Navagraha Temple Tour

Kumbakonam is a sacred spot known for its 4 large great temples dedicated to,

  1. Sarangapani
  2. Kumbeswarar
  3. Brahma and
  4. Nageswarar.

Around Kumbakonam are all the Navagraha Temples (Planetary Temples) namely:

Alangudi : Guru Temple/ Jupiter
Thingalur : Chandiran Temple / Moon
Thirunageswaram : Raagu Temple / Raagu
Suryanar Koil : Suriyan Temple / Sun
Kanchanur : Sukhiran Temple / Venus
Vaitheeswaran Koil : Shevvai Temple / Mars
Thiruvengadu : Budan Temple / Mercury
Keezha Perumpalam : Kedhu / Kedhu
Thirunallar : Saneeswaran Temple / Saturn

What does planetary transit mean?

Planetary transit brings about changes in certain people’s well-being and fortunes for better or worse. The worshipping the planets, we get immense benefits. The deficiency is rectified and this gives us great relief. This is known as propitiation (Dosha Pariharam)

Navagraha temples

Navagrahas are believed to be manipulated by Mother Parameswari. The roles played by planets in the life of an individual is very significant. Our fate is influenced immensely by the movement of planets. It is said that the planet position at birth time depends on man’s previous life Karmas.

Though being spared from such Karma is impossible, the agonies and mishaps can be minimized drastically by appeasing Navagrahas. The ways to do so have been traced by our ancestors and we obviously should be obligated to them for this virtuous deed.

Worshipping Navagrahas with total devotion to lord can of great help. Every Navagraha temple has its own unique rituals and following them is important.

Navagraha temples in Kumbakonam are a must visit for having a great spiritual experience. You can depend on us for the best Navagraha temple tour packages.

Let us have a glance on some of the important facts about these temples, in case if you have any plans for Navagraha temples tour.

Sun (Suriyan)

It has been recorded in Markandeya Purana that sun owes its birth to the sound ‘OM’ that got initiated along with the origin of this universe. Suriyan is said to be Lord Shiva’s right eye. This auspicious Graha rotate around this world on a chariot that is driven by seven horses guided by Arjunan. Wearing a silk wardrobe with golden shade, Sun has two lotuses on his shoulders and there are eight hands for him. .Also considered as lord of seasons, he has many other names including Prabhakaran, Aadavan, Pakalavan, Kathiravan and Bhaskaran. The shrine for Suriyan is Suriyanar Temple Thirumangalakudi.

Moon (Chandran)

After Suriyan(Sun), Chandran is considered to be the most propitious among Navagraha temples. The sacred texts reveal that the birth of Chandran traces back to the time when Devas churned the milk ocean. It narrates that Moon had its manifestation from Lord Vishnu’s heart. Appeasing Chandran makes you famous and give vision to those exposed to blindness. The temple dedicated to chandran is Kayilayanathar Thirukkoil in Thingalur.

Mars (Chevvai)

The Graha Chevvai is said to have born from the sweat from forehead of mother Uma when she was living separate from Lord Shiva. Another mythology considers Chevvai as Sage Bharathwaja’s son and Mother Earth brought up him. Even more different versions are there. He has reddish color, travels on Annam bird and sits in triangular. His chariot is golden and is driven by eight horses. Among his four arms, three hold weapons and one exhibits a pose of harborage. Other names for Chevvai are Bhumiputran, Kuja and Bowman. VaidheeswaranKoil about 6 km South of Sirkazhi, on the way to Mayiladuthurai is the concerned shrine praying chevvai where you can minimize the distresses imposed by Chevvaidhosams.

Mercury (Bhudan)

Considered as the lord of Knowledge, Bhudhan is the son to Thara and Chandran. Bhudhan has greenish shade and he is seated on a base shaped as arrow. He drives a horse. The Graha has a chariot that is drove by four horses. He is fond of White Kanthal flowers. Budha resembles a lot to Lord Vishnu in terms of appearance. Rig Veda’s fifth chapter addresses him in detail. He poses a refuge on the right hand while his other hands hold weapons. He also have many other names like Sowmiyamurthi. Manoharan, Buddhidaha and Thanapradhan. The shrine of bhudhan is at Sweythavanam in Thiruvenkadu praying there you can be spared of Budha Dosha.

Jupiter (Guru)

With its position fifth from the sun, Guru is known to be a Satvic inclining to harmony. The chariot of Guru is towed by a golden horse and he travels on an elephant. There are books in his four hands and other names by which Guru is known are Mantri, Brahaspathi and Vyazhan. Guru can influence human life for 16 years and on pleasing blesses you with marriage, wisdom, high positions, honours, riches, sons and happiness. Thiruvalangadu is the Shrine of Guru located at Alangudi.

