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Divine Tour of South India

Duration : 16 Days / 15 Nights

Route : Chennai » Mahabalipuram » Pondicherry » Thanjavur » Madurai » Kanyakumari » Kovalam » Alleppey » Kumarakom » Periyar National Park » Munnar » Cochin

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Relax on the beach, wander colonial streets or simply savor the historic elegance of temple architectures with these extraordinary gems in South India. South India is exceptionally rich with its own distinct culture, architecture and art which may take ages to be fully understood. The tour is an attempt to introduce these distinct aspects in a way that they never seem enough.

A delightful journey through the tranquil South; temples and ancient architecture, abundant natural beauty, delicacies spiced up with local produce, wildlife and birds, friendly people, colonial towns, a cruise on the backwaters, a walk through the forest, a traditional meal on banana leaves; and few days to relax at one of the finest beaches in the country, in Kovalam.

We stay in some stunningly beautiful hotels, most of them boutique or heritage properties – truly a holiday of a lifetime.

Route Info

  • Day 01: Chennai
  • Day 02: Mahabalipuram (visit to Kanchipuram)
  • Day 03: Mahabalipuram
  • Day 04: Pondicherry
  • Day 05: Thanjavur
  • Day 06: Madurai (enroute visit Trichy)
  • Day 07: Madurai
  • Day 08: Kanyakumari
  • Day 09: Kovalam (Trivandrum visit)
  • Day 10: Kovalam
  • Day 11: Alleppey
  • Day 12: Kumarakom (Luxury Houseboat stay)
  • Day 13: Periyar wild life park
  • Day 14: Munnar
  • Day 15: Cochin
  • Day 16: Departure

Route Map

Highlights of Trip

  • UNESCO World Heritage sites of major destinations.
  • One thousand year old World’s largest temple, Thanjavur.
  • 1000 Pillared Temple, Madurai.
  • Gorgeous Tea & Spice Plantations, Munnar.
  • Palm-lined Backwaters at Alleppey.
  • Portuguese and French Colonies at Pondicherry.
  • Boat Safari at Periyar Lake, Thekkady.
  • Ayurvedic Spa & Massage Kumarakom.
  • Overnight on a Backwater Cruise (Houseboat) Alleppey.
  • Live performance of classical dance form (Kathakkali)
  • Relaxation on white sand beaches of Kovalam.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Chennai (‘Gateway to South India’)
Warm welcome to India! You will be received by our representative at Chennai Airport and proceed to your hotel. On the way, your tour guide will present you all your tour documents, helpful information on getting around in India and also your complimentary mobile phone. The rest of the day is at your leisure to settle in. Depending on your arrival time, if you’d like to begin exploring city on the very first day of your arrival, your driver is always available there at your disposal to escort you anywhere you’d like to go.
Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu state. It is popular for its rich historical and cultural heritage. Most famous tourist places includes visit to National Art Gallery and Museum (fine collection of ancient paintings), East India Museum, Mylapore Shiva Temple, Victory War Memorial, Theosophical Society, St. Mary’s Church and Marina Beach (the second longest in the world).
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Mahabalipuram (UNESCO world Heritage Site also known as the second pagodas) (130 km from Chennai)
After breakfast depart for Mahabalipuram enroute visiting “Kanchipuram temples”. Kanchipuram is the ancient capital of the Pallavas, is famous as the city of 1000 temples now still has 124 temples remains. Kanchipuram is also famous for hand-woven silk fabrics. Here visit Kailashnatha temple, Ekambareswara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva was built between the 7th and 8th century and has interesting religious paintings on the walls. This is one the largest temple covering nine hectares of land. At evening transfers to Mahabalipuram hotel. Check-in hotel and relax.
Stay overnight.

