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CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM - KANCHIPURAM - PONDICHERY - SWAMIMALAI TANJORE - TRICHY - MADURAI - PERIYAR - COCHIN

Day 01 / Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai meet and assist by Indian Travel Desk representative and you will transfer to Hotel. Evening at leisurely night stay at Chennai.

Day 02 / Chennai Sightseeing
Chennai is the gateway of South India will put you in touch with a different phase of India - Classical, Ancient, Gentle. Chennai, the 4th largest city in India. Spread over 50 miles and features a large and beautiful waterfront on the Bay of Bengal. The British East India Company established its first trading post at Chennai, and in 1653 the company built Fort Saint George to protect its position. Inside the Fort we see Saint Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India, and the grave of Saint Thomas the Apostle. Also visit the National Art Gallery, Museum, which house some beautiful temple friezes and South Indian bronzes & the Cathedral of San Thome. Later visit to the Mylapore Temple, Marina Beach & Famous Golden Beach. Overnight stay at Chennai.

Day 03 / Chennai / Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram (70 kms)
Today we enjoy the nearby sacres city of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, the "City of seven Pagodas", where we see outcroppings of rock that have been delicately carved into temples and life-sized replicas of elephants, lions and bulls. The carved Penance of Bhaghirata here is the largest bas-relief in the world. The little Sea Side town of Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), an hour's drive from Chennai situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu has pries time beaches, spanning 20 kms, bright Sun & Crisp Sand, Wrapping up untold tales of the 7th Century. Here time stands still; and presents meet the past. A serene town nested amidst the historical stone sculptures and medieval architecture, that stands witness to the rich heritage - Mahabalipuram. Night stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 04 / Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry (125 kms.)
After breakfast we drive to Pondicherry. Pondicherry presents an unusual combination of European Culture & Indian traditions. An added attraction fair is the township of Auroville, an Oasis of Peace & Enlightment. Another hallowed spotted Aurobindo Ashram which drows devotees from all over the world. Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Overnight stay Pondicherry. Night stay at Pondicherry.

Day 05 / Pondicherry Sightseeing / Thanjavur Sightseeing (170 kms.)
After breakfast drive to Thanjavur enroute visit to Gangaikonda, Cholapuram, Swamimalai. Tanjavaur is located on eastern coast of Central Tamil Nadu. This ancient city enjoys the distinction of having been the Capital of the Cholas - One of the greatest Dynasties of the South. This morning visit Darasuram Temple and the Institute of Iconography. Later drive to Thanjavur. Afternoon visit the 9th century Chola Temple of Brahadeshwarar Temple. Overnight stay at Thanjavur.

Day 06 / Tanjavaur / Trichy / Madurai (160 kms.)
This morning disembark at Thanjavur. Enroute Visit to Rock Fort the 83-meter high rock fort is in the center of the Trichy - was a Chola Citadel during the Sangam age & was also briefly ruled by the Pallavas & the Pandyas. Today, Trichy is a blend of history, a pilgrim centre and a thriving commercial city. Its 344 rock-cuts steps take one to the Uchipillayar temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. Half way up is the temple of Lord Shiva dedicated to Thayumanaswami. Jambukeshwara Temple here has Shiva lingam almost submerged in water.

Continue drive to Nectar City of Madurai - Meenakshi temple where Dravidian Temple architecture may be seen in its exuberant baroque phase. Its hall of thousand pillars is fabulous & is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day, another terrific photographic opportunity. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak's Palace, which is in a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 - foot high stone pillar, still stands. Night stay at Madurai.

Day 07 / Madurai /Periyar Game Sanctuary (137 kms.)
After breakfast today we depart for a Tranquil hill retreat, the Spicy Village. Along the way we pass through Tea, Cinnamon, Clove & Cardamom plantations -beautiful to see & smell! Our hotel is set in a Spicy Garden & has been molded after the Tribal dwellings of the area; each Cottage has thatched roof & a deep, Airy Verandah. This evening we visit the nearby Periyar Game Sanctuary; Game viewing here is like no other Safari experience. We simply relax in a Motor Launch & sail along as heards of Elephant & Bison come into view. During the dry season Tigers & Panthers come down to the Lake shore for a drink - be sure to have plenty of film on hand. Overnight stay Thekkady. (Periyar).

Day 08 / Periyar - Cochin Departure.
After breakfast you will transfer to Cochin. Arrive Cochin and you will transfer to Airport to board the flight for your onward destination. Tour ends with sweet memories.

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