Spiritual Tamilnadu with Kerala - GROUP TOUR Starting Price USD 1120

Program name:

Spiritual Tamilnadu with Enchanting Kerala

Destination Covered:

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Chettinad - Madurai – Munnar – Periyar – Backwaters – Allepey – Marari Beach – Kochi

Duration :

14 Nights/ 15 Days

Departure dates :

05 Sep' 16 03 Oct' 16 07 Nov' 16 05 Dec' 16 02 Jan' 17 06 Feb' 17 05 Mar’17

Hotels:

Hotel Standard (3*) - Type heritage / guest house

Validity of costs:

Valid for the period mentioned


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A gentle and relaxed vision of India
  • Breathtaking tour of cultural and natural heritage
  • Invitation for calm and serenity
  • Diversity of landscapes and spices
  • Relaxing on the Malabar Coast
  • The charming places to stay



Day 1: Arrive Chennai
On arrival at Chennai airport GeTS Holidays’ representative will meet and greet you and then transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest.
Derived from the word Chennaipattanam, Chennai was built by the English in 1639. Its first name was "Madras", an abbreviation of Madraspattinam the fishing village. Overnight in Chennai.


Day 2: Chennai-Mahabalipuram(60 Kms/ 1 Hr. .30 Min)

Mahabalipuram

This day you will be driven from Chennai to Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram or Mamallapattana. It is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a very cozy old port city. It is also known by the ancient mariners as the city of seven pagodas, which are the major attraction of this city. 
Mahabalipuram was a bustling harbor and important port for the Pallavas. Most of the monuments depict the events of Mahabharata and date from the 7th to the 9th century. 
Your visit to Mahabalipuram during afternoon takes you through the rock cut temples and mandapams in rocks showing the representation of incidents legends, Hindu epics and mythology. The temples were built during the reign of Narasimhavarman and Rajasimhavarman. The city was mostly developed by Narasimhavarman. The penance of Arjuna relief with life size images carved on the wall of rock is the largest bas-relief in the world. The five tanks are cut from a single rock. The dual structure of Shore Temple is one of the oldest in South India and is worth seeing. The Shore Temple built a stone bas-relief, one 100 m long and 45 feet high, carved in granite. Night in Mahabalipuram.


Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry [100 Km - 2 hour drive]

This morning you will be taken to Puducherry also known as Pondicherry. It was acquired by the French in 1674 and has colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues. Systematic ways of French style, Pondicherry preserves and provides a well planned aspect of the colonial atmosphere.

Pondicherry has a number of historic buildings and monuments well preserved. Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach and Serenity Beach are well known beaches of Pondicherry.

This afternoon you will visit Pondicherry, which originates from the revered sage Sainte Agasthya. Pondicherry is divided into neighborhoods French "White City" and the Indian quarter "Black City". Some streets still have their French names. In the French Quarter, it is common to see French-style villas and colonial style buildings. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is generally quite popular. Auroville is a universal town where people of all nationalities live together in harmony and peace. Sri Ganesha Temple and Manakula Lord Vinayagar are famous Hindu temples. Overnight stay in Pondichery.

 

Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur [210 Km - 5/6 hour drive]
Tanjore paintings

This morning you will drive to Thanjavur also known as Tanjore. Thanjavur was the capital of the Chola dynasty. Tanjore is famous for Tanjore paintings and the famous Bharatanatyam classical dance form and origin of the earth. Thanjavur is an important center of religion, art and architecture and most of the Chola temples are present here. Thanjavur is an important center of silk weaving and has a large number of units of silk weaving. Tanjore is also famous for its bronze images, its Hindu idols, musical instruments such as veena, tambura, violin, etc.. Thanjavur is known as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. The night is Thanjavur.

 

Day 5: Thanjavur-Trichy (55 Kms/ 2 Hrs)
After breakfast check out from the hotel followed by visit to Thanjavur. Places to visit include the Brihadeeswarar Temple, Palace, Schwartz Church. Then drive to Trichy. Trichy has always been the seat of power in southern India and it bears the scars of wars fought for control. Places to visit are Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam temple. Below the fort - A must; a walk through China Bazaar, Grand Bazaar and by the side streets. Overnight in Trichy.


Day 6: Trichy - Chettinad [85 km - 3 hour drive]

In the morning, drive to Chettinad. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture, and is well known for its houses, embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards, spacious rooms, and its 18th century houses. Local legend has it that their usual walls are polished with a paste made ​​of egg white to give a smooth texture. Places to visit include the huge country houses of Chettiars, Chettinad Museum. Overnight at Chettinad.


