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Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destination covered : Cochin - Ooty - Maysore - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahablipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey -Trivandrum
  Tour Highlights :
COCHIN Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue,Kathakali Dance Show

Botanical Gardens ,The artificial lake and Dodabetta Peak

MAYSORE Royal Palace ,Chamundeshwari Temple,Nandi Bull ,Somnathpur Temple,
CHENNAI Kalakshetra,Fort St. George ,St. Mary's Church,Sri Parthasarathy Temple,Kapaliswara Temple
MAHABALIPURAM Krishna Mandapam,Shore Temple,Five Rathas
PONDICHERRY Sacred Heart Church ,Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville
TANJORE Brahadeeswarar Temple, Art Gallery ,Saraswathi Mahal Library
TRICHY Sri Ranganathaswami Temple,Rock Fort
MADURAI Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple,Ashta Shakti Mandapam, Thirumalai Nayak Palace
PERIYAR Periyar Sanctuary ,  Boat cruise on Lake Periyar
KUMARAKOM Houseboat for backwater cruise,Snake boat construction yard
ALLEPPEY Alleppey finishing point jetty
TRIVANDRUM Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Shri Chitra Art Gallery ,Museum
Day : 1   Cochin

After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative would meet & assist you at the airport and arrival transfer to hotel for check in.

Over the centuries , the princely state of Kochi came under numerous empires. The original local rulers were dominated by the Portugese, Dutch , British and even the Zamorin of Kozhikode (Calicut). Around 1530 AD , under the Portugese, Kochi grew into a prosperous town. The ruler of Kochi gave the Portugese, permission to build a fort at Kochi called 'Manuel Kotta' - which is the first European fort in Kochi . It is not known exactly how the name Kochi originated. But many theories exist. Some historians believe that Cochin is a modified form of the word 'Cochazhi' which in Malayalam means 'small sea'.

After lunch,we explore Cochin, Kerala's commercial centre, it has a fine natural harbour. Cochin(Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church,  Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue,Spice market, where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices.

Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show in a theatre.

Overnight Hotel - Cochin


Day : 2   Cochin - Ooty (280 Km)

After breakfast drive to Ooty.En route, from  lovedale station we board on a toy train for Ooty. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Ooty -an integral part of the great plateau occupying the junction of the Eastern and Western Ghats. Located at 2240m above sea level, Ooty is the headquarters of the Nilgris district. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like confiers, eucalyptus, pine and the wattle dot the hillside in Ooty and its environ.

Overnight Hotel -Ooty


Day : 3   Ooty - Mysore (155kms)

Today we move towards Mysore- the Capital City of the Wodeyar Dynasty. The name 'Mysore' has been derived from 'Mahishasurapura', name of the demon who was slained by Goddess Chamundeshwari. It has seen untold glory and the rich heritage of the Wodeyars.Mysore has retained its studiously built character of a princely city. This is confirmed by the palaces, vast gardens, shady avenues and temples which are present even today.On arrival check-in at the hotel and ready to explore this magnificent city

Then in afternoon we visit  famous Royal Palace  of Mysore with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja's jewellery, studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display. Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 metre monolith. 

Night Hotel - Mysore


Day : 4   Mysore - Chennai (by Train)

Today after breakfast we move towards Somnathpur temple 45 km from Mysore, the temple, the temple built in 1268 AD is known for its Hoysala architecture. The temple is seated on a star shaped base, set on a chiseled plinth and guarded at intervals by miniature elephants. The temple wall depicts scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharta and Bhagvata.

Later on, after lunch we continue towards Chennai, by train-the capital city  popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India.On arrival check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

Overnight Hotel-Chennai

Day : 5   Chennai - Kanchipuram - Chennai ( 150 Kms- 03 Hrs)

Today after breakfast we explore Chennai, the capital city  popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatnatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, - now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaliswara Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica.

After lunch we continue towards  Kanchipuram,  this city of thousand temples lies. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation.Then we move down to Chennai again for night stay.

Overnight Hotel -Chennai


Day : 6   Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry(170kms- 04 Hrs)
Today we move towards Pondicherry  enroute Mahabalipuram, the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvelous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam, has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men .beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas, a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style.

Then after we continue  towards  Pondicherry-Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the  Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment.

