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Highlights of South India

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INR - 42,999 (per person)

Package Duration : [ 10 Nights ]

Destination Covered

[1] Cochin, [1] Alleppy, [1] Periyar, [2] Madurai, [2] Trichey, [2] Mahabalipuram, [1] Chennai

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DAY 01 : Arrive - Cochin

On arrival at cochin Airport, our Representative will meet you there & Drive to hotel . On arrival check in to the Hotel. Later we drive for sightseeing of cochin, which includes the visit to the following & Overnight at the hotel St. Francis Church: It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spot inside the church has been clearly marked out. Jewish Synagogue : The synagogue, built in 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. It is located near the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry. Dutch Palace : The Dutch Palace was originally built by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many Rajas of Kochi were held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharatha and Ramayana. The palace is located in Mattancherry. Chinese Fishing Nets : The Chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. These nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets. In the evening enjoy Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre. (B)

DAY 02 : Cochin - Alleppy

After breakfast , drive to the jetty to board House-boat (Kettuvallom) on the World famous Backwaters of Kerala. Alleppy an important backwater destination attracting thousands of tourists every year, who come all the way to enjoy Alleppey for what it offers. Referred to as the Venice of the East, the place is home to diverse animal and bird life. Alleppey is also famous for its beaches, marine products, coir industry and boat races. A singularity of this land is the region called KUTTANAD land of lush paddy fields referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala and one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Overnight stay is at Alleppey houseboat. (B)

DAY 03 : Alleppy - Periyar

After breakfast on the rice boat (Kettuvallom) get down at jetty and drive to Periyar. On arrival in Periyar, transfer to hotel. later Proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thekkady - one of the world's most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar wild life sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km of which 360 sq km is thick ever green forest. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, Spice Plantation visit and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Later drive to a tribal village. This will be a very nice and interesting 01 hour visit whereby the clients will be able to observe the lifestyle of the Tribals from close quarters. After visiting Elephant Camp, visit a Spice Plantation. You will walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature's bounty. Spices can be defined as aromatic substances of vegetable origin, used for Flavoring food or as a preservative." Many spices are also known to have medicinal value, for instance turmeric is a known anti-oxidant and curry leaf can control and prevent diabetes. The spice plantations of Kerala are fascinating farms to wander in, for different sections of each plantation are dedicated to different spices. Apart from spices traditionally grown in India such as pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom farmers in Kerala have taken to growing spices that are used worldwide. Some of the spices cultivated in spice plantations are vanilla, oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf and sage. (B)

DAY 04 : Periyar - Madurai

After breakfast, drive to Madurai. On arrival in Madurai, transfer to hotel and check in In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the evening ceremony known as 'Bedtime of the God'. A colourful procession, in which the image of Shiva is carried accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests from his shrine. Enroute Shiva visits the other deities before entering Parvati's (Meenakshi) temple to sleep with her for the night. This ceremony is worth witnessing. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

DAY 05 : Madurai

After breakfast, enjoy the city tour of Madurai, which includes the visit to the following: Meenakshi Temple: This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town - a splendid example of Dravidian architecture. The present temple was designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. There are four entrances to the temple with an area of six hectares. Each of its 12 towers has the height of 45 to 50 meters. The Potrama Raikulam or the Golden Lotus Tank is the place where the Tamil literacy society, called Sangam used to meet to decide the merits of the work presented to them. The temple museum has 985 richly carved pillars and each one surpasses the other in beauty. Tirumalai Nayak Mahal: This Indo-Saracenic building was constructed in 1523 and was originally four times large are today. Sound and light show on the life of the Tirumalai Nayak and the story of the Silapathikaram are conduced daily. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

DAY 06 : Madurai - Tanjore - Trichy

After breakfast, drive to Trichy. Enroute visit Tanjore. Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort : Built by great Chola king in the 10th century it is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in world heritage. On the top of the apex of 63 metres high, a dome is said to be constructed from a single piece of granite, weighing an estimated 81 tones. The dome was hauled into place along a 6 km earthwork ramp in a manner similar to the one used by the Egyptian Pyramids. The temple has been the sense of continuous worship for over thousand years. Only Hindus are allowed inside. Later continue your drive to Trichy. On arrival in Trichy, transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

