South India Explorer - 14 Days

Kerala Backwaters – sail along the famous backwaters in our deluxe rice boat and enjoy marvelous views, Mahabalipuram – visit the impressive Shore Temple on the Bay of Bengal and the striking Five Rathas, Kumarakom – relax on the shores of Lake Vembanad and opt to visit the local bird sanctuary, Madurai – attend an evening Aarti prayer ceremony and see the impressive rock cut temple of Thirupparankunram Murugan, Trichy – discover the imposing Rock Fort Temple which is perched on a hill overlooking the city, Tanjore – visit the giant 1,000 year old Brihadishwara Temple on our guided tour of the city’s highlights, Kochi – enjoy free time to explore the coastal city and watch an entertaining Kathakali dance show, Pondicherry – tour the French colonial city including the Sacred Heart Basilica and walk on the beach, Munnar – explore the former British hill station and enjoy a guided stroll through one of the many sprawling tea plantations, Kanchipuram – marvel at the plethora of Hindu temples dedicated to the gods Shiva and Vishnu

Destination: India

Travel Dates: From 2019-11-09 to 2020-12-19

Duration: 14 days


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  • 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
    11 nights 3 - 4 star and heritage hotels, 1 night deluxe houseboat
    1 overnight train from Trichy - Kochi
    Houseboat cruise along the Keralan backwaters
    Guided touring of Kochi, Fort Kochi and Munnar tea plantation
    Traditional Kathakali Dance Show in Kochi, (entrance fee excl)
    Guided touring of Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram Temples, Pondicherry and Madurai
    Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 14
    Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites
    Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
    All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

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Day 1, Chennai
Welcome to Southern India! On arrival in Chennai you'll be transferred to our hotel in Mahabalipuram where the rest of the day is at leisure.
No meals included.
Day 2, Mahabalipuram
Enjoy a guided visit to see the plethora of temples at Kanchipuram and enjoy a guided tour of Mahabalipuram. See the beautiful Shore Temple, the largest bas-relief in the world at Arjuna's Penance and the Five Rathas. These temples were covered by sand until the British rediscovered them 200 years ago.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 3, Pondicherry
Travel to Pondicherry today for a guided tour. Stroll along the beach and see the beautiful red and white Sacred Heart Basilica.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 4, Thanjavur
Today we drive to Tanjore, with numerous stops en route. Visit the famous temple at Chidambaram and the iconic Airavateswara Temple before we arrive in Tanjore for an evening at leisure.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 5, Madurai
Today we tour the city of Tanjore including the towering Brihadishwara Temple. After the tour we drive to Madurai and attend the evening Aarti prayer at Meenakshi Temple.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 6, Madurai
Enjoy a half day guided tour of Madurai including the rock-cut temple of Thirupparankunram Murugan and then explore the bustling local bazaar this evening.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 7, Trichy
Travel to Trichy and explore the iconic Rock Fort Temple, which sits on a hill overlooking the city. After our tour we board the overnight train to Kochi.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 8, Kochi
Enjoy a free day in coastal Kochi today and watch an entertaining Kathakali dance show this evening.
No meals included.
Day 9-10, Munnar
Enjoy a guided tour of Fort Kochi and see the famous Chinese fishing nets and St Francis' Church. We then travel to the former hill station of Munnar and enjoy a guided stroll through a tea plantation on day 10. The rest of the day is at leisure.
2 breakfast, no lunch, 2 dinner included.
Day 11, Alleppey
Travel to Alleppey today and board our deluxe rice boat for a cruise along the lush Kerala Backwaters. Enjoy freshly prepared meals and the night onboard and admire your stunning surroundings as we sail.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 12-13, Kumarakom
Disembark at Kumarakom for two free days to relax or explore. Opt to visit the Kumarakom bird sanctuary or take a boat ride on Lake Vembanad.
2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 14, Kochi
Return to Kochi this morning where our tour ends with an included airport transfer. Flights from Kochi should depart after 2pm.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

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