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Day 01| {Home-Tiruchirappalli-Kumbhakonnam}                 /               {110 KM 2 H Drive}

Arrive at Tiruchirappalli Airport. Our representative will assist you in getting transferred to your pre-booked hotel in Kumbhakonnam via sightseeing of Tiruchirappalli Tamples. Check in & Relax and get rid of jetlag. Go for a sightseeing of Kumbakonam and visit the temples of Kumbakonam. Visit famous temples in Kumbakonam and Vaitheeshwaran Temple. Evening is free for shopping at local market. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02| {Kumbakonam-Thiruvannamalai}           /                {180 KM 3 h 30 m drive}

After Breakfast at the hotel get driven to Thiruvannamalai. Arrived at Thiruvannamalai check into the hotel and relex. After that go for sightseeing of Thiruvannamalai and visit Annamalaiyar Temple, Ramana Ashram. Check in into the hotel and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 03| {Thiruvannamalai - Chennai via Girivalam}       /        {200km 4hrs Drive}

After Breakfast at the hotel get driven to the Chennai via sightseeing of Girivalam. Reach Chennai and relax in the hotel there. Evening is free for leisure activities and explore nearby market. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 04| {Chennai - City Tour}

After breakfast at the hotel get ready to the city tour of Chennai. There are plenty of tourist attractions in and around the city that is Marina Beach a dazzling 11 km shoreline, Kabaleeswarar Temple, Southome cathedral, Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Government Museum, Fort Museum, National Art Gallery, St. Thomas Mount, Little Mount Shrine, Fort St. George and St. Mary’s Church, Guindy Deer and Snake Parks, Valluvar Kottam, Kalakshetra, Sittratangam, and Zoological Park. Stay and be comfortable for your overnight stay and ideally free at the hotel. Chennai as previously named Madras rated as the fourth largest city in India and capital of Tamil Nadu. The most beautiful city not only highly commercial centre part of South India but also being a major related and important place of South Indian Art, Architecture, music, dance, culture, traditions and festivals and also being famous and renowned for it. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05| {Chennai - Chidambram}           /         {230 KM 5 h 30 m Drive} 

After breakfast at the hotel, get driven to Chidambram. Reach Chidambram and visit Thillai Nataraja Temple, Pitchavaram backwater, Pichavaram Mangrove Forest, Pancha Bootha Sthalams,etc. After sightseeing in chidambram check in at the pre-booked hotel at beach. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 06| {Chidambram - Rameswaram}       {370 KM 7 h Drive} 

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Rameswaram. Arrive and check in at the hotel. After that you will go for sightseeing at the Rameswaram Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple, Gandamadana Parvatham, Panchamukhi Hanuman Temple and 22 theerthams and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 07| {Rameswaram - Madurai}        /     {180 KM 4 h drive}      

After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and depart for Madurai. On arrival, check-in and relax. Later in the day, embark on a local sightseeing tour of Madurai covering places such as Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, Gandhi Museum, Pazhamudhir Solai, Puthu Mandapam, and Raya Gopuram etc. Return to the hotel after the tour and have a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 08| { Madurai - Kanyakumari}        /      {270 KM 4 h 20 m drive} 

After breakfast, proceed to Kanyakumari via Tirunelveli Halwa shop which is a famous Halwa shop. After having a delicious break at the Halwa shop proceeds to the Kanykumari. The Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal merges at Kanyakumari. It is an important pilgrimage center for Hindus. Upon arrival in Kanyakumari, check-in at the hotel and proceed on a visit to Vevakananda Rock and Suchindrum. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09| {Kanyakumari - Alleppey}           /       {380 KM 7 h drive} 

After breakfast at the hotel, get driven to Alleppey. Reach Alleppey and check in at the pre-booked House Boat. And enjoy this beautiful experience their rest of the day and relax. After you will enjoy house boat journey in Alleppey. Overnight stay in A/C Deluxe House Boat.

Day 10| { Alleppey - Cochin}            /        {60 KM 1 h 30 m drive} 

After breakfast get driven to Cochin. After you will visit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Kaloor, Willingdon Island, Marine Drive, Veega, Cherai, Parikshith Thampuran Museum, Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassey, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort, Hill palace. Overnight staty at the hotel.

Day 11| {Cochin - Munnar }            /          {135 KM 4 h 20 m drive} 

After breakfast, get driven to Munnar and en-route visit the famous Athirampally Waterfalls,  Kuthumkal Waterfalls, Observatory Hills,Pothamedu, Devikulam, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chithirapuram etc. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12| { Munnar -  Palani }                  {120 KM 3 h 30 m drive} 

After breakfast get driven to Palani. Check in to the hotel and relax. After that go for the sightseeing of Palani where you will visit Palani Murugan Temple, Palani Hills, Dhandayuthapani Temple. After that return to the hotel and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 13| {Palani - Trichi Airport - fly back to Home}       /         {170 KM 3 h drive}

After breakfast at the Hotel get driven to the Tiruchirapalli where we will assist you in your transfer to the Trichi airport to board your flight for back to home with sweet memories with Guruji Travel of India.

