Experience the richness of life with South India Cultural Tour attract tourists throughout India and the world.
If you wish to have a unique experience during vacation, then the South India Cultural Tour is perfect for you. This 7 day-exploration provides you with a chance to immerse yourself in South India’s distinct culture.
- Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
- Destination : Chennai – Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Cochin
Day 01 : Arrival – Madras
Ending up in our representative for assistance in the airport and transfer towards the hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Madras city. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 02 – 03 : Madras – Madurai (by flight)
Morning transfer towards the airport in time for morning flight to Madurai. Meeting and assistance in the airport. Sightseeing tour of Madurai. At night visit the Meenakshi Temple to attend the “Aarti” ceremony. Overnight in the hotel. Madurai is one of the oldest cities asia, with a history dating completely back to the Sangam period of the pre Christian era. The glory of Madurai returned inside a diminished form in the earlier thing about this millennium; it later on received the rule of the Vijayanagar kingdom after its ransack through the ravaging armies of Delhi (Malik Kafur). During the 16th and 18th centuries, Madurai was ruled through the Nayak Emperors, the foremost of whom was Tirumalai Nayakar. The Sangam period poet Nakkeerar is assigned to some of the Tiruvilayaadal episodes of Sundareswarar – which are enacted as a part of temple festival traditions to this day.
Day 04 : Madurai – Periyar (128 Kms / 3 hrs)
Each morning drive to Periyar and upon arrival, sign in at the hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing by boat over Lake Periyar to see the wild life. Overnight in the hotel.
Periyar: One of the well known wildlife sanctuaries within the south, Periyar sanctuary attracts a lot of nature lovers every year. Also known as the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, this area is ideal for watching the animals within their natural habitat. The forest here, slopes in to the manmade lake at the bottom from the hill. This lake can serve as the waterhole for the animals plus they come here to drink or have a dip. Elephants, Gaur, Sambhar and even tigers could be spotted here. There are boat services that takes the visitor around the lake. The very best season to visit the park is between October and June. Spread over 777 sq.km from the Cardamom Hills of Western Ghats, the Periyar sanctuary is situated 137 km from Madurai. Although an excursion around the splendid artificial lake may be the standard way to experience the sanctuary, you may also walk around with the local guide in a tiny group. Wild Elephant herds arrived at the lake to frolic in the water. Other attractions from the sanctuary are the Sambhar, Bison, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Leopards, Malabar Flying Squirrels, Stripe necked Mongooses, etc. You will find over 260 species of birds here, including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers.
Day 05 : Periyar – Kumarakom (115 Kms / 3 hrs)
Morning drive to boat landing point where the hotel’s courtesy boat will require passengers to Kumarakom. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in the hotel. Kumarakom slumbers on the banks from the famous Vembanad Lake, which is a a part of Kuttanad (‘granary’ of Kerala). The Vembanad Lake using its majestic canals, streams and distributaries along its banks weave a complicated and enchantingly beautiful web. The attractive green of the fringed palms ripple within the blue waters and blend into wavelets. The whole state of Kerala is blessed with lots of rivers and the resources of numerous are still untapped. The waterways of Kerala which play a primary role in the economy of the state links remote villages and islands using the main land. The water ways give a cheap and economical mode of transport. Water ways of Kuttanad is now a big attraction for tourist. It’s incredibly different experience to cruise within the backwaters in country boats, absorbing the good thing about Kerala villages. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues. Boat rides are for sale to tourist and others at nominal rates.
Day 06 : Kumarakom – Cochin (85 Kms / 2 hrs)
Morning, backwater cruise to Alleppey and back. Later drive to Cochin. Upon arrival, sign in at the hotel. Cochin set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the main harbour city of Cochin (Kochi) (Queen of Arabia) reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. Having a rich past and a bustling present, it’s been the business hub of the region in the very early days after Alleppey (Alappuzha) Cochin includes mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu within the harbour, Fort Cochin and Mattancherry around the southern peninsula, and Vypeen Island north of Fort Cochin, all was linked by ferry however some islands have bridges. The influence of Chinese, Jews, Arabs and Europeans can be seen 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 return to the Diaspora, synagogues and mosques all tell the fascinating story of the harbour town. The harbour continues to be at the heart of the city and pepper, fish, rubber and coir mats and matting are exported came from here. Despite this, Cochin is an attractive city with serene creak & lagoons overhung with feathery coconut palms and picturesque islands. The older areas of Fort Cochin and Mattanchery are an unlikely mixture of medieval Portugal, Holland as well as an English country village grafted to the troppical Malabar coast. Cochin is one of India’s largest ports along with a major naval base.
Day 07 : Cochin – Home (by flight)
Morning sightseeing tour of Cochin. Later transfer towards the airport in time for afternoon flight to Home.