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Tour Name : CHENNAI + KERALA
Tour Code : IOYO-50
Duration : 13 Nights & 14 Days
Routing : CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY - THANJAVUR - CHETTINAD - RAMESHWARAM - MADURAI - MUNNAR - PERIYAR - ALLEPPEY - MARARIKULAM - KOCHI
If you wish for a 2 weeks stay in South India, this is one of the best deals for South India travel as this itinerary covers the popular tourist cities of Southern India. This South India takes you to monuments, temples, backwaters, wildlife & beaches. Services International Ltd an Indian tour operator offers you the most popular tour itineraries for South India. Come book your South India tourism package and visit the exotic and finest locations in South India. We are one of the best Indian tour operators for your South India itineraries. If you have more days, you could also include Trivandrum and Kanyakumari in this program.

Day 01 :- Chennai Mahabalipuram
Arrive Chennai and drivedirectly to Mahabalipuram. Overnight Mahabalipuram.

Day 02 :- Mahabalipuram Pondicherry
Morning city tour. The  city  of  Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here  on the  seashore  is an interesting group of ancient rock  hewn   temples which  are the  examples of  Dravidian style of Architecture. Later drive to Pondicherry. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 03 :- Pondicherry
The capital of French India before independence,  Pondicherry  traces its  origin  to  Saint  Agasthya, the revered sage of the south & excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here  2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. Afternoon free. Overnight Pondicherry.

Day 04 :- Pondicherry Tanjore (Thanjavur)
Drive to Thanjavur. Overnight Thanjavur.

Day 05 :- Thanjavur Chettinad
Morning city tour. The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts  make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Later drive to Chettinad and transfer to hotel. Overnight Chettinad,

Day 06 :- Chettinad Rameshwaram
Chettinad is the ancestral home of the Nattukottai Chettiyars, a prosperous banking community successful in the oversea business markets in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are a total of 76 villages and Karaikudi is the largest one. Chettinad is famous for its houses for its unique, spicy, and very tasty cuisine.

Drive to Rameshwaram. Overnight Rameshwaram.

Day 07 :- Rameshwaram
The  island of Rameshwaram spreads out over a 56 km swell with  gentle sand dunes, embellished with the delicacy of casuarina trees and stark palms.  This  is  a  sacred  place  for   Hindus  since  according  to Ramayana,  this  is  where  Rama  worshipped  Lord  Shiva  to  absolve himself of the sin of killing  Ravana. A dip into the sacred waters of the Agnitheertham which was calmed by Rama is a must for Hindus. Overnight Rameshwaram.

Day 08 :- Rameshwaram Madurai
Morning drive to Madurai. Afternoon city tour. Visit  the great Meenakshi Temple  dedicated to the  consort of   Lord Shiva  with  its towering gopurams (rising high above the  surrounding country  side). Later, visit the  Tirumala Nayak Palace - A   gracious building  in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco  work  on its  domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara  Kundran Rock temple. Overnight Madurai.

Day 09 :- Madurai Munnar
Morning drive to Munnar. Overnight Munnar.

Day 10 :- Munnar
Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial Days. Munnar has an un-ending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests with aroma of spice scented cool air. Overnight Munnar.

Day 11 :- Munnar Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar. The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777  square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats.  Wild life  can  be  seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in  a  motor  boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc. Overnight Periyar.

Day 12 :- Periyar Alappuzah (Alleppey)
Morning drive to Alleppey. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper  crops & coconuts. Overnight Alleppey.

Day 13 :- Alleppey
Embark a rice houseboat. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper  crops & coconuts. Night on board.

Day 14 :- Alleppey Mararikulam
Drive to Mararikulam. Overnight Mararikulam.

Day 15 :- Mararikulam Cochin
Drive to Cochin airport

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