Best of South India

Best of South India
It’s all about intrinsic richness – be it in picturesque settings, vibrant culture,
authentic cuisine, splendorous monuments or all those special experiences one
would love to come across in a soul-seeking journey. Get to know the Grand Tour of South India and go through all the rich experiences that you would cherish for a lifetime

Duration 26 Nights & 27 Days
Places Covered Chennai – Tirupati – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum – Alleppey – Thekkady – Munnar – Cochin -Ooty – Mysore – Hassan – Hampi – Badami – Goa
Tour Highlights
  • Heritage & Cultural Site of South India
  • Ancient Temples
  • Scenic Backwaters, Wildlife of Kerala
  • Beaches of Goa

Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Assistance on arrival in Chennai airport you will be met by our staff and transfer to your Hotel afternoon tour of Chennai visiting Museum, Fort St. George and Kapaleeswara Temple and drive past Marina Beach – 2nd longest beach in the world overnight in Chennai

Day 2: Chennai – Tirupati

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After breakfast, proceed to Tirupati, famous temple town of Andhra Pradesh in South India. Check in at your hotel evening visit Balaji Temple – the richest temple in the world overnight in Tirupati

Day 3: Tirupati – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram – one of the seven sacred cities in India, visit the Temples of Kanchipuram, includes Kailasanatha Temple, Vaikunda Perumal temple and Ekambareshwarar Temple and after lunch drive to Mahabalipuram check into your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day 4: Mahabalipuram

Morning tour of Mahabalipuram visit Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance – biggest bas relief in the world and leisure walk to Five Rathas witness the craftsmen making statues check into your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Mahabalipuram

Day 5: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry, formerly a French Colony check into your hotel after noon sightseeing of Pondicherry, the main attraction here is the Aurobindo Ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo in 1926. The ashram is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and is also one of the most affluent and visit Manakula Vinayagar Temple evening explore the French buildings overnight in Pondicherry

Day 6: Pondicherry – Tanjore

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After breakfast leave for Tanjore enroute visit Natarajar Temple at Chidambaram later visit Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram temple listed in UNESCO as heritage sites overnight in Tanjore

Day 7: Tanjore

Morning tour of Tanjore visit the Brahadeeswara temple which was built by Chola King Rajaraja and is termed as the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture, listed in world heritage monuments and also visit the Tanjore Palace which was constructed in 16th Century and has huge corridors, spacious halls, observation and arsenal towers afternoon visit Kumbakonam Temples, Sarangapani Temple, Kumbeshwara Temple and Mahamaham Tank overnight in Tanjore

Day 8: Tanjore – Trichy

After breakfast drive to Trichy check into your hotel evening visit the Srirangam Temple, superb temple complex is surrounded by seven concentric walls with 21 gopurams and is probably the largest in India, later visit Rock Fort Temple – dedicated to Lord Ganesha overnight in Trichy

Day 9: Trichy – Chettinad – Madurai

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After breakfast drive to Chettinad witness the hidden treasures of the Chettinad region. Your excursion includes a visit to the Chettinad Palace, a textile weaving village, a tile making village and an antique’s market enjoy special Chettinad Lunch later drive to Marudai check into hotel witness the temple ceremony at Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple overnight in Madurai

Day 10: Madurai

Day visiting Thirumalai Nayak Palace, Tiruparamkundram Temple, Alagarkoil, Palamudir Cholai & Vandiyur Mari Amman Teppakulam overnight in Madurai

Day 11: Madurai – Kanyakumari

After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari check into your hotel evening visit Vivekananda Memorial, Tiruvalluvar statue by ferry & visit Kumari Amman Temple later witness the Sunset over the Arabian Sea overnight in Kanyakumari

Day 12: Kanyakumari – Trivandrum

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Morning witness the Sunrise after breakfast drive to Trivandrum enroute visit Padmanabhapuram Teak Palace check into your hotel evening visit Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum and Sri Chitra Art Gallery overnight in Trivandrum

Day 13: Trivandrum – Alleppey

After breakfast leave for Alleppey – an enchanting backwater village board your houseboat at 12.30pm cruise into the canals of Vembanad Lake to witness the traditional Kerala village life remind unchanged for many years here your crew will prepare you delicious Kerala meal overnight in Houseboat

Day 14: Kumarakom – Thekkady

After breakfast, leave for Thekkady, check in at your hotel afternoon boat safari on the lake of Periyar to view the wild life and take spice tour – you will actually see the spices of Kerala in its natural habitat overnight in Thekkady

Day 15: Thekkady – Munnar

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After breakfast drive to Munnar through the tea, cardamom & pepper plantations check into your hotel afternoon visit Mattupatti dam, Tea Museum, Echo Point, Top Station and other scenic spots overnight in Munnar

Day 16: Munnar – Cochin

After breakfast leave for Cochin check into your hotel afternoon tour of Fort Cochin including St. Francis Church – first European Church in India, Chinese Fishing nets – introduced by Chinese traders long ago still available in Kerala backwaters still available in Kerala backwaters as a traditional way of fishing and explore the Jew Town and spice markets evening witness the Kathakali dance show – traditional dance of Kerala overnight in Cochin

Day 17: Cochin – Ooty

After breakfast drive to Ooty enroute take Toy Train journey at Coonoor board train departs at 4.30pm enjoy the scenic beauty of Nilgiri Hills arrive Ooty at 5.45pm & car will pick you and transfer to your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Ooty

Day 18: Ooty

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Day tour of Ooty visiting botanical garden, Totabetta peak, and explore the tea plantations that spread as green carpet over the mountains overnight in Ooty

Day 19: Ooty – Mysore

After breakfast drive to Mysore check into your hotel after noon visit the Mysore Palace, this palace was the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore and visit Chamundi Hill – overlooking Mysore from 1062m summit of the hill is the Sri Chamundeeswari temple and the Brindhavan Gardens overnight in Mysore

Day 20: Mysore – Hassan

After breakfast leave for Hassan check into your hotel enroute visit Sravanabelagola check into your hotel after noon visiting Belur and Halebid Hoysala temples overnight in Hassan

Day 21: Hassan – Hospet

After breakfast drive to Hospet check into your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Hospet

Day 22: Hospet

Fullday take tour of Hampi, which holds many delightful surprises, visit the UNESCO’s heritage site at Hampi, the temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and monuments; attract the traveler because of their excellent workmanship. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi reflects the splendor of the Vijaynagar Empire. The rugged landscape adds to the historic ambience of this site overnight in Hospet

Day 23: Hospet – Badami

After breakfast drive to Badami check into your hotel rest of the day free overnight in Badami

Day 24: Badami

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Badami, dramatically sited in a gorge between two sandstone hills, afternoon visit the remarkable temples at Aihole and Pattadakkal, Aihole was the first Chalukyan capital and is regarded as the birthplace of Indian temple architecture overnight in Badami

Day 25: Badami – Goa

After breakfast drive to Goa check into your Beach resort rest of the day free overnight in Goa

Day 26: In Goa

Fullday tour of Goa includes Churches in Old Goa, Bon Jesus & Se Cathedral evening boat cruise on the River Mondovi overnight in Goa

Day 27: Goa Departure

Transfer to Goa Airport for your flight back home

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