South India Tour - IOYO 57

14 Nights / 15 Days Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Chettinad - Madurai - Kodaikanal - Munnar - Cochin - Mararikulam - Cochin

Day 01:- Chennai Mahabalipuram
Arrive Chennai & drive directly to Mahabalipuram. Overnight Mahabalipuram

Day 02: Mahabalipuram Pondicherry
The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. Later drive to Pondicherry. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 03:- Pondicherry
The capital of French India before independence, Pondicherry traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the south & excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. Afternoon free. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 04:- Pondicherry Thanjavur
Morning drive to Tanjore. The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight Thanjavur.

Day 05:- Thanjavur Chettinad
Morning drive to Chettinad. The ancestral home of the Nattukottai Chettiyars, a prosperous banking community successful in the oversea business markets in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are a total of 76 villages and Karaikudi is the largest one. Chettinad is famous for its houses for its unique, spicy, and very tasty cuisine. Overnight Chettinad.

Day 06:- Chettinad Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai. Overnight Madurai.

Day 07:- Madurai Kodaikanal

Morning visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace - A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Later drive to Kodaikanal.

Day 08:- Kodaikanal Kodaikanal is a charming hill station situated amidst the grandeur of the southern crest of the upper Palani hill -in the Western Ghats, at a height of 2135 mts. Its tranquil lake framed by wooded hills, mighty rocks and slopes and enchanting waterfalls mesmerize visitors. It is noted for hybrids and grafts, hill plantain fruits and plums and -Kurunji- flower which blossoms once in 12 years. Overnight at Kodaikanal.

Day 09:- Kodaikanal Munnar
Morning drive to Munnar. Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial Days. Munnar has un-ending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests and aroma of spice scented cool air. Overnight Munnar.

Day 10:- Munnar Alleppey
Morning drive to Alleppey and embark an houseboat. Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. Night on board.

Day 11:- Alleppey Kochi
Drive to Cochin. Overnight Cochin.

Day 12:- Cochin
Morning city tour. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples. Watch the Chinese Fishing Nets. Afternoon free. Overnight Cochin.

Day 13:- Kochi Mararikulam
Morning drive to Marari Beach. Overnight Marari Beach.

Day 14:- Mararikulam
Day at leisure. Overnight Marari Beach.

Day 15:- Mararikulam
Day at leisure. Overnight Marari Beach.

Day 16:- Mararikulam Cochin Airport
Drive to Cochin airport.