Madurai Holidays

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or independently explore this bustling capital.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

Full days sightseeing in Delhi.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Aurangabad

Transfer to the airport for your included fight to Aurangabad. Onward transfer to hotel.

Cave interior

Day 4: Aurangabad

Enjoy a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta, dating from 2nd century B.C. Discovered in 1819, by a group of British Officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of the Buddhist monastic orders features several ‘Chaityas’ and Viharas. The exquisite paintings and sculptures of Buddha’s life belong to the Mahayana period.

Day 5: Aurangabad

In the morning head out to Ellora Caves. Impressive in their own right are the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 kms away from Aurangabad City and are the meeting point of the Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. In all, there are 34 elaborate cave temples. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Daulatabad Fort, a labyrinthine structure that was once covered in Persian tiles.

Day 6: Aurangabad - Madurai

Transfer to the airport for your included fight to Madurai via Mumbai and Chennai. Onward transfer to hotel.

Local flower seller

Day 7: Madurai

An important centre for worship and commerce, Madurai has been around since the dawn of civilisation in southern India. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in this 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, we visit Meenakshi Temple.

Gandhi museum

Day 8: Madurai - Periyar NP

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.

Periyar birds

Day 9: Periyar NP

There is plenty to do in and around Periyar. Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants. Afternoon at leisure.

Elephants

Day 10: Periyar NP - Alleppey

This morning, we will drive to Alleppey for you to 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.

Alleppey sunset

Day 11: Alleppey - Kochi

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

Kathakali Dancer

Day 12: Kochi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour, including a walking tour of Fort Cochin. With the afternoon at leisure and this evening to witness the famous Kathakali dancers perform. Arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up.

Jewish Market

Day 13: Kochi - Kovalam

Drive to the palm fringed Kovalam Beach in Southern India. This is a true paradise, Kovalam means 'a grove of coconut trees' and of the three crescent shaped beaches that adorn the coastline, the southern-most ‘Lighthouse’ Beach, is wonderfully picturesque. Day at leisure.

Kovalam Beach

Days 14-15: Kovalam

Spend the next 2 days at leisure.

Beachfront stalls

Day 16: Kovalam - Delhi

Transfer to Trivandrum airport for your flight to Delhi via Mumbai. Upon arrive you will be met and transferred to your airport.

Raj Ghat

Day 17: Delhi

Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport. Happy travels!

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