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Home > Itinerary Ideas > Explore Jewels of South India
Explore Jewels of South India
Highlights
  • Magnificent temple towns of South India.
  • Wildlife Boat ride and Spice Plantation in Periyar
  • Exotic backwater cruise in a private rice barge.
  • Historical port city of Cochin
Itinerary Details
Day 01: Fly to Chennai – Mahabalipuram (55 Kms / 1 Hr)
Visit some outstanding seaside monuments and Pancha Rathas, the famous Shore Temples.  Visit a crocodile bank and in evening explore the magnificent open-air spectacular carvings “Descent of the Ganges” also known as 'Arjuna's Penance'.
Day 02: Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram (65 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)
Day excursion to Kanchipuram, a temple town with magnificent temples and is ancient centre of learning. It is famous for its delicate hand-woven silk fabrics. We visit a sari weaving centre to see how gold thread is transformed into beautiful patterns.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (165 Kms / 4 Hrs)
Transfer along the coast to the former French colony. Visit to the yoga and spiritual centre of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and some more time at leisure to explore this beautiful city.
Day 04: Drive Trichy/Tanjore (235 Kms / 5.5 Hrs)
In Thanjavur, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Brihadeeswara Temple, and discover the architecture of the Chola Empire. In Trichy, climb the Rock Fortress or visit the Srirangam and gaze over the largest temple complex in the world.
Day 05: Tanjore - Madurai (165 Kms / 4 Hrs)
With your private guide, enjoy a tour of this magnificent temple town. Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the huge 1,000 pillared Meenakshi temple. Visit city's bustling bazaars in Madurai and evening return to the temple to witness a puja ceremony.
Day 06: Madurai – Periyar (140 Kms / 3 Hrs)
Drive to Periyar. With a local guide, explore a spice plantation to see how spices are grown and harvested. Enjoy a scenic wildlife boat cruise in Periyar – a great opportunity to spot wild elephants, gaur and deer
Day 07: Alleppey - Backwater Cruise (155  Kms/ 4.5 Hrs)
Today Drive to Alleppey for a night aboard a private rice barge, a traditional Kerala houseboat, journeying through the scenic backwaters that fringe the coast. Enjoy the nature bliss and see village life passing by from your backwater cruise
Day 08: Cochin (65  Kms/ 2 Hrs)
Tailor made sightseeing tour in Kochi visiting many of the city’s historic sights. In evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance performed by men and noted for elaborate make-up and costumes.
Day 09: Cochin – Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai and Half day tailor made Mumbai city tour.
Day 10: Mumbai - Fly Out
In time transfer to Mumbai airport for International flight.
Price: On Request
Price Guide
Price is Per Person on twin sharing basis. It includes standard accommodation with breakfast, private car and driver, all transfers and services of private English-speaking guide. Internal flights within India are not included. For more details visit FAQ, here...
 
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