Venus (Sukran)

Sage Bhrigu and his wife Pulomisai are the parents of Sukran. Bhrigu was in fact the mind born child of Brahma Deva. Sukran erected a linga to worship in Kashi and prayed there for a long. He in course of time mastered Amritha Sanjeevini Manthram and with this he earned the capability of reviving the dead ones. Asuras honored Sukran and accepted him as their Guru. As the devotion of Sukran pleased Shiva, he made Sukran a Graha. Shining towards the eastern line, it is brighter when compared to Budhan but like moon it also decays during its phases. Sukran has silver like color, rests with pentagonal posture and is fixed on a falcon with a white lotus in his hands. He sits on a crocodile and ten horses drive his chariot. The shine for Sukran is Agniswarar koil in Kanjanur.

Saturn (Saneeswaran)

Saneeswaran is robed in black with narrow chest and a lame leg. In one hand he has a huge lance and other hand is posed as a refuge. He sits on a Lotus seat and uses crow for travelling. He also bears a Karunkuvalai and is pliable to vanniand yell. In Tamil there is saying, No one gifts like Sani and none is there who takes away like Sani. This in fact reflects the extremism of impacts that Saneeswar can make. Other names by which Saneeswar is known are Kari, Goonan, Madavan and Manthan. Sani can influence you even up to 19 years and plays crucial role in determining an individual’s longevity. The related shrines are Dharuparayanam and Tirunallarsaniswaran koil also known as dharbaranyeswarar temple or Saneeswar temple in Thirunallar.


Rahu who deceitfully took elixir of immortality from lord Vishnu was beheaded before the elixir reached the whole body. After this the head part, Rahu got metamorphosed to a snake tail. Though Rahu is a shadow planet, the influence it has on shadow planet is huge. Rahu is situated in Southwest and pleases with Mandharai flower, Arugu leaf and Ulundu grain. Resembling closely to a dark snake with face of a lion and four hands, he rides on a goat. Hischariotis pulled by eight horses. Rahu can influence you for a period of 8 years. Praying in SRI Naganathaswamy temple (Sri Raaghu Sthalam), at Thirunageswaram, the shrine of Rahu, the vices can


Kethu is believed to be a red snake that clutches Suriyan thus paving way for solar eclipse. In course of time, after being separated from Rahu, Kethu became one of the nine among Navagrahas by Lord Shiva’s grace. He became divine with five snake heads that are grown on him. Kethu has the power of deciding whether you achieve moksha or not. It can influence you for a period of 7 years. The shrine of kethu is Naganathaswamy Temple in Keezhaperumpallam. Praying here bestows one with moksha and wisdom. You will be blessed with good children and can even have a chance to visit and live in foreign countries. It is believed that Kethu is a healer for fever, tuberculosis, skin diseases and leprosy
We have served as the best Navagraha temples tour experts and having our expert guides by your side, you can perfectly cover all important navagraha temples.

Sample Navagraha Temple Tour Program

On arrival at Chennai you will be met by our tour executive and then you will proceed to Mahabalipuram, day at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Mahabalipuram

Post breakfast you will have sightseeing of Mahabalipuram covering places, like Shore temple, Five Rathas, Krishna Butter Ball,and Arjuna Penance and then proceed to Kumbakonam and check in at hotel

Today after breakfast you will visit Suryanor Koil (Sun God), Kanchanoor (Sukkiran or Venus) after lunch visit Alangudi (Guru Temple) and Thirunageswaram (Rahu Temple)Overnight at Hotel in Kumbakonam

After breakfast you will have full day visit of Swamimalai temple, Thingaloor (Moon God), and Bradeshwarar temple (Big Temple) at Tanjore after lunch you will visit Kumbakonam temple, Pateeswaram temple Overnight at hotel in Kumbakonam.

