Temples , Backwaters & Heritage of South India - TJ – IN – SI 12

 15 Days / 14 Nights 

Chennai - Hassan (Temples of Belur & Halebid) - Mysore - Coorg (Coffee Plantation) - Calicut -
Cochin (Kathakali Dance) - Alleppey – Houseboat - Kovalam (Beach) - Trivandrum

In this tour explore the Temples of Chennai and Mahabalipuram - the famous Shore Temple, Heritage Sites of Hassan, Mysore, Coorg, and the Backwaters of Kerala. And rejuvenate at the beach on the shores Arabian Sea amongst the coconut trees.


Tour Itinerary

Day 01

Arrive Chennai

Upon arrival in Chennai International Airport you are met by our Executive and transferred to your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon City tour of Chennai visiting the National Art Gallery, Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the Marina Beach

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Chennai

Day 02

Chennai – Excursion to Mahabalipuram (By Private Vehicle 110 Kms, 2 ½ Hrs Drive)
Today you are transferred by Private Vehicle for Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival in Mahabalipuram proceed for a city tour visiting Shore Temple, Trimurthi Cave Temple, Argonne’s Penance, Five Rathas and Sculpture Museum

Later evening return to Chennai

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Chennai

Day 03

Chennai – Bangalore (By Train) and Bangalore – Hassan (By Private Vehicle 190 Kms, 4 Hrs Drive)
Today you are transferred to Chennai Railway Station to board Train for Bangalore. Upon arrival in Bangalore Railway Station you are met by Representative and transferred by Private Vehicle for Hassan. A city with rich cultural heritage. Upon arrival in Hassan check in at your pre booked Hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Hassan

Day 04

Hassan
Morning city tour of Hassan visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid. The temples, which remained incomplete despite 80 years of labour, offer the finest workmanship in stone to the God. It is said that the temples here are even better than the famous Konark and the Khajuraho temples

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Hassan

Day 05

Hassan – Mysore (By Private Vehicle 120 Kms, 3 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast leave by Private Vehicle for Mysore. Upon arrival at Mysore check in at your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon visit Srirangapatnam and Mysore Palace which was the residence of the royal family of Mysore

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mysore

Day 06

Mysore

Morning sightseeing of the city of Mysore. Mysore is known as a the “City Of Palaces” as there are about 17 Palaces in the city – the Maharaja’s City Palace being one of the largest in the country. Today’s city tour include the zoological gardens, the Chamundi Temple, handicraft Centre and 22 Kms away – the Brindavan Gardens which is adjoining a dam and has lot of fountains which are a sight by day and night

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Mysore

Day 07

Mysore – Coorg (By Private Vehicle 120 Kms, 3 Hrs Drive)
After breakfast leave by Private Vehicle for Coorg, a hilly district for paradise lovers. Upon arrival in Coorg check in at your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon walk through the coffee plantations, Coorg is the first region for coffee plantation in India. Coorg is also famous for its forest honey.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Coorg

Day 08

Coorg
Today morning visit to the Namdroling Monastery – a 40 feet idol also known as the Golden Monastery, Tibetan Market known for its handicrafts and monasteries, Nisargadhama - an island formed by river Kaveri surrounded by thick bamboo groves, Sandalwood and teak trees. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Coorg

Day 09

Coorg – Calicut (By Private Vehicle 210 Kms, 4 ½ Hrs Drive)
After breakfast leave by Private Vehicle for Calicut, the third largest city in Kerala. Calicut was named as the "City of Spices”. Upon arrival in Calicut check in at your pre booked Hotel

Afternoon proceed on city tour of Calicut visiting Mananchira Square, SM Street, Beypore - famous for its ancient shipbuilding industry.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Calicut

Day 10

Calicut – Cochin (By Private Vehicle 225 Kms, 4 ½ Hrs Drive)
After breakfast leave by Private Vehicle for Cochin. Upon arrival in Cochin check in at your pre booked Hotel

In the Evening witness the famous Kathakali dance performance performed by professional artists in an A/C Auditorium. Here you can also see the makeup done by the artists for the performance

Overnight stay at Hotel in Cochin

Day 11

Cochin
After breakfast city tour of Cochin visiting Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. This palace is also famous for depicting Kerala mural paintings. The palace is built in the traditional style of Kerala architecture.

Jewish Synagogue Also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in the entire Commonwealth of Nations and was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin.

Chinese Fishing Nets unique for their size and phenomenal construction.

St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route from Europe to India died in Kochi. His body was buried in this church.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Cochin

Day 12

Cochin – Alleppey (By Private Vehicle 63 Kms, 1 ½ Hrs Drive) and Alleppey – Start 01 Night Houseboat

Today you are transferred by Private Vehicle to Alleppey Jetty to board Houseboat. House boating can be the most relaxing experience for any age, size or type of people. Cruise through the back waters of Kerala along the palm fringed waterways and you would be able to breeze past the water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves.

You can also witness the traditional Keralite village lifestyle unchanged for many years. You hear the merchants selling vegetables in a boat while the village people wait at the bank of Vembanad Lake. Here your crew will prepare delicious Keralite meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.

(Houseboat starts at 12 Noon) (Meals Included Lunch and Dinner)

Overnight stay at the Houseboat

Day 13

Houseboat Disembarks at Alleppey – Kovalam (By Private Vehicle 175 Kms, 4 Hrs Drive)
Today Houseboat disembarks in Alleppey. Upon arrival in Alleppey proceed by Private Vehicle for Kovalam. Kovalam is a beach resort in Kerala as there are many beautiful beaches. Kovalam in local language means a grove of coconut trees. Upon arrival in Kovalam check in at your pre booked Hotel

Rest of the day at leisure for personal activities

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kovalam

Day 14

Kovalam
Day at leisure for personal activities (No Transportation Available)

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kovalam

Day 15
Kovalam – Trivandrum (By Private Vehicle 20 Kms, ½ Hrs Drive)

Today after breakfast leave by Private Vehicle for Trivandrum. Upon arrival in Trivandrum you are transferred to Trivandrum International Airport to board flight for Onward Journey


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