Day 7: Chettinad - Madurai [90 km - 2 hours by road]

After breakfast, drive to Madurai. It is located on the banks of the River Vaigai. This city goes back more than 2500 years and was an important cultural and commercial center even as early as the year 550 when the Pandvas made ​​it their capital. Madurai is a modern industrial center booming, despite its vast expanses of lush paddy fields. On arrival you will visit the city. Places to visit include Meenakshi temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Teppakulam. At the end of the evening, attend the evening ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple. The night in Madurai.


Day 8: Madurai - Munnar [160 Km - 4 hour drive]

Tea plantations

This morning you will be transferred by road from Madurai to the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Munnar means three rivers, Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly located on Kannan Devan Hills, a beautiful hill station, and was the resort of the British. Munnar is a popular honeymoon destination in Kerala and observation of vast plantations of teas in this area is a real treat for the eyes. Anamudi, the highest peak in South India is here. Munnar is surrounded by various wildlife sanctuaries that house the grizzled giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar, etc. Neelakurinji is a blue flower which blooms once in 12 years in this region. Overnight stay in Munnar.


Day 9: Munnar

You have a whole day free at Munnar. Or, optionally, you can visit the nearby areas of Munnar. Atukkad Cascades is a beautiful waterfall located amidst hills and jungles. Chithirapuram is known for its tea plantations. Floriculture center is a garden with different species of flowers and medicinal plants. Make a short elephant ride. The upper station offers spectacular views of the Western Ghats. A tour to Tata Tea Museum will complete your trip by showing how tea is processed. Around Munnar, you can visit many water and animal shelter falls. Overnight stay in Munnar.


Day 10: Munnar - Periyar [145 Km - 4 hour drive]

This morning you will drive from Munnar to Periyar National Park, also known as Thekkady. Periyar is famous as a reserve shelter of elephants, tigers and various animals like the Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. There is an abundance of birds and plants. A boat ride in the Periyar lake gives you the ability to watch different animals. The park is surrounded by various regions of plantations of coffee, tea, etc., and a tour to these plantations is a necessity. If time permits, you can hike to nearby areas. You are free to select one of the above activities. Overnight at Periyar.


Day 11: Periyar-Kumarakom.(130 Kms/ 4 Hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel and go directly to Kumarakom. On arrival check in at the hotel and rest of the day is free. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 12: Kumarakom-Alleppey (Housbeoat)

backwater houseboat

After breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. On arrival at Alleppey, board the traditional houseboat. After registering, customers will receive coconut drink as welcome drink. Around 13:30 the boat will be anchored near rice paddies for lunch. Then resume cruise around 14:30 until 18:00. Evening tea / coffee and snacks will be served at 18:00. The boat will be anchored near village for the night. Indeed, cruising is not possible during the night as it is during this time that local fishermen put their nets. Dinner will be served at 20:00. Overnight in the houseboat.


Day 13: Alleppey-Marrari Beach (20 Kms/ 1 Hr)

After breakfast you will be transferred by road to Mararikulam. It is a seaside town known for its beautiful beach name Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. It is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in India. Mararikulam, the sleepy little village is about 11 kms from Alappuzha and is an idyllic place for a holiday. Overnight in Mararikulam.


Day 14: Marrari Beach-Cochin.(55 Kms/ 2 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival check in at the hotel and later proceed for a half-day city tour. Places to visit include the Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Jewish Synagogue at the heart of what is locally called the Jew Town, St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, Santa Cruz Basilica, originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese. Pass the Chinese fishing nets which are large nets cantilevered overhang that would have been made ​​to Kochi by Chinese traders. In the evening visit the cultural center and watch the show of classical Indian dance (Kathakali), which is a must see in Cochin. Overnight at hotel.


Day 15: Cochin(Departure)

Early morning transfer to the Cochin International Airport for your flight back, end of our services.

Considered hotels - Standard (9) Hotel / Style Boutique

Room Types Price / Person
Double room USD 1120
Twin bedroom  
Triple room (double room with additional extra bed) USD 1070
Single room USD 2045

Tour price includes: Tour price does not include:
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Buffet breakfast in the listed hotels
  • Transfers and ground transportation with private vehicle driver Anglophone
  • Accommodation: hotel in double room
  • Includes all meals in houseboat Deluxe Houseboat
  • See authentic markets in small villages in Chettinad
  • Kathakali dance performance at Kochi
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All road taxes, government taxes and driver allowances.
  • And medical insurance of any kind
  • Flight International
  • All lunch and dinner
  • All expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / strike or other natural disasters
  • Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, drinks, meals, tips, etc..