Weihnachten 2010 zu zweit in Südindien mit Ayurveda

Kovalam - StrandSonderreise vom 22. Dezember 2010  bis 8. Januar 2011 
 

Südindien von Chennai nach Trivandrum fahren mit 3 Tagen Relaxen und Ayurveda inklusive

Preis für die Tour:  1221 € pro Person im Doppelzimmer
bei einer Gruppengröße von 2 Personen

Geschätzter Flugpreis:  ab 720€ (mit Etihad)

Duration – 16 nights / 17 days 
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Destinations:  – Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai, Thekkady, Munnar, Cochin, Alleppey, Kovalam and ChennaiMadurai

Tour Highlights:

Fort St. George near the harbor area of Chennai. 
Temple town Kanchipuram is one of the India’s seven sacred cities. 
Mahabalipuram: the Arjuna’s Penance skillfully carved rock is the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world.
Pondicherry retained as French colony until 1954.
Tanjore: the capital of great chola empire, more than 70 temples between 10th and 14th century.
Trichy: This town Trichy is so ancient that it was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC by Alexandrian geographer. 
Madurai: the Minakshi Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of the 16th and 17th century.
v  In the evening enjoy a boat ride on the Periyar Lake and observe the activities of elephants, tiger, bison, wild oxen, wild boar and spotted deer.  
Munnar – Sprawling tea plantations, the National Park, picture-book towns and winding lanes make this a popular resort.
v  St. Francis Church, where Vasco Da Gama was first buried Chinese fishing nets. 
A traditional houseboat of Kerala style.
v  World famous leisure beach of Kovalam.

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nur in Englisch verfügbar sind. Wir arbeiten an den Übersetzungen ins Deutsche.

DAY 01:23RD DECEMBER’ 10: ARRIVAL AT CHENNAI                                                             _Erster Tag

On your arrival at Chennai, international airport, welcome by our representative & you will be transferred to Hotel for 01 night. After noon set out for a half day guided sightseeing tour of the Fort St. George near the harbor area of Chennai. The British built this fort in the 17th century. You will also visit the St. Mary’s Church- This church was the first English church in India.                                                                                                     

Chennai is the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is located on the southeastern coast of India. The city was formerly known as Madras and was established by the British. They developed it into a significant urban center and naval base. Around 20th century, Chennai became an important administrative headquarter and the capital of Madras Presidency. The growth and expansion of British Empire led to development of the city. It has been endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture.

Over night stay in Chennai. 

DAY 02:24TH DEC’ 10: CHENNAI / MAHABALIPURAM VIA KANCHIPURAM {75+70 KM / 03 HRS}Chennai

In the morning after breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visiting Kanchipuram {75 km from Chennai}; this temple town was once the capital of the Pallava dynasty. Kanchipuram is one of the India’s Seven sacred cities. The silk sarees produced here are famous throughout the world. In the afternoon visit the Vaikuntam Perumal Temple. This temple is one of the important Vishnu temples which was built by Pallava King Nandivarman Pallavamalla in the 7th century A.D. The presiding deity Lord Vishnu is depicted in sitting, standing and reclining postures. After visiting this temple we visit the Kailasanathar Temple. This Pallava temple was constructed in the 8th century and has an attractive panel depicting Shiva and Parvathi in the midst of one of their innumerable dance competitions. The architecture of this temple resembles the Shore Temple at Mamallapuram. After visiting the temple drive to Mahabalipuram covering a distance of 70 km / 1.3 hrs, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 02 nights.

Over night stay in Mahabalipuram.

