A Magical Journey - South India

This magical journey to south India takes you through the sites of Dravidian architecture era to the nature’s paradise. This captivating itinerary unveils South India’s rich history and culture, from colourful Fort Cochin to the giant ancient temples of Tamil Nadu, from French-influenced Pondicherry to tranquility of backwaters discover a fascinating corner of India home to colonial history and Hindu tradition.
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A Magical Journey - South India
A Magical Journey - South India
A Magical Journey - South India
A Magical Journey - South India
A Magical Journey - South India
A Magical Journey - South India
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Overview

Towering Temples, mist shrouded hills and palm fringed beaches are just a few of the incredible sights that await you on this wonderful tour. The two southernmost states of India are Tamil Nadu and Kerala which are incredibly different to one another and complement each other perfectly.

 

This comprehensive tour starts near Chennai (formerly Madras) on the shores of the Coromandel Coast. Explore Chennai and the sea shore temples at Mahabalipuram before heading to the old French colony of Pondicherry. Continue on to Tanjore through the heart of Dravidian India visiting some of the subcontinent's most impressive temples on the way including the Brihadeeswara Temple. Continue onto the city of Karaikudi filled with glorious old mansions built by the wealthy Chettinad merchants. Wander through the markets and savour the area's delicious food. End your stay in Tamil Nadu with a night in Madurai where you can visit the incredibly impressive Meenakshi Temple.

 

From here fly to Cochin and head to the serene backwaters where you will enjoy the warm hospitality at a traditional Keralan home stay. Cruise through the backwaters in a converted rice barge and see village life that has remained unchanged for decades. Spend a few days by the beach on the Malabar Coast staying on an old coconut plantation. End your tour in India at the ancient city of Cochin which is famed for its spices and has a history of trading that goes back to the Roman times.


Duration:10 days
Starts from:Chennai, India
Finishes in:Kochi, India
Service languages:English
Arrival city:Chennai/Madras, India
Arrival airport:MAA, Madras International (meenambakkam)
Departure city:Kochi, India
Departure airport:COK, Cochin International
Included
  • 10 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis at above mentioned hotels or similar category hotels;
  • above cost based on bed & breakfast basis as per the itinerary;
  • all transport services by using air conditioned vehicle as per the above itinerary;
  • assistance upon arrival & departures airport transfers by an airport representative;
  • monument entrances as per the itinerary for 1 visit only;
  • all present applicable taxes as on date, any future taxes levies will be charged extra.
Not Included
  • tips of personal nature;
  • porterage at the hotels and airport/train station;
  • any local guide;
  • any monument entrances;
  • any accompanying escort;
  • any Eexpenses of personal nature such as drinks /laundry/telephone calls/insurance/video/still/ camera fee /excess baggage/emergency/medical Cost;
  • any optional tour / trip other than mentioned in the tour program;
  • any air, bus, visa fee and airport tax;
  • meals other than breakfast;
  • unforeseen eventualities like land slides/avalanche/road closure /flight/train/bus cancellation;
  • any entrance fees other than the monuments mentioned above;
  • any tips during the tour for driver / helper, English speaking guide, restaurant tips & porterage at hotels;
  • any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Route
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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Chennai

Arrive Chennai and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

 

Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (80 kms – approx. 02 hour’s journey)

AM: Sri Parthasarthy Temple, St. Andrews Church, Marina Beach.

PM: Drive to Mahablipuram. Overnight in Mahabalipuarm.

 

Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (100 kms – approx. 02 hour’s journey)

AM: Five Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance & The Shore Temple.

PM: drive to Pondicherry. Overnight in Pondicherry.

 

Day 04: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore (180 Kms – approx. 04 hour’s drive)

AM: Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville.

PM: Drive to Tanjore via Chidambaram. Overnight in Tanjore.

 

Day 05: Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai (200 kms – approx. 04 hour’s drive)

AM: Temple tour of Tanjore.

PM: Drive to Madurai Via Trichy. Overnight in Madurai.

 

Day 06: Madurai – Periyar (145 kms – approx. 3.5 hour’s drive)

AM: Temple & beach tours of Madurai.

PM: Drive to Periyar. Overnight in Periyar.

 

Day 07: In Periyar

AM: Boat safari in Periyar Wildlife sanctuary.

PM: Lake & market visit in Periyar. Overnight in Periyar.

 

Day 08: Periyar - Kumarakom (130 kms – approx. 3.5 kms drive)

AM: Drive to Kumarakom.

PM: Kumarakom bird sanctuary visit. Overnight in Kumarakom.

 

Day 09: Kumarakom - Alleppey (Backwater cruise until Alleppey)

AM: Transfer to pier to board the houseboat.

PM: Towards backwater journey. Overnight in houseboat.

 

Day 10: Alleppey - Cochin Departure

AM: Drive to Cochin follows by Cochin sightseeing, Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church & Jewish Synagogue.

PM: Transfer to Cochin International Airport to board the flight to onward destination.

End of the tour services & Bon Voyages!

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Payment & Cancellation Fees:

  • Guaranteed booking is carried out on an advance payment of 15% of the booking amount, not later than 60 days before the date of implementation of the program, or 100% booking amount, if less.
  • Free cancellation is possible not later than 60 days before the date of implementation of the program by participant.
  • In case of voluntary cancellation of the program in less than 60 days before the date of its implementation withheld 15% of the booking amount.
  • In case of voluntary cancellation of the program in less than 30 days before the date of its implementation withheld 100% amount.
  • A full refund is possible if the participant or the organizer will be able to find a replacement until the date of implementation of the program.
Team
Tappas Voyages
Tappas Voyages, a unit of SDU Travels Private Limited, is a Destination Management Company for the Indian sub-continent.

The company boast of a strong presence in 40 locations across India and is affiliated with Department of Tourism – Government of India, IATA, ASTA, USTOA, IATO, TAAI, PATA, etc.

We have our own offices in Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. We have been the proud recipient of the coveted National Tourism Awards in India and World Travel Awards.

We operate directly to B2C market as well, and specialise in providing holidays that are crafted with hand-picked hotels, creative ideas, local experiences, memorable moments and much more... Whether you are travelling with family, honeymooning, or seeking a well deserved me-time, we will walk that extra mile to provide you a truly wonderful soul-stirring journey!

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