Today you will proceed to Vaitheeswaran Koil (Mars), Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Temple), and Keelaperumpallam (Kethu Temple) and after lunch visit Thirunallar (Sani Temple) Overnight at hotel in Kumbakonam

Day 06: KUMBAKONAM / TRICHY / MADURAI – 250Kms / 5 Hrs
Post breakfast you will proceed to Trichy to visit Rock fort temple at Trichy and Sri Ranganathar temple at Sri Rangam and then proceed to Madurai and check in at hotel in Madurai

Full day visit of Madurai sightseeing covering places like Meenakshi Amman temple, Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum Overnight at hotel in Madurai

Day 08: MADURAI / PERIYAR – 150Kms / 3 ½ Hrs
Today after breakfast you will proceed to Periyar and check in at hotel and in the afternoon visit Spice plantation tour and boat ride in Lake Periyar Overnight at hotel in Periyar

Day 09: PERIYAR / KUMARAKOM – 150Kms / 3 ½ Hrs
You will proceed to Kumarakom and check in at Resort, day at leisure for own activities and in the afternoon Kumarakom bird Sanctuary visit Overnight at Resort

Day 10: KUMARAKOM / ALLEPPEY – 50Kms / 1 Hrs
You will proceed to Alleppey and you will be dropped at Alleppey boat jetty to cruise In and around Alleppey, while cruising you will pass through beautiful canals, Lagoons and also you will enjoy keralan Meals prepared by the boat crews Overnight at House boat

Day 11:ALLEPPEY / COCHIN – 65Kms / 1 ½ Hrs
Today after breakfast you will proceed to Cochin and check in at hotel and in the evening Kathakali dance show. Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Full day sightseeing of Cochin covering places like Dutch Palace, Chinese fishing Net, and Jewish temple Overnight at hotel in Cochin

Post breakfast you will be proceed to Airport to connect flight to your onward journey



Based on 10-14+1 paying person                               …EURO 691 per person

Based on 15-19+1 paying person                               …EURO 668 per person

Single room supplement                                            …EURO 379 per single

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis for total of 12 nights at the hotels mentioned below or similar in the chosen category.
  • 01 night houseboat where accommodation will be on full board basis.
  • Assistance on arrival/departure at airport/hotels by our representatives.
  • All transportation using one air conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of locally appointed an English Speaking Guide as per itinerary.
  • 01 Boat ride at Periyar Lake
  • Kathakali Dance Show/Cochin
  • All currently applicable Govt. Taxes.

Rates do not include:

  • Meals other than breakfast.
  • Entrance fees to Monuments.
  • Camera fees at the monuments.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Medical & Travel Insurance.
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, beverages, telephone calls & internet etc.
  • Any other services not listed above.


City HOTELS Nights
Mahabalipuram Hotel Indeco
Kumbakonam Le Garden 04 Nights
Madurai The Residency 02 Nights
Periyar Silver Crest 01 Night
Kumarakom Kumarakom Lagoons 01 Night
Alleppey AC DLX Houseboat 01 Night
Kochi Abad Atrium 02 Nights

Validity: 01 October 2016 to 30 April 2017 except 20 Dec’16 to 10 Jan’17.


Destinations Covered : Cochin – River Nila – Nilambur – Beypore – Wayanad – Neeleswar – Calicut

Pottery Workshop, Art & Musical School visit, Weaver’s workshop, Meenmutty waterfall, Eddakal Caves visit, Tholpetty wild life safari, Beach Stays

About the itinerary
For those tired of the well-known image of swinging palms, crowded backwaters and kettuvallams of South Kerala, North Kerala is the perfect rendezvous, hidden in the heart of Kerala and far from prying eyes. Comprising of the five districts-Kasargod, Kannur, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram, this region is untapped so far, the beaches and the beauty here is far more captivating than South Kerala.

Day 1 – Cochin-River Nila:
Arrival at Cochin, meet our representative outside the terminal and transfer to River Nila (3 hours). In the afternoon visit handicraft and pottery making centers and spend twilight with folk artists, in the courtyard of local household, show casing the folk heritage of River Nila. Late night return to the hotel.

Overnight in Nila.

Day 2 River Nila:
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit to Kerala Kalamandalam.
Day with the masters: An interaction with students and masters of classical dance and music school of Kerala. Back to the hotel for lunch and transfer to a traditional farm stay in the afternoon.

Relaxation and overnight at the farm stay.

Day 3 – River Nila:
Breakfast at the farm stay and proceed for Thoni cruise at Tirur River; explore the life along the placid waters of the river in a country boat. Back to the farm stay for traditional Kerala lunch with the host family. Visit Traveller’s Forest, plant a sapling. Travellers Forest was set up in August 2009 as many villages in Kerala were facing severe challenges of losing their biodiversity. As deforestation in catchment areas is one of the main causes of river depletion, Travellers Forest aims to motivate local communities, as well as travellers, to restore and preserve the valuable ecosystems.

