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CGH Earth Explorer


South India tour that uses popular CGH earth hotels and that takes you to some of the best tourist destination in Tamilandu & Kerala


The South India Explorer Tour
13 Nights/ 14 Days
Tour covering Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Chettinad, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Mararikulam and Kochi

Day 01     Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

On arrival at Chennai you will be greeted and transfered to Mahabalipuram. We provide you a hotel for wash & change and some rest. After breakfast the Mahablipuram sightseeing tour takes you to important monuments like Five Ratha's, Arjuna's Penance, Shore & Cave temples etc. Later drive onward to Pondicherrry, a beautiful shore town world famous for it's rich French Heritage and old age charm. On arrival check-in to Hotel Maison Perumal (You can consider Palais De mahe Too). Evening at Leisure in seafront promenade area. Overnight in Maison Perumal Pondicherry.

Day 02     At Pondicherry

After breakfast, the Pondicherry sightseeing tour takes you to tourist places like Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakula Vinayagar temple, Park Monument, Notre Dame Church, Sacred Heart church, Dupleix Statue etc., Afternoon go on a short excursion to Auroville - An international township devoted to the experiment in human unity. Evening stroll around the beach area and you may also have a dinner in local French Restaurant. Overnight in Maison Perumal Pondicherry.

Day 03     Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Darasuram-Thanjavur

After breakfast, drive to Chidambaram, the famous temple town. The majestic Temple here is famous for Lord Shiva in cosmic dance pose and for the beautiful sculptures. Later drive onward to Darasuram to visit the Airaveteswara Temple, which, with its stone carvings is a storehouse of art & architecture. Proceed onward to Thanjavur. Overnight in Thanjavur.

Day 04     Thanjavur - Chettinad Area (Karaikudi)

After breakfast visit the Brahadeswara temple, locally called as Big Temple, which is an outstanding architectural marvel. See various attractions in the temple and marvel at the enginering skills that existed over 1000 years back. Visit the Art gallery with collection of bronze statues. Afternoon drive to Karaikudi, commonly called as Chettinad region, famous for its palatial mansions & Cuisine. Overnight at Visalam Hotel, Chettinad area.

Day 05     At Chettinad area

After breakfast, the sightseeing takes you to Raja's Palace, Museum, Home based weaving units, railway station with Raja's special waiting room, a local Athangudi Terracotta tiles factory, World war time Aerodrome (Now a storage unit) etc., Ride a bullock cart or bicycle to enjoy the local villages, markets and view the Majestic Chettinad Mansions. Overnight in Visalam Hotel, Chettinad Area.

Day 06     Chettinad Area-Madurai-Thekkady

After breakfast drive to Madurai, temple city with rich cultural and historical heritage. The sight-seeing tour takes you to world famous Meenkshi Amman Temple known for its sheer architectural and spiritual wonder. Later drive onward to Thekkady - the dream destination set in midst of cardamom and spice plantations. The forests around adds up the charm. On arrival check-in to Spice VIllage Resort. Rest of the day is at leisure or you may engage in activities like cooking demonstration and cultural programs. Overnight in Spice Village, Thekkady.

Day 07     At Thekkady

Early morning Boat ride in Lake Periyar to see the wild life. (Passenger to join quee for the tickets). Later after breakfast the day is free to enjoy this beautiful town by walking around the streets and markets. Alternatively by paying direct you can take some OPTIONAL excursions like Jungle Trekking, Night Patrrol programs organised by forest department. You can also avail some Ayurvedic Massage from resort or enjoy a elephant ride or bolluck card ride etc, Overnight in Spice Village, Thekkady.

Day 08     Thekkady to Kumarakom (140 Kms, 4 Hrs)

After breakfast drive down the hills watching the lush green mountains, passing clouds and tiny towns to reach Kumarakom, a exotic location on the banks of picture perfect Vemband Lake. After check-in at Coconut Lagoon time to just relax. By paying direct at Hotel you can avail some OPTIONAL activities like Ayurveda Massage, Motor Canoe Cruise, Village Walk etc., Evening Sunset Cruise. Overnight in Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom.

Day 09     Kumarakom-Houseboat

Wake-up to the songs of the birds from the nearby bird sanctuary and get ready to experience yoga for your body and mind. After breakfast, you can go on a bird watching walk through the resort accompanied by a Naturalist. Before lunch check out from Coconut Lagoon to board the Spice coast cruise - The houseboat operated by CGH earth. Enjoy the most fascinating and exotic experience of lifetime. While you cruise along cherish the spectacular beauty of the backwaters with palm fringed waterways, Chinese fishing nets, rustic homes, temples, paddy fields etc, You will be served with Kerala Cuisine. The facilities onboard include A/C Rooms with attached toilet, kitchen, sundeck & living area. Overnight in Spice Coast Cruise Houseboat.

Day 10     Disembark at Alleppey and Drive to Mararikulam. (14 Kms, 30 Mnts)

After Breakfast, disembark near Alleppey, with it's huge networks of lagoons, and narrow canals. Transfer to your hotel in Mararikulam, a sleepy village famous for its miles and miles of quite sandy beach. On arrival, check-in to Marari Beach Resort. Rest of the day is free to enjoy the facilities at the resort. Overnight in Marari Beach Resort.

Day 11     At Mararikulam

After breakfast, explore the area and nearby fishing villages on a bicycle or take a dip in the sea. May be, you can walk across the road to the organic farm, which ensures that the vegetables and fruits served are the freshest you can get. May be you can approach the Chef for any assistance regarding the recipes you would have collected here. You also have optional tours arranged by the resort to keep you engaged the whole day at an extra cost.Overnight in Marari beach resort.

Day 12     Mararikulam to Kochi

After breakfast day is free to relax by beach side listening to the rhythms of waves and wonder at the magic of Arabian sea playing a symphony. Late in the morning you will be transfered to Kochi, the queen of Arabian Sea. On arrival chcekin to Hotel Casino (You can consider Brunton Boatyard and Eight Bastion too). Rest of the day is at leisure for sight seeing at Mattacherry and Fort Kochi Islands. At Mattancherry you can walk through the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shops on Jew's street, Jewish Synagogue, the Dutch palace etc. At Fort Kochi you can walk through the ancient harbour with its rich colonial past, Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church etc., If guided tour is required we can organise. Evening Harbour Cruise as given by hotel in the evening. Overnight in Hotel Casino.

Day 13     Kochi departure

After breakfast you have some free time for last minute photo and packing sessions. Later we transfer you to Kochi airport for your return journey. Just in case you have an evening flight you can have some shopping at Kochi before you head to the airport.

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