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Family Vacation

Duration: 12 Nights/13 Days

Places Covered: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Gangaikondacholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjavur - Madurai - Kodaikanal - Periyar - Alappuzha - Kochi

Day 01: Arrival at Chennai
On your arrival at the Chennai airport, you will be welcomed warmly by our executive and you will be shifted to the hotel to relax for some time. Then, visit Santhome Besilica - a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to St. Thomas built during the 16th century, Marina Beach - India's longest urban beach and world's second largest, Anna Zoological Park, Muttukadu, Big Mosque, and Gudiyam Caves

Day 02: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram / 150 km - 04 hrs drive
Drive towards Mahabalipuram and in between check out the city of temples, Kanchipuram. Various temples such as Kanchi Kamakshi Temple dedicated to Kamakshi Amman, Ekambareswar Temple has idols of Shiva and Parvathy, Vaikunthanatha Perumal Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ekambaranatha Temple- dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kailasanathar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, and Kanchi Kamakshi Temple are the other places to visit. Rest at Mahabalipuram.

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Day 03: Mahabalipuram
Roam around Mahabalipuram and visit the Shore Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage site built during 700 to 728 AD which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, Tiger's Cave - built by Pallava rulers, Pancha Rathas - an Indian rock-cut temple known for its architectural styles, Arjuna's Penance, Varaha Cave Temple, Descent of Ganges and Crocodile Bank.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry / 100 km - 03 hrs drive
Drive towards Pondicherry and check-in at the hotel. Later, visit Auroville City - a Universal Town founded by Sri Aurobindo Society which brings people together of different countries, religions and beliefs. Aurobindo Ashram - an ashram open for meditation, Light House Beach, Nehru Street, Botanical Garden, Vannai Perumal Temple, and Manakula Vinayagar Temple. Rest at the resort in Pondicherry.

Day 05: Pondicherry - Gangaikondacholapuram - Darasuram - Thanjavur / 250 km - 05 hrs
Drive towards Thanjavur (Tanjore) and in between stop at Gangaikonda, Cholapuram, and Darasuram. Visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple - built during 11th century and has the biggest Shiva Lingam in all south Indian temples, Darasuram - a Panchayat town known for its Airavateswara temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site is dedicated Lord Shiva, constructed by Rajaraja Chola II in 12 century AD.

Day 06: Thanjavur - Madurai / 190 Km - 4 hrs drive
A day to explore the "Rice Bowl" - Tanjore of Tamilnadu. Visit the Brihadeeshwar temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil or Rajarajeshwaram Temple was built during 11th century in Dravidian style, Our Lady of Sorrows Church - the oldest church of Thanjavur. Rest at Madurai.

Day 07: Madurai - Kodaikanal / 120 km - 04 hrs drive
Explore the "Temple Town" - Madurai today. Meenakshi Temple - dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva, Koodal Azhagar Temple - dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Thirumalai Nayak Mahal - a palace built by the King Thirumalai Nayak in Dravidian and Islamic architecture styles. Also visit Mariamman Teppakulam, Pazhamudhir Solai, Tirupparankundram Murugan Temple and Alagar Koil. Evening drive towards Kodaikanal and rest at the resort.

Day 08: Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is a popular hill station and one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in Tamilnadu. Visit Kodaikanal Lake - a star shaped artificial lake where you can hire the rowboats and pedal boats to sail around the lake, Pillar Rocks - known as Devil's Kitchen, Kurinji Temple- dedicated to Lord Muruga, Bear Shola Falls, Suicide Point (Green Valley View), Bryant Park, Silver Cascade Fall, and Silent Valley.

Day 09: Kodaikanal - Periyar / 180 km - 05 hrs drive
Drive towards Periyar in Kerala and visit Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary where a variety of flora and fauna are found, and Periyar Lake- Enjoy the boat rides spread over an area of 26 km.

Day 10: Periyar - Alappuzha (Alleppey) / 160 km -5 hrs drive
Early morning enjoy bird watching in Periyar National Park and after lunch drive towards Alleppey "Venice of the East". Check-in at the resort and visit St Andrew's Church- a Scottish Presbyterian Church built during 1864, Alleppey Beach- one of the most popular beaches of Kerala covered with green lushes, lagoons and shrubs.

Day 11 : Alappuzha (Alleppey) - Kochi / 75 Km - 03 hrs drive
Enjoy the houseboat ride through Pookaitha River, Pullangady, Kanjipadam, Champakulam, Moonattin Mukom and Pullinkunnu. Evening visit Sree Nagaraja Temple- dedicated to Serpant God Sree Nagaraja.

Day 12: Kochi
The last destination is Kochi where you will visit St. Francis Church- oldest Church built by the Europeans where Vasco Da Gama was buried, Mattancherry Palace- built by the Portuguese and modified by the Dutch, Bolgatty Palace, Kaladi, Jewish Synagogue, Willington Island, and Jewish Synagogue are other places to visit.

Day 13: Kochi - Departure
According to your departure Schedule, you will be shifted to the Kochi International Airport.

Thank you so much for joining us!