Arrival At Chennai Airport.
After Arrival Proceed to hotel PM visit of Chennai for sightseeing .
Chennai is one of the 4 th Largest city in india. A capital of Tamilandu
Fort St. George: The construction of this fort started as early as 1650. It was often attacked by Indian and French forces yet it continued to expand. Today, the old buildings in Fort St. George house the Tamil Nadu Secretariat, the legislative assembly and St. Mary’s church.
Mylapore: One of the most important localities of Madras is Mylapore, where the famous Kapaleswara temple, the tank, market area and old Brahmin residential houses are situated.
Marina Beach: The marina, almost 13 Kms long, is a wide sandy stretch, with a drive along it, fringed with palms and casuarinas.
San Thome Cathedral: Is associated with the apostle, St Thomas. It is believed that he was martyred on what is called St. Thomas’ Mount and his remains were enshrined in this church.
Overnight at Chennai
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to Kanchipuram.(100Kms, 2 ¾ Hrs drive)
Kamakshi Amman Temple: Goddess Shakti is worshipped in three major cities out of which, Kanchipuram ranks first in importance. The gold plated main tower and the golden chariot are the temple’s special features. The sculptures of the 7th century temple are awe-inspiring. This huge temple is constructed in around 5 acres of land. The temple houses a gallery, which presents the life history of Adisankaracharya.
Ekambareswarar Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has been spoken about by Tamil poets who lived in the 2nd century. The temple had undergone many changes since then. During the rule of Pallavas, the original structure was pulled down and new temple was built. During Chola dynasty, the temple was improvised. The temple in its present form was the work of Krishnadevaraya, the most famous Vijayanagar King in the year 1509. The temple is huge and the doors are nearly 40 feet tall. The temple is a proof of the architectural splendour of the bygone era. The temple has a mango tree, which is 3500 years old.
Kailasnathar Temple: Belonging to the 8th century, Kailasanathar Temple is one amongst the oldest structures in the city and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The construction was commenced by Rajasimha Pallava. His son Mahendra Varma Pallava completed the temple. Pallava kings were famous for their love for architecture and one glance at the temple would suffice to understand the importance they attached to arts and architecture. The stone carvings with intricate and dedicated workings are beyond words.
After Sightseeing Drive to Mahabalipuram ( 80Km, 2Hrs Drive)
Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. Mahabalipuram was the earlier name of Mamallapuram because the demon king Mahabali was killed by Lord Vishnu. The name was changed later by the king of Pallava Narasimha Varman who has got the title of Mamalla; the great wrestler.
Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
After breakfast Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram.
Cave Temple - Mahabalipuram houses a total number of 8 Rock-Cut Cave Temples built in the 7th century by the Pallava Kings. The temples feature a number of finely cut rock columns which vary in detail. The various rock carved sculptures are dedicated to the various Hindu deities and are considered as the finest masterpieces of Indian art. The various cave temples are namely, Krishna, Mahishasuramardini, Varaha, Trimurti, Kotikal, Tiger, Atiranachanda and Panchapandava.
Shore Temple - The name of the temple is so because of it overlooking the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The Shore Temple is carved out of granite and is alternatively called the 7 Pagodas due to some unconfirmed evidence that the complex had 7 Pagodas till a Tsunami hit the shores in the 13th century AD. The architecture is a distinctive Pallava style and the finely cut granite temple is decorated with various rock cut reliefs and sculptures.
Pancha Rathas- he exquisite Pancha Rathas are open air rock cut reliefs and are fashioned in the form of 5 chariots named after the Pandavas from the Hindu epic Mahabharatha. The carved monoliths have all been carved out of pink granite and the tallest one of them is around 40 feet high. The distinctive Dravidian architectural style of the Pallavas is prevalent in the design. The intricately carved sculptures belonging to various gods and demi-gods of the Hindu mythology that are placed in the niches in the chariot shaped temples are a marvel to behold.
