Recommended South India Travel Package Tour Packages
Recommended South India Travel Package Tour Packages
The 22 days Recommended South India Tours is an elabroate tour which will make you explore true beauty of South of India from temples to beaches, this trip is a must take to revisit the Indian history and enjoy its serene contemporary culture of today.
DURATION: 22 DAYS AND 21 NIGHTS
YOUR EXPERIENCES AT A GLANCE
When you land in Chennai, you will be received by our official representative at the airport who will transfer you in an air-conditioned vehicle to begin your Recommended South India Tour immediately. After taking care of the luggage, you will be on your way to Mahabalipuram directly visiting the Kanchipuram route. This route is said to be one of the most scenic stretches in South India. Kanchipuram, the ancient capital of the Pallavas is called as a city of 1000 temples, some dating back to 7th and 8th century. Overnight stay is in Mahabalipuram.
Wake up to a beautiful morning in this seaside town. Spend the day frolicking at the beach or do a little sightseeing. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting cluster of ancient rock hewn temples, which are the prime examples of Dravidian style of architecture. To relax order yourself a few drinks with fresh seafood and soak in the breezy vibe of this charming town. Overnight stay is in Mahabalipuram.
Set out for Pondicherry leaving behind Mahabalipuram. The 2-hour route runs parallel to a flawless coastline, offering you breath-taking views of the sea. The town you are heading for is a charming settlement with unique cultural fabric, owing to being the capital of French India before Independence. The interesting mix of Tamil and French backdrop gives this town an originality that is found nowhere else in India. Breezy seaside town has a laid-back atmosphere tagging Pondicherry as a perfect vacation spot. On reaching Pondicherry, you will check in the hotel. Overnight in Pondicherry.
Leave behind the sleepy Tamil-French settlement to take a 4.5-hour trip to Thanjavur. Later visit the city. Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore, is a city replete with art. The 11th century architecture found around Thanjavur can be traced back to Chola dynasty and is a great draw for history buffs. Centuries old temples and palaces claim this town as an important center of South Indian religion, art and architecture. It’s bronzes and handicrafts make Thanjavur one of the highlights of a visit to South India. Overnight stay is in Thanjavur
Today we are taking you for a day-long outing to Trichy. This full day excursion of Trichy will be filled with a glimpse into history and superb architecture. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. The Carnatic wars that took place in Trichy in the 18th century between the French and the English left an imprint on Trichy in form of Danish church, Lord Robert Clive’s house and the rock fort. If you don’t mind the walk, climb 434 steps leading to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Post your sightseeing tour you will return back to Thanjavur. Overnight in Thanjavur.
We are escorting you to Chettinad today. The town of Chettinad falls only 80 km away from Thanjavur and goes down in history as the ancestral home of the Nattukottai Chettiyars, a prosperous banking community famous in the overseas business markets in South and Southeast Asia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Another thing Chettinad is renowned for is it’s cuisine. Find time to taste the traditional Chettinad cuisine, said to be spicy and unique in it’s spice profile. After spending the day sightseeing, return to your hotel. Overnight stay is in Chettinad.
This morning we are heading to the ancient, religious city of Madurai. You will make a journey of 76 kms from Chettinad to Madurai, which is third largest city in Tamil Nadu. The city of Madurai is the soul of Tamil Nadu and is a metropolis that traded with ancient Rome, finding it’s roots way back into time. Madurai’s skyline is pierced by the 14 colorful gateway towers of Meenakshi Amman temple, reminding you what is it about Madurai that people find so alluring. Madurai is a cultural town, replete with religion, architecture and great food. On reaching Madurai, check in at the hotel. Overnight in Madurai.
If you take a peek outside your window, you will see a colorful towering gateway rising above the city of Madurai and that is where you are heading today. We are taking you for a city tour around Madurai, specially to the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with it’s towering gopurams. Later in the day, you will visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace, an imposing building designed in the Indo Saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on it’s domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar hills and Tirupar. Overnight in Madurai.
