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UNTOUCHED AND EXOTIC SOUTH INDIA

Destinations: Chennai - Kanchpuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Swamimalai - Tanjore - Trichy - Karaikudi - Madurai - Vagamon - Alleppey Kerla backwater - Kovalam
Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Day 1: Arrival Chennai

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by representative at the airport arrival lounge with a NOBLE HOUSE TOURS signboard. Then you will be transferred to the Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure with nights stay in Chennai.

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Day 2: Chennai -Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (Distance – 140 KMS, Driving time – Approx 3 Hours)

After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. En-route visit Kanchipuram, the city of a thousand temples and one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. It has been a centre of Tamil learning, cultural and religious backgrounds for centuries. The city is also famous for its silk weavers. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the saris (Indian wear) in dazzling colours are embellished with fine gold thread (Zari) and are available in every design and variety. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram, on arrival check in to the hotel. Stay overnight inMahabalipuram.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram

After Breakfast, visit to Mahabalipuram, the city of temple (Earlier known as Mamallapuram). After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour, where the Pallavas have created many monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Rathas (Chariot) and Temples. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Stay overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry

After breakfast travel to Pondicherry, on arrival check in to the hotel. In this city, many battles were fought between British and French. Pondicherry is synonymous with French Heritage in India so as it served as the capital of the French Colonies in India. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Stay overnight in Pondicherry.

Day 5: Pondicherry

After Breakfast, visit to Sir Aurobindo's Ashram. The ashram was set up in the year 1926 by Sri AurbindoGhose. His philosophy is derived in a combination of yoga and modern science. Rest of the day is free to relax and pursue independent activities. Stay overnight in Pondicherry.

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Day 6: Pondicherry–Chidambaram—Swamimalai (Distance – 170 KMS, Driving time – Approx 3.5 Hours)

After Breakfast, drive to Swamimalai, en-route visit Chidambaram known for its beautiful temple dedicated to the Lord Nataraja – God Shiva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. The Nataraja temple is said to the venue of the divine dance competition between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy. Later visit the GangaiKondaCholapuram for its rich, beautiful and intricately carved Chola style sculptures on the walls. It also houses some remarkable bronzes of the Chola Dynasty. Stay overnight inSwamimalai

Day 7: Swamimalai

After breakfast, day at leisure.Stay overnight in Swamimalai

Day 8: Swamimalai-Tanjore

After breakfast, drive to Tanjore.Stay overnight in Swamimalai

Day 9: Tanjore-Trichy -Karaikudi
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After breakfast, you have a sightseeing tour of the city which is also known as the Granary of the South India. Tanjore has a rich and varied heritage, which is renowned across the globe. It is also famous for its ancient handicrafts-making of bronze icons, Thanjavur art plates, bell-metal castings and bowls. Stay overnight in Tanjore.

Day 10: Karaikudi-Madurai

After Breakfast, drive to Madurai .on the way enjoy visit to the historical city of Tiruchirappalli, popularly known as Trichy which is situated on the banks of the Cauvery River. Proceed for sightseeing tour of the city visiting Rock Fort, Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and Sri Jambukeshwara Temple. Afternoon take a stroll in the streets of this holy city, home to many historic temples, monuments, churches and mosques. Later drive to Madurai, on arrival check in to the hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Stay Overnight in Madurai.

Day 11: Madurai

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour. Madurai, one of south India's oldest cities, it has been the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Madurai is originally called Madhurapuram because Madhu (Honey) is said to have dropped off the locks of Lord Shiva here. Visit a magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience stunning architecture as the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Stay Overnight in Madurai.

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Day 12: Madurai-Vagamon kerala plantation home stay

After breakfast, drive to Vagamon, a pretty hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala. Vagamon enjoys a pleasant climate all-round the year, which has earned the name the 'Scotland of Asia'. National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon as one of the '50 most attractive places to visit in India'. It is a popular movie shooting location as well. Afternoon your host – MrBabby Mathew takes you for an plantation visit. All meals and overnight stay in Vanilla CountyVagamon

Day 13: Vagamon

Whole day activities. Your host couple Babby Mathew and Rani Mathew offer you an unforgettable stay. Morning a long walk through plantation, reach a natural swimming pool / water fall for a refreshing dip. You will enjoy picnic lunch here. Return to the house to relax a bit. Later you can enjoy a cooking class All meals and overnight stay in Vanilla County Vagamon

Day 14: Vagamon - Alleppey Backwater (houseboat)
(Distance – 100 KMS, Driving time – Approx 2.5 Hours)

After breakfast travel to Alleppey, on arrival embark on the houseboat. Ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky will make you feel of this beautiful land. You have a night in house boat Alleppey.

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Day 15: Alleppey – Kovalam (Distance – 170 KMS, Driving time – Approx 3.5 Hours)

After breakfast disembark from the houseboat and travel to Kovalam through green coastal belt and cashew plantations. Upon arrival, check in to the resort with rest of the day free for your own activities. Walk along the beach to enjoy the scene of the waves. Kovalam means a grove of coconuts trees. Afternoon enjoy an Ayurveda basic massage. The warm and clean atmosphere with beautiful surroundings makeKovalam a perfect relaxing holiday destination. Stay overnight in Kovalam.

Day 16-17: Kovalam

These two days are free for your independent activities in your Resort. Opt for an Ayurveda Therapy / Treatment, Yoga Session, Stroll along the Golden Beach, Visit a Fishermen Villages, lay on the Golden beach and enjoy warmth of Sun or any other activities you may think of. Overnight stay in Kovalam

Day 18: Depart Kovalam – Trivendrum (Distance – 15 KMS, Driving time – Approx 30 Minutes)
& Fly to onward destination

Today morning is at leisure. Later you will be transferred to the Trivendrum airport to catch your flight for your onward destination.