Southern Panorama

Duration : 13 Days
Destinations Covered :
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai
Extension Tours :
Periyar - Munnar - Palakkad -  Kadappuram - Kozhikode
Day 01   Chennai
Arrive Chennai, the gateway of South India.  You will be met by our Tour Manager and transferred to the hotel to relax.

Half a day sightseeing of Chennai.  Visit Government Museum, Fort St.George, Fort Museum, St Mary’s Church, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleswara temple, drive past the Marina beach  and a bit of shopping, if you are interested.   Overnight at Chennai.

Day 02   Mahablipuram
Breakfast at Hotel.
Full day visit of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.  Rest of the day free to relax on the sunny beach.  Ovenight at Mahabalipuram.
Day 03   Pondicherry

Breakfast at Hotel.  Drive to Pondicherry,  the French Town.
Proceed for a sightseeing of Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Paper Industry,  Government Museum, Chunambar Boat House - where facilities for boating, canoeing are available  The backwaters and luxuriant greenery on both sides of the river provide an idyllic setting for boating.  Later in the evening relax in the beach that runs along the city. 

Day 04   Tanjore
Drive to Tanjore.  Later proceed for sightseeing of Big temple, the Palace, and the ancient Saraswathi Mahal Library.  Overnight at Tanjore.
Day 05   Trichy

Breakfast at Hotel and drive to Trichy.  It is a fine blend of temples and monuments and one of the largest city.  Visit the Rock fort temple and Srirangam temple.  Overnight at Trichy.

Day 06   Madurai
Breakfast at Hotel and proceed to Madurai - a rich cultural heritage centre. Full day sightseeing of Madurai.  Visit 1000 pillared Meenakshiamman temple, Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace, Gandhi Museum, Alagarkoil, Koodal Azhagar temple. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 07   Madurai / Periyar

Breakfast at Hotel.  Drive to Thekkady  also known as Periyar (110 kms).  Drive thru’ the dense rubber.  Check in to your resort by Noon.  Evening game viewing by the boat in the sanctuary, surrounded by the hills. Wildlife includes elephants, gaur, wild dogs, otters, freshwater Tortoise and bird species like heroin, kingfisher, hornbill and fishbowls can be seen here in their natural habitat. Later visit spice plantations (Coffee & Cardamom) etc.  Overnight at Resort.

Day 08 Periyar / Munnar
After breakfast proceed to Munnar (130 Kms), lover’s paradise.  At altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 metres, Munnar ranks among the most beautiful hill stations in South Asia. The town of munnar stands at the confluence of three mountain streams. The journey to Munnar takes you through quaint little hill-towns and softly contoured hill slopes surrounded by plantations of tea, coffee and spices like cardamom and pepper. The air, fresh and rejuvenating, is fragrant with the delicate aromas of this spice district. Afternoon visit tea estate and market.  Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Munnar
After breakfast visit Majestic mountain peaks, lush green forests, wildlife sanctuaries and sparkling waterfalls merge to create the unique magic of Munnar. Among the exotic flora found here, is the Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus), which blossoms only once every twelve years. The Nilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat, can be spotted on the hillsides of Rajamala, a few kms from Munnar. Overnight at  Munnar.
Day 10 Munnar / Palakkad
Breakfast at Hotel and drive to Palakkad.  Palakkad is the Gateway to God's Own Country Kerala at the Foot Hills of Western Ghats and known for Palmyras and Paddy fields.  Stay in a Ayurvedic Resort.
Day 11    Palakkad / Kadappuram
Breakfast at Hotel.  Drive  and check-in to Kadappuram Beach Resort. This resort in Nattika beach is the place to experience the love of nature. The resort built in traditional architecture using locally available natural materials, is a village with its own characteristics spread over 4 acres of golden sand facing the sea. Walls using traditional mats and 'Ramacham' roots sandwiched in layers, blends Ayurveda in architecture. Lakeside restaurant serves the varieties of organic Kerala kitchen delicacies.
When the twilight falls entertain yourself with cultural extravaganza of Kerala, Kathakali, Theyyam, Kalaripayattu, Maappila Pattu, Mohiniyattom, Fokd Dance etc

Day 12    Kadappuram
Breakfast at Hotel .  Hire a Bicycle and explore the near by villages.  Take a boat ride or an elephant ride. Try out the local drink toddy to deviate from the usual. Enhance your knowledge of culture and history. Visit Punnathur elephant camp along with the ancient temples and monuments, the first Christian church of India at Palayoor built in the era of Apostle St.Thomas. Shop for the beautiful and useful items produced by the cottage industries. Watch the Athirappilly-Vazhachal water falls and exotic beauty of the mountains, etc.
Day 13    Departure Transfer
It is time to bid farewell!.   Transfer to Kozhikode  Airport in time to connect flight to onward destination.
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