 1639,
British East India Company was granted land, as a base for a permanent
Overnight Hotel - Chennai (B)
Day - 2 - Chennai : City Tour - Mahabalipuram (70 km - 02 hr)
Today we take a tour of Chennai, touching Fort St. George, built in the
year 1640 AD by the British East India Company, under the direct supervision
of Francis Day & Andrew Cogon. This bastion achieved its name from St.
George. Within the fort we visit St. Mary's Church, built in the year 1680 &
oldest Protestant Church in the East contains several antiquities, not the
least being the oldest British tombstones in India. Fort Museum, with 10
rooms displaying the old uniforms, coins, padlocks, old prints &
palanquins. Santhome Cathedral derives its name from St. Thomas, the apostle
of Christ who is believed to have visited Madras sometime during 52 AD. He
was killed on St. Thomas Mount just in 78 AD & was interned in Santhome
beach, where church was built. Several years later, another church was built
& his mortal remains were transferred to the new one. Museums,
established in 1857, it is undoubtedly one of the country's finest museums.
It has sections devoted to geology, archaeology, anthropology, botany,
zoology, sculpture & numismatics. Its most prized possessions are the
relics from 2nd century AD Buddhist site of Amaravathi & the prehistoric
antiques of South India.
Later we drive to Mahabalipuram, 7th century port city of the South Indian.
It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has
various historic monuments built largely between the 7th & the 9th
century, & has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The
monuments are mostly rock-cut & monolithic, constitute the early stages
of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are
prominently visible. Overnight Hotel - Chennai (B)
Day - 3 - Mahabalipuram - Excursion to Kanchipuram (65 km - 01? hr)
Today, we take a guided tour of Mahabalipuram, visiting Shore Temple, one
of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century A.D. &
is a good example of the first phase of the structure of temples constructed
in the Dravidian style. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun &
to illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual
Arjuna's Penance, world's largest bas-relief. This huge whale-back shaped
rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, & birds & in
fact, can be said to represent creation itself. Next we visit Rathas,
monolithic temples fashioned as chariots. They remain an architectural
mystery, for each is apparently a faithful reproduction of a structure built
of wood. In fact, even the grain of the timber beams & rafters has been
simulated in stone. Of the eight Rathas, five have been named for the
Pandava brothers, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata.
Later we take a day excursion to Kanchipuram, is one of the seven holy
cities in the country. It was a city of learning for both Tamil &
Sanskrit, & was believed to be visited by Hsuan Tsang. In ancient times
it was called Kachi. Once had over a thousand temples & today there are
more than a hundred extant. It is also known for its temples & silk
sarees. We visit Kailasanatha Temple, built in 8th Century AD. It is built
in the typical Pallava style, with a pyramidal tower, a pillared hall &
vestibule, enclosed by a wall. The temple is famous for exquisite carvings &
attracts devotees & tourists alike. There are 58 small shrines situated
around the main shrine, as a compound wall. Fresco style paintings adorn the
inner walls of the temple. Next we visit Ekambaranatha, ancient temple is
dedicated to lord Shiva. The 57 metres high Raj Gopuram is one of the
tallest towers in South India. The 3000 year old mango tree inside the
temple has 4 branches each yielding different variety of mangoes.
Before returning to Mahabalipuram we visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, built in
12th century AD, as an important Shakthisthalam, known as
Parabrahmaroonpini. The main deity is seated on Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra,
Eswara & Sadasiva. Overnight Hotel - Mahabalipuram (B)
Day - 4 - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore (300 km - 06 hr)
Today we drive to Tanjore, flourished during the rule of the Nayaks &
Mahrattas. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries. It is called
the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world
for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, pithwork, bronze icons,
Thanjavur paintings & the classical South Indian musical instruments.
Later we visit Brihadeshwara temple, also known as Big Temple, built by
Rajaraja Chola I was completed around 1010 CE. This 10th century CE temple,
one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a brilliant example of the Dravidian
style of temple architecture. The beautiful Chola Fresco paintings on the
inner walls of the temple are no way less than Ajanta paintings. Overnight
Hotel - Tanjore (B)
Day - 5 - Tanjore - Madurai via Trichy (200 km - 04 hr)
Today we leave for Madurai, rich cultural heritage passed for more than
2500 years old & has been an important commercial centre as early as 550
AD. It is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu & was originally known as
Kadambavanam or the forest of Kadamba.
En route Trichy - En route we stop at Trichy, which has very historic
temples, monuments & churches. It was an important town in the days of
the later Cholas, Nayaks as well as during the early days of the British
East India Company. We start with Srirangam Temple, surrounded by the waters
of the River Kaveri on one side & its tributary Kollidam on the other is
a 600-acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri
Ranganathaswamy Temple. There are not less than 21 Gopuram here in this
temple, one of which is the tallest in South India.
Later we visit Rockfort most famed landmark is an 83 m high rock which is
the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The most amazing
fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest in the world
approximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of
Greenland & older than the Himalayas. Overnight Hotel - Madurai (B)
Day - 6 - Madurai
Today we visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar was first built 2000 years ago &
was substantially expanded between the years (1623-55 AD). Initially there
was only the Shiva temple. A striking feature of the temple is the
astonishing structure known as Ayiramkaal mandapam or the Hall of a thousand
pillars in the outermost corridor. Overnight Hotel - Madurai (B)
Day - 7 - Madurai - Periyar (136 km - 03 ? hr)
Today we drive to Periyar, Set on an attractive lakeside, it is South
India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the
lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers,
leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide
variety of birds.
Later we visit spice plantation farms where we learn about the varieties &
plantation of different spices.
Overnight Hotel - Periyar (B)
Day - 8 - Periyar - Kumarakom (135 km - 04 hr)
At sun rise we take a boat ride to view wildlife in the sanctuary on Lake
Periyar. After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel for
Later we drive to Kumarakom, known for backwaters, huge Vembanad Lake &
famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Overnight Hotel - Kumarakom (B)
Day - 9 - Kumarakom - Alleppey (Overnight Houseboat)
Today we visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds:
between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other
ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night
herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker,
crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.
Later we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around
beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom to Alleppey to observe & experience
the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters. Overnight Houseboat
(B, L, D)
Day - 10 - Alleppey - Cochin (65 km - 01 hr)
Early morning before breakfast go for a wildlife viewing to the sanctuary
on Lake Periyar by boat cruise. After two hours of wildlife viewing get back
to the hotel for breakfast.
Later drive to Cochin, a very popular & historical sea trade connection
with Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, Dutch & British. It has one of
the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan
character is reflected in the buildings & structures representing
different regions of the world. Optional Boat Cruise. Overnight Hotel -
Day - 11 - Cochin
Half Day Tour - Today we visit Jew Town, synagogue, built in the year 1568,
is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant
scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. Also visit the spice market,
where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history that
brought the world to its doorstep. Chinese fishing nets, (Cheenavala) are
distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of
the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.
In the evening see Kerala's most popular classical dance, Kathakali.
Overnight Hotel - Cochin (B)
Day - 12 - Depart Cochin
Our tour concludes - We thanks you for your patronage & look forward
serve you again in near future
Above Cost Includes :
Cost Does Not Include :
- 11 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with short stay in
- Breakfast as per the itinerary.
- All meals in Houseboat.
- A/C Transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure
- Local English speaking Guide as per the itinerary.
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
- Boat safari in Periyar & Spice farms visit
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- All presently applicable taxes.
- Optional Tours.
- Any expense of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry,
phone/fax calls, tips etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".