Start in Chennai (Madras) and end in Kochi (Cochin)! With the in-depth cultural tour Southern India Explorer, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Chennai (Madras), India and 8 other destinations in India. Southern India Explorer includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Chennai.Start point Arrival transfer from Chennai International Airport, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Explore the colonial sights in Chennai on a sightseeing tour, before travelling south to Mylapore. Here you will see temples, cathedrals, and exceptional art work. Continue to Mahabalipuram.
Tour the temple town of Mahabalipuram, known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. Wander through temples then watch beautiful embellished silk being created in local homes.
Travel 210kms to Pondicherry, home to a fusion of Indian and French. In the afternoon you will explore and learn about the history of the town.
In and around TanjoreDrive to Tanjore, visiting the 10th Century Chidambaram Nataraja Temple on the way. On arrival in Tanjore you will check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Visit the World Heritage Listed Sri Brihadeshwara Temple, and the Tanjore Palace and Museum. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own leisure.
This morning you will continue on your journey, travelling to Madurai. This ancient city is known as the Athens of the East. In the evening you will have a wonderful Temple experience.
Wander through one of the most important places for Hindu Pilgrims, the Meenakshi Temple. Continue to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak, a magnifcent example of Nayak architecture.
In and around ThekkadyContinue on your tour, travelling to Thekkady. In the afternoon you will explore the brilliant Spice Garden, learning about their cultivation and uses.
In and around AlleppeyDrive to Alleppey where you will board a traditional houseboat for an overnight journey. Cruise through the calm waters and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner on board.
In and around KumarakomAfter breakfast on board you will disembark in Kumarakom. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in the village, exploring the backwaters, plantations, and fields.
The day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure in this idyllic holiday destination.
After breakfast you will drive to Cochin, stopping at the Kumbalanghi Village on the way to experience the traditional lifestyle of the locals. On arrival in Cochin you will check in to your hotel for two nights.
This morning you will tour the commercial capital of Kerala, from synagogues to palaces, and see the famous Chinese fishing nets. The evening will conclude with fantastic entertainment!
After one last breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards ?ight. End point Departure transfer to Cochin International Airport, Cochin International Airport (COK), Nedumbassery, Alwaye, Kerala, India