The 2004 tsunami caused a massive damage to many of the archaeological monuments here. However the site has been well preserved through the years and is still considered the best collection of Pallava architecture and art. The aforementioned places are considered as the best of the monuments present at the ancient town of Mahabalipuram.
Arjuna Peanance - A huge open-air sculpture, Arjuna’s Penance shows the various events that occurred during Arjuna’s Penance. The relief is carved on two big rocks which are approximately 43 feet high, atop which a huge collecting pool used to be during the older times. The rock sculpting done on the rocks is intricate and is amazingly detailed and is unlike any other that is found in India.
After sightseeing overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
After breakfast drive to Chennai airport. ( 65km, 1 ½ Hrs drive)
Arrive at Cochin airport and, you are met outside the Arrivals Hall and transferred to the hotel.
Afternoon, take a tour of Cochin.
Comprising of a cluster of islands and towns, Cochin is a living museum. Fort Cochin is believed to be the oldest European settlement in India, with the Portuguese flag first hoisted here in 1500. St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where da Gama was buried. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s by the Portuguese and taken over by the Dutch, who later presented it to the Rajas of Cochin. The palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble. You have time to wander around Mattancherri or Jew Town. Jew Street is full of antique shops selling genuine and pseudo objects d’art. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568 and considerably embellished in the mid-18th century. It contains Grand Scroll of the Old Testament and the copper plates giving privileges to the Jew settlers by the rulers of Kochi.
In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. This is the most developed dance drama art of India. Drums beckon an audience to a performance most magnificent - actors depict characters from the Puranas and the Mahabharata, the great Indian epics - demons, superhuman beings and ordinary men and women. The dancers, all male, adorn themselves in huge skirts and elaborate head-dress, wearing what must surely be the most intricate make up known to any dance style in the world.
Overnight at Hotel
After an early breakfast, drive 3 hours ( 70Km, 2Hrs drive)
Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East", situated on the Vembanad Lake. A maze of canals and a network of bridges give this busy commercial town its descriptive sobriquet. Alleppey is known for its coir, the retted fiber of the coconut husk and for black pepper. Coir yarn, mats and matting and a wealth of other coir products are manufactured here and are good buys.
Board the Kettuvalam (traditional houseboat), a special delight that Kerala offers. Take a leisurely cruise on the beautiful backwaters, through forests, and palm-shaded canals, enjoying the magnificent scenery along the waterways
Overnight at house Boat.
After Breakfast Checkout from Houseboat and board to motorboat For Kollam
It’s almost 8 hour drive Depending on the water situation.
There you will pass through one of the beautiful Scenic view in backwater canals, you will see villages, coconut trees, farms, mangrove trees, En route Kerala Style lunch will be served, board beck to Boat and drive to Kollam, evening reach to Kollam by boat– Kollam or Quilon, formerly Desinganadu, is an old seaport and city on the Laccadive Sea coast of Kerala, India. The city is on the banks Ashtamudi Lake. Kollam has had a strong commercial reputation since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans.
Overnight at Kollam.
After the breakfast transfer to Varkala (50Km, 1 ¾ Hrs. drive )
Varkala: Blessed with sun kissed beaches, placid lagoons and silvery sands, Kerala is one of the internationally known destinations for beach tourism. Both the northern and the southern parts of Kerala draw tourists with their sun-drenched beaches. Varkala are the major ones in Southern Kerala. Varkala still harbours a calm ambience apart from holding the charms of a quiet beach, Varkala is also a major pilgrim destination with the presence of Sivagiri Mutt and various ancient temples including Janardhana temple.
One of the key factors that set apart Varkala from other beaches of Sothern Kerala is the fascinating stretch of cliffs. Kerala coasts are generally flat in nature. Varkala alone is the only beach in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea. Full day Leisure at Varkala
Overnight at Varkala.
After Breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Cochin. ( 200Km, 6 ½ Hrs drive)
Later Departure at Airport.
Days : 8 | Nights : 7