Grand tour of South India

33 Days
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  • This circuit is specially designed for travelers who wish to explore more and there is no time constraint during their travel. During this holiday you will visit all important sites of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa. Have an experience of this program you’ll surely like each and every aspect of it.

    Chennai –> Mahabalipuram –> Pondicherry –> Chettinad -> Thanjavur -> Madurai –> Kodaikanal -> Periyar -> Munnar -> backwater -> Houseboat -> Cochin -> Trichur-> Ooty -> Wayanad –> Coorg -> Mysore –> Hassan –> Hampi –> Badami –> Goa –> Mumbai.

  • Day 1 Arrival in Chennai

    On your arrival at the Chennai airport traditional welcome by our representative, meet and greet with your driver and then proceed to the hotel reserved for your stay. Submit the entire travel related document just after short brief of your trip.
    Chennai is the capital city of south Indian state Tamilnadu, located on the Coast off Bay of Bengal. Chennai is the one of largest commercial and business city of South India.
    Highlights: Culture Heritage, Temples, Fascinating Beaches.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2 Chennai – Mahabalipuram [1hr 30 mins drive 55Km]

    Head toward heritage city Mahabalipuram, listed in world heritage site UNESCO. On arrival check in to your hotel and proceed for guided tour of the heritage city. Main attraction of Mahabalipuram is carving rock, Son temples, Caves, Balancing rock, Pancha Pandava Rathas & Splendid beaches.
    Mahabalipuram is famous for rock carving Son temple, Pancha Pandava Rathas, balancing rock & Rock cut Caves. Splendid beaches with temple in its background mesmerize you experience.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 3 Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry [2 hrs drive 100Km]

    Resume your journey to next fascinating city Pondicherry, well known for its stunning beaches, largest French Colony in India, Temples, Churches, & south Indian cuisine. On arrival check into your hotel reserved for your stay. Colonial architecture of the French colony houses and other side Tamil community lives mesmerize your experience. Being a small city and surrounded by the beaches interact visitor to travel to this historian city. Pondicherry is an ideal place for honeymooner, friends and family.
    Special Recommendation: Heritage walk, wide beaches & ancient temple.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 4 Full Day visit of Pondicherry

    Start your day by discovering city from Auroveille, known for Matri Temple. Pre-appointment has to take one day prior from the temple authority of worshipping inside the temple. Explore beaches, French and Tamil quarters, and evening walk besides the beaches is the key highlight of your trip to this fascinating city.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 5 Pondicherry - Thanjavur [3hrs30mins drive 155Km]

    After breakfast proceed toward Temple city of Tamilnadu, Thanjavur. En route visit Kumbakonam town. Kumbakonam is known for its rich culture heritage, South India religion and livelihood of local people. Kumbakonam is ideal place for journalist, writers, Historian, religious to discover the charm and of Kumbakonam town. Road to Thanjavur, arrival upon check into the hotel prearranged for your stay. Later in the evening walk around the temples and thrill your experience influence in religions of south India.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 6 Thanjavur - Chettinad [2 hrs drive 100Km]

    Road toward Chettinad, famous for local cuisine, architecture and temples. The word Chettinad derives from the community involves in the preparation of food. Earlier day Chettinad was known for banking and business community, Nattukottai Chettiars.
    Special Recommendation: Village tour on the Bullock cart and Hand on Chettinad cuisine.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 7 Chettinad - Madurai [2 hrs drive 85Km]

    After breakfast head toward another fascinating city of South Indian state Tamilnadu, Madurai. Madurai is famous for religions and ancient temples. Well connected to the different cites of India through air and train.
    Special Recommendation: Culture Heritage, Kapil Temple & Jasmine flowers.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 8 Full Day visit of Madurai

    Head toward guided tour of the city starting from Kapil Temple, Explore local market and interact local people. Evening is free to explore city by your own.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 9 Madurai - Kodaikanal [2hrs 30mins drive 115Km]

    After breakfast proceed toward Kodaiknaal, a perfect summer retreat. Kodaiknaal located on the 7200 feet above on the western Ghat. Being a popular hill station of South Indian state Tamilnadu interact honeymooner, family and friends to visit this awesome city. Scenic beauty of the rolling hills and dense forest and its surrounding mesmerize any visitor. Kodaiknaal is an ideal place for nature lover, bird watcher & adventures.
    Special Recommendation: Boating on the Lake, Horse riding, Trekking.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 10 Kodaikanal - Munnar [4hrs drive 160Km]

