Day 1: Chennai (Madras)
Welcome India, You
will be received by Premium India Tour representative at international
airport and assisted to your hotel. In the Hotel you will have a brief
description of your tour and the representative will hand over your documents
regarding the tour, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Chennai &
sightseeing tour. 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; and
Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society
formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science.
Later in the day visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India plus
also the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The
city is also famous for hand-woven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut
sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th
centuries. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Chennai -
After Breakfast at
hotel drive to Pondicherry. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Pondicherry
Pondicherry - Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry
retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas,
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 enviorment. Arrive Tanjore and on arrival, check-in at
the hotel for overnight Stay.
Day 4: Pondicherry
drive to Tanjore visiting en-route temple or Lord Natraja at Chidambram.
On arrival, check-in at the hotel Afternoon sightseeing tour of Tanjore.
Tanjore - The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional
handcrafts, 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. Rest of the time
at Leisure, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: Tanjore -
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 BC Overnight at Hotel.
Days 6 & 7: Trichy
at Hotel, Later drive to Madurai. On arrival Check in your hotel and later
enjoy city sightseeing tour. 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. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Madurai -
Morning drive to
Periyar, south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. Spread over an
area of 777 sq km, this sanctuary has about 35 tigers and leopards. 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 at hotel.
Day 9: Periyar
There is plenty to
do in and around Periyar. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to
spot herds of wild elephants or visit the nearby tea estates and spice
plantation. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Days 10 & 11: Periyar
to Kumarakom, perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways
known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on
Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax and be at one with natural surroundings
and Embark on deluxe Houseboat for backwater cruise.Embark Kerala Houseboat
"Kettuvalam" at Kumarakom. Head towards Munnattumugham village; through
interior backwaters. Continue to Champakulam, earlier named as Kalloorkad,
the ancient trade centre of backwaters. Visit famous St, Marys Forance
Church that is believed as blessed by Str. Francis in 42 AD. The murla
paintings by vegetable oil are an exciting panoramic vision. Visit the
famous Champakulam snake boat construction yard. Overnight on board House
Day 12: Alleppey
Disembarking at Allapuzha,
enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin). Check in your hotel and later enjoy
sightseeing tour of Kochi. Cochin, Kerala's commercial centre, it has
a fine natural harbour. Cochin(Kochi) gateway for Kerala is famous for
Mattanchery Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island,
Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the backwaters
provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three
islands. Rest of the time at leisure, Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Kochi
Morning at Leisure,
Breakfast at Hotel. Later enjoy walking tour of Fort Cochin. With the
afternoon at leisure, perhaps watch famous Keralan dancers perform. Arrive
early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up. Overnight
Day 14: Kochi
Breakfast at Hotel.
In time transfer to Airport for your flight back to home.