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Suggested Itinerary
Day 01-02 : Mahabalipuram
Day 03-04 : Pondicherry
Day 05-06 : Tanjore
Day 07-08 : Madurai
Day 09-10 : Periyar
Day 11 : Backwaters
Day 12-13 : Marari
Day 14-15 : Cochin
Day 16 : Return
The above itinerary is fully flexible to accommodate your personal preferences & schedule. We would be happy to customize it to suit your needs.
Coromandal Coast To Malabar Coast- 15 Nights/16 Days

Destinations Covered - Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry-Tanjore-Madurai-Periyar-Backwaters-Marari-Cochin
Recommended Period - Regular High Peak
Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) is located about 61 kms from the city of Chennai and is one of history's intriguing enigmas and occupies a stunning position on a rocky ridge between the beach and Lagoon. It was a flourishing port of the Pallava rulers in the 7th century who chiselled in stone a fabulous museum of sculptures under the open sky. This ancient complex comprises of 14 cave-temples, nine monolithic "Rathas", three stone temples and two relief sculptured rock panels. The rock carvings - depicting demons, gods and animals in battle as well as mythological epi¬sodes are truly poems in stone. There are five chariots known as the Pancha Pandava Rathas cut out of rock in individual pieces intricately.
Away from the hustle and bustle of big city, Pondicherry or Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards,the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual scene, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches, backwater, a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines, provide a heady mix that draw travellers from near and far. It is the perfect place to come to if you want to take the pace of life down a few notches.
Thanjavur in Tamil and its anglicised name Tanjore is also known as the “Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu”. The city lies on the south bank of the Kaveri River 200 miles south of Chennai. Thanjavur derives its name from Tanjan-an asura (demon) who according to local legend caused devastation and was killed by Sri Anandavalli Amman and Sri Neelamegapperumal. Tanjan's last request that the city might be named after him was granted. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for being the home of the Brahadeeswara temple, the magnificent palace, Rajah Serfoji's Saraswathi Mahal Library, Art Gallery and also for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, pithwork, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings and the classical South Indian musical instruments.
Its unique architectural excellence has made the UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Monument.
One of South India's great temple towns Madurai is the oldest city in Tamil Nadu and also known as “Athens of The East”. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, it has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. It was an important cultural and commercial center and the capital of the great Pandyan kings.The city is said to have got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Originally named Madhurapuri or the 'land of nectar', the name later got modified to Madurai.
Madurai had an academy consisting of critics, poets and savants highly esteemed both by kings and commoners. Handicrafts, brassware, bronze items and the famous wooden toys of Madurai are some of the notable artifacts.
Periyar is located in the Idukki district of central Kerala. The pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.
On the cool hills of the Western Ghats the heartland of which luxuriate in matted coffee, tea, pepper and cardamon plantations.
The Backwaters of Kerala –meandering inland lakes networked by canals-stretched to over 900 kms. Boat trips across these tranquill stretches are an experience unique to Kerala.
Today’s houseboats traditionally known as Kettuvallams (which translates literally into ‘sewn canoes’) are large roomy canoes, which were once used to transport spices, chilies, coconuts, coir, rice etc; to the big trading vessels waiting at Kochi harbour as many as two thousand years back. These also doubled as floating homes for the oarsman and his family. Today, these have been converted into cozy yet eco-friendly houseboats which are perfect to explore the mesmerizing waterways of Kerala and observe the unhurried pace of kaleidoscopic everyday life along her banks.
Marari offers endless miles of superb sand beaches backed by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience the local charm. The village of Mararikulam tucked away behind a line of dense palms that rise like a sudden rampart of green out of the sands The isolation of the islands have ensured the preservation of their pure culture and pristine nature, right to the present day. An authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of an ancient, harmonious way of life
Cochin (Kochi)
Cochin, 'Queen of the Arabian sea' and also one of the gateway to Kerala.. The city is built up on a cluster of islands and peninsulas consisting mainland Ernakulam, the islands of Willington, Bolgatty and Gundu in the harbor.From time immemorial Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Cochin and left their impressions in the town. The Chinese fishing nets, believed to be erected in 1350 AD, swaying in the breeze over backwaters, the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Portuguese Architecture, Bolghatty Palace etc. enrich the heritage of Kerala.
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