India Christian and Dravidian | 18 days

Trivandrum –Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Padmanathapuram – Kovalam –Alleppey –Cochin – Pollachi Kodaikanal – Madurai – Tiruchchirappalli – Tanjore – Pondichery – Mahabalipuram – Madras – Onwards
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Tour Overview

South India travel route comprises of Christian and Hindu, lush lands to its extreme point that plunges into the Indian Ocean. Long time will remain in you these wonderful images perceived at the corner of a village, French colony Pondicherry, UNSECO world heritages sites, Dravidian style of Architectural, colorful churches, this religious fervor, spices routes, coffee and tea plantation, multicolored saris, bright smiles. Calmed, surely changed and jostled by encounters with this omnipresent humanity and by the beauty of the landscapes, if you wish, you can choose the Ayurvedic treatments directed towards the rejuvenation. During your say

Tour Highlights

  • Traditional Indian Welcome
  • Visit to Kanyakumari India’s Land’s End
  • Visit to Padmanathapuram to see the temple
  • Life time experience to stay in House boat
  • Explore the Nectar City of Madurai
  • Visit to Tirumal Nayak’s Palace and Meenakshi temple
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage SiteBrahadeshwarar Temple
  • Explore the French city Pondicherry
  • Visit the little Sea Side town of Mamallapuram
  • Visit the UNSCO side of Mahabalipuram

Day 01 Arrive Trivandrum -Kovalam

Arrival in Thiruvananthapuram, welcome and transfer to your hotel overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches of Kerala. Here you will discover the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine (rejuvenation medicine), succulent diets and invigorating massages. Yoga classes are free.

Day 02 Kovalam

Today is free for own activities or take sun bath on beach side. Overnight stay

Day 03 Kovalam – Kanyakumari –Padmanathapuram

After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari – is India’s Land’s End where waters of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal meet. It is one of the Hindu Pilgrims centres of India. A fine beach landscape with stands of different of colors is another interesting aspect of Kanyakumari. Palm leaf utility articles of Kanyakumari are very famous. Gandhi Memorial – in memory of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and a Mandapams has been erected near the temple. Our sightseeing continues to Vivekananda Memorial – there are two rocks projecting out of the ocean, south east of Kanyakumari Amman temple. These rocks provide an ideal vantage point for visitors desiring to view the land’s end of India. It was one of these rocks that Swami Vivekananda set in long & deep meditation. On this rock stands the “Vivekananda Rock Memorial” built in 1970 – a blend of all the architecture style of India. On the way back to Kovalam visit the Padmanathapuram Palace, a magnificent complex contained in a 4-kilometer long granite fortress. Overnight stay

Day 04 Kovalam

Today is free day in Kovalam to enjoy the enchanting surroundings of your hotel or you can take Ayurvedic cure treatments of rejuvenation. Overnight stay

Day 05 Kovalam –Alleppey

After breakfast drive to Alleppey to board the floating hotel in the famous backwaters. Kettuvalam - An Authentic Kerala Houseboat - the moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. A unique experience and an authentic meeting with rural India, small fishing villages, coconut groves, smiles of children,canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Night on board.

Day 06 Alleppey –Cochin 60 kms

After breakfast drive to Cochin– Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats &Kochi, one of the India’s most colorful cities, the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses and shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can visit the fort cochin,Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side. Continue to the Mattanchery Palace, or "Dutch palace", which houses magnificent murals. Overnight stay in Cochin

Day 07 Cochin – Pollachi 180 kms/4.30 hrs   

After breakfast drive to Pollachi is a town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu state, India. Located about 40 km to the south of Coimbatore, it is the second largest town in the district after Coimbatore. Pollachi is a very popular Marketplace, with large markets for jaggery and vegetables. Overnight stay

Day 08 Pollachi –Kodaikanal 128 kms/2.30 hrs

After breakfast drive to Kodaikanal, mountain resort (2100 m) surrounded by blue eucalyptus forests and appreciated for its freshness in any season. Its beautiful homes are scattered in a beautiful landscape of mountains, forests and lakes.

Day 09 Kodaikanal

After breakfast the day is free to discover the wildlife museum at Sacred Heart College and the beautiful waterfalls that magnify these mountain landscapes.

Day 10 Kodaikanal – Madurai

After breakfast drive to Nectar City of Madurai depended on schedules it is possible to buy bracelets, spices or saris in the bazaar. In the evening take Tuk Tuk ride passes through bustling bazaar to see the aarti ceremony at Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay

Day 11 Madurai

After breakfast visitto Nectar City of MaduraiMeenakshi temple, where you can visit Dravidian Temple architecture may be seen in its exuberant baroque phase. Its hall of thousand pillars is fabulous & is filled with worshippers at all hours of the day, another terrific photographic opportunity. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace, which is in a highly decorative monument. Its enormous roofed arcade supported by 48 - foot high stone pillar, still stands. Overnight stay

Day 12 Madurai – Tiruchirappalli 135 kms / 2 hrs

After breakfast drive to Tiruchirappalliupon arrivalvisit to Chola Citadel during the Sangam age & was also briefly ruled by the Pallavas & the Pandyas. Visit to Rock Fort the 83-meter high rock fort is in the center of the Trichy. Its 344 rock-cuts steps take one to the Uchipillayar temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka. Half way up is the temple of Lord Shiva dedicated to Thayumanaswami Jambukeshwara Temple here has Shiva lingam almost submerged in water

Day 13 Tiruchirappalli - Tanjore 57 kms

After breakfast drive to Tanjore, musical capital and rice granary of India, one of the biggest religious centers of India of the south. It was once the capital of the Chola, the most brilliant kingdom of this region. upon arrival visit the 9th century Chola Dynasty Temple of Brahadeshwarar TempleanUNESCO World Heritage Site in Thanjavur later drive to Kumbakonam 34 kms from Thanjavur Kumbakonam is located among the two rivers Cavery & Arasalar. The town is famous for brass, vessels, bettel leaves. It is primarily a market town for the predominately agriculture based villages surroundings. Overnight at your hotel

Day 14 Tanjore – Pondicherry

After breakfast country side drive to Pondicherry presents an unusual combination of European culture & Indian traditions. An added attraction fair is the township of Auroville, an Oasis of Peace & Enlighten.

