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Sacred Temples & Landscape of South India

Chennai / Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry / Tanjore / Madurai / Periyar / Kumarakom / Alleppey / Cochin
13 Nights / 14 Days

Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is home to Fort St. George, built in 1644 and now a museum showcasing the city’s roots as a British military garrison and East India Company trading outpost, when it was called Madras. From Chennai, all tourists are going to visit Mahalipuram situated 60 kms away of Chennai. From Mahabalipuram you can travel to Pondicherry 100 kms away French colonial settlement in India until 1954, is now a Union Territory town bounded by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state. Its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial villas and chic boutiques and Temple cities of Tanjore, Madurai are really liked by the tourists and must see places. Kumarakom, Alleppey are famous for staying houseboats and more tourists coming for enjoying their honeymoon here.
No of Guest Tour Cost Per Person
  Silver – 3* Gold – 4* Platinum – 5*
2 Persons travelling together (Double Occupancy) 73250 88500 1,10,000
3 Persons travelling together (Triple Occupancy) 54500 66000 84250
4 Persons Travelling together (2 Double Occupancy) 58750 72750 95000
1 Person travelling together with 2 persons
(Single Occupancy)
87000 1,12,200 1,55,250
Children between 6 – 12 years 15750 22500 30000
Children below 5 years Free Free Free
Includes
  • Per person rates in Indian Rupees – applicable for minimum of 2 persons staying together sharing same room and vehicle with other combination.
  • Accommodation with breakfast and taxes in specified or similar properties.
  • Transportation by A/C Car, driver allowance, fuel, parking charges, interstate taxes as per the itinerary only. Driving from morning 08.00am to 20.00hrs
Excludes:
  • Lunch, dinner and personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.,
  • Air / Train Ticket.
  • Entry tickets, camera / video Camera fee.
  • Local or accompanying guide charges
  • Any items other than mentioned in cost includes.
Day 01: Arrive at Chennai:
Meet on arrival at Chennai Airport and transfer to Hotel. Relax and overnight.

Day 02: Chennai - Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram
Morning breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Chennai - visit the Fort St. George was declared a national monument in 1948 and most of its buildings have been converted into government offices, notably the Legislature and Secretariat. Visit the San Thome Cathedral, a Gothic-style Catholic church said to house the remains of St. Thomas, the ‘Apostle of India’, who died at nearby St Thomas Mount in 72 A.D. Afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram enroute visit Kanchipuram - known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, is one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. Later drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram:
Morning breakfast and proceed for sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram - is famous for its unique 7th-century Shore Temple, lovely beach and some of the most beautiful rock-cut temples in the world. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram was already a famous seaport in the 1st century AD. This town was a workshop for temple building. Visit the seven pagoda-style shore temples, lashed by the waves of the sea and the seven rathas or temple chariots, a group of monolithic monuments & animal figures carved out of solid rock, the earliest known examples of Dravidian architecture. Afternoon at leisure for own activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry
Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Pondicherry - This charming and well-restored former French colony displays a Mediterranean aura, with its beautiful streets and whitewashed houses. On arrival check into Hotel. Later proceed to visit the famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram whose founder Sri Aurobindo emerged as a new type of thinker, one who combined in his vision - alacrity of the West with illumination of the East. Visit Auroville or the ‘City of Dawn’ - Designed by a French architect Roger Arger, it is a universal city-in-the-making whose purpose is human unity in the broadest sense of the word. Also visit the Eglise De Sacre Coeur De Jesus dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, this church is noted for its gothic architecture and stained glass panels which depict the entire life of Jesus Christ. Overnight.

Day 05: Pondicherry - Chidambaram – Tanjore
Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Tanjore enroute visit Chidambaram - has a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the enthralling form of the Cosmic Dancer Nataraja. It is one of the few, which allows non-Hindus to visit the inner shrine. The peculiarity of the temple is its presiding deity - the Akasha Lingam or the ether lingam. The four tall entrance ways have carvings of the famous South Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Later drive to Tanjore. On arrival check into Hotel. Overnight.

