Day 01: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (Arrival): On arrival at Chennai international airport you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred straight to check in at your hotel in Mahabalipuram. Drive through the fertile coastline and reach Mahabalipuram (Mammalapuram) – famous for its shore temples and other monuments which are in a form of epic recreated on stone. Evening is free to walk over the seashore on own.
Day 02: Mahabalipuram: During the day enjoy sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visit the Pancha Pandava Rathas, Varaha Mandapa along with other places of tourist attractions.
Day 03: Kumbakonam: After breakfast check-out from your hotel and drive toward Kumbakonam on the way visiting Chidambaram temple – the only big temple in Tamil Nadu which is managed by Brahmins instead of Government. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Evening will be free at leisure.
Day 04: Kumbakonam: During the day visit many of superb Chola Temples are located around this town and it’s a good base to explore few of the temples like Darasuram, Kumbakonam’s temples, Gangaikondacholapuram etc.
Day 05: Kumbakonam: During the day take excursion to Tanjore to visit famous Brahadeswara temple. The temple tower rises to a height of 15 meters from a square base of 29 meters and then tapers off, making a total of 66 meters and the museum to see some Tanjore art masterpieces. Drive back to Kumbakonam and may visit bazaars and also watch demonstration of Chola sculpture making using lost wax method or may visit remaining Temples located in or around Kumbakonam town.
Day 06: Chettinad: Morning you will be transferred to a region known as Chettinad which has given to India some of the most famous business tycoons, bankers and merchants. The mansions built on elaborate scale with hardly anyone living in them now are great masterpieces to see and experience. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the time is free at leisure.
Day 07: Chettinad: During the day visit a few mansions, market of antiques and traditional tile making workshops. The region is famous for its unique cuisine and you may enjoy Chettinad style dinner.
Day 08: Madurai: After breakfast drive towards Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure enjoy sightseeing tour in Madurai, visit the unique Meenakshi temple – a superb example of Dravidian architecture and sculpture, the focal point around which the city has developed. Visit Tirumal Nayak Palace constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1639 AD. The curved dome, standing without the support of a girder or rafter, is an architectural feat Pass by the Mariamman Teppakulam – the tank with mandapam in the centre. Evening you may attend the very special “night ceremony” at Shree Meenakshi Temple. The ceremony takes place every evening at 9 PM, when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and enchanting temple music. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 09: Munnar: After breakfast proceed toward Munnar on a fascinating journey passing through the beautiful Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantations. On arrival check in at the beautiful home stay located amidst tea plantations. Stay overnight at your picturesque home stay.
Day 10: Munnar: During the day visit Tea Museum to know more about tea and other places of tourist inertest during the sightseeing tour of Munnar. You may take a spice plantations tour, where a detailed demonstration about the cultivation of some of the exotic spices of the world will be given to you.
Day 11: Kumarakom: At appropriate time check-out from Munnar and drive to Kumarakom – an island with extremely serene atmosphere & a beautiful bird-sanctuary. On arrival, check in at proposed resort in Kumarakom. Rest of the time is free at leisure.
Day 12: Kumarakom: Day will be kept free at leisure. During the day, you may rejuvenate your body and mind by the Ayurvedic treatments at the hotel.
Day 13: Houseboat: At appropriate time the houseboat will arrive at your resort. On arrival you will be welcomed and served with the welcome drink of tender coconut water in a nice Indian tradition on boarding the houseboat.
Day 14: Kochi: After breakfast check-out from your houseboat and you will be trasnferred to check-in at your hotel in Cochin. Rest of the day would be kept at leisure. You may explore the old Jewish Town on your own. This area has also country’s one of the oldest antique markets and you may explore the same too.
Day 15: Kochi: Start the day leisurely with a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel. Later, you will be joined by our guide who will take you for the sightseeing tour of Fort Kochi area which would include your visit to Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis church, Santa Cruz Basilica, the very interesting Spice Markets and Chinese fishing nets. In the evening, enjoy ‘Kathakali Dance performance’ in a local theatre near to your hotel. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Day 16: Kovalam: After breakfast check-out from your hotel and you will be transferred to Kovalam. On arrival, check-in your beach resort. Rest of the time is free at leisure. Evening you may take a walking tour of the excellent beaches. Stay overnight at your beach resort.
Day 17: Kovalam: Day is free at your own discretion. Stay overnight at your beach resort.
Day 18: Trivandrum: At appropriate time, you will be transferred to Trivandrum airport to board the flight to your onwards journey.