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Highlights of South India 15 Days / 13 Nights

The tour starts from Chennai, among the most prominent metropolitan areas in South India. You have a full day to explore the city before leaving for Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO site. In both Madurai and Tanjore, you will find some of the most beautiful temples. Visit Pondicherry, the erstwhile French colony, to explore India’s colonial past. The backwaters, Thekkady, Cochin and Kumarakom are other highlights of the tour.

 

Tour Nights

  • Chennai: 1 nights
  • Mahabalipuram: 2 nights
  • Pondicherry: 1 nights
  • Tanjore: 1 nights
  • Madurai: 1 nights
  • Thekkady: 2 nights
  • Kumarakom: 2 nights
  • Kerala House Boat: 1 nights
  • Cochin: 2 nights
  • Tour code: AWI30
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Tour the sprawling metropolis of Chennai
  • Drive through one of the longest beaches in the world, Marina beach
  • Explore the former French colony, Pondicherry
  • Practice some devotional ceremonies at the majestic Meenakshi temple
  • Spot wildlife whilst trekking through Periyar National Park
  • Revel in the pleasures of a house boat on the backwaters of Kerala
  • Enjoy Bird watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

Itinerary details

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Day 1

UK to Chennai

Depart from UK an overnight flight to Chennai. Read More

Chennai

Day 2

Chennai

Morning arrival in Chennai, transfer to your hotel for one night. Founded in 1639, Chennai was the site of the first settlement of the East India Company. Afternoon tour of the city visiting the Museum and Art Gallery. Drive through the Flower Fruit Market; visit Fort St. George, which once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Within the Fort complex is the oldest Anglican Church in India, St Mary’s Church, built in 1678-1680. Drive along the Marina Beach, one of the longest beaches in the world running to a length of 12 km. Also visit San Thome Cathedral, which is said to contain the remains of St. Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas). Read More

Mahabalipuram

Day 3

Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

After breakfast depart by road to Kanchipuram, one of the most vibrant religious and cultural centres in Tamil Nadu, also known for its flourishing silk industry. The temple town of Kanchipuram is also a treasure- trove of Hindu temples and art from the Pallava, Chola and Pandiyan dynasties. Continue to Mamallapuram. Stay for two nights. Read More

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Day 4

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

Morning sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram, famous for the Shore Temple. It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is at leisure. Read More

Pondicherry

Day 5

Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) to Pondicherry

After breakfast leave for Pondicherry. The city has a long history dating back 2000 years when it was an important Roman trading post. Francois Martin, a Frenchman, established the modern city of Pondicherry between 1673 and 1680. The French established their supremacy in this area by waging several battles against the Dutch, the English and the Caranatic Nawabs. Pondicherry is also the place where Sri Aurobindo, a well known philosopher, patriot and savant established his Ashram. Stay for one night. Read More

Thanjavur

Day 6

Pondicherry to Tanjore

Morning drive to Tanjore. Afternoon visit Brihadisvara Temple (capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single gigantic granite block weighing 80 tons) and Raja Chola Art Gallery. The Raja Chola Art Gallery has over 30,000 Indian and European manuscripts written on palm leaf and paper preserved in the Saraswathi Mahal Library. Overnight stay in Tanjore. Read More

Madurai

Day 7

Tanjore to Madurai

Morning depart for Madurai, an ancient city dating back 2,500 years. Afternoon visit Meenakshi temple, which is an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Also visit Sundareswarar Temple with its Hall of a Thousand Pillars elaborately carved, some of which sound like metal and are commonly referred to as the metal stone or musical pillars. Stay for one night. Read More

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Day 8

Madurai to Thekkady

Morning drive to Thekkady for two nights. Afternoon visit Periyar National Park, noted for its elephant herds and a rich variety of animal and bird life. The sanctuary is spread across 777 sq km, much of which is thick evergreen forest. Wildlife viewing by boat. Read More

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Day 9

Thekkady

Morning boat ride in lake Periyar in search of more wildlife. Afternoon spice plantation tour. Read More