Day 06: Tanjore:
Morning breakfast and proceed for sightseeing of Tanjore – Once the capital of the Chola Empire from the 10th to the 14th centuries. A Chola king, Raja Chola, built the greatest of the empire's 74 temples, the Brahadeeswarar temple is an outstanding example of the Chola architecture. Guarding the inner shrine of the temple is the gigantic statue of Nandi, the Bull. The courtyard walls of the sanctum are covered with wall paintings from the Chola and Nayak periods, comparable to the famous Ajanta cave frescoes. Afternoon at leisure for own activities. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Tanjore - Trichy – Madurai
Morning breakfast checkout and drive to Trichy - visit the ‘Rock Fort Temple’ which rises abruptly to a height of 273 ft. A steep staircase cut into the rock leads to the Fort. At the first level are the remnants of a huge hall blasted into ruins in 1772. The next storey is the Mathrubhuteshwarer Shrine dedicated to Shiva. Finally at the top of the hill, the 'Uchhi Pillayar Koil' - a Ganesh Temple offering a commanding view of the city. Later drive to Madurai. On arrival check into Hotel. Relax and overnight.

Day 08: Madurai:
Morning breakfast proceed to visit the Meenakshi temple one of the biggest temple complexes in India dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi. The high point of the Meenakshi temple is Hall of a "Thousand Pillars", built in the 16th Century which is as great a work of structural engineering as it is of art. Also visit the palace of Tirumala Nayak which is an example of the architectural mastery of the Nayaks - a blend of Hindu and Saracen architecture. Evening visit of the Meenakshi temple to attend the night ceremony at the temple at 9 P.M. This is a ceremony that takes place every evening when the temple bronze of Lord Shiva is carried to the bedchamber of Parvati. The procession is accompanied by religious prayer and temple music. Overnight.

Day 09: Madurai – Periyar
Morning breakfast checkout and drive to Periyar -Sprawling across the Cardamom Hills of the Western Ghats, Thekkady is the home to one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. Alive with exotic flora and vibrant wildlife, it is the perfect getaway tucked away among hills. On arrival check into Hotel. Afternoon boat ride on the Lake of the famous Periyar wildlife sanctuary to see wild life. Back to hotel. Overnight.

Day 10: Periyar – Kumarakom
Morning breakfast, checkout and drive to Kumarakom the winding "Ghats" lined with prosperous tea plantations & then arrive the fascinating countryside of low-lying palms and paddy fields to Kumarakom. Kumarakom-is a beautiful backwater village on the shores of the enchanting Vembanad Lake, crisscrossed with meandering waterways and ancient cottages. Overnight.

Day 11: Kumarakom / Alleppey:
Morning breakfast checkout and board the House Boat. The Houseboat takes you around the backwater of the Kumarakom & Alleppey. All meals on board. Overnight.

Day 12: Alleppey / Cochin
Morning breakfast checkout and drive to Cochin – The Commercial capital and the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala, Kochi, in Ernakulam is also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, on arrival check into a hotel. Evening free for shopping. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 13: Cochin:
Morning breakfast and proceed for sightseeing - the palm green, commercial capital of Kerala which has one of the finest natural harbour and is known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". From time immemorial, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British & Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Kochi & left their impression on the town. Modern Kochi is thus a splendid mosaic of these myriad influences. Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Church of St. Francis & the famous Chinese fishing nets. Afternoon witness the Kathakali dance performance - Kathakali is a unique dance which has a 2000 year old history with more than 100 different ‘mudras’ or gesture depicting deities, demons, heroes, heroines and kings. Overnight.

