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Highlights of South India

Highlights of South India

The tour starts from Chennai, among the most prominent metropolitan areas in South India. You have a full day to explore the city before leaving for Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO site. In both Madurai and Tanjore, you will find some of the most beautiful temples. Visit Pondicherry, the erstwhile French colony, to explore India’s colonial past. The backwaters, Thekkady, Cochin and Kumarakom are other highlights of the tour.

 

Tour Nights

  • Chennai: 1 night
  • Mahabalipuram: 2 nights
  • Pondicherry: 1 night
  • Tanjore: 1 night
  • Madurai: 1 night
  • Thekkady: 2 nights
  • Kumarakom: 2 nights
  • Kerala House Boat: 1 night
  • Cochin: 2 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Tour the sprawling metropolis of Chennai
  • Drive through one of the longest beaches in the world, Marina beach
  • Explore the former French colony, Pondicherry
  • Practice some devotional ceremonies at the majestic Meenakshi temple
  • Spot wildlife whilst trekking through Periyar National Park
  • Revel in the pleasures of a house boat on the backwaters of Kerala
  • Enjoy Bird watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Tour code: STI30
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

15 Days / 13 Nights from £1849 pp

Highlights of South India Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 UK to Chennai
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    UK to Chennai

    Depart from UK an overnight flight to Chennai.

  • Day 2 Chennai
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    Chennai

    Morning arrival in Chennai, transfer to your hotel for one night. Founded in 1639, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company. Afternoon tour of the city visiting the Museum and Art Gallery. Drive through the Flower Fruit Market; visit Fort St. George, which once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Within the Fort complex is the oldest Anglican Church in India, St Mary’s Church, built in 1678-1680. Drive along the Marina Beach, one of the longest beaches in the world running to a length of 12 km. Also visit San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas). Read More

  • Day 3 Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)
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    Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

    After breakfast depart by road to Kanchipuram, one of the most vibrant religious and cultural centres in Tamil Nadu, also known for its flourishing silk industry. The temple town of Kanchipuram is also a treasure- trove of Hindu temples and art from the Pallava, Chola and Pandiyan dynasties. Continue to Mamallapuram. Stay for two nights.

  • Day 4 Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)
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    Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

    Morning sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, famous for the Shore Temple. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is at leisure.

  • Day 5 Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) to Pondicherry
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    Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) to Pondicherry

    After breakfast leave for Pondicherry. The city has a long history dating back 2000 years when it was an important Roman trading post. Francois Martin, a Frenchman, established the modern city of Pondicherry between 1673 and 1680. The French established their supremacy in this area by waging several battles against the Dutch, the English and the Caranatic Nawabs. Pondicherry is also the place where Sri Aurobindo, a well known philosopher, patriot and savant established his Ashram. Stay for one night. Read More

  • Day 6 Pondicherry to Tanjore
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    Pondicherry to Tanjore

    Morning drive to Tanjore. Afternoon visit Brihadisvara Temple (capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single gigantic granite block weighing 80 tons) and Raja Chola Art Gallery. The Raja Chola Art Gallery has over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper preserved in the Saraswathi Mahal Library. Overnight stay in Tanjore.

  • Day 7 Tanjore to Madurai
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    Tanjore to Madurai

    Morning depart for Madurai, an ancient city dating back 2,500 years. Afternoon visit Meenakshi temple, which is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Also visit Sundareswarar Temple with its Hall of a Thousand Pillars elaborately carved, some of which sound like metal and are commonly referred to as the metal stone or musical pillars. Stay for one night.

  • Day 8 Madurai to Thekkady
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    Madurai to Thekkady

    Morning drive to Thekkady for two nights. Afternoon visit Periyar National Park, noted for its rich variety of animal and bird life. The sanctuary is spread across 777 sq km, much of which is thick evergreen forest. Wildlife viewing by boat.

  • Day 9 Thekkady
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    Thekkady

    Morning boat ride in lake Periyar in search of more wildlife. Afternoon spice plantation tour.

  • Day 10 Thekkady to Kumarakom
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    Thekkady to Kumarakom

    After Breakfast leave for Kumarakom. Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kumarakom is a land of backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations. Stay for two nights.

  • Day 11 Kumarakom
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    Kumarakom

    Morning take a walking tour of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake, the sanctuary is known for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as waterfowls, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here.

