Tanjore Holidays

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Durga idol

Day 1: Kolkata

Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Kolkata airport we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Lytton Hotel.

Jain Temple

Day 2: Kolkata

Free time for your independent activities. Overnight Lytton Hotel.

Kolkata street

Day 3: Kolkata

KOLKATA - BALASORE Today we will drive approx. 6 hours to Balasore for the evening. Overnight Hotel Barjorjis Banjara.

Day 4: - Bhubaneshwar

BALASORE - BHUBANESHWAR Today we continue our drive for another approx. 4 hours onto Bhubaneshwar.

Sun Temple Wheel

Day 5: Bhubaneshwar

Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Bhubaneshwar including Mukteswara temple, Lingaraj Temple (Non Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. To be viewed from a platform outside), Parasurameswara temple and Caves at Khandagiri and Udaygiri.

Guarding the Temple

Day 6: Bhubaneshwar

BHUBANESHWAR - PHULBANI Today we travel approx. 6 hours to Phulbani. Enroute visits typical Orissan divasi (Tribal) villages. Phulbani district is a land of beautiful mountains, numerous villages echoing with the rhythms of tribal culture and forests full of adventure and wildlife. Overnight Hotel Arya Palace, Phulbani.

Day 7: - Rayagada

PHULBANI - RAYAGADA Today we will transfer you approx. 6 hours to Rayagada. Visit Tuesday weekly tribal market of Desia Kondh and Kutia Kondh tribes at Dukum. These tribes were once famous for the human sacrifice. Living in the mountain / forest cores are friendly tribal communities.

Day 8: Rayagada - Jeypore

Today we will transfer you approx. 5 hours to Jeypore. Enroute Visit the weekly Wednesday market of the Dongriya Kondhas at Chatikona. Here the Dongariya Kondhas trek down from their villages up the Hill with forest produce to sell or barter with non-tribals. Dongariya Kondhas are one of the original ethnic tribal groups of Orissa who have retained their culture and tradition till date.

Day 9: Jeypore

After breakfast visit the weekly Thursday market of the Bondas at Onkudelli. Nature has showered its bounty on the undivided Koraput district replete with meadows, forests, waterfalls, terraced valleys and darting springs. This land of abundance is home to Orissa's vast tribal population. Visit another ethnic tribal group of the Gadabbas. Both men and women tie their long hairs with linseed oil and decorate it with forestry flowers and different ornaments.

Day 10: Jeypore - Rayagada

Morning another interesting Paraja tribe assembles at Kunduli every Friday. The Parajas are divided into different sub-groups viz., Sodia, Jadia and Parenga; each of them seems to be a separate ethnic group. You will then be transferred approx. 4 hours to Rayagada and visit the Desia Kondh tribes enroute.

Grass carrier

Day 11: Rayagada

Free time for your independent activities or you may explore the nearby Tribal village with help of your tour guide.

Day 12: Rayagada - Gopalpur-on-Sea

Today we will transfer you approx. 6 hours to Gopalpur on Sea. Enroute visit Taptapani which is famous for its Hot Spring. One of the many marvels of nature, hot springs are generally said to be endowed with curative properties. Gradually we cross over to the small village hamlets of the Saora tribes who also find mention in the epic Ramayana. The Saoras are adept in art, painting and crafts.

Day 13: Gopalpur-on-Sea

Free time for your independent activities.

Day 14: Gopalpur-on-Sea - Puri

Today we will transfer you for approx. 4 hours to Puri enroute visiting Chilka Lake and Olasingh weaving village where we can interact with the local weavers and partake in their demonstration of weaving activity. You may enjoy Boat ride on Chilka Lake followed by lunch.

Day 15: Puri

Today visit Jaganath Temple & Sun temple and Museum at Konark. Also visit the local Fishermans village and interact with the local community.

Day 16: Puri - Chennai

Today you will be transferred approx. 2 hours to Bhubhaneshwar. Enroute visit Pipli appique village (typical orissan village) and local market. On arrival you will be transferred to the airport for your flight departing 13:50 to Chennai arriving approx. 16:45. Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Chennai street

Day 17: Chennai

Today enjoy a half day city tour including Govt. Museum, Santhome Cathedral Church, Kapaleshwara Temple, Marina Beach.

Chennai Sadhu

Day 18: Chennai - Mahabalipuram

Today you will be transferred approx. 1.5 hours to Mahabalipuram. This afternoon enjoy a city tour including Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance and Five Rathas.

Day 19: Mahabalipuram

Today enjoy a half day visit to Kanchipuram.

Day 20: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

Today you will be transferred approx. 3 hours to Pondicherry with the remainder of the day free.

Clock Tower

Day 21: Pondicherry

Today enjoy a half day sightseeing including the French Colony, Pondicherry Beach & Sacred Heart Church.

Gandhi Statue

Day 22: Pondicherry - Tanjore

Today we will transfer you approx. 5 hours to Tanjore with the remainder of the day free.

Tanjore street

Day 23: Tanjore

Enjoy half day city sightseeing including the temple of Brihadisvara.

Temple carving

Day 24: Tanjore - Trichy

Today you will be transferred approx. 1 hour to Trichy. Afternoon sightseeing includes Srirangam,Rock Fort, Sri Jambukeshwara Temple.

Trichy Rock Fort

Day 25: Trichy - Chettinad

Today we will transfer you to Chettinad with the remainder of the day free for you to relax. Overnight The Bangala Chettinad.

Day 26: Chettinad

Today is a free day to relax or explore independently. Overnight The Bangala Chettinad.

Day 27: Chettinad - Madurai

Today you will be transferred to Madurai with the remainder of the day free.

Local flower seller

Day 28: Madurai

Enjoy a half day city tour including Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Theppakulam, Meenakshi Temple, Local Bazaar and Taylor market.

Gandhi museum

Day 29: Madurai - Kodaikanal

Today you will be transferred approx. 4 hours to Kodaikanal. The remainder of the day is free. Overnight Kodai by Lake Kodaikanal.

Day 30: Kodaikanal - Ooty

Today you will be transferred approx. 4.5 hours to Ooty with the remainder of the day free.

Day 31: Ooty

Free time for your independent activities.

Day 32: Ooty

Free time for your independent activities.

Day 33: Ooty - Kolkata

Today you will be transferred apporx. 3 hours to Coimbatore for your flight departing approx. 17:25 to Chennai arriving approx. 18:20 for your onward flight departing approx. 20:30 to Kolkata arriving 22:40. Upon arrival into Kolkata we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the evening. Overnight Lytton Hotel.

Kolkata view

Day 34: Kolkata

Free time for your independent activities. Overnight Lytton Hotel.

Durga idol

Day 35: Kolkata

Sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.

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last updated - 18 Sep 2014 1:58 AM