DAY 1, Thursday 05 Mar 2020
Arrival in Chennai handling customs formalities, meeting with the guide, transfer and hotel accommodation. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon the first panoramic approach to ancient Madras, now Chennai, the fourth largest city in India in terms of size and importance: the monuments include the church of San Tommaso, whose first nucleus was founded in the 10th century by the Christians of Persia who here the body of the saint was buried, the temple of Kapaleeshawer, dedicated to Shiva and characterized by the typical tower architecture, the National Gallery and the Governor’s Museum. Return to hotel,
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 2, Friday 06 Mar 2020
Late morning departure to visit Kanchipuram, the “golden city of a thousand temples”, 70 km from Madras, rich capital of the Pallava dynasty and still famous today for silk production. Visit the ancient temples, Kailasanatha, Kamakshi, Vaikunthanperumal, built in the 7th-8th century, the heyday of the Pallava art, and Ekanbaranathar, the later and main temple of the sacred city, with a high entrance tower, gopuram, well 59 meters decorated and sculpted between the 14th and 16th centuries, under the Vijayanagar dynasty.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 3, Saturday 07 Mar 2020
Departure for Mahabalipuram, an ancient port on the Coromandel coast, one of the most important archaeological sites in India. A short distance from the sea, there is the small and harmonious Shore Temple, “temple on the beach”, two sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva, the highest expression of Dravidian Pallava architecture. Visit to the magnificent monolithic temples and bas-reliefs of the 7th-8th century, among the first examples of monumental art of southern India; among these, the masterpiece, the “five wagons” complex dedicated to the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the Mahabharata (the most important and ancient Hindu epic poem) and their bride Draupadi: five chariot-shaped temples, each entirely “carved” in a single block of rock. Continuation to Pondicherry, an old French colony and an ancient trading port in Roman times. In the afternoon visit of Auroville (10 km from Pondicherry), a city conceived as a tribute to Sri Aurobindo, Indian philosopher and founder of the “center of integral yoga”, famous throughout the world. Here is the Matri Mandir, center of the “dawn village”, dedicated to meditation.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 4, Sunday 08 Mar 2020
Departure for Kumbakonam, with a stop at the Chidambaram religious complex (around 70 km), a true masterpiece of Dravidian architecture and one of the most sacred in India, dedicated to Nataraja, the Dancing Shiva. Continuation and accommodation at the hotel in Kumbakonam. In the afternoon, visit of Darasuram, known for the Airavateshvara temple, built in the 12th century by Rajaraja II, king of the Cholas. This temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the high vimana (central tower of the sanctuary), the main mandapa (anteroom) shaped like a horse-drawn cart, the beautiful wooden carvings and wall paintings, is a true treasure chest of art treasures and the greatest example of the architecture of the powerful Chola empire. At the end of the visits, a single excursion among the local villages on board a typical ox-cart, a very widespread means of transport in these areas, for a real contact with the rural lifestyle of the inhabitants of this area.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 5, Monday 09 Mar 2020
Transfer to Tanjore, called “the Tamil Nadu rice bowl” because it is located in an area rich in rice fields. Visit of the city, ancient capital of the Chola empire, with the main monuments: the Briadeshvara Mandir, the sanctuary dedicated to the god Shiva erected at the beginning of the 11th century, and the royal palace of the 16th / 18th century, a complex of buildings among which is the Saraswati Mahal, dedicated to Sarasvati, the goddess of knowledge and the arts, one of the most important libraries in the country. Visit the Temple of Srirangam, a true sacred city with seven walls (sacred number to Visnu) and 21 gopuram. Completion of visits with a stop at a female brick-processing cooperative.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 6, Tuesday 10 Mar 2020
In the morning departure to visit a village of Chettinadu, whose inhabitants “Chettiars” were renowned sea traders who got rich during the English colonial expansion. Today the village is known for the unique style of the architecture of its luxurious palaces, adorned with Indonesian ceramics, built with Burmese teak columns, covered with Italian marble and furnished with European furniture. Transfer by coach to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in southern India, for centuries a place of pilgrimage and sacred city of Brahmanism, the heart of Tamil culture. It owes its name to the “madu”, the divine nectar poured from the hair of Shiva. Ancient travelers described it as a city rich in treasures and lavish markets.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 7, Wednesday 11 Mar 2020
Early in the morning, visit the typical Flower Market and continue with a view of the Ghat Dhobi, the river stairway considered the largest outdoor laundry, where you can soak in the aspects of daily life of the local population. Visit of Madurai: the Meenakhsi temple, with the famous “hall of a thousand pillars”, where you can admire the exuberant Baroque phase of Dravidian architecture; and the Tirumal Nayak’s Palace, a perfect synthesis between northern Islamic art and southern Dravidian architecture. Return to the hotel and dinner. In the evening transfer by tuk tuk to attend the ceremony of the sleep at the temple of the goddess Meenakshi, venerated here for over 2000 years: the suggestion that springs from this ancient rite, followed by a procession of faithful and in which Shiva goes to Meenakshi’s home – the “fish-eyed goddess” – is intense and unforgettable.
Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 8, Thursday 12 Mar 2020
Pensione completa. Dopo la colazione partenza per Periyar, il cui parco nazionale è uno dei più estesi dell’Asia con i suoi 800 kmq, ad altitudine variabile tra i 1000 e i 1800 metri, al confine tra Tamil Nadu e Kerala. Il Lago Periyar, artificialmente creato dagli inglesi alla fine del XIX secolo, per rifornire Madurai di acqua attingendo dal fiume omonimo, è circondato da un ambiente naturale selvaggio, in cui vivono scimmie, elefanti, gaur (bisonti indiani), cervi e numerose specie di volatili. Nel pomeriggio proseguimento con la visita alla piantagione del the, dove si potrà assistere alla lavorazione con la possibilità di una degustazione. Sistemazione in hotel e pernottamento.
DAY 9, Friday 13 Mar 2020
After breakfast, visit a spice plantation and continue to Kumarakom. Upon arrival, accommodation in the hotel. In the evening a short sunset cruise.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 10, Saturday 14 Mar 2020
Full day dedicated to relaxation.
DAY 11, Sunday 15 Mar 2020
In the morning transfer to the pier and embarkation for Allepey. During the navigation we cross the backwater, an immense network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water channels that develops between reeds, paddy fields and palm groves and that characterizes most of the south coast of Kerala. Here life takes place almost entirely on the water: the waterways are often the only way to reach the villages built on thin strips of land; canoes, boats and boats, like the typical kettuvallam, often real floating houses, animate this world of its own, surrounded by lush and dense vegetation, inhabited by numerous species of birds, such as the elegant cormorants. Arrival in Allepey.
Ovenight in Houseboat
DAY 12, Monday 16 Mar 2020
Tansfer and departure for Cochin, world famous port and commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. In the afternoon visit to Mattancherry, the Palace of the Dutch, but originally built by the Portuguese, with its beautiful wall paintings, which depict mythological episodes in bright colors. Not far away is the Church of San Francesco, the first European church built in the town, which houses the tombstone of Vasco de Gama, who in fact remained buried here from 1524 until 1538, when his remains were taken to Portugal. In the evening we will witness a spectacle of typical Kerala dances, the Kathakali.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 13, Tuesday 17 Mar 2020
After breakfast the day begins at 9.00 am
Transfer to Cochin airport according to flight schedule ..
Departure for Italy
Ciao India Tours wishes you a pleasant Journey
Check in time is 1400hrs and check-out time is 1200 hours
Please understand that in the program related to monuments some are free so in case of not visiting we cannot repay money. Hotel names mentioned in our offer only indicate that our rates are based on the use of these hotels. It does not mean the accommodation is confirmed by the hotels until it is confirmed by the hotels.
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Booking .. All reservations must be received in writing via email or fax. Reservations are finalized upon receipt of payment (Sent by the Ciao India Tours team) and upon receipt of the information form. All other details are mentioned below.
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Insurance: Ciao India Tours recommends that you take personal travel insurance. The Ciao India Tours team does not provide travel insurance.
Payment: an invoice will be raised after receiving confirmation of the services from the traveler with a transfer request transfers the full payment to our bank account in India. For contracted services, a minimum deposit of 25% of the total cost must be paid M / s Ciao India Tours. The deposit is required to keep the reservation on a confirmed basis.
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Note: In addition to the above, in the case of reservations for luxury train journeys, hotel or resort reservations during the peak season (X-Mas, New Year, Pushkar Fair, Diwali etc.), full payment must be made at time of booking.
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Note All payments must be free and without any withholding tax and deduction. Bank charges, if applicable, for remittance (by bank transfer or intermediary bank) would be strictly charged to the payer.
Cancellation policy / NO SHOW / EARLY Departure (early departure) In case of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / inevitable reason, we must be informed in writing. Cancellation fees would be effective from the date we receive a message in writing and cancellation fees would be as follows.
