Coast To Coast - Coromandal To Malabar
Places :Chennai Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram -
Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Tiruchirappalli - Madurai - Thekkady - Periyar -
Kumarakom - Houseboat - Kochi
Duration :13 Nights/14 Days
A journey from Coast to Coast in the south of Indian peninsula is an
incredible itinerary where one gets to feel the verve of two prominent
oceans, Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. The eastern Coromandel Coast in
Tamil Nadu is known for its ethnic Dravidian cultural influences in the
form of temples and beaches. The other side of coastline, Malabar in
Kerala is resplendent with natural bliss in the form of widespread green
cover, towering palm trees, hill stations, spice forests and divine
beaches and backwaters. Together, these two enticing experiences come into
one package via Coast to Coast Coromandel to Malabar Tour and
provide tourists a surreal experience in two south Indian states.
Day 01 - Arrive Chennai
arrival at Chennai International / Domestic Airport, meet India Budget
Tours Representative who will welcome and assist the transfers to the
hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02 - Chennai
After breakfast, continue full day city tour of Chennai via a visit to
Fort St. George, St. Thomas Mount, San Thome Basilica and the National Art
Gallery. Experience the gushing coastal splendour alongside the Bay of
Bengals Marina Beach. Relax on the beach in the evening and observe
the life around the beach which is a relief for the Chennaites. Overnight
Day 03 - Chennai to Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram, 110 Km / 3 ½
Next morning, continue Coast to Coast tour via a drive to Kanchipuram,
one of seven most sacred cities according to Hindu faith. This 'Golden
City' flourished under the rule of Chola kings as a city of thousand
temples. Offer respect to the sacred temples of the city revered at par
with Varanasi in north and purchase silk and cotton fabrics as a part of
the itinerary. Travel onwards to Covelong Beach i.e. Mahabalipuram, the
ancient 7th century Pallava sea port. This coastal temple town is a world
heritage site characterized with the presence of fourteen cave temples and
nine monolithic rathas (chariot shaped shrines), three stone temples and
four- sculptured rock panels. The rock cut rathas, open bas reliefs like
Arjunas penance, descent of the Ganges and Shore Temple stand out in
this collection of Temple complex. Overnight in a resort at Mahabalipuram.
Day 04 Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry, 120 Km / 3 hrs
After breakfast, drive to Pondicherry, a French territory on the
Coromandel Coast. Whole day is dedicated in exploration of this town Visit
Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Spend some time in testimony of sea at
the rocky beach in Pondicherry. Overnight in Pondicherry.
Day 05 Pondicherry - Thanjavur, 120 Km / 3 hrs
Continue with a morning drive to Thanjavur, the ancient capital of the
Cholas. This is a thriving center of South Indian art and architecture.
Also, the city is a home to the thousands of artists who have developed
the Tanjore style of paintings and bronze icons. The paintings are
synonymous with the popularity of Thanjavur. Upon arrival in Thanjavur,
check in the hotel and visit the 10th century Thanjavur's Brihadisvara
temple, a World Heritage Site known to be carved out of a single granite
block. The 66.5 meter massive cupola or spire made of the 80 tons granite
stone is indeed a feat of this Great Living Chola Temple. Overnight in
Day 06 - Thanjavur to Tiruchirappalli Madurai (200 kms / 5 hrs)
In morning, drive to the two millennia old Madurai, one of the
continuously inhabited cities in the world. Enroute drive to Madurai,
visit Tiruchirapalli or Trichy. This city holds significant antiquity in
the history of Tamil Nadu. It was ruled by Cholas, Pallavas, Pandyas,
Madurai Sultanate, Vijayanagara Empire, etc during different times. Famous
attractions in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) are Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at
Srirangam and Rock Fort. The temple constructed in Dravidian style is a
revered Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Rockfort is a hill fort
constructed on a 273-foot high rock. The notable attractions of Rockfort
are Uchchi Pillaiyar Koil and the Siva Temple. Continue drive to Madurai
and upon arrival, check into hotel for overnight.
