SOUTHERN INDIA - CHENNAI TO KOCHI
SOUTHERN INDIA – CHENNAI TO KOCHI
CHENNAI – KANCHIPURAM – PONDICHERRY – CHIDAMBARAM – KUMBAKONAM – THANJAVUR – MADURAI – MUNNAR – KUMARAKOM – ALAPPUZHA – KOCHI
14 DAYS YEAR ROUND

A treasure trove of cultural experiences, South India, from the Coromandel Coast to Kochi, is more than just a cluster of destinations. Here you will visit the past in ancient temples, climb hill stations to taste tea, watch the most eloquent of dance performances, eat food on a banana leaf, and count the stars while floating in a houseboat.

Tour Highlights
  • BANANA LEAF LUNCH
  • BULLOCK CART RIDE AT TANJORE
  • TEA AND SPICE AT MUNNAR
  • STAY IN A HOUSEBOAT
  • TEMPLE OF DANCE
  • MAGICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BRIHADESWARA TEMPLE

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    INDIA

  • When
    :

    YEAR ROUND

  • What
    :

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

Itinerary

Welcome at Chennai Airport and transfer to hotel. Later, explore Chennai in a half-day tour covering the city’s highlights.

Full-day excursion to visit Kanchipuram, the City of Temples, visiting the most famous ones.

Drive to Pondicherry with a stop at the magnificent shore temple of Mahabalipuram. This 7th century stone structure portrays scenes from the Mahabharata with the vast sea as its backdrop. Enjoy a banana leaf lunch here.

Explore Pondicherry, with its unique French- Indian personality; visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Pondicherry Museum, Sacred Heart Church and the French part of Pondicherry.

Visit Chidambaram where the Nataraja Temple worships the Lord of Dance and the temple resounds with the sound of the art.

Proceed to Kumbakonam, visit Dharasuram, a 12th century temple with splendid architecture.

Start your day with a fun bullock cart ride. Then proceed to Thanjavur, to see the Brihadeswara Temple; this UNESCO World Heritage Monument is an architectural miracle.

Get a bird’s eye view of Trichy from the Uchhi Pillayar Temple atop the hill that houses the Rock Fort Temple. Visit the towering Srirangam Temple before leaving for Madurai.

An early visit to the Jasmine Market, Madurai’s pride. Then visit the Madurai Meenakshi Temple and the Thirumalai Nayak Palace.

This evening, head to the temple again to see the wedding ceremony for Gods.

Head to the misty hills of Munnar with endless rows of tea plantations and an incredibly scenic town. Visit a tea estate and watch how tea is processed followed by a tasting session.

Drive to Kumarakom, stopping at a rubber plantation where you can see how it is tapped.

 

At Kumarakom, set out to visit a Toddy plantation; see how it’s done and try it out.

Drive to Alappuzha to board a Houseboat. Sail through the scenic backwaters of Kerala in your houseboat and sleep under the stars tonight.

Drive to Kochi. Soak in Fort Kochi’s colonial charm as you walk through its Basilica and Chinese Fishing nets before moving on to Mattancherry’s Dutch Palace, Pardesi Synagogue and the Jewish market with its quaint cafes, art galleries and shops selling handmade fabrics.

Visit the Hill Palace Museum with its royal collection and pieces of Kochi’s past.

In the evening, enjoy a splendid Kathakali performance.

Transfer to the airport to connect for your onward flight.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    2018 FROMTWINSINGLE
    APR – SEP$2,670$3,726
    OCT – MAR$2,808$4,023

    *Discounts apply for 3 or more passengers.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers with English speaking driver in each location.
    • All land transportation, from your arrival on day one through to departure on the final day.
    • Good quality, well located accommodation, with private facilities and breakfast daily.
    • Other meals are listed in each itinerary.
    • Private sightseeing tours (except Wellness, Rail and Oberoi cruise), with your own English speaking guide.
    • Porterage for 1 bag per person.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • Camera charges may be extra
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each location.
    • Prices are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price changes.
    • Prices are correct as at 19Mar18 and valid to end 2018.
    • Flights are NOT included. Some internal flights can often be included with your International ticket to save you money. We will discuss flights with you and advise the best options.
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