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Best of South India Tour (14 Nights / 15 Days)

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

On arrival at Chennai airport, you will be met and then transferred to the hotel with all comfort A/c car. Check in at the hotel and relax.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Raj Park
Day 2: Chennai – Mahabalipuram ( 70 km/ 2 hrs drive)

Post breakfast sightseeing of Chennai including St. George Fort and Museum and later drive to Mahabalipuram. On reaching check in at the hotel and relax.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Ideal Beach Resort
Day 3: Mahabalipuram

Full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, it has temples and rock carvings dating back to the 7th century. Mahabalipuram which is one of the destinations that holds the UNESCO monuments. Here you can see many beautiful sceneries like Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Krishna’s butterball,  Mahishasura Mardini Cave. Stay Overnight in Mahabalipuram.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Ideal Beach Resort
Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry ( 100 km/ 2 hrs drive)

Morning stat your drive along the east coastal road to reach Pondicherry, a French colonial city, where we still can witness the dominance of French culture and domain. Make a visit to the Aurobindo Ashram, a residence of Sri Aurobindo and his devotee Mother Mirra Alfassa Richard called as Maa (The mother). Later visit the Church of Sacred heart of Jesus and the most interesting factor is the large stained-glass panels that describe the incidents of the life of Jesus Christ.  Later in the evening, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the beach, with its serene surroundings is an ideal place to laze away your day.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Shenbaga
Day 5: Pondicherry

Today you can visit Pondicherry museum which has an outstanding collection of artifacts from the French colonial period and the rooms are arranged in French style decorated with marble, paintings, clocks and mirrors. Has a unique collection of Brass, bronze and stone arts of the Pallava and Chola period. Visit Auroville, a universal town often considered as” City of Dawn” started by The Mother Mirra. This place is now the resident of many foreign nationals, who stayed back after realizing the real values of life preached by Sri Aurobindo. If you wish you can also engage in various activities like Rickshaw Ride, Heritage walk. Later in the evening relax at the sea shore. Stay overnight in Pondicherry.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Shenbaga
Day 6: Pondicherry – Chidambaram – Gangaikondacholapuram - Darasuram – Kumbakonam ( 250 kms/ 5 -6hrs drive)

Depart Chidambaram after breakfast which is believed to be the town where Shiva performed his cosmic dance called “Tandava Nritya”. Visit the Natrajar temple built by the Cholas in the 9th century. This is the place where the world famous event “Natiyanjali” a famous traditional dance festival takes place, dedicated to the deity.

Next destination you would be visiting is Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, which is actually a temple undertaken and maintained by the UNESCO world heritage team. “The city of Chola who took the Ganges” is the meaning of the name of this place. Brihadeeshvara temple in Gangaikondacholapuram, a replica of Tanjore’s Brihadishvara temple, the towered sanctum of this granite Shiva temple is shorter than the one at Tanjore. Airavateshwara temple at Darasuram is an excellent example for architectural marvel and one of the oldest temples. The sculpture of the temple depicts the incidents of Chola period. Stay overnight in Kumbakonam.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Paradise Resort
Day 7: Kumbakonam – Tanjore ( 40 kms/ 1 hr drive)

Post breakfast drive to Tanjore town often referred as “The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu” and the place which was ruled by the Cholas initially and later by Nayakas and the Marathas. The culture extends beyond the Places and temples and a cultural package of music and dance can also be witnessed here. Brihadishvara temple, a 1000-year-old temple and later visit Tanjore palace. Overnight stay at Tanjore.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Ideal River View
Day 8: Tanjore – Madurai ( 185 km/ 4 hrs drive)

After breakfast drive to Madurai. The temple city” situated on the banks of river Vaigai has a most distinguished collection of temples that reflects the culture of Tamil people. On reaching check in at the hotel and relax. Later in the evening, you can visit the night prayers at Meenakshi Amman Temple. Overnight stay at Madurai.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : JC Residency
Day 9: Madurai

Today join your hands with Vanakam Madurai, a heritage walk around the city. Later visit Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple which is built by the Pandyas during the 07th century has impressive 12 gopuras within the temple complex. The huge architect attracts most of the foreign tourist. A visit to the thousand pillared hall beautifully decorated columns built in the 16th century is now a museum called Thirumalai Nayak palace, displaying the bronze and stone images. Later you can take a walk in the streets near the temple and do some shopping. Stay overnight in Madurai

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : JC Residency
Day 10: Madurai – Periyar ( 150 km/ 4 hrs drive)

After having your healthy and energetic breakfast in the morning, drive to.  Set off to Periyar which is famous for its bewildering wildlife sanctuary with a huge variety of species. Here you’ll have a thrilling experience. To add a little adventure to your tour, you can engage in jungle activities such as Spice plantation tour. Later return, have your dinner and stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Tree Top
Day 11: Periyar

Today you explore the nature by taking a nature walk with the naturalist and later you can take a 30 minutes elephant ride. Rest of the day leisure. Overnight stay at Periyar.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Tree Top
Day 12: Periyar – Alleppey ( 150 km/ 4 hrs drive)

Today morning after breakfast proceed to the backwaters region of Alleppey also known as "Venice of east", around midday you’ll embark the traditional Houseboat, where you will be floating rhythmically to the waves and enjoy watching Kuttanadu farming, coir making, fishing, dish washing and day to day activities of the local village people. There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters busy with its own unique culture, it will be an incredibly different experience just floating in this backwater and absorbing unusual representation. You will be provided with a welcome drink, lunch, snack, beverages, dinner and breakfast on full board. Stay overnight at houseboat.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Deluxe Houseboat
Day 13: Alleppey – Cochin ( 65 km/ 1 ½ hrs drive)

Today after breakfast proceed to the historical city of Cochin. On reaching check in at the hotel and relax. Later in the evening, you can enjoy optional Kathakali show- the traditional dance of this part of India with wonderful and unique makeup and costume. Stay overnight in Cochin.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Arches
Day 14: Cochin

Another day to explore the beautiful city of Cochin, Start visiting Fort Cochin where there’re several historic sites. The Jewish Synagogue (closed on Friday/Saturday) was built in 1568 AD. The Dutch Palace (closed on Friday), the main attractions has the outstanding collection of mural paintings found inside.

Continue your day by visiting St. Francis Church, the first European church that was built in India. The Chinese fishing nets, here you can enjoy watching the beautiful sunset by the seashore. Later in the evening, you can explore the fragrant in spice markets of the Jew town. Overnight stay at Cochin.

  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation : Arches
Day 15: Cochin Depart

Today according to your flight schedule you will be transferred to Cochin airport to board your flight. Fly back home with fond memories. 

  • Breakfast
  • Flight :

COST INCLUDES

  • 14 Nights accommodation at mentioned 3star hotels
  • Accommodation as Double Room on Twin Sharing Basis
  • Breakfast at all the hotels
  • All meals will be provided at the houseboat
  • Vanakkam Madurai (Heritage Walk) Tour in Madurai
  • Elephant Ride with Spice Plantation Visit at Periyar
  • 03 Hours Nature Walk tour at Periyar
  • Kathakali dance show ticket at Cochin
  • English Speaking Guide for City Tour
  • Entrance fee at the monuments
  • Air Conditioned Car with experienced driver for all transfers and sightseeing
  • All expenses related to the transport of fuel, toll and parking with interstate taxes
  • All Applicable taxes

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch / Dinner at the hotels
  • Personal expenses like telephone, laundry, and TIPS
  • Flight / Visa

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