We have planned a family trip to South India (24th December through 8th January). We will land in Chennai and plan to rent a car with driver to travel throughTamil Nadu with stops in Pondichery, Trichy, Madurai and finish our holiday wiht a few days of ralaxation on the MaMahabalipuram beach. We were recommended to also visit Munnar, Thekkady and the Backwaters (Alleppey - Kollam). However, we believe that maybe cramming in too much in only 2 weeks. We do want to go to Alleppey and then take the night train back to Chennai from Cochin, but believe that we need to pick between either a stop in Munnar or a stop in Thekkady. Which one would you recommend? Any suggestions on a nice and inexpensive place to stay are also welcome.