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Pride of South India

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Tour Destinations


Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of 7th and 8th-century Hindu Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram.
  • Explore Pondicherry, a French colonial settlement in India until 1954.
  • Visit Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai), one of the oldest and most important temples in India.
  • Enjoy a night stay in a deluxe houseboat at the backwaters of Alleppey.
  • Explore the rolling hills of Misty Munnar dotted with tea plantations.
  • Visit Periyar National Park, ever green forest in the mountainous Western Ghats.

Itinerary

On arrival at Chennai airport, Alkof Holidays representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a full day guided tour to Chennai, visit the famous Marina Beach (the second largest in the world), Kapaleshwar Temple, Fort St.George (the oldest fort in Chennai). Thereafter, head straight to Santhome Cathedral, National Art Gallery, St. Mary's Church, Anna Zoological Park, Birla Planetarium and People's Park. Also visit Kalakshetra and Theosophical Society. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Mahabalipuram, en-route visit Kanchipuram - the city of 1000 temples and one of the seven sacred cities in India, here you can visit the Kamakshi Amman Temple, The Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, and Ekamberashwar Temple etc. Later continue drive to Mahabalipuram, upon arrival check-in to your hotel. Rest and relax at the hotel, later visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of 7th- and 8th-century Hindu Group of Monuments, visit Pancha Rathas, Ganesha Ratha, Cave Temples, Descent of the Ganges, Shore Temple, Olakkannesvara Temple, Mukunda Nayanar Temple, Pidari Ratha / Valian Kuttai Ratha, and Krishna's Butterball. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Pondicherry. Upon arrival at Pondicherry, check-in to your hotel. Rest and relax at the hotel, later proceed to explore the city, visit Aurobindo Ashram, Botanical Garden, Memorial House, Manakula Vinayagar Temple, Vedapureeswarar Temple. Rest of the day at leisure, enjoy the pleasant weather of the place and capture some special moments at the Promenade Beach. You can also explore the Nehru Street Market for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

Pondicherry (or Puducherry), a French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-colored colonial villas and chic boutiques. A seaside promenade runs along the Bay of Bengal and passes several statues, including a 4m-high Gandhi Memorial.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for the Auroville City. Founded in 1968 by the spiritual leader Mirra Alfassa, Auroville is an experimental community in southern India. It is a free town where people from all over the world could live in harmony. Its focal point is the Matrimandir, a futuristic, spherical temple covered in gold discs. Auroville Botanical Gardens protects the region's tropical dry evergreen forest. Auroville Beach is a long sandy stretch with gentle surf. Overnight stay at the hotel in Pondicherry.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Thanjavur. En-route visit Chidambaram - The town belonged to the Cholas of Southern India and is one of the most famous and sought-after travel destination when it comes to culture tourism, here you visit Pichavaram mangrove forest and backwaters, Thillai Nataraja Temple, Thillai Kali Amman Temple and Tirunallurpperumanam Temple. Later continue your drive to Thanjavur for overnight stay.

After breakfast at the hotel, head-out for sightseeing of Thanjavur, visit the Schwartz Church, Sivaganga Gardens, Lord Murugan Temple and Sangeetha Mahal. Later drive back to the hotel for night stay. After that leave for Kumbakonam, vist Airavatesvara Temple, a Hindu temple of Dravidian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by by Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century CE. Also visit Adi Kumbeswarar Temple, and Nageswaraswamy Temple, the temple is counted as the earliest of all Chola temples. Overnight stay at the hotel in Thanjavur.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Madurai, en-route visit to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), visit Rock Fort Temple, Jambukeshwara Temple and Srirangam Temple. Later continue your drive to Madurai, upon arrival check-in to your hotel. In the evening, visit the Meenakshi Temple for the special evening Aarti. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Madurai, visit Meenakshi Amman Temple - one of the oldest, largest, and most sacred Hindu temple in India, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi, a form of Goddess Parvati, and her consort, Sundareshwar, a form of Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River, every year millions on pilgrims visit this sacred shrine. Later visit Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple, Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Also visit the Tirumal Nayak's Palace, Alagar Koil and Gandhi Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Early in the morning, leave for Kanyakumari - the southern most tip of India, also the meeting point of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Upon arrival at Kanyakumari, check-in to the hotel. Later proceed for half-day sightseeig of Kanyakumari, visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a popular tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India. It was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. Also visit Sarvani Shaktipeeth Shri Bhagavathy Temple, a 3000 years ancient and is dedicated to Goddess Kanya Kumari. Also visit Tri Smudra Milan, Gandhi Mandapam and Suchindram Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Kovalam. On the way visit The Nagaraja Temple at Nagercoil. Later continue to Kovalam, upon arrival check-in at the resort. After fresh-n-up, visit Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Fishing Harbour, Vizhinjam Village, Samudra Beach, and Rock Cut Cave. Also enjoy the waves of Arabian Sea, and evening sunset from the light house situated near Kovalam beach. Overnight stay at the resort.

