|1||Chennai||Fort St George and Museum, Marina Beach.|
|2||Vellore||Golden Temple at Vellore|
|3||Mahabalipuram||Shore temples & Kanchipuram temples.|
|5||Puducherry||Aurovilla, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Garden|
|6-7||Thanjavur||Nataraja temple, Gangaikondacholapuram Temple, Temple of Darasuram & Brihadeswara Temple|
|8||Tiruchirapalli||Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam Temple.|
|10||Madurai||Nayak Palace, Gandhi Museum and Meenakshi Temple.|
|11||Periyar||Boat ride on Lake Periyar to wildlife.|
|13||Cochin||Jewish Synagogue, The Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church.|
When To Go
South India covers the most beautiful places in India. South India is by sea from three sides on west – Arabian Sea, on east – Bay of Bengal, on bottom(south) – Indian Sea and on north – Vindhya and Satpura ranges. South India attracting tourists by many ways – Lakes, Falls, Reservoir, Beaches, Forts, Culture, Temples, Nature, Major Cities & Famous Hill Stations.
South India Tourism has embraced a world of nature and wildlife resorts, adventure camp experience, Resorts, Honeymoon Getaways, Spas, Camping Sites, Three, Four, Five & Seven Star Hotels, Boutique hotels, Medical & Educational Tourism, Shopping Showrooms, Art & Crafts, Antiques, Adventure & Eco Tourism resorts for tourists. South India is one of the fastest growing tourism destination.
Day 1 Arrival Chennai
Meeting assistance on arrival at Mumbai airport and you will be transfer to the hotel. Later after relax half day city tour of Chennai visit to Fort St. George, temples and museum and Marina beach. Marina beach is the second largest beach in the world and a popular tourist destination. It is the perfect example of a mixture of modernism and tradition. Pay a visit to the National Art Gallery and Museum, the San Thomas Cathedral, the Mylapore Temple and St. Mary’s Church. Overnight at Chennai
Day 2 Chennai / Vellore / Mahabalipuram (250 Kms & 05 hour)
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram via Vellore. Visit Sripuram Sri Mahalaxmi Golden Temple at Vellore. Later continue drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Day 3 Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (65 Kms & 01 Hour – ONE WAY)
Mahabalipuram is world famous for its Shore Temples also known as Mamallapuram. Mahabalipuram served as the second capital of the Pallava Dynasty of South India. It is considered as a seaside village in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is often called the Seven Pagodas because of the high pinnacles of seven that it possesses. In the morning do go to see the Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance and Five Rathas. Later drive to Kanchipuram, the city of 1000 temples and one of the seven sacred cities in India. Thereafter, proceed to the famous Shankaracharya Seer in Kancheepuram. In the meantime, shop for some exquisite Kanchivaram silk sarees. Return to Mahabalipuram. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.
Day 4 Mahabalipuram / Tiruvannamalai (120 Kms & 02 Hours)
Post breakfast in the morning, drive towards Tiruvannamalai. On arrival check in at hotel. Later explore the beautiful temples in this city. Overnight stay at Tiruvannamalai.
Day 5 Tiruvannamalai / Pondicherry (100 Kms & 02 Hours)
After breakfast, drive towards Pondicherry. En-route visit Gingee Fort built in the 16 Century. Continue drive to Pondicherry. On arrival check in at hotel. Later enjoy places of interest of Pondicherry covering Aurovilla, Pondicherry Museum, Botanical Garden etc. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Day 6 Pondicherry / Tanjore (170 Kms & 04 Hours)
The 6th day of your South India Tour should be Tanjore. Enroute visit to Chidambaram Temple, is one of the oldest temples in India. It is one of five Sabha (dance halls) of Nataraja and the most famous is Kanaka Sabha (Golden Hall). Gangaikondacholapuram Temple – In a small town is the imposing stone temple Gangaikondacholapuram the eleventh century, has amazing murals sculptures, huge bull and lion statues, bronzes and statues of various deities. Airavatesvara Temple of Darasuram – The temple complex was built by Raja Chola II. In the heart of the main hall is a carved image of Shiva in stone. Later continue drive to Tanjore. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Tanjore.
Day 7 Tanjore
Tanjore was once the capital of the mighty Chola Empire of the South India. After breakfast visit to Brihadeshwara temple which was built by the great Chola King Raja Raja I in the 10th century. Also known as the ‘Big Temple’, this massive temple is 216 feet high and the single spherical stone on top weighs 80 tons. A gigantic statue of Nandi, the Bull stands guard for the inner shrine of the temple. The courtyard walls of the sanctum sanctorum are covered with paintings. These paintings are similar to the frescoes of Ajanta. Overnight stay at Tanjore.
