NORTH-SOUTH INDIA TOUR
PROGRAM - 16 DAY TOUR
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kottayam - Allepey–Cochin - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra
DAY 1: IN CHENNAI
City sightseeing tour: Government Museum and Art Gallery, Kapaleeshwarar temple. Later drive past Fort St. George, Marina Beach and San Thome Cathedral.
DAY 2: CHENNAI - MAHABALIPURAM via KANCHIPURAM
Visit the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipuram which is built with sandstone in the early seventh century A.D.
DAY 3: IN MAHABALIPURAM
Visit the main sites of the city including the Shore temple - World Heritage Site.
DAY 4: MAHABALIPURAM - PONDICHERRY
2-hour drive to Pondicherry. Half-day sightseeing tour of Pondicherry: visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
DAY 5: PONDICHERRY - TANJORE
4-hour drive to Tanjore. Upon arriaval, we visit the Chola temple of Brihadishwara.
DAY 6: TANJORE - MADURAI via TRICHY
4-hour drive to Madurai and we visit ancient temples in Tichy on the way. We also visit Srirangam, a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
DAY 7: IN MADURAI
City tour: Visit Great Meenaskhi Temple and Tirumala Nayak Palace during the day. Later, we witness the Pooja Ceremony at Meenakshi Temple.
DAY 8: MADURAI - PERIYAR
4-hour drive to Periyar, Upon arrival, we take a two-hour boat ride touring the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
DAY 9: PERIYAR - KOTTAYAM
3-hour drive to Kottayamn and on arrival we board a boat. Full-day cruise on the backwaters and stay overnight on the house-boat.
DAY 10: ALLEPEY - COCHIN
Half-day city tour of Cochin: Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. We also check out the 500-year old Kochi Fort and the famous Jew Street for local antiques. Evening we enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
DAY 11: COCHIN - DELHI
Fly to Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Evening at leisure.
DAY 12: IN DELHI
Full-day city tour: Lakshminarayan temple, Raj Ghat, India Gate, the President's residence, Parliament House and the Secretariat buildings, Qutab Minar and the mausoleum of emperor Humayun.
DAY 13: DELHI - JAIPUR
4-hour drive to Jaipur. Transfer to hotel and evening at leisure.
DAY 14: IN JAIPUR
Visit Amber Fort on an elephant and check out the Jag Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and the Hawa in the morning. City tour of Jaipur in late-afternoon: visit the Maharaja's City Palace and the Jantar Mantar.
DAY 15: JAIPUR - AGRA
Drive to Agra and en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri with the main entrance to the walled city being a 175 feet Buland Darwaza. On arrival, we visit one of the seven wonders of the world – Taj Mahal.
DAY 16: AGRA - DELHI
Later visit the Agra Fort en-route your 4-hour drive back to Delhi. Tour ends.
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