Tea plantation | Kerala | India
FROM: USD $2,135 pp
Beautiful South - 14 days map

PRIVATE TOUR: Chennai, Pondicherry and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Kochi, colonial hill stations and a rice boat cruise on the Keralan backwaters. An action packed fortnight in the Southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, that simply has it all!

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Spot herds of elephants from an included boat ride on Lake Periyar
Alleppey - Visit the Venice of the East
Trichy - Discover the high up Rock Fort Temple
Chennai - Visit the gateway of South India
Pondicherry – Stroll along the beach in this French colonial city and visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Kumarakom – Relax on the shores of Lake Vembanad and opt to visit the local bird sanctuary and the famous Kerala backwaters
Historic Kochi - Explore the Parsi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Fort Cochin, colourful boats and Chinese fishing nets on the waterfront
Tanjore – Tour the hotspots of the city and gaze admiringly at the towering Brihadishwara Temple
Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram - Walk around these temple towns
Madurai – Explore the city and see the impressive rock cut temple of Thirupparankunram Murugan

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Keralan backwaters - Rice boat cruise (overnight)
Services of a licensed English speaking tour guide at all included sites
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
12 nights 3-4 star hotels and 1 night rice boat
Periyar - Boating on lake OR visit to a spice plantation
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 14

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Chennai

Once you arrive into Chennai you will be met and transferred to your hotel. An afternoon tour of the city includes a vist to St George Fort, built in 1653 and St Mary’s Church, the oldest British church in India.
Overnight: Chennai

Day 2

Pondicherry

Chennai - Pondicherry. En route to Pondicherry visit Kanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India and the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th to 8th centuries.

Drive south to Pondicherry, a former French colony which exudes a Mediterranean aura - whitewashed residences, ornamental gardens and excellent French-Indian restaurants. Many travelers come to visit the popular Sri Aurobindo Ashram, whose spiritual tenets combine yoga and modern science.
Overnight: Pondicherry  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Thanjavur

Pondicherry - Tanjore. Start the day with a sightseeing tour of Pondicherry which includes Aurobindo Ashram, French Colony, Pondicherry Beach and the Sacred Heart Church before continuing south. Arrival at Tanjore, also known as Thanjavur, Tanjore is an ancient fortified town, with a glorious history dating back more than 1500 years. Thanjavur was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins date back to the beginning of Christianity.
Overnight: Thanjavur  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Trichy

Tanjore - Trichy. Spend the morning on a sightseeing tour of Tanjore before a short drive to Trichy. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara Temple. Built by Raja Raja in 1010, the World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian pyramids. Trichy has been ravaged by war through the centuries. A lasting legacy is the Rock Fort and its temples.
Overnight: Trichy  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Madurai

Trichy - Madurai. Take a morning sightseeing tour of Trichy before the journey continues south to Madurai. An important center for worship and commerce, Madurai has been around since the dawn of civilization in southern India. A bustling city jam-packed with rickshawallas, pilgrims and traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar crammed to the gunnels with shops, markets and lodgings for tourists and pilgrims, Madurai is yours this afternoon. Go immerse yourself. This evening, you’ll witness a religious ceremony at a local temple. On the morning of day 6, enjoy a sightseeing tour. Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The afternoon is then free for you to further explore the city.
Overnight: Madurai  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

Periyar

Madurai - Periyar. Your journey continues to Periyar, south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary which is home to sambar, wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. You'll stay in Kumily, which is a pretty town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops which is close to the sanctuary.
Overnight: Kumily  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning spot herds of wild elephants and other wildlife on a Lake Periyar boat ride in the reserve, or visit the nearby spice plantation. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Kumily  |  Breakfast

Days 9-10

Kumarakom

Periyar- Kumarakom. Continue to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax and be at one with natural surroundings, you’ll enjoy two nights here. Check out the wonderful bird sanctuary.
Overnight: Kumarakom  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Kerala Backwaters - Allapuzha

This morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan rice boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies it’s route.
Overnight: Rice Boat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Kochi

Backwaters - Kochi. Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin). The city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. One can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish synagogue and Jewish community with ancient roots and 500 year old Portuguese cottages! Enjoy the remains of the day your way.
Overnight: Kochi  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Kochi

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour, including a walking tour of Fort Cochin. With the afternoon at leisure, perhaps watch famous Keralan dancers perform. Arrive early so you don’t miss the artists applying their awesome make-up.
Overnight: Kochi  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Kochi

Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.

If you'd like to extend your stay, we offer a variety of hotels, short stays and add-ons for you to choose from. Please read our best places to visit or best things to see each month for suggested places to visit on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.

For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, browse our travel guide.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

The Residency Towers Chennai, Chennai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Discover modern luxury at Residency Towers Chennai, where comfort blends with sophistication. Guests can take of advantage of the inviting outdoor pool and well-equipped fitness room, as well as relax with indulgent spa treatments. Crown Roof Top Restaurant provides a scenic backdrop of the city skyline, while Bike and Barrel English Pub invites guests to unwind with drinks and billiards. With complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service, every guest's needs are catered to. Conveniently located just moments from Globus Shopping Mall.

Hotel GRT Grand, Chennai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the heart of Chennai, the GRT Grand is a luxurious hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms feature some fantastic comforts including jetted baths, free Wi-Fi internet and state of the art LCD TVs. The hotel also boasts 3 delicious restaurants and an on site full service spa and indoor pool. Well located close to the Ramee Shopping Mall SDAT Tennis Stadium.

