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BEST OF TAMIL NADU & PONDICHERRY WITH KERALA COCO SPICES TOUR

( 01 Nt. Chennai + 02 Nts. Mahabalipuram + 01 Nt. Pondicherry + 01 Nt. Tanjore + 01 Nt. Madurai + 02 Nts. Thekkady + 02 Nts. Kumarakom + 01 Nt. Houseboat + 02 Nts. Kovalam )

Rates are applicable from 01st Apr. 2013 to 30th Sept. 2013
Destination Standard Semi Deluxe Deluxe Luxury Premium
Chennai Sea Shell Residency (CP) The Vijay Park (CP) Harrisons Hotel (CP) Radha Regent (CP) The Park (CP)
Mahabalipuram Hotel Mamallaa Heritage (CP) Mamalla Beach Resort (CP) Mamalla Beach Resort (Deluxe Room) (CP) Fortune Chariot Beach Resort (CP) GRT Temple Bay (CP)
Pondicherry Pondicherry Executive Inn (CP) Lotus Comfort (CP) Hotel Annamalai International (CP) Zest Big Beach (CP) Maison Perumal (CP)
Tanjore Oriental Towers (CP) Oriental Towers (CP) Oriental Towers (Deluxe Room) (CP) Hotel Sangam (CP) Hotel Sangam
(CP)
Madurai Hotel Supreme (CP) Hotel Germanus (CP) Hotel Germanus (Deluxe Room) (CP) Fortune Pandian (CP) Gateway Hotel
(CP)
Thekkady   Michael's Inn (CP) Michael's Inn
(A/c Standard Room) (CP)
Silver Crest (CP) / Periyar Meadows (CP) Cardamom County (CP) / Wild Corridor (CP) Spice Village (CP)
Kumarakom   Coconut Creek (CP) The Backwater Resort
(CP)
Paradise Resort
(CP)
Back Water Ripples (CP)/
Eastend Lake Song (CP)
Coconut Lagoon (CP)
Houseboat A/c Standard (AP) A/c Standard (AP) A/c Standard (AP) A/c Deluxe (AP) A/c Premium (AP)
Kovalam Green Palm Resorts (CP) Sagara Beach Resort (CP) Uday Samudra/
Isola Di Cocco (CP)
Travancore Heritage
/ Estuary Island Resort  (CP)
The Leela Kempinski Kovalam (CP)
Package cost
per person
Rs. 34,188/- Rs. 34,881/- Rs. 41,349/- Rs. 51,398/- Rs. 62,024/-

Meal Plan : CP= Breakfast only, MAP= Breakfast & Dinner only, AP= Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner only

Extra Adult/Child cost (between 05 and 12 yrs)
With Extra bed in the Room - 40% of Per Person Cost.
Without Extra bed - 30% of Per Person Cost.

Package Cost Includes :
  • Well appointed above mentioned/base category room accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily Buffet / Fixed Menu meals as per plan.
  • Non A/c Indica for all surface transfers & sightseeing as per the above places mentioned in Standard & Semi Deluxe category.
  • A/c Indica for all surface transfers & sightseeing as per the above places mentioned in Deluxe, Luxury & Premium category.
  • All applicable hotel taxes.
Package Cost Excludes:
  • Any meals other than those mentioned above.
  • Any Airfare / Train fare.
  • Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary (Rs 10.00 per km will be charged for additional use of A/c Indica).
  • Entrance fees to Amusement parks & Boating charges.
    Any portage at airports and hotels, tips, insurance, wine, mineral water, telephone charges, and all items of personal nature.
  • Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle mal-functions, political disturbances etc.
  • Service tax extra @3.09% of the total bill amount.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Chennai
Upon arrival our representative will greet you at Chennai Airport/ Railway Station and then transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Chennai - the gateway to southern India, established in 1639 by the East India Company, is one of the oldest cities of the country. The major tourist attractions are Marina Beach which is the second largest beach in the world. This stretch is filled with statues of rememberence from Tamil culture. Fort St. George which was built by the British East India Company in 1653, houses St Mary's Church, the first British Church in Chennai and has a museum with a collection of British and French historical artifacts. San Thome Cathedral is the final resting place of the apostle St. Thomas who was killed just outside the city in 78 AD. This cathedral has been built by the Portuguese in a typical neo Gothic style between 14th and 15th century A.D. Snake Park houses a variety of rare reptiles, different species, including deadly king cobras, vipers, pythons, adders, kraits, giant turtles and monitor lizards.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (58 kms. – 01½ hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram. Reach & Check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Mahabalipuram is globally renowned for the Shore Temples. The main tourist attraction of the town is the Varaha Cave, a small rock-cut mandapam (hall). Heinrich Zimmer, a leading expert on Mahabalipuram has described the famous Pallava doorkeepers' expression outside the cave as of "pious rapture”. Explore the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 03 : Mahabalipuram
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Mahabalipuram. The major attractions are Arjuna's Penance which is carved in relief on the face of a huge rock. Arjuna's Penance is the mythical story of the river Ganges, issuing from its source, high in the Himalayas. The surface of the rock has detailed carvings showing the most endearing and natural renditions of animals. Mandapams (low rise, rock cut halls), Krishna Mandapam adorn massive rocks near the centre of the village. The beautiful Shore Temple towers over the waves, behind a protective breakwater. Sixteen man-made caves in different stages of completion are also seen. Shore Temples - These beautiful temples, ravaged by wind and sea, were given the World Heritage listing, a few years ago. The two spires of the temples contain a shrine for Lord Vishnu and for Lord Shiva.

