Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Upon arrival at Chennai International airport meet with our representative at the airport arrival lounge, as he will be holding a placard of your names. After meet and greet transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Today we will have day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.
Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram which is a city of thousand temples. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. A part from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, who settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation.
Later on we shall proceed to Mahabalipuram, driving south of Chennai on the coast which is the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas are a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style.
Later in the evening return to Chennai for overnight stay.
Day 03: Chennai - Madurai (Train depart at 21:20 PM)
After breakfast we will go for Chennai city sightseeing visiting its museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on Fridays and Public holidays). Also drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum, Marina Beach and Santhome Cathedral.
In the evening return to hotel for overnight stay.
Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train for Madurai. Overnight stay on board.
Day 04: Arrive Madurai (Train arrives at 06:20 AM)
Upon arrival at Madurai railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After breakfast we will go for full day city sightseeing tour of Madurai. Madurai, known as Athens of the East, is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's lochs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakthi Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Madurai - Thekkady
After breakfast we will leave for our wildlife destination Periyar. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up you may opt for a pleasant boat ride along the Periyar Lake in the evening. Enjoy watching varied birds and animals like tigers, elephants, wild boar, deer, etc at the Periyar (Thekkady) National Park. You can also visit a few tribal villages around Periyar and witness fascinating activities of tribal collecting honey from dangerous hill bees. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Thekkady - Alleppey
If evening boat ride is not possible, then we will enjoy morning boat ride on Periyar Lake for wildlife viewing. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast leave for Alleppey. Upon arrival board the houseboat. Evening enjoy sailing on the boat. Overnight stay in Houseboat.
Day 07: Alleppey - Kovalam
After breakfast disembark the houseboat and leave for Kovalam. enjoying various scenic spots on the way. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Kovalam
Full day at leisure to enjoy the sea, sun and surf at Kovalam Beaches. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Bangalore (Train depart at 16:50 PM)
After breakfast half day temple tour of Trivandrum visiting the Temple of Sree Padmanabhaswamy. Later in the afternoon transfer to the railway station to board the a/c sleeper train for Bangalore. Overnight stay on board.
Day 10: Arrive Bangalore (Train arrives at 08:03 AM)
Upon arrival at Bangalore railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will go for sightseeing of this "Garden City". We will visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Further visit to the Maharaja's Palace and Government Buildings. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11: Bangalore - Mysore
After breakfast leave for Mysore. Upon arrival check into the hotel. En-route one can visit Srirangapatnam, famous for the Tipu Sultan's former capital. Srirangapatnam is a picturesque island in the Cauvery River. The biggest of the three islands in the River Cauvery, it is about 5 km long and 2 km wide.
Further continue drive to Mysore. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: Mysore
After fresh-n-up we will go for city sightseeing of this ancient princely city, famous for its silks, sandalwood and various palaces, among which the largest palace in India, built in Indo-Persian style in 1900. Visit an art gallery and the Chamundeshwari Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali on Chamundi Hill, from which you have a panoramic view of the city. You will also visit Somnathpur, famous for the temple of Keshava. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Mysore - Chennai (Train depart at 14:15 PM and arrives at 21:35 PM)
Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the railway station to board the train for Chennai. Upon arrival at Chennai railway station meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Chennai - Departure
Transfer to the international airport to board the train for onward destination.
Tour & services Ends.