    Pass through the border of Tamilnadu – Kerala and arrive in Munnar, city known for tea plantation, rolling hills and Nilgiri Tahr. On arrival check in to the hotel reserved for your stay. Afternoon proceed for the visit of Eravikullam National Park famous for Nilgiri Tahr. During March end & beginning of April Month Park closed for breeding of Nilgiri Tahr.
    Special Recommendation: Tea plantation Tour, Trekking, Paragliding.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 11 Full day visit of Munnar

    Start your day exploring city by guided tour of Tea Plantation garden and visit to the tea factory and experience how tea produced. Evening is free to explore city by your own.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 12 Munnar - Periyar [2hrs 30 mins drive 100Km]

    Road to Periyar, on arrival check into hotel. Guided tour to the garden of spices and witness about how spices produced. Evening road to the Elephant village here spend your time bathing Elephant, feeding & go for half hour elephant ride. Later evening proceed toward culture centre and discover the charm of Kathakali and Kalaripyatu show.
    Special Recommendation: Spice Plantation guided tour, Kathakali, Elephant ride, Nature walk, Jungle Safari & Bamboo rafting.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 13 Periyar - Houseboat [3hrs30mins drive 140Km]

    Early morning heads toward Periyar Tiger Reserve Park. Get your entry ticket through online or stand in a queue at the ticket counter. Naturalist will drive through the dense forest and sighting of wildlife. Proceed toward the city of backwaters, Alleppey. On arrival board houseboat and discover backwater life. Canoe ride thrill your experience by discovering the hidden charm of the backwater. Interact local people and influence in their culture mesmerizes your experience.
    Special Recommendation: Canoeing, Fishing & Learn south Indian cuisine.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 14 Houseboat – Cochin [3Hrs driver 110Km]

    Pick you from the jetty dropping point of houseboat. Road to Cochin, largest city of Kerala, known for its commercial bustling port. En route visit of Kumbalgani fisherman village and experience boating, crab farming and Chinese fishing Nett. Arrive Cochin, check into hotel.
    Suggested activity:
    - Crab farm visit
    - Boating
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 15 Full day Visit of Cochin

    Commence your day exploring city through guided tour of city on bicycle starting from Fort Cochin. Explore colorful history of Fort Cochin and experience the charm of the city from local perspective. Later proceed further for local city tour starting from palaces, churches, temple and step down to the local market.
    Suggested Activity:
    - Walking city tour
    - Bicycle ride
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 16 Cochin-Thrissur [3Hrs driver 110Km]

    Morning after breakfast proceeds to the culture city of Kerala, Thrissur. On arrival, check in to hotel prearranged for your stay. It’s built around a valley of hills where the famous Vadakkumnathan Temple located. Afternoon the day reserved for local visit of city.
    Recommendation Sightseeing: Athirapally Waterfall, Guruvayur temple visit of elephant, Bible tower.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 17 Thrissur - Ooty [3Hrs driver 110Km]

    Early morning proceed for the visit of Guruvayur Temple. Later proceed toward Ooty, queen of hill station in South India. Located in the western Ghat, about 2240m above sea level.
    Here you can enjoy toy train ride and en route explore the scenic beauty of Nilgiri hills. Ooty is an ideal place for honeymooner, friends and family traveler.
    Suggested activities: Boating, trekking & hiking
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 18 Full day Visit of Ooty

    Commence your day exploring city by your own. Optionally hire naturalist and go for short or long treks to the explored path through the hills. Passes through the jungle, whistling of the birds will mesmerize your experience. Later evening free to walk around the lakes or visit temple built long ago. Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 19 Ooty - Wayanad [5Hrs driver 170Km]

    Morning session reserved for half day local sightseeing of Ooty. Road to Wayanad, on arrival check into the hotel. Wayanad overlook by the western Ghat identify by vast spread area of wilderness.
    Special Recommendation: Chembra Peak (place for trekking lover), Temples, Bensurara Sagar Dam, Edekkal Caves & wildlife Sanctuary.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 20 AM and PM safari

    Morning jeep rides around the park and discover the wildlife accompanying by naturalist. Informative and sharp eyed naturalist take you to the closer to the nature by experiencing Wild Elephant, Giant Naturalist, snakes, wild buffaloes, spotted deer & Langurs etc. Evening PM Safari to the jungles will enhance your experience. Wayanad is perfect hideout for anyone visiting this wildlife city.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 21 Wayanad - Coorg [3 Hrs drive 115Km]