Today you take a 3-hour drive from Madurai to Kodaikanal. From the land of temples, we transport you to the lush paradise of Kodaikanal, set in an area of granite cliffs, dotted with waterfalls, lakes and rolling forested valleys. The name Kodaikanal loosely translates to ‘The gift of the Forest’, a charming poetic name for an equally enchanting town. The romantic foggy vistas of the town makes Kodaikanal a top honeymoon destination. On reaching Kodaikanal, check in the hotel. Overnight in Kodaikanal.
Start your day early in Kodaikanal to capture it’s true beauty. Take a hike through it’s lush forests to reach the silvery waterfalls. At 2000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired to explore the lake. Hikers and cyclists follow the 5k Lake Road path around the shore, drinking in the picturesque beauty surrounding the lake. Kodaikanal is well known for it’s flora and fauna. The Kurunji flower blossoms once in 12 years, a rare spectacular sight. Overnight stay in Kodaikanal.
This morning we are driving you down from Kodaikanal to Munnar. The lush 162 km stretch connecting Kodaikanal to Munnar offers some picturesque views of the region and is even more lush than your previous stay. You will cut through dense forests enveloped in gauzy fog and chance upon the views that will take your breath away with their natural beauty. The town you are heading for, Munnar, is an idyllic hill station adorned with tea estates and is located in the Western Ghats in the state of Kerala. Reach Munnar, check in to your hotel and rest. Overnight is in Munnar.
From the colonial tea estates of Munnar, we are escorting you to the harbor of Cochin. You will make a 4-hour drive to Cochin passing through a route bordered with palm trees and thick forests. You are heading close to the shore now towards Kochi or Cochin, which is a cosmopolitan city in Kerala with a bustling commercial port and tagged as the financial capital of Kerala. After transferring you to the hotel, we will take you for a city tour. Watch the Chinese fishing nets, it’s an alluring sight. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Drive down to Cochin railway station today to board the train for Calicut. This train journey will take about 5-6 hours and will take you through the lush landscape between Cochin & Calicut. The destination you are heading for is also known as Kozhikode, where famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. The long sandy beaches infringed by palm trees and a busy metropolis well known for it’s spice trade center tags Calicut/Kozhikode as a vital part of Kerala tourism. Arrive in Calicut and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Calicut.
Calicut was the major point of trade between India and rest of the world. The city, otherwise known as Kozhikode was where famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama first set foot in 1498. It has turned out to be a significant spice trade center for centuries and is a vital stop for anyone on exploration of Kerala. There is a lot to see in Calicut. The central Kozhikode beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse is a popular spot for watching the sunset. The tree-lined Mananchira Square, with its musical fountain, Dolphin’s Point, the science planetarium and Kappad where Vasco da Gama set foot in India. Later drive to Wayanad. Overnight in Wayanad.
This morning you open your eyes to the sprawling lush beauty of Wayand. Situated in the north-east of Kerala state, Wayand is blessed with vast forests, spectacular flora and fauna, rolling green hills covered in gauzy fog and beautiful spice plantations. It’s a great opportunity for hikers, as many lovely trails leads into the forests bringing you to enchanting waterfalls and mesmerizing vistas. Edakkai Caves contain ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to the Neolithic age, site worthy of any history buff. Lakkidi, it’s gateway town is popular for it’s plantation homestays. Spend the day strolling around the plantations. Overnight in Wayanad.
Pack your bags and begin your journey from Wayanad to Mysore. On this 2.5-hour drive you will pass through dense forests rich with flora and fauna. Elephant sights are common enough on this route and if you’re lucky you will get to see the magnificent animal in his natural habitat. After reaching Mysore, check into a hotel. Rest for a few hours before leaving for Mysore city tour. Explore the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The harmonious syntheses of Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture lends the palace a unique unadulterated look. Visit the art gallery before driving upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari temple and panoramic view of Mysore. On way back see the Nandi Bull. Overnight in Mysore.