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About Tiruchirappalli

Famously known as Trichy, Tiruchirappalli is a city in the state of Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. It is one of the oldest inhabited places in the state. Different empires have ruled over the region with each empire leaving behind its own legacy. This has resulted in the city being bestowed with rich cultural heritage and tradition. Within the city, one will see splendid historical sites and structures. Just to name a few,  the important structures are Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Viralimalai Murugan Temple, Samayapuram Mariamman, Jambukeshwarar Temple, Temple, Nadir Shah Mosque, St John’s Church and St Joseph' s Church. However, the most famous landmark of the city is the Tiruchirapalli Rockford. This massive structure is constructed on an 83 meters high rock. The rock itself is supposed to date over a billion years old. This complex houses many monuments such as Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Thayumanaswami Temple, Ganesha Temple and a Madurai Nayak-era Fort. Modern day Tiruchirappalli wears a cosmopolitan outlook. The city witnessed a transformation into an educational hub in the last few years, with many important educational institutions being set up. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Anna University of Technology and National Institute of Technology (NIT) are some of the famous institutions in the city. Students come here from different parts of the country to pursue their higher studies.

Kumbesvarar Temple

Adi Kumbeswarar temple is the major one among the Saivaite temples and located in the centre of Kumbakonam at Big Bazaar Street. This temple covers an area of 30181 sq.ft. With a length and breadth of 750 feet, and 252 feet respectively. This temple compri  ses fo three Praharas and three Gopurams in the eastern, northern and western directions. It is belived that Govinda Theeksithan, the Chieftain of Achutha Nayakar of Thanjavur, renovated this oldest temple during 16th century.

Nagesvarar Temple

Nageswaran Temple otherwise known as "koothandavar Kovil", is locatd near the old bus stand area and Adithya Cholan of Chola dynasty constructed this temple during 12th century. This temple stands as a great marvel of chola's architecture, building technology and astronomy. The design and orientation are structured in such a way that it allows the sun rays inside the temple only during the month of Chithirai; therefore, it bears another name called "Soorya Kotatm" or "Keel Kottam". The Karuvarai of Nageswaran temple has similarity with that of Sarangapani temple, as it is made in the form of a chariot. The temple consists of two Gopurams in the easteren and western directions.

Somesvara Temple

Someswara temple Somessar temple is situated in the southren portion of Sri Sarangapani Temple. This temple is facing the northren side with a small Gopuram at the eastern portion near the entrance. The architectural style and element of this temple resembles the Dravidian Architecture of 13th century of chola period. Arumugam and thenar Mozhi Ammal are the other deities located in this temple complex.

Arunachaleswara temple

This temple is one of the most important temples located in the Arunachala Hills of Thiruvannamalai. The temple dedicated to one of the several forms of Lord Shiva that is Arunachaleswarar, is considered one of the holy elements or Panchab  hoota. The other four temples located here are Kalahasti (wind), Tiruvanaikka (water), Kanchipuram (Earth) and Chidambaram (Space).    
The temple consists of pillars decorated with ancient scriptures and images that of the ancient era. The inscriptions on the walls are mostly of the ancient rules and history of the place. Major festivals celebrated here include the Krithika Deepam, which is a light festival celebrated in the month of Krithika and Thiruvoodal festival.

Ramana Ashram

Sri Ramana Ashram, also known as Sri Ramanasramam, is the ashram which was home to modern sage and Advaita Vedanta philosopher Ramana Maharshi from 1922 until h is death in 1950. It is situated at the foot of the Arunachala hill, to the west of Tiruvanna malai, Tamil Nadu, where thousands of seekers flocked to be in his presence. His samadhishrine continues to attract devotees from all over the world.

About Chennai

Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu in India, is a fast-paced metropolitan city and home to a rich heritage with an alluring historical background. Some of the major attractions in Chennai include the Kapaleeshwar Temple, ISKCON Temple, Sri Parthasarathy Temple and San Thome Cathedral which is one of the three St. Thomas Basilicas in the world. When you have had your share of divine sightseeing, head to the beaches in Chennai. Breezy Beach, Marina Beach and Cove long are known for their panoramic views. There are also historical places of high significance like the mighty Fort St. George, which was the foothold of British, Government Museum and Art Gallery which has several artifacts of sculptures and carvings from 9th and 11th centuries. Shopping in Chennai is a highly rewarding experience. Both souvenirs and world’s leading brands are available to shop in Chennai. This city has something for everyone, and before you know it, this cultural metropolitan hub would have sneaked into your heart. Chennai had the third-largest expatriate population in India at 35,000 in 2009, 82,790 in 2011 and estimated at over 100,000 by 2016. Tourism guide publisher Lonely Planet named Chennai as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit in 2015. Chennai is ranked as a beta-level city in the Global Cities Index and was ranked the best city in India by India Today in the 2014 annual Indian city survey. In 2015 Chennai was named the "hottest" city (worth visiting, and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values.. National Geographic ranked Chennai's food as second best in the world; it was the only Indian city to feature in the list. Chennai was also named the ninth-best cosmopolitan city in the world by Lonely Planet. The Chennai Metropolitan Area is one of the largest city economies of India. Chennai is nicknamed "The Detroit of India", with more than one-third of India's automobile industry being based in the city. In January 2015, it was ranked third in terms of per capita GDP. Chennai has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi'sflagship Smart Cities Mission.

