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Check out from the hotel and drive to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram, the golden city of thousand temples is a major Hindu pilgrim and cultural centre has a political significance since it served as a capital of Pallava rulers in the 7th -9th century. Important examples of Hindu temple architecture spanning almost a thousand years are preserved at Kanchipuram. Arrive at Mahabalipuram and check in to the resort. Mahabalipuram; once a flourishing port of the Pallavas of ancient India. The monuments and sculptures here are world-renowned. Arrive at Mahabalipuram and check in to the hotel. Afternoon proceed for a half day sightseeing trip to rock cut cave temples. The stunning sculptures especially that of Krishna Mandapam, Five Rathas, reflects the architectural finesse during the Pallava period. The shore temple here is a must-see for any tourist. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Pondicherry. Arrive at Pondicherry and check in to the hotel. Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour Pondicherry; a charming coastal town and a former French colony famous for its unique cultural heritage and natural beauty. Explore the nearby places including Auroville, the main attraction of the town is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram founded in 1926.Based on the teachings of philosopher poet Aurobindo Ghose and also known as the Centre of Intergral Yoga. Pondicherry museum and the botanical garden are the other attractions here. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Check out from the hotel and drive to Thanjavur. Arrive at Thanjavur and check in to the hotel. Once the capital of Chola dynasty which ruled South India between 10th and 14th centuries. Visit the most spectacular Brihadeeswara Temple, capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite rock weighing 80 tonnes. The temple itself is decorated with carved panels depicting mythological events. Later, visit Saraswathi Mahal Library and the Art Gallery with its large collection of chola bronzes. Arrive at Thanjavur and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Thanjavur.
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and drive to Madurai. Enroute visit Trichy. Visit the
magnificent Rock Fort that dominates the city. 437 steps cut out into the rock side and
interspersed with shrines lead to the Vinayaka Temple built at its highest point. The ascent is
climaxed by a magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri River. At a lower level along the rock is the
Tayumanaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, visit Srirangam, a massive temple on
an island in the Cauvery and dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. The temple has 21
magnificent gopurams and is adorned with exquisite sculptures.
Arrive at Madurai and check in to the hotel.
Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai. Highly significant with its cultural and historical background, the city has tourist attractions in plenty, the most prominent among them being The Meenakshi Temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Other important attractions include Thirumalai Naicker Palace, Koodal Azhagar Temple and the Gandhi Museum. Late evening witness the vibrant and colorful Pooja ceremony at Meenakshi Temple. Overnight stay at Madurai.
Start your day with an excursion to Rameswaram - the most sacred temple town in India is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana. Arrive at Rameswaram and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Rameswaram. The holy island is considered as one of the four most sacred Hindu pilgrim centers have the most visited Shiva shrines, dedicated to Sri Ramanathaswamy. Associated with the life of Sri Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana, that both Saivites and Vaishnavites visit Rameswaram with devotion. The Ramanathaswamy temple here has the world’s longest corridor. The sea is just 100metres away from the entrance of the temple is very calm and the water is considered scared and pilgrims aspire for a holy dip in the sea. Traditional belief among the Hindus that a pilgrimage to Kashi will be complete only after a visit to Rameswararm, also hailed as “Benaras of the South”. Drive back to Madurai after the tour. Overnight stay at Madurai.
Check out from the hotel and drive to Munnar. Arrive at Munnar and check in to the resort. Munnar - Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is situated 1600 Meter above sea level. Once the summer resort of erstwhile British Government in South India and the best hill station with sprawling tea plantations in the state. Blessed with a rich variety of flora and fauna with the most well known Neelakurinji (botanical name: Strobilanthus) flowering once in 12 years. Balance of the day you are at leisure to enjoy on your own. Overnight stay at Munnar.
After breakfast proceed to Rajamala. Visit the Eravikulam National Park, the 97 sq km park with its irresistible grace and beauty is home to the endangered Mountain goats. Enjoy a guided short trek in the beautiful hill station. Afternoon - Visit the Mattupetty Dam built in the mountains. Later visit Echo point, a very popular place for the natural phenomenon. The echo that reverberates after hitting the distant hills is fascinating. Overnight stay at Munnar.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Thekkady. Situated within the confines of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. The picturesque lake in the heart of the sanctuary was originally 26 sq km but now spans an area of 55 sq km. This perennial source of water, which initially led to the submersion of large tracts of forestland, slowly attracted wild animals. It eventually resulted in the adjoining forests being granted protection. Post-1975 Periyar finds itself in the enviable position of being a protected tiger reserve. The terrain ranges from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type. Arrive at Thekkady and check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Check out from the hotel and drive to Alleppey. Arrive at Alleppey and board the houseboat at noon for a backwater cruise and for an overnight stay. While cruising in these floating luxury- villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed- down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Overnight stay in houseboat.
Check out from the resort and drive to Trivandrum airport. Board the flight to your onward destination feeling contented about a wonderful holiday you spent in with us. Our services end after dropping you at Trivandrum airport.
Good afternoon Praveen and indeed the whole of the intersight team who have made our short stay here in India so magical. We have just finished our last guided tour with your team and again it was magnificent.
Won the "Best Tour Operator of South India" Award in South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2017.
Best Domestic Tour Operator' in India from Central Minister
Nehru Peace Foundation award for Excellence in Tourism and CRS Activities