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Kerala Cultural Tours

Duration

09 Nights/ 10 Days

Places Covered

Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Goa - Mumbai

Overview

Kerala Cultural Tours

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Chennai

Begin your tour.
Arrive in Chennai
Welcome to your "Kerala Cultural Tour"!
Our executive welcomes you and later transfer you to the hotel.
Later in the afternoon proceed in a city tour of Chennai.
Visit the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Chennai

Full day excursion to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram.
Kanchipuram is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks.
Sightseeing of Mahabalipuram
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 back to Chennai.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Chennai - Madurai (by flight)

Morning transfer to the airport in time for morning flight to Madurai.
0630 hours - Depart Chennai (Madras) by flight No. DN-157
0745 hours - Arrive Madurai.
On arrival at Madurai airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Check-in at the hotel. Relax for a while.
Check-in at the hotel. Relax for a while.
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 yeras 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.
City tour of Madurai
Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams – (rising high above the surrounding countryside). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – a gracious building in the Indo-Saracenic style, famous for the stucco work on its domes and arches.
In the evening visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the "Aarti" ceremony.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Madurai - Periyar (128 Kms / 3 hrs)

In the morning drive to Periyar and upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Afternoon, sightseeing by boat over Lake Periyar to view the wild life.
Boat cruise on the lake of the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Periyar-an ariticial lake or reservoir created by a dam on Periyar River is in the heart of the Wildlife sanctuary. Wild Elephants, Asiatic Deer, Black Buck and even tigers come to shores of the lake to drink. Return to hotel for breakfast.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5 Periyar - Kumarakom (115 Kms / 3 hrs)

Morning drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake.
On arrival switch over to a houseboat for a through many canals and waterways up to Alleppey.
The backwater cruise in a country boat is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. Enjoy unlimited surfing on backwaters, sip a coconut, get disturbed by only the chirping of birds. Enjoy a cruise on the backwater through a maze of canals and lagoons.

Overnight: Houseboat

Day 6 Kumarakom - Cochin (85 Kms / 2 Hrs)

Morning, backwater cruise to Alleppey and back. Later drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.
Relax for a while.
Later proceed for the sightseeing of Cochin.
Half day City tour of Cochin
Visit the Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church. Also visit the Hill Palace Museum which displays articles of archeological importance.

Overnight: Hotel


Day 7 Cochin - Goa (by flight)

A After breakfast and transfer to airport flight for Goa
Depart Cochin by Flight
Arrive Goa and transfer to hotel.
Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of Goa
Visit Old Goa, the most important Cathedrals and churches - namely Se-Cathedral, Church of St. Francis Xavier, St. Catherine's Church, Arch of Vice Roy of Goa. Miramar Beach - This is the only beach close to any city and has a good view of the river Mandovi flowing into the sea. Also visit Dona Paula fishing village which is a small village at the tip of Panaji, the place has a very good viewpoint and a monument at the same place.

Overnight: Hotel


Day 8 Goa

Full day at leisure at beach

Overnight: Hotel


Day 9 Goa

Full day at leisure at beach

Overnight: Hotel


Day 10 Goa - Mumbai (by flight)

After breakfast checkout from the hotel and leave for Mumbai by Air/Train. It has been a real pleasure, having served you for these few days. We believe that you carry back your everlasting memories of "Kerala Cultural Tour" and hope you will visit our country again through Vardhman Vacations.


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