India and Maldives: A perfect concoction

  • Tejashri
    Tejashri
  • 15 Days
  • India, Chennai (ex Madras)
  • From € 1590

Chennai * Mahabalipuram * Pondicherry * Swamimalai * Chettinad * Madurai * Periyar * Cochin * Alleppey * Trivandrum * Malé

This journey is a perfect mélange of two diverse countries for those who want a little bit of everything.

Begin by indulging in the culturally rich and architecturally gifted state of Tamil Nadu with its scores of temples in Mahabalipuram, Tanjore and Madurai. After your cultural journey it’s time to immerse yourself in the remarkable state of Kerala with its intriguing mix of history in Cochin and the spice riddled Thekkady. Finally head off to the sun kissed island of Maldives to enjoy the cool blue waters while sipping on your favourite drink in the cool shade of a beach umbrella in Male.

A little of history, a little of faith and a little bit of fun all rolled into one!

Suggested itinerary
  • Arrive in Chennai - Mahabalipuram
    India, Mahabalipuram

    Arrive at Chennai International Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building.

    You immediately proceed to Mahabalipuram.

    Upon reaching, you will check-in at the hotel.

    Beautifully set on the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram extends across a boulder strewn landscape and boasts of remarkable rock cut temples and monolithic shrines. Declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Mahabalipuram is home to some of India’s most sublime rock-cut art. The only shore temple, which remains here, is the spectacular two-spired shrine, which is unique because it houses both Vishnu and Shiva in its sanctum.

    Overnight at Hotel IndEco.

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  • Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram
    India, Mahabalipuram

    After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to Kanchipuram for a visit.

     

    Kanchipuram is a busy pilgrimage centre, humming with activity around its extraordinary temple precincts. Established by the Pallava kings in the 4th century AD, Kanchipuram served as their capital for five hundred years and continued to flourish throughout the Chola, Pandya and Vijaynagar eras. Under the Pallavas, it was an important scholastic forum and meeting point for Jain, Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Today Hindu temples alone dominate the town, spanning the years from the peak of Pallava construction to the 17th century, when ornamentation of the Gopurams and pillared halls was at its most elaborate. The Kailasanatha Temple at Kanchipuram with a four-storeyed tower and octagonal shikhara is a commendable piece of creativity. Also famous here are the world-renowned Kanchipuram hand woven silk & cotton fabrics.

    After visiting Kanchipuram, you will be driven back to Mahabalipuram.

    Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) built in the 7th century, is an ancient Pallava port. Today it is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. The town was earlier called Mahabalipuram, but was later renamed as Mamallapuram or the place of the great wrestler - Narasimhavarman I, a Pallava king.  The Pallavas perfected the art of sculpting rocks to build temples without brick, mortar or timber. The open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and the five monolithic 'rathas' (chariots carved from single processions) reflect this art at its best. 'Arjuna's penance' here is the world's largest bas relief measuring 27 meters by 9 meters.

    Overnight at Hotel IndEco.

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  • Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry
    India, Pondicherry

    After a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city.

    Visit the five-storied Shore Temple built on the beach in pure Dravidian style by the Pallava King, Raja Singha, at the end of seventh century. This temple was the last structure built by the Pallava dynasty. Though known as the land of Seven Pagodas, this is the only one remaining today.

    Later you will be driven to Pondicherry (110 kms/2½ hrs). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel.

    Pondicherry has a rich French cultural heritage having been the capital of the French colonies in India since the 17th century. The French legacy is visible in the well-planned town, neatly laid roads, wide and vibrant beaches, beautiful promenades, architecturally imposing churches and public buildings and the statues. Split into two parts, Pondicherry is, on one hand a bustling Indian Market town, and on the other hand, towards the sea, the streets are emptier, cleaner and decidedly European.

    Later you can visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, located on Rue de la Marine, it is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry.

    Overnight at the Hotel Les Hibiscus.

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  • Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Swamimalai
    India, Kumbakonam

    After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven from Pondicherry to Swamimalai (140 kms/03 hrs).

    En-route stop at Chidambaram, the capital of the Cholas from AD 907 to 1310. Chidambaram lies 9 kms north of the Coleroon River, the northern limit of the Kaveri delta. It is one of Tamil Nadu’s most important holy towns.

    Upon arrival, check-in at Hotel IndEco.

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  • Swamimalai - Tanjore - Chettinad
    India, Chettinad

    After buffet breakfast at hotel, you will be driven from Swamimalai to Chettinad via the temple town of Tanjore (100 kms/hrs).

    At Tanjore visit to the Brihadeeshwara Temple, built in the 10th century by Raja Chola. It is considered to be artistically the most perfect of Dravida temples. Besides the temple, you will visit the Palace most of which is in ruins and houses the Tamil University Museum, the Art Gallery, the Saraswati Mahal Library which houses palm leaf & paper manuscripts.

    In the nineteenth century, a community of wealthy merchants, Chettiars, traveled abroad to make their fortune. Despite being gone they did their bit for their hometown and used their wealth to build sophisticated houses. Enjoy your afternoon visiting this city, an off the beaten track in Tamil Nadu. Experience what being a Chettiar is and discover the spicy Chettinad food served on banana leaves ... Unforgettable!

    Overnight at Chettinadu Court.

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  • Chettinad - Madurai
    India, Madurai

    After buffet breakfast you will be driven to Madurai (200 kms/4½ hrs).

    The temple town is unique as all its temples are living temples. The famous Meenakshi temple in the heart of the old town is Madurai's main attraction. It is a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with gopurams (towers) covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi-colored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. The temple complex is a city within a city and one can spend days exploring its labyrinthine, corridors and halls. Another attraction is the Tirumalai Nayak Palace (1636) restored by Lord Napier, dance and drama concerts are performed daily. 

