Destination Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Trichy – Periyar – Allepey – Marari Beach
Duration 14 Nights and 15 Days
A wonderful relaxed gay group tour of Tamil Nadu and Kerala beginning in Chennai. See the ancient and massive Tamil temples and Periyar Tiger Reserve. Experience a deluxe houseboat cruise and chill out at a glorious Kerala beach resort. Finishing in the beautiful port city of Kochi there will be plenty of shopping opportunities.
Meals Included Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Transportation A/C Vehicle. & A/C Houseboat, domestic flights (if any)
Accommodation Modern/boutique or Heritage Hotels
Day 01 :: Chennai
Arrive Chennai. Meet and greet and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02 :: Mahabalipuram (52 Kms. – approx. 1 Hour 30 Mins)
Breakfast at the hotel. Late-departure from the hotel for city sightseeing and then drive along the coastal road to Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram was the second capital and seaport of Pallavas – the seaport built by Mahendravarman during the 7th century AD. Lunch at a restaurant. Check-in to hotel and dinner.
Day 03:: Mahabalipuram
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for city tour of Mahabalipuram visiting Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Five Rathas (Chariots), Mahishasuramardhini, Mandapams, Mahishasura and Krishna, Salivan Kuppam and Sculpture Museum. Free-time afternoon for individual sightseeing, relaxing, swimming, massage etc. Lunch at a restauarant. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 04 :: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry ( Drive 100 Kms. approx 2 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. A small and quiet enclave of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry has imbibed the Tamilian culture. This former French colony oozes a Mediterranean atmosphere with classy streets, stylish houses, oriental gardens, and is famous for pleasant weather and easy paced life. Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, Promenade, Bharti & Bharthidasan Memorial Museums. Lunch at a restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05 :: Pondicherry
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,Government Square, the Botanical Garden, Auroville, Thiruvannamalai. Free-time afternoon for individual sightseeing, relaxing, swimming, massage etc. Lunch at a restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06 :: Pondicherry-Trichy ( Drive 200 Kms Approx 3 hours 30 min)
Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive to Trichy by coach. Trichy, located on the banks of River Kaveri has an ancient history before the Christian era. Stop at the Nataraja Dancing ShivaTemple at Chindabaram. Lunch enroute. Arrive Trichy and check-in to hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 07 :: Trichy
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning-tour of the city including Rock Fort temple and the largest temple of India, Sri Ramgan. Lunch at a restaurant. Afternoon-drive to Tanjore. Explore the city: Brihadeswarar Temple, The Palace, The Royal Museum, The Sangeetha Mahal, Archeological Museum, Darasuram. Return to Trichy. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 08 :: Trichy- Periyar ( Drive 187 Kms Approx. 4 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Periyar. A short visit to the spice gardens – see the different spices grown in the area. Later check-in to hotel. Lunch at a restaurant. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 09 :: Periyar
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning-tour at the Tiger Reserve including a boat trip. Lunch at a restaurant and dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 :: Periyar – Alappuzha ( Drive 240 Kms Approx. 4 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Alappuzha. Upon arrival board a houseboat and cruise through the backwaters of Kerala – on the way see traditional Kerala village life. Meals on board.
Day 11 :: Alappuzha- Mararikulum Beach (Drive 15 Kms Approx. 30 minutes)
Breakfast on the houseboat. Return to coach and short-drive to Mararikulum Beach. Check into resort and lunch. Free-time afternoon for individual sightseeing, relaxing, swimming, massage etc. Dinner at the resort.
Day 12 :: Mararikulum Beach
Breakfast at the resort. Free-time full day for individual sightseeing, relaxing, swimming, massage etc. Lunch and dinner at the resort.
Day 13 :: Mararikulum-Kochi (42 Kms Approx 1 Hour)
Breakfast at the resort. Late-morning departure for Kochi. Check-in to hotel. Lunch at a restaurant. Free-time afternoon for shopping and sightseeing in Santa Cruz Basilica, the Dutch Cemetery, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 14 :: Kochi
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning-tour of city including harbor cruise. Lunch at a restaurant. Free-time afternoon for shopping and individual sightseeing. Dinner at a restaurant.
Day 15 :: Breakfast at the hotel. Free-time in the morning. Transfer to airport. Departure.