Best of South India

(Magical journey of ancient Dravidian temples & God’s own country)
12 nights/13 days

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01- Arrive Chennai by flight

On arrival at Cochin airport after clearing immigration formalities, you will meet our representative in arrival hall holding paging of your name. He will further assist you to your vehicle and then hotel check-in formalities. (Standard check-in time is 1200 hours).

Chennai capital of Tamilnadu, earlier also known as Madras. The city is very well keeping South India artistic, culinary and religious tradition. It has Asia’s second longest urban beach “Marina”. Being the metro modern city, it still has its old charm with simple people, old temples, churches, museum and Monuments.

Later in the afternoon visit Kapeeleshvar Temple, Fort St. George and Government Museum.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02- Chennai – Kanchipuram- Mahabalipuram (approx. 55 Kms/ 1 ½ hrs )

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visit Kanchipuram. It has the monuments and temples

dating back to 6th to 8th centuary built by Pallava dynasty. It is also famous for its silk sarees.

Continue drive to Mahabalipuram. It was the major seaport in the ancient Pallava ruling period. It is

Unesco world heritage site having beautiful carved temples, Five Rath, shore temple and Krishna butterball.

On arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03- Mahabalipuram

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast proceed for half day sightseeing visiting Five Rath, shore temple and Krishna butterball.

Rest of the day will be free to relax or to pursue independent activities.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04- Mahabalipuram – Pondichery (approx. 110 Kms/ 3 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Pondychery. The city was under French rule under 1954 and has great influence of them. Still people speak Frenach here and English with French accent. You can observe the influence

If you take a walk to French colony their building and café still has the same France architecture traces.

The city world famous Aurbindo Ashram and Auroville Ashram.

On arrival check in at hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing visiting Aurbindo Ashram and Auroville Ashram.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 05- Pondichery - Thanjavur (approx. 110 Kms/ 3 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Thanjavur enroute visit Chidambaram.

Chidambaram: The temple is dedicated Lord Shiva master of dance (Natraj). It is a great example of Dravidan architecture.

Continue drive to Darasuram. On arrival visit Airavatesvara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Airavata was

Lord Inder’s elephant, it has four tusks and seven trunks.

Continue drive to Thanjavur, on arrival check in at hotel. Thanjavur was once the capital of great Chola empire. Today Thanjavur is modern, hectic and crowded town of India. The city is also famous for world Famous Brihdehwara temple.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 06- Thanjavur

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast proceed for half day city sightseeing visiting Brihdishwara temple dedicated Lord shiva and Saraswati Mahal Temple, one of the oldest library in Asia which display a rare collection of Palm

Leaf manuscripts.

Afternoon excursion to Trichurappali, on arrival visit Rock Fort Temple. It is a historic Fort & temple build on ancient rock.

Evening drive back to Thanjavur for overnight stay.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07- Thanjavur – Madurai (approx. 220 Kms/5 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Madurai enroute visit Chettinadu famous for non -vegetarian dishes. It is one of the oldest city of Tamilnadu known for Meenakshi Amma Temple ranked one of the greatest temple of India in terms of amazing architecture beauty.

On arrival check in at hotel.

Evening visit Meenakshi Amma temple and be the witness of temple  procession.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08- Madurai –Munnar (approx. 160 Kms/5 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast visit Thirumalainayak Palace: The Palace built in 1636 built by King Thirumalai Naik. It is bland of Italic and Dravidian art.

Later drive to Munnar. Munnar is carpeted in emerald green plantations set an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki District.

On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09- Munnar

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast visit Ervakulam National Park. It was declared as National Park in 1978. The Park has a rolling hill plateau with a rolling with a base elevation of 2000 mt. Three major types of plant communities are found in the Park – grasslands, shrublands and forests. The Park has various population of endangered

Nilgiri Tahr including other little known fauna Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, small clawed otter, dusky striped squirrel etc.

Afternoon visit tea plantation and Tea factory (closed on Monday).

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10- Munnar – Thekkady (approx. 110 Kms/ 2 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Thekkady. It is located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level. Thekkady holds the nature’s beauty, wildlife Sanctuary, and famous spice plantation. The place has great opportunity For mountain walk and trekking.

On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon enjoy boat ride at Lake Periyar.

Evening will be at leisure to relax.

Day 11- Thekkady - Alleppey (approx. 95 Kms/ 2 hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast visit spice plantation with a naturalist. This tour gives you inside of famous spice plantation. Like cardamom, Pepper, turmeric etc.

Post breakfast visit spice plantation with a naturalist. This tour gives you an insight of famous spice plantation like cardamom, Pepper, turmeric etc. Later drive to Alleppey. It is also known as Venice of East. It is home of vast waterways network. On arrival in Alleppey embark the houseboat, locally called Kettuvalam. Kettuvalam is traditional houseboat with knot, during assemble work of this traditional houseboat not a single nail is used, only coir ropes tied in knot to hold the whole structure.

On arrival at Alleppey Jetty embark the houseboat. The cruise will take you through small water canals and while cruising you can see small villages and witness village people and their daily routine.

Dinner & overnight onboard.

Day 12- Alleppey - Cochin (approx. 65 Kms/ 1 ½ hours)

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast drive to Cochin. This magnificent Malabar coastal city has been attracting towards its shores many traders, explorers and travelers for over 600 years. The Old Fort Cochin area quench the thirst the travelers who has historical interest with its famous Portuguese settlement Mattenchery Jewish Synagogue and the Dutch Palace, Old colonial roads with tree line avenues. Huge Chinese fishing nets and St. Francis Church are another attraction. Here one can experience the stay of some of the best Ayurveda Resorts, Traditional Kathkali Dance and Traditional Martial art Kalarpayattu.

On arrival half day sightseeing of Old Fort Cochin covering Dutch Palace, Jew Street, Jewish Synagogue, Santa Cruz Bascilica, St. Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Nets.

Evening enjoy Kathakali dance (Classical form of dance drama) describing Indian ancient Hindu mythological stories. They present the story through beautiful dance wearing beautiful traditional outfits. It shows rich tradition and culture of India.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13- Depart Cochin by international flight

Breakfast at hotel.

Post breakfast assisted transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.

End of the tour