Destinations Covered :
Madras » Trichy » Madurai » Periyar » Cochin » Thrissur » Alleppey » Kovalam » Trivandrum
Duration: 10 nights / 11 days
Day 01: Arrival Madras
On arrival at Madras airport, special welcome by New Age Representative and transfer to hotel. Your afternoon sightseeing tour of Madras escorts you through the Fort St. George, Cathedral of Santhome and The Mylapore Temple among additional sights in the city, found by Francis day of the East India Company. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Madras - Trichy (316 kms)
Afternoon transfer to the station to connect train for Trichy. On arrival Trichy station, you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Trichy- Madurai (142 kms)
Morning city tour of Trichy. During your tour visit Rock Fort Temple, a prominent landmark. There is a Vinayaga Temple on the top. The Vinayaga Temple can be reached by climbing 437 steps cut into a tunnel in the rock. Thayumanaswamy Temple is located, half way to the top and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a 100-pillar hall and a 'Vimana' covered in gold leaf. Also visit Srirangam, just 10 kms from city, is well known for its Vaishnavite temple dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. The 13th century temple is set on a 250-hectare island in Cauvery, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Afternoon proceed by surface to Madurai. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening watch the closing ceremony of the Meenakshi Temple.
Day 04: Madurai - Periyar (160 kms)
Morning city tour of Madurai. Madurai is one of the Southern India's archaic and enchanting cities. Morning tour incorporates a visit to the highly ornamental Tirumala Nayak's Palace. It is 1 km from Meenakshi Temple. The main attraction here is the musical pillars and the pathway. Afternoon proceed by surface to Periyar. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Day 05: Periyar
Morning game viewing at sanctuary. Afternoon visit the Spice Plantations. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Periyar - Cochin
Morning proceed by surface to Kottayam to board backwater cruise up to Alleppey, which is maze of Bridges and Canals. Your backwater tour is a scenic run through picturesque avenues of lush tropical trees and lagoons. On arrival Alleppey you will continue drive to Cochin. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Day 07: Cochin - Thrissur - Cochin
Morning proceed by surface to Thrissur to witness the spectacular opening ceremony of Great Elephant March with 101 richly decorated elephants continue with elephant feeding. The Mela with traditional folklorique orchestra of Kerala State. Afternoon elephant ride starts towards Vilangankunnu. Arrive Vilangankunnu, refreshments provided in a village fair and sale of artisans. Return to Cochin and overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Cochin
Morning free. Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. The afternoon tour by boat ushers you through St. Francis Church and the 400 years old Jewish Synagogue. The Dutch Palace presents spectacular 17th century frescoes, court attire and numerous artifacts. Evening watch the Kathakali Dance Drama followed by Sea Food Specialty Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam
Morning proceed by surface to Alleppey to watch the snake boat race. Evening continue drive to Kovalam. On arrival check-in at the hotel.
Day 10: Kovalam
Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed to Trivandrum Stadium to witness the final and closing ceremony of Great Elephant March. Starts with 51 elephants with decorations and silk umbrellas march to the rhythm of music. Witness the special Kerala folk dance. After that drive back to Kovalam beach to witness a spectacular fire works and Bar-be-Que dinner at Kovalam beach.
Day 11 : Trivandrum - Final Departure
Bid a reluctant farewell to your newfound friends and this great country as you will board your flight back home.