Overnight in Nila

Day 4 – River Nila – Nilambur:
Breakfast at the home stay and proceed to spend time with family of Musicians. The musical trail is a journey to show case the percussion culture of River Nila. A lecture demonstration on various kinds of musical instruments is concluded by an amazing performance by the group. Lunch at one of our interpreter’s house and proceed to Nilambur (one and half hours). Check in at the home stay on arrival. Relax and spend evening with host discussing Kerala’s history, art and culture.

Overnight in Nilambur home stay

Day 5 – Nilambur:
Day and overnight at the home stay. Optional visit to the pottery making centre or teak forest.

Overnight at the home stay

Day 6 – Nilambur – Beypore:
Breakfast at the home stay. Visit an initiative set up to provide jobs for local weavers and preserve the rich traditional knowledge. The NGO gives opportunity to travelers to participate in the weaver’s workshops. The produce they create during these workshops can be taken back by guests as a souvenir.

Overnight in Baypore.

Day 7 – Beypore:
Continue with the activities.

Overnight in Beypore

Day 8 Beypore – Wayanad:
Checkout after breakfast and transfer to Wayanad (2and half hours). Check in at the hill side resort on arrival. Relaxation till evening. Visit Edakkal caves in the afternoon; Etching found on the rock face of the caves is believed to date back to 500 years.

Overnight in Wayanad.

Day 9 – Wayanad:
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to farm tour. Acquaint with almost all kind of spices grown in Kerala during you’re the spice tour that takes you through various farms owned by local communities. Lunch at a local house hold and proceed to visit Meenmutty waterfalls in the afternoon. Waterfall visit include two hours moderate trekking through the rainforest of Western ghats. Explore the three storied waterfalls and return to the hotel in the evening.

Overnight in Wayanad

Day 10 Wayanad:
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the Farm stay at North of Wayanad (1.5 hrs). Drive along the spice plantations and wildlife reserve. Check in at the farm stay on arrival and relaxation till evening. In the evening go for two hours Safari inside the Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary.

Overnight at the farm house in Wayanad

Day 11 Wayand – Neeleswar:
Early morning safari at the Wildlife sanctuary for two hours. Check out after breakfast and transfer to Neeleswar (4 hours). Check in at the beach hotel on arrival.

Relaxation and overnight at the beach hotel.

Day 12 – Neeleswar:
Full day relaxation at the beach hotel. Option visit can be arranged to see the forts(Bekal Fort) and many temples of this region that showcase the rich heritage of this land.

Day 13 – Neeleswar:
Full day relaxation at the beach hotel.

Day 14 – Neeleswar – Calicut / Mangalore
Check out after breakfast and transfer to Mangalore /Calicut airport (2 hours) for flight to onward destination.

How this particular trip makes a difference to the local community / environment :

The day with the musicians help them to promote their art forms, make known to the rest of the world their musical styles and also provides with them a source of income which given the nature of festivals in Kerala is seasonal. These are also lower caste members of the communities who otherwise, wouldn’t get an opportunity to perform in esteemed musical gathering.

Visit to potters and weavers community is an appreciation to the efforts to rehabilitate the local artisians. Our visits expand the knowledge about the program and provide them financial support.

Spice tours were initiated to support small time farmers and spice planters in and around Wayanad areas to find alternative, supplementary source of income. This provides a glimpse of the issues surrounding the struggles of spice farmers in terms of price crash and issues of globalization.

Trekkers and guides are from the local communities and the programs are operated by them. These are people who live on the fringes of the wildlife areas. All parts of our trek routes and campsite follows zero waste management. During and after every trek, we collect and dispose plastic waste that might have been left behind by other tourists and local people.


Kerala is probably the greenest place you will ever see. It is one of the 10 paradises in the world. The coconut palms, the red tiled houses, the innumerable lakes, winding backwater canals and beaches will remain long lasting impressions to any visitor. The colourful festivals, various types of dances, martial arts and wildlife sanctuaries are the other attractions. Ayurveda the 5000-year-old system of medicine is becoming very popular with tourists visiting Kerala.
This “God’s own country” is a narrow strip of land located on the south-western edge of the Indian sub continent. It is sandwiched between the Western Ghats mountain chain range on the East and the Arabian Sea on the west.
Legend say that Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu threw his axe into the sea from Gokarnam (present day Mangalore) and it is believed the sea retreated till where the axe fell to give birth to Kerala.

