Diamonds of the South Tour

travel agency india

The Diamonds of the South Tour will start out in Chennai, with its antique and traditional areas and hidden beauties. Continue to Kanchipuram, ruled by many different kingdoms and empires, it has a lot of history to offer. Next you will visit the town of Mahabalipuram, known as an important seaport in history and you will find many ancient sanctuaries listed as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Among them are the rathas temples, mandapas cave sanctuaries, the Descent of the Ganges and the Shore Temple, famous for its thousands sculptures of Shiva. You will also be taken to Thiruchirappalli, also known as Tiruchi or Trichy. With a mix of culture and religion, this city will show you many different historic locations, temples and monuments. 

During this tour you will also visit the cities Pondicherry, Tanjore and Madurai. In Pondicherry you will have the opportunity to see many different temples, churches and statues with unique architecture as well as their famous beaches. Tanjore will offer you the beauty of the Great Living Chola Temples, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments and in Madurai you will get to experience the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

At the end of the tour you will visit Periyar, famous for itsnature and backwaters as well as Alleppey and Cochin, known for their tropical climate and sea.

  • Map
  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotels
  • Inclusion & Exclusion
  • Inquiry
  • Day 1 Arrival in Chennai

    travel company india

    Chennai Market

    Start this exciting tour by arriving in Chennai the first day. On arrival, get transferred from the airport to the hotel to check in. Have the rest of the day free to relax and regain all energy, and in the evening there will be the possibility to explore the nearby markets of Chennai. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.


    Attractions:
    Chennai Beaches
  • Day 2 Chennai sights

    travel company india

    Kapaleeshwar temple

    Begin this lovely morning with a tasty breakfast at the hotel and then prepare for an exciting city tour of Chennai, visiting all the main attraction. Start with a visit to the first British fortress in India, Fort St. George. This fortress was founded in 1644 and was initially meant to act as a trading post, but later came to be the origin of the modern Indian Army. Next continue on to the beautiful Kapaleeshwar Temple, a temple built around the 7th century CE for Lord Shiva. Having a great historical meaning, this temple is also built in a typical Dravidian architectural structure. Lastly continue on to make a visit to the National Art Gallery to enjoy some of the oldest historical pieces of South India and then enjoy some free time for lunch.
    In the evening visit the famous Vivekananda House, also known as the Ice House or Castle Kernan. This house is an important place for the Ramakrishna Movement of South India. Swami Vivekananda visited this house in 1897 and stayed for a few days to spread his knowledge and the building today houses an exhibition on Indian Culture and Swami Vivekananda’s life.
    Later head back to the hotel to enjoy a filling dinner and then get a good night’s sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Kapaleeshwar Temple
    Fort St. George
    Vivekananda House
  • Day 3 Temples of Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

    travel company india

    Sea shore temple

    This morning enjoy a warm breakfast at the hotel and then prepare to continue on to explore the next sights of this tour, the temples of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. First visit the town of Kanchipuram where the temples Kailasanthar Temple, Ekambareshwarar Temple, Vardajaranperumal Temple and the Sakkiswarar Temple are located. These temples all date back to ancient times and the Kailasanthar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the oldest structure in the town of Kanchipuram.
    Continue on to Mahabalipuram and on arrival check in to a hotel. In the evening, enjoy the sights of the famous Sea shore rock-cut temples which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under “Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram”. These temples and caves are believed to have been built between 630 and 728 AD and are influenced by the Dravidian architectural structure.
    In the evening, enjoy a good night’s rest back at the hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Sea Shore Temple
    Balancing Rock
    Ekambareswarar Temple
    Devarajaswami Temple
    Jain Temple
  • Day 4 Pondicherry Sights

