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Visiting Alleppy, Chennai, Cochin, Kanchipuram, kerala, Kovalam, Madurai, Munnar, Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur, Thekkady, Trivandrum

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Itineraries

Day 1

Chennai

On arrival at Chennai airport , you will be met and assisted by our company representative at the airport. Drive to Hotel local sightseeing depending on the arrival of flight.Overnight stay at chennai

Day 2

Chennai

After breakfast sightseeing of Chennai on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. St. George Fort, located on the banks of Bay of Bengal, was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. The military architecture marvel, it was erected as a trading post.Government Museum incepted during colonial rule, the Government Museum of Chennai is one of the one of the oldest museums of India. The main attractions of the museum include the Hindu Sculpture Gallery, Bronze Gallery, Amravathi Gallery and the National Art Gallery. Return to the hotel. Overnight at Chennai

Day 3

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram, known for its Pallava temples and sculptures, which is famous for its unique 7th-century Shore Temple, lovely beach and some of the most beautiful rock-cut temples in the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. This town was a workshop for temple building. Visit the seven pagoda-style shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven Rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. Later drive to Pondicherry.. Overnight at Pondicherry

Day 4

Pondicherry

After breakfast city tour covering the French Quarter of Puducherry and Museum & the Aurobindo Ashram.A visit to Auroville & see the amazing life style which people from almost 60 countries stay together in harmony. Do not miss the Maitrimandir. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 5

Thanjavur

After breakfast proceed to Thanjavur . Thanjavur is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its many temples include the 11th-century Brihadeeswarar Temple, a vast Chola dynasty–era complex with a frescoed interior. Thanjavur Maratha Palace is home to the centuries-old Saraswathi Mahal Library, with palm-leaf manuscripts, and Thanjavur Art Gallery, with bronze statues. Tamil University Museum displays coins, folk artifacts and musical instruments.

Day 6

Madurai

After breakfast proceed for city tour of Madurai visiting Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, known as the temple town of South India is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu. Famous for the Meenakshi Temple, with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. Afternoon/evening free to visit the markets & walk through the temple area. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 7

Kanyakumari

After breakfast, drive to Kanyakumari Enroute Visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace, palace. Kanyakumari has been named after the Goddess Kanyakumari Amman who is a religious deity of the area. It lies on the southern most land tip of India, where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal meet. Kanyakumari is blessed with beautiful beaches and the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Check-in at the Sparsa Resort for an overnight stay. Visit Kanyakumari Amman Temple, the famous Gandhi Memorial, the Vivekananda memorial and the Thiruvalluvar Statue standing some 133 ft high, on the offshore islands. Overnight at Kanniyakumari

Day 8

Kovalam

After breakfast drive to Kovalam, Kovalam, offers an excellent diversity with Kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort. Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southernmost part of lighthouse beach.overnight stay ay Kovalam.

Day 9

Kovalam

Option to enjoy the sightseeing of Trivandrum town covering Padmanabha Swami temple, Kuthira Malika palace and Napier museum. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beach on your own. Overnight at Kovalam

Day 10

Alleppey

After breakfast drive to Alleppey to enjoy a Kettuvallam (Local boat) ride with Keralite Lunch through the Backwaters. Overnight at resort

Day 11

Thekkady

After breakfast check out from Hotel and proceed to Thekkady. As you wind your way up the road, the wooded terrain clears to reveal a breathtaking spectacle of rolling tea and cardamom plantations. Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air; savour the rich fragrance of cinnamon and cloves. Thekkady is situated 2800 ft above sea level; the climate is pleasantly cool through out the year. Periyar is South India ’s most popular wildlife sanctuary. This is the only wild life sanctuary in India that offers the unique opportunity of viewing wild life in their natural habitat at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. After a guided spice plantation tour in the afternoon , enjoy a boat ride in the lake and if you are lucky you can watch young elephants drinking at the water’s edge. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12

Munnar

After breakfast drive to Munnar. A scenic drive to the famous hill station Munnar at an altitude of nearly 6000 ft. Here the British government established their summer retreat many years ago, thus avoiding the summer heat of the coastal regions. On the journey you pass fields of pineapples, rubber, cardamom, vanilla, pepper also cocoa, coffee and tea plantations.Overnight stay at Munnar

Day 13

Munnar

After breakfast enjoy local visit in Munnar. Drive through the meticulously groomed tea plantations situated in this wonderful mountain region, where the air is cool and fresh. Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Tea Museum etc. Overnight at Munnar