Day 8 Tanjore / Trichy / Chettinad (155 Kms / 3.5 Hours)
After taking the breakfast you will proceed to Chettinad. Enroute visit to Trichy. It was one of the most important cities during the Chola reign in the medieval period. In the 18th century it stood as a witness to the Carnatic Wars fought between the French and the English. This was for supremacy in India. Here you must visit the Srirangam temple and Rock Fort Temple. The Rock Fort Temple has been built on an 83m high rock. It is the landmark of Trichy. Further upwards, a climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati. A little further takes one to the top of a Shiva temple. Apart from this do visit Lord Robert Clive’s house and the Danish Church. Later continue drive to Chettinad. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Chettinad.
Day 9 Chettinad / Madurai (90 Kms & 02 hour)
Breakfast at hotel and AM free for independent activities. In the afternoon drive to Madurai. A drive to Madurai takes about 2 hrs. On arrival check in at hotel. In the evening attend prayer ceremony at famous Meenakshi Temple. This temple is the best example of the Dravidan School of Architecture. Overnight stay at Madurai.
Day 10 Madurai
After breakfast at hotel visit to Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Koodal Azhagar Temple, Madurai market etc. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 11 Madurai / Thekkady (165 Kms / 4 Hours)
After breakfast, drive to Periyar / Thekkady through the delightful Cardamom Hills. Thekkady has one of the world’s most fascinating natural wildlife reserves noted for its geography, diverse wildlife and scenic beauty. On arrival, check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon boat cruise around the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, where one can have a unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. (Wildlife viewing is always dependent on one’s good fortune).Day at leisure. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
Day 12 Thekkady / Cochin (180 Kms / 4 Hours)
After breakfast, drive to Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Cochin is popularly known as the queen of the Arabian Sea. On arrival check in at hotel. PM free for independent activities. Overnight at Cochin.
After breakfast half day sightseeing of Cochin including Asia’s best preserved Synagogue (Closed on Friday), The Dutch Palace and the oldest European Church in India the St. Francis Church where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried. A leisurely walk through the Fort Cochin area which gives you a close look at the operation of the huge cantilevered Chinese fishing nets introduced by Chinese traders which is still used in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing. PM : Enjoy Kathakkali dance show. Overnight stay at Cochin
Day 14Cochin / Kumarakom (70Kms / 1.5 Hours)
After breakfast free for independent activities. In the afternoon check-out from hotel and drive to Kumarakom. On arrival check in at hotel. PM free for independent activities. Overnight stay at Kumarakom
Kerala is best known for its backwaters and an extensive portion of Kumarakom’s beauty lies in the panoramic stretches of palm-fringed backwaters.
Day 15Kumarakom / Alleppey (Houseboat)
After breakfast free at hotel. At 1200 hrs. board your exclusive ethnic houseboat for overnight cruise to Alleppey. Overnight on Houseboat
This cruise is designed to give one a fascinating insight into the life of Kerala Backwater Villages. As your boat glides along the backwaters one can see the daily life in the backwater villages on narrow strips of land, fisherman fishing, children swimming & playing in the water, women doing their daily chores, mobile shops in tiny canoes, the cultivation of paddy and its harvesting (during harvest season) huge country barges ferrying the coconuts, rice, coir etc., people traveling to the mainland for work and numerous small market places, tiny temples & churches etc.
Day 16Alleppey / Kovalam (approx 180 Kms / 4hrs)
After breakfast continue cruise to Alleppy. On arrival disembark and drive to Kovalam. Enroute visiting the Padmanabha Swamy Temple ,( Foreigners are not allowed to enter the shrine) The Museum and Art Gallery at Trivandrum and then continue to Kovalam. This idyllic retreat called Kovalam was formerly a sleepy tropical town. Now it witnesses a huge influx of all round the year. It’s lovely golden beaches dotted with swaying palm trees appear to have emerged out of a post card. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
Day free for independent activities or Half day city tour of Trivandrum. Overnight stay at Kovalam.
The Lighthouse Beach is the best-known beach in Kovalam and offers a striking view of the Vizhinjam Mosque. The Samudra Beach is a better option for those who love solitude. The Hawah Beach bustles with the activities of fishermen.
Day 18Kovalam / Trivandrum (Approx 20 Kms / 4.5hrs)
The blissful holiday in South India comes to an end today. Proceed to the airport in Trivandrum and board the flight back home.