The Colourful South

This trip takes you from Chennai (formally Madras), down through Tamil Nadu, visiting colourful temples, the coast line, palaces and to the southernmost tip of India (“Land’s End”) where the 3 seas meet at Kanyakumari (Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian sea)


Day 1 
Arrive at Chennai airport and transfer by private (air conditioned) car on roads to Mamallapuram on the coast. Check in to a beach resort hotel and eat before afternoon sightseeing to Shore Temple and Five Rathas. Return to hotel for dinner. Enjoy the sunset and watch the fishermen.

Day 2 
OPTIONAL early morning walk along the beach and to see the fishermen bringing in their catch and walk to local temple and back through a village. Have breakfast before checking out and driving to Pondicherry further down the coast. Check in to hotel for a 2 night stay. Afternoon free to relax – OPTIONAL walk down by the beach and around the town.

Day 3 
Sightseeing in and around Pondicherry including Auroville, museum, churches, Botanical Gardens. Return to hotel.

Day 4 
Check out and drive by road to Tanjore. Check in to hotel alongside the river and have lunch before afternoon sightseeing to the temple, palace and museum. Return to the hotel.

Day 5 
Check out and drive further inland to Madurai, check in to hotel and have lunch. Afternoon sight seeing to Sri Meenakshi Temple and watch the evening prayer ceremony inside the temple. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6 
Check out of hotel and visit Sri Meenakshi Temple from the outside and walk around the perimeter walls before driving on to Kovalam. Check in to a 5* hotel for 3 nights. Take a walk along the beach and have dinner.

Day 7 & 8 
Local sightseeing to fishing ports, beaches, temples, palace, Trivandrum city and the “Land’s End” of India, Kanyakumari, where the 3 seas meet. Take a boat ride to the Vivekananda memorial and watch the sunset.

Day 9 
Tour ends - transfer to airport - return home or onward travel.

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