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Day 01 / Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai the gateway of South India meet and assist by our company representative and escorted transfer to Hotel. Chennai stand for different phase of India - Classical, Ancient, Gentle. Chennai is 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. Evening at leisurely overnight stay at Chennai.

Day 02 / Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (70 Kms - 2 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram. Today we enjoy the nearby scars 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. En-route visit Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all are the jewel of 7th and 8th centuries. Kanchipuram is famous for its particularly fine silk saris, embellished with stunning patterns. On your arrival in Mahabalipuram transfer to hotel.Overnight at Mahabalipuram

Day 03 / Mahabalipuram Sightseeing
After breakfast visit Hindu Temple experiments made by the 7th century Pallava Rulers at their sea port Mahabalipuram. Carved Rocks, Monolith Temples, the great frieze known as Arjuna's Penance and the shore temples lie scattered through this temple paced town visit to Five Rathas near to Mahabalipuram Beaches. Five Rathas are actually five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. They are modeled around chariots that are called 'Rathas' in Hindi. They are also known as the 'Pancha Pandava Rathas', which means that each one of them represent 5 Pandavas, the protagonists of Indian epic Mahabharata. The most mesmerizing aspect of this monument is the fact that the four of the Rathas are supposed to have scooped out of a single rock formation. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 04 / Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100 Kms / 3 Hrs.)
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry : Pondicherry, which was up until the 1950s, a far-flung outpost of the French maritime empire. It is so different from the rest of Tamilnadu that one feels that one has entered another country! This busy coastal town is divided roughly into two: the old White Town of elegant French houses, restaurants & administrative buildings and the Black Town west of the canal where India takes over again. Also visit Botanical garden, Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Later visit township of Auroville or the city of Dawn. Designed by a French architect Roger Arger, it is an entirely new concept in education and urban living. Night stay in 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

Day 06 / Tanjavaur / Trichy / Madurai (160 kms / 4 Hrs.)
This morning drive to 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

Day 07 Madurai - Periyar (137 kms / 4 Hrs.)
After breakfast leave Madurai and Drive to 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

Day 08 / Periyar - Alleppey (165 kms /4 hrs.)
After early breakfast transfer to Alleppey to meet your way own floating hotel in the famous backwaters. The moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. Punters stand on each end of the boat for punting and directing the boat. Kerosene-lit lamps along will be available for light and mosquito nets will be provided. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisines are served. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world's truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river, hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms and fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight stay at floating houseboat.

Day 09 / Alleppey - Kovalam (220 kms)
Morning drive to Kovalam, a four hours drive of coastal Kerala. Arrive Kovalam chek into Beach side Hotel. Kovalam an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay, a wide choice of water sports. Kovalam is the perfect place for a seaside holiday. Kerala beaches may be take a backseat because of the backwaters, but entire 900-km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms that definitely merit a visit in every tourist itinerary. Touring the beach sites of Kovalam can make any beach holiday a delightful one, as Kerala's beaches are renowned for the gentle surf and blue waters. Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services. The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times and the tourist inflow. Situated on the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is a small village of Kovalam. This quiet town of Kovalam came on the tourist map, when its beautiful and secluded beaches were discovered. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. Arrive Kovalam be relax in the combination of Sea, Sun and Sandy beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 10 / Kovalam
Full day at leisure. Explore the sandy beaches of Kovalam.

Day 11 / Kovalam - Trivendrum (20 Kms / 30 Mnts)
After breakfast you will transfer to Trivendrum Airport to board the flight for your onward destination. Tour ends with sweet memories.

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