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South integral: From Tamil Nadu to Goa 22 days
Pondichery - Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Backwaters - Kochi - Wayanad - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi - Badami - Goa
Walking first on the east coast, facing the Gulf of Bengal, the route then passes through the stations of lush altitudes bordering Tamil Nadu and Kerala to the sea of Oman and its fabulous ecological sanctuary on the West Coast .
A mystical diving in the most beautiful Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu alternating with steps on the cultural legacy of the former European colonies such Pondicherry in early course and Goa last.
Charming accommodation, relaxation, swimming, well being with massage, abundant vistas in upland forests, spice plantations and wildlife reserves, away from the hubbub of the cities ...
An unforgettable stop in Kerala enchanting, the backwaters with a ride 24 hours in the heart of the lagoons on a houseboat, and the visit of Cochin city built by Vasco da Gama in 1502 ...
This will then Karnataka and its wonderful Hoysolas temples built between the 11th and 14th century (a must in this area), before ending in Goa for a rest deserves its long white sandy beaches.
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Days 1 and 2: Arrival in Chennai (Madras) - Mahabalipuram (60 Km - 1:30 drive)
Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Mahabalipuram Visit the archaeological site on the coast of Coromandel. This site is dotted with large granite rocks which were carved in the seventh and eighth century shaped temples and Mandapa forming an amazing eclectic dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna and Mahabharata hero. Visit the village of granite sculptors, rock art of the seventh and eighth centuries. Opportunity bathing in the sea. Nights at the hotel.
Days 3 and 4: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (100 Km - 2 H drive)
On the way to Pondicherry, Auroville stop, the 'City of Dawn' utopian city with an international vocation created by 'Mother', a disciple of the spiritual philosopher Sri Aurobindo. Arrival in Pondicherry, a former French colony of India.
Two-night stay in the historic district of Pondicherry still today named 'White City'. The plan of the city vaguely reminiscent of our great coastal cities. Discovery of the churches, the place and the governor's palace, colonial buildings such as public works, the home of the soldier, the French high school and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Goubert market and the waterfront unveiling the Gulf Bengal.
Introduction to Creole culture of Vietnamese influences Pondicherry, Tamil and French interspersed relaxing break, shopping and gourmet menus. Overnight in a colonial mansion.
Day 5: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (210 Km - 3/4 H drive)
After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur, the ancient capital of the Chola dynasty in the late ninth century. The city has more than 75 temples, the most famous is the Brihadeshvara Shiva-Rudra around 1000. Temple a World Heritage Site by Unesco. En route, stop at Chidambaram to visit his great temple dedicated to Shiva Nataraja 'dancing Shiva', a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture. Arrival in Thanjavur, visit the Temple of Brihadeshvara. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Thanjavur - Trichy - Thanjavur (62 km - 2/3 H. Roundtrip)
The next morning, visit Royal Palace which houses a magnificent collection of bronzes and excursion in the city of Trichy. Built around a huge rock 84 meters high on top of which are the temple of Ganesh, one reaches the fortress (XVI century) by a staircase carved into the rock. Back to Thanjavur hotel.
