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South India Tour

South East Coast :
The state of Tamil Nadu incorporates most of this area. Not lacking simply beautiful beaches and imposing fort-like temples, this area simply abounds in temples with some of the most exquisite stone carvings around; the French colonial town of Pondicherry, along with a perfect beach getaway at a secluded Mahabalipuram resort.

South West Coast :
Kerala is India's most popular eco-friendly tourism center by far. Immensely popular for Ayurveda and meditation, the south-west coast boasts a bevy of beautiful, naturally formed lagoons. A houseboat stay here will prove to be one of the biggest charms of the entire tour. Cochin, the cultural center of South India, is greatly influenced by the former presence of the Portuguese and French, as is attested to by its fine architecture. The picture-perfect beaches of Mararikulam, Varkala, Kovalam, and Poovar are a tantalizing treat, and a wonderful way to forget all about the stress of everyday life!

Day 01: Arrive Chennai 

Assistance upon arrival at Chennai airport and transfer to the hotel.

Chennai is dubbed the cultural capital of India and is a true reflection of this country's enormous diversity. Today, this city flourishes as a charming and warmly welcoming city. This city encourages all forms of development, both modern technology, and the traditional arts and crafts, and is big enough to happily embrace a series of paradoxes.

 Day 02: Chennai sightseeing 

Today, full day city tour of Chennai visit St. George Fort, a symbol of the bygone days of the British Raj, built by the notorious British East India Company back in 1653 for starters - then there's always  the High Court Building, Marina Beach, Theosophical Society, Valluvar Kottam, and National Museum. All these intensive sightseeing will make your hotel bed seem even more inviting tonight.

 Day 03: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (166 kms/3.5 hrs)

This morning after breakfast drives to Puducherry, en route visit to Mahabalipuram, Five Rathas' Arjuna's Penance.  Mahabalipuram was once the busy second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. This now-tiny seaside village is dramatically set in a boulder-strewn landscape. The sculptures here are of particular interest, as they depict scenes of day-to-day life, in contrast with most of those in Tamil Nadu, whose carvings are generally concerned with ethereal gods and goddesses. Mahabalipuram art can be divided into four categories: open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and rathas ('chariots' or temples carved from single boulders). The famous Arjuna's Penance in question, as well as the Krishna Mandapa,  adorn massive rocks right near the village's center. After all that art, it's time to get driven to your Pondicherry hotel, where a delightful slumber in this artful, French-influenced town beckons.

Day 04: Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Trichy (204 km/ 4hrs)
After breakfast drive to Trichy, en-route stop at Thanjavur, aka Tanjore. Here, a guided city sightseeing tour of Thanjavur palace, the Art Gallery, Museum Hall, and the Schwartz Church. It's also a center for such classical arts as dance and music. Trichy is renowned for its khadi industries, diamonds, cigars, hand-woven cloth, and glass bangles. It's also widely known for its many educational institutions, industries, and temples.

Day 05: Trichy - Madura
After breakfast visit to the Tirumalai Nayak Palace complex, whose architecture represents a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. Your day of wonder continues in the afternoon when you finally visit the Meenakshi temple, with its exquisitely carved towers dedicated to a Goddess, who, due to a bizarre consequence, is also named Meenakshi. This temple complex is actually made up of twin temples, dedicated to Shiva and Meenakshi respectively; each one around nine stories in height.

Day 06: Madurai 
After breakfast visit to the Tirumalai Nayak Palace complex, whose architecture represents a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. Your day of wonder continues in the afternoon when you finally visit the Meenakshi temple, with its exquisitely carved towers dedicated to a Goddess, who, due to a bizarre consequence, is also named Meenakshi. This temple complex is actually made up of twin temples, dedicated to Shiva and Meenakshi respectively; each one around nine stories in height. 

Day 07: Madurai - Kovalam (Escape to the beach in Kovalam) (307 km/ 6 hrs)
Morning drive to Kovalam, a trip to the beautiful beach resort near Kovalam. This is the most famous beach in Kerala. There are fantastic restaurants on the beach, where you can enjoy fresh seafood while tranquility gazing out at the deep blue sea. There is a traditional Ayurvedic Spa that offers all kinds of massages and alternative treatments. Your cabin is decorated stylishly with generous lashings of teak. All of this will make your hotel sleep tonight as profound as is humanly possible.

Day 08: Kovalam 
Today has been left free for you to choose your own adventure. Swimming here comes highly recommended: the water is bath-warm and deepens gradually. There are plenty of stands on the beach to indulge in a bit of retail therapy; they also feature outrageously delicious food. There's an option to go for a day trip to Kanyakumari, the southern-most point of India. Or, get right into the proper relax mode by treating yourself to a traditional ayurvedic massage.

 

Day 09: Kovalam - Alleppy (160 kms/4 hrs)
This morning you'll be on a Houseboat! It will certainly be a big blue watery road once you drive to Alleppey and board for a unique experience through Kerala's narrow canals and backwaters. Cruising on a boat through remote tribal villages. The cruise takes you along snake boat docks, friendly cheering villagers, coir (Jute) making communities, today (local spirit) shops, fishing nets pitched for the day's catch, paddy fields and manual canoes of different sizes crisscrossing each other.

Day 10: Alleppy - Munnar (172 kms/5 hrs)
After living it up on a boat, it will be back to more down-to-earth transportation with a scenic drive to Munnar, a hill station at the confluence of three mountain streams, with picnic spots as amazing as you're likely to imagine. The drive makes its way past beautiful streams with small waterfalls; rubber, pepper, cardamom and tea plantations; and thick forests all of the most incomparable beauty. Check it all out, and then check into your Munnar hotel for the sleep of your dreams.

Day 11: Munnar 
After a dreamboat of a breakfast, catch all the sights of Munnar with a tour which will include such highlights as Eravikulam National park and Mattupatti Dam. Sights so incredible that you're bound to say: "Dam! That's good!" The evening will see you back at your hotel, which may be more difficult to make a pun out of, but is still pretty good.

Day 12: Munnar - Cochin (131 kms/4 hrs)
You'll be driven to this city, Kerala's commercial capital, which happens to have one of the finest natural harbors in the world. In the afternoon, you'll make a visit to the Chinese Fishing Nets to learn all about this phenomenon; while in the evening you'll be able to take in a Kathakali Dance performance. Be prepared: it's quite spectacular. In the evening, sink into a highly stylized and classical sleep at your well-defined hotel.

Day 13: Cochin
After an elaborate breakfast, it's time for a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Street, and St. Francis Church, before a good sleep at your attractive hotel. Note: - The Dutch Palace closes on Fridays and National holidays, and the Jewish Synagogue on all Fridays and Saturdays.

Day 14: Cochin - Onward 
This morning transfer to Cochin airport to board the flight to back home with sweet and lifetime memories.

 

Number of days: 14
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flight ticket. Domestic flight ticket Any meals not mentioned. Tips, any kind of alcoholic drinks, Laundry, Travel insurance, medical emergency or any other expenses which are not mentioned in the above inclusions. Any personal expenses. Any still or video camera fee. Visa fees.
Transport: SUV 4x4
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.