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Few regions on the Indian subcontinent can offer such myriadexperiences as Tamil Nadu. The very epitome of southern hospitality, this multi-faceted state offers lush forests,cool hill stations,sleepy coastal hamlets, ancient monuments, holy temples, and colourful traditions with delightfulshopping experiences... all rolled into one unique, enjoyable, convienient and unforgettable package. Taj presents theBest of Tamil Nadu on a platter or a banana leaf!

No of Nights

OPTION

DOUBLE

EXTRA PERSON

5 nights

Taj Connemara or Taj Fisherman's Cove, Chennai - A specified hotel, Tanjore - Taj Garden Retreat, Madurai

Rs.40,000

Rs.18,000

Extension of stay from Madurai to Savoy Hotel, Ooty (1 night)and Taj Garden Retreat, Coonoor (1 night) available atan additional cost of Rs. 21000 and from Madurai to TajGarden Retreat, Thekkady (1 night) and Taj Residency,Ernakulam (1 night) available at an additional cost ofRs. 24000. Rates on double occupancy inclusive of transfers,sightseeing as per itinerary and all meals.

DetailedItinerary
Validity:October 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005
( 5 Nights / 6 Days, Chennai - 2 nights, Tanjore - 1 night,
Madurai- 2 nights )

Day1

Arrive atChennai airport / railway station and check-in at theTaj Connemara or Fisherman's Cove. On arrival you aretreated to a sumptuous breakfast.You also get a meal creditof Rs 1400 per day / per couple for lunch and dinner.At Fisherman's Cove make your evening truly delightfulwith a catamaran ride*. If you are at Taj Connemara, youcan set out on a shopping spree in the city.

Day2

After breakfastat the hotel, depart for the ancient port of Mahabalipuram.En route, visit Dakshin Chitra, Crocodile Bank and thefamed sculpture houses of Mamallapuram. Return to thehotel for lunch and spend the afternoon, relaxing, swimmingor at the unique spa* for couples at Fisherman's Cove.You can also go on a guided tour of Chennai if you chooseto. End the day with an early dinner at the hotel.

Day3

After breakfast,head for Pondicherry. Visit Auroville, the PondicherryMuseum, Aayi Mandapam, the French War Memorial, Sri AurobindoAshram, and enjoy lunch at Pondicherry.

After lunch, proceed to Chidambaram and visit the 2000-year-oldNataraja Temple. Alternatively, you could enjoy boatingamong the hundreds of canals in South India's only mangroveforest, Pichavaram. Arrive at Tanjore for dinner and stayat the Ideal River View Resort or an equivalent hotel

Day 4

Afterbreakfast, visit the 10th Century Brihadeshwar Temple.The Rajaraja Museum and Art Gallery, the Royal Palaceand go souvenir shopping at the famed Art Village.

Arrive at Karaikudi for lunch, and relish the famous Chettinadfare at the Chettiar Mansion. After lunch, visit the famousChettinad palaces and souvenir shops in the Antique Lane.Arrive at Taj Garden Retreat Madurai for dinner, and haltfor the night.

Day5

Afterbreakfast at the hotel , you can from two options:

Option 1: Visit the famous 12th Century Rameshwaram Temple*,and lunch at TTDC, (or opt for a packed lunch). Afterlunch, leave for Dhanushkodi*, explore the remains ofthe lost city. Return to Taj Garden Retreat Madurai fordinner.

Option 2:After breakfast, enjoy 62 acres of sprawling landscapedgardens and a panoramic view from the hotel, or you couldalso relax with a traditional Ayurvedic massage*. Afterlunch at the hotel, spend the rest of the afternoon atleisure or visit the health centre that creates exoticpotions for the international markets. As the eveningsets in, visit the famous Meenakshi Temple.
Later in the evening, drop in at the Thirumalai NayakkarPalace which was built in 1636 A.D., for a striking soundand light show. Enjoy the evening shopping, and wind upan interesting day with dinner at the hotel.
*- at an extra cost

Day6

After breakfastat the hotel, leave for your journey back home. The endof an eventful and memorable Southern holiday.

Extension Itineraries

The romanceand tradition of the South has been known to captivatemany a visitor. If you find yourself under the spell,you may choose to extend your Southern holiday with thefollowing options and take home even more everlastingmemories.

 

ExtensionItinerary 1: Ooty/Coonoor or Mudhumalai
( 2 Nights / 3 days, Coonoor- 1 night, Ooty - 1 night )

Day6

Departure from Madurai to Taj Garden Retreat Coonoor, which offersa panoramic view of terraced tea gardens, blue hills andpuffy white clouds.

Day 7

Choose betweensightseeing at Ooty/Coonoor and the wildlife sanctuaryat Mudhumalai.

Option 1: Ooty /Coonoor sightseeingAfter breakfast, visitLamb's Rock, Sim's Park and the Dolphin's Nose. Afterlunch at Taj Garden Retreat Coonoor, leave for the OotyLake, Doddabetta Peak and the Botanical Gardens. Check-inat the Savoy, Ooty for dinner and a night halt, and wakeup to an Ayurvedic massage* or an exhilarating trek amidstthe hills the next morning.

Option 2: Mudumalai sightseeing tripAfter breakfast, leavefor the Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary…truly a wildlifeenthusiast's paradise! Lunch at jungle resort in Masinagudi,where you can also trek, cycle, or go on a jeep safari*.Spend your evening going on safari on an elephant back*,and tuck into a hearty dinner at the Savoy.Day 8Afterbreakfast at the hotel, set out on your journey back home,carrying beautiful memories. The Taj provides transfersto the Coimbatore airport or railway station
*- at an extra cost

ExtensionItinerary 2 - Thekkady/Cochin
( 2 Nights / 3 days, Thekkady- 1 night, Cochin - 1 night )

Day 6

After breakfastat the hotel, depart for Taj Garden Retreat Thekkady.After lunch, go for a Spice Plantation tour

Day 7

Wake up to a misty boat safari on the scenic Periyar Lake, followed by breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, depart forErnakulam.

Check-in at the Taj Residency Ernakulam in time for lunch.Spend the afternoon relaxing. In the evening, watch acaptivating performance of Kathakali, a ritualistic dance-drama.Return to the hotel for dinner

Day 8

After breakfastat the hotel, set out on your journey back home, takingwith you memories to last a lifetime. The Taj providestransfers to the Cochin airport or railway station