Kumarakom Holidays

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Chennai Sadhu

Day 1: Chennai

Once you arrive into Chennai you will be met and transferred to your hotel. An afternoon tour of the city includes a vist to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Overnight - Chennai

Chennai street

Day 2: Chennai - Pondicherry

Chennai - Pondicherry. En route to Pondicherry visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India and 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. Drive south to Pondicherry, a former French colony which exudes a Mediterranean aura - whitewashed residences, ornamental gardens and excellent French-Indian restaurants. Many travellers come to visit the popular Sri Aurobindo Ashram, whose spiritual tenets combine yoga and modern science. Overnight - Pondicherry

Clock Tower

Day 3: Pondicherry - Tanjore

Pondicherry - Tanjore. Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry which includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple before continuing south. Arrive at Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur, Tanjore is an ancient fortified town, with a glorious history dating back more than 1500 years. Thanjavur was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins date back to the beginning of Christianity. Overnight - Tanjore

Tanjore street

Day 4: Tanjore - Trichy

Tanjore - Trichy. Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of Tanjore before a short drive to Trichy. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. Built by Raja Raja in 1010, 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. Overnight - Trichy

Trichy Rock Fort

Day 5: Trichy - Madurai

Trichy - Madurai. Take a morning sightseeing tour of Trichy before the journey continues south to Madurai. An important centre for worship and commerce, Madurai has been around since the dawn of civilisation in southern India. A bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar crammed to the gunnels with shops, markets and lodgings for tourists and pilgrims, Madurai is yours this afternoon. Go immerse yourself. This evening, you’ll witness a religious ceremony at a local temple. Overnight - Madurai

Local flower seller

Day 6: Madurai

On the morning of day 7, enjoy a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The afternoon is then free for you to further explore the city. Overnight - Madurai

Gandhi museum

Day 7: Madurai - Periyar NP

Madurai - Periyar. The journey continues to Periyar which has south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home to sambar wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. Kumily, close to the sanctuary and where you’ll stay, is a pretty town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops. Overnight - Periyar NP

Periyar birds

Day 8: Periyar NP

There is plenty to do in and around Periyar. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants or visit the nearby tea estates and spice plantation. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight - Periyar NP

Elephants

Day 9: Periyar NP - Kumarakom

Periyar- Kumarakom. Continue to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax and be at one with natural surroundings, you’ll enjoy two nights here. Check out the wonderful bird sanctuary. Overnight - Kumarakom

Sunrise boat trip

Day 10: Kumarakom

Today is a free day for you to explore Kumarakom. Overnight - Kumarakom

Alleppey sunset

Day 11: Kumarakom - Alleppey

This morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). 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 it’s route. Overnight - Rice Boat

Kathakali Dancer

Day 12: Alleppey - Kochi

Backwaters - Kochi. Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin). The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. One can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue and Jewish community with ancient roots and 500 year old Portuguese cottages! Enjoy the remains of the day your way. Overnight - Kochi

Jewish Market

Day 13: Kochi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour, including a walking tour of Fort Cochin. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps watch famous Keralan dancers perform. Arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up. Overnight - Kochi

Sunset at Fort Kochi

Day 14: Kochi - Goa

This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Goa via Mumbai. On arrival at Goa airport you'll be transferred to your hotel. Rest of trip at leisure. Overnight Goa.

Day 15: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Sacred cows on the beach

Day 16: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 17: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 18: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 19: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 20: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 21: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 22: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 23: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 24: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 25: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 26: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 27: Goa

Free time - Overnight Goa.

Day 28: Goa

Your trip comes to an end today, final transfer to the airport.

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