Marina Beach

Marina Beach is naturally the instant choice for everyone that visits Chennai. This is the second longest beach in the world. The large expanse of silver  sand allows for a great walk along the seashore. Sunrise and sun set views are picturesque in this perfect setting. Some of the sports activities possible in Marina Beach include fishing, wind surfing and beach volley ball. Though Marina Beach owns the credit of being the second longest beach in the world, it is not as well maintained as it should be. However, if you love the soul of the city, you will love the place. This a place where you do not have an entrance fee but a lot of entertainment. You can watch fishermen starting their day out on the sea if you are here in the morning. The evenings are quite busy with people coming along with their families to have some entertainment here. The richest and the poor, famous celebrities and unknown common man frequent the beach. If you love to watch people, you could have a whale of a time here in the beautiful atmosphere.

Semmozhi Poonga

Semmozhi Poonga offers a great escapade from the scorching sun and it is a visual delight for your eyes tired seeing manmade buildings. The park was opened towards the end of 2010. Located at city’s center, the 20-acre park offers to view sc enic landscapes and lush gardens. The well-maintained gardens have over 500 varieties of trees and plants from all parts of the world. This is apart from the trees that already exist in the area before the establishment of the park. Some of the trees are over 100 years old. The species of plants include medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. The artificial waterfall in the park looks real. Children will love the park, as there are many play structures to keep them entertained. Elders can go for a walk and several seating arrangements are provided to stretch. Semmozhi Poonga seems so far to have made genuine efforts to keep the place clean and green unlike some other places in Chennai, which do not enjoy the attention they need to be given.

Pulicat Lake

Pulicat Lake is a ‘must visit’ place if you are in Chennai. Chennai is not green and you do not chance upon many places in Chennai that help you get closer to nature. Hence, taking a time away to be at Pulicat Lake becomes all the more important. Pulicat Lake is located on Tamilnadu’s border. The atmosphere is serene and you can have a relaxed day here. Boat rides are very popular here. While at boat, you are allowed to indulge in fishing. This is a great place for bird watching. Do not miss Nellapattu Bird Sanctuary located near Pulicat Lake as you will find rare species of birds such as flamingoes, kingfishers, pelican, ibis and many more. You could also find the ruins of a 17th century Danish fort.

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Kapaleeswarar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city. It is not clear as to who built the temple. Going by the songs by Nayanmars, it is believed that Kapaleeswarar Temple was built during the 7th century by Pallava Kings. The architecture is not as old as they seem to be around 400 years old. Hence, it is considered that Portuguese destroyed the original temple mentioned in the songs of Nayanmars and the presen t construction belongs to the 16th century. The temple stands a classic example of the Dravidian style of sculpture and architecture.

National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery was established in 1907. The influence of Indo-Saracenic architecture is evident in the red sandstone construction, which has four sections namely Tanjore Painting Gallery, Ravi Varma Painting Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and Decorative Art Gallery. Artists would love this place as it has on display some of the ancient paintings and handicrafts that date back to 11th century. The Rock and Cave Art Gallery here offers interesting moments with the setting of caves looking natural and with facilities such as interactive Son-et-lumiere, Tran slides and touch screen in the caves to make the session interesting.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first ever zoo in India. The zoo was established in the year 1855. The zoo was initially in the Moor market from where it was shifted to Vandalur in 1976. The massive 510-hectare zoo houses over 170 species of wildlife. Some of the wildlife found here includes tiger, hyena, lion, panther, elephants and many more. Elep hant rides and lion safaris are available. If you are up to it, you could walk the entire stretch of the park. If not, you can tour on the battery operated vehicle rides. Arignar Anna Zoological Park is the first ever zoo in India. The zoo was established in the year 1855. The zoo was initially in the Moor market from where it was shifted to Vandalur in 1976. The massive 510-hectare zoo houses over 170 species of wildlife. Some of the wildlife found here includes tiger, hyena, lion, panther, elephants and many more. Elephant rides and lion safaris are available. If you are up to it, you could walk the entire stretch of the park. If not, you can tour on the battery operated vehicle rides.

Little Mount Shrine

Little Mount Shrine has a rich history associated with it. You can find the cave where St. Thomas went hiding before being martyred here. The lack of attention in preserving important structures and monuments is evident here too as you can find a rock that bears St. Thomas’ footprints, which was not given due attention earlier to preserve it for future generation’s view. The place offers a good view of the city and the Chennai airport. It is a worth a visit if you want to experience a touch of the past and enjoy some pleasant a tmosphere. Chennai’s top attraction is the warmth of the people. You will find perfect harmony among the people of Chennai, who do not take into account the forced differences in terms of religion, race and color. While the worst failing in Chennai is the lack of effort to preserve places of historic significance and keep the city clean, the awareness seems to be increasing. You will find that sincere efforts are being taken by individuals and organizations and one such example is Chennai Turtle Walk to save the endangered species. With consistent and genuine efforts, there may be more attractions to mention in Chennai, which is of world class.

