Rajasthan With South India Tour
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Places Covered : Chennai - Trivandrum - Cochin - Periyar - Madurai
- Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Experience the Natural Beauty, Ancient Culture and
Adventure of South India. Start with a few days of total relaxation at
the exclusive Somaltheeram/Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Resort--situated at
one of the finest beaches of India, amidst coconut plantations, in the
state of Kerala. Next, sail the backwaters of Kerala on traditional rice
boats. After an overnight on the boat, enjoy cultural activities in the
port town of Cochin--well-known for their Kathakali Dance performances.
Wildlife viewing at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and exploring the "temple
towns" of Tamil Nadu.
Day 01: Arrival in Chennai
Transfer to hotel Le Meridien (near the airport)
Day 02: Madras - Trivandrum
Transfer to Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort
Day 03: Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Relax and enjoy the facilities at the resort including private beach,
yoga, massage, nature walks, classical music and dance programs on open-air
stage, visits to local traditional village.
Day 04: Backwaters of Kerala
From the resort drive to the pier to board a private rice boat (70 kms/2
hrs drive) and then cruise through the narrow canals and wide lakes
enjoying the scenic natural beauty -- coconut trees, rice patties, small
villages.Meals and overnight on houseboats.
Day 05: Backwaters - Cochin
Morning relax on houseboat, after lunch drive to Cochin 65 Kms/ 1 1/12
hrs.), transfer to hotel. Taj Mallabar Hotel, overlooking the harbor,
sea facing rooms.
Day 06: Cochin
Full day sighseeing: palaces, museums. Enjoy a Kathakali dance performance
at Cochin Cultural Center, arriving by 5 pm to watch the make-up. Dinner
at traditional Kerala restaurant. Taj Mallabar Hotel
Day 07: Periyar
Periyar Wild life Sanctuary Home to bison, antelopes, sambars, wild
boars, monkeys, langurs, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants.
Game viewing by private motor-boat in the evening, (the best time to
see wild life). Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
Day 08: Periyar - Madurai
Relax at Periyar in the morning. In afternoon, drive to Madurai (135
kms./ 4hrs. drive), "The Temple City of India."Evening relaxed
overview of the city, independent strolling. Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
in Madurai, cottages.
Day 09: Madurai
Full day sighseeing: Sri Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Tiruparankundram
(rock-cut)Temple, Alagarkoil Temple Evening fly Madurai-Madras dep 19:40
arr 20:30 arr. OR 20:40 dep.-21:30 arr. Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
Day 10: Madras
Full day sightseeing of Madras: Kapaleeshwarar Temple, San Thome Cathedral,
Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Fort St. George, the Marina. Hotel Taj Coromandel,
Day 11: Drive to Kanchipuram
Visit temples of Kanchipuram enroute to Mahabalipuram. Kailasanatha
Temple, Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Sri Ekambaranathar Temple, Kamakshi
Amman Temple, Devarajaswami Temple. On arrival in Mahabalipuram transfer
to Hotel FishermanÕs Cove.
Day 12: Mahabalipuram
Morning relax; afternoon sightseeing: Five Rathas, Shore Temple, ArjunaÕs
Penance, Mandapams, Krishna Mandapam.
Day 13: Madras
Relax in the morning. Late afternoon drive back to Madras (80kms./2hrs.
drive). Transfer to international airport for flight home.