Lakshadweep is a jewel of the Arabian Sea; a spectacular coral island system located 400 kms of the Malabar Coast. What you can do on the islands is only limited by imagination. It is like a window to another world.
Chennai – Mamallapuram
( 55 KM , 1 Hour )
Arrive at Chennai airport.
Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Earlier known as Madras, it is one of the metropolitan cities of South India. The place is known for its deep rooted traditions and culture. Chennai is a 375 year old city and is known for its enduring spirit.
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the city for a short sight-seeing tour.
Founded by the British East India Company in 1644, Fort St George was the apparatus of the trade. Appropriately, it is now the center of the legislative assembly of the state of Tamil Nadu. The Fort Museum, located in the oldest surviving building of the fortress is must a visit and has an impressive collection of exhibits spread over ten galleries.
Anna Samadhi and Museum is a memorial built on Marina Beach. The structure was built to commemorate the death of former Chief Minister of the Indian state Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai. He was cremated here. The entrance arch greets you with tusk shape giving way to a highly polished marble tile structure, broad pathways and building of ornamental octagonal mantapams. It also houses a museum on Annadurai.
Then drive to Mamallapuram.
Mahaballipuram or Mamallapuram is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and it is about 55 kms from Chennai. You will discover many cave temples and sculpture bits. Monolithic structures carved out of one enormous rock are also a common sight here. In fact, this region is often referred to as open museum. It is not only architecture that draws tourist here, also beautiful white beaches and shopping that allures many tourists.
Arrive and check in at hotel.
Mamallapuram – Kanchipuram – Chennai
( 145 KM , 3 Hours )
In the morning visit Shore Temple. The temple is the Tamil Nadu’s first structural temple that is located on the sea shore. The sands keep revealing past secrets of the temple. Perched on a rock, the shore temple is designed to attract the rays of the rising sun. The main shrine of the temple faces the sea on the east and as unique as Palavas can get, the shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the protector and Lord Shiva, the destroyer. It is a monolithic rock cut structure that has been beautifully built.
Later depart for Kanchipuram.
Situated just 70 kms from Chennai, Kanchipuram is also known as a Temple city. Kanchipuram is one of the oldest cities in South India, and was a center of learning for both Tamil and Sanskrit. Kanchipuram came into light during the reign of the Pallavas. The city is even known for its hand woven saris all over the world.
Continue drive to Chennai city. Arrive and check in at hotel for overnight stay at hotel.
Chennai – Madurai
( By air – 1 Hour)
Morning transfer to Chennai to board a flight to Madurai.
Arrive at Madurai airport and transfer to hotel.
Madurai is one of the important and liveliest cities of the Indian state Tamil Nadu. This city has a great historical and cultural importance. Madurai is also popularly known as Athens of the East. Madurai is mainly dominated by its famous medieval temple.
In the afternoon we shall leave for sightseeing tour of Madurai.
We shall visit Meenakshi Temple which is 50 meters high and sprawling for 45 acres, it is a brilliant example of South Indian temple. The temple was built in the 7th century. The interiors of Meenakshi temple are painted with vibrant colors and the temple is devoted to Goddess Meenakshi. There are 14000 pillars in the temple complex and each is beautifully carved. The visit to Meenakshi temple is a sight to behold.
Built in 1636, Tirumalai Naik Palace is situated near the famous Meenakshi Temple. An arcaded octagonal structure, dome about 18m in diameter and 21m in height without any supporting girders illustrate the engineering marvel of its builders. The structure was built in Indo Saracenic style architecture. The interiors of the complex cannot be compared to any of the contemporary. They are richly decorated and house the royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armory, palanquin place, royal bandstand; pond and garden were situated in these two portions. The main attraction of the palace is the courtyard and dancing hall.
Madurai – Periyar
( 140 KM, 3 Hours )
In the morning leave for Periyar. Arrive and check in at hotel.
Situated in Pathanamthitta in Kerala, Periyar National Park is a protected area and is a famous for its elephant and tiger reserve. The park was declared as the National Park in 1982. Sprawling over an area of 777 square kilometers is one of the few national parks that offer a complete wildlife experience to wildlife enthusiast and tourist.