DAY 07 : Trichy

After breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour of below. And Overnight at the hotel Rock Fort Temple : The temple tops an 83m high outcrop. This smooth rock was first hewn by the Pallavas who cut small cave temples into the southern face, but it was the Nayakas who made use of its naturally climb up the 437 steps cut into the stone to the top but well worth it for the views. Non-Hindus are not allowed into the Vinayaka Temple at the summit nor did the bigger Sri Thayumanaswamy Temple dedicate to Siva, halfway up. Occasionally temple priest waive this regulation. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple : This superb temple complex at Srirangam, about three km from the Rock Fort, is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India. Most of it dates from the 14th to 17th centuries, and many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagars. The largest gopuram in the first wall on the southern side was completed as recently as 1987 and now measures an astounding 73m. The temple complex is very well preserved, with excellent carvings throughout and numerous shrines to various gods, though the main temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Even the Muslims are said to have prayed here after the fall of Vijayanagar Empire. (B)

DAY 08 : Trichy - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast Drive to Mahabalipuram . On arrival checkin to the hotel & visit of Mahabalipuram, which includes Arjuna's Penance : Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjuna's Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya . the panel depicts animal animals, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Siva. Shore Temple: This beautiful and romantic temple, ravaged by wind and sea, represents the final phase of Pallavas art and was built in the late 7th century during the reign of Rajasimha. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This temple has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva. The frothy waves form a striking backdrop to the temple, protected by rows of rock-carved bulls. The most unique feature of the temple is that it houses shrines to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Krishna Mandapam : This cave has a big bas-relief, notable for its realistic representation. The panel relates one of the stories of Lord Krishna. Five Rathas These are the architectural prototypes of all Dravidian temples, demonstrating the imposing gopurams and Vimanas; multi pillared halls and sculptured walls, which dominate the landscape of Tamil Nadu. Rest of the day is free to relax on beach. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

DAY 09 : Mahabalipuram

After breakfast day is free for sightseeing as below : Mahishasuramardhini Cave : There are nine rock-cut cave temples. The Mahishasuramardhini cave, contrasting the goddess fighting a demon on one side, and Lord Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other, is a particularly remarkable. Arjuna's Penance : The world's largest bas-relief measuring 27m x 9m is the pride of Mamallapuram. This huge whale-back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, and birds and in fact, can be said to represent creation itself. The Shore Temple : This is one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century A.D. and is a good example of the first phase of the structure of temples constructed in the Dravidian style. Krishna's Butter Ball : The huge boulder near the Ganesha Ratha is popularly known as Krishna's butterball. It rests precariously on a narrow rock base. It is believed that several Pallava kings have attempted to move the stone, but legend is that neither the kings nor their elephants could shift the boulder even by an inch. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B)

DAY 10 : Mahabalipuram - Chennai

After breakfast, drive to Chennai. On arrival check in to the Hotel . later sightseeing of Chennai & visit to The Santhome Cathedral Church: The Santhome Cathedral Church built in 1504, then rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1893, this Roman Catholic Church near Kapaleeshwarar temple is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle. , Marina Beach: The stretch of beach known as the Marina extends for 13km. Kapaleeswarar: Kapaleeswarar, an ancient Shiva temple, is the biggest temple in Chennai. Fort St. George & Museum: The fort was built in 1640 AD, under the direct supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon . Overnight at the hotel. (B)

DAY 11 : Chennai - Back to Home

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to connect the flight for onward journey. (B)
  • Aeronet Holidays 1 Nights in Cochin.
  • Aeronet Holidays 1 Nights in Alleppy.
  • Aeronet Holidays 1 Nights in Periyar.
  • Aeronet Holidays  2 Nights in Madurai.
  • Aeronet Holidays 2 Nights in Trichey.
  • Aeronet Holidays 2 Nights in Mahabalipuram.
  • Aeronet Holidays 1 Nights in Chennai.
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