Places Covered: Cochin-Munnar-Periyar-Kumarakom-Alleppey-Kovalam-Trivandrum

Morning: On arrival in Cochin airport, meet and greet by our representative and transfer to hotel. Afternoon: Guided tour of Cochin. Evening: Attend Kathakali dance performance.
Cochin the palmgreen commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. A town with a hoary past, Cochin is the gateway to Kerala. The Jewish Synagogue – built in 1568 AD contains Grand Scrolls of the Old Testament and the copper plates containing the privileges granted to the Jews by the Cochin rulers. The floor of the synagogue is paved with exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles. The Dutch Palace was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin Raja in 1555 AD. 17th century murals depicting scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana can be seen here. St Francis Church, built originally by the Portuguese in 1510 AD is believed to be the first church built by Europeans in India. Vasco da Gama was originally buried here. The Chinese fishing nets can be seen at the entrance of the harbour. The Chinese through trade contact taught this technique of catching fish .

Overnight in Cochin

Morning: Drive to Munnar (135 kms/04½ hrs) and on arrival in Munnar, check in at hotel. Afternoon: Visit tea plantations.
Munnar(1,524 M), is the highest town of Kerala, with a cool, bracing climate exuding an old-world charm. The atmosphere is fragrant with extensive tea and cardamom plantations. There are enchanting high ranges, lakes and streams and beautiful view of low-lying clouds and the mist filled valleys.

Overnight in Munnar

Morning: Tour of Munnar visiting Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goat, locally called teh Nilgiri Tahr. Pothamedu – view of tea, coffee and cardamom plantaions and breath taking view of hills and lush mountains.
Overnight in Munnar

Early Morning: Drive to Periyar (100 kms/03 hrs) and on arrival, check in at hotel. Afternoon: Boat ride in Lake Periyar to watch wildlife. Later visit Kumily spice market to see and buy spices.

Periyar Tiger Reserve, 777 sq. km in area is set in a rich, mixed deciduous forest, interspersed with open areas of tall grass. Periyar has a splendid artificial lake dotted with snags of dead wood, which provide a perch for waterbirds; darter, grey heron, egret and kingfisher. It is one of the finest habitats for the Asiatic elephant. These enormous mammals swim in the waters and streams and usually they can be observed during the boat ride. Periyar also holds, apart from Tiger leopard, sambar, wild dog, barking deer, the lion tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur. The forest harbours a variety of woodland birds. Boat travel is the only means of transport in the Sanctuary.

Overnight in Periyar

Morning: Drive to Kumarakom (125 kms/03 hrs) and on arrival check in at a lake facing resort. Rest of the day free to visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary or independent activities.

Overnight in Kumarakom

Morning Switch over to House Boat and cruise along the backwaters towards Alleppey passing through villages, paddy fields, markets and other sites.

The cruise is through `Kuttanad’ literally meaning the land, which is lower than the sea level but is kept intact by its bunds and dikes. It is the `rice bowl’ of Kerala. The rice fields are very beautiful and this lush land and surrounds governs the placid way of life of the people who live on the backwaters.

Overnight on board House Boat

Morning: On arrival in Alleppey disembark from HouseBoat and check in at a resort. Rest of the day free to visit the village markets, temples, and churches or to relax on the lakefront.
Overnight in Alleppey

Morning: Drive to Kovalam enroute stop at Trivandrum (190-kms/04½ hrs) and on arrival in Kovalam, check in at a beach resort. Rest of the day to relax at the beach or indulge in Ayurvedic massages.

Kovalam is a sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty, located on the magnificent Arabian Sea coast. This natural bay is a safe sea-pool, free from high waves and surges. The 30 kms drive from the Tiruvanantapuram airport to the beach through groves of palms is refreshing. It is an ideal place to swim, sunbathe and perhaps enjoy the ancient rites of an Ayurvedic massage and oil bath.

Overnight in Kovalam

Full day free on the beach. Optional excursion to Kanyakumari (87 kms)

Kanyakumari (87 kms)  the land’s end of India, is also known as Cape Comorin. It is the southernmost tip of the subcontinent, where the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian sea and the Indian Ocean meet. It is famous for its fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Off the coast on an imposing rock, is the Vivekananda Memorial.


Padmanabhapuram was the capital of the Maharajas of Travancore. Their erstwhile Palace known as the Padmanabapuram Palace is a splendid example of traditional Kerala architecture. It has beautiful mural paintings and elaborate woodwork. The Palace complex consists of elegant buildings with steep tiled roofs and intricate wood-carving and small courtyards.

At Suchindram , on the way to Kanyakumari , is the great Temple dedicated to Brahma Vishnu and Siva . This was where Indra performed penance and was cleansed. The temple here is known for its intricate stone carvings.
Overnight in Kovalam

Morning: Assistance and transfer to Trivandrum airport (25 kms) in time to connect flight onward flight home…..

