A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...
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Welcome to India and the start of your India holiday with us. After you have passed through customs and baggage collection we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Day at leisure to explore on your own.
Today, we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India enroute to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries.
Today we will travel to Pondicherry and have a city tour in the afternoon.
Today we continue south and arrive at Tanjore. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. The World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian pyramids.
Trichy has been ravaged by war through the centuries. A lasting legacy is the Rock Fort and its temples. Enjoy some exploration of the fort and temples on our morning tour. Later we drive to Maduraiand check into our hotel.
Madurai is a bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar. We have a sightseeing tour in the morning. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. We then drive to Munnar and check into the hotel.
Today you will have a tea and spice plantation visit.
We drive to Kothamangalam and check into the home stay for the night. You will have a cooking demonstration tonight.
We will drive you to Alleppey today and check you onto the houseboat. The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies its route.
We will meet you off the boat and transfer you to Kochi. We will take you on a visit to the Chinese fishing nets with a boat ride.
You will have a morning sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin, seeing the streets still graced with traces of Portuguese, Dutch & British colonial architecture, including a few old trading factories, the only ones still standing anywhere in the world. After a rest in the afternoon we will take you to see the Kalaripyyat marshalls show - it is the oldest existing martial art form.
We will transfer you to the train station for the train to Trivandrum - Trivandrum mail train 06:35/11:20, 1st class air conditioned carriage. When you arrive in Trivandrum, we will pick you up and transfer you to Kovalam.
Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood or just relax in the sun, it's the perfect way to unwind.
We will transfer you to Trivandrum airport in time for your departure flight.