Thillai Nataraja Temple

Thillai Natarajar Temple, Chidambaram  (தில்லைநடராசர்கோயில்,சிதம்பரம்)  or  Chidambaram temple  is a Tamil Hindutemple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in the town of Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, East-Central Tamil Nadu, South I  ndia. The temple is known as one of the foremost of all temples (Kovil) in Shaivism and has influenced worship, architecture, sculpture and performance art for over two millennium. It is also famous for the annual Natyanjali dance festival on Maha Shivaratri. The Sangam classics list chief architect Viduvelvidugu Perumthachchan as directing an early renovation of the shrine.

A major shrine of Lord Shiva worship since the classical period, there have been several renovations and offerings to Chidambaramby the Pallava,  Chola,  Pandya,  Vijayanagara  and  Chera royals in the ancient and pre-medieval periods. The temple as it s tands now is mainly of the 12th and 13th centuries, with later additions in similar style. Its bronze statues and stone sculptures depicting various deities and the famous Thillai trees (Excoecaria agallocha) of the surrounding forest reflect the highpoints of early Chola and Pallava art while its famed gold plated gopuram towers are medieval structural additions by the royals Aditya I, Parantaka Chola I, Kopperunchinga I, Krishnadevaraya and Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan. King Kocengannan Chola was born following prayers his parents offered at the temple and later in his life he refined its structure. The shrine gave the town its name.

Pitchavaram backwater

Pitchavaram Backwaters is a popular picnic spot, which is around 16 km from Chidambaram. The 11,000 hectares of backwater exploration is set against the ba ckdrop of 3000 acres of mangrove forests. There are several channels and creeks at this backwater that are suitable for boating and other water sports. Some of the rare species that can be seen in the mangrove forests include Herons, Spoonbills, Rhizophara and others.  Tourists can also enjoy backwater cruises and spend time in the houseboats.

Pancha Bhoota Stalam

Pancha Bhoota Stalam or Pancha Bhoota Stala refers to the five Shiva temples,dedicated to Shiva, each representing the manifestation of the five p  rime elements of nature- land, water, air, sky, fire. Pancha indicates Five; Bhoota means elements and Stalameans place. All these temples are located in South India with four of these temples in Tamil Nadu and one in present-day Andhra Pradesh. The five elements are believed to be enshrined in the five lingams and each of the lingams representing Shiva in the temple have five distinct names based on the elements they represent.

About Rameswram

Rameswaram, belonging to the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu is best known for its religious significance. The city features among as one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in the country. Set in the Pamban Island, Rameswaram boasts of distinct religious significance. As per ancient Hindu mythology, the Ramanathaswamy Temple is host to one of the twelve Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva. Apart from the Ramanathaswamy Temple, the city also has many other ancient temples such as Agnitheertham, Gandamadana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, and Kothandaraswamy Temple. A visit to all these temples is sure to render a tranquilizing effect on your mind. Legends say that Lord Rama built a bridge from this place to reach Sri Lanka and rescue Sita. Geographically, Rameshwaram is the closest point to Sri Lanka, and there is evidence that claims that the Rama Sethu formerly served to connect India and Sri Lanka. Rameshwaram thus serves to be a holy site for both Shaivas and Vaishnavas.

Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple

Noted among the 275 most important Shiva temples for the Shaivaite sect of Hindus, the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple is a part of the Char Dham pilgrimage of the Hindus. The temple was said to have been established by Lord Ram himself and is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. The site of the temple was expanded by the Pandya kings in the 12th century who are responsible for the current structure of the temple.

The Five-faced Hanuman Temple

The temple is famous for its unique incarnation of the mighty monkey god Lord Hanuman. The image of the deity has five faces namely Lord Hanuman, Lord Adivaraha, Lord Narasimha, Lord Hayagriva and Lord Garuda. The idol is carved from a large senthooram stone from which vermilion is derived. The ancient idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshamana that were brought during a cyclone from Dhanushkodi are also placed here.

Gandamadana Parvatham

The hillock lies at a short distance of 3 kilometers from Rameswaram and is the highest point on the island. Gandamadana Parvatham is considered to house a foot print of Lord Rama on a Chakra. The hill lies at an amazing location and one can get the panoramic views of the entire island from this point.

Pamban Bridge Rameswaram

Connecting the town of Rameswaram on Pamban Island to mainland India is the Pamban Bridge; a cantilever bridge on the Palk Strait (narrow stretch of wa  ter between Tamil Nadu and the Mannar district, which is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka).Started around 1914, Pamban Bridge was the first and longest sea bridge in India till 2010. The bridge refers to both the road bridge and the cantilever railway bridge.