Day 7: Thanjavur - Madurai (190 km - 3/4 H drive)
At the foot of the Western Ghats, Madurai is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu and the Mecca of Hinduism. Among his most remarkable monuments, the most impressive is the Meenakshi temple-Sundareshvara. The palace of the Nayaka (seventeenth century) is also worthy of attention with its enormous round pillars and decorated arches. Visit the palace and the sacred Sri Meenakshi Temple at the time of the ceremony lights that mark the closing of it in the evening. Depending on the time of arrival in Madurai, also possible to visit the Gandhi museum because it is in this city that, in 1921, Gandhi decided not to wear his European clothes for adopting the dhoti peasants and shaved his head. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Madurai - Periyar (Thekkady 167 Kms 3/4 H drive)
Direction tropical hills (Ghats) to join the Periyar Reserve. You will see many wild animals and if luck is with you, why not elephants? Many activities are available on site, visit a tea plantation, Garden of spices hiking, massages ... Overnight at hotel
Day 9: Thekkady - Kumarakom
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom, quiet village around Lake Vembanad. A moment of pure relaxation ... Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Kumarakom - Backwaters (Alleppey)
Arrive late morning on the famous canals called 'backwaters' and immediate boarding for a cruise on a 22-hour 'house boat'. Bamboo and wooden boats operated by boatmen armed with long poles. Formerly used for the carriage of goods and trade in Kerala are now going to the reception of tourists. Extraordinary journey on these channels surrounded by coconut palms, rice fields and dotted with beautiful traditional houses built of teak, mahogany or rosewood ... Walk on a House boat equipped with double rooms with bathroom, a dining room where you will be served typical meals and a rest room at the front of the boat. (BLD)
Days 11 and 12: Alleppey - Cochin (1 hour drive)
On the Malabar coast along the Arabian Sea, stop for a swim on the beach of Marari beach. Arrive late afternoon at Fort Kochi. This city was founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502 on the site of a village visited by Cabral in 1500. Vasco da Gama died in 1524. Albuquerque where he built a fortress in 1503 and made a Portuguese possession. In 1530, the city became a center of missionary Francis Xavier. The English took the city in 1635 and the Dutch in 1663 and a century later, Tipu Sultan donated to English again. Previously, the city also hosted a Jewish settlement and allowed it to establish a Jewish neighborhood around a synagogue dating back to 1568 ... In short, the city of Cochin is especially rich a vestige of European occupation and that's what we suggest you visit: 'Dutch Palace' built in 1520, St. Francis Church, tomb of Alburquerque, Syriac neighborhood Mulanthuruthu with its thirteenth century church, the oldest of India ... Not to mention the Chinese fishing nets and the constant spectacle of boats entering the lagoon at sunset. Nights at the hotel.
Days 13 and 14: Kochi - Wayanad (146 kms)
Wayanad in Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, is part of a huge forest reserve where you will have a great chance to cross, among others, wild elephants. Two days in the wilderness ...
Days 15 and 16: Wayanad - Mysore (160 kms)
Leaving the coast, entering the Kingdom of Mysore. Mysore is famous for its beautiful palaces but also for its silk and sculptures in rosewood, sandalwood and teakwood. Seat of the Maharajas until independence, the princely state covering a third of the current state of Karnataka. Nights at the hotel.
Day 17: Mysore - Hassan (130 kms)
Belur Halebid and through, one enters the Hoysala art. Breathtaking tours of Hoysaleswara Halebid temple and the magnificent temple of Belur Channakeshava whose star architecture on a granite pedestal is decorated with sculptures of impressive finesse, real gems of southern India ... (Xllth S).
Days 18 and 19: Hassan - Hampi (260 kms)
Grandiose, capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. Multitude of Dravidian temples and palaces, looted by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565. This site sometimes has a lunar landscape and encourages you to dream ... 2 nights at the hotel.
Day 20: Hampi - Badami (150 kms)
Former capital of the Chalukya Empire between the sixth and eighth century. You will see a variety of cave temples (4). Below the caves, the basin of Agastyatirtha and temples of Buthanatha also worth a visit. North of the fort, you will have a panoramic view over Badami.
Days 21 and 22: Badami - Goa (250 kms)
After 450 years of occupation, Goa regained its independence with Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. More small territory in the Indian state, Goa surprises us by the multitude of churches pristine white popup on top of a forest coconut trees at the corner of a road or in the most remote villages, mingling perfectly with the Hindu culture ... Surprising also miles of beaches, from north to south, the mythical places of the 70s and even the appointment you many Bollywood stars. Four centuries of Portuguese presence marked this territory that is like no other and gives Goa its own specificity. Diversity in all areas, art, literature, religion, architecture, gastronomy .... you will not leave indifferent.
Complete your stay in Goa for a well deserved rest on his long white sandy beaches.
Price of stay: 1840 Euros per person (2 people)
included
The management at the arrival airport in Chennai (India ) , until the departure airport in Cochin in air-conditioned luxury car with an English speaking driver and experienced English speaking guide who will be available throughout the course to organize all your travel and meet your demands.
The air-conditioned double room accommodation in superior category hotels 3/4 stars and boutique hotels class inheritance. Most hotels are offered with a swimming pool or a garden or an enchanting view .
Breakfast.
Half board
Full board in the houseboat .
Non included
Lunch , drinks and gratuities.
The tickets to some monuments and wildlife reserves .
Rides on the backs of animals (horse, elephant) available to you but not mandatory and massages in the accommodation.
The plane ticket , the tourist visa for India and the mandatory repatriation insurance for travel within the country .
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