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Travel the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this luxury south India tour that offers a wonderful amalgamation of culture and nature of South India. Explore magnificent South India and go for a sightseeing tour of Chennai, Mahabalipuram and see enchanting temples of Madurai and Tanjore. Stay in Luxury Beach resorts of Kerala, visit spice plantations, do jungle boat safari, spend a ni...

Travel the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on this luxury south India tour that offers a wonderful amalgamation of culture and nature of South India. Explore magnificent South India and go for a sightseeing tour of Chennai, Mahabalipuram and see enchanting temples of Madurai and Tanjore. Stay in Luxury Beach resorts of Kerala, visit spice plantations, do jungle boat safari, spend a night in luxury Houseboat, go for authentic Ayurveda therapies – Can you ask for more?

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Trip highlights
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Learning activities
    Learning activities
  • Botanical observation
    Botanical observation
  • Local culture
    Local culture

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Day 1: Chennai

Arrive Chennai airport. Meet our representative and get transferred to hotel by AC vehicle. Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the Tamil Nadu state. It's home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost. Religious sites include Kapaleeshwarar Temple, adorned with carved and painted gods, and St. Mary’s, a 17th-century Anglican church. On arrival check in to hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Overnight at Chennai.

Visited:
Chennai
Accommodation
ITC Grand Chola (Chennai)

Day 2: Chennai

After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing tour of Chennai (Government Museum, visit the famous Marina Beach (the second largest in the world), Fort St. George (the oldest fort in Chennai). Head straight to Santhome Cathedral, National Art Gallery, St. Mary’s Church, Anna Zoological Park). Overnight at Chennai.

Visited:
Chennai
Accommodation
ITC Grand Chola (Chennai)

Day 3: Chennai - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast check-out from hotel and travel to Mahabalipuram by AC vehicle. On arrival check into the hotel and proceed for local sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram the principal attraction of this town are wonderful monolithic monuments and stone sculptures. The important monuments are the five Rathas, visit the Shore Temple which is an impressive display of early temple construction in South India and Penance of Bhagirata, the world's largest bas relief also known as ‘Arjuna's Penance’ and Mahisasura Madapam. Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Visited:
Chennai, Mahabalipuram
Accommodation
Radisson Temple Bay (Mahabalipuram)

Day 4: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

After breakfast check-out from hotel and proceed to Pondicherry by AC vehicle. 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. The ashram is the one of the most popular in India with westerns and is also one of the most affluent. On arrival check into the hotel and relax. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Accommodation
Le Dupleix (Puducherry)

Day 5: Pondicherry

After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing tour of Pondicherry (Arikamedu, Aurobindo Ashram, Bharathi Park, Botanical Garden, Matrimandir (Auroville), Promenade Beach, Botanical Garden, Matrimandir (Auroville), Promenade Beach) after sightseeing rest at hotel. Overnight at Pondicherry.

Visited:
Puducherry
Accommodation
Le Dupleix (Puducherry)

Day 6: Pondicherry - Thanjavur

After breakfast check-out from hotel and proceed to Thanjavur (Tanjore)by AC vehicle. On arrival check into the hotel and proceed for local sightseeing of Thanjavur (Brihadisvara Temple and Fort, The Shrine of Sri Subramanya, Thanjavur Royal Palace and Museum) after sightseeing rest at hotel, overnight stay. Overnight at Thanjavur.

Accommodation
Night at Ideal River View Resort (Thanjavur)

Day 7: Thanjavur - Madurai

After breakfast check-out from hotel and proceed to Madurai by AC vehicle. On arrival check into the hotel and relax. The temple town of Madurai, situated on the banks of river Vaigai, is one of the most ancient cities in India with a history dating back to the pre-Christian times. It was the imperial capital of the Pandyan Empire in the 14th Century AD. Madurai was the seat of Tamil learning and the last of the Tamil Sangams (Academies) was held here nearly 2000 years ago. Overnight at Madurai.

Accommodation
Heritage Madurai (Madurai)

Day 8: Madurai

After breakfast proceed for local sightseeing tour of Madurai (Gandhi Museum, Mariamman Teppakulam, Sri Meenakshi Temple, Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal) After sightseeing rest at hotel, overnight stay. Overnight at Madurai.

Visited:
Madurai
Accommodation
Heritage Madurai (Madurai)

Day 9: Madurai - Thekkady

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Thekkady by AC vehicle. On arrival check into the hotel. Thekkady/ Periyar popularly known as the southernmost tiger reserve of India – the national park is more popularly known for Elephants. On arrival check-in to a nature/ wildlife resort. Periyar has got some unique resorts like Lake Palace, Cardamom County, Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House etc. Later visit spice plantation Overnight at Thekkady.

Visited:
MaduraiThekkady
Accommodation
Spice Village (Thekkady)

Day 10: Thekkady

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Thekkady - Morning enjoy boat cruise in Periyar national park one of the world's most fascinating wild life reserves. The Periyar wild life sanctuary in Thekkady is spread across 777 sq km of which 360 sq km is thick ever green forest. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Enjoy elephant program includes feeding, bathing etc Overnight at Thekkady.

Visited:
Thekkady
Accommodation
Spice Village (Thekkady)

Day 11: Thekkady - Houseboat

After early breakfast check out from hotel and travel to houseboat. Set out on an enchanting overnight backwater cruise in traditionally decorated houseboats. Check in time is 01:00 PM and cruise starts with lunch. While cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual - skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, and local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, and ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Food will be served onboard. Overnight at Houseboat.

Visited:
Thekkady
Accommodation
Xandari Houseboat (Thekkady)

Day 12: Houseboat - Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. On arrival at Kumarakom check into hotel and go for Kumarakom sightseeing. Kumarakom, a land lying on the banks of Lake Vembanad, enveloped with stunning scenery. Engage in what the locals master in - pluck huge coconuts and learn de-husking, breaking and grating them to prepare delicious dishes, flavored with exotic spices! Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a home to thousand and more of rare species of birds, is also included in the itinerary. Evening relax or if you wish enjoy Ayurveda massage at hotel. Overnight at Kumarakom.

Visited:
Kumarakom
Accommodation
Night at The Zuri (Kumarakom)

Day 13: Kumarakom - Cochin

After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed to Cochin by AC vehicle. On arrival check in to hotel, leisure and overnight at hotel. Evening watch the enticing traditional Kathakali Dance. Overnight at Cochin.

Visited:
Kumarakom, Cochin

Day 14: Cochin

After breakfast go for sightseeing tour of Cochin. Take an exploratory tour of Cochin and visit various historical monuments which are considered to be architectural marvels, like the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Santa Cruz Cathedral, the Bolgatty Palace, and Willingdon Island. Afternoon enjoy lunch at special restaurant. In the evenings take a stroll on the Cochin Beach and view an extremely beautiful sight of sunset. Also see the famous Chinese fishing Nets silhouetted against a backdrop of the sunset. They make for a spectacular sight Overnight at Cochin.

Visited:
Cochin
Accommodation
Taj Malabar (Cochin)

Day 15: Cochin - Departure

After breakfast, check out from hotel and travel to Cochin international airport to board your onward international flight towards your native place. Tour ends with sweet memories!!!

Visited:
Cochin

ChennaiChennaiMahabalipuramPuducherryThanjavurMaduraiThekkadyKumarakomCochin

Price details

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The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

SeasonPrice Per Adult
Average trip price
From April to September $2,790
From October to March $3,370

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