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Incredible South India Tour
A Guaranteed Departure Tour of India
Tour Duration : 14 Days Tour
Destinations :
Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Tanjore, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram and Chennai.
Tour Description : This journey takes you to the two most important States of South India. Kerala God's Own Country and the Enchanting State of Tamil Nadu. The tour offers a combination of Natural and the Heritage beauty which South India has to offer. We start our journey with the God's Own Country Kerala by arriving into Cochin the Commercial Capital of Kerala and ending in Chennai the Cultural Capital of South India. One can see the vide contrasts between the two most popular destinations of South India Kerala and Tamil Nadu. At one end, Kerala offers peace, tranquility and is close to the mother earth. It's full of Natural beauty, lakes, Backwaters, Tea estates, spice plantations, beautiful beaches and one can unwind by venturing into the Ayurvedic therapies which are offered throughout the Kerala. A perfect way to unwind your mind, body and soul. Tamil Nadu is quite distinct and has a completely different contrast as compared to Kerala. We tour some of the oldest Hindu temples of the Dravidian culture, an ancient culture distinguished by unique customs. The cultural icons are everywhere - huge temples with towering gopurams(gateways), intricate rock carvings and the shore Temples of Mahabalipuram, a former French Colony - Pondicherry where French is still popular. Above all the tour offers great variety and a chance to experience the mouthwatering food of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.



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Tour Summary
Map
Day
Place
Day 01 Arrive Cochin
Day 02 Cochin
Day 03 Cochin - Thekkady: (Drive: 195 Km / 5 Hrs)
Day 04 Thekkady
Day 05 Thekkady - Kumarakom: (Drive: 150 Km / 3 ½ Hrs)
Day 06 Alleppey - Kovalam: (Drive: 175 Km / 4 Hrs)
Day 07 Kovalam
Day 08 Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Madurai : (Drive: 327 Km/ 7-8 Hrs)
Day 09 Madurai
Day 10 Madurai - Tanjore: (Drive: 195 Km / 4 Hrs)
Day 11 Tanjore - Pondicherry: (Drive: 200 Km / 4 Hrs)
Day 12 Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai: (Drive: 195 Km / 4-5 Hrs)
Day 13 Chennai
Incredible South India - Tour Map
Day
Place
Day 14 Chennai - Home:


Detailed Itinerary


St. Francis Church - Cochin

Day 1: Arrive Cochin
Namaste! We are warmly welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. After immigration and custom formalities, we are transferred to our Hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest Overnight: Crowne Plaza (2 Nights)