    Drive toward Coorg, lush green town situated in the lap of hills. On arrival, check into hotel prearranged for your stay. Lust green coffee plantation is a treat for our eye and we thoroughly explored visit to the Estate.
    Special Recommendation: Abbey Fall, Madikeri Fort, Dubare Elephant camp, Tibetan Monastery & Temples
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 22 Coorg-Mysore [3 Hrs drive 130Km]

    Commence your day by exploring places around Coorg. Later in the afternoon proceed toward historian city, Mysore 2nd largest city of south Indian state Karnataka. On arrival, check in to the hotel reserved for your stay. Mysore is famous for heritage palaces, culture & religious.
    Special Recommendation: Walking tour, Bicycle ride
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 23 Full day Visit of Mysore

    Commence your day exploring city through guided tour starting from Mysore Maharaja Palaces, Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (The Golden Touch), Temple. Explore the charm of the historian city through guided walking tour of the city.
    Suggested Activity:
    - Walking city tour
    - Bicycle ride
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 24 Mysore-Hassan [3 Hrs drive 120Km]

    Road to Hassan, located on the south-western part of Karnataka. Hassan is worth visiting places for pilgrimage and historian visitor.
    Special Recommendation: Bhagwan bahubali Statue, Bisile Ghat, temples and Jain monastery.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 25 Hassan-Hampi [6hrs30mins drive 325Km]

    Morning road toward Hampi, located within the ruins of the city Vijayangara. Hampi ruins listed in the world heritage site of UNESCO. Its surrounded of the millions of boulders attracts any visitor from worldwide. Extensive stretches area of 14 & 15 century palaces and temples was once the capital of Hindu empire.
    Special Recommendation: Magnificent Temple, Basement of Palaces, Old Market Street, Treasury buildings.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 26 Full day visit of Hampi

    Start your day visiting Vijayngar, ancient city made of stones. Road to the famous view point and witness mesmerizing view of Tungavadra Dam. Follow your visit to the Vithala Temple Complex, walk around Matanga hills, and visit ancient temple.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 27 Hampi – Badami [3hrs30mins drive 147Km]

    Morning heads toward next destination of your trip, Badami is known for carved rock cave temples. On arrival check into the hotel prearranged for your stay.
    Special Recommendation: Stone carved cave temple, Banashankari Temple, Agastya Lake, Bhuthnath Temple, off beaten path to Badami Fort.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 28 Badami - Goa [5hrs30mins drive 245Km]

    Morning heads toward next destination of your trip, Goa city of Beaches. On arrival check into the hotel prearranged for your stay. Goa is famous for its splendid beaches, Fishing market and Fort area.
    Special Recommendation: Water sports, Night Cruise, Bicycle and Bikes are available on Rent.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 29 Relax and Chill on beaches of Goa

    Start your day by exploring extensive ranges of the beaches in North & South Goa. Relax and chill by your own on the beaches.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 30 Visit Goa

    Proceed toward the visit of city of north and south Goa commence your visit from churches, Fort area, Local market and relax on the beaches. Optional: Possibility to do water sports, hire cycle for whole day visit. Overnight at hotel.

    Day 31 Goa-Mumbai [1 Hr by Flight]

    Morning leaves toward Goa airport for boarding flight to Mumbai, capital city of Maharashtra. On arrival at the Mumbai airport our driver will stood along with placard and approach to the hotel reserved for your stay.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 32 Mumbai Visit

    Commence your day visiting Elephanta Caves, located on the Elephanta Island. Visit of this incredible green island indulge in rock cut cave temple dedicated to lord Shiva. The Caves will be closed on Monday. Return back to city in ferry and start exploring the different mood of the city from Gateway of India, historian building of Taj Mahal Palace.
    Special Recommendation: Slum visit Dharavi, Bollywood Tour, Test street food and Shopping.
    Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 33 Departure Mumbai

    Afternoon half day visit of the market to do shopping for your souvenir later on in time transfer to the airport to connect your flight for onward destination

  • Start from 2395 $ per person

    Accommodations for 31 nights (on a twin-sharing basis)
    Meals: Breakfast in all destinations except houseboat Full board
    All airport and hotel transfers
    An air conditioned Innova with English speaking chauffeur throughout your travel in India
    You’re Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting during your trip
    Fees and taxes

    Non Inclusions:
    International flight ticket
    All standard and special activities mentioned above.
    Personal expenses
    Travel insurance

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