About Madurai

Madurai- a city that has been in existence for millennia, a city that can be compared to ancient Rome, a city that offers a glimpse into the soul of Tamil Nadu. Madurai truly is the essence of this South Indian state where the legends and myths of ancient Sanskrit epics come to life. The city, one of the oldest in the country, also reflects everything that screams ' India!' in this modern age. With the time-honoured Meenakshi Amman Temple at its center, life in Madurai is driven by a booming IT sector. The city, which is the cultural headquarters of Tamil Nadu, is also home to a number of industries like automobile, rubber and granite manufacturing. With the sprawling and magnificent Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Teppakulam, Alagar Koil and marvellously built Thirupparankundram Temple, it is no wonder that Madurai is often called Athens of the East. With a glorious history that can rival that of Greece and packed with energy, the city provides an excitement only a truly Indian city can offer. Madurai is a mine of stories, both old and new, waiting to be discovered by the curious traveller.

Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple

Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple is one of the most famous temples in South India. The huge temple that extends beyond 6 hectares of land is dedicated to god Shiva and it is named after goddess Parvati. The temple was constructed by Kulasekara Pandya. The temple has been mentioned in the songs sung by ancient saint as e  arly as the 7th century. Invasion of Malik Kapur in 1310 resulted in the ancient temple being destroyed. When Hindu kings returned to power, the temple was restored and the present form is a contribution by Nayaks who ruled Madurai between 16th and 18th centuries. The thousand pillar hall is one of the amazing works in the temple that is famous for architectural brilliance. It is the temple’s museum and the statues here are exquisite.

Gandhi Museum

Gandhiji and Madurai share a bond. It was after his visit to Madurai that Gandhi changed his dress code, which he followed until he met his end. Gandhi Museum was constructed in memory of Gandhiji after his assassination. The building, which houses the museum, was constructed around 1670 AD by Nayak Queen Rani. The construction was completed and inaugurated in 1959. The museum houses a Picture Gallery, which presents Gandhiji’s visual bio  graphy. The history of Freedom struggle is depicted with 265 illustrations in the Special Exhibition section. The ‘Hall of Relics’ preserves some original and replicas of Gandhi’s personal belongings. Cultural programmes are conducted in the open air theatre here, which can accommodate 8000 people. The library in Gandhi Museum has a vast collection detailing India’s cultural background and books by Gandhiji.

Pazhamudhir Solai

This is yet another famous temple dedicated to Lord Murugan and it is located on hill top. It is considered as one amongst the six abodes of god Murugan. The sculptures carved of marble and wood are unique. The giant steps in front of the temple make for a great climb. It is one of the most beautiful temples in South India.

About Kanyakumari

Experience a journey to the southern tip of India, past the majestic range of the Western Ghats and sprawling green fields of rice paddies, to beautiful Kanyakumari, erstwhile Cape Comorin. Enjoy the thrill of standing on the very tip of the Indian sub-continent as the waves from three seas crash around your feet. Multi-coloured shells scattered across the golden sands give the beaches of Kanyakumari a vivid hue. Feel the goosebumps rise on your skin as you stand on Vivekananda’s Rock, a memorial situated on a gigantic rock 500m away from the mainland. The V-shaped continent at your back and the never-ending ocean before you, makes you feel as though you are standing at the tip of the world. Adjacent to this memorial, the Thiruvalluvar Statue rises more than a hundred feet to the sky, representing the teachings of the ancient Tamil philosopher, Thiruvalluvar. With a history that has roots in mythology, the temple of the Virgin Mother Goddess or Devi Kanya Kumari attracts millions of pilgrims every year. Being the location of the amazing confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean, Kanyakumari offers an exhilarating respite from a hectic life.

Kanyakumari Temple

Kanyakumari Temple is also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple and is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology. The temple is one of the major Hindu temples across India and is mentioned in almost all the ancient Hind u scriptures. The temple is frequented by thousands of pilgrims each year and the temple’s architecture is also unique.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

One of the iconic monuments in Kanyakumari, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located 100 meters from the shore and is one of the major tourist attraction s in Kanyakumari. The small rock island can be reached by a ferry and consists of two main structures. The Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam are the two main complexes of the memorial and is frequented by thousands of tourists.

Suchindrum

A temple town, Suchindrum is located 11 kilometers from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in the distinctive Dravidian style and are adorned with massive gopurams which are a common characteristic of all the Dravidian temples. The highest gopuram is 134 feet high and the inside of the temples sport various exquisite rock cut pillars and gateways. Being an ancient temple town it is frequented by a huge number of pilgrims each year.

About Alleppey

Washed by the silvery waves of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha, the Venice of the East welcomes you to the backwaters of Kerala. The palm fringed canals and shores bustling with glimpse from the day to day life in the country side, the mirror still lagoons, picture book lakesides and it long sandy beach has blessed Alapuzha, the water locked district, to become one of the bet Backwater tourism destinations in God’s Own Country. The large network of canals provides Alleppey its lifeline. Water carnivals using the gigantic snake boats and the country canoes of varying sizes have an important role in the community life of the people of the district. This district is also boasts of having some of the best ayurvedic rejuvenation centers in Kerala. This Venice of the East is also famous for its coir and carpet industries in addition to featuring many other attractions of tourist importance.