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Day 10

Thekkady to Kumarakom

After Breakfast leave for Kumarakom. Bordered by the lofty Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, Kumarakom is a land of backwater stretches, lush paddy fields, highlands and extensive rubber plantations. Stay for two nights. Read More

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Day 11

Kumarakom

Morning take a walking tour of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Situated on the banks of the Vembanand Lake, the sanctuary is known for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as waterfowls, cuckoos and owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. Read More

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Day 12

Kumarakom to Backwaters (Houseboat)

Morning transfers to Kumarakom Jetty, embark on a houseboat for one night. Cruise on the backwaters of Kerala. The Backwaters are a maze of bridge and canals set in a labyrinth of backwater channels dotted with endless stretches of lakes and lagoons. Read More

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Day 13

Backwaters (Houseboat) to Cochin

Disembark in the morning and drive to Cochin for two nights. Kochi, once known as Cochin is the oldest European settlement in India. Many influences including Chinese, Arab, Jewish, British, French and Portuguese are evident in the city. In the evening attend a Traditional Kathakali dance performance. Read More

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Day 14

Cochin

Morning tour of the city visiting the Dutch Palace, originally built by the Portuguese, housing a fine collection of mural paintings. The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Visit the St. Francis Church, which is the city’s oldest church, built by Europeans. See the Chinese fishing nets that line the tip of Fort Cochin. Evening by sunset enjoy a boat cruise. Read More

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Day 15

Cochin to UK Departure

Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Dates and Prices

  • PERIOD OF TRAVEL
  • PRICE (PP)
  • SINGLE ROOM SUPP (PP)
  • PERIOD OF TRAVEL
  • PRICE (PP)
  • SINGLE ROOM SUPP (PP)

Extension

Kanyakumari and Kovalam - ( 04 Nights ) (Day 15 to Day 19)
  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £339*

    £259*

  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £449*

    £329*

From majestic landscapes and glorious beaches, to mystic temples and tranquil backwaters, here is a tour that promises sheer indulgence to your senses.

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Day 1

Kovalam

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Trivandrum. Upon arrival proceed towards Kovalam by car and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Kovalam. Read More

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Day 2

Kovalam

At leisure.

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Day 3

Kovalam & Kanyakumari

Post breakfast proceed towards Kanyakumari and stay for 1 night in Kanyakumari. Read More

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Day 4

Kanyakumari & Trivandrum-Cochin

Post breakfast, proceed towards Trivandrum by car. Upon arrival transfer to airport towards your onward journey to Cochin. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night stay in Cochin. Read More

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Day 5

To UK

Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Madikeri & Mysore - ( 06 Nights ) (Day 15 to Day 21)
  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £759*

    £629*

  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £999*

    £839*

This tour in the South, brings you some most sought after destinations like Madikeri & Mysore, where history, mysticism and nature all sit together, and take turns to enchant you with their captivating charm.

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Day 1

To Mysore

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Bangalore. Upon arrival proceed towards Mysore by car and transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Mysore. Read More

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Day 2

To Mysore

Post breakfast visit the city tour of Mysore -Maharaja’s Palace, local markets, Chamundi hills and the Nandi Bull. Read More

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Day 3

To Madikeri

This morning proceed towards Madikeri via Srirangapatnam. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Madikeri. Read More

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Day 4

Madikeri

Morning visit to Omkareshwar Temple and Abbey Falls. Afternoon at leisure. Read More

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Day 5

To Ferokh

Transfer to Ferokh via Kappad Beach. Stay overnight at the Hotel. Read More

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Day 6

To Kochi (Cochin)

Post breakfast drive to Kochi and stay overnight at the Hotel in Cochin. Read More

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Day 7

To UK

Transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to London with sweet memories. Read More

Hillgrove, Ooty and Mysore - ( 06 Nights ) (Day 15 to Day 21)
  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £799*

    £669*

  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 01 Jul - 30 Sep

    £899*

    £759*

Retire to one of the quaintest corners in India that has remained untouched by perils of urbanisation. An important stop on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Hillgrove is best explored on sauntered walks along its lush, green spaces.
“The Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty is about miles of verdant tea and coffee plantations, tall pine trees, charming British-era architecture and a laid-back vibe. If you are looking to escape sweltering Indian summers as well as hoards of crowds that compete for space at the hill stations up north, the unassumingly stunning Ooty in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is just the place for you.
A city marked by reminders of the Royal Heritage, Mysore is where architecture takes a centre-stage in shedding light on the local history, culture and traditions. Smell of spices and incense dominate the air as visitors and locals negotiate deals in the city’s bustling bazaars. 