Day 2: Cochin
Our morning tour of Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala, with one of the finest natural harbors in the world, starts with visit to the oldest European Church in India "St. Francis Church". Today it is governed by the Church of South India (CSI). Vasco De Gama was buried here before his remains were taken back to Portugal 14 years later. Next we visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral Built by the Portuguese in around the 16th century; this Roman Catholic Church is famous for the beautiful paintings on its ceiling. We visit the Jewish Quarter with its old synagogue, and the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin. Later we take a boat cruise to visit the Bolghatty Palace and observe the fascinating Chinese fishing nets in action. In the evening we enjoy Kathakali Dance Performance. This dramatized presentation of a play usually based on the Hindu epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas and has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 3: Cochin - Thekkady: (Drive: 195 Km / 5 Hrs)Spice Plantations - Thekkady
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thekkady. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (Entry: 0600 to 1800 hrs): Lying close to plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. On arrival in Thekkady, we check in our Hotel. After lunch we visit a spice plantation. About 4000 Sq. KM of Idukki district is under spice plantations. The main occupations of the natives are spice farming and trading. The original produce was cardamom, pepper, ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, tea etc. This will give an excellent opportunity to the visitor to see the spice plants and Ayurvedic medicinal plants and buy some garden fresh spices from the plantations. This is a guided Tour and it will take 1-1:30 hours. Later in the evening we return to our hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Thekkady Wild Corridor (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Thekkady
Our day starts with a Jungle walk at the Periyar Wild life Sanctuary. Later we comeback to our hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon we take boat ride over the Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat on the water's edge. While cruising on Lake Periyar, we are likely to see animals like Wild Boars, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Langur Monkeys, Wild Elephants and water birds; darter, Wild Life - Thekkadygrey heron, egret and kingfisher. Evening is free to explore the local bazaars at Thekkday and time to purchase some local spices grown in that area. Dinner and Overnight is at hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Thekkady - Kumarakom: (Drive: 150 Km / 3 ½ Hrs)
Today we drive to Kumarakom. An unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies. Situated on the Vembanad Lake, in this small water world you will come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes which will take you into the heart of the scenic lake. On arrival in Kumarakom we board our traditional houseboat (rice boats - "Ketuvallam") and begin our journey through the picturesque backwaters and small lakes relaxing in the tranquility of Kerala's beautiful scenery -Experience the way of life and activity of the local people. Overnight: A.C. Deluxe House Boat (1 night) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Alleppey - Kovalam: (Drive: 175 Km / 4 Hrs)
Breakfast on board. Sail to Alleppey & disembark at Puthenagady Jetty. A scenic comfortable drive conveys us to the beautiful Kovalam Beach on the Malabar Coast near Trivandrum. Kovalam BeachThe palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a relaxed stay. We then enjoy 01 Rejuvenation Massage (01 Hour) and get to relax by the beach with endless white sands by the blue waters of the Arabian Sea in secluded a coconut groves. Overnight: Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Kovalam
Enjoy 01 Rejuvenation Massage (01 Hour) and free day to relax on the beach. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8: Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Madurai : (Drive: 327 Km/ 7-8 Hrs)
After breakfast we leave for Madurai, en-route visiting Kanyakumari "Lands End" of India. Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of peninsular India where the waters of the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. We visit the Temple of Goddess Kumari, Vivekananda Rock Memorial in the sea where Swami Vivekananda mediated. Later after lunch we continue our onward journey to Madurai. On arrival, we check in our Hotel. Overnight: Hotel Sangam (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Madurai
Madurai situated in southern Tamil Nadu is the second largest city in Tamil Nadu, is an important cultural and commercial centre. Today we visit Madurai. The main city area revolves around Meenakshi Temple, with its baroque example of Dravidian architecture and the four tall gopurams (pillars) with multicolored gods, goddesses, demons and deities. Madurai is famous for the imposing Meenakshi Temple, a structure in the Dravidian style of architecture. The history of the city dates back over 2,000 years when it was the capital of the Pandyas. The most interesting feature of the temple is its Hall of a thousand pillars some of which sound like metal when hit with an object. The metal stone or musical pillar, although made of stone, produces sounds of different metals. Other places of interest include the Tirumalai Nayaka Temple and the Temple Art Museum. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10: Madurai - Tanjore: (Drive: 195 Km / 4 Hrs) Brihadishwara Temple - Tanjore
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Thanjavur, popularly known as Tanjore, where lies the famous Brihadishwara Temple and its sprawling palace complex. The town is famous also for its distinctive style, a combination of raised and painted surfaces. "Krishna" is the most popular deity depicted, and in the Tanjore School his skin is white, rather than the traditional blue-black. Tanjore was the ancient capital of the Chola Kings whose origins go back to the beginning of the Christian era. Our afternoon tour of World Heritage Site of Tanjore includes in the Shri Brihadishwara temple built by "Raja-Raja" in 1010, which is the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. The temple, set in spacious grounds, has several pillared halls and shrines. Inscriptions record the names of dancers, musicians and poets a reminder of the significance of this area to the development of the arts. We end our tour of Tanjore with a visit to the Tanjore Palace & Museum which has an eclectic collection of regal memorabilia most of it dating from the early 19th century.
Overnight: Hotel Sangam (1 Night) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11: Tanjore - Pondicherry: (Drive: 200 Km / 4 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Pondicherry. The Union Territory of Pondicherry is situated on the Coromandel Coast of South India, about 160 kms south of Chennai. Pondicherry traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the south. It was also the site of many a battle between the British and the French, and was the capital of French India, before it attained its independence. Being a small and quiet enclave of Tamil Nadu, it has imbibed Tamilian culture. Apart from the charming atmosphere, excellent restaurants, and cheap beer, what attracts most travelers to Pondicherry is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram, founded by Sri Aurobindo in the year 1926, has brought international reputation to this coastal town. Tours of the ashram, the spiritual tenets of which combine yoga and modern science, are popular within India and abroad.
Overnight: The Sunway Manor (1 Night) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai: (Drive: 195 Km / 4-5 Hrs)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Mahabalipuram. We visit the World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram. This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. It is known especially for its Rathas (temples in the form of chariots), Mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air relief's such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. After lunch, we continue our journey to Chennai. On arrival we check in our Hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: ITC Grand Cholla (2 Nights) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Marina Beach - Chennai
Day 13: Chennai
Our tour of Chennai starts with The National Art Gallery & Museum. The museum was established in 1857 and contains one of the best collections of bronzes in the country, including the famous icon of Natraja. Our Next stop is at St. Mary's Church-built in 1680. This was first English Church in Chennai and is India's oldest surviving British church. In the church there are reminders of Clive, who was married here in 1753, and Elihu Yale, the early governor of Madras. We end our tour with a visit to Peoples Park and the beautiful Marina Beach, the second longest beach in the world, and the clock towers.
(Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 14: Chennai - Home:
Today is free for shopping and other personal activities. In the evening we enjoy our farewell dinner. After a memorable journey through incredible India, we are transferred to the airport for our departure home or to our next exciting destination. (Breakfast, Dinner)