(End of Tour)

Tamil Nadu

Destinations Covered
: Chennai – Mamallapuram Pondicherry – Trichy – Madurai –Rameswaram Chennai
Duration : 09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 01: Arrive Chennai
On arrival in Chennai by your international flight, assistance at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to get over jet lag.

Day 02: In Chennai
Morning: Proceed for a city tour of Chennai. Afternoon: Free at leisure.

Day 03
: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mamallapuram
Morning: Drive to Mamallapuram en-route visit the temple city of Kanchipuram. Later drive to Mamallapuram. On arrival check-in at hotel. Visit the world’s biggest bas relief, Arjuna’s Penance and Shore Temple.

Day 04: In Mamallapuram
Full day free on the beach / at leisure.

Day 05: Mamallapuram – Pondicherry
Morning: Drive to Pondicherry and on arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day sightseeing tour of Pondicherry and Auroville.

Day 06: Pondicherry – Trichy
Morning drive to Trichy en-route visit Gangaikondacholapuram, Chidambaram and Kumbakonam. On arrival check-in Trichy, check in at hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 07: Trichy – Madurai
Morning: City tour of Trichy including Jambukeshwara temple and Srirangam temple. Later drive to Madurai and on arrival, check in at hotel.

Day 08: Madurai – Rmeswaram – Madurai
Early Morning proceed for a full day excursion to Rameswaram visiting Ranganathaswami temple. Later in the afternoon, drive back to Madurai

Day 09: In Madurai
Morning: City tour of Madurai. Afternoon: Free for independent activities. Evening visit the Meenakshi temple to view the temple festivities.

DAY 10: Madurai – Chennai
Morning: Free at leisure. Later transfer to the airport to connect flight for Chennai and on arrival, transfer to the international airport to connect flight for onward trip.

Ayurveda Tour

Destinations Covered : Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar Kumarakom – Mararikulam
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
On arrival in Mumbai by your international flight assistance at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Mumbai – Cochin – Periyar or Kumarakom or Marari Beach
In time transfer to the airport to connect flight for Cochin and on arrival assistance and transfer Spice Village, Periyar and check-in at the hotel. If you are upto it, you can visit the resident “VAIDYA” (Ayurveda Doctor) for consultation. You can also do it the following day.
Day 03 – 09: Ayurveda Therapy
Seven days have now been set aside for the Ayurveda Therapy. The resident doctor after consultation plans your programme and will also suggest your diet and the therapy commences in right earnest. Please remember that during this period you should not exert yourself and for best result no alcohol, no tobacco and strict vegetarian diet. The therapy involves various herbal massages, steam baths and yoga. If you follow the directions of the “VAIDYA”, we can assure you that you will come out totally relaxed and a great feeling of wellness. Remember to bring some of your favourite books to catch up on all the reading you may have missed.

Day 10: In Periyar or Kumarakom or Marari Beach
The Rejuvenation Therapy is over, but it is best to relax and allow you body to re-adjust after one week of massage.
Day 11: In Periyar or Kumarakom or Marari Beach
Your last day at Periyar, perhaps you could do a boat safari in lake Periyar and try to catch a wild elephant or relax at Kumarakom / Marari Beach. After lunch drive to Cochin and check-in at the hotel.

Day 12
: Leave Cochin
In time transfer to airport to connect the flight for onward destination.

Spice & Curry Holiday

Destinations Covered : Cochin- Periyar – Kumarakom – Kovalam – Trivandrum
Duration : 10 nights / 11 days

Day 01 : Arrive Cochin
On arrival in Cochin by your international flight, assistance and transfer to hotel. Evening: Kathakali dance performance.
Day 02 : In Cochin
Morning city tour of Cochin. Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer, the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples and the famous Chinese Fishing Nets. Rest of the day free.

Day 03: Cochin – Periyar
Morning drive to Periyar enroute visiting Tea Gardens. On arrival in Periyar check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or to visit Kumily spice market.

Day 04: In Periyar
Early Morning enjoy a trek in the forest with a naturalist. Later enjoy a boat ride in Lake Periyar. The earliest sanctuary to be set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & forms part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats. Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. Amongst the animals which can be seen are elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, Langur monkeys ,etc
Day 05: Periyar – Kumarakom
Morning drive to Kumarakom and on arrival check in at a lake facing resort. Rest of the day at leisure or to visit the bird sanctuary.

Day 06: House Boat
Switch over to House Boat and cruise towards Alleppey. Houseboat takes you through narrow canals for visit of paddy fields, local houses, churches etc. Overnight on board Houseboat.