DAY 03:25TH DEC’ 10: MAHABALIPURAM_________________________________________

MahabalipuramMamallapuram {Mahabalipuram} situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was once a port of the Pallavas. The Pallavas have created many marvellous monuments, caves, monolithic Rathas and Temples. Today visit the Arjuna’s Penance . This skillfully carved rock is the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world. This sculpture derived its name from Arjuna, the hero of Mahabharata, who performed a penance to obtain a boon from Lord Siva. After visiting the Arjuna’s Penance we visit the Five Rathas, also known as the Pancha Pandava Rathas. There are five monolithic temples, each created in different style. Four of the Rathas are supposed to have scooped out of a single rock formation. In the evening we visit the Shore Temple. This temple is one of the oldest temples in South India. It belongs to the 8th Century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style.

Over night stay in Mahabalipuram.

DAY 04:26TH DEC’ 10: MAHABALIPURAM/ PONDICHERRY {130 KM / 03 HRS}          ________ Chidambaram

After breakfast we proceed to Pondicherry, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 01 night. Pondicherry was retained as French colony until 1954. Pondicherry has even today the French atmosphere amidst the surrounding Tamil country.

After noon half day guided trail will take you into the heart of the city and help you understand the various regions in the town such as the Tamil, French and Muslim areas with their distinct architectural influences. The old Pondicherry town has a unique charm, which captivates the hearts of visitors. To experience the spirit of Pondicherry it is essential to walk through the old town and closely observe the nature of its architectural traditions. Later visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is a world famous Yoga and philosophy center. Evening enjoy a stroll at the Beach.

Over night stay in Pondicherry.

 

DAY 05:27TH DEC’ 10: PONDICHERRY / THANJAVUR {177 KM / 03 HRS}          _       _______ Pondicherry

Morning set out to drive through the tropical mountains to Chidambaram. Chidambaram lies on the north edge of the coleroon river. In Chidambaram, visit the Natraja Temple which is dedicated to the dancing Lord Shiva, a famous Hindu deity of the Chola Kings. On the way to Tanjore we have a stop over in Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam is famous for its 18 temples in the town centre. The city Tanjore (Thanjavur) is our last destination today. Tanjore was the capital of great chola empire who built more than 70 temples between 10th and 14th century. Later visit one of the world heritage monuments, Brihasdisvara Temple (11th century), which is also known as big temple.

Over night stay in Thanjavur.

 

DAY 06:28TH DEC’ 10: THANJAVUR / TRICHY VIA SRIRANGAM {60 KM / 02 HRS}    _____Srinangam___

Morning drive to Srirangam to visit the Ranganathasvami Temple which is one of the largest temples in India dedicated to god Vishnu. Then proceed to Trichy, the land near the delta is very fertile and productive. This town Trichy is so ancient that it was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC by Alexandrian geographer. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel for 01 night. Later climb the stairs to the famous Rock Fort which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. You will also visit a Shiva and Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings from the top.

Over night stay in Trichy.

 

DAY 07:29TH DEC’ 10: TRICHY / MADURAI {128 KM / 03 HRS}                                ________

MaduraiMorning, after breakfast you will leave for Madurai, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 02 nights.

Madurai situated on the bank of river Vaigai is also ref  erred to as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Minakshi Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of the 16th and 17th century. We spend enough time in Minakshi Temple and afterwards have a walk through the bazaars of this 2500 years old town.

Over night stay in Madurai.

 

DAY 08:30TH DEC’ 10: MADURAI                                                                             ________

Morning set out for a sightseeing tour of Tirumalai Nayaka Palace. This palace was built in the 1636 and represents the Indo-Mughal style and Gandhi Museum. In Gandhi Museum we get the information about the life of Gandhi and freedom movement during the presence of British in India.

Over night stay in Madurai.

DAY 09:31ST DEC’ 10: MADURAI / THEKKADY {160 KM / 04 HRS}                        ________

Thekkady - ElefantenAfter breakfast departure from hotel at 08:30 clock and drive to Periyar (also known as Thekkady). The name comes from the Periyar dam, here by the British in 1895
was created. The Wildlife Reserve is an ideal place for wild animals like elephants,
Detect bison, deer and many species of exotic birds. The landscape here is very tropical
and you will meet on tea and coffee plantations and spice gardens. After
Check-in at the hotel. We will take place at 14:00 on a guided elephant safari, which will give a unique experience, seated a top an elephant along rides in to the spice plantation to get the good views of valleys and mountains of a plantation near place, where different types of spices and other aromatic plants are planted. An hour programmed of safari including elephant bath, feeding and Photo session, Commands and communication. At Opportunity you are invited to visit a tea factory nearby.