About Cochin

Cochin had been an important roadstead in days gone by; it became a natural harbor only when nature decreed it so. Muziris (present-day Kodungalloor on the mouth of the Periyer River), 40 km north of Cochin, was the center of trade with ancient Rome in the products like pepper and pearls, and indigo. The formation of Cochin harbor has a violent story of which nature herself was the main character. The floods had meanwhile silted up the mouth of the Muziris harbor ad this rich ancient port was banished to the footnote of history. Meanwhile the merchants of Muziris shifted to Cochin. For centuries, Cochin was the battleground of European powers for the mastery of the lucrative trade of the Indian west coast. The fortunes of Political powers in Cochin were dictated  by pepper. The Portuguese were the first to come in two year later, the adventurous mariner, the legendary Vasco-da-gamea himself landed in cochin. The Portuguese erected a fort for the protection of their factory. Fort Manuel or Manuel Kotta named after the King of Portugal was the first fortress constructed by the Europeans in India.

To the Portuguese must go the credit for the extensive scientific cultivation of coconut, ginger, and pepper, backbone of Kerala’ economy today? Tobacco, cashew nut, and fruit cultivation were also introduced. The pineapple, for instance, is still called prithichakka in Malayalam, meaning Portuguese jackfruit. They were also responsible for today’s burgeoning trade on coir.

The Dutch full of energy and zeal were next to entering the scene and succeeded in throwing out the Portuguese very soon. Helped by a laissez-fair policy and a self stipulated dictum of “at least a 100% profit,” Cochin saw a great resurgence of trade. But the Dutch never endured too, and it was the British who came in next to play out their role. A great milestone was the direct export of pepper to England in 1636 and again power flowed from pepper.

For a hundred year and more, from 1795 Cochin received a gracious patronage of the British. They tried their best to develop the harbor at Cochin, the gateway of South India, but for long Dismissed as  a dream beyond the realm of hope for a rock-like barrier of sand blacked the approach to the port from the sea. No dredging propositions since the days of the Suez Canal project has aroused so much technical interest at the opening up of the Cochin Harbor. It was not an easy task for Bristow to construct a port in these serendipitous surroundings.

Cochin was declared a major port in 1936. With its opening, there was a complete reorientation of shipping and commercial activities on the Malabar Coast. With its year-round shipping facilities, it is the busiest port south of Bombay, lying as it does on the direct route to Australia and the Far East from Europe and serving the vast southern hinterland of industrial areas and plantations. It is a passenger port for the United Kingdom and America in South India. Moreover, it is one of the few ports of the world with all the three main forms of transport—land, sea, and air, centered in the same place.

Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi

The chinese fishing nets (Cheenavala) are dist inctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here. Oddly, these nets are found only in Kochi, outside China! Many fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing using these massive nets. A whole stretch of the coast along Fort Kochi and Vypeen are dotted with these nets.

Fort kochi:

A stroll along the beach, particularly at sunset with the Chinese fishing nets and sailing ships in the background, is a memorable experience. Many European style bungalows can be seen along the shoreline. The coastal stretch has loads of small stalls, which make on demand mouth watering traditional cuisines using freshly c caught fish.

St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi It is the oldest church built by Europeans in India. On his 3rd visit to Kerala, Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese trader who reached India from Europe by sea, fell ill and died in Kochi. He was buried in the St. Francis Church. Later his remains were taken back to Portugal. In spite of that, his burial spoit inside the church has been clearly marked out.

Vasco House, Fort Kochi, Vasco house, located on Rose Street, is believed to be one of the oldest Portuguese houses in India. Vasco da Gama is believed to have lived here. This house features European glass paned windows and verandahs.

Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Kochi, The original church, situated in Fort Kochi was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.

Jewish Synagogue and Jew Town, Mattancherry, The synagogue, built in 1568 is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can by the Portuguese. Later, in 17th century, the Dutch modified it and presented it to the Raja of Kochi. Coronation of many rajas of Kochi was held here. The palace has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting scenes from the Hindu epics Mahanharatha and Ramayana. The place is located in Mattancherry.

Bolghatty Palace, Bolgthatty Island, This Dutch palace is situated on Bolghatty island which is just a short boat ride away from the mainland. The palace has been converted to a hotel run by the panoramic views of the port and the harbor, makes it an attractive picnic spot. Frequent boat service is available from the mainland.

Hill Palace, Tripunithura, Built in the 19th century by the Raja of Kochi this palace served as the seat of the Raja of the Kochi province. The place has been converted into a museum displaying a fine collection of article showing the wealth and splendor of the Rajas of Kochi, including the thorne and the crown. The museum also houses a large collection of archaeological findings. Hill Palace is located 16km east of Cochin in Tripunithura, a satellite town of Cochin.