Auroville - or the ‘City of Dawn’ - was conceived as a place of research into the ideal of human unity by the Mother, the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo. The idea is to build a futuristic city where people of goodwill can live together in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. Auroville came into existence in 1968. Its Charter says, “To live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness”, and describes it as “belonging to nobody in particular, but to humanity as a whole”; as a place “of constant progress”; and as “a bridge between the past and the future.”Overnight stay Pondichery

Day 15 Pondichery

After breakfast A day to taste the charms of this city and its contrasts: the "black city" and its templesvery lively dedicated to Ganesh, Shiva or even Durga the goddess of war, its colorful markets. Inthe white city the churches of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of the Angels or OurDame of the Immaculate Conception. A walk in the city in cyclo-pousse, in the discovery of the old French districts. Youpass by the ocher walls of the Alliance française and the French school created in 1826. finally the consulategeneral of France which retains its authentic charm of the 18th century.

Visit to Sri Aurobindo Ashramwhose buildings sprawl throughout the town: they also make paper and books, often beautifully bound in silk. The old seafront - Beach Road - makes a lovely morning stroll, there is a museum, several elaborate Catholic churches and 19th century Botanical Gardens planted with around 900 species of plants. In the late afternoon youwill not miss making the inevitable stroll along Beach Road.Overnight stay in Pondichery

Day 16 Pondichery – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to scares city of Kanchipuram the “City of seven Pagodas” where we see outcroppings of rock that have been delicately carved into temples and life-sized replicas of elephants, lions and bulls. The carved Penance of Bhaghirata here is the largest bas-relief in the world.

Kanchipuram was one of the main centers of diffusion of Buddhism. You begin the visit of the site to the 7th century temple of Kailashnatha, perfect example of the Dravidian style. Dedicated to Shiva, it is the first monumental temple built in South India. Its surrounding wall is one of the most richly decorated of South India. Then the temple of Ekambareshvara, the holiest of the temples of the city, dominated by its huge gopuram 58 meters high.

Kanchipuram will also tell you the colors of his saris and the art of weaving silk. This craft activity already flourishing at the time of the kings Pallavas is renowned throughout India. Overnight stay in Kanchipuram

Day 17 Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to the little Sea Side town of Mamallapuram(Mahabalipuram), an hour’s drive from Chennai situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu has pris time beaches, spanning 20 kms, bright Sun & Crisp Sand, Wrapping up untold tales of the 7th Century. Here time stands still; and presents meet the past. A serene town nested amidst the historical stone sculptures and medieval architecture, that stands witness to the UNESCO rich world heritage – Mahabalipuram.

Today visit to Shore Temple: The most renowned landmark of Mamallapuram is the Shore Temple. Standing alone on the shore, this temple is protected by a wall constructed to minimise erosion. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion.

Arjuna's Penance: This quaint little town of Mamallapuram in enriched with ancient with ancient and splendid sculptures. Each of the beautiful works of art has a story to tell. Like the large 27 m by 9 m bas-relief that narrates the tale of Arjuna's Penance. Arjuna here is shown standing on one leg to please Lord Shiva into helping him winback the Pandava Empire. A fascinating combination of humans, animals and celestial beings seem to be rushing to the revered scene. Most prominent among them is a 4.8 m majestic elephant leading a procession. Also known as the Descent of the Ganga, this impressive canvas portrays the life giving River Ganges flowing out from its high source in the Himalayas. Enchanting stories from the Panchatantra are also a part of this magnificent bas-relief. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram

Day 18 Mahabalipuram – Onward Destination

After breakfast say good bye to this unforgatable and memorable tour and in time departure to Madras International airport to board the flight for onward destination

Accommodation

  • 04 Night stay in Kovalam
  • 01 Night stay in House Boat
  • 01 Night stay in Cochin
  • 01 Night stay in Pollachi
  • 02 Night stay in Kodaikanal
  • 02 Night stay in Madurai
  • 01 Night stay in Tiruchirappalli
  • 01 Night stay in Tanjore
  • 02 Night stay in Pondicherry
  • 01 night stay in Kanchipuram
  • 01 night stay in Mahabalipuram

Dinning

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast at hotel restaurant
  • During stay in House boat meal on full board basis
  • Inclusive of Taxes

Transportation

  • All transfers, Sightseeing and excursions by Air conditioned vehicle
  • Services of local English Speaking Guides at destination
  • All State taxes, toll taxes & Parking Charges
  • All monument entry fees wherever applicable
  • Entry fees of Kathakali dance show
  • Tuk Tuk Ride in Pondichery

Exclusions

Language guide, Major meal Laundry, Insurance, Tips, Telephone Calls, Hard drink /beer and Expenses like personal nature