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Set Departure Tour

Jewels of South India

Summary

Type: Set Departure Tour

Duration: 13 Days

Best Time to Travel: September – March

Places you'll discover

Allepey
Chennai
Cochin
Kovalam
Madurai
Mahabalipuram
Periyar
Tanjore
Trivandrum


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    Jewels of South India - Itinerary

    Discover just what it is the makes south India such an enjoyable place to visit on this group tour. We start in the pleasant seaside town of Mahabalipuram and its ancient shore temples. Southern India boasts some amazing and colourful Hindu temples and we visit the stunning Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. The land is also rich in agriculture and we spend time at a spice farm in Kerala and spend the night aboard a houseboat as we meander through lush lagoons and canals witnessing daily life on the water.

    Day 1

    Mahabalipuram

    In the morning

    Pick up from Chennai airport and transfer to Mahabalipuram.

    In the evening

    Overnight Mahabalipuram.



    Day 2

    Mahabalipuram

    In the morning

    A free day to relax and enjoy your surroundings.



    Day 3

    Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram
    In the morning

    Enjoy an historical walking tour of Mahabalipuram covering the important monuments including The Arjuna`s Penance (Bass Relief) and Five Rathas as well as the renowned Shore Temple. Apart from the monuments we also visit to a Sculpture studio. In the evening you are free to relax on the beach.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Mahabalipuram – Tanjore

    In the morning

    Drive to Tanjore en route visit Darasuram Temple – a storehouse of art and architecture with some exquisite stone carvings. Proceed to Tanjore. On arrival, check into the hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Tanjore

    In the morning

    Visit Sri Brihadeshwara Temple built by the great Chola king, Raja Raja I in the 10th century. The temple is an outstanding example of Chola architecture. Guarding the inner shrine of the temple is the gigantic statue of Nandi, the Bull, while the walls of the sanctum are decorated with paintings of Chola and Nayak periods. Continue Tanjore Palace and Museum. Later explore nearby village to experience the art of statue making and glass painting.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Tanjore – Madurai

    Tanjore – Madurai
    In the morning

    Drive to Madurai and en-route visit Karaikudi village where you can see the girls threading garlands of jasmine, and stalls selling bangles and women bent double sowing rice in the paddy fields. Stop at a small temple built around a banyan tree, where life-size clay horses are ranged in rows as offerings to the gods. Continue on to Madurai.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Madurai

    In the morning

    This morning visit the beautiful Meenakshi Temple.

    In the afternoon

    Then on to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak. After refreshment enjoy a cycle rickshaw tour around Madurai, passing through narrow lanes of Madurai.

    In the evening

    In the evening we return to Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening prayer ceremony.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Madurai – Periyar

    Madurai – Periyar
    In the morning

    Drive to Periyar located in Idukki district. On arrival, check into hotel. In the evening enjoy a visit to a Spice Plantation. See various species of spices and other aromatic plants and herbs. Your guide will explain about the use of different spices in Indian cuisine.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Periyar

    In the morning

    In the morning there is the option of a guided walk in the national park. In the evening enjoy a Kalaripayatu performance, a traditional local martial arts form.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Periyar– Cochin

    Periyar– Cochin
    In the morning

    Checkout and drive to Cochin. In the afternoon visit the Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 and the 16th century Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese. The Palace was presented to the Raja of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. This evening watch the famous dance drama of Kerala, the Kathakali. This dance is characterized by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extraordinary make-up.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Cochin – Allepey

    Cochin – Allepey
    In the morning

    Drive to Alleppey where we will board a “Kettuvallam”, the traditional trading vessel of this beautiful coastal region for a cruise on the backwaters. The boat will stop in villages for you to experience a glimpse of life in rural Kerala. Overnight stay on houseboat.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Dinner

    Day 12

    Allepey – Kovalam

    In the morning

    Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Kovalam. On arrival check in and free time to relax on the beach.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 13

    Kovalam – Trivandrum Depart

    In the morning

    Morning checkout and drive to Trivandrum airport for onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by air-conditioned minivan
    • Overnight stay in houseboat
    • Buffet Breakfast at Hotels
    • Experienced English speaking Indian guide
    • Spice Plantation tour in Periyar
    • Kathakali dance in cochin
    • Kalaripatu show in Periyar

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Optional tours
    • Entrance Fees
    • Indian visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    Accommodation Information

    CITY NAME NUMBER OF NIGHTS STANDARD HOTELS
    Mamallapuram 03 Mamalla Heritage
    Tanjore 02 Laxmi Hotel
    Madurai 02 Poppys Hotel
    Periyar 02 Michaels Inn
    Cochin 01 Homestay
    Alleppey 01 AC Deluxe houseboat
    Kovalam 01 Soma Palmshore

    Jewels of South India Summary

    Details

    Type: Set Departure

    Duration: 13 Days

    Best Time to Travel: September – March

    Places you'll discover

    Allepey
    Chennai
    Cochin
    Kovalam
    Madurai
    Mahabalipuram
    Periyar
    Tanjore
    Trivandrum
    FROM
    £679
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

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