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Day 1

Cochin, Hillgrove

Post breakfast; proceed towards Hillgrove for a two night stay at the Resort. Read More

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Day 2

Hillgrove

Day to relax in your pretty surroundings. Read More

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Day 3

Hillgrove, Mysore

In the morning, take the Nilgiri Mountain railway to Ooty, through scenic villages and beautiful mountain landscapes. Journey onward, by car, to Mysore (4-5 hours) and spend two nights at the Hotel in Mysore. Read More

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Day 4

Mysore

A full day of sightseeing in Mysore commences with a visit to Srirangapatnam to see Tipu Sultan’s Palace. Drive up into the Chamundi hills for stunning views of the surrounding area and a visit to the monolithic Nandi Bull. Spend time at the grand Mysore Palace and visit the colorful Devaraja market. Read More

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Day 5

Mysore, Bengaluru

Post breakfast drive towards Bengaluru, a city that is popularly known as the IT hub of India. The afternoon is at leisure. Stay at the hotel for one night in Bengaluru. Read More

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Day 6

Bengaluru, Cochin

Post breakfast, transfer to airport in Bengaluru towards Cochin. Rest of the day at leisure. Read More

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Day 7

Cochin, UK

Post breakfast, transfer to the International airport in Cochin towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Hotels

  • The Pride
    The Pride
    Chennai
  • Le Pondy
    Le Pondy
    Pondicherry
  • Back Waterripples
    Back Waterripples
    Kumarakom
  • The Elephant Court
    The Elephant Court
    Thekkady
  • Holiday Inn
    Holiday Inn
    Cochin
  •  Ideal Beach Resort
    Ideal Beach Resort
    Mahabalipuram
  •  Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
    Fortune Pandiyan Hotel
    Madurai
  • Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
    Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
    Thanjavur
  • AC Dlx. House Boat
    AC Dlx. House Boat
    Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resorts and Spa
    Aveda Resorts and Spa
    Kumarakom
  • Le Pondy
    Le Pondy
    Pondicherry
  • The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
    The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
    Madurai
  • The Zuri
    The Zuri
    Kumarakom
  • Spice Village
    Spice Village
    Periyar
  • Crowne Plaza
    Crowne Plaza
    Kochi
  •  The Leela Palace
    The Leela Palace
    Chennai
  •  Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
    Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay
    Mammalapuram
  • Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
    Hotel Sangam Thanjavur
    Thanjavur
  • AC Dlx. House Boat
    AC Dlx. House Boat
    Kumarakom

The Pride

Chennai
  • The Pride

Pride Hotel is located at the prime location of Poonamallee High Road near Sangam Theatre. The hotel is conveniently located near the city center and the beach. Besides the popular Marina Beach, there are a number of other cl

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Le Pondy

Pondicherry
  • Le Pondy

Le Pondy is situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. The resort's structure is elegantly rich and boasts of being an opulent heritag

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Back Waterripples

Kumarakom
  • Back Waterripples

Back Water Ripples a Kerala themed resort is located at Kumarakom, directly overlooking the Vembanad Lake which is the second largest lake in India. Cochin International Airport is 70 kilometers from the resort. The resort is

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The Elephant Court

Thekkady
  • The Elephant Court

The Elephant Court is situated in Thekkady, one of the best tropical wildlife sanctuaries in the world. It is about 1 Kilometer from Kumali in Idukki district, Kerala, which is the southern most state of India. It is just 1

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Holiday Inn

Cochin
  • Holiday Inn

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, known as the industrial capital of Kerala, Holiday Inn Cochin is a recent addition in this bustling commercial port.Conveniently located on the NH Bypass at a distance of 5 kms from

