14 Nights 15 Days
Day 1: Arrive Chennai and check in at the Taj Fisherman’s Cove or similar. Fisherman’s Cove is near the Covelong Beach in the district of Kanchipuram.
It is a charming beach resort built on the ramparts of an old Dutch fort, a great place to relax and unwind. Chennai is a metropolitan city with an old world charm. Overnight Chennai.
Day 2: After breakfast take a full day tour of the temples of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Overnight Chennai.
Day 3: After breakfast drive approx 100 km to Pondicherry. Check in at the Promenade Hotel or similar. Sightseeing of this charming French town.
Day 4: Sightseeing of Pondicherry. Perhaps a visit to the famous Aurobindo ashram. Overnight Pondicherry.
Day 5: Morning sightseeing of Pondicherry. Depart early noon and drive 177 km to Tanjore. Check into your hotel Sangam or similar overlooking the Brahadeeshwara Temple. Overnight Tanjore.
Day 6: Sightseeing of Tanjore. Overnight Tanjore.
Day 7: Drive from Tanjore to Madurai 163 km. Check into your hotel The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai or similar. Sightseeing of the Meenakshi Temple. Overnight Madurai.
Day 8: Sightseeing of Madurai. Overnight Madurai.
Day 9: Drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal 120km. Sightseeing of Kodai. Overnight Kodai.
Day 10: Sightseeing of Kodai. Overnight Kodai.
Day 11: Drive from Kodaikanal to Kumarakom approx 180 km. Check into your hotel Kumarakom Lake resort or similar. Overnight Kumarkom.
Day 12: Overnight Kumarakom.
Day 13: Take your overnight back water cruise in a "Kettuvallam," a traditional Rice Boat, now reborn as a luxurious houseboat. Overnight Boat.
Day 14: After breakfast disembark from your boat and drive from Kumarakom to Cochin barely 50 km away. Check into your hotel Taj Residency in the city or one of the charming boutique hotels in Fort Cochin. Sightseeing of Cochin. Overnight Cochin.
Day 15: Take your morning or afternoon flight from Cochin to your destination.
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Tour Cost Prices start from US$ 2000 per person on twin-sharing and include the following:
Meet & Assist at arrival and departure; 14 nights' accommodation in good hotels with breakfast & taxes; Guided city tours and intercity travel by private a/c car with driver, fuel, tolls & taxes; Overnight backwaters cruise with all meals.
Exclusions: Meals - other than daily breakfast and full board on overnight cruise; Personal expenses like telephone calls, laundry, beverages etc.; Tips & gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff.
Tamilnadu is flanked by the Indian Ocean on its eastern borders, giving it the advantage of having long beaches. On the west is Kerala, God’s own country. With Andhra Pradesh in the north and Karnataka in the north-west it is close to all the popular destinations of the south. The southern most tip is Kanyakumari – virtually land’s end, with the great expanse of the Indian Ocean in magnificent view. Temple towns, forests and hillstations make Tamilnadu an exciting destination.
Chennai: Chennai is the bustling capital with the second largest beach in India – the Marina Beach. Fort St. George, St. Mary’s Church, the Cathedral Basilica, Vivekananda House, Kapaleeshwara and Fort Museum are the popular tourist destinations.
Mahabalipuram: This sea-side town, a short drive from the centre of Chennai, is a historical World Heritage Site in the Kancheepuram district famous for its rock-cut temples. The shore temples are a treasure-trove of architectural splendor. The place is also famous for its rich silk sarees.
Pondicherry: The French missionaries made Pondicherry a French town in the heart of southern India. The French influence dominates the town in its architecture, food and culture. Sri Aurobindo established his famous ashram here attracted by the tranquility of the place. The Promenade beach, the temples and churches make Pondicherry an ideal getaway.
Tanjore and Madurai: Both the places retain their small town charm. There are Majestic temples in both the places, like the Tanjore Brihadeeswara Temple and the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. Combined with splendid palaces and art galleries they are must-see destinations.
Kodaikanal: is a honeymooner’s paradise known for its lush green hills and meadows. Surrounded by the Western Ghats which rise to 2000 mts. The climate is always cool and pleasant. The terraced hill-sides and the lakes make it one of the most picturesque hillstations of India.
Kumarakom: is barely 180 km from Kodai in the beautiful district of Kerala. This is the most laid-back destination with the dreamy back-waters where you can hire your comfortable rice-boat and go for a night long cruise.
Cochin: The capital of Kerala is a modern city with an old world charm. Fort Cochin or the old Cochin has the oldest Jewish Synagoge and a number of lovely boutique hotels. The Chinese fishing nets along the coast-line is a sight not to be missed. Cochin is well connected with all the major cities.
Fisherman’s Cove Chennai
Radisson Blu - Chennai
Promenade Hotel - Pondicherry
Le Dupleix - Pondicherry
Sangam Hotel - Tanjore
Hotel Gnanam - Tanjore
GRT Regency - Madurai
Fortune Pandiyan - Madurai
Hill Country Resort - Kodaikanal
Kumarakom Lake Resort - Kumarakom
Zuri Hotel - Kumarakom
Metropollitan Accord - Chennai
Taj Coromandel - Chennai
Welcomheritage Calve - Pondicherry
Ginger - Pondicherry
Hotel Parisutham - Tanjore
Gateway Hotel Pasumalai - Madurai
Germanus - Madurai
Carlton Hotel - Kodaikanal
Kodai Resort Hotel - Kodaikanal
Vivanta By Taj Kumarakom
Backwater Ripples Kumarakom