The worldly traveler has the opportunity to engage in a heritage-history tour of a lifetime. Sample itinerary included below – however custom options are encouraged to be explored in order to enhance the personal experience for the traveler(s). Please contact your guide for creative options for lodging, cuisine, or other areas of preference for the traveler(s).
Day 01: Arrive Chennai (Madras)
Arrive Chennai and welcome by a representative of our agency and then transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram [140 km / h 4] Early breakfast. Then visit the main areas of the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu with many green spaces: Fort St. George, the Cathedral of St. Thomas, the Temple of Kapalswera. Departure to Kanchipuram “the Golden City” one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism are Consecrate to worship Shiva & Vishnu. Once the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas and the Vijayanagar From Rajahs, it now seems asleep Visit temples dating from the seventh and eighth century, the Temple of Kailashanatha built at the initiative of the Pallava king Rajasimha. Temple Ekambeshvara is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. At the end of the visits, drive to Mahabalipuram. Installation at the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry [100 km / h 2] Breakfast at the hotel then visit the temples of Mahabalipuram – Five Rathas (chariots temples) or monolithic temples carved into the rock blocks. Departure for Pondicherry. Upon arrival in Pondicherry, transfer to hotel. Pondicherry, a former French counter at very discreet charm of French sub-prefecture of the tropics. Walk in the ‘White City’ colonial charm. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Tanjore [180 km / h 4] After breakfast, visit to the colonial city French. It was until 1954 the capital of the French settlements in India. Are you interested in the heritage or history of this city but also in spiritual influence? Satisfy curiosity with the presence of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Auroville is quoted based on the precept of Sri Aurobindo, focused on meditation and spiritual regeneration. In Pondicherry where you discover its streets still floating a European atmosphere and the district of “big bazaar” where there, the Indian rhythm has reasserted itself. Departure to Thanjavur with stop & visit Chidambram path and visit the great temple of Shiva Nataraja, dedicated to music. Continue to Tanjore. A arrival in the city of Thanjavur, transfer to hotel.
Day 05: Tanjore – Trichy – Thanjavur [120km / h 3] Breakfast. In the morning visit to the Temple of Tanjore & Brihadishivera and bronze Museum. Then drive to Tiruchirapalli (Trichy easily – 60 km) & visit 3 km from the island of Srirangam Ranganatha & Son Sanctuary, a real city temple has an exceptional activity. Return to the hotel Tanjore.
Day 06: Tanjore – Chettinadu [120 km / h 3] Breakfast. Road to Chettinadu which preserves beautiful houses built by wealthy merchants. Visits: houses, market, crafts (wood, metal, silver, textiles …). The Chattiar, erected in the nineteenth century baroque houses and palaces quite amazing sometimes abandoned or restored and inhabited, they all contain an incomparable charm. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Chettinadu – Madurai [110 km / h 2] Breakfast. Drive to Madurai. Arrival and visit this great city of Tamil Nadu, which can be considered as the religious and cultural capital of the Tamil country. Day entirely dedicated to visit the city and its Meenakshi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, the woman with fish eyes, ancient warlike local deity, who is said to have three breasts and “fish eyes”. Shiva married and the look of the beautiful lit up, his aggressive instinct subsided and disappeared in excess. Begin your visit to this temple Gopuram amount, up to 60 m, where one has an overview of the five acres that make up the great temple. Continue to visit the Palace Naiyak Thirumal., Gigantic palace built in the seventeenth century. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Madurai – Pariyar [145 km / h 3] Drive to Periyar. On arrival in the late afternoon, transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Periyar – Munnar [110 km / h 3] Early morning boat ride on the lake, where you may have the chance to see wild elephants but in any case many birds and otters. After breakfast, you discover beautiful panoramas today when you wander the mountain range (Western Ghats) leading to the small village of Periyar, near the Lake Periyar National Park in the middle of the spice plantations. Visit the Periyar National Park. The afternoon of the road to Munnar. Drive to Munnar. Located at 1700m, Munnar is a haven of peace and freshness surrounded by hills covered with tea plantations. You will see on Mount Rajamalai, the Nilgiri Thar (mountain goats). Free time for shopping its spice, tea, coffee etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Munnar – Kumarakom [200 km / h 4] After breakfast walk in the plantations. Then drive to Kumarakom. Arrival at the hotel.
Day: 11: Kumarakom – Alleppey [the backwater cruise in] Installation in a houseboat. This traditional boat once used to transport goods, has been converted into “floating room” with bathroom and small dining room. A picturesque world of stagnant rivers sail the house boat. You can browse the Vembanad Lake. The Vembanad Lake which is also a bird sanctuary. Over water, you are driven to the heart of an idyllic landscape of artificial and natural canals and small lakes lined with water lilies, lush green paddy fields, coconut groves, palm trees, … Lunch and dinner on the house boat. Night on the house boat.
Day 12: Alleppey – Cochin [60 km / h 2] Breakfast on house boat. Disembark at Alleppey. Your house boat ends at Alleppey. Then depart for Cochin. Arrive Cochin. On arrival at your hotel. In the evening you can watch the elaborate make-up Kathakali dancers and dance performance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Cochin – Departure In the morning tour of Cochin Dutchman Mattancherry Palace, The St. Francois Xavier to church, Chinese nets. Then transfer to the airport for the return. End of our services.
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