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South India Pilgrimage Tour
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations :
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Houseboat Cruise - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Cochin - Kovalam - Trivandrum

Day 01 / Arrival in Chennai
Greeted at the Chennai airport by our representative and he will transfer you to check in at hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 02 / Chennai
After taking your morning breakfast, proceed to explore sightseeing of the city including Kapleshwara temple, St. Thomas Church, Art Gallery, St. George Fort, Marina beach (2nd longest beach of the world after California). In the evening, you will be returned to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03 / Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
Morning, you will be relocated to Mahabalipuram en-route Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi temples. Keep on your driving to Mahabalipuram, arrive & check in at hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04 / Mahabalipuram
In morning after excursion Pallave rock cut caves, Panch Ratha temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu & Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market, made sculptures by chisel & hammer. It is too important to visit. Thereafter, drive back to hotel for lunch. Rest of the day is at leisure at the beach. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
Day 05 / Mahabalipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore
In morning drive to Tanjore, your first stop will be at Chidambrum golden Natraja temple. After that, you drive to Gangekondcholapuram exciting Shiva temple built from 1012-1044 AD by Kind Rajendra I. The speciality of the temple and 1000 years engineering is the rays of sun falls on Nandi (bull) and it reflects and provides light to the Shiva Lingam since sun rise to sun set. Your stoppage will be at Kumbakonam water tank. It is considered that after every 12years 9 scared holy rivers including holy Ganges meet here. For the period of those days thousands of pilgrims dip into the tank to get salvation. Taking a miniature rest en-route and visiting Shiva temple at Darasuram. Then you reach Tanjore and check in at hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06 / Tanjore - Trichy
Exploring sightseeing of Tanjore including Brideshwarar Shiva Temple was built by King Raja Rajan. As usual South Indian temples have big Gopurmas (towers) but Brideshwarar Shiva Temple is parameter shaped, 65 meters high from the ground. This is one of the splendid temple architects of the Chola dynasty. Thereafter, return to hotel and after some rest drive to Trichy, arrive & check in at hotel. After lunch explore Srirangam Vishnu temple has 21 gopurmas (towers), one of the gopurma is 73 meters highest throughout India. Afterwards visit Rock Fort 83 meters above sea level having 344 steps to reach on the top to see Vinayaka temple. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
Day 07 / Trichy - Madurai
Morning after breakfast, drive to Madurai. You reach there in the afternoon; check in at hotel for lunch. Then explore Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Meenakshi temple has two main shrines one is dedicated to goddess Parvati (Menasha) and another to Sunereshwara (Shiva). Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
Day 08 / Madurai - Periyar
Morning, drive to Periyar in the afternoon and check in at hotel for lunch. Thereafter visit the spices Garden to watch different varieties of spice plantations such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee plantations and many more. Also visit Periyar Tiger Reserve by boat to watch different varieties of animals for instance tiger, panther, leopard, bison spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, groups of wild elephants and many birds. Dinner and overnight stay will be at hotel.
Day 09 / Periyar - Houseboat Cruise - Kumarakom
In morning after your breakfast, drive to Kumarakon to board houseboat Cruise to enjoy the cruise in backwaters. The cruise is very exciting and amazing to watch the real traditional Kerlan life who live on the banks of backwaters. Dinner & overnight will be at Houseboat cruise.
Day 10 / Houseboat Cruise - Alleppey - Cochin
Houseboat will drop you at Alleppey. On reaching there, you will be transferred to Cochin by deluxe car. Arrival and check in at hotel, afternoon visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church, one of the oldest Church built by the Europeans in 1503 A.D. Later visit traditional Kerlan Kathakali dances. Dinner and overnight stay will be at hotel in Cochin.
Day 11 / Cochin
Full day excursion to Cochin. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
Day 12 / Cochin - Kovalam
Early in the morning after breakfast, drive to Kovalam. On arrival, just proceed to check in at hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the sight attractions of Kovalam. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
Day 13 / Kovalam - Trivandrum
Early after breakfast, drive to Trivandrum airport to catch the flight for onward destination with sweet memory of your journey.
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