Palliport (Pallipuram) Fort,It is the oldest surviving European fort in India, built by the Portuguese in 1503. Its situated in Pallipuram on Vypeen island.

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary ,Mangalavanam is a protected bird sanctuary situated right in the heart of Kochi city. It is the home of many exotic and rare varieties of migratory and resident birds. Mangalavanam is located right next to the High Court of Kerala.

Museum of Kerala History, Kalamassery,The museum has on display spectacular audio-visual exhibits depicting the history and culture of Kerala along with many life size statues of many famous personalities and several paintings depicting Kerala history. Parikshith Thampuran Museum,This Rajas of Cochin used to conduct their durbars in this impressive building located within the Durbar Hall grounds. It was later converted to a museum which has a treasure trove of archaeological findings and relics including old coins, sculptures, oil paintings and murals. The building has been taken over by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy and now houses the Gallery of Contemporary Art. All the exhibits of the museum have been moved to the Hill Palace museum.

Cherai Beach,This lovely beach ideal for swimming is located on the north end of Vypeen island, one of the many small islands just off the mainland. The beach is lined by gorgeous coconut groves and paddy fields. Vypeen can be reached by land or by boat.

Veega Land, Veega Land is South India’s largest amusement park situated 14kms from Cochin. The park includes a range of attractions including mini castle, water theme park, ferris wheel, rides, skudes, shows and fountains. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the fun and activities.

Marine Drive, A stroll along the long tree-lined coastal pathway that lines the backwater is well worth the time spent, especially late afternoon or dusk. The bustling backwaters, dotted with fishing boats, speedboats, ships, tankers and passenger boats, can be observed from this walkway that lines the coast.

Willingdon Island, This man-made island was created in 1933 by sand dredged while deepening the backwaters for the Cochin Port, under the direction of Sir Robert Bristow. A while back the Airport, Sea port and the railway terminus (Cochin Harbour Terminus) were situated on this island. Today it is the home of the Cochin Port and the headquarter of the Southern Naval Command. The airport continues to be the naval air station, while the main airport has been moved to Nedumbassery, 30kms north-east of Cochin. Most of the trains now terminate at Ernakulam Junction instead of Cochin Harbour Terminus.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kaloor, The Nehru stadium in Kaloor has a seating capacity of 90,000 in multiple tiers. It is the fourth largest stadium in India and the larget in Kerala. The ground is lit by a set of unique convex pylon floodlights that arch over the ground. The stadium is home to both the Kerala Ranji Cricket team as well as FC Kochi Football team.

About Munnar

Munnar is a town located in Kerala state in the southern Western Ghats in South India. The name is often used to refer to the whole tourist are of Idukki District of which the town forms a part. Munnar panchayat of Devikulam block is the largest in the district with an area of 557km. The name of Munar is believed to be derived from the Tamil words Munu (three) and aaru(rivr), referring to the town’s strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Chandavurai and Kundaly rivers. The area is surrounded by vast jungles and remains wet and cold during most of the year. The Mattupetty Dam is nearby. The people of Munnar share the culture and traditions of Kerala and their Tamil neighbors. The entire area of Munnar nearly about 556.44 square kilometer of land really belonged and still belongs to the royal family of Poonjar and was given on lease for 99 years by the poonjar king Kerala Varma in 1887. During the British rule of India, Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants. At that time, most of the people around the area were employed as laborers for plantations throughout the area. In the early stages of development, only Tamilians and a small number of Malayalis inhabited Munnar. From the late 1890s till 1921, tea was transported down from Top Stations by 24 inch railway and ropeway to Munnar for transshipment throughout the World. Most of the top positions in the estates were occupied by the British “Managers”. A few bungalows were built for them and these are still in use. Munnar was a Hill Station for some British who sought a cooler climate.

Athirappilly Waterfal

Athirappilly Waterfall is located 78kms from Kochi (Cochin), located at the entrance to Sholayar ranges, this waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappilly y Fall is about 80 feet high and located in the forest area. Combined with the greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirappilly Fall join the Chalakkudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet. A tranquil and much needed escape from the troubles and stress of life. Let the soothing sou  nds take you to some of natures most relaxing places – the beautiful waterfalls of Athirappilly and Vazhachal (Prounced as Vaazhachaal). The charm of the Athirappilly and Vazhachal nature cannot be described by words, starting calmly from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the ‘Picturesque’ – not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural. Perched high above in the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala’s famed rain forests, the wterflls provide a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. Wild and beautiful un-spoilt by the passing of time. Both this waterfalls are a part of the Chalakudy river and 5km apart on the road to hill station (valparai) which has excellent tea estate and is one of India’s highest elephant density habitats and is a crucial corridor between Parambikulam and Malayattur. Perched high above in the Sholayar forest ranges on the fringes of Kerala’  s famed rain forests, the Athirappilly waterfalls provides a restful escape for those wanting to leave the hurried pace of city life behind. The water plunges and joins to the chalakudi river stream. The scenic attraction of Vazhachal, the other picnic spot is just a drive from Athirappilly. These scintillating waterfalls in thick green forest are a part of the Chalakudy river stream. The riparian forests of the Chalakudy River have revealed the existence of a thick riparian vegetation of more than 10meters width for  distance of 10.5km downstream from Peringalkuth covering an area of 58.5 hectares. Moreover, the chalakugy River is known for its diversity, as it contains 58 species of fresh water fishes out of the 152 species known from Kerala. Among these, 35 are endemic species of the Western Ghats and nine are considered to be endangered.

