Day 1. Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Gateway of India
2. Whole day in Mumbai
Day at leisure but the car will be at the disposal if they wish to visit
Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 3. Fly Mumbai - Cochin
Transfer to airport in time to take the flight to Cochin. Meet upon arrival
and transferred to Hotel. Two days to enjoy this lovely city on the sea.
Sunset in Cochin
Full day sightseeing including Kathakali dance. The tour should include a
visit to the Jewish Synagogue, the Dutch East India buildings, St Francis
Church (Portuguese) Mattancherry Palace and the Santa Cruz Basilica.
visit to Cochin would not be complete without a visit to a performance of
Kathakali. This 500 year old dance drama is performed by all male dancers,
accompanied by music, who play out a story, using their eyes, face muscles,
hands and feet. A must is to reach the theatre ahead of time, in order to
see the performers putting on their incredible make-up and their magnificent
Day 5. Cochin - Houseboat
Leave after breakfast for the drive down to the small town of Alleppey.
Your overnight stay will be at the house boat which includes all meals. The
spectacular beauty of Kerala's backwaters needs no introduction.
Houseboat or Kettuvallam
Traditionally, the houseboat was called Kettuvallam, which means a boat
made by tying together pieces of wood. Unbelievable as it may sound, not a
single nail is used in the making of a Kettuvallam. Jack wood planks are
joined together with coir rope and then coated with black resin made from
boiled cashew nut shells. The materials that go into the making are all
local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir
carpets etc these traditional country boats were used as the mode of
transport in the early times from the isolated interior villages to the
towns. But these boat services have been laid off with the developments
taken place in the transport services in the recent past. Today these giant
80-foot long crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats.
A Kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached rooms, an open lounge,
deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising two oarsmen and a cook. Traditional
lanterns are used as lights. Your holiday in this tranquil world is the
comfortably furnished houseboats
Day 6. Kumarakom
After breakfast you will be taken to the village of Kumarakom on the
backwaters for a two night stay at Coconut Lagoon. From here you can take a
backwater sunset cruise.
Backwaters at Kumarakom
Suggest a morning visit to the bird sanctuary followed by breakfast. Would
strongly suggest you take a cruise down the backwaters, the waterways of
Kerala. See how people live on the ridges of land, cultivating coconuts,
rice, raising ducks and of course, fishing. Over night stay at hotel.
Day 8. Kumarakom - Thekkady
Leave after breakfast for the drive up into the hills to the village of
Thekkady, just on the rim of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The drive is
through lush green coconut groves, rubber plantations and tea plantations.
Thekkady is nestled in the Nilgiri Hills at 3000 ft and famous for its spice
plantations and the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Rest of the day at leisure
Periyar Wildlife Thekkady
Early morning boat safari over Lake Periyar. Return to Spice Village for
breakfast. Afternoon visit to a private spice plantation. Wear closed shoes
- it feels like a jungle walk. Spices growing here include vanilla, black
pepper, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and mace, surrounded by coconut palms,
bananas and jackfruit. Rest of the afternoon at leisure - time to try out an
Ayurvedic massage. A cooking demo will be given in the evening followed by a
Day 10. Thekkady - Madurai
After breakfast leave for Madurai. Today you will be entering in the state
of Tamilnadu. Check in at Hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon free.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Full day sightseeing of Madurai including Meenakshi Temple. Madurai is
famous for the Sri Meenakshi temple complex. The gopurams are covered by a
coloured profusion of Hindu gods and goddesses, animals and mythical
figures. A visit to Madurai shows the visitor the spiritual side of South
Indian culture. The temple complex is a hive of activity from early morning
until evening, attracting pilgrims and tourists alike. For 1 rupee the
resident elephant will place a "tilak" on your forehead with his
Timings : The temple is usually open between 0500hrs and 1230hrs and again
between 1600 hrs and 21.30 hrs.
Day 12. Madurai - Tanjore
After breakfast leave for Tanjore for overnight stay. Rest of the day at
Whole day in Tanjore. Tanjore was the capital of the Cholas kings and the
enormous Brihadeshwara Temple built around 1000 AD represents one of the
fines examples of South Indian arts and architecture. Kumbakonam is also
famous for its temples; the largest of these is second only to the Meenakshi
temple at Madurai. Overnight stay in Tanjore
Day 14. Tanjore - Chennai
After breakfast leave for Chennai. You will drive today through to so many
places which are filled with Hindu temples. You can stop to visit if you
wish. Upon arrival check in a hotel for overnight stay.
This tiny town on the shores of the Coromandel coast is famous for its 7th
Century Shore Temples and Arjuna's Penance, a large relief carving on a rock
twelve meters high and thirty meters long. There is also a cluster of
smaller temples scattered over the main area to visit Kancheepuram &
Mahabalipuram. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Located at a distance of 58-km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram has everything
that makes a site memorable; tradition, Temples, history, piety, western
annals, and current importance as a centre of tourism.
Shore Temple Mahabalipuram
history of Mahabalipuram dates back to two thousand years, it contains
nearly forty monuments of different types including an "open air bas
relief" which is the largest in the world, for centuries it has been a
centre of pilgrimage, it figures in the early annals of the British search
for the picturesque in India in the 18th century, today it attracts shoals
of foreigners in search of relaxation and sea bathing, and most strange of
all, it has an atomic power plant for neighbour.
Mahabalipuram was already a centre of pilgrimage when, in the 7th century
Mamalla made it a seaport and began to make temples fashioned of rock. It
was through Mahabalipuram that many Indian colonists, who included sages and
artists, migrated to Southeast Asia. Sri Lanka's national chronicle, the "Mahavamsa"
testifies to this fact.
Kanchipuram- "Golden City of Temples" was believed to be the most
attractive city of ancient India. This city is one of India's seven sacred
cities and is considered the second holiest place in India next to Varanasi.
city was the Historical Capital of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the
Vijayanagar rulers. It was under the Pallavas from 6th to 8th century A.D.
It later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar kings, the Muslims
and the British. During Pallava times, it was briefly occupied by the
Chalukyans of Badami and by the Rastrakutas when the battle fortunes of the
Pallava kings reached low ebb. Many of these temples are the beautiful work
of Pallavas and later, Cholas. The remains of a few Buddhist stupas here
also bear testimony that Buddhism also prevailed here for a while. One of
the Acharya Peetas of Sri Adi Sankaracharya - The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam is
situated here. It has been a centre for Tamil learning and Culture for
centuries and gives us a clear picture of the glorious Dravidian Heritage of
the Vaishnavites and Shaivites.
Kanchipuram, the "Silken Paradise" is world renowned for the
gorgeous hand-woven silk saris of myriad rich colours, noted for their
shine, finish and matchless beauty. The exquisite silk saris are woven from
pure mulberry silk in contrasting colours and have an enviable reputation
for luster, durability and finish. They reflect a weaving and dyeing
tradition hundreds of years old and whose riches the West came seeking
before the industrial age began.
Day 16 Fly for next destination.
Depending on your flight your driver will drop you at the airport for
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- Valid Visa
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Map of Kerala