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Cultural South India Tour

Duration

06 Nights / 07 Days

Places Covered

Chennai - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin

Overview

Cultural South India Tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Chennai (Madras)

Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Chennai. Welcome to 'Vardhman's Cultural South India Tour'. On arrival in Chennai, you will be met and transfered by our representative to your hotel.
Later proceed on a city tour of Chennai.
Visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). High court, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral and Snake Park.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 2 Channai (Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram)

This morning after breadfast proceed on a full day excursion to Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram (70 kms from Chennai (Madras)) 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 & has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambareswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varada Raja swamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Upon arrrival at Mahabalipuram check into your hotel.
Later visit Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is (75Kms from Kanchipuram) famous for the 7th Century Temples. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 3 Channai - Madurai (by flight)

In time transfer to airport to board the flight for Madurai.
Upon arrival at Madurai check into your hotel.
Visit Madurai.
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. There is also an extensive museum dedicated to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.
Overnight : Hotel

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

After breakfast drive to Periyar. Afternoon, sightseeing by boat over Lake Periyar to view the wild life.
Overnight : Hotel

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

Morning, drive to boat landing point from where the hotel's courtesy boat will take passengers to Kumarakom. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Overnight : Hotel

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

This morning after breakfast, cruise to Alleppey and back. Later drive to Cochin and on arrival, check in to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 7 Cochin - Back Home (by flight)

This morning proceed on a sightseeing tour of Cochin. Visit Dutch Palace at Mattancherry is renowned for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town. The St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. The Chinese fishing nets are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have brought to Kochi by Chinese traders. Finally, the Willingdon Island, named after Lord Willingdon, is the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India.
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of your Cultural South India Tour escorted by Vardhman Vacations. .


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