    travel company india

    Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Begin this morning by getting reenergized with a breakfast and then prepare to continue on to Pondicherry. On arrival, check in to the hotel and unwind. After some rest, prepare for an exciting sightseeing tour of Pondicherry.
    First visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, an ashram which was founded by Sri Aurobindo to teach the newly created form of yoga he called Integral Yoga. With this method a man can strive for spiritual realization which not only liberates consciousness, but also transforms his nature.
    Continue on to explore the Pondicherry museum which houses many different historical artefacts such as sculptures from Pallava, Chola and Vijaynagara Temples, Buddha images and bronzes, arms and weapons.
    Next on visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a popular attraction in Pondicherry. This church is more than 100 years old and was built by French missionaries as the first ever basilica in Pondicherry. This beautiful structure is an inspiring place to enter, with its stained glass windows, tranquil ambience and art pieces.
    Lastly visit the nineteenth century lighthouse of Pondicherry, which was the first adequate lighthouse built to help guide the ships arriving to Pondicherry. Finished in 1836, it is an impressive structure to visit and admire.
    Later, head back to the hotel and enjoy a dinner and a good night’s rest.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    Sri Aurobindo Ashram
    The Nineteenth Century Light House
  • Day 5 Tanjore awaits

    travel company india

    Brihadeshwara temple

    Wake up refreshed and enjoy a warm breakfast at the hotel and then continue the journey of this tour to the city of Tanjore. On arrival, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Ranganath Temple, Jambukeshwar Temple, and Srirangam Temple.
    In the afternoon, visit the Tanjore Royal Palace, and the Nandi Bull. The Nandi bull is the name of the bull which serves as the mount of Shiva and as the gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati.
    Later check in to the hotel and enjoy a flavorful dinner at the hotel and a good night’s sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Brihadeeshwara Temple
    Alangudi Temple
    Thirunallar Temple
    Swami Malai Temple
    Thirumananjeri Temple
    Sattanathaswamy Temple
  • Day 6 Madurai journey

    travel company india

    Meenakshi Temple

    Get reenergized with a morning breakfast served at the hotel and prepare to head off to Madurai. En-route, make a stop at the city of Trichy to enjoy the sights nearby such as the Rock Fort. Within the rock fort there are two rock-cut temples which will also be visited, then continue to Madurai. On arrival, check in to a hotel and get a good night’s rest.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Sri Meenakshi Temple
    Kaveri River
    Thirumalai Nayak Palace
    Gandhi Museum
  • Day 7 Exploring Madurai

    travel company india

    Sri Meenakshi Temple

    Start this lovely morning with a hearty breakfast at the hotel and then prepare for a full-day tour of Madurai. The sights of this day include a visit to the Gandhi Museum to enjoy historical artefacts followed by exploring the Alagar Koyil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
    Continue on to visit the temple of Mariamman and the impressive structure of the Vaigai Dam.
    In the evening, continue the exploring of the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal palace which was constructed in 1636. Built by the king Thirumalai Nayak who ruled Madurai from 1623-1659, it was also his residence during his ruling.
    Lastly, visit the famous temple of Meenakshi to attend a prayer ceremony. This temple is believed to have been built between 1623 and 1655 CE and is the landmark of Madurai, representing the history and heart of the city. Dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort Shiva, this temple is famous for its intricate detail and sculptures within the temple.
    Then head back to the hotel and have a good night’s sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Sri Meenakshi Temple
    Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
    Thirumalai Nayak Palace
    Gandhi Museum
    Mariamman Teppakulam
  • Day 8 Nature of Periyar (Thekkady)

    travel company india

    Periyar Lake

    Begin this beautiful morning with a warm breakfast served at the hotel. Next on prepare to continue the journey of this tour to Periyar. On arrival, check in to the hotel and unwind. In the afternoon, enjoy a Jeep Safari in the Periyar Wildlife Tiger Reserve. Explore the wildlife animals such as elephants with the peaceful and blossoming nature.
    In the evening, enjoy some free time and if there is desire, there is the chance to enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar Lake. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s adventures.


    Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 9 Unwinding in Kumarakom

    travel company india

    Aruvikkuzhi waterfalls

    Start off this morning with a filling breakfast at the hotel and then check out from the hotel to travel on to Kumarakom. On arrival, check in to a hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at own leisure. In the evening enjoy a good night’s sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Kerala Backwaters
    Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
    Vembanad Lake
  • Day 10 Kumarakom leisure

    travel company india

    Kumarakom-Bird-Sanctuary

    This peaceful morning starts with a relaxing breakfast meal at the hotel and the rest of the day is free for own activities. Take this time to unwind and relax, or explore the nearby sights such as the Bay Island Driftwood Museum or the Bird Sanctuary. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the hotel and a good night’s rest.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  • Day 11 Exciting Alleppey cruise

