South India Heritage Tour Packages - 16 Nights and 17 Days
Day 1: ARRIVE CHENNAI and drive to MAHABALIPURAM
Arrive Chennai, the gateway of India. On arrival transfer to Mahabalipuram. Day free to relax. Overnight at resort.
Day 2: EXPLORE MAHABALIPURAM
Full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Overnight at resort.
Day 3: DRIVE TO SWAMIMALAI
After breakfast drive to Swamimalai enroute visit Chidambaram, Gangaikondacholapuram, Darasuram and Kumbakonam. Later observe how the traditional crafts such as bronze statue making and pottery are done. Evening Cultural programme. Overnight at Resort.
Day 4: EXPLORE SWAMAMALAI and DRIVE TO TRICHY
After breakfast take a tour visiting the Big temple. After Lunch drive to Trichy. Visit Rock fort temple and Srirangam. Overnight at Trichy.
Day 5: DRIVE TO KARAIKUDI
Drive to Karaikudi, home to the Nattukottai Chettiars, a properous banking community, who ventured overseas to Ceylon, Burma and Indo-China in the 19th and 20th centuries and amassed great fortunes. Stay at The Bangala a charming 75 year old Chettinad Bungalow belonging to the Meyyappa Chettiar family that has been sensitively restored into a delightful heritage guesthouse.
Explore the area of Chettinad visiting some of the grand mansions that are an architectural delight.
Overnight at “THE BANGALA” an Heritage House.
Day 6: DRIVE TO MADURAI
Drive to Madurai and check in hotel. Afternoon visit 1000 pillared Meenakshi temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace and Gandhi Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: EXPLORE MADURAI
After breakfast proceed to Rameshwaram, the most sacred temple town of India. One of the twelve Jyotirlingam shrines is also well known, for its magnificent corridors and the massive sculptured pillars lining them. Lunch at local restaurant. Return to Madurai for dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8: DRIVE TO KOVALAM
Drive to Kovalam en route visiting Padmanabapuram Teak Palace, the only Teak palace in India. Visit enroute Haripad Subramanian Snake Temples which house 500 snake statues. Overnight at Chowra Beach near Kovalam at resort.
Day 9: EXPLORE KOVALAM
Optional exursion to Suchindram and back. Relax at the Beach. Overnight at resort.
Day 10: DRIVE TO THOTTAPALLY
Morning drive to Thottapally and check into your traditional Kettuvallam Houseboat. Travel through the lush green backwaters of Kerala observing the traditional lifestyle of the Keralites. A unique and totally relaxing experience and your crew will serve delicious keralean food on board. Overnight on board the houseboat.
Day 11: DRIVE TO KOCHI
After breakfast drive to Kochi. Visit the Jewish synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis’ Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a harbour cruise to see some of the nearby islands and the legendary Chinese fishing nets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: DRIVE TO CHERUTHURUTHI
After breakfast drive to Cheruthuruthi to visit Kathakali and Mohiniattam dance centre. Visit Local potters and weavers. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: DRIVE TO WAYANAD
Drive to Wyanad. Check into Vythiri Resort surrounded by lush green rainforests. This eco-friendly resort provides the visitors with ample opportunities for bird watching, trekking and an elephant ride at the nearby Muthanga Sanctuary. Overnight stay at Vythiri Resort.
Day 14: EXPLORE WAYANAD
Visit the nearby tribal village, tribal museum. After lunch take a 4-km trek to an awe-inspiring ancient cave, providing an insight to the rich Indian civilization. Overnight stay in Vythiri Resort.
Day 15: DRIVE TO MAHE
Drive to Mahe. On arrival transfer to hotel. In the afternoon visit to the fort and mosque. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16: EXPLORE MAHE
Visit the Kerala Traditional Dance centre to witness ‘Thayum’ and ‘Kalari Pati’. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17: DEPARTURE
Transfer to Kozhikode Airport to connect flight to Mumbai.
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