Day 04 : Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (160 kms – 04 hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Pondicherry. Reach & Check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. for the sightseeing Aaayi Mandappam which is also known as the park Monument, is an attractive monument of Pondicherry government park (Bharathi Park). Sri Aurobindo Ashram which exhudes a spiritual aura., Sacred Heart Church which was built by French Missionaries in the 1700’s in a contrasting Neo–Gothic style with its towers. Chunnambar Beach & Backwater the tropical paradise flanked by a quiet flowing creek on one side. Matri Mandir which is not a temple but a place for individual silent concentration.
Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 05 : Pondicherry – Tanjore (180 kms - 04½ hrs)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Thanjavur/Tanjore which is like Rome in Europe or Egypt in Africa. Reach & check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. The major attractions of Tanjore are Sri Brihadeswara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva with its architectural excellence. The Palace is a fascinating building with huge corridors, spacious halls, decorated rooms, having the amazing stucco work with wonderful fresco painted walls & ceilings, underground tunnel and intricate carvings. Art Gallery the place where you can find fabulous collection of bronze icons, stone sculpture and pieces of art. Saraswati Mahal Library is the most remarkable library in India. Royal Museum which displays rare antiques belonging to the Maratha Royal Family.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 06: Tanjore – Madurai (170 kms. – 04½ hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Madurai which is called the `Athens of the East' because of the way myth meets life here. Reach & check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Madurai is almost synonymous with the famed Meenakshi Temple the nucleus of the temple is older than the Madurai city. The Meenakshi temple complex at Madurai is not only an architectural marvel but also the epitome of Indian culture and civilization. Thirumalai Nayak Palace, the main Palace where the king lived. Vandiyur Mariamman the area of the tank, and the island pavilion with a garden in the center. Thirupparankunram One of the six houses of Lord Subramanya, the second son of Lord Siva, is located here. Subramanya is said to have married Indra's daughter, Devianai, on this hill. The rock-cut temple of Subramanya here is thronged with pilgrims on all days of special worship.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 07: Madurai - Thekkady (155 kms. – 05 hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Thekkady which offers diverse attractions like Wildlife Sanctuary, Hill Station and Spice Plantation. Natures own little hideout nestled in the hills of Thekkady. Reach & check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Visit the local spice market for some garden fresh spices and handicrafts.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 08: Thekkady
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to the most attractive feature of Thekkady i.e. Periyar Wild life Sanctuary. The place where one can go for a Wildlife cruise to view a large variety of wildlife like Wild Elephants, Nilgiri Langur, Sambar Deer, Wild Bison, Wild Boar etc, and quite a lot of unique birds can also be spotted. You can recreate yourself by having Optional activities like spice plantation Tour, Bamboo Rafting, Trekking and Elephant ride.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 09 : Thekkady – Kumarakom (130 kms. – 03 hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Kumarakom. Reach & check-in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Kumarakom is one of the few places in the world where the means for transportation is through boats. Kumarakom is blessed with the Vembanad Lake which has its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave an intricate and enchantingly beautiful web. Explore the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 10 : Kumarakom
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. The major attraction of Kumarakom is the Bird Sanctuary which lies at the edge of the grounds of an old estate where a profusion of all kinds of birds can be observed. Domestic birds such as cuckoo, wild duck, egrets, darters, herons, teal, and water fowl can be seen in abundance here, and the Siberian storks which migrate to this place each year. Explore the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 11 : Houseboat
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to the boat Jetty to board the beautifully decorated houseboats and begin the enchanting backwater cruising. The backwaters of Kerala is a unique product of Kerala and is found no where else in the world. A glide in a "Kettuvallam" (Houseboat) through the enchanting backwaters is sure to rob your heart. You’re in a watery universe, so quiet, even you can hear your own blood pumping around your head. Sparkling greens, emerald backwaters, coir-laden houseboats and magical beauty heals your mind and body as you travel to surreal Kerala.

Overnight stay in the Houseboat.

Day 12 : Houseboat – Kovalam (176 kms. - 05 hrs.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed to Kovalam beach. Kovalam is known as the "Paradise of the South". This dreamland is an evergreen, serene, pleasant climatic and enticing beach destination. Reach & check in at the hotel and relax for a while amidst the comforts of your room. Explore on your own to see how the everlasting sea touches the everlasting sky. Kovalam is the place where one can see the golden sand at the day time & silver sand in the night. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlight nights.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort

Day 13 : Kovalam – Trivandrum – Kovalam
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later proceed for the sightseeing of Trivandrum. Thiruvananthapuram literally means Ananthapuri, "the city of Ananthan", the Thiru (Great/Lord) Ananthan's Puram (City). Ananthan is the serpent Sesha on whom Padmanabhan or Vishnu reclines. The temple of Anantha, the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is the most religious icon of the city. Other sightseeing places are Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, the name Kuthiramalika means 'palace of horses' derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls. Veli Tourist Village, which has an excellent waterfront park with a wide range of aqua entertainment facilities like fishponds, wading pools and landscaped garden. Shangumugham Beach where one can watch the amazing sunset.

Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort.

Day 14 : Kovalam – Trivandrum (20 kms. – 45 mins.)
Enjoy the sumptuous breakfast. Later pack your baggages with a promise to return once again to this part of the world.... Proceed on time to board your flight/train with sweet memories of your holidays. We await for your next visit ... Bon Voyage. Service ends.Click Here...

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