    travel company india

    Houseboat

    Enjoy this morning with an energizing breakfast and prepare to board a cruise which will travel on to Alleppey. During the cruise, enjoy both a lunch and dinner meal, and explore the sights while passing through the backwaters. Enjoy this peaceful and majestic scenery and later the night will be spent on board.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Kerala Backwaters
    Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
  • Day 12 Journey to Cochin

    travel company india

    The Jewish Synagogue

    Begin this morning with a tasty breakfast on the boat and prepare to disembark at Alleppey. On arrival, drive to Cochin and check in to the hotel. After some rest, get ready for an exciting tour of the city.
    Start with a visit to the famous Mattancherry Palace, later known as the Dutch Palace, which was constructed around 1555. It was built as a gift from the Portuguese to the Raja of Cochin, and the palace today houses many exhibits of historical artefacts and Hindu art.
    Continue on to visit the St. Francis Church, the oldest church in India. Built by the Portuguese in 1503, it is a beautiful architectural structure to witness and one of the top attractions in Cochin. Next on visit the Jewish Synagogue which is the oldest active synagogue in India.
    Lastly enjoy the sights of the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, another popular attraction of Cochin. Admire their unique structure and how the impressive technique works to lower the nets into the water.
    In the evening, head back to the hotel and enjoy a good night’s sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Mattancherry Palace
    Church of Saint Francis
    Chinese Fishing Nets
    Vasco da Gama Square
    Jewish Synagogue
  • Day 13 Exploring the sights of Cochin

    travel company india

    The Hill Palace

    Start this morning by getting reenergized with a morning breakfast and continue on to enjoy this last tour day with more sightseeing of Cochin. Make a visit to the top attractions such as the Marine Drive, Fort Kochi and Hill Palace. The Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala and used to be the administrative office of the Rajas of Cochin.
    Continue on to visit the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica and Pallipuram Fort. The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located within Fort Kochi and is one of the eight basilicas in India. It is described as one of the most impressive and finest churches in India. The Pallipuram Fort is the oldest existing European forts in India and was built by the Portuguese in 1503.
    In the evening, return to the hotel and enjoy the last overnight stay of this tour.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Marine Drive, Kochi
    Fort Kochi
    Hill Palace of Tripunithura
    Santa Cruz Basilica
    Pallipuram Fort
  • Day 14 Departure day

    travel company india

    Bon Voyage!

    Enjoy this last day with a filling breakfast at the hotel and then prepare to check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport. At the airport, connect for an onward destination.


    Meals: Breakfast

The Residency Chennai

The premier business class hotel is located in the heart of the business district. The hotel is a perfect haven for those who mean strictly business. But for those who would like to mix business and
Address: 49 GN Chetty Road
City: Chennai

Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark:

Hotel Mamallaa Heritage

Located in Mahabalipuram, Hotel Mamallaa Heritage is minutes from Ganesha Ratha and Krishna's Butterball. This hotel is within close proximity of Arjuna's Penance
Address: No.104, East Raja Street, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
City: Mahabalipuram


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Ganesha Ratha

Ginger Pondicherry

When you stay at Ginger Pondicherry in Pondicherry, you'll be near the airport and convenient to Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Raj Niwas. This hotel is within close
Address: Old Venus Theatre, Karuvadikuppam
City: Pondicherry


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Hotel Oriental Towers

Located in Thanjavur, Hotel Oriental Towers is convenient to Thanjur Brihadishwara Temple and Maratha Palace. This hotel is within close proximity of Saraswathi
Address: 2889, Srinivasam Pillai Road
City: Thanjavur


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Thanjur Brihadishwara Temple

Meenakshi’s Sunshine Hotel

When you stay at Meenakshi’s Sunshine Hotel in Madurai, you'll be close to Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam. This hotel is within the vicinity of Thirumalai Nayak
Address: No. 14, Meenakshi Mission Road
City: Madurai


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Madurai

Abad Green Forest

Located in Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), Abad Green Forest is close to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Boat Landing.

