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16 Days Tamilnadu and Kerala Tour chennai to kochi

    DAY 1 : Coming to Chennai International Airport

On the first day of your Tamil Nadu Tour, you will arrive at Chennai International Airport where you will receive arrival assistance. Following this, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will commence your tour by visiting some of Chennai's significant sightseeing places, including Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church, St. Thomas Church, Marina Beach, and Kapaleeswarar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the three principal deities of Hinduism. You will spend the night in Chennai.

    DAY 2 : Cultural Odyssey: Chennai to Kanchipuram to Mahabalipuram

In the morning, embark on a journey to the Temple City Tour in the renowned Silk city of "Kanchipuram", a historically significant capital of the Pallava dynasty that reigned between the 7th and 8th centuries. Begin by visiting the Ekambareswarar Temple, a revered shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple stands out for its towering structures and grand halls adorned with intricately sculpted pillars.

Next, proceed to the Kailasanathar Temple, another architectural marvel dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple, built in the 8th century, showcases the finest examples of Pallava architecture, boasting exquisitely carved sculptures. Take a break for lunch in the city before continuing your journey to Mahabalipuram, an ancient port city that once thrived under the Pallava dynasty. Rest and rejuvenate at a beach resort, enjoying the serene surroundings. Conclude the day with an overnight stay in Mahabalipuram, immersing yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of this remarkable destination.

    Day 3 : Mahabalipuram - UNESCO Heritage Marvels

Following breakfast, embark on a brief drive to partake in the renowned World Heritage UNESCO Monumental Tour. Begin your day by exploring the Sea Shore Temple, a hallowed place dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Proceed to the Five Rathas, a monolithic structure that showcases a distinctive style constructed by the Pallavas. Conclude the tour with visits to Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave, and Krishna's Butter Ball. Take a leisurely stroll through the artisanal streets, where skilled craftsmen create stone sculptures. Return to the hotel for an additional night's stay in Mahabalipuram.

    Day 4 : Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry - Embracing French Charm

In the morning, proceed to Pondicherry (Puducherry) known as "The French Colony". Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the late afternoon, commence your Pondicherry City tour by visiting the renowned Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual retreat dedicated to Sri Aurobindo and "The Mother". Explore the architectural marvels of "The Church of Sacred Heart" and "Notre dame des Anges", as well as the vibrant French Colony and local markets. Experience the local culture by taking a rickshaw ride through the bustling commercial streets. Afterward, return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. Enjoy an overnight stay in Puducherry.

    Day 5 : Temples and Heritage Journey - Chidambaram, Gangaikondacholapuram, Darasuram, Kumbakonam

After breakfast, proceed to Kumbakonam to embark on the Heritage Tour. Along the way, make a stop at the renowned Nataraja temple in Chidhambaram, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue the journey to visit the famous Shiva Temple in Gangaikondacholapuram, a remarkable architectural marvel constructed by the Chola dynasty in the 11th century. This temple holds the esteemed status of being a World Protected UNESCO Site. Enjoy a delectable lunch in the city of Kumbakonam. In the late afternoon, explore the Airavatesvara Temple, a 12th-century Chola temple located in the quaint village of Darasuram. Finally, proceed to the hotel for an overnight stay in Kumbakonam.

    Day 6 : Cultural Sojourn - Thanjavur to Trichy

Following breakfast, embark on a journey to partake in the Sculptural Tour in Tanjore (Thanjavur). As part of this excursion, you'll have the opportunity to explore the Thanjavur Art Gallery, where a remarkable assortment of sculptures and figurines is on display, along with visits to the Saraswati Mahal Library Museum and the Brihadeeswara Temple, renowned as the Big Temple. This temple, built by the Chola dynasty in the 10th century, is recognized as a World Heritage Monument. Later in the afternoon, explore the Bronze Making Artisan's Village to witness the Bronze Casting and Tanjore Paintings. Afterwards, proceed to Trichy and ascend the Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple to visit a small Ganesha Temple at the summit and enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the rock. Overnight accommodations will be provided in Trichy.