Over night stay in Thekkady.

DAY 10:01ST JAN’ 11: THEKKADY / MUNNAR {112 KM / 03.30 HRS}                       ________

Munnar - TeeplantageMorning at 6:30 a.m. set out to enjoy a very popular boat ride on the Periyar Lake and observe the activities of elephants, tiger, bison, wild oxen, wild boar, spotted deer and the local golden langur monkeys live only in this part of India.  Return to the hotel at 10.00 clocks. After brief refreshment, check out and drive to Munnar {Kashmir of Kerala} covering a distance of 112 km, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 02 nights.

Later you will set out for an excursion tour of Top Station, (41 km, 2200 meters) which has some of the highest tea plantations in India. At the edge of the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, you can look over across at the hills ebbing into plains in the other state. Excellent breathtaking views of rolling hills awash with greenery, and crisp air will make a feel of heaven for heartbeat. Then visit Eravikulam Park (16 km) where you can find the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (ibex). Docile and friendly, it is hard to imagine that this is a rare animal when you see the numbers in this area.

Munnar – is a beautiful hill resort situated in the cradle of tea plantations. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, along the western Ghats on the eastern border of Kerala and was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns and winding lanes make this a popular resort.

Over night stay in Munnar

DAY 11:02ND JAN’ 10: MUNNAR                                                                              ________

Morning after breakfast you will explore the National Park and Tea Museum in Munnar. Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges. With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, then visit to the Old Christ Church.The old Christ Church in the town centre is small, cosy and charming with wonderful stained glass panels. It was consecrated in 1910 and the original wooden pews are now a rich grainy brown. In 1981 the medium of instruction changed from English to the vernacular. Evening visit the lake. At a height of 1700 meters, Mattupetty Lake (13 km) and dam is surrounded by tall hills and forest. You can hire a boat, and walk down to the nearby dairy and cattle farms.

Over night stay in Munnar.

DAY 12:03RD JAN’ 11: MUNNAR / COCHIN {120 KM / 03.00 HRS}                            ________

CochinMorning at 0800 hrs drive to Cochin, enjoying the scenic beauty, waterfalls and high mountains, upon arrival check in at Hotel for 01 night. Cochin is the most interesting town in South India at Malabar Coast and is also known as Venice of South.

Today you will enjoy a guided City tour of Cochin – the „Dutch Palace in Mattancherry known for its intricate wall paintings. The Jewish synagogue is located in the heart „of the City of ‘’Jews „. In addition, there is the church of St. Francis, the oldest European church in
India. We continue to the Basilica built by the Portuguese in 1557 and Santa Cruz
traditional spice market, which is found in the narrow streets of the city.

Later you will have a sightseeing tour of The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi; they are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes. If you like to eat fish, then you can buy very fresh fish and these can be prepared in one of the nearby restaurants.

Evening by 1700 hrs enjoy a show of the Kath kali dance and enjoy the history of this city, this dance is characterized by grotesque gestures, amazing costumes and very elaborate makeup. Stories of the Gods are mostly from the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics and total entertainment.  At the show there are 2 drummers and one or more than two dancers who are dressed beautifully and dance with grace. These dancers depict the stories of the mythological themes and their job is visual dance, moves and making gestures with their hands and faces.

Over night stay in Cochin

DAY 13:04TH JAN’ 11: COCHIN / ALLEPPEY {56 KM / 01 ½ HR}                             ________

Houseboat - CochinMorning drive to Alleppey, the coastal town on the Arabian Sea is known as the Venice of the East and famous for the numerous backwater canals that meander through the town. This town holds a thrilling event of snake boat race every year during August. It is also known for its cashew nuts.

