South India Houseboat Vacation Trip


Duration : 25 Nights/ 26 Days
Destination Covered : Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam - Trivandrum - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - House Boat - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore

DAY 01 : ARRIVE CHENNAI

Upon arrival, traditional welcome and transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02 : CHENNAI

This morning set out to explore the city of Madras. Visit national art gallery fort St. George, St. Mary's Church and the St. Thomas Cathedral and drive along the marina. Walk with guide through some colourful market areas. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 : CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM BY ROAD 60 KMS 2 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast, leave for Mahabalipuram. Upon arrival, check in at pre-booked hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 04 : MAHABALIPURAM

Morning excursion to Kanchipuram, city of a thousand temples, Once the capital of Pallava, Kanchipuram still contains no less than 124 shrines. The temples were built mainly by two rulers, Mahendray and Mamalla Narashimha Parman. Typical of their architecture is the Kailasnatha Temple dedicated to Siva, believed to be 1200 years Old . Other important ones include the 16th Century Ekambasreshwar Temple, Kamakshi Temple, and Vaikunta Perumal. Kanchipuram is the centre of Silk weaving and is famous for its saris and materials. Afternoon we undertake a tour of Mahabalipuram , once the principal port of the Pallavas who ruled between the 06th and 09th Centuries AD. "The City of Seven pagodas". Is nothing less than a breathtaking display masterful sculpture carved out of solid rocks of granite, the Shore Temple - a plendid example of early temple construction in the south. Penance of Bhagirata the worlds largest bas - relief also known as "Argon's Penance'. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05 : MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY VIA TIRUVANNAMALAI BY ROAD 140 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast, continue drive towards Pondicherry, via Tiruvannamalai. Pondicherry formarly a French colony which has settled in the early part of the 18th century. Places of interest are Sri Aurobindo Ashram Auroville - the brain child of the mother and designed by French Architect roger Anger, AuroVille was meant to be an experiment in international living where man and women could live in peace and progress harmony with each other above all creeds. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 : PONDICHERRY - TANJORE BY ROAD 185 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

Depart for Tanjore by road . Upon arrival check in at pre-booked hotel. Thanjaur was the seat of the Chola Empire from 10th to 14th centuries and it was a Chola King, Rajah Chola who built the greatest of its 74 temples, the Birhadeswara Temple which is more than 200 feet tall in the Dravidian truncated pyramid form, and has a huge lingam in its sanctorium. In the inner shrine of the temple, one sees India's second largest statue of Nandi the bull, the mount of the God Shiva. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 : TANJORE - TRICHY BY ROAD 50 KMS 01 HOUR 30 MIN DRIVE

After breakfast, continue drive towards Trichy. Upon arrival, check in at pre-booked hotel. Trichy's historic associations stretch from chola times to the 18th Century karnataka Wars, When Britain and France espoused the aspirations of rival princes. Afternoon go for a city tour of Trichy visiting Rock Fort, Sirangam and Jambukeshwar temples.Overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 : TRICHY - MADURAI BY ROAD 172 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

Today start drive towards Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai check into pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 09 : MADURAI

Today visit Madurai whose history goes back to six centuries before Christ. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty. This is a huge compled of Temples. A thousand - pillared hall and a tank. A full DAY - tour visiting the Meenakashi Temple, Palace of King Triumalay, the great tank, Gandhi Museum and Temple at Alaghat Koli enroute visiting Elephant Rock. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 10 : MADURAI - KANYAKUMARI BY ROAD ) 242 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast leave for Kanyakumari. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Vivekanda Rocks and temples etc. Overnight at hotel

DAY 11 : KANYAKUMARI - KOVALAM BY ROAD 93 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE

After morning breakfast, depart for Kovalam. Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is most people's idea of paradise : a lazy blue sea lapping against golden sands fringed by swaying palms.Overnight at beach resort

DAY 12 : KOVALAM

Day free at Lesiure. Overnight at beach resort.

DAY 13 : KOVALAM - TRIVANDRUM - PERIYAR 260 KMS 6 HOURS DRIVE

After early morning breakfast depart for Periyar via Trivandrum . Afternoon we take a jeep ride to a nearby spice plantation. and take a boat ride on Lake Periyar to look for wild animals drinking or taking a dip in this 100 year old lake. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 14 : PERIYAR - KUMARAKOM BY ROAD 135 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast continue drive towards Kumarakom . Upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel

DAY 15 : KUMARAKOM

Today is for relaxing by the pool or taking a sunset cruise on a man - powered nice - boat. You may wish to visit the Ayurvedic centre for a herbal massage. In the Evening attend a demonstration of Kerala cuisine cooking. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 16 : KUMARAKOM - ALLEPPEY - HOUSEBOAT

Morning transfer to Alleppey to board houseboat . Houseboat takes to a fascinating cruise at a leisurely and relaxing pace. There are halts in between to stretch your legs on the shore, take in a quick bottle of fresh sweet toddy from a local pub, or just climb up a coconut tree. Overnight in houseboat

DAY 17 : ARRIVE KOCHI

Disembark houseboat and transfer to Kochi around 45 kms drive. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 18 : KOCHI

Morning city tour of cochin visiting Jewish synagogue , Mattancherry palace, Chinese nets and backwaters etc. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 19 : KOCHI - OOTY BY ROAD 280 KMS 8 HOURS DRIVE

Morning after an Early breakfast, start drive towards Ootacamund most popularly known as Ooty. It is mostly referred to as the Queen of the Southern Hills stations.It drives its name from the Niligiri or the Blue Mountains - the name to the Hills by the inhabitants for more than 850 years because of the blue haze of clouds which envelope the hill slopes. Upon arrival we check at pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 20 : OOTY - MYSORE BY ROAD 155 KMS 5 HOURS DRIVE

Today drive around Ooty to visit the Botanical Gardens , Lake Doddabetta , Mukurti Peak the Pykara Dam and the sprawling Tea Plantation. and later drive to Mysore . Upon arrival check in at hote . Overnight at hotel

DAY 21 : MYSORE

After relaxed breakfast, drive for morning sightseeing tour of Mysore. Mysore is a city of 17 Palaces - 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 are a sight by day and night. Evening visit to the gardens where there are many illuminated fountains. Overnight stay at hotel

DAY 22 : MYSORE - HASSAN BY ROAD 115 KMS 3 HOURS DRIVE

After breakfast depart for Hassan .Upon arrival in Hassan, check in at pre-booked hotel. Hassan is the base of visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid. The temples which remained incomplete despite 80 years of labour, offers 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 at hotel.

DAY 23 : HASSAN - BANGALORE BY ROAD 190 KMS 4 HOURS DRIVE

Morning drive towards Bangalore. Upon arrival check in at pre-booked hotel. Bangalore is the most popularly known as garden city of India. The city is full of well laid out gardens. Wide tree lined avenues, imposing buildings and lively bazaars. Visit the Bull temple, situated on a hill is one of Bangalore's oldest attractions . Overnight at hotel.

DAY 24 : BANGALORE - CHENNAI ( BY SHATABDI EXPRESS DEP 1625 HRS ARR. 2130 HRS)

Morning free. Afternoon transfer to railway stationt to board Shatabdi Express for Chennai . Upon arrival, transfer to pre-booked hotel. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 25 : LEAVE CHENNAI

Transfer to Airport to board flight for onward journey .


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