Tanjore Holidays

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Chennai Sadhu

Day 1: Chennai

Namaste! Welcome to India and the start of your holiday! Arrive Chennai where we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel and check you in.

The local  bus station

Day 2: Chennai

Today enjoy an afternoon tour of the city includes a visit to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India. Later we visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India plus also 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 the 8th centuries.

Hotel de Ville

Day 3: Chennai - Pondicherry

South by car to Pondicherry. A former French colony, Pondicherry 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. Enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour.

Temple carving

Day 4: Pondicherry - Tanjore

Continuing south, you will 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.

Tanjore street

Day 5: Tanjore - Trichy

A short drive to Trichy. 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 afternoon tour.

Tamil Nadu Cathedral

Day 6: Trichy - Madurai

This morning, we arrive in Madurai. A bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar. Madurai is your to enjoy.

Gandhi museum

Day 7: Madurai

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city further.

Day 8: Madurai - Ooty

The journey continues to Ooty today. It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills and the drive up is through lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees.

Day 9: Ooty

This morning we will take you on a city tour of Ooty and this afternoon you will have the toy train ride from Ooty to Coonor, departing at 15:00 and arriving at 16:10. We will then drive you back to Ooty.

Day 10: Ooty - Mysore

Today we will drive you to Mysore. Arrive Mysore and you will be met and transferred to you hotel and relax from your scenic drive.

Day 11: Mysore

Today enjoy a half day city tour. This evening enjoy a visit to Brindavan Gardens.

Day 12: Mysore

Today is a free day for you to enjoy the Dussehra Jamboree (car and driver at your disposal). Dussehra also symbolizes the triumph of warrior Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon, Mahishasura.

Day 13: Mysore - Bangalore

Drive to Bangalore and on your arrival enjoy a half day city tour. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.

Bull Temple

Day 14: Bangalore

Free day and at your leisure in Bangalore with a Car at your disposal to explore on your own.

Bangalore city view

Day 15: Bangalore - Kochi

This afternoon we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Kochi. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel. In the afternoon we will take you on a guided visit to the Synagogue.

Kathakali Dancer

Day 16: 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.

Rolling plantation

Day 17: Kochi - Munnar

A drive east to to Munnar - a quaint hill station nestled on the verdant slopes of tea plantations, that exudes a rare old world charm and reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. At a height of 1525 metres, Munnar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

Tea pickers

Day 18: Munnar - Periyar NP

This morning we will drive you to Periyar. Arrive Periyar and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Sunrise at Periyar

Day 19: 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.

Local birdlife

Day 20: Periyar NP - 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.

Sunrise boat trip

Day 21: Kumarakom

Free day and at your leisure.

The view ahead

Day 22: 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 its route.

Jewish Market

Day 23: Alleppey

Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin) for the flight to Chennai (flight 9W 2734, departing at 16:55 and arriving at 18:25). Our services will end upon your arrival into Chennai.

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