Tamil Nadu and Kerala Tour from Chennai to Cochin (SITT 007)


Day1

Arrival at Chennai

Arrival assistance at Chennai International Airport, then transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of the important Sightseeing places of Chennai like Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church, Santhome Church, Marina beach and Kapaleeshwara Temple dedicated for Lord Shiva, one among the three principal deities of Hindus.

Overnight stay in Chennai

Hotels
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Taz Kamar Inn La Woods Raintree, Anna Salai
Day2

Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

In the morning, drive to the Silk city named "Kanchipuram", an ancient capital of the Pallava dynasty ruled between 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the Ekambareshwara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most famous one with tall towers, massive halls with sculptured pillars. Next, proceed to Kailasanatha temple which is also meant for Lord Shiva is the finest specimen for Pallava architecture with beautifully carved sculptures built in 8th century. Have a lunch in the city. Drive to Mahabalipuram, an ancient port city of the Pallavas. Have a rest in the beach resort.

Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Mamalla Heritage Ideal Beach Resort Grande Bay Resort & Spa
Day3

Mahabalipuram

After the breakfast, have a short drive to visit the most famous World Heritage UNESCO Monuments. First, to the Sea Shore temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and then to Five Rathas "Five Chariots", a monolithic structure, representing a unique style built by the pallavas, then finally to Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave and Krishna's Butter Ball. Have a walk in the artisan's streets who makes stone sculptures. Return back to the Hotel.

One more night stay in Mahabalipuram

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Mamalla Heritage Ideal Beach Resort Grande Bay Resort & Spa
Day4

Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

In the morning, drive to Pondicherry (Puducherry) "The French Colony". Check-in to the hotel. In the late afternoon have a visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashram, an Ashram dedicated to Sri Aurobindo & "The Mother". Have a visit to "The Church of Sacred Heart", "Notre dame des Anges", French Colony and markets. Have a rickshaw ride in the commercial streets. Have a rest in the hotel.

Overnight stay in Pondicherry

Hotels
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Le Aham Shenbaga Accord
Day5

Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Gangaikondacholapuram - Darasuram - Kumbakonam

After the breakfast, drive to Kumbakonam. Enroute visit the famous Nataraja temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Chidhambaram. Then continue your drive to visit the famous Shiva Temple at Gangaikondacholapuram which was built in the 11th century by the Chola dynasty, one of the World Protected UNESCO Site. Have a lunch in Kumbakonam city. In the late afternoon, visit the 12th century Chola temple Airavatesvara Temple in a small village named Darasuram. Then proceed your drive to the Hotel.

Overnight Stay in Kumbakonam

Hotels
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DSR Madhanam Inn Quality Inn Viha Paradise Resorts
Day6

Kumbakonam - Thanjavur - Trichy

After the breakfast, drive to Thanjavur Tanjore Art Gallery which houses the collection of sculptures and statues, Saraswati Mahal Library Museum, Brihadeeswara Temple also known as Big Temple which is one of the World Heritage Monument built by the chola dynasty in the 10th century. In the late afternoon, visit the Bronze Making Artisan's Village to see the Bronze Casting and Tanjore Paintings. Then drive to Trichy. Climb the Rock Fort to visit a small Ganesha Temple at the top and also you can have a good panoramic view of the city from the rock.

Overnight stay in Trichy

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Apple Park Inn Le Temps Fort Sangam Hotel
Day7

Thanjavur - Chettinadu

In the morning, Visit the famous places like 'Amma Mandapam' - the holy banks of River Cauvery, where you can see the Hindu rituals after the cremation. It's quite interesting to see the rituals performed by the Hindus with the help of the priest. Then proceed to visit the famous Vishnu temple called Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, the most important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. Drive to Chettinadu. In the evening have a village walk and see beautiful houses resemble like Palace. Have a rest in the hotel.

Overnight stay in Chettinadu

Hotels
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Chettinaadu Narayana Villas Chettinadu Mansion Chidambara Vilas
Day8

Chettinadu - Madurai

Drive to Madurai. Visit the famous Gandhi Museum which was housed in a Queen's Summer Palace. You can see the exhibits showing the life of Gandhi. Then have a visit to the famous Tirumalai Nayaka Palace built in 16th century with grand pillars is the most attractive one. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi temple dedicated to Goddess Parvati and a thousand pillared hall with eye-catching sculptures.