You are taking a 3-hour drive from Mysore to Hassan today. You will start in the morning, so wake up fresh and get on the road. You are leaving behind the cultural soul of Mysore and heading for an old city that gets it’s name from the Goddess Hassanamba. For explorers, Hassan is a town adorned with many ancient temples and lush landscape that attracts several tourists to the city borders regularly. After arriving in Hassan, check into the hotel. Spend the night in Hassan.
We have planned a full day excursion to Halebid and Belur for you. Belur, only 34 km away from Hassan is a small settlement on the banks of river Yagachi. Belur can be called as Dakshina Varanasi or South Banaras for it’s temples. It holds a vital religious importance for people of South India. Though Belur and Halebid are just 16 kms away from each other, they are always referred to as Belur and Halebidu as if they are one. Temples of Belur and Halebid are ideal examples of South Indian architecture. Some are as old as 12th century, carved with scripts of Hindu mythology. The Chennakesava Temple in Belur and Hoysaleswara of Halebid are master pieces of Hindu art. Overnight in Hassan.
Almost the entire day would be used for travelling. Get up early and begin your journey towards Hospet. This 6.5-hour drive would consume almost your entire day but the route is gorgeous and dappled in history. Your journey will take you from ancient 12th century temples to Hospet, a town located on the Tungabhadra river at almost touching distance from the medieval city of Vijayanagara, Hampi. Hospet is the perfect spot on your itinerary to immerse yourself in history. This town is the window into the past. Upon reaching Hospet, we will check you in a hotel and leave you to recuperate. Overnight stay is in Hospet. Sleep tight as you have an adventurous day ahead of you
Leave your hotel on this sunny day for the medieval city of Hampi. Within a short distance of 12 kms, Hampi falls quite close to Hospet. This once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire was one of the richest kingdoms of South India, until 1565 when the Sultanates of South razed the city to the ground. What is left behind are the imprints of once magnificent city in form of ruins telling the story of a kingdom said to be greater than Rome. Stroll around the UNESCO world heritage site, admiring a dusty set of ancient ruins that has entranced the travelers for centuries. The elephant stables, the queen’s bath, Virupaksha, Vittala & Hazara Rama temples, lotus mahal and carvings on the Ramachandra temple. Return to Hospet. Overnight in Hospet.
Hampi to Badami makes for a great North Karnataka trip and is only 3.5-hour apart, which is an easy relaxing driving distance. Arrive at Badami and transfer to your hotel. Check in and relax. If you are in mood for sightseeing then Badami has a lot to offer. The dramatic landscape of sandstone hills pierced with Badami Cave Temples forms the face of Badami. Full of history from the 5th century, these secular temples are the heart of this old city. Thrill seekers are drawn to the red sandstone cliffs for rock climbing. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar, an architectural feat. Overnight in Badami.
This is the final day of your itinerary. Today you will be making journey back home. Leave early from your hotel in Badami for a long drive to Goa city where you will catch your flight for home. The route may be long but it’s beautiful nonetheless. You are heading towards shore now and can capture some lovely sights on the way. On reaching Goa, drive straight for the airport. Our representative will help you with your luggage. Board your flight for back home. End of Tour.
- Accommodation with Initial Room Category of every hotel on the double sharing
- Everyday complimentary breakfast with hotel stay
- Guide with good communication skills in English during sightseeing will be provided.
- Pick and drop from the airport & sightseeing according to the itinerary by Air – Conditioned Indigo/ Swift Dzire for 02 Guests and Toyota Innova/ Maruti Ertiga for 04-06 Guests/ All these vehicles have ALL INDIA TOURIST PERMIT.
- All presently relevant taxes.
- All the meals unless mentioned above.
- All the Air fares.
- The fees charged for entering the monuments.
- Individual expenses like telephone, doctor on call, laundry bills etc.
- All the travel insurance and Airport taxes etc.
- Services which are not specified above.