In the afternoon enjoy a boat cruise which is the best way to experience the wilds of Periyar national park. Boat cruise offers a beautiful jungle ambience and get thrilled with its wildlife views.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Periyar – Kumarakom
( 190 KM, 4 Hours )
In the morning leave for Kumarakom. Arrive and check in at resort.
Kumarakom lies parallel to the Arabian Sea. It is the chain of brackish lagoons and lakes which are interconnected by canals which are both man-made and natural. With a unique ecosystem this is a spectacular sight to explore as the freshwater from rivers meets the seawater of Arabian Sea where you see various aquatic species.
The afternoon is free to relax on the lakeside or if interested you can visit the bird sanctuary in Kumarakom and the local villages.
You may also experience an Ayurveda massage.
Overnight stay at resort.
Kumarakom – Alleppey
After breakfast board the houseboat.
Enjoy a memorable day on the enchanting backwaters in houseboat to explore its breathtaking beautiful surroundings and the fascinating Kerala countryside.
Travelling on a houseboat through palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of lush paddy fields and the unique tiny hamlets lined up along with all the edges of waterways are the sights one can never forget.
All meals will be served on board and overnight in houseboat.
Alleppey – Kochi
(65 Kms, 1 ½ Hours )
Disembark the houseboat and drive to Kochi. Arrive and check in at hotel.
Cochin, earlier known as Kochi is the largest city in Kerala, a state on the west coast of India. Most of the places to visit in Kochi are in the vicinity to Fort Kochi. Kochi is a tropical retreat for the travelers. Kochi was and is even today spice trade center of the country. The first European colony in India was first set up in Kochi.
In the afternoon we shall leave for the sightseeing tour of the city.
We shall visit Dutch palace museums, the palace is also known as Mattancherry Palace. The Portuguese palace features murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the kings of Kochi. Built in 1557 by Portuguese is a two storey structure built in traditional Kerala style architecture. There are four separate wings with central opening courtyard. The central courtyard houses the temple of the royal deity Pazhayannur Bhagavathi. The elegant palace is highly decorated with wood carved floral designs.
The Jewish Synagogue floor is made of beautiful painted blue and white Chinese tiles. No two tiles resemble each other. Built in 1568 by the prosperous Jewish trading community, its interiors are decorated with Belgian chandeliers and grand lighting. It is the oldest existing synagogue in the Commonwealth countries.
St. Francis Church was originally built in 1503 and is the oldest European church in India. The Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama died in Kochi 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. His body was originally buried in this church, but after fourteen years his remains were taken to Lisbon.
Situated near Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing net is the important landmark of the city of Kochi. These are the fixed land installments for fishing. Soaring 10 meters high each structure features a cantilever with an outstretched net suspended over the sea. It is a sight to behold.
In the evening, enjoy the classical dance form of South India, Kathakali.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Kochi – Lakshadweep
( By Flight – 1 ½ Hours + Boat / Helecopter )
Transfer to Kochi airport to board a flight to Agatti.
Arrive at Agatti airport and transfer to Kadmat Island Resort by boat. (the boats do not operate from June to September). Kadmat is 6 nautical miles away from Agatti and it takes about two hours by speed boat. Approximately 8 km in length and only 550m wide at it’s broadest point, Kadmat is one of the most beautiful islands. It features stunning shallow lagoon on the west which is perfect for water sports, and a narrow lagoon on the east.
Overnight stay at Kadmat Island Resort.
The day is at leisure to relax on the beach or you can explore the various activities
Apart from diving, you can try your hand at host of activities ranging from interesting to exhilarating
Night fishing on the deep sea which can be a lifetime experience.
Overnight stay at resort
The day is at leisure to relax on the beach or explore various independent activities in and around the island.
You can also go kayaking, wind boarding, surfing and more.
Overnight stay at resort
Full day free to relax on beach.
Overnight stay at resort
Lakshadweep – Kochi
( By Boat / Helecopter + By Flight – 1 ½ Hours)
Transfer by boat to Agatti airport to board a flight to Kochi. Arrive and check in at hotel.
The evening is free for last minute shopping and other activities.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kochi.
Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination.