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WISDOM TRADITIONS
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Day 01- Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai by SQ 528 at 200 hrs. You would be met by our local representative in Chennai and transfer to your hotel.
Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state and is the fourth largest metro city in India. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort Saint George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence. The city is widely spread in about 180 Sq. Kms. It is a major trade center, being well linked by road, rail and air to important cities besides being a sea port. Compared to the other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.
Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 02- Chennai
Breakfast at hotel

After breakfast, you would be taken for the sightseeing tour Chennai.

Firstly you will visit, Fort St. George, which is presently, is being used by the Tamil Nadu Government. Within the compound is a museum holding many remembrances of the East India Company and the British period. From the British hold of centre, you will proceed to Mylapore, which was inhabited in the 16th century by the Portuguese; visit the San Thome Church, named for the Christian disciple ("Doubting Thomas") who lived and taught here in the first century.
Also visit Kapaleeswarar Temple, honoring Shiva, dates back to the 13th century AD and is the biggest temple in Chennai. You will also drive past the Marina Beach, the second longest in the world, stretching for several miles.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 03- Chennai-Pondicherry
After breakfast, you will drive from Chennai to Pondicherry (160 Kms / 4 Hours).

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 emptier, cleaner and decidedly European.
Arrive at Pondicherry and proceed to check-in at the hotel

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 04- Pondicherry
Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast half day city tour of Pondicherry - visit Sri Aurobindo Ashramam, located on Ruede la Marine, is the most popular attraction in Pondicherry. The ashram was founded by sri aurobindo ghose in 1926. Sri aurobindo, the poet philosopher founded the ashram to help man reach the zenith of his evolution through spiritual exercises and yoga, combined with physical activity and productive work.

Rest of the day at leisure or independent activities.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05- Pondicherry - Thiruvannamalai
After breakfast at hotel, you will drive from Pondicherry to Thiruvannamalai(100 Kms/ 3 Hours).

The name Thiruvannamalai was derived from the name of the holy mountain Thiruvannan Malai. In Thiruvannamalai, Lord Shiva took the form of a column of fire which had no beginning or end, so as to destroy the ego of lord Vishnu and Brahma. It is said that Lord Shiva in Ardhanarashwari form, with one half being Goddess Umadevi, appeared before his devotees here.

On arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.

Rest of the day at leisure or independent activities.

Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06- Thiruvannamalai
Breakfast at hotel.

Full day city tour of Thiruvannamalai memorable by visiting these famous tourist places in Thiruvannamalai -

Sri Seshadri Swamingal Asham: One of the holy place in Thiruvannamalai, this Asham is dedicated to Mahan Sri Seshadri Swamingal.

Yogi Ram Surathkumar Asham: Also known as Visiri Samiyar Ashram, this Asham is one of the beautiful places in Thiruvannamalai.

Arunachaleswara Temple: Nestled at the foot of the Arunachala hill, and devoted to Lord Shiva, this is one of the largest temple in india.

Sri Ramana Ashram: Consecrated to Bhagavan Sri RamanaMaharshi, this Asham is decked with flowering trees, accompanied by a soothing ambience.
Places around Thiruvannamalai: Explore the land of Thiruvannamalai, visiting the places around it, While on a tour to Thiruvannamalai.

Sathanur dam: Constructed across Pennaiyar River among Chennakesava Hills, this dam is located 35km from Thiruvannamalai . It has a well-maintained green foam park, hung trees, and a mini zoo with crocodile farm.

Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07- Thiruvannamalai-Mahabalipuram
After breakfast at hotel, you will drive from Thiruvannamalai to Mahabalipuram(168 Kms/ 4 Hours).

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), built in the 7th century, is an ancient Pallava port. Today it is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. Declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Mahabalipuram boasts of some of India's most sublime rock-cut art. The town was earlier called Mahabalipuram, but was later renamed as Mamallapuram or the place of the great wrestler - Narasimhavarmam I. He made this port a flourishing trade center. The only shore temple, which remains here, is the spectacular two-spired shine, which is unique in that it houses both vishnu and shiva in its sanctum. 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.