    Day 7 : Spiritual and Architectural Marvels - Trichy to Chettinadu

Commence your morning with a Cultural tour at 'Amma Mandapam' - the revered banks of River Cauvery, where you can witness the Hindu rituals performed after cremation. The rituals, conducted by the priest, are a fascinating sight to behold. Subsequently, embark on a Spiritual Tour of Srirangam to visit the renowned Vishnu temple, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, in Srirangam - the most significant pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Proceed to Chettinadu and partake in a village walk in the evening, where you can marvel at the exquisite houses that resemble palaces. Conclude your day with a well-deserved rest at the hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in Chettinad.

    Day 8 : Enriching Heritage Experience - Chettinadu to Madurai

Today is the perfect occasion to indulge in the Madurai Heritage Tour. Begin by embarking on a drive to Madurai. Pay a visit to the renowned Gandhi Museum, which is housed in a Queen's Summer Palace. Here, you will have the opportunity to witness exhibits that depict the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Following this, proceed to explore the magnificent Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a 16th-century architectural marvel adorned with majestic pillars, making it an exceptionally captivating sight. In the evening, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a sacred place dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Marvel at the intricate sculptures within the temple's thousand-pillared hall, which are sure to captivate your senses. Conclude the day with an overnight stay in Madurai.

    Day 9 : Kerala Spice Trail - Madurai to Thekkady

Today marks the commencement of your Kerala Tour. Embark on a drive to Periyar (Thekkady). Upon arrival in Thekkady, which serves as the boundary between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, partake in a Spice Plantation Tour in the afternoon. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on a visit to the Spice Plantations, where you will learn about the medicinal properties of various spices such as cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, green chilly, pepper, and more. In the evening, witness the Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Show in Malayalam Language. Spend the night in Thekkady.

    Day 10 : Into the Wild - Exploring Thekkady's Natural Wonders

Begin your day with an exhilarating Adventure Tour in Thekkady, where you will embark on a captivating boat ride across the serene Periyar Forest Lake. Additionally, indulge in a range of optional activities, such as the remarkable Elephant Safari, the rejuvenating Traditional Ayurvedic Massage, or the invigorating Trekking experience. Conclude your day with another night's stay in the enchanting locale of Thekkady.

    Day 11 : Serene Backwaters Retreat - From Thekkady to Alleppey Houseboat

Today is the perfect day to indulge in the Alleppey House Boat Tour. Following breakfast, we will embark on a drive to Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, renowned for its captivating backwaters. Upon arrival, we will check into the houseboat and savor a delectable lunch, while relishing a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Vembanad Lake for approximately five hours. As evening approaches, our boat will dock near a charming village, where we will enjoy a delightful dinner onboard. Rest assured, your stay in the houseboat will be comfortable, with air conditioning available from 8:30 PM to 06:00 AM. We will spend the night in Alappuzha, ensuring a memorable experience.

    Day 12 : Coastal Bliss - Alappuzha to Mararikulam

Embark on a journey to Marari (Mararikulam) in order to indulge in the delightful Marari Beach Tour. Unwind and rejuvenate at a beach homestay, where you can luxuriate in tranquility. Experience an overnight stay in the serene surroundings of Mararikulam.

    Day 13 : Beachside Serenity Continues - Mararikulam

Experience the exquisite Marari Beach Tour amidst the picturesque beach shores. Extend your stay for an additional night in the charming Mararikulam.

    Day 14 : From Seaside to Culture - Mararikulam to Cochin

In the morning, proceed to Cochin (Kochi). In the evening, partake in the Kerala Traditional Dance Show known as "KATHAKALI". The commencement of the makeup for this captivating dance performance is scheduled for 05:30 PM. Furthermore, you'll have the chance to observe the skillful process of makeup application on the talented dancers and seize the opportunity to capture enduring photographic memories. Enjoy an overnight stay in Cochin.

    Day 15 : Exploring the Historical Tapestry of Cochin

Commence your Cochin City Tour following breakfast by visiting the Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Jewish Synagogue, and Jew Town. Upon completion, return to Fort Cochin and explore significant monuments and churches dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Begin with a visit to St. Francis Church, the oldest Protestant church constructed by the Portuguese in 1510, where the tomb of Portuguese Sailor Vasco-da-gama is located. Proceed to Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, a Catholic church, and the Chinese Fishing nets. Conclude the day with an additional overnight stay in Cochin.

    Day 16 : Farewell to the South - Departure from Cochin

On this day, you will conclude your journey with cherished memories of the Tamil Nadu and Kerala Tour. You will be escorted to Cochin International Airport in accordance with your flight schedule for your return home.