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South India Group Tour 19 Nights 20 Days

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Day 1: Arrival Chennai – Transfer to Hotel On your arrival at the Chennai International airport you will be warmly welcomed and transferred by our representative to your hotel. You will be left free for the day.

Day 2: Drive to Kancheepuram After breakfast, drive to Kancheepuram “Temple Town”, 64 kms from Chennai famous for its temples & silks. By the 3rd century AD, it was a reputedly sophisticated city with its cultures and languages. Although Hinduism and Jainism were prevalent, it was significant for Buddhist scholarship. After check in at the hotel, drive to visit the famous temples – Ekambranatha & Kailash Nathan (Sandstone), built by Cholas and Pallavas respectively. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Mahabalipuram

Morning drive to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas, Mahishasurmardini caves, five uniquely created monolithic rathas and the remnants of the Shore Temple(one of the Oldest temples in South India) which are part of World heritage. The main attraction of Mahabalipuram is an open rock relief known as "Arjuna's Penance". Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4: Day Free at Mahabalipuram Day free to explore Mahabalipuram on your own.

Day 5: Drive to Pondicherry After breakfast proceed to Pondicherry. On arrival, check in at the Hotel. Afternoon go for a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry. Pondicherry, a former French colony settled in early 18th century, is a charming coastal town with a few enduring pockets of French culture and Sri Aurbindo Ashram which propounds spiritual tenets that represents a synthesis of Yoga. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 6: Drive to Tanjore After breakfast drive to Tanjore en route visit the extra ordinary architec- ture of Cholas at Kumbakonam and Darasuram; where you could visit Sarangapani Temple, Mahamaham Tank and the Airavatheswara Temple of 12th centuray. Tanjore- ancient capital of Chola Kings who were responsible for construction of the distinct temples including the world heritage monument Brihadeswara Temple. Tanjore is famous for best Chola bronzes and magnificent glass paintings flourished in the 18th century. The city is also known as the birth place of ‘Bharathanatyam’-

which is the traditional classical dance form of Tamil Nadu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 7: Sightseeing Tour of Tanjore You can visit the Brihadeeshwara temple which is the main attraction of the town built by Raja Raja Cholan and the Palace built by Nayakas and Saraswati Mahal library. In the afternoon you will be left free to explore Tanjore on your own or you can choose to relax at the hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Madurai – En route Visit Trichy After breakfast at hotel drive to Madurai . En route visit Trichy. After visiting the Rock fort and Sriranganatha swami Temple proceed to Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, check in at hotel and relax. Evening visit Madurai Meenakshi Temple for the Night Ceremony.

Day 9: Drive to Munnar

Morning sightseeing tour of Madurai. You can visit the Madurai Meenak- shi temple famous for the 1000 pillared Hall carrying some beautiful sculptures of the seventeenth Century and Thirumalainayak Palace. Then proceed to Munnar covered with unending expanse of tea plantations. On arrival you can check in at the hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Munnar After breakfast you can proceed for an exciting local tour of Munnar. You can visit Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats called the Nilgiri Tahr, then visit tea and cardamom plantations, the breathtaking hills, Mattupety Lake and Dam . Overnight stay at Munnar.

Day 11: Drive to Thekkady –Spice Plantation Visit After breakfast at hotel, check out and drive to Thekkady. Thekkady is a world famous wildlife sanctuary and it is also called as Periyar Wildlife Santuary. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which include elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar etc. You can check in at the hotel and in the evening you will be taken to visit the Spice Plantations. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

Day 12: Game viewing at Periyar Lake This day you will be taken for a game viewing cruise on the Periyar Lake. You will get a chance to see a variety of wild animals in their natural habitat. For the rest of the day you will be left free to explore the beauty of Thekkady on your own. Overnight stay at Thekkady.

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