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South India Ancient Temple Tour



Duration : 11 Nights / 12Days
Places Covered : Chennai - Kahcipuram - Mahaballipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Houseboat Cruise - Allepy - Cochin - Kovalam ( Trivandrum ) - Chennai

South India Ancient Temple Tour,South India Temple Tour Packages

Day 01 : Chennai
Fly from your country to Chennai. Upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you will be find there Travel Horizon India Representatives to greet and assist you and your family. After that you will be escorted to Radha Park Inn or similar Hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 02 : Chennai
Have hearty morning breakfast in the morning. Later, enjoy the sightseeing tour of Chennai, the first British major settlement in India. Visit Kapleshwara temple, St. Thomas Church, Art Gallery, St. George Fort, Marina beach ( 2nd longest beach of the world after California ). Come back to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 03 : Chennai - Kahcipuram - Mahaballipuram ( 130 Km, 05 hours )
This morning proceed to leave for Mahaballipuram enroute Kanchipuram, once the Golden city of India to visit Shiv Kanchi and Vishnu Kanchi temples. Continue your drive to Mahaballipuram. Upon arrival in Mahaballipuram, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Mahaballipuram : An open stone art gallery, Mahaballipuram is world famous for its shore temples.

Day 04 : Mahaballipuram
After a relaxed breakfast in the morning, visit 6-8th century Pallave rock cut caves, Panch Ratha temple, 7th century shore temple where both Vishnu & Shiva are enshrined under one roof and soap stone workers in the market who designs and made sculptures by chisel & hammer. This is very special to see. In the afternoon you are free enjoy at sea beach. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Hotel.

Day 05 : Mahaballipuram - Chidambram - Gangekondcholapuram - Tanjore
This morning proceed to leave for Tanjore, your first stop will be at Chidambrum golden Natraja temple. Later drive to Gangekondcholapuram exciting Shiva temple built from 1012-1044 AD by Kind Rajendra I. The speciality of the temple and 1000 years engineering is the rays of sun falls on Nandi ( bull ) and it reflects and give light to the Shiva Lingam since sun rise to sun set. Your next stop will be at Kumbakonam water tank, it is believed that after every 12years 9 scared holy rivers including holy Ganges are meeting here. During those days thousands of pilgrims dip into the tank to wash their sins. Next stop at 13th century Shiva temple at Darasuram. Finally reach to Tanjore. Upon  arrival, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Hotel.

Tanjore TourismDay 06 : Tanjore - Trichy ( 56 Km, 01.1/2 hours )
Hearty breakfast. Morning sightseeing tour of Tanjore. Visit Brideshwarar Shiva Temple, that was built by King Raja Rajan from the year 985 - 1010 AD. As usual South Indian temples have big Gopurmas ( towers ) but this temple is parameter shaped, 65 meters high from the ground. This is one of the superb temple architects of the Chola dynasty. Later visit Raja Rajan art gallery to see bronze statures of 9-16th century. Come back to the Hotel and after some rest drive to Trichy. Upon arrival, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Srirangam Vishnu temple. This temple has 21 gopurmas ( towers ), one of the gopurma is 73 meters highest in India. After that visit Rock Fort 83 meters above the ground having 344 steps to reach on the top to see Vinayaka temple. Come back to your Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 07 : Trichy - Madurai ( 131 Km, 03 hours )
After hearty breakfast in the morning, leave for Madurai. Upon arrival, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the Hotel Taj Garden Retreat similar. In the afternoon visit 16th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace. After that visit biggest Meenakshi temple, the temple has two main shrines one is dedicated to goddess Parvati ( Meenakshi ) and another to Sunereshwara ( Shiva ). The doms of both the shrines are covered with heavy gold plates. You can also see 1000 pillars hall built in 16th century by Nayakas by pure granite stones. Come back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 08 : Madurai - Periyar ( 140 Km, 04 hours )
After hearty breakfast at Hotel in the morning, leave for Periyar. Upon arrival at Periyar, Travel Horizon Representatives will assist you to transfer to the Hotel Spice Village Holiday Resort. Afternoon a special visit to the spices Garden to watch different varieties of spice plantations such as cardamom, cinnamon, peeper, clove, vanilla, ginger, tea and coffee plantations etc. Periyar is on 1000 meters above sea level and is rich in spice growing. 95% pepper in India is produced from here. Vaskodegama was the first European landed at Malabar coast in 1498 A.D. in search of spices. Those days pepper was exported against the equal weight of gold, so in the beginning of 15th century pepper was called black gold. Later visit Periyar Tiger Reserve by boat to watch different varieties of animals such as tiger, panther, leopard, bison spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, groups of wild elephants and many birds. Come back to the Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Periyar Wildlife Scantury, South India Wildlife ToursDay 09 : Periyar - Houseboat Cruise
After hearty breakfast in the morning, drive to Kumarakon to board houseboat Cruise to enjoy the cruise in backwaters. This cruise is very thrilling and marvelous to watch the real traditional Kerlan life that lives on the banks of backwaters. Overnight with full meals will be at the Houseboat cruise.

Day 10 : Houseboat Cruise - Allepy - Cochin ( 60 Km, 01.1/2 hours )
Houseboat will drop you at Allepy to board your vehicle & drive to Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you transfer to the at Hotel Casino or similar. In the afternoon visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church, one of the oldest Church built by the Europeans in 1503 A.D. Late afternoon visit to watch traditional Kerlan Kathakali dances. Dinner and overnight stay will at the Hotel.

Day 11 : Cochin - Kovalam ( 235 Km, 05 hours )
After hassle-free breakfast in the morning, leave for Kovalam. Upon arrival Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the Hotel Samudra ( KTDC ) to enjoy at sea beach till day 15. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Day 12 : Kovalam ( Trivandrum ) - Chennai ( By Flight )
After hearty breakfast in the morning, you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board flight for Chennai. Upon arrival in Chennai, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer to the hotel. After little sightseeing & farewell dinner, Travel Horizon India Representatives will assist you to transfer the Chennai International airport to board flight back to your home destination with carrying pleasant memories of South India.



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