Special South India with Goa Luxury Trail
South India is an unexplored region in India yet. The below itinerary is a good mix of the culture, lifestyle and experiences of South India with Goa Beach. As usual we have many Responsible Tourism Programs included in this to support our local community. A visit to the Elephant orphanage in Pondicherry is an eye opener towards our responsibility towards the animal world.
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Day 01 – Chennai
On arrival in Chennai, you will be transferred to your Hotel. By 3.30 PM your story teller will join you to take you through an amazing historic trail of Madras detailing the British connection etc. This walking tour will be for 2 Hours. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 – Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry
After an early breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram to explore the heritage of Mahabalipuram temples, built in 7th & 8th century AD which are today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. Afternoon drive to Pondichery. Evening for free walks. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 – Pondicherry
After an early breakfast, visit the Elephant orphanage run by an NGO a well appreciated social project. You will feed the elephants, they tell you the story of elephants too. Later go for a guided tour of Pondicherry. Visit Auroville enroute. On arrival, check in at your hotel. 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 beach side to see the public life around.Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Pondicherry.
Day 04 – 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). Afternoon go for a bullock cart ride in the village. Overnight stay at Kumbakonam.
Day 05 – Kumbakonam
Early morning, you shall visit the Wholesale Vegetable market at Darasuram which is said to be the second largest in Asia. After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Bronze crafters in the village and other temples around. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06 – Tanjore-Chettinad (4 Hrs)
After breakfast, check out and drive to Tanjore to visit the Big Temple (Brihadeeswara Temple). Later drive to Chettinad Village which is supposed to be the richest village in Tamilnadu in terms of money and culture. Overnight stay at one of the Mansions in Chettinadu.
Day 07 – Chettinad (Karaikudi)
Day for local visits. You may also opt for a cycling tour through the village assisted by your hotel. Overnight at a Mansion Hotel.
Day 08 – Madurai (2.5 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Madurai, an ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east for overnight stay. Afternoon for sightseeing of Madurai with an evening visit to Meenakshi Temple to watch the closing ceremony. Overnight at Madurai.
Day 09 – Madurai-Harvest Farms-Periyar (3.5 Hrs)
After breakfast, at 8.30 AM, drive to Periyar Sanctuary. Enroute stop at Harvest Organic Farm for a guided walk. From the main road, you will be welcomed to drive through the village road to the farm. A Garden farm lunch will be served .Later guided walk through the farm. By early evening continue your travel to your hotel in Periyar. Evening visit a Spice Farm. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10 – Periyar (7.30 AM till 4.30 PM)
Full day trekking in the Sanctuary. It will be a guided program by the forest Department and there are chances of closure of the Sanctuary between April & June due to the fear of wild fire etc. At 0730 AM we have to report at the bus boarding point .Once you reach the starting point, you will finish the registration formalities and collect leech socks, packed light breakfast & a proper hot lunch etc. The program has around 12 kms of soft hike and 3 kms of bamboo rafting. This will be a nice program to watch possible wildlife in the sanctuary. Only physically fit travellers can do this full activity. Children below 13 years are not allowed to do the program. Evening return to the base to return to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 – Alleppey-Cochin (1.5 Hrs)
Enjoy your breakfast on board. Later, at 9 AM checkout & drive to a heritage home in Alleppey for a cookery show followed by lunch. Later proceed to Cochin, the colonial capital of Kerala. Check into your hotel. Evening watch a Kathakali performance at a traditional Theatre. Overnight at the Hotel/Homestay.
Day 13 – Cochin
After breakfast, you will be taken on a guided village canoe cruise followed by village activities and a traditional lunch on banana leaf. Afternoon return to Cochin for a guided sightseeing to cover Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, St Francis Church, Dhobi Ghat, Chinese Fishing nets etc. Evening for free walks in Fort Cochin. Overnight at Hotel/Homestay.
Day 14 – Cochin-Goa
Today, you will be transferred to Cochin Airport to connect your flight to Goa. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel on the beach. Overnight
Day 15 – Goa
Breakfast at the hotel. Later go for a sightseeing of Old Goa to visit the historic churches like the chapel of St Catherine, Basilica of Bom Jesus and other old churches around etc. You will driving over River Mandovi. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16 – Goa
Full day at leisure on beach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17 – Goa
Full day at leisure on beach. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18 – Goa Departure
Today you will be transferred to Goa Airport to connect your flight home.
Day 11 – Alleppey Houseboat (4.5 Hrs)
After an early breakfast, drive to Alleppey to board your exclusive Houseboat for a cruise through the backwater villages followed by overnight stay on board. Your meals are cooked and served on board. Explore the amazing backwater life of Kerala! Overnight at the Houseboat.
Tour Cost Includes:
17 nights stay as above
Daily breakfast at hotels
All meals on Houseboat
Story telling guided tour in Chennai
Story telling elephant orphanage visit in Pondicherry
Guided Spice Farm visit in Periyar
Full day guided trekking in Periyar Sanctuary with bamboo rafting and lunch
Organic farm visit with lunch at Periyar
Cookery show with lunch at Alleppey
Kathakali show in Cochin
Guided Village Canoe Cruise with farm lunch at Poothotta
English speaking local guides in Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Madurai & Cochin
Aircon SUV for transfers and sightseeing with English speaking driver
Internal flight Cochin-Goa
All Entrance Fees
Hotels suggested Economy
Chennai: Taj Coromandel
Pondicherry: Palais De Mahe
Cochin: Brunton Boatyard
Goa: Taj Holiday Village
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