Classical South India with Beach Stay

 South India is a great mix of history, culture, lifestyle, cuisine and Nature. The old town of Pondicherry has a unique charm and the French Quarter is unique in its cleanliness, architecture, discipline etc. Kumbakonam is a typical Tanjore village with a lot of vibrance and life around. The below itinerary is a great combination of all above to make the traveler explore the best.

Summer Price (May - Sep)

$1870*

Winter Price (Oct - Apr)

$1985*

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Program

Day 01 – Chennai-Mahabalipuram (50 Kms/ 1.5 Hrs)

On arrival at Chennai, you will be transferred to Mahabalipuram Beach to check into your hotel on beach (Check in time is 1 PM). Afternoon sightseeing of Mahabalipuram to explore the heritage of Mahabalipuram temples, built in 7th & 8th century AD which are today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 – Mahabalipuram-Kanchipuram (80 Kms/ 2 Hrs)

After an early breakfast, drive to Kanchipuram for sightseeing. Afternoon return to Mahabalipuram for exploring the beaches. You may opt to go for a walk through the main streets of Mahabalipuram which is full of local life. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 – Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (100 kms/ 2 Hrs)

After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Pondicherry which still carries a strong flavor of the French presence in India. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Afternoon a familiarization of the City. The traditional French architecture is still maintained even in the latest renovations and the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is the authorized agency for any such renovations in Pondicherry. After sightseeing, you will be brought to the Beach Road to spend some time walking through the beachside to see the public life around. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.

Day 04 – Pondicherry-Thiruvannamalai (100 kms/ 2 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Gingee Fort also known as Senchi Fort. You will visit the monuments located at the foot of the hill. Later drive to Tiruvannamalai to visit Arunachaleswarar Temple and Ramana Maharshi Ashram and Girivalam Road where you will find a number of Sadhoos just like in Varanasi. Late evening visit the temple again to watch the closing ceremony from close distance to the Sanctum Sanctorum. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 – Gangaikondacholapuram-Darasuram-Kumbakonam

After an early breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gangaikondacholapuram (UNESCO temple) to visit the amazing architectural Marvel. Later visit Darasuram Iravadeeswarar Temple (UNESCO Monument). On arrival at Kumbakonam, check in to your hotel. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.

Day 06 – Tanjore

Early morning visit Darasuram Wholesale Vegetable market which is nice to visit. Later after breakfast, visit Tanjore Palace and big temple in the morning. Afternoon return to your resort for a village experience. Go for a bullock cart ride through the nearby village. Also you may visit to the artisans around the place. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.

Day 07 – Sreerangam-Madurai (200 Kms/ 5 Hrs)

After an early breakfast, drive to Sreerangam to visit the Temple with the tallest Temple Tower (Entrance Tower) in India. Continue drive to Madurai, an ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east. Afternoon for sightseeing of Madurai with an evening visit to Meenakshi Temple. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 08 – Madurai-Munnar (5 Hrs)

Morning, after breakfast, proceed to Munnar, known as nature lover’s paradise. On arrival, check in to your resort. Afternoon go for an orientation tour of Munnar. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 09 – Munnar

Full day guided Tea Trail experience. You will be driven to a Tea Plantation to go with the workers to pluck the tea leaves and you will go through the whole process of making tea. In between our Naturalist will give you short Nature walks through the tea plantation. Lunch will be served at the Estate Bungalow. Finally you will taste your own tea and will take home half kilo of Tea as memory of your day experience. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10 – Munnar-Cochin (4 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Cochin. On arrival at Cochin, check into your hotel. Afternoon for free walks. Evening watch a classical art performance at Greenix Theatre which is a kaleidoscope of Kerala classical arts like Kathakali, Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts),Bharatanatyam etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 – Cochin

Morning, after breakfast proceed for a village backwater cruise with lunch to explore the pristine beauty of village backwater life. Afternoon go  for a City Tour, exploring Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis church, the Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace etc…  Cochin now named as Kochi is the Commercial capital of Kerala and a happening place. The development of the city is to be compared to that of any other Metros in the country. Late evening visit Pepper Trails Kitchen to have a cookery demonstration followed by Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 – Alleppey Backwaters – Houseboat (1.5 Hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive houseboat for a cruise through Vembanad Lake followed by overnight stay on board, covering Alleppey villages and the life around the villages. Earlier days the big boats were used as a media of transporting goods by the local farmers and later these boats converted into Houseboats with minimum amenities and now the Houseboats are most conveniently furnished with comfortable aircon and bio toilets etc. Your food will be freshly cooked and served on board. Overnight in the houseboat.

Day 13 – Alleppey – Marari 

Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, checkout & proceed to Marari, a relatively quiet beach paradise of Kerala. On arrival check in at the resort on the Beach. Rest of the day at leisure on the beach. You may opt to go for an Ayurvedic Massage or a village walk. Overnight at the Resort.

Day 14 – Marari Beach

Full day at the resort. Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf, but it is more... An authentic experience of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a re-creation of an ancient, harmonious way of life. You may opt to take an Ayurvedic Massage…Visit the fishermen villages... By evening it may interesting to visit the local temple to watch the local crowd coming for worship and socialization. Overnight at Resort.

Day 15 – Cochin Departure (2.5 Hrs)

Like all good things, your holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable experience. Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tour Cost Includes:

  • 14 nights stay as above

  • Daily breakfast at hotels

  • All meals on Houseboat

  • Greenix  show in Cochin

  • Guided Village Canoe Cruise with farm lunch at Poothotta

  • Cookery show with lunch at Cochin

  • Tea trail with Colonial lunch at Munnar

  • English speaking local guides in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Madurai, Munnar & Cochin

  • Aircon SUV for transfers and sightseeing with English speaking driver

  • All Entrance Fees

  • All Taxes

Hotels/Homestays Suggested:

Mahabalipuram: Ideal Resort

Pondicherry: Atithi Pondicherry

 

Tiruvannamalai: Hotel Himalaya

 

Kumbakonam: Paradise Resorts

 

Madurai: Fortune Pandiyan

 

Munnar: Olivebrook

 

Cochin: Delight Heritage Homestay

 

Houseboat: Evergreen

www.evergreen-kerala.com

 

Marari Beach: Le Plage

Hotels suggested above are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the proposed hotels are not available, we will be providing similar hotels with your approval.

Tour Price Per Pax on Double/Twin Sharing

Summer Price (May - Sep)

$1870*

Winter Price (Oct - Apr)

$1985*

Clicking on “Book Now” is only an advice to our team to process your booking. Our team will come back to you with the status. You may also advice us for further customization.

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