Day 14: Cochin:
Morning breakfast checkout and transfer to Airport to board the flight for onward destination. Tour Ends.
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Our preferred Hotels / Resorts in India

City 3 star 4 Star 5 Star
Agra Hotel Amar,
Hotel Pushpa Villa,
Hotel Crystal Inn,
Trident Agra,
Hotel Marina Agra,
Hotel Clark Shiraz,
ITC Mughal,
Radisson Hotel,
The Taj Gateway,
Ahmedabad Comfort Inn President,
Lemon Tree Hotel,
Sarovar Portico
Fortune Landmark,
Park Plaza,
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson,
Cama Hotel
Le Meridian,
The Gateway Hotel,
Courtyard By Marriott,
Radisson Blu
Alleppey Punnamada Backwater Resort, Pagoda Resorts Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake
Marari Beach Resort, Rainbow Cruises
The Park on Vembanad Lake
Aurangabad Hotel Athithi,
Hotel Avon International
Hotel Amarpreeth
The Meadows,
Lemon Tree Hotel
Taj Residency
Welcomhotel Rama International,
Bangalore Grand Magrath,
The Elanza,
The Solitaire,
Young Island Comforts
St, Mark’s Hotel,
The Chancery,
The Pride.
Vivanta By Taj, M.G. Road,
The Lalit Ashok,
Le Meriden,
The Chancery Pavilion
Bandipur National Park JLR Bandipur Safari Lodge, Dholes Den,
Windflower Resort
The Serai Bandipur  
Badami Kishkinda Heritage Resort
Krishna Heritage
Badami Court
KSTDC Mayura Chalukya
   
Bikaner Hotel Basant Vihar Palace,
Heritage Resort Bikaner,
Hotel Gaj Kesari Laxmi Niwas Palace - Heritage
Bekal Niravana Ocean Pera The Lalit Resort & Spa,
Vivanta By Taj
Bhopal Hotel Lake View Ashok,
Hotel Amar Palace
Welcom Heritage Noor Us Palace,  
B.R Hills JLR K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Gorukana Resort    
Calicut Hotel Asma Tower
Westway Hotel
Hayson Heritage
Kadavu resort & Ayurveda
Malabar Palace -4
The Gateway Hotel
Chennai Benz Park Tulip
The Residency,
Hotel Breeze,
Raj Park Chennai
Deccan Plaza hotel
Fortune Select Palms,
Green park
GRT Grand
Quality Inn Sabari
Radison Hotel GRT
Trident Chennai
Chikmagalur The Planters Court, The Gateway Hotel The Serai - Chikmagalur
Coimbatore Hotel CAG Pride,
Hotel City Tower
The Residency Hotel,
Hotel Heritage Inn,
Vivanta By Taj Surya,
Le Meridien
Coonoor MGM Hillworth The Gateway Hotel
Kurumba Village resort
 
Cochin The Trident,
The International Hotel Kochi
Abad Atrium
Cherai Beach Resort Taj Residency,
Taj Malabar,
Le Meriden,
Coorg - Madikeri JLR Dubare Elephant Camp, KSTDC  Mayura Valley View  Crystal Court. Heritage Resort, Windflower Spa & Resort,
Amanvana Spa & Resort
Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley Resort,
Vivanta By Taj, Coorg
Orange County - Coorg
Darjeeling Central Niravana,
May Fair Hill Resort,
Sinclairs Hotel,
Central Heritage,
Elgin Dajeeling,
 
Dandeli JLR Kali Adventure Camp
Sangway Holiday Home
Hornbill River Resort
   
Delhi Hotel Grand Sartaj,
Hotel Iris Park,
Hotel Almonds,
Hotel Broadway
Hotel Connaught,
Maidens Hotel,
Hotel Diplomat
Vivanta By Taj Ambassador,
The Taj Mahal Hotel,
The Leela Palace,
The Lalit, Taj Palace Hotel
Goa Aldia Santa Rita,
Sandal Wood Beach Resort, Santiago Resort,
Sun Village,
Bay Watch  Resort, Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort,
Cidade De Goa,
Kenil Worth Beach Resort, Radisson Blu,
The zuri
Gangtok Greendale Residence,
Sterling Delisso Abode Resort,
Elgin Nor Khill,
Hotel Tara Palace,
Summit Norling Resort & Spa,
 
Gokarna Om Beach Resort
Kushi Village Resort
SwaSwara  
Gulmarg Hotel Grand Mumtaz
Hotel Heevan Retreat
The Vintage Gulmarg The Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa
Gwalior Hotel Central Park,
Hotel Silver Oak
Taj Usha Kiran Palace  
Hassan Hotel Southern Star,
Hotel Mallige Residency
Hoysala Village,
Hotel Hassan Ashok
 
