-Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin -
Bangalore - Mysore - Chennai
DAY 01 ARRIVE CHENNAI
Welcome to India. After clearing immigration and custom
formalities, an ATI representative will greet you and
assist you to your hotel.
DAY 02 CHENNAI (B)
A tour of Chennai takes you to Fort St. George and St.
Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church east of Suez;
St. Thomas Cathedral, the Mylapore Temple,\ & the
Marina, the world's second longest beach. Not far from
Chennai lie Mahabalipuram, "city of seven
pagodas" and Kanchipuram, famous for its silk sarees.
DAY 03 CHENNAI / TRICHY (B)
Drive to Trichy (300 kms - 6 hours), the usually popular
name for Tirchirapally, located on the banks of the serene
Cauvery River. This historic Chola city is a place where
modernity and antiquity shakes hand. Rock Fort, the temple
with a tunnel, the hundred-pillared hall, and several
beautiful rock-cut temples stand as sentinels over the
DAY 04 TRICHY (B)
Enjoy a full day excursion to Tanjore, traditionally known
as Thanjavur - a great centre for learning culture and
music. Visit Sri Brahadeeswara Temple known as the Big
Temple and a symbol of Chol'a architectural engineering
ingenuity. Return to Trichy after lunch at Hotel Sangam.
DAY 05 TRICHY / MADURAI (B)
Drive to Madurai (130 kms - 4 hours), former Capital of
the Pandya Kingdom. Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, one
of the most exquisite architectural masterpieces of India,
the palace of Thirumalai Nayak and the Madurai Temple.
06 MADURAI / PERIYAR (B)
Drive to Periyar (135 kms - 4.5 hours), one of the largest
wildlife reserves in India, home to wild boar, spotted
deer and a large population of elephants. Over 260 species
of birds are found here.
DAY 07 PERIYAR / KUMARAKOM (B)
Enjoy a morning boat ride on the lake to view wildlife and
water birds. Thereafter drive to Kumarakom (180 kms - 4
hours) on the eastern shore of the Vembanad Lake.
DAY 08 KUMARAKOM (B)
A day full of leisure time to relax, identify rare species
of birds enjoy a boat ride along the back waters, or
simply rejuvenate your body by opting for an Ayurvedic
DAY 09 KUMARAKOM / COCHIN (B)
Cruise across the harbor to Allepey, sailing down
centuries old backwaters flanked by picture-book towns and
ancient trading ports. Then drive to Cochin, often called
the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Visit the Dutch
Palace, the ancient Jewish Synagogue (except Saturdays),
St. Francis church, the Matanchary Church (closed on
Fridays) and see the Chinese fishing nets swaying in the
breeze over the back waters. In the evening enjoy a
spectacular Kathakali dance performance.
DAY 10 COCHIN / BANGALORE (B)
Fly to Bangalore, once known as "City of
Gardens", now India's Silicon Valley with
corresponding increase in wealth and population. However,
there is plenty of tradition and culture to explore: Art
galleries, Botanical Gardens and the Lal Bagh.
DAY 11 BANGALORE / MYSORE (B)
A luxury train ride brings you to Mysore popularly known
as the "Sandalwood City".
DAY 12 MYSORE (B)
The main attraction at Mysore is the famous Maharaja's
palace one of the most magnificent palace in India with
huge gateways, domes, arches and sculptures. Also visit
the temple at Chamundi hill, named after the royal
family's pattron goddess. Enroute stands a 16-foot statue
of Nandi Bull, carved out of a single huge boulder! In the
evening, take an excursion to Brindaban Gardens,
exquisitely designed in terraces and alive with bright
flowers and silvery fountains.
DAY 13 MYSORE / CHENNAI DEPART(B)
Enjoy a luxury train ride to Chennai where you will be
received and assisted to the international
airport for onward flight.