Day 3 : Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is the 7th century port town of south India. After breakfast visit the major attractions of this town that are wonderful monolithic temple architectures and rock-cut stone sculptures. Visit the famous Arjuna’s Penance (Bas-Relief on a huge rock), the Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) – five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the legendary Pandavas. Temples of Mahisasura Madapam, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are worth visiting.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Pondicherry (also known as Pudducherry) (98 km from Mahabalipuram/ 01.30 hours drive)
Pondicherry which was formerly a French Colony settled early in the 18th century. The main attraction here is the Aurobindo Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. This ashram promotes Aurbindo’s ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter.
Visit Auroville – a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony. It has a beautiful shopping place promoting local handicraft. Also visit Pondicherry museum and sculpture gallery with an outstanding collection of artifacts.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5 : Thanjavur (UNESCO World Heritage Monuments) (170 km from Pondicherry/ 02.30 hours drive)
Tanjavour is an important center of South Indian literary and religious art and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples which are located in and around Thanjavur. The celebrated temple of Brihadeshwara built by the Chola King during the 11th century is its major attraction. The Saraswati Mahal library, containing a rare collection of books and manuscripts on paper and palm leaves. Thanjavur is also the home of the Tanjore painting, a painting style unique to the region. The city is an important agricultural center located at the heart of the region, known as the Rice bowl of Tamilnadu.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Madurai (one of the oldest cities in South India – 2600 years old) (200 km from Thanjavur)
After breakfast depart for Madurai enroute visit Thiruchirapalli temples (also known as Trichy). Trichy, situated on the banks of Kaveri River is a blend of history and tradition as well as pilgrim centre, it is famous for Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple at Srirangam. This superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 Gopurams. The rock fort is land mark of Trichy with Ganesh Temple on the top height of over 23mts.
At evening transfer to Madurai Hotel. Check-in and relax.
Stay overnight.

Day 7 : Madurai
One of South India’s great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple (1000 pillared Temple). It is the most beautiful temples with finest workmen ship of stone carving situated on the banks of river Vaigai. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.
The Pandyan King Kulasekarar built a great temple and created a lotus shaped city around the temple. On the day the city was to be named, as Lord Shiva blessed the land and its people, divine nectar (Madhu) was showered on the city from his matted locks. This city was henceforth known as Madhurapuri. Madurai is famous for Jasmine Flowers. Another key attraction of this town is Thirumalai Nayak’s palace and Gandhi Museum.
Stay overnight.

Day 8 : Kanyakumari (land’s end of India) (250 km from Madurai / 05 hours drive)
It is one of the last points of India touching to the Arabian Sea. An important pilgrimage centre of India, Kanyakumari is the southern most point of India where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal converge with one of the most dramatic backdrops India has to offer. Sight seeing tour of Kanyakumari includes Vivekananda Rock temple and meditation centre, Kumari Amman Temple, Gandhi Memorial and other tourist places. At evening don’t forget to enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset against the sea.
Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 9 : Kovalam (Ayurvedic Beach destination) (90 km from Kanyakumari/ 01.20 hours drive)
Kovalam and Poovar Island both are most famous beach destinations of Kerala. This part is famous for Ayurvedic treatments by natural medicines. Still it is considered one of the finest beach destinations of south India famous for its clean and beautiful golden white sand beaches and enchanting surroundings of swaying coconut palms. Here you can enjoy your time exploring the beautiful beaches or you can also enjoy many water sport activities.
Overnight stay at your beach resort.

Day 10 : Kovalam
After breakfast complete day at your leisure exploring the white sand beaches at Kovalam. Or you can visit the nearby Government headquarter and Capital of Kerala state, Trivandrum (also known as Thiruvananthapuram) (only 20 km from Kovalam ).
Here you can visit sightseeing including Museum, Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli Tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. Later back to Kovalam resort for overnight stay.

Day 11 : Alleppey (Backwaters paradise) (170 km from Trivandrum/ 03 hr drive)
Morning breakfast and depart for Alleppey. It is one of the most important tourist centers in the Kerala. You will enjoy your stay at your backwater resort, nestles on the serene banks of the Vembanad Lake, the vast stretch of tranquil, emerald green backwaters. Here you can enjoy Ayurvedic spa and massages treatment at your resort.
Stay overnight at your backwaters resort.

Day 12 : Kumarakom House Boat (night stay at floating luxury houseboat exclusively for you) (35 km from Alleppey)
After breakfast transfer to Kumarakom houseboat point (Jetty) to embark on your houseboat (your luxury home on sail for next 24 hours). It is one of the highlight of your travel. Houseboat trip is the perfect way to experience the backwater lifestyle of Kerala.
The day long journey in the beautiful backwaters of Kerala is the only way to explore what otherwise seems more like a poet’s version. While sitting on the deck of your houseboat or while sitting in the spacious open sit-out area, outside your bedroom, you can see how daily life is running across both the corners of backwaters covering beautiful rivers and canals with palm trees and small houses near to it , villages paddy fields, churches, etc.
You can get out and get an experience of Toddy, soft liquor made from Coconut (it is safe, pure and sweet.)
Stay overnight at your luxury, air-conditioned and private houseboat.