Day 14

Cochin

Morning after breakfast proceed to Kochi, is one of the most famous historical cities of Kerala. Cochin is also famous for its exceptionally beautiful backwaters and beaches. Upon arrival check into Hotel Ibis Kochi City Centre. Afternoon guided sightseeing of the Heritage fort Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis – Church & Chinese Fishing Net. . Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15

Domestic Flight to Delhi

Day 16

Arrive Delhi

Morning after breakfast proceed to Kochi, is one of the most famous historical cities of Kerala. Cochin is also famous for its exceptionally beautiful backwaters and beaches. Upon arrival check into Hotel Ibis Kochi City Centre. Afternoon guided sightseeing of the Heritage fort Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis – Church & Chinese Fishing Net. . Overnight at Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17

Delhi

After breakfast visit - Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Ghandi, drive past Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, Jama Masjid, one of the longest mosque in India and Chandini Chowk, shopping center of Delhi. New Delhi visiting Qutaub Minar built by Qutub – ud –Din Aibek in 1199. India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Lakshminarayan Temple – a modern Hindu Temple and drive past President House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18

Delhi – Agra by surface (204 Kms)

After breakfast drive to Agra and check-in at the hotel. Agra is famous as being home to one of the "seven wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal". This city was once the capital of the Mughal empire and it has several monuments which display the splendour of Mughal architecture. Besides the monuments, Agra is worth a visit for the masterpieces of craftsmen recreating the glory of the Mughal period and for the Mughlai cuisine, the aroma of which fills the narrow lanes of AOvernight at the hotel. Afternoon visit Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.

The world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Perhaps no other historical monument has evoked as much awareness and admiration from tourists and travellers alike, as the magnificent Taj Mahal - fondly called by people as the ultimate requiem of love, from a great Mughal Emperor to his beloved. So overwhelming is the exquisite beauty and presence of this marble mausoleum that centuries later today, even the very land where it has been located - Agra - has been immortalised as the City of the Taj. Yet, it doesn’t take much for the roving eye to discover that there's more to Agra than just the fabled Taj Mahal. The city is a virtual gateway to a world of discovery… a freeze-frame from a resplendant era that's long since gone by. Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Also visit the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daullah built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19

Agra – Jaipur by surface (238 Kms)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. The royal city at Fatehpur Sikri, situated 40 Kms miles west of Agra, was built at the orders of the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. While Akbar himself was illiterate, he took a keen interest in literature, architecture, and the arts. He is also reputed to be a very tolerant ruler, and the buildings at Fatehpur Sikri blended both Islamic and Hindu elements in their architectural style. One of the buildings even reflects the new sycretistic faith founded by Akbar, Din-e-ilahi, which though very short-lived remains a matter of controversy. On arrival in Jaipur check-in at the hotel.

Jaipur the capital city of Rajasthan is the first planned city of India. It has been the capital of the royalty and it still retains the glory of the past through the monuments, forts and palaces built by Rajaputs, the Royal Family. The entire city of Jaipur is painted in pink and thereby attained the name Pink City. The customs, traditions, civilization and legacy of the place is truly different. Artistic temples and gardens of Jaipur make the atmosphere serene and the cultural heritage makes it effervescent. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 20

Jaipur

After breakfast proceed excursion to the Amber Fort. The Amber Fort looks stunning, all-built in white marble and red sandstone. To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its foreground. The crystal mirror image of the Fort, on the still waters of the lake, seems to be a beautiful illusion. The marvelous decoration of the Amer Fort is influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim manner of ornamentation. The best part of this tourist attraction situated on a crafty hill, is the royal elephant ride. The flawless beauty of the Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant ride.

Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning. The Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Vicotry", with its famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating "Hall of Mirrors". Afternoon visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar (Observatory). The City Palace – is now converted into a Museum. The architecture of the City Palace is a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The Complex comprises of many structures, courtyards, gardens and buildings. The City Palace does not only have a lot of historical significance but is also a reminder of the royal past. It stands as a symbol of the royal elegance and courtly splendor that is no longer visible.

Other important attractions are the Textile and Costume Museum, Art Gallery, Chandra Mahal, Mubarak Mahal, and Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am. Hawa Mahal is a major landmark and a famous tourist attraction of Jaipur. The literal meaning of Hawa Mahal is Palace of Winds. The Palace offers a beautiful sight to behold. The splendid Rajputana architecture of Hawa Mahal, still speaks the glory of the royal family.

