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YATRA INDIA.com South India Tours South India Beach Tour

South India Beach Tour





Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Places Covered: Chennai - Kancheepuram - Mamallapuram - Chennai - Kodaikanal - Thekkady - Kottayam - Cochin - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Trivandrum




Day 01: Madras

Arrive Madras. Transfer to hotel. Day at leisure/ independent activities. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Madras - Kancheepuram - Mamallapuram

Forenoon sight see places of interesting Madras - Fort St. George, Govt. Museum, Valluvar Kottam, Snake park, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Santhome Cathedral, and drive along the marina Beach.
After lunch proceed to Kancheepuram to visit ekambaranatha Temple, Kamatchi Amman Temple and shop for the world famous Kancheepuram Silks. Proceed to Mamallapuram. Check in Beach Resort for overnight stay.




Day 03: Mamallapuram - Madras - Overnight Train

Sight see the 7th century pallavan monuments in the forenoon. Relax in the beach. Depart Mamallapuram in the evening to reach Madras. Proceed to EGMORE rly. Station to board pandiyan Express - overnight train journey.




Day 04: Kodaikanal

Reach Kodai Road rly. Station in the early hours and thereafter proceed to Kodaikanal, on road. Check in hotel. Day at leisure. Enjoy boating in the lake in the evening. Founded by American missionaries in 1845, Kodaikanal is steeped in history. Relics and artifacts of the Paliyans who once lived in these hills can still be seen in the Shenbaganur Museum. Even today, a few Paliyans can be seen near Kukal Cave. In the early days, there were no roads-people had to travel by bullock-cart and palanquin, braving the dangers of the forests. Slowly Kodaikanal developed, missionaries established church properties, many of the then ruling princes built summer holiday-homes, clubs were opened, school and hotels were built, and civic amenities were introduced.

Day 05: Kodaikanal

Sight see Coakers Walk, Pillar Rocks, Bryant park, Kurinji Andavar Temple in the forenoon. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel

Day 06: Kodaikanal - Thekkady (periyar)
Depart from Kodaikanal after breakfast to reach Thekkady for lunch. Check in hotel. Take the launch trip in the lake in the evening to view Wild animals. Overnight at Hotel

Periyar: One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries in the south, Periyar sanctuary attracts a large number of nature lovers every year. Also called the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this place is ideal for watching the animals in their natural habitat.

The forest here, slopes into the manmade lake at the bottom of the hill. This lake serves as the waterhole for the animals and they come here to drink or take a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers can be spotted here.

There are boat services which takes the visitor around the lake. The best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread over 777 sq.km of the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary is located 137 km from Madurai.

Although an excursion on the splendid artificial lake is the standard way to experience the sanctuary, you can also walk around with the local guide in a small group. Wild Elephant herds come to the lake to frolic in the water.

Other attractions of the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. There are over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.
Day 07: Thekkady
Can avail the launch trip again, if interested, (Optional) at dawn. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel

Day 08: Thekkady - Kottayam - Cochin

Leave Thekkady after breakfast to reach Kottayam. Take a boat cruise in the palm fringed scenic back waters. Reach Cochin in the evening. Check in hotel and stay overnight. Cochin set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the port city of Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. With a rich past and a bustling present, it has been the business hub of the region from the very early days after Alleppey (Alappuzha). Cochin consists of mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry on the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry but now some islands have bridges. The influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans is evident in Cochin and its people. The oldest church in India, 500-year-old Portugese houses, old tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the Diaspora, synagogues and mosques all tell the fascinating story of this harbour town. The harbour is still at the heart of the city and pepper, sea food, rubber and coir mats and matting are exported from here. Despite this, Cochin is an attractive city with serene creak & lagoons overhung with feathery coconut palms and picturesque islands. The older parts of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery are an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English country village grafted onto the troppical Malabar coast. Cochin is one of India's largest ports and a major naval base.

Day 09: Cochin - Trivandrum - Kovalam
Sight see the places of interest in Cochin - Bolghatty Palace, Chinese Fishing Nets, Mattancherry, Dutch Palace, Temple, Art Gallery and reach Kovalam. Check in beach resort and stay overnight.

Day 10: Kovalam
Relax on the Beach during the day, in Kovalam. Overnight at Hotel Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum, Kerala's capital city. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant climatic beach resort. Kovalam is a dreamland for tourists all over the world. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. The warm and clean atmosphere by the coconut trees and the white sandbed are perfect for relaxing holidays, as the seabreeze gently plays with the waves.

Day 11: Kovalam - Trivandrum - Back Home
Depart Kovalam and proceed to Trivandrum in time to board conveyance Back Home with Pleasant Memories.



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