Rooms
Make
Address: OPP. RC Church, Thekkady Jn. Kumaly
City: Thekkady


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark:

Abad Atrium

With a stay at Abad Atrium, you'll be centrally located in Cochin, convenient to Durbar Hall Art Gallery and Mattancherry Synagogue. This hotel is within close
Address: M.G Road, Cochin
City: Cochin


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Cochin (Ernakulam)

The Leela Palace Chennai

Located in Chennai (T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore), The Leela Palace Chennai is convenient to Theosophical Society Headquarters and Kapaleeswarar Temple. This
Address: 175 Sathya Dev Avenue Extn
City: Chennai


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Chennai (T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore)

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

With a stay at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram in Mahabalipuram, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Mamallapuram Beach and Krishna's Butterball.
Address: 57, Covelong Road
City: Mahabalipuram


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Mamallapuram Beach

Le Dupleix

When you stay at Le Dupleix in Pondicherry, you'll be near the beach and minutes from Pondicherry Lighthouse and Pondicherry Museum. This historic hotel is within
Address: 5 Rue De La Caserne
City: Pondicherry


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Pondicherry Lighthouse

Ideal River Resort

With a stay at Ideal River Resort in Thanjavur, you'll be minutes from Maratha Palace and Saraswathi Mahal Library. This hotel is within close proximity of Thanjur
Address: Vennar Bank, Pali Agraharam
City: Thanjavur


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Maratha Palace

Heritage Madurai

With a stay at Heritage Madurai, you'll be centrally located in Madurai, convenient to Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This 4.5-star hotel is
Address: 11-Melakkal Main Road
City: Madurai


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In the historical district

Spice Village

With a stay at Spice Village in Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), you'll be close to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Boat Landing.

Rooms
Address: Kumily Thekkady Rd, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala
City: Thekkady


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve)

Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin

Located in Cochin (Willingdon Island), Vivanta by Taj - Malabar, Cochin is convenient to Jain Temple and Mattancherry Palace. This 5-star hotel is within close
Address: Willingdon Island
City: Cochin


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Jain Temple

Clarion Hotel Chennai

With a stay at Clarion Hotel Chennai in Chennai (T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore), you'll be minutes from Chennai Citi Center Mall and close to Kapaleeswarar
Address: 25, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai
City: Chennai


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Chennai (T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore)

Confluence Banquets and Resort

With a stay at Confluence Banquets and Resort in Mahabalipuram, you'll be convenient to Pancha Pandava Rathas and New Lighthouse. This 4.5-star resort is within
Address: ECR - OMR Junction
City: Mahabalipuram


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Pancha Pandava Rathas

Club Mahindra Puducherry

Located in Poornankuppam, Club Mahindra Puducherry is within the region of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Botanical Gardens. This hotel is within the region of
Address: R.S. 200/201
City: Poornankuppam


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Poornankuppam

Paradise Resort

With a stay at Paradise Resort in Kumbakonam, you'll be convenient to Airavateshwara Temple and Swaminatha Temple. This hotel is within close proximity of
Address: 3/1216, Tanjore Main Road, Ammapet,
City: Kumbakonam


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: Near Airavateshwara Temple

The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai

With a stay at The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai in Madurai, you'll be close to Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This 4-star hotel is within the
Address: Number 40 T P K Road
City: Madurai


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Madurai

The Elephant Court

With a stay at The Elephant Court, you'll be centrally located in Thekkady, convenient to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Boat Landing. This 4-star hotel is
Address: Thekkady P. O.
City: Thekkady


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve)

Holiday Inn Kochi

Located in Cochin (Ernakulam), Holiday Inn Kochi is close to Lulu Mall and Durbar Hall Art Gallery. This 4.5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Hill Palace and
Address: 33/1739 A Chakkaraparambu Junction
City: Cochin


Hotel Rating:

Tripadvisor Rating:

Landmark: In Cochin (Ernakulam)

Inclusions
  • Accommodation in quality hotels
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • Assistance on arrival
  • Entrance tickets to all the monuments specified in the itinerary
Exclusions
  • Phone Calls
  • Personal expenses or any other expenses,which are not specified above as included
  • Camera Fees
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • International airfare

Travel Smart.

Why us?

India's number one travel agent with an experience of over 38 years in travel and hospitality industry of India, we have a very slight chance of error when it comes to show "Incredible India".

Reach us at:

6E Central Market, Ashok Vihar,
Delhi - 110052, INDIA
Mail: info@travelindiapro.com

We accept:

Security:

Copyright © 2015 All rights reserved.
Ratings and Reviews Powered by TripAdvisor TripAdvisor