Madurai Holidays

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Chennai Sadhu

Day 1: Chennai - Mahabalipuram

Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive in the morning into Chennai airport and our rep will be waiting for you to escort you to your vehicle for your onward transfer to your hotel in Mahabalipuram. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the famous Shore Temple.

Day 2: Mahabalipuram - Trichy

Morning 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.

Trichy Rock Fort

Day 3: Trichy - Madurai

Our 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. This evening guide will take you to see the worship at Meenakshi Temple.

Local flower seller

Day 4: Madurai

Today free day explore at your leisure.

Tamil Nadu Cathedral

Day 5: Madurai - Chennai

Morning free time at your leisure. Later a transfer to the airport for your flight to Chennai. (SG 306 - 1500 / 1600) On arrival we will assist with a transfer to your hotel.

Chennai street

Day 6: Chennai

Today enjoy a city tour which includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Afternoon at your leisure.

Gandhi museum

Day 7: Chennai - Mysore

This morning onward travel to Mysore by train in comfortable AC chair car class (12007 - Shatabdi Express - 0600 / 1300)- Arrival in Mysore the former capital of the princely state, ruled by Wodeyars dynasty royalty from 1399 - 1947. Enjoy an afternoon with your guide exploring the complex of temples and sacred wonders on offer in this historic city.

Day 8: Mysore - Alleppey

This morning you fly to Kochi after a transfer to Bangalore Airport. (AI 510 - 1220 / 1320) Arriving into Kochi our rep is waiting to assist with your transfer to embark your houseboat. Enjoy lunch and dinner on board your private rice barge drifting through Kerala's fames backwaters.

Alleppey sunset

Day 9: Alleppey - Kochi

Disembarking your barge after breakfast we drive you to Kochi. After your check in your guide take you on a tour of the town including Fort Kochi, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 10: Kochi

Day at leisure to explore. Please note that Jewish Synagogue is about 03 Kms from Brunton Boatyard (about 20 – 30 minutes) walking distance. Also note that it’s closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Jewish Holidays. But Jews are allowed to go in the evening time on Fridays and Saturdays also.

Sunset at Fort Kochi

Day 11: Kochi

Day at leisure to explore at your leisure.

Jewish Market

Day 12: Kochi - Kovalam

Today we drive to Kovalam for your relaxing beach stay.

Kovalam Beach

Days 13-14: Kovalam

For your remaining days in India with us really relax. Stroll for miles along white palm fringed sandy beaches, try sampling the local seafood and sipping cocktails on your sunlounger the perfect remedy to unwind.

Beach sunset

Day 15: Kovalam

We will transfer you to the airport in Trivandrum in time for your flight home.

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last updated - 30 Jan 2015 3:14 AM