Day 07 - Madurai
breakfast, continue visiting one of the oldest continuing cities in the
world, Madurai. It is the most sacred pilgrim town of South India dwelled
around the Meenakshi Temple. Other notable attractions of Madurai include
Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Tank, Koodal Alagar Temple, Gandhi
Museum and Government Museum. In the evening, witness the prayer ceremony
at Meenakshi Temple, which is an outstanding example of the Vijayanagar
temple architecture. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 08 - Madurai to Thekkady (Lake Periyar), 145 Km / 4 hrs
Venture into the second half of the Coast to Coast Coromandel to
Malabar Tour on Day 8 via a drive to Thekkady for two night stay. Here,
tourists will experience the pristine bliss and content of Kerala under
the serene shade of greenery. During the afternoon, board the two-hour
pre-booked boat safari on the mist-shrouded lake, which is a thriving
hotspot for spotting wildlife, especially herds of elephants. Overnight in
Day 09 - Periyar
Day is at leisure to explore the plantations surrounding the beautiful
spice centre in Periyar Wildlife Reserve. Overnight at hotel
Day 10 - Periyar to Kumarakom, 140 Km / 4 hrs
After breakfast, drive towards the coastal waterscapes on the banks of
Lake Vembanad in Kumarakom. In the afternoon, visit Kumarakom Bird
Sanctuary famous for hosting the migratory birds. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Kumarakom to Houseboat
After breakfast, transfer to a houseboat for a day and night on the
backwaters. This experience sums up the very essence of Kerala where
swaying palms, serene waterways and picturesque beauty comprise a perfect
arrangement for a tourist to relax in its alluring aura. The cozy view of
nature is added advantage on to the already beautified experience on the
lazy lagoons of Kerala. Overnight in Houseboat.
Day 12 - Houseboat - Alleppey - Kochi (60 Km / 1 ½ hrs)
Disembark from the Houseboat at Alleppey Jetty and drive to the coastal
harbour city of Kochi (Cochin), famous everywhere as the 'Queen of the
Arabian Sea'. In the evening, enjoy a masquerading Kathakali dance show
combining the music, songs and mime in performing the Indian mythological
narratives. Overnight in Kochi.
Day 13 - Kochi
Begin morning with Kochi city tour including a visit to the Dutch Palace
and Jewish Synagogue. En route cherish the chance of spotting the famous
Chinese fishing nets. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the sights of the
oldest trading centre.
Day 14 - Depart Kochi
Transfer to Kochi airport to board your onward flight. (Hotel check out
12:00 hrs) Contact us for hotels details/options covered in this tour
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Cost Per Person
(on twin sharing
- minimum 2 persons travelling together)
|Valid till Sept 2018
* Please request for rate for the period X'Mas - New Year Period
||Land Cost Excludes
- 01 twin Room at each place as per itinerary for total 13 nights
(01 Night on Houseboat and 12 Nights at Hotels). Hotel check in /
out 12:00 hrs.
- Daily buffet breakfast at hotel. On Houseboat all meals will be
- Aircon Standard Car (Tata Indigo / similar) for all transfer and
sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- Local English speaking guide at each place as per the itinerary.
- Entry Fee and Boat Ride at Periyar wildlife Sanctuary. Also Spice
- Kathakali dance show at Cochin.
- Govt. Service Tax @ 4.5%
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Any Airfare
- Airport Tax, portage etc.
- Any Monument entrance fee (to be paid directly at the monuments).
Please find below list.
Monument Entry Fee List(per person per visit in INR)
|St. George Fort
Govt. Museum INR 300
|Approx - INR 500
||Approx - INR 150
||Aprox - INR 50
Hotel used will be as under or equivalent category
||Vijay Park / Zen garden
||Hotel Oriental Towers
||Periyar Meadows / Hotel Ambadi
||Kumarakom Lagoon / Paradise resort
||Abad Plaza / Woods Manor
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