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South India Trip 9N10D
South India tours are the best option to explore the southern part of this incredible land. South India tour packages are designed to cover different aspects like culture, heritage, wildlife, and pilgrimage. A visit to Tamil Nadu offers an enchanting experience, which will leave you awed by its magnificent architecture, rich culture, and exotic places. Be it beautiful beaches, and magnificent rock-cut temples with marvelous architecture. The origin of Tamil Nadu dates back 6,000 years and was ruled by three dynasties - the Cholas, Cheras, and Pandyas, prior to the Christian era. In Kerala, we will gain splendid experiences of exotic wildlife, lush tea and coffee plantations, dreamy backwaters, and lots more. This tour offers an exhilarating experience of Kerala that you will cherish for a lifetime.
- Chennai- Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral & the Museum
- Mahabalipuram- Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance & Five Rathas
- Pondicherry- Aurobindo Ashram and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Tanjore-Brihadeshwara temple, Darasuram
- Trichy-Srirangam Temple & Rockfort
- Madurai-Meenakshi Sundareshwar and Nayaka Palace
- Periyar- Wildlife Sanctuary, Boat Cruise & Spice plantation tour
- Kumarkom & Alleppey-Backwaters of Kerala & Houseboat
- Cochin- Kathakali, St. Francis Church, Dutch Palace, Jew Town, Jewish Synagogue, spice market & Chinese fishing nets
Upon arrival at Chennai airport we will assist you with checking in at the hotel.
Chennai is known for its cultural heritage & temple architecture. The region was served as an important administrative, military, & economic centre dating back to the 1st century. When the Portuguese arrived in 1522, they built a port, the region then passed into the hands of the Dutch, who established themselves near north of the city in 1612. On 22 August 1639, British East India Company was granted land, as a base for a permanent settlement.
Chennai - Mahabalipuram (65 km)
Morning Chennai city sightseeing visiting the very famous Santhome Church, Kapaleeswarar Temple and through the scintillating sand of Marina Beach. Later we drive to Mahabalipuram, 7th century port city of the South Indian. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th & the 9th century, & has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments are mostly rock-cut & monolithic, constituting the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible.
Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (90 km)
Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on a bank of Bay of Bengal. It is renowned for its various stone-carved monuments and ancient temples dating back to the 7th & 8th centuries - mainly developed during the reign of the Pallava Dynasty (275 CE to 897 CE).
Start this sunny day with a healthy breakfast after which you advance to Pondicherry. As you reach Pondicherry, check-in at the hotel and then after some rest take a tour to Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Handmade Paper Factory and Aurobindo Ashram.
Pondicherry was under the rule of French till 1954. This is why it is considered a French colony in India that showcases colonial heritage with streets dotted with yellow-walled houses and authentic street-side French cafes. This vibrant city - with a spiritual touch, French-style architecture, breezy shores, and tranquil air - welcomes you with all the love.
Pondicherry - Darasuram -Tanjore (170 km)
Morning drive to Darasuram (120 km). After Lunch at Darasuram visit Darasuram world Heritage Temple. Then drive to Tanjore.
Thanjavur: Thanjavur was one of the capitals of the Chola dynasty (one of the longest-ruling dynasties of South India). It is famous for Tanjore paintings and Bharatanatyam classical dance performances. It has been an important center of religion, art and architecture, silk weaving and most of the Chola dynasty temples are present here.
Tanjore - Trichi - Madurai (200 km)
Brihadeeshwara Temple - the first-ever all Granite temple in the world. This temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built during the Chola Dynasty, which captured Tanjore in 850 A.D, in 1010 AD. The presiding deity here is Nataraja (the dance form of Lord Shiva) and Nandi (Lord Shiva’s vehicle). Striking features about this temple is that it doesn’t cast shadow on the ground at noon and there are musical pillars within the temple that create music when tapped. Next, visit the Thanjavur Palace - the official residence of the Bhosle family that ruled Tanjore between 1674 and 1855. Within the palace, you will see the Sadar Mahal Palace, the queen's courtyard, the Durbar Hall, Raja Serfoji Memorial Hall and don’t miss out on the Royal Palace Museum displaying sculptures, weaponry, and elephant bells, etc. En route we stop at Trichy, which has very historic temples, monuments & churches. It was an important town in the days of the later Cholas, Nayaks as well as during the early days of the British East India Company. We start with Srirangam Temple, surrounded by the waters of the River Kaveri on one side & its tributary Kollidam on the other is a 600-acre island-town enclosed within the seven walls of the gigantic Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. There are not less than 21 Gopuram here in this temple, one of which is the tallest in South India.
Later we visit Rockfort .The most famed landmark is an 83 m high rock which is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The most amazing fact about the rock is that it is one of the oldest in the world approximately 3,800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland & older than the Himalayas. drive to Madurai
Madurai - Thekkedey (150 km)
Today we visit to Meenakshi Sundareshwar was first built 2000 years ago & was substantially expanded between the years (1623-55 AD). Initially there was only the Shiva temple. A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structure known as Ayiramkaal mandapam or the Hall of a thousand pillars in the outermost corridor.
Afternoon we drive to Periyar, Set on an attractive lakeside, it is South India's most popular Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a place to cruise on the lake & gives an opportunity to see wildlife. It is home to tigers, leopards, elephants, bison, antelopes, sambhar, wild boar, monkey, a wide variety of birds.
Later we visit spice plantation farms where we learn about the varieties & plantation of different spices.
Thekkedey- Kumarakom (135 km)
At sunrise we take a boat ride to view wildlife in the sanctuary on Lake Periyar. After two hours of wildlife viewing we get back to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit spice gardens.
Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kumarakom
Today we visit Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. There are two seasons for birds: between October & February there are cormorants, teals, & other ducks & from February to July there are darters (snake birds), night herons, egrets, & Siberian storks. It also has golden backed woodpecker, crow pheasant, white-breasted water hen, tree pie etc.
Later we board the houseboat, locally called Kettuvallam, cruise around beautiful backwaters of Kumarakom to Alleppey to observe & experience the daily life of the villagers along the backwaters.
Kumarakom - Cochin (60 km)
Early morning before breakfast go for a wildlife viewing to the sanctuary on Lake Periyar by boat cruise. After two hours of wildlife viewing get back to the hotel for breakfast.
Later drive to Cochin, a very popular & historical sea trade connection with Middle East, Mediterranean Europe, Dutch & British. It has one of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian coastline. Its cosmopolitan character is reflected in the buildings & structures representing different regions of the world.
Half Day Tour
We will visit Jew Town, synagogue, built in the year 1568, is magnificently decorated by Chinese tiles & Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. Also visit the spice market, where the air is filled with the pungent smell of spices & history that brought the world to its doorstep. Chinese fishing nets, (Cheenavala) are distinctly unique to Cochin. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.
In the evening see Kerala's most popular classical dance, Kathakali.
Cochin - Departure
Our tour concludes: We thank you for your patronage & look forward serve you again in near future.
- 09 Nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- All meals
- A-C transportation as per the itinerary
- English-speaking Guide for the Tour
- Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
- Boat safari in Periyar & Spice farms visit.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- All presently applicable taxes
- Monument charges.
- Optional Tours.
- Any expense of personal nature such as hard-soft drinks, laundry, phone-fax calls, tips, etc.
- Any other expense not mentioned in the Packages includes.
is very famous for its timeless temples, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries and gorgeous coastlines.
Winter is the best time to visit for sightseeing and adventure activities.
The monsoon season (June to September) is considered the ideal time for Ayurveda therapy. In the rainy season, the pores in the body open which allow the Ayurvedic herbs used in therapies to absorb well.