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SOUTH INDIA ARCHITECT & BACKWATER TOUR

DURATION:15 NIGHTS/ 16 DAYS DESTINATIONS:DELHI-COIMBATORE-GURUVAYUR-COCHIN-ALLEPPEY-HOUSEBOAT- THOTAPALLI-KOVALAM-KANYAKUMARI-MADURAI-PONDICHERRY-MAHABALIPURAM-CHEENAI

Introduction

A majestic south India awaits you for its exploration on this tour. On one hand you enjoy the heritage beauty at Mahabalipuram and other places in Tamil Nadu and on the other you take the pleasure of the tranquil surroundings in Kerala. The Chola architectural skills viewed in Mahabalipuram are just magnificent and glorify the royal taste of the Chola kings and with this, the voyage on calm backwaters of Kerala in a luxurious rice boat going past the palm fringes and local villages will just complete the experience to render it awesomely wow! Cherry on the cake will be the ritualistic Elephant race in Guruvayur.

Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi, you will be met by our officials who will take you to a hotel where you enjoy your overnight stay.
Overnight Stay in Delhi.

Day 2- Delhi-Coimbatore

Welcome the morning with a delightful breakfast and afterwards board a flight to Coimbatore where you will be shifted to a hotel for a pleasurable night stay.
Overnight Stay in Coimbatore.

Day 3- Coimbatore-Guruvayur

Morning after a luscious breakfast, drive to Guruvayur (140 kms. in 2 to 3 hours). Here attend Guruvayur Anaiyoottam- The race for Elephants. This is an enjoyable activity and a famous custom conducted by the Guruvayur Temple during the festival of Guruvayur Shree Krishna. The winner of this race has the glorious honour of carrying a replica of the supreme being, Thidambu on his head on all special event during the year.
Overnight Stay in Guruvayur.

Day 4- Guruvayur-Cochin

After breakfast, you will be conveyed to Cochin by a drive (95 kms. in 2 to 3 hours) where you check in at a hotel with the help of our representatives. Renamed as Kochi, Cochin (the commercial capital of Kerala) gives you a perfect view of coastal India with its palm covered lands. Check in to a hotel on your arrival here and watch the artists speak with their eyes while performing Kathakali, one of the most colourful and prodigal folk dance forms of India.
Overnight Stay in Cochin.

Day 5- In Cochin

The city tour of Cochin offers you an experience that will remain deeply embedded into a corner of your heart as you are taken to visit the oldest European Church in India: the St. Francis Church, the Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese, the Jewish Synagogue and the Chinese fishing nets.
Overnight Stay in Cochin.

Day 6- Cochin-Alleppey

A fulfilling morning meal will be followed by departure from Cochin to reach Alleppey (The Venice of East) via road (75 kms. in 1 hour 45 mins.). Thereafter, check in at the Kayaloram Lake resort on your arrival where the serene environment and gentle breeze will make you have the most tranquil experience.Detoxify and rejuvenate your body and soul with various ayurvedic treatments at the resort.
Overnight stay Alleppey.

Day 7- Alleppey-Houseboat

On surya udaya, have a scrumptious breakfast andcheck in to the houseboat for an overnight cruise which will leave you overwhelmed and will give you lots of golden moments to cherish as you dine in the candle light while floating on the calm backwaters of Kerala through palm lined canal under the star studded sky.
Spend the night on board the houseboat.

Day 8- Thotapalli-Kovalam

Relish your breakfast while on cruise after which you go off-board at Thotapalli Jetty. From here you will be driven to Kovalam on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. Check in at a hotel on the beach and enjoy your overnight stay here after rejoicing your soul with the splendored radiance of the beach.
Overnight Stay in Kovalam.

Day 9- In Kovalam

Kick start your day with a ‘taste buds enticing’ breakfast after which rejuvenate and relax yourself at the splendidly beautiful Kovalam beach.
Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 10- Kovalam-Kanyakumari

Have a delicious morning meal at the hotel followed by a drive to Kanyakumari and stopping at the Wooden Palace during the journey (55 kms in 11/2 hour). On reaching the destination, check into a hotel where you enjoy your night stay. Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of the Indian mainland where you will get to see the beautiful sangam of the three prodigious water bodies surrounding Peninsular India. The journey becomes more of a breathtaking experience as you visit the temple of Goddess Kumari and the meditation place of Swami Vivekananda: Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
Overnight Stay in Kanyakumari.

Day 11- Kanyakumari-Madurai

After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for Madurai by road (215 kms. in 4 hours). Check in at a hotel after your arrival. Being the second largest city of its state, Madurai has a golden place etched for itself in the history as it was the capital of the Pandyas empire. This city has a feast of beautiful sights to offer, first one being the Meenakshi Temple constructed in Dravidian style having many music pillars which despite of being lithic, produce metallic sounds.
Overnight Stay in Madurai.