Day 07:Arrive Alleppey – Mararikulam or Kovalam
Disembark at Alleppey and drive to Mararikulam or Kovalam. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach / ayruvedic massage.

Day 08 to Day 10: In Mararikulam or Kovalam
Days free on the beach.

Day 11: Mararikulam – Cochin – Depart or Kovalam – Trivandrum – Depart
Morning: Transfer to Cochin airport or Trivandrum airport in time to connect onward flight.

Kerala Ayurvedic and Rejuvenation Tour

Destinations Covered : Trivandrum – Thottapally – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Periyar – Munnar – National Park – Cochin – Marari Beach – Cochin Airport

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Day 01 : Arrive Trivandrum
On arrival in Trivandrum, assistance at airport train station and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to get over jet lag.

Day 02 : Trivandrum – Thottapally
Drive to Thottapally and board Houseboat, lunch and dinner on board. O/N on board the Houseboat cruising through the backwaters to Alleppey

Day 03 : Arrive Alleppey – Kumarakom
Disembark from the Houseboat after breakfast at Alleppey and drive to Kumarakom. Overnight in Kumarakom at a resort on the banks of the backwaters

Day 04 : In Kumarakom
Full day free for independent activities or to visit the bird sanctuary.

Day 05 : Kumarakom – Periyar
Kumarakom to Periyar enroute visit tea and spice plantations. Evening visit the Kumily spice market.

Day 06 : In Periyar
Early Morning take a guided hiking in the forest. Afternoon enjoy a boat ride in the lake to watch wildlife.

Day 07 : Periyar – Munnar
Morning drive to Munnar. Afternoon visit to Tata tea factory. Rest of the day free to explore this sleepy town.

Day 08 : Munnar – Cochin
Drive to Cochin and afternoon city sightseeing. Evening Kathakali Dance performance

Day 09 : Cochin – Marari
Drive to Marari Beach to the Ayurvedic Treatment Centre

Day 10 to 16 : In Marari
7 day treatment programme as advised by the Doctor.

Day 17
: Marari – Cochin – Depart
Departure transfer to Cochin airport in time to board onward flight…

Best of South India Tour

Destinations Covered : Mumbai – Bangalore – Hassan Mysore – Coonoor -Madurai – Periyar – Kumarakom – Houseboat – Cochin – Mumbai
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days

Day 01
Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at 12 Noon. Afternoon City Tour of Mumbai. Visit Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (Museum is closed on Mondays) Fish Aquarium, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat. Also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve-centre), colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive.
Day 2 Mumbai – Bangalore
Morning excursion to the Elephanta Caves (Subject to weather conditions). Across the harbour to the world famous, 1200 years old Elephanta Caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous TRIMURTI sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. Afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for Bangalore. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 3In Bangalore
Morning City Tour of Bangalore. Half day sightseeing tour of the “GARDEN CITY” visiting the Lal Bagh which has a variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus Pools, Terraces and an assortment of Tropical Herbs and Sub- Tropical Herbs. Also see the Government Buildings and the Maharaja’s Palace. Rest of the day free.

Day 4Bangalore – Hassan
Morning Drive to Hassan enroute visiting Sravanbelagola. Arrive Hassan and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5Hassan – Mysore
Morning City Tour of Belur and Halebid. Belur is famous for its Hoysala architecture. Its Temple of Lord Channakeshava is embellished with carving which has few equals in the world. Halebid – The seat of Hoysala Kingdom, its great Hoyaleswara Temple was built in the typical Hoysala style architecture. A stellar base with the emblem of the lion and elephants seemingly supporting the temple, signify stability. Afternoon leave Hassan for Mysore by surface enroute visiting Srirangapatnam. Arrive Mysore and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6In Mysore
Morning City Tour visiting Srirangapatnam – 16 kms from Mysore, this fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Haider Ali. Tipu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tipu’s airy Summer Palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here, is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple. Afternoon excursion to Somnathpur. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Mysore – Ooty – Coonoor
Morning leave Mysore by surface for Coonoor enroute visiting Ooty. On arrival at Coonoor check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8Coonoor – Madurai
Morning leave Coonoor by surface for Madurai. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Madurai
Morning City Tour of Madurai visiting the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches. Evening visit Meenakashi Temple during Aarti ceremony. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Madurai – Periyar
Morning leave Madurai by surface for Periyar enroute visiting tea plantation. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Periyar
Morning and evening boat cruise at lake Periyar. Rest of the day at leisure to visit Kumily spice market. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12Periyar – Kumarakom
Morning leave Periyar by surface for Kumarakom. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13House Boat .
Today morning switch over to Houseboat and enjoy backwater cruise crossing the narrow canals of Kerala. Overnight at the houseboat.

