Or the traveler's paradise. You have got
all that a visitor could look for: natural wonders, magnificent
ancient temples, shopper's haven, traditional arts and spectacles.
Day 1: Receive at Thiruvananthapuram,
Help and assist. Check in at hotel in Somatheeram. Day at leisure.
2: Somatheeram, day long sightseeing tour.
Day 3: Somatheeram, day free to relax at the wonderful
tropical beach, set out for fishing with local fishermen on traditional
kattamaran or rejuvenate yourself with the much acclaimed Ayurveda
Day 4: Drive through the green coastal
belt and cashew plantations and reach Alleppey, the central hub
of the backwater network. Stay in a traditional Kerala house
opening right over the Vembanad Lake and surrounded by banana plantations.
Day free to relax with the option of an herbal oil massage. Also
relish the wonderful Kerala cuisine in ethnic way.
Day 5: Alleppey, day will be
used to closely watch backwaters lifestyle. Visit coir-making factory,
a temple and bathe the elephants at the Elephant Rearing Center.
6: Sail through the backwater canals and reach Kumarakom,
an island with a beautiful bird-sanctuary and extremely serene atmosphere.
Day 7: Kumarakom, day free
to relax and explore around.
Day 8: Drive through rubber plantations
over forested mountains and finally reach Periyar National Park,
one of the best jungles in India to see wild elephants. Day free
to explore on your own.
Day 9: Visit the National Park on
boat over Periyar Lake where several wild animals congregate at
10: Madurai, drive out of the Kerala hills and reach
the Tamil Nadu plains, the Dravidian heartland. Visit the Thirumal
Nayaka Palace and the Dravidian masterpiece Meenakshi Sundereshwar
Day 11: Thanjavur, driving
down to the fertile rice growing plains of Cauvery, reach Tiruchirapally.
Nearby visit the enormous Srirangam temple and then continue to
the Chola citadel of Tanjore. Visit the World heritage Brihadishvara
12: Reach the erstwhile French colony Pondicherry of beautiful
boulevards, gothic structures and quiet beaches. Day free to relax
Day13: Pondicherry, morning
head out for boat trips to see dolphins. During the day visit Auroville
(city of dawn), the famous center for spiritual learning and meditation
named after Guru Sri Aurobindo Ghosh.
14: Drive through the fertile Coromondal coastline and reach
Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temples and other monuments
which are in a form of epic recreated on stone.
Morning walk over the seashore and explore the temples on own. Later
drive towards Chennai and en route visit Dakshinchitra. Day
free to move around in Chennai. Also visit one of the many famous
auditoriums for live performance of Indian classical dances.
Chennai, sightseeing trip of the city. Also visit Kalakshetra,
the world famous cultural center founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale
and Theosophical Society with its huge Banyan tree.
Day 17: Chennai, assisted in
check out for onward journey. Your package end on this day.