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Highlights of South India

South India Tours: A South India Tour is beyond doubt inspiring to those who admire beauty be it natural, art or architectural. In the below South India tour package, you’ll witness the captivating splendor of this region in its unique identity and rich culture - the architecture of the ancient temples, the richness of ayurveda, the peaceful backwaters and unspoiled beaches of South India Tourism.

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Duration of this South India Tour Package:

13 Days - 12 Nights

Tourist places in South India:

Cochin (2N), Kumarakom (2N), Periyar (2N), Madurai (1N), Trichy (1N), Pondicherry (2N), Mahabalipuram (1N), Chennai (1N)

Highlights: Cochin Tour, Kerala Backwater tour at Kumarakom, South India Heritage Tour - Madurai, Trichy & Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry & Auroville tour


Accommodation for 12 nights as per the meal plan mentioned
Airport & Hotel transfers
Private air-conditioned car with driver throughout the trip
English speaking tour guide in Cochin, Madurai, Trichy, Mahabalipuram, Chennai
Sightseeing tours, Entrance fee to monuments when accompanied with a guide

Your South India Travel can be extended in number of ways and customized based on your interests and requirements.

South India Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Cochin
On arrival at Cochin Airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Cochin for check-in.
Cochin Hotels: Brunton Boatyard (Luxury) | Trident Cochin (Deluxe) | Holiday Inn Cochin (Superior) | Hotel Arches Cochin (Standard)

Day 02: Sightseeing in Cochin
Cochin: Formation of Cochin happened with the amalgamation of smaller villages across the southwestern coast of Kerala. It has a mix of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and the Jewish influences that make this city unique.
Places to visit in Cochin: Go on a sightseeing tour of Cochin to explore its rich history and heritage accompanied with a Cochin Tour Guide. Visit the Jewish synagogue at Matanchery and walk through the old Jewish town; take a walking tour of old Fort Kochi and visit the important monuments including Dutch Palace, St. Francis Church (India’s oldest) and Santa Cruz Basilica and explore the streets on foot. Also see the famous Chinese fishing nets in action.
Evening visit the Kerala Kathakali Centre to watch a Kathakali dance performance - a classic dance drama where you’ll see how a story unfolds by dance, music, song and strangest of all, facial movements that convey the emotions and dialogue. It is a mixture of calm and rhythmic movements; frenetic drumming that leads to a dramatic climax but throughout colorful and elaborate.

Day 03: Drive from Cochin to Kumarakom (Distance 65kms & 2hrs. journey)
Drive from Cochin to Kumarakom. On arrival check-in to your resort in Kumarakom and enjoy the true sense of backwaters on a Kumarakom holiday package. Spend your day relaxing in the hammocks and lazying around.
Kumarakom, a famous backwater destination and village in Central Kerala is a cluster of little islands in the Vembanad Lake. The Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is spread across 14 acres of land is a preferred zone for the migratory birds and ornithologists.
Kumarakom Resorts: Kumarakom Lake Resort (Luxury) | The Zuri Kumarakom (Deluxe) | Abad Whispering Palms (Superior) | Backwater Ripples (Standard)

Day 04: Kumarakom Tour
Early morning go on a bird watching tour to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Afternoon, indulge in the surroundings & activities at the resort and later make a visit to a near-by village to get a sneak-peak into the Kerala Village life. Stroll lazily and enjoy fantastic views sitting on the banks of the vast yet calm Vembanad Lake.
Optionally you may opt for a Kumarakom houseboat package

Day 05: Drive from Kumarakom to Thekkady or Periyar (Distance 120kms & 3hrs. journey)
Drive from your Kumarakom resort to Thekkady, the delightful land of spices and wildlife. Check-in to your Resort at Thekkady on arrival
Thekkady Resorts: Spice Village Thekkady (Option 1) | Shalimar Spice Garden (Option 2) | Thekkady Wild Corridor (Option 3)