Upon arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.
Afternoon, you will proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, good beaches, hassle-free tourism and fabulous fish and lobster! Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna's penance. The magnificent shore temple , built by king Rajasimha in the seventh century , is a unique temple that houses the shrines of both Shiva and Vishnu while the Varaha cave is a rock-cut mandapam with two incarnations of Vishnu-Varaha and Vamana- besides scenes of kings and queens. The Krishna Mandapam has a bas-relief of Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill in his fingertips. Other important attractions of mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Cave, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave.

Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08- Mahabalipuram-Chennai-Madurai
Morning you will drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai airport(58 Kms / 1 Hours). On arrival board the jetairways glight 9W 2727 departing Chennai at 13:30 hours, arrival in Madurai at 14:50 hours.

Upon arrival at Madurai, you would check-in to your hotel.

In the evening, you will proceed to the Meenakshi temple complex to witness the evening Aarti ceremony in which Lord Shiva is carried in a palanquin accompanied by musicians, temple singers and priests to the temple of his consort Parvati to spend the night.

Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09- Madurai-Thekkady
After breakfast, You will proceed for sightseeing tour of Madurai City - The temple town is unique in that all itstemples are living temples and its remains a major religious centre attracting pilgrims the year round. Madurai's main attraction is the famous Meenakshi temples in the heart of the old town , a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with gopurams (towers) covered from top to bottom with a breathless profusion of multi-colouredimges 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 TirumalaiNayakPalace(1636) restored by Lord Napier, dance drama concerts are performed daily.

In the afternoon, travel by road to Thekkady(160 Kms /3.30 Hrs).

Thekkady is one of India's most fascinating natural wildlife sanctuaries, where you can watch wildlife at close range. The vegetation, the flora and fauna and the birds of Thekkadyare uniquely rich, vast and varied that it does not bear semblance to any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

The spice plantation in Thekkady is one of the major spice plantions inkerala. The spice plantions inkerala are captivating farms to wander in, since different spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation.

On arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.

Overnight stay at the hotel
Day 10- Thekkady
Early Morning : enjoy a shared boat safari in lake Periyar in the National Park, known for herds of wild elephant, bison, deer and spectacular bird life in Periyar National Park - set in the heart of the cardamom hills of kerala the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, offers a rare opportunity to enjoy South India's wild life and beauty . The park has apicturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Herds of elephant and sambar, gaur and wild pigs and wander down to the lakeside and can be observed from the launches that cruise the lake. Periyar also harbours the leopard, wild dog, barking deer and mouse deer. On the rocky outcrops along the lake, monitor lizards can be seen basking in the sun.

After the boat ride, you will return to your hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, explore the spices grown this area during your spice plantation tour.

Spices have always been an important part of like in kerala. Hera the masters of Ayurveda, the science of life, discovered the use of spices for medicinal purpose. Spices also play an important role the kerala cuisine, non-Ayurvedic medicine and cosmetics. Periyar is, due to its location in the lower mountains around 1000 metres above sea level, blessed with numerous types of spices. Consequently, the spice plantation tour is in one of the most important activities outside the reserve that a visitor can engage in. It is an opportunity to see why the kerala cuisine is so different from most of the other indian cuisines. The tour gives you a chance to enjoy cardamon, pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla,and many other varieties of spices and medicinal plants.

Evening attend Kalaripayattu show. Kalaripayattu is an indian martial art from the southern state of kerala. One of the oldest fighting system in existence, it was originally practiced in northern and central parts of kerala and the tulunadu region of karnataka. Kalaripayattu includes strikes, kicks, grappling, preset forms, weaponry and healing methods. Regional variants are classified according to geographical position in kerala; these are the northern style from malabar region in north kerala, the central style from inner kerala and southern style from Travancore region of south kerala.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11- Thekkady-Kumarakom
Today morning after breakfast, drive to kumarakom, a water locked place which is endowed with immense natural beauty and array of rivers, canals, and lakes.

Afternoon embark on the housebooat.

Kettuvallams, the stitched boats provide the best way to experience the colorful backwaters of kerala. The wood commonly used to make Kettuvallams is 'Anhili', which is found in abundance in central Travancore area. Large planks are tied together using handmade coir ropes and beaten coconut fibres. This gives the kettuvallams are built entirely without the use of nails. It requires great skill and androitness to construct these giant boats by tying huge planks of jack or wood together. The boats are applied with fish oil and cashew nut oil and left to cure for days. With careful maintenance, they last for generations.

Note: Houseboats sail in the backwaters during the day time and hanger from evening till morning since local fishermen place nets in water during the night.

Overnight on board the house boat.
Day 12- Alleppey-Kollam
After breakfast,you will be driven from Alleppy to kollam( 75 kms / 2 hours). On arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.

Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the beach (Transport at disposal).

Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 13- kollam-Trivandrum
After breakfast,you will be driven from kollam-trivandrum( 85 kms / 2 hours). On arrival proceed to hotel for check-in.

Trivandrum offers an excellent diversity with kovalam beach to suit all desires and occasions. Three curve shaped beaches, alienated by stony outcroppings, from the major attraction of this coastal resort. Backed by precipitously mounting headlands and covered by fertile coconut palms, the beaches, especially the southern most part of lighthouse beach.

After noon proceed to the tour of trivandrum visiting-
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple - Covering an area of about 2,400 sq.metres, the temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is believed to be around 260 years old. The temple with its gopuram(tower) soaring majestically upwards is believed to be one of the 108 shrines sacred to the Vaishnavites in india . The main entrance to the temple is through the eastern gopuram that towers to over 30 metres and is devised in the Dravidian style. The deity of
the temple , padmanabha (an incarnation of vishnu) reclines on the sacred serpent in the inner sanctum. The main shrine inside the temple is well guarded with a number of massive doors and darshan (audience) can be had through the three - doors openings into the sanctum sanctorum.
Napier Museum - Dating back to 1880, the Napier Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mugal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The building has a unique air- conditioning system. A visit to this museum gives you glimpses of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. The museum has an excellent collection of bronzes, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots and life-size figures of the Kathakali dancers in full costume.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 14- Day excursion to Kanyakumari
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kanyakumari or Capecomorin (2-3 Hrs) enroute visit Padmanabhapuram Palace-Previously well known as the head quarters of Travancore Maharajah's, biggest wooden palace complex in South India. Capecomorin or Kanyakumari is at the tail point of India, where the three sea's meet together. The place is most famous for the spectacular sunset and moonrise. Other attractions include Vivekananda rock, memorial build for Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural, The temple of Kumari Amman (the virgin lady), Gandhi Memorial etc.
Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. From the Kanyakumari beach, which overlooks the convergence of the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, one could see a spectacular sunrise and sunset. About 400 metres into the sea, there is the Vivekananda Rock. This was where Swami Vivekananda, a great thinker and philosopher of India, attained enlightenment through deep meditation. The Vivekanda memorial is built on this rock and is accessible only by boat.
Padmanabhapuram Palace - This palace is a spectacular example of Travancore style architecture. Build during the period of 16th -18th centuries this palace acted as the seat of Travancore rulers. The workmanship of the artisans is awe-inspiring and their expertise can be seen throughout the palace-flooring made wholly with
natural component, exquisitely carved wooden ceilings , dance halls with granite flooring, well designed courtyards and underground passageways and so on. The palace is well preserved and gives the air of the life during that period with its architectural styles, layout of the rooms, exquisite furniture, paintings etc..
Suchindram Temple - This is a temple dedicated to the three chief Hindu Gods -Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. While Brahma stands for creation, Shiva stands for destruction and Vishnu stands for balance in nature. This temple has two interesting legends associated with it. This 134 feet temple of Suchindram is architecture of amazing dexterity and endeavor. The whole of the front face of the temple covered with sculpting from the Hindu mythology. Inside the temple is the Lingam, representing the three Gods. The Suchindram
temple is very famous for the musical pillars. The pillars are constructed in such a way that when they are tapped, they give off various musical notes. Besides there is also sculptures of Hanumana, the devotee of God Rama and also the sculpture of several other Hindu deities.

It is very popular to watch the sunrise/sunset here. Because this is a meeting point of three ocean bodies – the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea - the spectacular sunrise/sunset sight is considered to even more special.

After sunset return to your Trivandrum hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 15- Trivandrum - Delhi
In time transfer to Trivandrum airport to board the Indigo flight 6E 176 departing Trivandrum at 10:55 hours and arrival in Delhi at 15:40 hours.