Best of South India in 13 Days, Max 6 Guests - 13 Nights Sightseeing

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Start in Chennai and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the sightseeing tour Best of South India in 13 Days, Max 6 Guests, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Chennai, India and 9 other destinations in India. Best of South India in 13 Days, Max 6 Guests includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Arrive Chennai

    Welcome to India! Upon arrival at Chennai airport, you are greeted by our representative. Transferred to hotel where our representative helps you check in and briefs you about the following tours. Rest of the day is at leisure.? Accommodation: Accord Metropolitan, Chennai (4 stars) or similar

  • Chennai - Mahabalipuram by Car

    After breakfast proceed to visits of Chennai. Visit Santhome Church, the International Shrine of St. Thomas Basilica which has an underground tomb chapel where pilgrims can pray in front of the sepulcher of St. Thomas. Continue to Kapaleeshwarar Temple, which is of typical Dravidian architectural style, with the gopuram overpowering the street on which the temple sits.? After visits you will be transferred from Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Stop-over for coffee break and photo stop on your request. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. ? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram (4 stars) or similar

  • Mahabalipuram

    After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. After visits drive back towards Mahabalipuram. Here start your tour at Mahabalipuram from a visit to the 7th-century Shore Temple which is surrounded by lush gardens, followed by an exploration of the celebrated bas-relief at Arjuna?s Penance and the Five Rathas. Rest of the day is at leisure.? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram (4 stars) or similar

  • Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry by Car

    After breakfast continue your journey down the coast to the pretty seaside Pondicherry, known as the former capital of the French territories in India. Stop-over for coffee break and photo stop on your request. On arrival check in at the hotel.? Afternoon take a walk through the French Quarter of Pondicherry to soak up the French flavors and feel the city?s leisurely approach to life when strolling past charming colonial architecture & street side cafes, you may also take a bicycle if you prefer. Later visit the Aurobindo Ashram that promotes the ideas to bring about a synthesis of yoga and modern science. The Lord Ganesha Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple is a quite visited Hindu Temple. Rest of the day at leisure. ? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Accord, Pondicherry (4 stars) or similar

  • Pondicherry - Tanjore by Car

    In and around TanjoreAfter breakfast continue your journey towards Tanjore also known as Thanjavur. Stop-over for coffee break and photo stop on your request. On arrival check in at the hotel.? Afternoon visit the Brihadeeswara Shiva Temple which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by King Raja Raja Chola in the 11th century AD. The other places of interest are the Thanjavur Maratha Palace constructed by the rulers of Thanjavur, the Saraswati Mahal Library with more than 30,000 manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper and the Raja Raja Chola art gallery with a huge collection of stone and bronze idols dating back from the 9th to the 12th centuries. Observe and learn about how the exquisite bronzes and handicrafts are produced by the hands of local craftsmen. Rest of the day is at leisure. ? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Sangam, Tanjore (4 stars) or similar

  • Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai by Car

    In and around TrichyAfter breakfast you will be transferred from Tanjore to Madurai, stopover for coffee break at your request. En-route visit Trichy which is the citadel of the Chola Dynasty in the medieval period. Tiruchirapalli shortly referred as Trichy is located at the banks of Cauvery River and is the fourth largest city of Tamil Nadu. The first visit is to the Srirangam, located at a distance of around 5 km from Trichy. Here you visit Sri Ranganathaswami temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and boasts of having one of India?s largest temple complexes. Then head to visit Lord Robert Clives house and the Danish Church. Then visit Rock Fort a temple complex and a fort built on a rock with 434 steps to reach the temple of Lord Ganesha and more for the temple of Lord Shiva. This fort complex had witnessed the fierce battles in between the Bijapur and Madurai Nayaks, Marathas and Carnatic forces.? Later continue your journey to Madurai - South India?s greatest temple town and significant pilgrim site. Stop-over for coffee break and photo stop on your request. On arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai (4 stars) or similar

  • Madurai

    After breakfast visit Madurai which is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the recoded history dates back to 3rd century BC. The entire morning is for a tour of Madurai. Madurai sight-seeing includes Meenakshi Temple, Tirumala Nayak Palace, Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. The Meenakshi Temple complex is one of the largest and oldest in India. The temple was built 2000 years ago and was expanded Thirumalai Nayak. This is a temple of Lord Siva and his wife Meenakshi. Thirumalai Nayak Palace was built in 1636 by the king Thirumalai Nayak and is famous for its domes and arches. Continue to the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Rest of the day is at leisure. Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai (4 stars) or similar