Hospet - Hampi Krishna Palace,
Hotel Malligi,
JLR Sloth Bear Resort,
KSTDC Mayura Bhuvaneshwari
Royal Orchid Central Kireeti,  
Jaipur Hotel Hawa Mahal,
Hotel Jaipur Greens,
Golden Tulip
Fortune Select Metropolitan,
Trident Jaipur,
Hotel Mansingh
The Lalit,
Le Meriden,
Jai Mahal Palace,
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
The Ramgarh Lodge,
Jodhpur Hotel Karni Bhawan Park Plaza,
Ranbanka Palace,
Umaid Bhawan Palace,
Vivanta By taj – Hari Mahal
Jaisalmer Heritage Inn,
Gorbandh Palace,
BRY’s Fort, Taj Gateway
Karwar Devbagh Beach Resort, Emerald Bay Resort, Estuary View Resort    
Kanyakumari Singaar International,
Hotel Sea View
Cape Residency
   
Khajuraho Hotel Zen Khajuraho Hotel Usha Bundela Radisson Jass,
Hotel Clarks,
The Lalit Temple View
Kumarakom Coco Bay Resort,
Back Water Retreat,
Saro Lake County,
Lake Song Resort,
Back Water Ripples,
Abad Whispering Palms
Kumarakom Lake Resort,
Taj Garden Retreat,
Coconut Lagoon Resort,
The Park – Vembanad Lake
The Zuri Kumarakom
Kodaikanal Hotel Kodai Resort,
Mountain View,
Valley View (Sterling)
The Carlton,
Hotel Kodai International
 
Kovalam Uday Samudra Beach Resort,
Beach and Lake Ayurvdic Resort,
Abad Harmonia Ayurveda  Beach Resort
 
Hotel Sea Face,
Estuary Island Resort,
Isola Di Cocco Beach Resort,
Poovar Island Resort,
The Leela Kovalam Beach
Vivanta By Taj,

Lucknow Comfort Inn Lucknow,
Hotel Sagar International
Golden Tulip Lucknow,
Best western Plus Levana
Vivanta By Taj,
Hotel Clarks Avadh
Leh Grand Himalaya,
Hotel Dragon
The Grand Dragon  
Madurai Hotel Sangam,
Hotel Supreme,
Best Western Germanus
Heritage Hotel,
GRT Grand
The Taj Gateway Hotel
Mysore Crystal Paark Inn,
The Quorum,
Kings Kourt Hotel
Young Island Resort 
Hotel Regallis,
Royal Orchid Metropole,
Windflower Spa & Resort
Sandesh De Prince
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Fortune JP Palace
Mangalore The Ocean Pearl
Deepa Comforts,
Poonja International
The Gateway Hotel
Gold Finch Hotel
 
Mahabalipuram Hotel Mamalla Heritage,
Golden Sun Hotel and Beach Resort,
The Chariot Beach Resort, Radisson Temple Bay Resort,
Munnar Hotel T & U,
Misty Mountain
Deshadan Mountain Club
Tea County,
Camelot Resort,
Ambady Estate
Mountain Club,
Club Mahindra Lakeview,

Mumbai King’s International,
Hotel Supreme Heritage
Hotel Silver Inn
Hotel Trident,
The Emerald,
Hotel Kohinoor Continental,
The Taj Mahal Hotel,
Jm Marriott Hotel,
The Lalit,
The Leela
The Taj Mahal Palace
Nagarahole National Park - Kabini JLR Kabini River Lodge,
The Bison Resort,
Water Woods
   
Ooty Holiday Inn Gem Park,
Hotel Sinclairs,
Hotel Sullivan Court
Fern Hills,
Taj Savoy,
Derby Green
Danish Villa
 
Patna Fortune Residency,
Hotel Clarks Inn
Hotel Chanukya
Hotel Pataliputra
Hotel Maurya
Pahalagam Hotel Forest Hill Resort,
Mountain View
Hotel Hill Top,
Paradise Inn
 