Drive past Hawa Mahal - Strange though it may seem, this most famous landmark of Jaipur is not actually a palace but a series of sandstone screens. This pink structure was constructed so that the ladies of the palace could watch the royal processions without being seen by any outsider. This sandstone edifice was named Palace of Winds after the many brass wind vanes that adorned it until 1960s.

Jantar Mantar (Observatory) - at Jaipur is the largest stone observatory in the World and this feature makes it, a special destination for a traveler. Jantar Mantar has a remarkable collection of architectural astronomical instruments. It portrays noteworthy attempt of the ancestors, who were interested in astronomy and knowledge of celestial bodies. Amongst all the instruments, the Sundial usually attracts the maximum attention of people, which tells the time to an accuracy of about two seconds in local time of Jaipur. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 21

Jaipur – Jodhpur by surface (320 Kms/06 Hrs).

After breakfast drive to Jodhpur. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Jodhpur, Nestling within the depths of the Thar Desert, is the stronghold of the Rathore clan - Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, the second largest city of Rajasthan, after Jaipur. The town was once known as Marwar, which means 'Land of Death', probably, referring to the harsh desert climate. It is an island of marble palaces, cordoned off from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions

Afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing tour visiting the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. This fort is one of the largest fort in India. the fort is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq km, with seven gates. It has been a witness to the splendor of bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous places in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpur sculptures. Mehrangarh literally means "Majestic Fort". Visit Jaswant Thada which is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899 A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal king Jahangir.

Umaid Bhawan Palace - This immense palace known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used. the only palace built in 20th century under the famine .It was built in a time of peace and is quite western in its design. It was built as a famine relief project which employment to people for 16 years. It has its own theatre, eight dining rooms, and a banquet hall which seats three hundred people. A Ball Room had been built, catering to the Westernized royal lifestyle. Much of the interior of the palace is in the art deco style. In fact, it is said to be one of the finest surviving examples of art deco in the world. Deep within the palace is an indoor swimming pool, with a mosaic of zodiac symbols. The palace now runs as a hotel, though, a part of it has been retained as a museum and part as royal residence.

Government Musuem - This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, sculptures, antique weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 22

Jodhpur – Udaipur by surface (269 Kms/05 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Udaipur enroute visiting the Ranakpur Jain Temple. Ranakpur Jain Temple which was built during the reign of the liberal and gifted Rajput monarch Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The total number of columns is 1,444 all of which are intricately carved with no two being alike.The main temple is a Chaumukh or a four-faced temple dedicated to Adinath. The three other Jain temples in the same complex, including a temple of the Sun God, are all well worth a visit. One kilometer away from the temple complex is the temple of Amba Mata.

On arrival in Udaipur check-in at the hotel. Udaipur, There is no place in India which appeals more to the imagination of poets and painters, travellers and writers, than Udaipur, the lovely lake side capital of Mewar. The city's inherent romance and beauty, and its remarkable past, bristling with episodes of heroism and splendour, continue to enthrall the visitor. Udaipur, the City of Dawn, looms up like a vision in white.Surrounded by hills and mountains, and set on the edge of three lakes, which give on to a fertile plain, it is bewitching in all its details - narrow streets lined by vivid coloured stalls, gardens, temples and palaces - every feature mirrored in the placid blue waters of lake Pichhola.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 23

Udaipur

After breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing of Udaipur visiting the City Palace, Completely white and majestic, the City Palace stands on a hill surrounded by crenellated walls. Its main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the Tripolia, built in 1725. The Suraj Gokhada, the Balcony of the Sun, where the Suryavanshi Maharanas of Mewar, presented themselves in times of trouble to the people to restore their confidence, is another fascinating monument Jagdish Temple, Built in 1651 A.D., by Maharaja Jagat Singh I, it is the largest and most splendid temple in Udaipur.

Drive around Fateh Sagar is a beautiful lake, overlooked by a number of hills on the three sides and the Pratap Memorial on the north was built by Maharana Fateh Singh. In the middle of the lake is Nehru Park-a lovely garden island with a boat shaped café accessible by an enjoyable boat ride. Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Queen resort for her friends) is a small ornamental garden was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll and hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiseled kiosks and marble elephants. Bharatiya Lok Kala Musuem has interesting collection exhibited by this Indian folk arts museum includes folk dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings and the high point of the exhibits puppets.

Late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 24

Udaipur – Delhi by flight

Breakfast at the hotel. In time transfer to Airport to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival connect flight for onward destination.

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