Overnight stay in Madurai

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
MMR Gardens Poppys Regency Madurai by GRT Hotels
Day9

Madurai - Thekkady

Drive to Periyar (Thekkady). In the afternoon after reaching Thekkady "the frontier between Tamil Nadu and Kerala", have a guided visit to the Spice Plantations to know about the medicinal values about the spices like cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, green chilly, pepper etc. In the evening, attend the Martial Arts Show called Kalaripayattu in Malayalam Language.

Overnight stay in Thekkady

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Grand Thekkady Hotel Treetop Greenwoods Resort
Day10

Thekkady

In the morning have a boat ride in Periyar Forest Lake. Have some activities which are optional like Elephant Safari, Traditional Ayurvedic Massage, Trekking etc.

One more night stay in Thekkady

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Grand Thekkady Hotel Treetop Greenwoods Resort
Day11

Thekkady - Alleppey Houseboat

After the breakfast, drive to Alleppey (Alappuzha) "the land of backwaters". In the afternoon check in the houseboat and have a delicious lunch and enjoy the cruise in the Vembanadu Lake for about 5 hours. In the evening, your boat will be stopped nearby one village and take your dinner in the boat itself. Have a comfortable stay in the houseboat. The A/C will be switched on between 8:30 PM and 06:00 AM.

Overnight stay in Alleppey

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Kerala Cruise & Holidays Evergreen Tours Evergreen Tours
Day12

Alleppey - Mararikulam

Drive to Marari (Mararikulam). Have a relax in the beach homestay.

Overnight stay in Mararikulam

Hotels
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Mararinest Beach Homestay ABAD Turtle Beach The Marari Beach
Day13

Mararikulam

Day free to relax in the beach shores.

One more night stay in Mararikulam

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Mararinest Beach Homestay ABAD Turtle Beach The Marari Beach
Day14

Mararikulam - Cochin

In the morning, drive to Cochin (Kochi). In the evening attend the Kerala Traditional Dance Show named "KATHAKALI". For this dance performance, the makeup starts at 05:30 PM. You can also see the makeup of dance artists and can take photos.

Overnight stay in Cochin

Hotels
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Aiswarya Hotel Abaam Hotel Radisson Blu
Day15

Cochin

After the Breakfast, visit the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town. Return Back to Fort Cochin. Have a visit to some important monuments and churches belong to 15th and 16th centuries. First visit the St. Francis Church, the oldest protestant church built by the Portuguese in 1510, where you can see the tomb of a Portuguese Sailor Vasco-da-gama. Then to Santa Cruz Basilica, a catholic church and Chinese Fishing nets.

Overnight stay in Cochin

Hotels
Two Star Equivalent Three Star Equivalent Four Star Equivalent
Aiswarya Hotel Abaam Hotel Radisson Blu
Day16

Departure from Cochin

This day you will be transferred to Cochin International Airport, Cochin as per your flight schedule back to home!

Tour ends with sweet memories!!

Show Map
Duration 16 Days
Location Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Kumbakonam - Thanjavur - Trichy - Chettinad - Madurai - Thekkady - Alleppey - Mararikulam - Cochin


Tamil Nadu and Kerala Tour Packages starting from 31600 INR for 16 Days per person


Group Size 2 Pax 4 Pax 6 Pax 8 Pax 10 Pax
Hotel Category Cost in INR Per Person
2* Equivalent 51800 40600 36900 33600 31600
3 * Equivalent 63600 52500 48700 45400 43400
4 * Equivalent 82900 71700 68000 64700 62700
Note:

The above rates are valid till 30th September 2018

Cost in INR Per Person
2 Star Equivalent Cost
2 Pax 51800
4 Pax 40600
6 Pax 36900
8 Pax 33600
10 Pax 31600
3 Star Equivalent Cost
2 Pax 63600
4 Pax 52500
6 Pax 48700
8 Pax 45400
10 Pax 43400
4 Star Equivalent Cost
2 Pax 82900
4 Pax 71700
6 Pax 68000
8 Pax 64700
10 Pax 62700
Note:

The above rates are valid till 30th September 2018



INCLUDED

Transport by AC Vehicle with an experienced Tour Driver

The cost of the fuel toll & parking charges
Airport Arrival and Departure transfers
AC Rooms with breakfast

EXCLUDED

Camera - Video fee and guide charges

Personal Nature Expenses like telephone calls - Laundry - Soft/Hard drinks/Meals - Tipping etc
Lunch and Dinner Expenses
Entry to the Monuments Temples and Sightseeing Places

OTHER EXPENSES