Upon arrival check in at {cruise} a traditional houseboat of Kerala style and enjoy the cruise through the backwaters. The backwater in Alleppey houses a variety of fauna, flora and marine life. On the way you will see various local activities of the people living along the backwaters and also visit some of the tourist places on the way. The Backwater cruise for Alleppey round trip is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Over night stay in houseboat. 

DAY 14:05TH JAN’ 11: ALLEPPEY / KOVALAM {175 KM / 03.00 HRS}                      ________

Morning disembarks from Cruise {House Boat} and drive to Kovalam, upon arrival checks in at Hotel for 03 nights.

Kovalam - StrandThirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll a picture perfect tropical beach, a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. Today Kovalam beach is known as the „Paradise of the South„. Kovalam“ means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southern most beaches, and the most popular, are light house beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laidback one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.

Day is free on own to relax and enjoy the Hotel and Beach of Kovalam or treat yourself to a ayurvedic massage at the hotel, sunbathing, or a delicious meal in one of the fish restaurants on the beach to enjoy. 

Over night stay in Kovalam.

DAY 15:06TH JAN’ 11: KOVALAM                                                                              }______

Day is free on own to relax and enjoy the Hotel and Beach of Kovalam or treat yourself to a ayurvedic massage at the hotel, sunbathing, or a delicious meal in one of the fish restaurants on the beach to enjoy.

Over night stay in Kovalam.

DAY 16:07TH FEB’ 11: KOVALAM                                                                                ______

Day is free on own to relax and enjoy the Hotel and Beach of Kovalam or treat yourself to a ayurvedic massage at the hotel, sunbathing, or a delicious meal in one of the fish restaurants on the beach to enjoy.

Over night stay in Kovalam.

DAY 17:08TH JAN’ 11: KOVALAM / TRIVANDRUM {20 KM / ½ HR}                              ______

Today you will be transferred to Trivandrum Airport to board in flight to your onward Journey. 

***End of the Tour***

 

Destinations – Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, Madurai, Thekkady, Munnar, Cochin, Alleppey, Kovalam and Chennai

City Hotel No. of Nights Category of Rooms
Chennai Raj Park or similar or similarwww.rajpark.com 01 4 Star
Mahabalipuram Mamalla Beach Resort  or similarwww.mamallaresort.com 02 3 StarSea side Resort
Pondicherry Le Pondi – The Beach & Lake Resortor similar{Website Under construction} 01 4 StarSea side resort
Thanjavur Ideal River View Resort or similarwww.idealresort.com 01 4 StarRiver side Resort
Trichy Breeze Residency or similarwww.breezehotel.com 01 3 Star
Madurai GRT Regency or similarwww.grthotels.com 02 3 Star
Thekkady Periyar Meadows or similarwww.periyarmeadows.com 01 3 Star
Munnar The Siena Village or similarwww.thesienavillage.com 02 4 Star 
Cochin Cherai Beach Resort Cochin or similarwww.cheraibeachresorts.com 01 3 StarSea side Resort
Alleppey Muthoot Backwater Cruise or similar www.muthootgroup.com  01 A/c Premium House Boat
Kovalam Thapovan or similarwww.thapovan.com 03 3 Star Heritage Resort Sea side

Inclusions:

  • Room on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily breakfast except House Boat, where all meals are included. 
  • Aryuda treatment for 03 days in Kovalam with all ayurveda meals. 
  • German or English speaking guide as per Itinerary. 
  • Entrance fees as per Itinerary. 
  • Kathakali dance show at Cochin. 
  • Elephant safari in Thekkady. 
  • Boat ride at Periyar Lake.
  • A/c Indigo Car for all transfer & sightseeing as Itinerary.
  • All taxes.

  Cost does not include:

  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any air fare.
  • Anything not included in the itinerary.

 Remarks: Confirmation of room subject to space availability at the time of booking only.