Day 06: Thekkady Tours and Tourist Attractions
Go on a nature walk this morning visiting Spice Plantations in Kerala with an opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife habitats. This 3hr. interactive trekking program will cover a length of 4-5kms passing through plantations, forests and waterfall.
Evening visit the farmlands of a village on a bullock cart ride behind the mountains of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Day 07: Drive from Thekkady to Madurai (140kms. & 3hrs. journey) & Sightseeing in Madurai
Drive from Thekkady (Periyar) to the UNESCO Heritage Temple Town of South India - Madurai. This city has the richest heritage of Dravidian culture about 2500 years old. On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Madurai. Afternoon go on a Madurai tour to visit the Madurai tourism & tourist attractions: Meenakshi Amman Temple (a 7th century temple), Gandhi Museum and also the Thiruparankundram Temple - one among the six abodes (Arupadai Veedu, meaning Six Battle Camps) of Lord Muruga.
Madurai Hotels: Heritage Madurai (Luxury) | The Gateway Hotel Madurai (Deluxe) | Hotel Sangam (Superior) | GRT Regency (Standard)

Day 08: Drive from Madurai to Trichy (Distance 140kms & 3hrs. journey) & Tour of Trichy
This morning drive to Trichy (also known as Tiruchirappalli), a city of a million sounds and sights that is rich in heritage and culture. On arrival, check-in to your hotel in Trichy.
Go for sightseeing in Trichy to cover Trichy tourism & tourist attraction spots: Visit the Srirangam Ranganathar Temple (The largest operational Hindu temple in the world. The temple is on an island in Cauvery river, Srirangam and the mythology that surrounds the history of this temple is interesting) & Rock Fort Temple.
 Tiruchirappalli/Trichy Hotels: Grand Gardenia (Option 1) | Hotel Royal Southern (Option 2) | Hotel Sangam (Option 3)

Day 09: Drive from Trichy to Pondicherry (Distance 200kms & 4hrs. journey) & Pondicherry sight seeing
Tour to Pondicherry: A coastal town on India’s Coromandel Coast that has a non-Indian flavor with its mix of French & Tamil culture with the laid-back feel of a college town.
On arrival, check into your hotel in Pondicherry. Later go for sightseeing in Pondicherry. Pondicherry places to visit/see are: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Manakkula Vinayagar temple (that was in existence before the French came and settled here in 1666) and a Tour to Auroville town.
Pondicherry Hotels/Resorts: Le Pondy (Luxury) | Le Dupleix (Deluxe) | The Sunway GRT Grand (Superior) | The Sunway GRT Grand (Standard)

Day 10: Relax by the beach resort in Pondy
Day free for your own activities; relax by the beach or go shopping on your tour of South India.

Day 11: Drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram (Distance 100kms & 2.5hrs. journey) and Mahabalipuram Tour & Sightseeing
After breakfast drive from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram, an ancient town on the outskirts of Chennai that is renowned for its rock-cut architectural beauty of Dravidian style.
Visit the World Heritage tourist attractions & places to visit/see in Mahabalipuram are: Shore Temple (one of the oldest temple in South India built in the 7th century); Pancha Pandava Rathas (or Five Chariots); Arjuna’s Penance; Caves and Mandapams.
Mahabalipuram Hotels: Radisson Temple Bay (Luxury) | Ideal Beach Resort (Deluxe) | Ideal Beach Resort (Superior) | INDeco Mahabalipuram (Standard)

Day 12: Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai (Distance 55kms & 2hrs. journey)
Drive to Chennai and on arrival check-in to your hotel in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Chennai Tourism: Chennai and the surrounding regions were part of successive kingdoms that ruled in South of India. However, the documentation of the history of this city began after the settlement of the English at Fort St George in 1644. 
Afternoon go on a tour & sightseeing in Chennai city, visit Fort St. George and Museum and Kapaleeshwar temple.
Chennai Hotels: Taj Coromandel (Luxury) | Taj Club House (Deluxe) | The Residency Towers (Superior) | Hotel Green Park (Standard)

Day 13: Departure from Chennai Airport

Your South India Tour concludes with a drop to the Chennai airport for your flight home or to another destination in India.