Splendors of Tamil Nadu with Blissful Kerala
Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Trichy – Chettinad – Madurai – Munnar – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Cochin
13 Nights/ 14 Days
- Explore the vivid charms of Tamil Nadu and Kerala
- Visit the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram – a UNESCO
World Heritage Site
- Explore the historic buildings, monuments, and Universal Town
of Auroville in Pondicherry
- Pay a visit to the Brihadeshwara Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, in Thanjavur
- Visit the thousand years old Meenakshi Amman Temple of Madurai
- Soak in the views of the aromatic tea plantations in Munnar
- Embark on a wildlife safari inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Enjoy sailing over the scenic backwaters of Alleppey on a Houseboat
- Discover the stunning old heritage of Cochin, before enjoying a Kathakali
Day 1: [Arrive] Chennai
On arrival at Chennai International airport, Our GeTS Holidays representative will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Relax and enjoy a day of leisure.
Overnight stay in Chennai.
Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (60 Km / 2 Hrs Drive Approx.)
Drive to Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram or Mamallapattana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mahabalipuram was a bustling harbor and an important port for the Pallavas (a South Indian dynasty that existed from 275 CE to 897 CE). It was named after Mahabali a rude cruel king who was killed by Lord Vishnu. Most of the monuments here dating back to 7th and 9th century, depict various events of Mahabharata (a great Indian epic).
On reaching Mahabalipuram, visit the rock-cut temples constructed during the reign of Narasimhavarman (who ruled South India from 630–668 CE) and Mandapams (pavilion for public rituals) depicting the incidents of the life of legends, Hindu epics and mythology. The city was mostly developed by Narasimhavarman. Visit the Arjuna’s Penance that represents a story from the great Indian epic Mahabharata of how Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers, performed severe austerities in order to obtain Shiva's weapon (Trishul). The composition of the relief includes scenes of the natural and celestial worlds. A natural cleft populated by Nagas (snakes) separates the two halves of this relief. Also, visit the Shore temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - built in the 7th century. This temple depicts the royal taste of Pallava dynasty. Two shrines in the Shore Temple are dedicated to Lord Shiva and the 3rd temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Overnight stay at hotel in Mahabalipuram.
Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100 Km / 2 Hrs Drive Approx.)
Drive to Pondicherry, a city ruled by the French till 1954. It has colonial buildings, churches, temples and statues. Pondicherry preserves and offers a well-planned aspect of the colonial atmosphere. Pondicherry has a number of historic buildings and well-preserved monuments. The food, the beaches, the ashrams, the tranquil in the air, the breezy shores makes it a must-visit place for everyone.
On reaching, proceed with Pondicherry sightseeing tour. This city is divided into two neighborhoods - French "White City" and the Indian quarter "Black City". Some streets still have French names. In the French Quarter, see French-style villas and colonial style buildings. Sri Aurobindo Ashram - a spiritual community dedicated to Sri Aurobindo, an Indian philospher, yogi and guru - is a major attraction here. Also, visit Auroville - 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 here.
Overnight stay at hotel in Pondicherry.
Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (170 Km / 4.5 Hrs Drive Approx.)
Drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore), the capital of the Chola dynasty (longest ruling dynasty of South India). Upon arrival in Thanjavur, head to the hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. After some time set out and visit the famous Brihadisvara Temple – one of the three Great Living Chola Temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Also pay a visit to the Thanjavur Maratha Palace, locally known as Aranmanai, that currently serves as the official residence of the Bhonsle family who occupied Thajavur from 1674 to 1855.
Overnight stay at hotel in Thanjavur.
Day 5: Thanjavur - Trichy (60 Km / 1.5 Hrs Drive Approx.)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. Drive to Trichy - a city settled around the Rock Fort. Trichy were built by the Nayaks (1529-1736) of Madurai. It was one of the main centers where the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India. On reaching, visit the Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam temple, walk through China Bazaar, Grand Bazaar and side streets. Afterwards, check-in at hotel and relax. Spend rest of the time at leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel in Trichy.
Day 6: Trichy - Chettinad (85 Km / 2 Hrs Drive Approx.)
In morning, drive to Chettinad. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Relax and after some time get ready for sightseeing tour. Chettinad is rich in cultural heritage, art and architecture and is well known for its houses embellished with marble and Burma teak, wide courtyards and spacious rooms. Legends has it that their usual walls are polished with a paste made of egg white for a smooth texture. As part of the sightseeing tour, you will visit the huge country houses of Chettiars and Chettinad Museum.