Overnight Hotel -Pondicherry


Day : 7   Pondicherry - Tanjore(220 Kms - 06 Hrs)

Morning drive to Tanjore visiting en-route temple at Chidambram & Gangai Konda Cholapuram.

On arrival to Tanjore after check-in we explore the city.Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional hadicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal library are also well known places of interest.

Overnight Hotel -Tanjore


Day : 8   Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai(200 Kms - 06 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Trichy and on arrival, visit Srirangam (5 kms from Trichy), located in an island is Srirangam. Surrounded by the Kaveri water is a 600 acre island town enclosed within the seven walls on the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswami temple. There are no less than 22 gopurams, one of which is the tallest in India. The 72 m high 13 tiered gopuram dominates the landscape for miles around.

The Rock Fort situated on the banks of the Kaveri river, Trichy's most famed land mark is an 84 m high rock, one of the oldest in the world aprox.3,800 million years. The attraction is not for fort itself but the temple at the summit. 344 steps hewn out of rock lead to the top where are the inscriptions dating back to the 3rd century B.C.

Later drive to Madurai and on arrival check in hotel.

Overnight Hotel-Madurai


Day : 9   Madurai

Today we explore Madurai, known as Athens of the East, it is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vigai. The city believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of magnificent 'The Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.

 Later visit of Thirumalai Nayak Palace, King Thirumalai Nayak built the Thirumalai Nayak Palace in 1636 AD and was designed by an Italian architect. The palace is situated 2 km south east of the Meenakshi Temple. The building, which can be seen today, was the main Palace where the king lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. The Palace was the classic example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The palace was divided into two major parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. The royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armory, palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and garden were situated in these two portions. The courtyard and the dancing hall are the major center of attractions of the palace. High walls running 300 m from the east to the west, 200 m from the north to the south and 12 mt high enclosed the complex. These walls are called the Pari Madil and are said to have survived till a hundred years ago.

Overnight Hotel-Madurai


Day : 10   Madurai - Periyar ( 140 Kms - 05 Hrs )
After breakfast proceed to Periyar, However, sighting a tiger in Periyar is a fortune for one out of thousand. The park encompasses a 26 sq km artificial lake and is the home of sambars, wild boars, elephants and antelopes which can be occasionally seen on the banks of the river during a boat cruise. Periyar, otherwise, blessed by Nature has enormous tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations and is lush green.

Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar to view wildlife.

Overnight Hotel -Periyar


Day : 11   Periyar - Kumarakom (149 Kms - 04 Hrs)

After breakfast we move towards Kumarakom and embark on deluxe Houseboat for backwater cruise.Embark Kerala Houseboat "Kettuvalam" at Kumarakom. Head towards Munnattumugham village, thru interior backwaters.  Visit the famous Champakulam snake boat construction yard.

Overnight In houseboat


Day : 12   Kumarakom - Alleppey - Trivandrum

After breakfast, leisurely cruise towards Alleppey finishing point jetty. Disembark the houseboat  then continue to Trivandrum- located on the Southwestern tip of India. Famous for its long shorelines with glorious beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage, Trivandrum undoubtedly makes an ever-popular destination.

 We also visit Shri Chitra Art Gallery -is an art lover's paradise. Only a true admirer of art will know the joy of visiting this beautiful art gallery that has some of the best paintings of famous painters of India. A very famous landmark in Kerala, Sri Chitra Art Gallery of Thiruvananthapuram has a vast collection of paintings not just from India, but also countries like Japan, China and Indonesia. The section that attracts all visitors alike is the one that is dedicated to Raja Ravi Varma. Raja Ravi Varma was fondly called as "Prince among painters and painter among princes". Apart from his paintings, one can find the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy and K.K. Hebar. 

Then we visit to  the Napier  Museum-Named after the governor general of Madras, John Napier, the Trivandrum Napier museum is located in the heart of the city. The museum is equipped with natural air conditioning and provides a glance of the rich historical legacy of Kerala. Napier museum and art gallery of Kerala are located in the same compound and the museum has a good collection of ancient archaeological artifacts. This museum was built in the 19th century.
Later you will transfer to the International airport for onward destination. 

Our tour conclude:Real Voyages thanks you for your patronage & look forward serve you again in near future.

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· 11 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis with Breakfast
· A/C transportation as per the itinerary (No transportation on leisure days).

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