    Return to your hotel after the tour. In the evening you could head back to the Meenakshi Temple to witness a ceremony.

    Note: Foreigners (Non Hindus) are not allowed inside the inner sanctum of the temple.

    Overnight at Hotel Germanus.

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  • Madurai - Thekkady
    India, Thekkady

    After breakfast drive to Periyar (160  kms/05 hrs).


    At Periyar, it is possible to take guided treks into the sanctuary. You can also take a boat ride on Lake Periyar, and see the wildlife around the lake as you cruise along its banks. Apart from elephants, bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, otter and flying squirrel are common. There are also 246 species of birds and 112 species of butterfly. Apart from its diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, this is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.  This picturesque town holds great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. Also, don’t miss out on the Spice Plantation tour that cover cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations, tea factories, tribal settlements and the surrounding hill regions.

    Overnight at Koshys Homestay.

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  • Periyar - Cochin
    India, Cochin

    After breakfast you will be driven to Cochin (70 kms/30 mins).

    At Cochin go to Mattancherry and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Fridays Saturdays & All the Jewish holidays) in India, built in 1568. It was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. You will also visit the Dutch Palace (Closed on Fridays) which was built in 1555, the coronation hall being its most noteworthy feature. Continue your drive to see the Chinese fishing nets. The cantilevered fishing nets line are the entrance to the harbour mouth. Your next stop will be St. Francis Church, Vasco De Gamma was initially buried in the cemetery of this church. 14 years later his body was removed and taken back to Portugal.

    Overnight at Hotel Fort Manor.

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  • Cochin - Alleppey (Backwaters)
    India, Alleppey

    Early morning after enjoying your breakfast in the hotel you will proceed to board the Houseboat at Alleppey (140 kms/04 hrs). Meet your crew as you board.

    Houseboats, also known locally as the ‘Ketuvallam’, is the most unique experience associated with Kerala. This backwater journey through the narrow canals crossing exquisite villages embellished with lush green paddy fields and tall coconut groves makes it a spellbinding site. The backwaters are a chain of salty lagoons and lakes parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. Kerala has over 900 kms of interconnected waterways, rivers, lakes and inlets that make up the backwaters. While on the houseboat also enjoy the freshly prepared sea food of your choice cooked in authentic Kerala style.

    Dinner and overnight on-board the Houseboat.

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  • Alleppey - Trivandrum
    India, Thiruvananthapuram (ex Trivandrum)

    You get up early this morning to watch the sunrise over the incredible landscape around you. A unique opportunity to observe nature awaken peacefully.

    You then head towards Trivandrum. Along the way, stop to visit the Sree Mannarasala Nagarajakshetram. This unusual temple is dedicated to a Serpent God. Then make a stop at Krishnapuram Palace and Museum. This old wooden palace houses a museum with beautiful pieces from the Harappan period (2500BC), toys shaped like animals, and much more.

    Overnight at Hotel Uday Suite.

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  • Departure from Trivandrum - Malé
    Maldives, Male

    It is time to go and enjoy the sun and beach. You are transferred early this morning for your flight to Male, Maldives or atolls where dreams await you.

    Overnight at Asdu Sun Island.

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  • Malé
    Maldives, Male

    Traditionally, the King's Island in olden times from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled from their palace here. The city was then called "Mahal". Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates. The Royal Palace however, was destroyed along with the picturesque forts and bastions when the city was remodelled after abolition of the monarchy was declared.

    You will spend the next couple of days just relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand while taking in the beauty of the island and sipping on an exotic drink.

    Overnight at Asdu Sun Island.

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  • Malé
    Maldives, Male

    Traditionally, the King's Island in olden times from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled from their palace here. The city was then called "Mahal". Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates. The Royal Palace however, was destroyed along with the picturesque forts and bastions when the city was remodelled after abolition of the monarchy was declared.

    You will spend the next couple of days just relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand while taking in the beauty of the island and sipping on an exotic drink.

    Overnight at Asdu Sun Island.

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  • Malé
    Maldives, Male

    Traditionally, the King's Island in olden times from where the ancient Maldive Royal dynasties ruled from their palace here. The city was then called "Mahal". Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates. The Royal Palace however, was destroyed along with the picturesque forts and bastions when the city was remodelled after abolition of the monarchy was declared.

    You will spend the next couple of days just relaxing and enjoying the sun and sand while taking in the beauty of the island and sipping on an exotic drink.

    Overnight at Asdu Sun Island.

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  • Malé
    Maldives, Male

    After your breakfast at the hotel and depending on your flight schedule you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight for the onward destination.

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The rates quoted above are per person basis in EURO & valid for 02 persons travelling together.

No services are held. All arrangements are subject to availability upon receipt of your completed booking.

All the visits and sightseeing tours mentioned in the itinerary are suggestions and not included in the cost.

Check-in & out time at all envisaged properties is 1400 hrs & 1200 hrs respectively.

All journey times are approximate and dependent on road conditions.

Please note the names of the hotels mentioned in the above offer only indicate that our rates are based on the tariff of the respective hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is being held at these hotels unless and until confirmation is received from the respective hotels and is communicated to you.

These costs are based on all existing Government taxes and are subject to change. If the Govt. revises any taxes then it will be charged as per actual.

We shall not be responsible for any delay, change or alternate in the itinerary due to weather conditions, political or local strikes, flight cancellations or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional expenditure incurred will be in the addition to the cost.

Any increase in the present applicable entrance fees to the monuments shall be advised to you separately and charged as per actual.

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