Day 14Alleppey – Cochin
Morning: Disembark at Alleppey and drive to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin check-in at the hotel. Afternoon City Tour of Cochin.Visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing Nets, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church. Evening attend the Kathakali dance performance.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15Cohin – Mumbai
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16Depart Mumbai.
Check out at 1200 hrs. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

Glimpses of Kerala

Destinations Covered : Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Mararikulam
Duration : 7 nights / 8 days

Highlights : Cochin – Periyar – Kumarakom – Alleppey – Mararikulam

The beautiful state of Kerala is characterised by meandering rivers, rich field, coconut groves, spice plantations, verdant hills and beach. This tour begins in the Historic city of Cochin. Thekkady is close to the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary and from the mountains drive back down to the coast and to the melodically named town of Kumarakom on the bank of lake Vembanad. Kumarakom is world famous backwaters destination and then cruise through the lovely backwaters of Kerala in your private houseboat to discover the life which goes along the backwaters, which are a mixture of lakes, lagoons and canals. At the end of the tour relax in Mararikulam at the Abad Turtle beach resort.
Hotels featured or similar :
Cochin – Abad Plaza
Periyar – Abad Green Forest
Backwater – Houseboat
Mararikulam – Abad Turtle

Other departure dates
5 Jan 13 – 31 Mar 13 : £993
Bonus: Free city tour and Kathakali dance show in Cochin

Day 01: Arrive Cochin
Upon arrival at Cochin airport welcome, meet and assist at airport by our representative and transfer to hotel (1400 hrs). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Cochin
Breakfast at the hotel, morning visit city tour visiting the Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday & Portugal Holidays) – The place has a fine collection of mural paintings depicting the scenes from the Hindu epics Mahabharata & Ramayana, Jewish Synagogue (Closed on Saturday & Jewish Holidays) – the oldest synagogue in the world is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers, was built in 1568. St. Francis Church: is the oldest church built by Europeans in India & Huge, elegant Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Kochi.
Evening Witness the Kathakali Dance Show. Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala dates from the 17th century. Kathakali recitals are drama and are danced with elaborate masks and costumes. They are emotive and narrative, while other dance forms have either one of them. The dancers use their stunning costumes and make-up, with the accompaniment of drums and vocalists, to create various moods and emotions. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Cochin to Periyar (Thekkady) by surface (approx. 190 Kms, 5.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Periyar, upon arrival at Periyar, check in at hotel. Periyar The scenic drive takes you through green hills with forests, plantations of tea, spices and rubber, streams and waterfalls. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Periyar
In the morning soft trek in the forest full of rare species of birds and mammals including Malabar squirrel, barking deer, mouse deer, Nilgiri langur and the highly endangered Lion-tailed macaque. In the afternoon visit plantations of tea, cardamom and pepper. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05: Periyar to Kumarakom by surface (approx. 140 Kms, 4 Hrs).
After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom boat jetty to embark Houseboat The Kettuvallam – the typical House Boats. Houseboats are traditional country boats, which used to carry tons of cargo in the backwater region in ancient times, have now been converted with one or two bed rooms with attached bath, kitchenette and a sitting area. Overnight board on Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 06: Alleppey to Mararikulam by surface
Disembark at Alleppey boat jetty and drive to Mararikulam, upon arrival in Mararikulam, check in at your beach resort hotel. Marari beach is a paradise of sun, sea, sand and surf. Modelled on the fishing villages of the coast, this is a beach resort that offers total peace and natural beauty, rather than raucous rave parties. The accommodation is in cottages separated from each other by generous stretches of open parkland, dotted with fruit laden trees. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Mararikulam
A day at leisure for independent activities and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08
: Depart Cochin
Mararikulam to Cochin by surface (approx. 88 Kms, 2 Hrs). Transfer to Cochin international airport in time to board the flight for London Heathrow via Doha

Note: This private tour includes sightseeing by air-conditioned car and the services of local English speaking guides.

Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Virgin Atlantic
  • Airport taxes
  • 6nts accommodation on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transfers, sightseeing and guides
  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin
  • Assistance during arrival, departure and transfers

Quote does not include

  • India Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry fees to the monuments
  • Any vehicle at disposal on leisure days
  • Expenses of personal nature such as soft drinks, liquor, laundry, tips, telephone calls, porterage, travel insurance, visa fees and camera fees, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in above inclusion.