Cancellation: Cancellations more than 30 days before the departure date: 50% of the deposit will be refunded after deduction: bank charges (€ 20), booking fee (€ 45), flight cancellation (€ 20 per person and 100% of the cost Be deducted) and the current cost of train tickets. Cancellations less than 30 days before departure: 50% cancellation fee. CIAO INDIA TOURS keeps 50% of the deposit paid upon confirmation of booking.
Cancellations less than 21 days before departure: 100% cancellation fee. Ciao India Tours keeps 100% of the cost of the trip.
Note: Regardless of the aforementioned cancellation plates – in case of cancellation of tour / travel services after the booking made with us – a minimum service charge of 10% will be applied. In case of cancellation of the trip after the start, the refund would be limited to a limited amount which also depends on the amount we could recover from the hoteliers, airlines and suppliers we will protect. For unused hotel facilities, transportation of rentals and missed meals, etc. We are not responsible for the refund. In the case of a special train journey (such as Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Golden Chariot, Indian Maharaja and Maharajas Express), a separate cancellation policy ( recommended as and when required). . If the booking for the following period is canceled, due to any reason, no refund will be made for such cancellation. High season bookings (from December 20th to January 15th) Festival Period Bookings (Festivals such as -Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Pushkar and so on). Weekend bookings.
Refund: With regard to the reimbursement of unused / unused services (which are paid and canceled in advance), the amount of 12/14 Estimate of Maria Pia 2018-12-29 refund will be processed on the basis of the cancellation policy as above described and the money will then be refunded to the person / agency who made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account or the bank account, bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.
Arrival and departure policy: Check-in time: 1200 – 1500 hours. Early arrival is subject to availability. For guaranteed early check-in, the reservation must be made from the previous night
Check-out time: 1000 – 1200 hours. Late check-outs are available upon request and subject to availability / Payment.
Extra vehicle use: Please note that the cost of extra vehicle use (cars / cars with the driver) is not included in the services and therefore the extra use of the vehicle after the transfer or after the show is not allowed until mentioned in the detailed itinerary / services.
The travel time indicated between the cities is indicative and subject to traffic conditions. Our responsibilities and limitations: After the conclusion of the cost of the tour / service, if there are excursions to the entrance of monuments / museums, taxes, fuel costs or driving costs by the Government of India, which are outside the our control, the same would be charged as an extra.
The rates of Ciao India Tours are based on prevailing rates negotiated with suppliers. Hotels and airlines retain the right to change fares without notice. In the event of such a change – the rates quoted by us before the change can be modified by us based on changes made by hotels or airlines.
Ciao India Tours and its employees only act as agents for hotels, airlines, carriers, railways and contractors that provide other services. All vouchers, receipts, contracts and tickets issued by us are issued on terms and conditions under which these services are provided by them. Tickets, vouchers or transfer contracts in use by a career / hotel or other contractors that perform representation services are the only contract between the Customer and that contractor.
The itineraries of Ciao India Tours are sample routes, with the aim of giving a general idea of the probable travel program. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical capacity of the participants, etc. They can dictate the route changes before or after the tour. Ciao India Tours reserves the right to modify any aspect of the itinerary, including transport and accommodation without notice in the interests of travel, participant safety, comfort and general well-being without refund, indemnity or refund. The additional cost, possibly due to these unforeseen circumstances that are beyond our control, must be paid by the customer.
Ciao India Tours is not responsible for any delays or changes to the program or the expenses incurred or losses, injuries and special or consequential damages, directly or indirectly, due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accidents, breakdown of machinery or equipment, breakdown of transport, time, diseases, landslides, political closures, acts of God, dangers that occur at the sea, floods, fire, acts of government or any other authority, wars, civil disturbances, revolts, thefts, thefts, epidemics, quarantine, medical or personalized health departments, defaults or any other cause beyond our control or unforeseen incidents or any other cause, including any liability or additional costs Customer backed. Furthermore, the Customers will be responsible for the liability or additional expenses incurred by him due to the lost causes.
Ciao India Tours reserves the right to cancel any service in the event that it believes that the tour, travel or passage is feasible for any reason or if the circumstances justify it, to the reimbursement of its value and the Customer will have no other or other request against For any reason.
Ciao India Tours reserves the right to refuse the execution of its contract with any person who may deem it undesirable in its absolute discretion and is not required to demonstrate any reason to do so.
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The government has introduced “no smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. The hotel has smoking rooms dedicated to smoking. If you would like a smoking bedroom, please send us your request and we will try to book the same thing for you subject to availability.