After breakfast at the resort, head-out to explore Trivandrum. Start your sightseeing with a visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple - built in an intricate fusion of the Chera style and the Dravidian style of architecture, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century gopura. After that visit Napier Museum, an art and natural history museum. Also enjoy some quality time on the Shankumugham Beach - the scenic beach is also a holy festival site, which is considered as the Arattukadavu of Sri Ananthapadmanabhan - the presiding deity of the city. Also visit Halcyon Castle - built in 1932 in the princely state of Travancore, in the modern-day state of Kerala. Overnight stay at the resort in Kovalam.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Alappuzha (or Alleppey) - best known for houseboat cruises along the rustic Kerala backwaters, a network of tranquil canals and lagoons. 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 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, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves. Evening is free at leisure, you can explore the local market of Alappuzha. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

After breakfast at the houseboat, leave for Thekkady (the location of the Periyar National Park). Upon arrival at Thekkady, check-in at your resort. Relax at the resort, later proceed for a sightseeing of Periyar National Park. Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is thick ever green forest in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wild life and scenic beauty, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. It is one of those wildlife reserves in India that remain open even in monsoon season. Optional activities like Boating at Periyar Lake, and Elephant Ride can be done at an extra cost. Also visit spice plantations of Kumily - a beautiful town and a popular tourist destination near Thekkady. Overnight stay at the resort.

After breakfast at the resort, leave for Munnar. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, later in the afternoon proceed to Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, were the rarest species of mountain goat, "Nilgiri Thars", can be spotted. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the day in exploring the rolling hills of Misty Munnar dotted with tea plantations. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale, Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range famous for its tea estates, exotic lush greenery and craggy peaks. This majestic hill station was once the summer resort of the British government in South India. Local sightseeing of Munnar includes visit to Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo point. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Kochi. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel, later proceed for local sightseeing of Cochin, visit Fort Kochi, Marine Drive, St.Francis Church, Dutch Palace, Santa Cruz Basilica, Bolgatty Island, and Indo Portuguese Museum. Overnight stay at the hotel.

In the morning, our local representative will transfer you to the Cochin Airport for onward destination.

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What's Included?

Accommodation

  • 16 nights accommodation in 3 star deluxe hotels on twin or double sharing basis
  • 1 night stay in a deluxe houseboat on the backwaters of Alleppey
    (Please Note: Accommodations can be upgraded to Luxury boutique hotels/4 star/5 star/5 star deluxe or your choice of hotels on request basis at an additional cost.)

Meals

  • Daily breakfast at the hotels
  • All meals at the houseboat in Alleppey (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Guide

  • English speaking local destination guides

Transport

  • All sightseeing and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as per the itinerary

Additional Services

  • Personal assistance during arrival and departure
  • 1 mineral water bottle per person per day
  • All applicable taxes

What's Excluded?

Flights

  • Any International or domestic flights are not included

Additional Services

  • Insurance - It is advisable that you buy a comprehensive medical/travel insurance in advance from your country before traveling to India
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Any monument entrance fee, camera fee
  • Any kind of tips, personal expenses, laundry, or telephone charges
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Good To Know

Payment Terms

A deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior tour starting date. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking. This can be paid through bank transfer, credit/debit card, or cash.

Cancellation

No additional cancellation fees apply for this tour. You can cancel the tour prior tour starting date and avoid paying the full amount, but the deposit you have paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within of tour starting date.

VISA

It is the sole responsibility of each individual traveller to get the required visa(s) for this tour, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with the Embassy of India in your home country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Duration
18 Days
Destinations
Chennai, Kanchipuram Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Alappuzha, Kovalam, Periyar National Park, Thekkady, Idukki, Kochi, Munnar, Auroville, Kumbakonam, Eravikulam National Park, Pondicherry +19 more
Starts/Ends In
Chennai / Kochi
Age Range
1 - 80 Years Old
Duration: Days

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