Day 12- Madurai-Pondicherry

You will be conveyed to Pondicherry via road (300 kms. in 5-6 hours) after breakfast. Pondicherry is one of the seven union territories of India and is situated on the Coromandel coast. Residence of Saint Agasthya, Pondicherry was the chief French settlement in the Indian subcontinent and it boasts of a nice atmosphere, inexpensive beer and extraordinary eating joints and most importantly Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926 which principally thrusts on the practice of combination of yoga and modern science. Spend a comfortable night at the hotel where you will be shifted on your arrival at Pondicherry.
Overnight Stay in Pondicherry

Day 13- In Pondicherry

Morning meal at the hotel and then set out to explore Pondicherry. This city is drenched completely in a French flavour as a result of the historic French colonisation here. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram and meditate here to rejuvenate your soul.
Overnight Stay in Pondicherry

Day 14- Pondicherry-Mahabalipuram

Start for Mahabalipuram after breakfast driving 106 kms. in 2 hours. In Mahabalipuram, admire the World Heritage site of majestic group of sanctuaries built by Pallava royals on the Coromandel coast. Displaying the mind blowing art of intricate rock carvings done in 7th and 8th centuries, the fascinating Ratha temples, the Mandapas, large open-air reliefs like ‘Descent of Ganges’ and the temple of Rivage devoted to the praise of Shiva ji are all beyond awesome.
Overnight Stay in Mahabalipuram

Day 15- Mahabalipuram-Chennai

Drive to Chennai after breakfast covering 55 kms in 1 hour. Check in at a hotel on your arrival and enjoy your pleasurable stay in here.
Overnight Stay in Chennai.

Day 16- Departure

Morning after breakfast, explore Chennai by visiting the National Art Gallery & Museum, established in the eventful year of 1857, showcasing the most excellent collection of Bronze art pieces in India. Followed by this, you will be taken to visit St. Mary’s Church which was built in 1680 as the first British Church and is the oldest existing English church in India till date. The city’s exploration will conclude with going to the People’s Park, the mesmerising Marina Beach famous as the second longest beach in the world and the clock towers. Later depart for the International Airport to fly back home.

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STANDARD HOTELS (3*& GUEST HOUSES) HOTEL GRAND PARK INN OR SIMILAR, DELHI CAG PRIDE OR SIMILAR, COIMBATORE HOTEL SOPANAM HERITAGE OR SIMILAR, GURVAYUR SEALORD HOTEL OR SIMILAR, COCHIN CITRUS RETREATS OR SIMILAR, ALLEPEY HOUSEBOAT OR SIMILAR, HOUSEBOAT PARK INTERNATIONAL KOVALAM OR SIMILAR, COVALAM THE GOPINIWAS GRAND OR SIMILAR, KANYAKUMARI FORTUNE PANDIYAN HOTEL OR SIMILAR, MADURAI HOTEL LE ROYAL PARK OR SIMILAR, PONDICHERRY IDEAL BEACH RESORT OR SIMILAR, MAHABALIPURAM GRAND TREAT OR SIMILAR, CHENNAI TOUR COST USD 2099 PER PER’S
DELUXE HOTELS (4*&HERITAGE) QUTUB RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, DELHI THE RESIDENCY TOWERS OR SIMILAR, COIMBATORE HOTEL MAYURA GURVAYUR OR SIMILAR, GURVAYUR THE RENAI COCHIN OR SIMILAR, COCHIN LEMON TREE VEMBANAD LAKE RESORT OR SIMILAR, ALLEPEY HOUSEBOAT OR SIMILAR, HOUSEBOAT ISOLA DI COCCO AYURVEDIC HERITAGE BEACH RESORT OR SIMILAR, COVALAM SPARSA RESORT OR SIMILAR, KANYAKUMARI GRT REGENCY OR SIMILAR, MADURAI SUNWAY MANOR OR SIMILAR, PONDICHERRY CONFLUENCE BANQUETS AND RESORTS OR SIMILAR, MAHABALIPURAM FORTEL OR SIMILAR, CHENNAI TOUR COST USD 2299 PER PER’S
LUXURY HOTELS (5*&HERITAGE) HYATT REGENCY DELHI OR SIMILAR, DELHI VIVANTA BY TAJ- SURYA OR SIMILAR, COIMBATORE HOTEL MAYURA GURVAYUR OR SIMILAR, GURVAYUR THE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL OR SIMILAR, COCHIN PUNNAMADA RESORT OR SIMILAR, ALLEPEY HOUSEBOAT OR SIMILAR, HOUSEBOAT VIVANTA BY TAJ – GREEN COVE OR SIMILAR, COVALAM SPARSA RESORT OR SIMILAR, KANYAKUMARI HERITAGE MADURAI OR SIMILAR, MADURAI OCEAN SPRAY OR SIMILAR, PONDICHERRY GRANDE BAY RESORT OR SIMILAR, MAHABALIPURAM PARK HYAAT OR SIMILAR, CHENNAI TOUR COST USD 2599 PER PER’S
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TRANSPORT TOYOTA ETIOS/TOYOTA INNOVA/ LUXURY BUS TOUR STAFF DRIVER(S), EXPLORE TOUR LEADER OR GUIDE GROUP SIZE GENERALLY 02 PAX TO 22 PAX Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Meals plan will be on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • English speaking guide/escort
  • All currently applicable taxes.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature like mineral water, beverages, alcoholicdrinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc; Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’