Pondicherry Hotel Lotus Comfort,
Hotel Ginger,
The Ashok Beach Resort
The Windflower Spa & Resort
Hotel Athithi,
The Richmond
Club Mahindra  at Zest at Big Beach ,
The Accord
Pushkar Hotel Gulaab Niwaas Palace,
Hotel Pushkar Heritage
Pushkar Resort,
The orchard Resort,
Ananta Spa & Resorts
Srinagar Hotel Grand Kashmir,
Hotel Imperial Lake View
Peacock House Boat
Hotel Broadway
The lalit Grand Palace,
Vivanta By Taj
Sonmarg Mountain Greens,
Hotel Sonmarg Resort
   
Thanjavur Hotel Sangam,
Hotel Oriental Towers
   
Thekkady Wood N Spice,
Carmelia Haven,
Spice Garden
Cardmom County,
Green Woods,
Abad Green Forest
Spice Village,
Tusker Trails,
The Elephant Court
Trivandrum Hotel Horizon,
Hotel Pankaj,

Fortune Hotel The south Park,
Classic Avenue,
The Gateway Hotel,
Vivanta By Taj
The Leela,
Udaipur Lake Pichola,
Hotel Rajadarshan
Amantra Comfort Hotel,
Cambay Spa & Resort,
Golden Tulip,
Trident Udaipur
The leela Palace,
Taj lake Palace,
The Oberoi Udaivilas
Varanasi Hotel Crescent Villa,
Hotel Ideal Tower
Hotel Hindustan International,
Hotel City Inn
Hotel Clarks,
Radisson Hotel,
Varkala Deshadan Beach Resort,
Hindustan Beach Resort
The Gateway Hotel Janaradhanapuram,
Blue Water Resort
 
Wayanad Rain County Resort,
Blue Ginger Resort,
Bansura Hill Resort
Vythiri Resort,
Silver Woods,
The Windflower Resort & Spa,
Vythiri Village
 
This tour can be booked by minimum of 2 persons up to 10 persons. We do not recommend add others to this tour. It will be you and your family or friends traveling in this tour by private vehicles only.

We offer the following categories of hotels:
  • Silver – 3 Star Hotels
  • Gold – 4 Star Hotels
  • Platinum – 5 Star Hotels
In cities where the categories are not available the lower category will be provided and rates have been taken in our costings for the lower categories.

You can choose from some of our most popular readymade programs or we can tailor a program just to suit your specific requirements. Alternatively, when you tailor your own tour, you can begin and end your journey from any City you choose within India.

This is a very exclusive way of discovering India. You have the choice of touring in a Sedan Car for up to 2 to 3 pax or in a Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) for 3-5 Pax. Our Experienced Chauffeurs will take care of all your needs for the duration of the tour. All Sightseeing Tours are on a Private Basis.

We can provide you an English Speaking Guide or any other language that you may require for all your Guided Tours at additional cost upon request.

Your Chauffeurs will offer you the greatest degree of flexibility, as he will be able to accommodate your needs and changes to your schedule even on short notice.

All our vehicles are fully air-conditioned, constantly maintained and are of the highest standards. All Chauffeurs are fluent in English(some other local languages) and have extensive experience in touring knowledge of their area.

Vehicles will be at your disposal from 0800hrs to 2000hrs daily. You may take regular stops and breaks at your leisure whenever or travel to places you would like to visit nearby.

2-3 Pax Silver / Gold customer will be travelling in Sedan vehicle and Platinum customer in MPV vehicles.

Vehicle Descriptions:
  • Sedan - 4+1 seator - suitable for 1 to 3pax - matching interior, air conditioning - Baggage - 2 Hand Baggage Baggage – 2 Suitcases ( Tata Indigo, Swift Desire, Mahindra Logan or Toyota Etios)
  • Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) 6+1 seator suitable for 4 to 5 Pax – matching interior, air conditioning - 3 Hand Baggage – 3 to 4 Suitcases ( Toyota Innova)
  • Tempo Traveler – Transporter 12 +1 seator – suitable for 6 to 10 pax – matching interior, air conditioning – 10 Hand Baggage – 9-10 Suitcases
  • Mini Coach – 18+1 seator for 11 to 6 pax – matching interior, air conditioning, microphone.
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