Visit south India
Arrival in Chennai and reception of participants by a representative of our agency and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the main districts of the state capital of Tamil Nadu with its many Green Spaces: Fort St. George, St. Thomas Cathedral, and Kapalswera Temple. Night at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel then departure to Kanchipuram “the golden city” one of the Seven holy cities of Hinduism, which is dedicated to the cults of Shiva and Vishnu. Formerly the capital of the Pallavas, Cholas and Rajahs of Vijayanagar, it seems today asleep. Visit temples dating back to the 7th and 8th century, the Kailashanatha Temple built on the initiative of King Pallava Rajasimha. The Kambeshvara Temple is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. At the end of the visits, continue to Mahābalipuram. Installation at the hotel. Overnight at Mahabalipuram hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel then visit the temples of Mahäbalipuram – The five Rathas (chariot temples) or monolithic temples carved in the rock blocks. Departure towards Pondicherry. On arrival in Pondicherry, check in at the hotel. Pondicherry, former French counter with the very discreet stamp of sub-prefecture French Tropics. Walk in the ‘White City’ with colonial charm. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the French colonial city. It was until 1954, the capital of French comptoirs in India. You will be interested in the history of this city but also in its spiritual radiance, with the presence of Sri Aurobindo’s ashram. Auroville is a quotation based on the precept of Sri Aurobindo, oriented on meditation and spiritual regeneration. In Pondicherry you will discover its narrow streets where there is always a European atmosphere, as well as the “big bazaar” district, where the Indian rhythm has regained its rights. You can also visit the Government Museum and The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Departure to Tanjore with stop and visit on the way of CHIDAMBRAM and the great Temple of Shiva Nataraja, dedicated to the music. Continue to Tanjore. Upon arrival in the city of Thanjavur,
Breakfast. In the morning visit of Tanjore, the Brihadishivera Temple and the bronze museum. Then drive to Tiruchirapalli (easily Trichy – 60 km) and visit 3 km from the island of Srirangam and its shrine Ranganatha, a real temple city that enjoys exceptional activity. Continue to Madurai (120 km) on arrival at the hotel. In the evening you will head to the Meenakshi Temple to witness the sunset ceremony in the temple of the goddess Meenakshi during which the statue of Shiva is taken in procession to the room of the goddess Durga. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit this great city of Tamil Nadu, which can be considered the religious and cultural capital of Tamil country. Full day dedicated to visiting the city and its Meenakshi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Meenakshi, the fish-eyed woman, a very old bellicose local deity, who was said to have three breasts and “fish eyes”. Shiva married her and the beauty’s gaze lit up, her aggressive instinct calmed down and her excess breast disappeared. You will start the visit of this temple by going up to Gopuram, 60 m high, from where one has an overview of the five hectares which form the big temple. Continuation of the visit with the Naiyak Palace of Thirumal., Gigantic palace built in the 17th century. In the afternoon, drive to Periyar. On arrival at the end of the afternoon, installation at your hotel. Night at the hotel.
Early morning, boat trip on the lake, from where you may have the chance to see wild elephants but in any case many birds as well as otters. After breakfast, you will discover beautiful panoramas today, as you stroll the mountain range (Western Ghats) leading to the small town of Periyar, near the Periyar Lake National Park among the spice plantations. Visit of Periyar National Park. In the afternoon, drive to Munnar. Located at 1700m, Munnar is a haven of peace and freshness surrounded by hills covered with tea plantations. You can see on Mount Rajamalai, Nilgiri thar (wild goats). Free time to shop for spices, tea, coffee etc. Night at the hotel.
After breakfast walk in the plantations. Then drive to Cochin. Arrival in Cochin. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. In the evening you can watch the elaborate makeup of the Kathakali dancers and the dance show. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast. In the morning visit of Cochin: the Dutch Palace of Mattancherry, St. Francois Xavier Church, Chinese nets. Then departure by road to Alleppey. Installation on the house boat. You will discover a picturesque world where the houses boat navigate on stagnant rivers You will be able to sail on the lake Vembanad. Lake Vembanad which is also a bird reserve. Lunch dinner and overnight on the houseboat.
Breakfast on the house boat. Departure to Alleppey or end your cruise Then departure for Cochin to catch the flight to Chennai. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the airport for the return flight.