  • Day 12 Kumarakom to Backwaters (Houseboat)
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    Kumarakom to Backwaters (Houseboat)

    Morning transfers to Kumarakom Jetty, embark on a houseboat for one night. Cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. The Backwaters are a maze of bridge and canals set in a labyrinth of backwater channels dotted with endless stretches of lakes and lagoons.

  • Day 13 Backwaters (Houseboat) to Cochin
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    Backwaters (Houseboat) to Cochin

    Disembark in the morning and drive to Cochin for two nights. Kochi, once known as Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Many influences including Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese are evident in the city. In the evening attend a Traditional Kathakali dance performance.

  • Day 14 Cochin
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    Cochin

    Morning tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, originally built by the Portuguese, housing a fine collection of mural paintings. The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Visit the St. Francis Church, which is the city’s oldest church, built by Europeans. See the Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Cochin. Evening by sunset enjoy a boat cruise.

  • Day 15 Cochin to UK Departure
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    Cochin to UK Departure

    Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories.

Dates & Prices

03 Aug - 15 Sep

Superior (pp)

from
£1849

Single Room Supp (pp)

from
£1139

03 Aug - 15 Sep

Deluxe (pp)

from
£2199

Single Room Supp (pp)

from
£1499

Extension

  • From majestic landscapes and glorious beaches, to mystic temples and tranquil backwaters, here is a tour that promises sheer indulgence to your senses.

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    Day 1

    Kovalam

    Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Trivandrum. Upon arrival proceed towards Kovalam by car and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Kovalam. Read More

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    Day 2

    Kovalam

    At leisure.

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    Day 3

    Kovalam & Kanyakumari

    Post breakfast proceed towards Kanyakumari and stay for 1 night in Kanyakumari. Read More

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    Day 4

    Kanyakumari & Trivandrum-Cochin

    Post breakfast, proceed towards Trivandrum by car. Upon arrival transfer to airport towards your onward journey to Cochin. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night stay in Cochin. Read More

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    Day 5

    To UK

    Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

       
  • This tour in the South, brings you some most sought after destinations like Madikeri & Mysore, where history, mysticism and nature all sit together, and take turns to enchant you with their captivating charm.

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    Day 1

    To Mysore

    Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Bangalore. Upon arrival proceed towards Mysore by car and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Mysore. Read More

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    Day 2

    To Mysore

    Post breakfast visit the city tour of Mysore -Maharaja’s Palace, local markets, Chamundi hills and the Nandi Bull. Read More

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    Day 3

    To Madikeri

    This morning proceed towards Madikeri via Srirangapatnam. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Madikeri. Read More

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    Day 4

    Madikeri

    Morning visit to Omkareshwar Temple and Abbey Falls. Afternoon at leisure. Read More

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    Day 5

    To Ferokh

    Transfer to Ferokh via Kappad Beach. Stay overnight at the Hotel. Read More

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    Day 6

    To Kochi (Cochin)

    Post breakfast drive to Kochi and stay overnight at the Hotel in Cochin. Read More

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    Day 7

    To UK

    Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to London with sweet memories. Read More

       
  • Retire to one of the quaintest corners in India that has remained untouched by perils of urbanisation. An important stop on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Hillgrove is best explored on sauntered walks along its lush, green spaces.
    “The Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty is about miles of verdant tea and coffee plantations, tall pine trees, charming British-era architecture and a laid-back vibe. If you are looking to escape sweltering Indian summers as well as hoards of crowds that compete for space at the hill stations up north, the unassumingly stunning Ooty in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is just the place for you.
    A city marked by reminders of the Royal Heritage, Mysore is where architecture takes a centre-stage in shedding light on the local history, culture and traditions. Smell of spices and incense dominate the air as visitors and locals negotiate deals in the city’s bustling bazaars. 

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    Day 1

    Cochin, Hillgrove

    Post breakfast; proceed towards Hillgrove for a two night stay at the Resort. Read More

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    Day 2

    Hillgrove

    Day to relax in your pretty surroundings. Read More

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    Day 3

    Hillgrove, Mysore

    In the morning, take the Nilgiri Mountain railway to Ooty, through scenic villages and beautiful mountain landscapes. Journey onward, by car, to Mysore (4-5 hours) and spend two nights at the Hotel in Mysore. Read More

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    Day 4

    Mysore

    A full day of sightseeing in Mysore commences with a visit to Srirangapatnam to see Tipu Sultan’s Palace. Drive up into the Chamundi hills for stunning views of the surrounding area and a visit to the monolithic Nandi Bull. Spend time at the grand Mysore Palace and visit the colorful Devaraja market. Read More