Day 13 : Thekkady (Periyar wild life sanctuary) (125 km from Kumarakom/02 hours drive)
After breakfast depart for Thekkady. An enchanting Plantation Town Thekkady, located in central Kerala, is a popular wildlife centre with unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations.
Two art shows are very famous from here. First is Kathakali dance performance and the second is Kallari (ancient fighting art show).
You can enjoy boat safari at Periyar Lake located in the center of the wildlife sanctuary. Here you will be able to see a large variety of wildlife, which includes tigers, elephants, monkeys, deer, wild boar and different species of birds, can also be spotted. You can also take an elephant safari at sanctuary.
Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 14 : Munnar (Only Hill station of Kerala) (130 km from Thekkady/ 02.30 hours drive)
Munnar is the most beautiful and only hill station of Kerala. After breakfast departs for Munnar enjoying the panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantations en-route. The mountains and rubber plants on the way to Munnar is most beautiful and worth to see.
Here you will visit Eravikulam National Park, the Mattupetty Dam, Dairy Farm, Old Munnar Town and also walk through the market of Munnar. Evening at leisure.
Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 15 : Cochin (Kochi; the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala) (140 km from Munnar/ 03 hours drive)
From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai). This lovely seaside city is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.
Here you can visit Old Cochin, fisherman China Nets, Fish market, fort Cochin and old churches, the famous Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), Bolghatty Palace, St. Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Also see the giant Chinese Fishing Nets being lowered on the famous Vasco Da Gama Square, offering a spectacular view to its visitors.
Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 16 : Departure
Today you are free to plan your day according to your departure schedule. Later at appropriate time you will be transferred to airport (03 hours before boarding) according to flight schedule.
Fly back home with sweet memories…!
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Services Included

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES WITH FOLLOWING SERVICES:-

  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned car with driver, all inclusive. (Fuel for car, Insurance, Road and State taxes, Toll taxes, Parking fees and all transport related expense including Driver’s food and lodging.
  • Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate with you.
  • Car will be with luxury pushback seats, safety seat belts for all passengers, mineral water and ice box in cabin.
  • The car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightseeing as you want enroute.
  • Air-conditioned double bed room with breakfast and all taxes included.
  • Transfers and land transportation according to proposed itinerary.
  • Meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports, hotels by our company representative.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch dinner) during your stay at houseboat.
  • Complementary tea/coffee with cookies during your houseboat tour.
  • Live Kathakali dance performance at Thekkady.
  • A typical Kerala Ayurvedic massage for rejuvenation therapy.
  • Live performance of Kellari art from ancient time at Thekkady.
  • Excursion to a spice garden with naturalist/guide to explain about all the spices.

 

Services Not Included

FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICES:-

  • Tips, laundry, telephone bills, portage and Beverages.
  • Meals unless specified.
  • Entrances to Monuments and other specified destination.
  • Movie / video camera fee at monuments.
  • Domestic or International airfare unless specified.
  • Medical or baggage insurance.
  • Airport Departure taxes, Visa Charges.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any other service that has not been specified
  • Your game safaris in the National Parks unless specified above.

Help Tips

SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOUR HELP AND INFORMATION:-

  • Train & all the flight reservations are subject to availability.
  • Air Fares are subject to change.
  • Euro, British Ponds and Dollars easily exchangeable in India.
  • Any other service that has not been specified but you want to add, please let us know, we will try our best to manage for you.
  • Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.
  • If any proposed hotel is sold-out then other similar level hotel is guaranteed.
  • During the travel if you want to change any hotel because of any reason then you have to inform us at-least 7 days before because at the last moment we both lose money.
  • We are not responsible for any political demonstration, Natural problems, Traffic jams etc.
  • Any flight or train cancellation at the last moment, since their control not in our hands. In such situation the compensation and dealings will be between you and the concerning company, we are not obliged to play role as mediator. But in such situation you are always free to get information from us.

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