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Beautiful South - 14 days

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!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions

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 travellers 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 the enormous Brihadishwara Temple before continuing south. Arrive 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 centre for worship and commerce, Madurai has been around since the dawn of civilisation 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 Wildlife Sanctuary

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

Day 8

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

There is plenty to do in and around Periyar. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of wild elephants or visit the nearby tea estates and spice plantation. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary  |  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.
Breakfast

Extend your stay with a relaxing spa break!

Kerala Ayurvedic Break - 8 days
The perfect end to an action packed holiday! Relax your spirit, body and mind on an ayurvedic break in beautiful Kerala. Indulge yourself with spa treatments and massages, unwind with yoga and soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Beautiful South - 14 days
USD $4075
USD $2050

Trip Highlights

Chennai - the gateway of South India
Pondicherry - former French colonial town
Trichy - the high up Rock Fort Temple
Periyar wildlife sanctuary and Kumily
Alleppey - Venice of the East
Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram - temple towns
Tanjore - the ornate Brihadishwara Temple
Madurai - great temple town
Kumarakom and the famous Kerala backwaters
Historic Kochi - Parsi Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Fort Cochin, colourful boats and Chinese Fishing nets on the waterfront

Included

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Periyar - boating on lake OR visit to tea plantations
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 15
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle
13 nights superior hotels (standard and deluxe hotels available upon request) & 1 night rice boat
Keralan backwaters - rice boat cruise (overnight)
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Entrance fees to all relevant sights

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

In Brief

Range
Starts
Chennai
Ends
Kochi
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Countries