Overnight stay at hotel in Chettinad.
Day 7: Chettinad - Madurai (90 Km / 2 Hrs Drive Approx.)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai. Located on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai dates back to more than 2500 years and was an important cultural and commercial center as early as 550 A.D when the Pandvas (mentioned in the great Indian epic Mahabharata) made it their capital. Madurai is a booming modern industrial center, despite of its vast expanses of lush paddy fields. On arrival, visit the Meenakshi temple, Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam (a tank situated near the Meenakshi Temple) and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. Later, get transferred to the hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. In evening, return to Meenakshi Temple to witness the Aarti ceremony.
Overnight stay at hotel in Madurai.
Day 8: Madurai - Munnar (160 Km / 5 Hrs Drive Approx.)
This morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and take a scenic drive to the enchanting hill station of Munnar (approx. 1530 ft. above the sea level). Enroute to Munnar, treat your eyes to the panoramic views of the Cardamom Hills and vast green carpets of tea plantation. Upon arrival in Munnar, check into the hotel/resort. You may choose to relax in your room awhile and then start trekking around the estate.
Stay overnight at hotel/resort in Munnar.
Day 9: Munnar Sightseeing
Post breakfast in the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Munnar which includes visit to Kundala Lake (approx. 1700 m above sea level) - located amid absolutely picturesque surrounding of green valleys and majestic landscapes, Shooting Point - one of the most photogenic place near Munnar, Echo Point, Mattupetty Dam - beautifully reflecting the nearby tea gardens, and the Eravikulam National Park (spread over 97 sq. km) - home to the rare and endangered goat species, Nilgiri Tahr; the park is also famous for the unique and rare blue Neelakurinji Flowers which blossoms only once in 12 years.
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Munnar - Periyar (92 Kms/ 3.5 Hrs Drive Approx.)
After breakfast in the morning, check out of the hotel and drive to Periyar (Thekkady), a place blessed with elephants and other exotic wildlife, unending chains of hills and aromatic spice plantations. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and freshen up. In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour of Periyar National Park - one of the best wildlife sanctuary in India, spanning an area of 935 sq. km. and replete with scenic beauty and rich biodiversity, set high at the Western Ghat Mountain ranges.
Return to the hotel/resort in Thekkady for stay overnight.
Day 11: Periyar - Kumarakom (135 Km / 4 Hrs Drive Approx.)
Have a great breakfast in the morning and then set off for Kumarakom. Reach Kumarakom and then proceed towards hotel. Check-into hotel and relax. After some time set off for some sightseeing and visit Kumarakom - a scenic village located at the picturesque bank of the Vembanad Lake. Visit the exotic Kumarakom bird sanctuary and see varied species of colourful as well migratory birds in the park. The bird sanctuary is also termed as Ornithologist’s Paradise.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kumarakom
Day 12: Kumarakom - Alleppey [Housbeoat]
Post breakfast, check out of the hotel. Drive to Alleppey. Alleppey is the land of stunning backwaters and backbone of Kerala’s tourism. Upon arrival check-in at the houseboat and enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy the beauty of nature as you cruise on a traditional Kerala-styled houseboat meandering through the network of lakes, lagoons and canals.
Dinner and overnight stay on-board at the houseboat in Alleppey.
Day 13: Alleppey - Cochin (54 Km / 2 Hrs Drive Approx.)
Post breakfast check-out from the houseboat and then get driven towards Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin get transferred to the hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. After some time embark on a sightseeing tour of Cochin which includes visit to the Dutch Palace Museum also called as Mattancherry Palace, a traditional Kerala-styled edifice which was gifted to the King of Cochin by the Portuguese in 1555. Next visit the St. Francis Church, India ’s oldest European church built in 1503 by the Portuguese; it draws large number of tourists and once marked the burial site of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (the first European to reach India), before being moved to Lisbon. Then, arrive at the Hill Palace Museum, Kerala’s first ever heritage museum exhibiting oil-paintings, murals, sculptures, manuscripts and belongings of the Kochi royal family. Your next trip is to the Jewish Synagogue, India’s oldest active synagogue built in 1568, with antiques adorning its interiors. Lastly, proceed to be at Cochin’s landmark - the giant Chinese Fishing Nets. Later, in the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance
Overnight stay at hotel in Cochin.
(Note: The Eravikulam National Park remains closed for visitors from February to April during the calving season of the Nilgiri Tahr)
Day 14: Cochin Departure
Post breakfast check-out for the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.