COAST TO COAST ACROSS THE SOUTH

An 18 DAY TOUR

MAHABALIPURAMPONDICHERRYTANJORECHETTINAD MADURAIPERIYAR BACKWATERS COCHIN

 

Tour Highlights:

  • The ancient shore temples at Mahabalipuram.
  • Pondicherry with its French and Tamil Influences and lazy Mediterranean feel.
  • The exquisite temples of Trichy, Tanjore & Madurai – unique in their architecture and atmosphere.
  • The trader’s mansions and excellent cuisine of Chettinad.
  • Periyar, known for it’s wildlife reserve and spice plantations.
  • Relax at the backwaters and be tempted to try an ayurvedic massage.
  • Discover the Old Fort Area in Cochin and its heritage and Chinese Fishing Nets.

Coast to coast, Chennai to Cochin  takes you through the  two most southern states of Incredible India. Two states that are vastly different, to the point where even the language and the alphabets are not the same!  Tamil Nadu is known for it’s extraordinary temples whose sculptures, colours,  and the numbers of devotees who still flock there daily make these living, breathing monuments. Each visit is different yet always fascinating, this is a cultural  immersion   like no other. Kerala is much more gentle, full of natural beauty and warm, heartfelt smiles, it is  laid back, warm, the food is delicious and a destination that invites you to relax, enjoy and want to come back for more.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

 

Day Activity Location Accommodation
1 After you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the day will be at leisure. Mahabalipuram GRT Temple Bay
2 A full day sightseeing of Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram GRT Temple Bay
3 Transfer by road to Pondicherry, rest of the day at leisure Pondicherry Palais du Mahe
4 Walking tour of Pondicherry, optional visit to Auroville. Pondicherry Palais du Mahe
5 Transfer by road to Tanjavur, visit the temple in the evening Tanjavur Svatma
6 A day visit to Trichy Tanjavur Svatma
7 A full day tour of Tanjavur Tanjavur Svatma
8 Transfer by road to Chettinad Chettinad Visalam
9 Sightseeing of Chettinad Chettinad Visalam
10 Transfer by road to Madurai, evening visit of the Sri Meenakshi Temple. Madurai The Heritance
11 Transfer by road to Periyar. Afternoon visit a spice plantation. Periyar Spice Village
12 Bamboo rafting and walking in the reserve. Periyar Spice Village
13 Transfer by road to the Backwaters. Rest of day at leisure. Backwaters Coconut Lagoon
14 Day at leisure Backwaters Coconut Lagoon
15 Optional day cruise on a houseboat or kayaking trip of the backwaters. Backwaters Coconut Lagoon
16 Transfer by road to Cochin. Evening sunset cruise. Cochin Brunton’s Boat Yard
17 Full day sightseeing of Fort Cochin. Cochin Brunton’s Boat Yard
18 Transfer to the airport for the onward flight.

Best time to visit: September to April

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