Essence of South India

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days

Highlights: Chennai / Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry / Tanjore / Trichy / Madurai / Periyar / Kumarakom/ Houseboat / Cochin

Cost: On Request - [Escorted Group or Private Journey]

The delicate scent of spices, the sound of temple bells, exotic flora and fauna and miles of beautiful characterise Southern India. This tour encompasses the very best of the region on a journey that passed through colonial hill stations and tropical backwaters while discovering flamboyant temples and a rich cultural and historical heritage.

Day 1: Arrival Chennai
Depart for Chennai. Arrival at Chennai, Welcome with flower garlands, Transfer to the hotel

Day 2: Chennai / Mahabalipuram (100 kms)
Morning Sightseeing tour of Chennai: Santhome church, St. George fort, National museum, Kapaleshwar temple. Later drive to Mahabalipuram. Relaxation on the beach. Overnight at the hotel (BL,D)

Day 3: Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (100 kms)
Morning excursion to Kanchipuram, the golden city of thousand temples. Return to Mahabalipuram and visit the five Rathas, Arjuna's Penance, the exquisite rock temples. Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry (110 kms)
Morning drive to Pondicherry, En route see the relief carving depicting the descent of the Ganges and the magnificent temples on the edge of the sea, Afternoon visit of the town where the French influence is still apparent in its architecture, especially on the seafront and the French Quarter, Evening Auto rickshaw ride, Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5: Pondicherry / Tanjore (210 kms)
Morning drive to Tanjore, En route visit Chidambaram, later visit of the 11th century temple of Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 6: Tanjore/ Trichy / Tanjore (110 kms)
Morning excursion of Trichy, visit of Rock Fort temple, Afternoon visit of the temple of Brihadishwara, the palace museum and art gallery, Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 7: Tanjore/ Chettiand / Madurai (180 kms)
Morning drive to Madurai, En route visit to Chettinad, the homeplace of the rich merchants of the 19th century. Later proceed for Madurai, Evening ceremony in Madurai Meenakshi temple, Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 8: Madurai
Morning visit of Meenakshi temple and the Tirumalai Nayak Palace. Afternoon free for shopping. Bharatnatyam dance programme in the evening, Bulckcart ride. Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 9: Madurai / Periyar (140 Kms)
Morning drive to Periyar, Afternoon exploration of Periyar reserve. A range of activities are possible: boat trips on the lake, elephant rides through the spice plantations, jeep tours or you can also relax with an ayurvedic massage in the hotel (not included in the price, to be arranged at the time with the hotel). Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 10: Periyar / Kumarakom (130 Kms)
Morning drive to Kumarakom, visit of the tea, coffee and spice plantations. Late afternoon Boatride on the Vembanadu Lake during sun set, Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 11: Kumarakom / Houseboat
Morning visit welcomed by the crew, made up of the captain, cook, and the "ship boy" and then we set off on this traditional "house-boat" while navigating through the canals, lagoons, and lakes. On the banks, you will come across old houses made out of teak, mahogany and redwood as well as villages filled with hibiscus and bougainvilleas, rice paddies that are green and shimmering. Meals and night aboard (double room with bathroom). Deluxe Houseboat (B,L,D)

Day 12: Houseboat / Kochi
Morning disembark at the end of the morning. Drive to Fort Kochi, Afternoon visit of Cochin: St. Francis church, Synagogue, the chinese fishing nets and the Dutch Palace. Demonstration of Kathakali dance in the evening. Overnight at the hotel (B,L,D)

Day 13: Departure Kochi
Assistance and transfer to airport for flight to onward destination

Tour packages include:
Accommodation in base category of room on the mentioned hotels or similar.
All transfers / tours and excursions by one AC chauffeur driven vehicle.
All meals (on Full board basis) as listed in the program
Farewell Dinner in Cochin
Sightseeing as per package details.
Service of airport representative during the arrival and departure transfer.
Service of French speaking accompanying for throughout the tour.
Monument Entrances fee at all sightseeing spots.
One bottle of mineral water will be provided on a daily basis on vehicle
Half bottle of Beer during each major meal
Gratuities to driver and accompanying guide, driver and assistant
All applicable current taxes imposed by Government of India

Tour package does not include:
Airport taxes & airfares to/from/within India
Personal expenses such as bottled or alcoholic beverages, telephone calls or personal equipment like sleeping bags etc…
Visa and Insurance of self and baggage.
Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes etc… Any mandatory supplement by hotels on room or meals from 20th Dec' 2012 to 10th Jan' 2013 of the mentioned year.

Important Note:
The cost has been calculated on the existing tariffs/conditions and any change in the costs or modification in tax structure will oblige us to revise the same.
Additional service, if any, during the trip have to be paid by the clients. If you wish to extend full or partial credit, you may please solicit the same in advance.
Kindle note that names of hotels mentioned above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels and it these hotels and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above-mentioned hotels not becoming available we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.

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