Kuthumkal Waterfalls: The Waterfall is an important tourist attraction at Munnar. The foggy waterfall provides a picturesque view of the water cascading down from scintillating heights. The utter beauty of the place attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Observatory Hills: The Observatory hill is located at Nedumkandam. It is called observatory hill because it is an ideal location for observing heavenly bodies and a perfect location for people who are interested in watching the heavenly bodies due to a highly clear sky.

Pothamedu: Pothamedu is located about 6km from Munnar and offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery at Pothamedu are ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks.

Devikulam: Devikulam is located about 7km from Munnar and is a tranquil hill station with its velvet lawns, interesting flora and fauna and its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings, is a nice picnic spot. The Sita Devi Lake is also perfect for trout fishing.

Attukal: Attuklal is located about 9km from Munnar, between Munnar and Pallivasal. Attukal provides a panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills. Attukal is also ideal for long treks.

Nyayamakad: Nyayamakad, about 10km from Munnar, is located between Munnar and Rajamala. Nyayamakad is a land of spectacular waterfalls. Here, the waters cascade down a hill from  a height of about 1600 meters. The captivating surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Chithirapuram: Chithirapuram 10km from Munnar is known for sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

About Palani

(Tamil:பழநி) Palani (or Pazhani) is a town and a municipality in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) north-west of Madurai, 100 kilometres (62 mi) South-east of Coimbatore, and 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Dindigul. The Palani Murugan Temple dedicated to Hindu war God Kartikeya is situated on a hill overlooking the town. The temple is visited by more than 7 million pilgrims each year. As of 2011, the town had a population of 70,467.mil. References to the place exist in ancient Tamil devotional texts. According to Hindu mythology, "Sage Narada once visited the celestial court of Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash to present to Him a fruit, the gyana-pazham (literally, the fruit of knowledge), that held in it the elixir of wisdom. Upon Lord Shiva expressing his intention of dividing the fruit between his two sons, Gnashed and Karthikeya, the sage counselled against cutting it. He decided to award it to whomever of his two sons first circled the world thrice. Accepting the challenge, Lord Karthikeya started his journey around the globe on his mount peacock. However, Ganesha, who surmised that the world was no more than his parents Shiva and Shakti combined, circumnambulated them". Pleased with their son's discernment, Lord Shiva awarded the fruit to Lord Ganesha. When Kartikeya returned, he was furious to learn that his efforts had been in vain. He left Kailash and took up his abode in Palani hills in South India. It is believed that Karthikeya felt the need to get matured from boyhood and hence chose to remain as a hermit and discarded all his robes and ornaments. He went into meditation to know about himself. Palani and most of Dindigul district were part of the Kongu Nadu region of the Tamil country. The northern part of the Palani and Oddanchatram taluks is held to have been part of the Anda Nadu sub-region, whereas the rest of the area constituted the Vaiyapuri Nadu. The area was under the influence of the rulers of Madurai and Coimbatore, at various points of time. In the 18th century, Hyder Ali and his son, Tippu Sultan ruled over the place before being annexed the British after the Third Anglo-Mysore War.

Palani Murgan Temple

The Palani Murugan Temple is a major attraction of Palani which can be reached by climbing around 670 steps, on the hilltop. There is also a Haulage Winch or a small rope train along with a rope car for travelling to the top of the hill. The entire town of Palani is visible from the top of the hill, which is accessible from Madurai and Trichy. It is believed that this temple was built by Cheraman Perumal of the Chera Dynasty. The temple was later expanded between the 8th and the 13th centuries by the Cholas and Pandyas, who added new mandapams and gopurams at the site. Some of the sculptures at the temple were added by the Nayaka kings who ruled the region for a brief period.

Palani Hills

The Palani Hills cover an area of about 2,068 sq km in the Western Ghats. The hills have some of the rarest species of birds, plants, amphibians and butterflies. Coffee is cultivated on the lower slopes of the hills. Two streams, the Amaravathi and the Vaigai, flow from these hills.

Dhandayuthapani Temple

The Dhandayuthapani Temple is one of the sacred shrines of Lord Murugan, worshipped in the form of Kaumaram. It is Lord Murugan's Arupadai Veedu, the six battle  camps, located on the Sivagiri Hill. The architectural style of the temple has been influenced by the Pandyas and has a gold gopuram on the main garbhagriha. The temple is situated close to the Tiru Avinankudi Temple near Sivagiri, also dedicated to Lord Murugan. The Pada Vinayagar Temple is also situated nearby.