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This tour is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is, or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own ideal tailor-made holiday.

Footsteps of Christianity

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  • 13 nights
  • Private Tour
  • Hand Picked Hotels

Christianity has the third largest following in India and a fascinating trail from the point of view of history. India, for many centuries, was on the radar for traders, for its spices, tea and  coffee. This brought an influx of different religions and Christianity was one of those. Till this date, ancient cathedrals and churches loom over coastal villages, making the country richer in its social and historical fabric.

Tour Starts

Chennai

Tour Ends

Chennai

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Itinerary

Day 01Arrive Chennai

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02Chennai

Cochin is the commercial capital of the coastal state of Kerala, in the deep south of the nation. The city still exhibits footprints of its colonial influences from Portugal, Holland and England. Most amazing are the Chinese fishing nets along Vypeen Island. Traders brought these cantilevered fishing nets from the courts of Kublai Khan. The tour includes the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue (built in 1568). The hand-painted floor tiles came from Canton by a Rabbi who also had trading interests. Later visit St. Francis Church, the Mattancherry Palace and the unique Chinese fishing nets near the mouth of the Arabian Sea. Watch the Kathakali performance in the evening. Overnight in Cochin. After breakfast take an excursion trip to Malayatoor Church (50kms / 02 hrs). There are approximately about 200 steps to climb up. It will take about 45 minutes one way to climb up the steps. After visit of Malayatoor, drive back to Cochin. Overnight in Cochin.

Day 03Kodungallur

After breakfast visit Kodungallur to see Mar Thoma Church. This Orthodox Church features a blend of Protestant Reformation ideal with eastern forms. The form of Christian faith is not American faith, but India faith. Continue to the St. Thomas Church alleged to be founded by St. Thomas. One may visit the Muringoor Divine Retreat Center and here experience some insight into the strong Christian traditions that have grown to an alleged 30 millions in India. The Cranganore region is also known for the earliest advent of Islam into India, and arguably its first mosque. Overnight in Cochin.

Day 04Kottayam and Kumarakom

After breakfast, drive to Kottayam. This picturesque place is the centre for Christians of the Syrian Church. It is one of the oldest orders of the Catholic Christian Church in India. You will see a lot of churches in this area. In the vicinity are the shrines of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the founder of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate and Sister St. Alfansa in Parananganam, considered very sacred by the people. Later transfer to the jetty and enjoy a short cruise through the backwaters. These backwaters are unique to Kerala, and found nowhere else in the world. You will sail past thatched houseboats with modern conveniences in the waterways and canals for 900 km (600 miles) of cruising in a labyrinthine water world. Today the canals connect villages in a self-supporting ecosystem teeming with aquatic life. Board down at the jetty and continue drive to Kumarakom. Overnight in Kumarakom.

Day 05Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

After breakfast drive to Periyar. Periyar National Park is spread on about 780 sq. km centered at around artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. Later visit Elephant Camp where we will organize elephant bathing and elephant feeding. After visiting Elephant Camp, visit a spice plantation to walk through the aromatic spice gardens where the air is laden with the fragrance of nature’s bounty. Overnight in Periyar.

Day 06Periyar and Madurai’s Temples

Depart the land of spices into Tamil Nadu, the state in which remnants of the ancient Dravidian tongue is still spoken. Descend to one of India’s oldest cities. The spectacular Sri Meenakshi Temple is an example of baroque style of a Dravidian structure covered from top to bottom with breathless profusion of colors of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. After early dinner, drive by rickshaw to Meenakshi Temple to watch the night shows of Lord Shiva’s returning to bed for the night, with the temple reverberating with musicians and singers. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 07Trichy

After breakfast drive to Trichy. Here one encounters the Ashram concept. The Ashram of Bede Griffits, a Catholic priest who preaches the gospel and philosophy through the Indian Way of life and style, is the destination today. Overnight at Trichy.

Day 08Tanjore and Vailankanni

After breakfast drive to Vailankanni. It is a small seaside town on the Corromandal Coast where Roman Catholics revered the story of a special healing miracle. A feast here lasts or 9 days and draws a million pilgrims. The shrine was elevated to a Basilica on Nov. 3, 1962 by Pope John XXIII. Later drive to Tanjore. Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 09Tanjore Christian Pilgrimages

After breakfast visit Tanjore, famous for Christian pilgrims. The late Pope John Paul IV had chosen, out of 24 worldwide shrines, as the most important shrine of Mariam. The local Danish Schwarz Church is one of the oldest in India. Visit the Bronze Museum, the Sarasvati Hall Library (a great collection of manuscripts), and see the most magnificent Indian temple, Brihadisvara Temple. Its main temple is Chola, 14 stories high (the tallest in India) and is topped with an 80 ton granite stone. Overnight at Tanjore.

Day 10-11Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry, which was a former French colony. It still has Portuguese culture intact in the city. Pondicherry is also a sacred place where St. Agasthaya and Shri Aurobindo settled down and sought peace. Overnight at Pondicherry. Start the day with sightseeing in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo Ashram- The foundation of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry is credited to Sri Aurobindo way back in November 1926. Initially the Ashram comprised of only 24 disciples. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry has come a long way from its initial days of inception. It now features among the major places of tourist interest in Pondicherry. Auroville – Located about 10 kms north of Pondicherry, Auroville was envisioned as a Universal Town, where people from different nationalities, faiths and beliefs could live in peace and harmony. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity in diversity. Later drive to Mahabalipuram. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 12Mahabalipuram

After breakfast visit the historical sites of the seaside resort of Mahabalipuram: City of Seven Pagodas. The ancient Pallava port of Mamallapuram and its 7th century rock hewn monuments, magnificent rock temples and carvings transport you to the yesteryears. Visit the Five Rathas (chariots) ceremonial chariots, rock cut monoliths, named after the 5 Pandavas heroes of the Mahabharata epic and Draupadi, their wife. Next proceed to the Shore Temple by the sea surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient times. Visit other monuments and temples close by and then spend the rest of the day on the beach. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 13Chennai

After breakfast drive to India’s 4th largest city, Chennai (8 million people). Twenty years after his arrival at Kerala, living traditions report that it was here in 72 AD that St. Thomas was murdered after returning from a short trip to China. You will visit sites that commemorate his presence and death, the Little Mount, St. Thomas Mount (where Thomas was to have been speared) and St. Thomas Cathedral (stands over the place identified as his burial site). Also visit Fort St. George, a testament of the legendary British East India Company where memorabilia of both British and French presence exist. Visit the Cathedral of St. Thomas – remnants of St. Thomas are reportedly kept here. Overnight in Chennai.

Day 14departure

transfer to airport for onward flight.

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