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Le Pondy

Pondicherry
  • Le Pondy

Le Pondy is situated at Pondicherry is a premium leisure resort beautifully lounged at an estuary between Chunnambar River and the Bay of Bengal. The resort's structure is elegantly rich and boasts of being an opulent heritag

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The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

Madurai
  • The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai is located in Madurai making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town. Thei hotel is close to Thirumalai Nayak Palace and Meenakshi Amman Temple. Nestled in 62 acres of stunning landscape

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The Zuri

Kumarakom
  • The Zuri

The Zuri is Located on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake, set at the heart of the beautiful Southern state of Kerala. It is just 2 hours from the Cochin International Airport and 30 minutes drive from Kottayam railway station

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Spice Village

Periyar
  • Spice Village

Spice Village is a resort located in Kumily, a small settlement three kilometres from Thekkady. The hotel is 145 kilometers from Cochin airport, 74 kilometers from Kottayam railway station, 90 kilometers from the backwaters i

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Crowne Plaza

Kochi
  • Crowne Plaza

Located on the NH 47 Bypass with easy access to the airport, CBD, Kakkanad Infopark, Fort Kochi, and scenic backwaters and beaches to the south. Amidst exotic surroundings that comprised of alluring attractions of the city

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The Leela Palace

Chennai
  •  The Leela Palace

The Leela Palace is located near Chennai's central business district and in close proximity to tourist sites. Anna International Airport and Kamaraj Domestic Airport are 16 kilometers away from the hotel.

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Ideal Beach Resort

Mahabalipuram
  •  Ideal Beach Resort

Nestled in the sprawling corromandal coastline overlooking the Bay of Bengal, it is an ideal place to enjoy some of India's unique cultures. located 45 km from Chennai Airport and 30 km from Chennai Railway Station. Mahabalip

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Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay

Mammalapuram
  •  Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, luxury resort lies near a stretch of sand off the East Coast Road on the Bay of Bengal. Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, and Shore Temple are all within a 10-minute walk. The Radisson Bl

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Fortune Pandiyan Hotel

Madurai
  •  Fortune Pandiyan Hotel

Hotel Fortune Pandiyan is half a kilometer from the Meenakshi Temple and 9.7 km from the Madurai Airport Terminal.

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Hotel Sangam Thanjavur

Thanjavur
  • Hotel Sangam Thanjavur

Sangam Hotel, Thanjavur is 2 km from Thanjavur Royal Palace and 3 km from Thanjavur Bus Stand. It is 19 km from Chandran Temple and 22 km from Garbharashambigai Temple. Sangam Hotel is 500 metres from Thanjavur Railway Statio

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Hotel Sangam Thanjavur

Thanjavur
  • Hotel Sangam Thanjavur

Sangam Hotel, Thanjavur is 2 km from Thanjavur Royal Palace and 3 km from Thanjavur Bus Stand. It is 19 km from Chandran Temple and 22 km from Garbharashambigai Temple. Sangam Hotel is 500 metres from Thanjavur Railway Statio

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AC Dlx. House Boat

Kumarakom
  • AC Dlx. House Boat

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

AC Dlx. House Boat

Kumarakom
  • AC Dlx. House Boat

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

Aveda Resorts and Spa

Kumarakom
  • Aveda Resorts and Spa

The hotel Situated in Kumarakom, Aveda Resorts and Spa is on a lake and close to Kumarakom Boat Jetty, Vembanad Lake, and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Regional attractions also include Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple and Nagambadam

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What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights:Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers : All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance. Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Accommodation: Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast at all places and House Boat on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Jungle Safari: As per individual parks regulations. By Jeep sharing with other tourist, seating up to five, or a large open vehicle, seating up to eighteen. Safaris are accompanied by a naturalist. For booking exclusive jeeps a higher charge may apply. Due to the limited number of vehicles allowed inside a park in a day, exclusive jeep is subject to availability.
  • Train: Air conditioned sleeper.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India. We can obtain visa on your behalf for a nominal fee.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

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