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Temples and Backwaters of South India


Temples and Backwaters of South India

A spiritual journey through South India: Tamil Nadu and Kerala
13 nights / 14 days

Explore the city of Chennai, drive to Tiruvannamalai the ashram of the enlightened Saint Sri Ramana Maharishi and the famous Arunachal Temple. Then explore Pondicherry, a former French Colony and home to the Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville. Drive through the villages of rural India to arrive at Swamimalai, a quaint pilgrim town. Visit the magnificent Brihadishwara temple at Tanjore, continue to Madurai to explore the colorful bazaars and enjoy the Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the Goddess. From here we drive through tea plantations and spice gardens and spend the night at Thekaddy in the Western Ghats. Next, experience the tranquility of the backwaters at Kumarakom, a beautiful resort set amidst coconut groves. Continue the tour to Cochin for sightseeing and shopping before we finish the tour.

You will have to arrive into Chennai and depart out of Cochin (Kochi).

Arrival Chennai (9th night or 10th early morning) and be transferred to the Hotel.

Overnight:Hotel Trident or similar, Chennai

Local sightseeing / shopping or rest at the hotel.

Overnight:Hotel Trident or similar, Chennai

After breakfast drive to Tiruvannamalai (3 ½ to 4 hours). Check into hotel. Afternoon visit Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram for meditation and evening chanting.

Overnight:Hotel Sparsa or similar, Tiruvannamalai

After breakfast climb the Arunachala Hill to visit the Virupaksha cave and meditate in Sri Ramana’s hermitage. Afternoon visit to Sri Arunachala Temple.

Overnight:Hotel Sparsa or similar, Tiruvannamalai

Early morning optional walk around the holy Arunachala Hill. Participate in a private homam organized specially for the group. After lunch check out and drive to Pondicherry (2 hours).

Overnight:Hotel Promenade or similar, Pondicherry

Visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram and shop at the local markets and boutiques. Afternoon visit Auroville and Matrimandir.

Overnight:Hotel Promenade or similar, Pondicherry

Drive to Swamimalai (3 hours). Lunch and visit the bronze factory. Continue drive to Tanjore (1 hour).

Overnight:Hotel Tanjore Hi or similar, Tanjore

Later visit to the Museum. After lunch drive to Madurai (3 ½ hours). Dinner and rest.

Overnight:Hotel Taj Garden Retreat or similar, Madurai

Morning visit the beautifully decorated and multicolored Sri Meenakshi temple and shopping. After lunch drive to Thekkady (3 to 4 hours).

Overnight:Spice Village Resort or similar, Thekkady

Rest and relax at the resort or enjoy optional massages, walks through the jungle or spice plantations.

Overnight:Spice Village Resort or similar, Thekkady

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom (3 to 4 hours).Here we can enjoy optional ayurvedic massages, backwater cruises, visits to local temples and rural communities or just relax in the tranquil surroundings.

Overnight:Kumarakom Lake Resort or similar, Kumarakom

Enjoy optional ayurvedic massages, backwater cruises, visits to local temples and rural communities or just relax in the tranquil surroundings.

Overnight:Kumarakom Lake Resort or similar, Kumarakom

Drive to Cochin (2 hours). Visit Jewish Synagogue, Jew Town and Chinese Fishing nets at Fort Cochin.

Overnight:Hotel Taj Malabar or similar, Cochin

The morning is at leisure for shopping/sightseeing. Afternoon depart to the airport to take the flight to Chennai/Mumbai or any extension programs.

TOUR ENDS
PRICE:

SINGLE = USD 6600 per person

DOUBLE = USD 5600 per person - Applicable only for passengers traveling with partners. Athma Tours will not guarantee a co-passenger for sharing the room.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in good quality western standard hotels / resorts
  • All taxes and meals
  • All ground transport and guide services
  • Entry tickets to monuments

Exclusions

  • Flight from Cochin to Mumbai or Chennai
  • Items of personal expense
  • International flights

Notes

Tariff is subject to change without prior notice, due to the following factors
  • Any fluctuation in rate of exchange
  • Any revision in fuel and hotel tariff
  • Change in group size
  • TARIFF VALID FOR MINIMUM OF 10 PERSONS TRAVELING TOGETHER.
  • THE SAME ITINERARY CAN BE WORKED OUT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND SMALLER GROUPS AT DIFFERENT PRICES.
  • A NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $300 IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON THE TOUR.
  • A 50% PAYMENT IS REQUIRED BY 1ST Sep 2019. FULL PAYMENT IS DUE BY 1ST Dec 2019.
  • CANCELLATIONS:
  • ANY CANCELLATIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO US $300 PROCESSING FEE.
  • CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THE PROGRAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 25% CANCELLATION FEE.
  • CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 45 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF A PROGRAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 50% CANCELLATION FEE.
  • NO REFUNDS CAN BE GIVEN FOR CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF A PROGRAM.

Mumbai / Aurangabad / Goa – Feb 2020

7 nights / 8 days

Arrive in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. From here fly to Aurangabad to visit the world famous Ajanta & Ellora caves. Proceed to the Portuguese influenced city of Goa. After spending few days here, fly to Chennai to join the South India tour.

Detailed itinerary

Arrive Mumbai & check into the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Mumbai.

Take the morning flight to Aurangabad. Arrive & proceed for sightseeing of Ellora Caves.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Aurangabad.

After breakfast proceed to Ajanta Caves. Evening fly to Mumbai.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Mumbai.

After breakfast, proceed for local sightseeing and shopping in Mumbai.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Mumbai.

Depart to Goa by flight. Arrive & check into the hotel.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Goa.

After breakfast, proceed for South Goa local sightseeing.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Goa.

After breakfast, proceed for North Goa local sightseeing.

Overnight Stay @ Hotel in Goa.

After breakfast, check out from the hotel & proceed for North Goa local sightseeing. Later on depart to airport to board the flight to Chennai.

--- TOUR ENDS ---
PRICE:

GROUP OF 2 PEOPLE: USD 3100 per person on double occupancy USD 3700 per person on single occupancy

GROUP OF 3 PEOPLE OR MORE: USD 2600 per person on double occupancy USD 3200 per person on single occupancy

• Individual travellers please contact us for price

• Applicable only for passengers traveling with partners. Athma Tours will not guarantee a co-passenger for sharing the room.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in good quality western standard hotels / resorts
  • All taxes and breakfast
  • All ground transport and guide services
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • Entry tickets to monuments

Exclusions

  • Roger Gabriel will not accompany the extension tour
  • Items of personal expense
  • Lunch and dinner
  • International flights

Notes

Tariff is subject to change without prior notice, due to the following factors
  • Change in domestic flight schedule
  • Any fluctuation in rate of exchange
  • Any revision in fuel and hotel tariff
  • Change in group size
  • A 50% PAYMENT IS REQUIRED BY 1ST Nov 2019. FULL PAYMENT IS DUE BY 1ST Dec 2019. CANCELLATIONS:
  • CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THE PROGRAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 25% CANCELLATION FEE.
  • CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 45 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF A PROGRAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO A 50% CANCELLATION FEE.
  • NO REFUNDS CAN BE GIVEN FOR CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED LESS THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF A PROGRAM.