Goa Beach & South India Tour
Itinerary:Chennai – Mahabalipuram -Tanjore – Madurai – Periyar- Cochin – Goa – Mumbai
Duration:13 Nights / 14 Days
Day 01/ Bagdogra – Darjeeling (94 Kms/3hrs)
Welcome to India! arrive Chennai (formerly known as Madras), meet assist at the airport by our executive & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Chennai.
Day 02 / Chennai – Mahabalipuram (70 km – 02 hr)
After taking leisurely breakfast in the hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour, visiting San Thome Cathedral, built in 1504, is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle, who is believed to have visited Madras (Chennai) sometime during 52 AD. National Art Gallery, established in the year 1857, is undoubtedly one of the country’s finest museums.Fort St. George, the first bastion of British power in India & built in the year 1640 AD by the British East India Company. Within the Fort we visit St. Mary’s Church, built in the year 1680 & oldest Protestant Church in the East. It is known especially for its rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries) & giant open-air bas-reliefs & has been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Mahabalipuram.
Day 03 / Mahabalipuram – Excursion to Kanchipuram (70 km – 02 hr)
Breakfast in the hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, visiting Shore Temple, one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century AD. Designed to catch the first rays of the rising sun & to illuminate the waters after dark, the temple ended up with an unusual lay-out. Arjuna’s Penance, world’s largest bas-relief. Excursion to Kanchipuram.Later proceed for excursion tour to Kanchipuram, is one of the seven holy cities in the country. It was a city of learning for both Tamil & Sanskrit, & was believed to be visited by Hsuan Tsang. In ancient times it was called Kachi. Once had over a thousand temples & today there are more than a hundred extant. It is also known for its temples & silk sarees. Night stay in Mahabalipuram.
Day 04 / Mahabalipuram – Tanjore (300 km – 06 hr)
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to Tanjore, flourished during the rule of the Nayaks & Mahrattas. It has been the treasure house of art for centuries. It is called the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is well-known throughout the world for its exquisite handicrafts like the Art Plate, pithwork, bronze icons, Thanjavur paintings & the classical South Indian musical instruments.
Day 05 / Tanjore – Madurai via Trichy (200 km – 04 hr)
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive for Madurai the oldest city in Tamil Nadu & was originally known as Kadambavanam or the forest of Kadamba.En route halt at Trichy, which has very historic temples & monuments. It was an important town in the days of the later Cholas, Nayaks as well as during the early days of the British East India Company. Overnight in Madurai.
Day 06 / Madurai – Periyar (136 km – 03 hr)
After breakfast visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar, first built 2000 years ago & was substantially expanded between the years (1623-55 AD). A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structure known as Ayiramkaal mandapam or Hall of a thousand pillars in the outermost corridor. Overnight in Periyar.
Day 07 / Periyar – Cochin (190 km – 04 hr)
Early morning experience a boat ride to view wildlife in the sanctuary on Lake Periyar. After breakfast drive to Cochin, it has one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 08 / Cochin
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Cochin, visiting Jew Town, synagogue, built in the year 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. Later St. Francis’ Church, built in the year 1503 by Portuguese Francisan Friars & known to be the oldest European church in India.
Day 09 / Cochin – Goa
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for Goa, also has rich flora & fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which are classified as a biodiversity hotspot rather an absolute paradise on earth. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Goa.
Day 10 / Goa
After breakfast in the hotel proceed for sightseeing tour of Goa, Visiting old Goa Churches; Basilica of Boom Jesus, dedicated to Infant Jesus is the most popular & famous of all churches in Goa. Overnight in Goa.
Day 11 & Day 13 / Goa
Day at Leisure, enjoying the golden beaches, luxurious casinos & flowing spirits in Goa. Overnight in Goa
Day 12 / Goa – Mumbai
Morning transfer to airport to board flight for onward journey or back home.