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    Day 5

    Mysore, Bengaluru

    Post breakfast drive towards Bengaluru, a city that is popularly known as the IT hub of India. The afternoon is at leisure. Stay at the hotel for one night in Bengaluru. Read More

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    Day 6

    Bengaluru, Cochin

    Post breakfast, transfer to airport in Bengaluru towards Cochin. Rest of the day at leisure. Read More

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    Day 7

    Cochin, UK

    Post breakfast, transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

       

Hotels

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3,4,5, Chennai,Pondicherry,Thekkady,Cochin,Madurai,Kumarakom,Periyar,Kochi,Mahabalipuram,Mammalapuram,Thanjavur,
The Pride
Superior

The Pride Chennai

Pride Hotel is located at the prime location of Poonamallee

Le Pondy
Superior

Le Pondy Pondicherry

Le Pondy is situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure

The Elephant Court
Superior

The Elephant Court Thekkady

The Elephant Court is situated in Thekkady, one of the

Holiday Inn
Superior

Holiday Inn Cochin

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, known as the industrial capital of Kerala, Holiday Inn Cochin is a recent addition in this bustling commercial port.Conveniently located on the NH Bypass at a distance of 5 kms from Kakkanad,commercial plac

 Ideal Beach Resort
Superior

Ideal Beach Resort Mahabalipuram

Nestled in the sprawling corromandal coastline overlooking the Bay of Bengal, it is an ideal place to enjoy some of India's unique cultures. located 45 km from Chennai Airport and 30 km from Chennai Railway Station. Mahabalipuram Local market and

 Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
Superior

Fortune Pandiyan Hotel Madurai

Hotel Fortune Pandiyan is half a kilometer from the Meenakshi Temple and 9.7 km from the Madurai Airport Terminal.

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
Superior

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur Thanjavur

Sangam Hotel, Thanjavur is 2 km from Thanjavur Royal Palace and 3 km from Thanjavur Bus Stand. It is 19 km from Chandran Temple and 22 km from Garbharashambigai Temple. Sangam Hotel is 500 metres from Thanjavur Railway Station and 1 km from Brahadees

AC Dlx. House Boat
Superior

AC Dlx. House Boat Kumarakom

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

Aveda Resorts and Spa
Superior

Aveda Resorts and Spa Kumarakom

The hotel Situated in Kumarakom, Aveda Resorts and Spa is on a lake and close to Kumarakom Boat Jetty, Vembanad Lake, and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Regional attractions also include Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple and Nagambadam Stadium.

Le Pondy
Deluxe

Le Pondy Pondicherry

Le Pondy is situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Deluxe

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai is located in Madurai making it

The Zuri
Deluxe

The Zuri Kumarakom

The Zuri is Located on the serene banks of Vembanad

Spice Village
Deluxe

Spice Village Periyar

Spice Village is a resort located in Kumily, a small settlement

Crowne Plaza
Deluxe

Crowne Plaza Kochi

Located on the NH 47 Bypass with easy access to the airport, CBD, Kakkanad Infopark, Fort Kochi, and scenic backwaters and beaches to the south.

 The Leela Palace
Deluxe

The Leela Palace Chennai

The Leela Palace is located near Chennai's central business district and in close proximity to tourist sites. Anna International Airport and Kamaraj Domestic Airport are 16 kilometers away from the hotel.

 Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
Deluxe

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mammalapuram

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, luxury resort lies near a stretch of sand off the East Coast Road on the Bay of Bengal. Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, and Shore Temple are all within a 10-minute walk. The Radisson Blu Resort Temple B

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
Deluxe

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur Thanjavur

Sangam Hotel, Thanjavur is 2 km from Thanjavur Royal Palace and 3 km from Thanjavur Bus Stand. It is 19 km from Chandran Temple and 22 km from Garbharashambigai Temple. Sangam Hotel is 500 metres from Thanjavur Railway Station and 1 km from Brahadees

AC Dlx. House Boat
Deluxe

AC Dlx. House Boat Kumarakom

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights:Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers : All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance. Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Accommodation: Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast at all places and House Boat on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Jungle Safari: As per individual parks regulations. By Jeep sharing with other tourist, seating up to five, or a large open vehicle, seating up to eighteen. Safaris are accompanied by a naturalist. For booking exclusive jeeps a higher charge may apply. Due to the limited number of vehicles allowed inside a park in a day, exclusive jeep is subject to availability.
  • Train: Air conditioned sleeper.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.

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