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.
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!