The Residency Towers Puducherry, Pondicherry

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Residency Towers Puducherry offers a luxurious retreat with top-notch amenities. Guests are welcomed with a fitness center and a variety of dining options including a restaurant and bar. The hotel boasts accommodations with captivating city views, along with access to an indoor pool for relaxation. Services such as a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi ensure a seamless stay. Each room is thoughtfully equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, minibar, coffee machine, and shower amenities. Guests can start their day with a buffet, continental, or American breakfast.

Hotel Sangam, Thanjavur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set among the historic temples of Thanjavur, Hotel Sangam offers you a peaceful and comfortable stay. Its guestrooms are spacious and feature modern interiors with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light. Enjoy local and international cuisine at the Thillana Restaurant, where you’ll find both guests and locals alike, or opt for a light snack and cool beer in the Layam Bar. An outdoor pool serves the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day of sightseeing. And you can always expect a warm greeting from staff, who are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area.

Courtyard by Marriott Tiruchirappalli, Trichy

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Tiruchirappalli offers a blend of modern amenities and warm hospitality. Guests can enjoy access to an outdoor pool and fitness centre, as well as a 24-hour front desk. The on-site Trichy Kitchen restaurant serves up a delectable array of local and international dishes, while Bar Soma offers premium imported beverages and cocktails for unwinding after a day of exploration. The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, minibar, and sofa for added comfort, with three complimentary bottles of drinking water provided daily. Bathrooms are equipped with showers for guests' convenience.

GRT Regency, Madurai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The GRT Regency is a modern, tastefully designed hotel with comfortable rooms that have been elegantly decorated with just a splash of colour. The hotel has extensive business and conferencing facilities as well as a modern gym and health centre to ensure that visitors want for nothing during their stay. Dining options are allow guests to choose from a range of different cuisines including traditional Indian and international. The hotel is only 2 km from the city centre and 3 km from the railway station.

The Elephant Court, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Located on 4 acres of land, the Elephant Court is a grand hotel decked out in cooling teak wood. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed with earthy hues of brown and pale green set off by crisp cotton sheets. Dining options include local specialities and international cuisine, all served in the restaurant with beautiful views of the swimming pool and surrounding area. A trip to the beautiful rooftop curio shop to pick up some souvenirs is a must. The accommodation is well located close to the Thekaddy forests.

WGH Poetree Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Poetree Thekkady offers guests a premium experience with complimentary amenities such as free car parking and Wi-Fi, ensuring seamless connectivity and flexibility throughout their stay. Situated close to attractions and a variety of dining options, guests can easily explore the vibrant surroundings. The property boasts high-quality facilities, including access to massage services, an on-site restaurant offering delectable cuisine, and a relaxing hot tub, providing guests with the perfect blend of comfort and convenience during their visit.

Greenwoods Resort Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled amidst the picturesque greenery of Kumily, Greenwoods stands as retreat offering an array of amenities and recreational activities. Guests can unwind in the inviting outdoor pool or partake in hiking adventures and gym sessions for a rejuvenating experience. The cozy rooms, adorned with light wood furnishings and ample natural light, provide a serene sanctuary, complete with modern amenities like TVs, tea/coffee makers, and work desks. Dining at the Amritham restaurant promises a culinary journey through Indian, Chinese, and Continental flavors, while room service caters to personalized dining preferences.

Eastend Lakesong, Kumarakom

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Nestled among the serene backwaters of Kumarakom, Eastend Lakesong comprises of 8 acres of facility packed leisure land. Guests sleep in villas and cottages, which are all well furnished with colourful interiors and comfortable beds. The onsite restaurants offer an excellent selection of local and international cuisine. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Ayurveda on site Spa? It is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring in the fierce Indian heat.

Rhythm Kumarakom, Kumarakom

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Nestled in the heart of Kumarakom, Rhythm Kumarakom offers a luxurious retreat with 42 air-conditioned rooms equipped with modern amenities. Immerse yourself in relaxation with a visit to the spa, featuring rejuvenating body treatments, or take a dip in the outdoor pool while enjoying panoramic views of the lake. Indulge in regional cuisine at La Breeze, one of the two on-site restaurants, or opt for 24-hour room service. The hotel also provides complimentary wireless internet, concierge services, and an arcade/game room for added convenience.

Houseboat - premium, air-conditioned, Alleppey

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Deluxe House Boat

Premium houseboats are elegantly furnished with up to four bedrooms, equipped with modern en suites and 24 hour air conditioning. There is an open lounge, dining area and deck to relax and admire the beautiful backwater views. The cruises are full board and you'll be served tasty meals, freshly prepared by the on board chef.

Casino Hotel, Kochi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Casino Hotel is a modern hotel located on Willingdon island, set in tropical gardens it is a beautiful blend of art deco and colonial Indian architectural styles. With a large pool and and spacious comfortable rooms this hotel offers a fantastic experience when in Kochi. Casino Hotel boasts 2 restaurants, a 24-hour health club as well as free wifi in public areas.

Trident Hotel Kochi, Kochi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Nestled serenely on Willingdon Island, Trident boasts an array of indulgent amenities, including an Ayurvedic spa, an inviting outdoor pool, and a modern fitness center. From the comfort of its air-conditioned guestrooms and suites, adorned with picturesque garden or pool views, guests revel in modern comforts like satellite TV and minibars, with suites offering the added luxury of separate living spaces. Dining at its four restaurants promises a culinary voyage, from the flavours of Indian and Continental cuisine at Travancore to the seasonal seafood delights of The Seafood Grill.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Chennai
Ends
Kochi
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
The Golden Temple of Auroville in Pondicherry
View of Trichy from across the water
Wooden boat drifting along the river in Kumarakom
Kochi Chinese fishing nets - Highlight
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