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South India Sojourn


14 Nights/15 Days

US$ 1199 PER PERSON


VALIDITY: 01 April – 30 September’2014

CITIES VISITED
  • Chennai -1Night
  • Mahabalipuram -2Nights
  • Pondicherry -1Nights
  • Tanjore -1Nights
  • Madurai -2Nights
  • Periyar -2Nights
  • Kumarakom -1Nights
  • Cochin -1Nights
  • Alleppey -1Nights
  • Kovalam -2Nights


US$ 1539 PER PERSON


VALIDITY: 01 October’ 14 – 31 March’ 2015 except during Christmas & New Year period


INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation on twin share basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Air-conditioned transportation for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Services of English speaking local guides
  • Meet & Greet services by Footsteps to India/Associate staff
  • Boat ride in Periyar
  • Visit to Kathakali dance show in Cochin

GENERAL TERMS:

  • A Per Person cost on twin share
  • Rates in US Dollar
  • Tour quote valid for minimum 02 pax
  • Net & Non Commissionable
  • If group strength exceeds above 6 pax, then we shall provide accompanying guide
  • Weekly Guaranteed departures
  • Boat ride in Periyar is subject to water level in the Lake.
  • The itineraries shown are designed to give you a flavor of what is possible and can be tailored to suit your preferences.

ITINERARY


Day 1:Arrive Chennai

You will arrive today at Chennai International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, Footsteps to India representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building after which you would be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Chennai


Day 2 :Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (140 KM / 03 HOUR)

Post breakfast, you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Visit the Fort St. George (Closed on Fridays & Public Holidays), which is presently, is being used by the Tamil Nadu Government. Also visit the San Thome Church, named for the Christian disciple (“Doubting Thomas”) who lived and taught here in the first century. Later, visit Kapaleeswarar Temple, honoring Shiva, dates back to the 13th century AD and is the biggest temple in Chennai. You will also drive past the Marina Beach, the second longest in the world, stretching for several miles. Afternoon you will be driven to Mahablipuram with enroute visit to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram is a busy pilgrimage centre, humming with activity around its extraordinary temple precincts. Established by the Pallava kings in the 4th century AD, Kanchipuram served as their capital for five hundred years and continued to flourish throughout the Chola, Pandya and Vijaynagar eras. Also famous here are the world-renowned Kanchipuram hand woven silk & cotton fabrics. After visiting Kanchipuram, you will be driven to Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival proceed for check-in at hotel. Overnight in Mahabalipuram


Day 3: Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at the Hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city covering Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance & the Cave Temple. Visit The Shore Temple: Though known as the land of Seven Pagodasm, there is only one remaining today. Guarding the temple is Lion-King Nandi or the row of oxens. Recently, Sore Temple Complex has been enlisted in the recorded history of World Heritage. This is one of the oldest temples in South India. Later, visit to Arjuna's Penance, this skilfully carved rock of 29X7 metre, is the largest var relief sculpture in the world. It gets its name from the figure of an ascetic who is believed to be Arjuna, the hero of Mahabharata, doing penance to obtain a boon from Lord Siva. Visit to Mandapams/Cave temples: The temples are finely sculptured & carved out in Mahabali. Worth visiting are the Ganesa Ratha, Varcha Cave, Old Light House, Krishna's Butter Ball, Gopi's Churn, Valayankuttai Ratha, Kodikal Mandapam, etc. Besides everything sea beach of Mahabalipuram is undeniable. Retrun to the hotel Overnight in Mahabalipuram


Day 4 :MAHABALIPURAM – PONDICHERRY (100 KM/ 03 HOUR)

Post breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to Pondicherry. Upon arrival check-in at hotel Later you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Pondicherry - visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on Rue de la Marine, is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry. The Ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo Ghose in 1926. Sri Aurobindo, the poet philosopher founded the Ashram to help man reach the zenith of his evolution through spiritual exercises and yoga, combined with physical activity and productive work. Return to the hotel.


Day 5: PONDICHERRY – CHIDAMBARAM – TANJORE (180 KM/ 04 HOUR)

After buffet breakfast at hotel, you will be driven from Pondicherry to Tanjore, en-route stop at Chidambaram, the capital of the Cholas from AD 907 to 1310, Chidambaram lies 9 km north of the Coleroon River, the northern limit of the Kaveri delta. It is one of Tamil Nadu’s most important holy towns. After visiting Chidambaram, continue your drive to Tanjore. Upon arrival check in at the hotel Afternoon proceed for Tanjore sightseeing which will start with visit to Brihadeeshwara Temple, built in the 10th century by Raja Chola. It is considered to be artistically the most perfect of Dravida temples. Besides the temple, you will visit the Palace most of which is in ruins housing the Tamil University Museum, the Art Gallery, the Saraswati Mahal Library which houses palm leaf & paper manuscripts. After Tanjore sightseeing return to the hotel.



Day 06: TANJORE – TRICHY – MADURAI (195 KM/ 05 HOUR)

Breakfast at the hotel, later you will be driven to Madurai; enroute visit Trichy. Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas, which later fell to the Pallavas. Visit the Rock Fort, which is a landmark of Trichy. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva Temple. You will visit Sri Rangan Temple. After the tour of Trichy, you will be driven to Madurai. Upon arrival, proceed for check-in at your hotel. One of the oldest cities in South India, Madurai has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Spread along the rocky banks of the river Vaigai in the state of Tamil Nadu, this modern industrial city is today famous as a temple town. Overnight in Madurai



Day 07: Madurai

Post breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai City - The temple town is unique in that all its temples are living temples and it remains a major religious centre attracting pilgrims the year round. Madurai's main attraction is the famous Meenakshi temples in the heart of the old town, a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with gopurams (towers) covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi-colored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. The temple complex is a city within a city and one can spend days exploring its labyrinthine corridors and halls. Another attraction is the Tirumalai Nayak Palace (1636) restored by Lord Napier, dance drama concerts are performed daily. Return to your hotel after the tour. In the evening proceed again to Meenakshi Temple to witness ceremony. Overnight in Madurai


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