  • Madurai - Munnar by Car

    In and around MunnarAfter breakfast drive to Munnar, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. You can stroll around and enjoy the peace and freshness of mountain air along with its breathtaking beauty and more.? Meal: Breakfast Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars) or similar

  • Munnar

    After breakfast start your day with visit to Eravikulam National Park which is one of the main attractions near Munnar. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr. This park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. After this proceed to visit Tea Museum. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. From here head to Echo Point. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point, situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar is a stopover for tourists visiting Top Station - the highest point in Munnar and the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) blooms here. End your tour with visit to Mattupetty. Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty located 13 km from Munnar is situated at a height of 1700 m, and is a delight for nature lovers. Rest of the day is at leisure.? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Devonshire Green, Munnar (4 stars) or similar

  • Munnar - Periyar by Car

    In and around PeriyarAfter breakfast drive to Periyar, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel. After checking into your hotel, you have time to stroll through one of the spice plantations this area famous for and learn about the many different uses of spices, both in medicine and food.? Afternoon take a cruise on the picturesque Periyar Lake at the heart of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Periyar Lake is a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. Formed with the building of a dam in 1895, this reservoir meanders around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the local wildlife. The 1 hour boat trips around the lake are the main way to tour the sanctuary. You might see deer, boar and birdlife. This evening you can choose to watch a martial art performance, the ancient Kalaripayattu that is said to be 3000 years old (Not included in the cost and quoted as supplement).? Meal: Breakfast? Accommodation: Elephant Court, Periyar (4 stars) or similar

  • Periyar - Alleppey by Car & Board Houseboat

    In and around AlleppeyAfter early breakfast you will be transferred to Alappuzha which was earlier known as Alleppey. This picturesque town also known as Venice of the East is crisscrossed with canals and offers you backwaters, beaches, and lagoons. A cruise in the backwaters is an unforgettable experience. Every year, on the second Saturday of August the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the Punnamada Lake. Kuttanad with continuous paddy fields and lush green coconut palms is known as the rice bowl of Kerala. This is one of the few places in the world where rice is cultivated below sea level. Coir is the most important commodity manufactured in Alappuzha. Here you will board a houseboat in Kerala?s backwaters. This houseboat trip is quite interesting as you will be passing by small villages. Overnight Houseboat. Friendly Tips:? It is advisable to board the houseboat between 12:00 - 13:00 Hour. The houseboats do not keep sailing throughout the night and the sailing time stops around sunset i.e. 17:00 - 18:00. After sunset the houseboats are moored on the dock for overnight while the fishermen comes in to through nets into water to catch fish, so at that time houseboats are not allowed. The houseboat sails for around 4 - 6 hours only during afternoon time. ? Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ? Accommodation: Lakes & Lagoon, Alleppey (Houseboat) or similar

  • Alleppey - Cochin by Car (1-2 Hour Drive)

    After breakfast on the houseboat, disembark at Alleppey and say goodbye to backwater then head to Cochin. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel.? After some rest start your exploration of Cochin. Follow the footprint left centuries ago by Dutch, Portuguese, British, Arab and Chinese and soak up the cultural atmosphere as you stroll along the quaint narrow lanes of Jew Town (close on Fridays, Saturdays, and Jewish holidays), a great place for shopping in Cochin. It is famous for antique shops. Then head to Mattancherry Palace which is a Portuguese palace popularly known as the Dutch Palace. Also visit St Francis Church originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. Your next stop will be at India?s oldest Jewish Synagogue also known as Paradeshi Synagouge and is the only one of the seven synagogues in the area still in use. It is constructed in 1567. End your tour with visit to the harbor where local fishermen manipulating the old Chinese fishing nets introduced and erected centuries ago. Afternoon is at leisure. This evening you may choose to enjoy Kerala?s signature performance of Kathakali, which is a classical form of dance, drama and music that is more than 400 years old (Not included in the cost and quoted as supplement). ? Meal: Breakfast ? Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Cochin (4 stars) or similar

  • Departure from Cochin

    After breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board flight for next destination. ? Meal: Breakfast

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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