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Detailed Itinerary

Traditional Indian welcome upon arrival at airport and transfer to hotel

After breakfast enjoy half-day Chennai city sightseeing including 16th Century Kapaleeshwarar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, sacred to Tamil Shivaties. Non-Hindus are only allowed upto the outer courtyard. Drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.

Drive to Mahabalipuram and check-in at hotel.

Proceed for sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. The seashore of Mahabalipuram is famous for ancient rock temples examples of Dravidian style of architecture most of them built in early 7th century.

Return back to Chennai for overnight stay

Buffet breakfast at hotel, later drive for Pondicherry and check-in at hotel

Later enjoy your sightseeing tour of Pondicherry - The Union territory of India, has a distinct French ambience to it amidst the surrounding Tamil country. Although, it's believed to be the site of ancient Vedapuri in 14th century BC, today it is famous for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a philosopher who developed a system of internal yoga combining the ancient yogic philosophy with his knowledge of modern science. Auroville or the 'City of Dawn' was set up as a tribute to him. The town has number of colonial buildings, Catholic churches and temples.

Overnight stay in Trichy

Buffet breakfast at Hotel, Later drive to Thanjavur and check-in at Hotel

Later sightseeing of Tanjore- It was the capital of the great Chola Empire who was also responsible for the most of its 93 temples. Visit “Brihadisvara temple” which is the main Chola temple, dedicated to Siva, built in early 11 century and one of the most magnificent in the south India

Overnight stay at Tanjore

Buffet breakfast at Hotel, later sightseeing Trichy visiting the Rock Fort Temple, dominating the city from atop a most ancient rock. In Srirangam visit the multi-tiered Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, the largest Hindu temple in India.

Later drive to Madurai&check in at hotel.

In the evening attend the prayer ceremony at the Meenakshi temple.

Overnight stay at Madurai

Optional: Enjoy early morning walking tour of Madurai

Madurai has a recorded history dating back to the 6thcentury BC, has been a seat of learning and is the centre from which the Tamil language developed. It is a lively place with big bazaars, shops, street stalls and shrines. On a city tour visit the Thirumalai Nayak Mahal built in 1523 and the Gandhi Museum, housed in a 300-year-old palace and dedicated to promoting the Mahatma’s teachings. Ride in a cycle rickshaw ride to the bazaar area for some shopping time before visiting the adjacent Meenakshi Temple complex.

Overnight stay at Madurai

After breakfast leave for Periyar by surface.On arrival check-in at hotel
Afternoon proceed with boat ride at Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary.Situated in the Thekkady district of Tamil Nadu bordering with Kerala, Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary is one of the most important and frequently visited in India. It conveniently falls between journeys from different parts of Tamil Nadu to important tourist destinations in Kerala. Trips along the large artificial lake surrounded by dense forests is by itself value for money besides offering the opportunity to view wild life specially elephants, wild boar, sambar, etc.

Overnight stay at Periyar

After breakfastTravel to Alleppey to board your kettuvalam, a traditional rice barge houseboat, for an overnight cruise on the tranquil, palm-fringed Kerala backwaters. An onboard chef is at your service preparing local cuisine.

Overnight on houseboat

After breakfast on-board disembark your houseboat in Alleppey and travel overland to Cochin. On arrival in Kochi, check-in at your hotel

Later in the afternoon proceed for a tour of the city which has prospered as a busy port and commercial centre trading in spices, coffee and timber. The involvement of the Portuguese, Dutch and British over the years is evident in its architecture. See Fort Kochi, the Chinese fishing nets, St Francis Church, Jewish synagogue (Closed on Friday & Saturday) and Mattencherry Palace.

Overnight stay at Cochin

Breakfast at the Hotel (Room till 1200 Noon).Transfer to Kochi airport to board onward flight

Inclusions

09 Night hotel accommodation sharing twin room and inclusive of all taxes
Daily buffet breakfast at hotel of stay
Transportation using air-conditioned vehicle
Boat ride at Lake Periyar
Walking tour of Fort Kochi area
Lunch & dinner during stay on houseboat
English speaking local guides for sightseeing
Monument entrance fees (single visit)
GST

With our best compliments: 02 bottle of mineral water in the vehicle daily

Exclusions

Any item of personal nature such as table drinks, Laundry, Telephone calls, etc.
Camera fees (Still/video) at any monuments
Porterage at airport/Railway stations
Any Gratuities or tips anywhere on tour
Lunches and dinners
Optional tours (Given as supplements)
Any item not mentioned in inclusions
Early check-in & late check-out
International fare & Visa Fees

Notes

TOUR COST (Subject to change in case of changes in Government taxes)
Half-Board supplement price on request
Special Note: Rates are not valid from 20 December’2019 till 20 January’2020

SUPPLEMENT FOR UPGRADE TO 5* HOTELS PRICE ON REQUEST

HOTELS ENVISAGED (Failing shall provide similar alternatives)
City Nights Standard Hotels (3 & 4 Star)
Chennai 01 The Residency or similar
Mahabalipuram 01 Ideal Beach resort or similar
Pondicherry 01 Anandha Inn or similar
Trichy 01 Ideal River view or similar
Madurai 02 Astoria or similar
Periyar 01 Treetop or similar
Alleppey 01 Air-conditioned houseboat
Kochi 01 Abad Atrium or similar

Standard check in and check out time at hotels is 1200 hrs.
Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of accommodation not becoming available at any of the above mentioned hotels we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable).

Our offer is based on usage of base category rooms at the mentioned hotels (unless specified otherwise) and if this category of rooms is not available we shall try to confirm accommodation in next available higher category of rooms and shall advise supplement involved while conveying the status.

Trip Highlights

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Alleppey - Backwater Cruising - Kochi

Departure Period

01 Oct, 2020 to 31 Mar, 2021
AUD 2,175 P P twin share
AUD 2,954 P P single

01 Apr, 2021 to 30 Sep, 2021
AUD 2,018 P P twin share
AUD 2,663 P P single

01 Oct, 2021 to 31 Mar, 2022
AUD 2,175 P P twin share
AUD 2,954 P P single

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