DRAVIDIAN FLAVOURS: TAMIL NADU AND KERALA TOUR

Discover the spiritual nature in India in its devotional flavour through its magnificent temples in Tamil Nadu comprising of over five thousand of them and nature’s beauty in the second largest bio diverse region, the Western ghats of Kerala. And relax in the peaceful coconut palmed plains of the western coast amidst its myriad backwaters. Interact with the humble smiling welcoming people of Tamil Nadu and indulge your palates with the flavouring spices of Kerala with the Best South Indian Packages that takes you on a splurge of Attractions of South India..

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Day 1 | Arrival in Chennai (Madras) south india tour packages meenakshi temple

Arrive to the smiling face of the Maavalan representative who will take you to Mahabalipuram for an assisted seamless check-in at the chosen hotel and a brief given to you which puts you at ease as you sink into the comfort of your bed to relax for the night.

tanjore temple You may change some amount of currency in Indian Rupees before coming out of the Airport at the banks at the Airport which remain open 24×7 The best way to overcome Jet leg is to adjust yourself with the new destination; if you arrive during the day, do not rest, enjoy the day (pool or massage) or if you arrive at night, then try to catch some sleep immediately.

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Day 2 | Mahabalipuram tanjore temple

Mahabalipuram is one of the main attractions of Tamil Nadu, situated about 60 km south from the Chennai Airport. Rise with the golden sun over the Bay of Bengal and help yourself to a sumptuous buffet at breakfast. Proceed to discover the magnificent UNESCO world heritage site of Mahabalipuram, which was the beginning of Stone Temple Architecture by the Pallava Kings. Splendid bas reliefs, rock cut temples, monolithic temples and the first South Indian constructed stone temple defining the Dravidian Temple architecture. Take time to explore, learn and imbibe this rich heritage. If this is not your first visit to India, you will realise that the South is very different from the North!

Visiting places: Mahabalipuram UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Day 3 | Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry meenakshi temple madurai temple

A pleasant drive along the coast and a brackish water lake with salterns. Pondicherry is a small coastal town with French colonial buildings in the White Town along the shore which also houses today the Ashram of Shri Aurobindo and the Mother, the French named streets and a beautiful park. The Black Town in contrast is bustling with life in its beautiful market. If you love peace and want a break from the hustle and bustle then we are sure pondicherry tourism spots and serenity will be part of the choicest holiday for you.

Visiting places: Orientation tour by Rickshaw before discovering more on foot.

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Day 4 | Pondicherry – Gangaicondacholapuram – Darasuram – Tanjore. tanjore temple south india tour packages

Leaving from Pondicherry for Tanjore, you may perceive mangroves along the banks of the river Chunamb-ar. Driving through sugarcane paddy fields arrive at Gangaicondacholapuram emerging from the earth. While crossing the Anikhet, you may perceive crocodiles lazing on the exposed river bed. Continue your visit to Aryavastravar in Darashuram, one of the most intricately carved Chola temples of the 12th century.

Visiting places: Gangaicondacholapuram and Aryavastravar. (UNESCO World Heritage Monument)

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Day 5 |Tanjore – Srirangam – Tanjore. places to visit in pondicherry places to visit in pondicherry

Outskirts of Tanjore is populated with the academic intelligentsia. As you approach Srirangam, behold the astonishing view of the world’s tallest Gopuram, the Temple Gateway. And then be stunned by the immensity of the temple where you can see seventeen of the twenty one Gopurams at one go all around you when you mount a terrace. In the afternoon temple view the splendid bronzes of the Chola period and the majestic Tanjore temple with the setting sun. Don’t forget to be blessed by the temple elephant!

Visiting places: Srirangam, Tanjore Bronze gallery, UNESCO World Heritage Tanjore Temple

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Day 6 | Tanjore – Chettinad  south india tours

Leaving early for Chettinad visit a school during the morning assembly. Coming into the small sleepy region of the Chettinad, the palatial mansions, with a mix of European and traditional South Indian architecture, beautifully carved teakwood pillars and doorways, these still belong to the traditional merchant class, the Chettiyars. Discover the beauty of these mansions in detail on foot or on bicycle.

Visiting places: Visit of Chettinad Mansions and special Chettinad tile making

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Day 7 | Chettinad – Madurai places to visit in madurai places to visit in pondicherry

You will find ample places to visit in Madurai and get confused!  Although Madurai is known for its religious depth and fervor, depending on the season and the monsoon, visit of a bird sanctuary amidst rice fields, with egrets, paddy herons, night herons, open bill stork, painted stork, cormorants and many others. Feel the vibrance of the devotional aspect of Hinduism at the iconic Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. This would be your last temple visit of the tour.

Visiting places: Gandhi Museum, Meenakshi Temple

temple tour indiaEvening ceremony in the temple is worth visiting. Cameras not allowed

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Day 8 | Madurai – Periyar kerala tour madurai temple

Drive towards the Western Ghats and you start discovering the agricultural diversity of Tamil Nadu with banana, Sorghum, table grapes, coconut and other plantations till you reach a height of nine hundred metres and enter the state of Kerala at Periyar. Periyar is named after the longest and most potential river of Kerala which itself falls under the Kerala Tourism Places. The region boasts of simple living with contemporary lifestyle.  You can visit a Spice plantation as this region is the home and origin to most spices in the world.

Visiting places: Spice Plantations

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Day 9 | Periyar temple tour india

A day at leisure at a great destination where you have a choice of opting for the kind of activities that suit you: trekking in the forest, trekking with bamboo rafting, bullock cart ride through the villages, relaxation with Ayurvedic massage

Visiting places: Day at leisure, discovery and massage

kerala tourismAsk our driver to show you one of the plantations and see almost all kind of spices on a small piece of land

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Day 10 | Periyar – Kumarakom places to visit in madurai madurai temple

Drive on a long and winding road past spice, tea and coffee plantations on the upper hills going down towards the rubber, cocoa and nutmeg plantations reaching the plains and backwaters of Kerala to your hotel set on the lagoon on the banks of the Lake Wembanad. Relax and enjoy the calm with a good Ayurvedic massage. This is what the Kerala Tour Packages are famous for.

Visiting places: Beautiful photo stops en route

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Day 11 | Kumarakom  places to visit in madurai kerala tourism

South India Tour is all about nature, beauty and food. It’s totally different from North India and you can consider it as a nature’s call. Get a leisurely morning with no wake up call. Towards noon, go to your typical Kerala Riceboat converted to Houseboat waiting just for you for a cruise along the backwaters. During the cruise you would see paddy fields, villagers go about their daily activities along the water and after lunch, the pleasant moving of the boat rocks you to a light afternoon siesta!

Visiting places: Houseboat cruise

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Day 12 | Kumarakom – Cochin places to visit in madurai

The Kerala tour wil give you an insight to the timeless beauty and majestic views. Staying at Fort Cochin is a pleasure as you discover the beautiful colonial structures. Although very touristic, it has retained its authentic charm. See the beautiful Chinese nets at sundown and see the families of Cochin gather along the shoreline. In the evening, you will be treated to an authentic brilliant performance of Kathakali, a traditional Kerala temple dance with intricate makeup.

Visiting places: Synagogue, Matancherry Palace, Walk, Chinese fishing nets and Kathakali

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Day 13 | Cochin temple tour india

Relaxed morning. This is the last day of your Tamil Nadu & Kerala tourism before flying out of Cochin on an international departure out at night with fabulous memories of a well conducted tour as you start contemplating your next tour of this Incredible country; maybe to Central India…

Maavalan has tied up with some hotels who are promoting eco-tourism in Kerala.

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