(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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PRICES OF THE ABOVE TOUR -
(All Prices on Per Person Basis in USD)


Departure Dates
Price in USD
Tour Start Date Tour End Date Per Person Cost on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
19-Sep-2015 02-Oct-2015 USD 1850 USD 565
19-Oct-2015 01-Nov-2015 USD 2170 USD 705
23-Nov-2015 06-Dec-2015 USD 2170 USD 705
21-Dec-2015 03–Jan-2016 USD 2350 USD 805
18-Jan-2016 31-Jan-2016 USD 2170 USD 705
22-Feb-2016 06-Mar-2016 USD 2170 USD 705
21-Mar-2016 03-Apr-2016 USD 2170 USD 705
18-Apr-2016 01-May-2016 USD 1960 USD 575
20-May-2016 02-Jun-2016 USD 1960 USD 575
17-Jun-2016 30-Jun-2016 USD 1960 USD 575
16-Jul-2016 29-Jul-2016 USD 1960 USD 575
20-Aug-2016 02-Sep-2016 USD 1960 USD 575
17-Sep-2016 30-Sep-2016 USD 1960 USD 575


Accommodation

 City  Hotel Name  Category of room  No. of nights
Cochin Crowne Plaza -5 Star Deluxe Room 02
Thekkady Thekkady Wild Corridor-4 Star Deluxe Room 02
Kumarakom - Alleppey Deluxe A.C. Houseboat Houseboat 01
Kovalam Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort Standard A.C. Cottage 02
Madurai Hotel Sangam- 4 Star Standard Room 02
Tanjore Hotel Sangam- 4 Star Standard Room 01
Pondicherry The Sunway Manor- 4 Star Standard Room 01
Chennai ITC Grand Cholla- 5 Star Executive Club 02


Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions Exclusions
Accommodation on twin share basis in the mentioned hotels for 13 Nights with daily buffet Breakfast as per the itinerary. Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, telephone bills, alcoholic / Non Alcoholic beverages
(Total 29 Meals) 13 Breakfasts, 13 Dinners & 3 Lunches as per the itinerary Tips and other such cost which is to be paid to the drivers, guides, porters etc.
Transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary by air-conditioned Vehicle. Visa fees or International flight tickets and insurance.
All entrances to Monuments of visit as per the itinerary, excluding camera / Video Camera Charges. Any other services not mentioned in the cost inclusions.
Road tax, Toll Charges, parking fees and driver's overnight wages.  
Services of English Speaking guide for sightseeing (Local guide at each city for 1-5 Pax and tour escort throughout the tour for 6 pax and above).  
Harbor Cruise in Cochin (Common Boat)  
Kathakali Dance performance - Cochin  
Boat Ride at Lake Periyar - Thekkady  
Guided Jungle Walking Tour - Thekkady  
02 Rejuvenation Massages at Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort – Kovalam  
All presently applicable taxes.  


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