Sights of South India Tour

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The Sights of South India Tour starts in Chennai, known to be the centre for many things, such as culture, economy and education. The history of Chennai dates long back to the Pallavas of Kanchi, a megalithic cultural establishment.

Next you will be taken to the ancient city of Kanchipuram, known as one of the seven cities where Hindus can reach final attainment. It is also known for being the religious centre of advance education for Jainism and Buddhism. The city is believed to have been a part of the mythical Dravida Kingdom of the Mahabharatha.

Going to the city of Mahabalipuram, also located in the state of Tamil Nadu, you will experience the group of monuments classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monuments of Mahabalipuram include rathas temples, mandapas caves, Descent of the Ganges and the Shore Temple, known for its thousands sculptures of Shiva.

On the way you will experience the city of Pondicherry, known for many historic sites. In the mid 1st century and onward, a marketplace named Poduke or Poduca was used as a Roman trading destination. In the 4th century the city became a part of the Pallava Kingdom of Kanchipuram. In Pondicherry you will also find the Thirukaameeswarar Temple, dated to be more than 1000 years old and believed to be built by one of the Chola kings.

You will also be brought to the city of Thanjavur, formerly known as Tanjore, where most of the Great Living Chola Temples are found (also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Monuments) and the city of Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), known for historical monuments such as the Rockfort and the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam.

By the end of the tour you will also have experienced Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kovalam and Thiruvananthapuram, all known for their history and culture dating long back.

The tour ends with visiting the cities of Allepey, Mararikulam and Kochi. Allepey (Alappuzha) known for its backwaters, Mararikulam with its small beaches and Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea will all give you pleasant final days in South India.

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  • Day 1 Arrival in Chennai

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    St. Mary Church

    Start this tour by arriving in Chennai, the gateway of South India. Meet with a representative and transfer to the hotel to relax.

    Later enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Chennai. Visitthe Government Museum, Fort St.George, Fort Museum, St Mary’s Church, San Thome Cathedral, Kapaleswara temple, drive past the Marina beach and a bit of shopping.

    Later enjoy a good night's sleep back at the hotel.


    Attractions:
    Chennai Beaches
    Chennai Churches
    Kapaleeshwar Temple
    Mararikulam Beach
  • Day 2 Chennai to Mahabalipuram

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    Sea Shore Temple

    Enjoy a warm breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. On the way we will stop to see some important sights. After arriving, check in to the hotel and relax.

    In the evening explore the sunny beach and enjoy some free time at own leisure. Later enjoy a good night's rest at the hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Sea Shore Temple
    Balancing Rock
  • Day 3 Travel to Pondicherry

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    Sri Aurobindo Ashram

    Enjoy an energizing breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Pondicherry, the French Town.

    On arrival, proceed for a sightseeing of Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Paper Industry, Government Museum, Chunambar Boat House - where facilities for boating and canoeing are available.

    The backwaters and luxuriant scenery on both sides of the river provide an idyllic setting for boating. Later in the evening relax at the beach that runs along the city. The night is spent at the hotel in Pondicherry.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Paradise Beach
    Seaside Promenade
    Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple
  • Day 4 Tanjore awaits

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    Saraswati Mahal Library

    After a filling breakfast at the hotel, drive to Tanjore. On arrival, check in to a hotel and later proceed for sightseeing of the Big Temple, the Palace, and the ancient Saraswathi Mahal Library.

    Later enjoy the night and get some sleep back at the hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Saraswathi Mahal Library
    Alangudi Temple
  • Day 5 Travelling on to Trichy

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    Rock Fort Temple

    Start this morning by enjoying a tasty breakfast at the hotel, later drive to Trichy. It is a fine blend of temples and monuments and one of the largest city.

    Visit the ancient Rock Fort Temple and Srirangam temple.

    Check in to a hotel and get a good night's sleep here.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Rock Fort Temple
    Srirangam Melur Ayyanar Temple
  • Day 6 Madurai sights

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    The Meenakshi Amman Temple

    Enjoy the morning with a breakfast at the hotel and later proceed to Madurai - a rich cultural heritage centre. Here enjoy a full day sightseeing of Madurai. Visit 1000 pillared Meenakshiamman temple, Tirumalai Nayak’s Palace, Gandhi Museum, Alagarkoil, Koodal Azhagar temple.

    If interested one can also visit Pazhamudircholai and Thirupparakundram, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga.

    In the evening witness the night ceremony at the temple. Later head back to the hotel to get a good night's rest.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Sri Meenakshi Temple
    Koodal Azhagar Temple
    Pazhamudhir Solai
    Alagarkoil Temple and Shrine
    Thirumalai Nayak Palace
  • Day 7 Continue the journey to Kanyakumari

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    Vivekanand Rock Memorial

    Begin the morning with enjoying a breakfast the hotel, then drive to Kanyakumari and check in to a hotel. Known as India's lands end where the three seas - Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, and hence the confluence is called Thriveni Sangamam. The beach itself is a beautiful sight, with multi-coloured sand and spectacular sunrises and sunsets as the sky and horizon break into a riot of color.

    Visit the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, the important Gandhi Mandapam and Temple.
    In the evening head back to the hotel to get a good sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Vivekananda Rock Memorial
    Tiruchendur Temple
    Kanyakumari Beach
    Gandhi Museum
  • Day 8 Kovalam journey

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    Light House Beach

    Enjoy a tasty breakfast in the morning and then drive to Kovalam, the international beach resort known for being full of coconut trees and sandy beaches. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising and so on.

    The day will be spent at own leisure, take this time to relax.

    Get a good night's sleep back at the hotel to be prepared for tomorrow's adventure.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Vivekananda Rock Memorial
    Kanyakumari Beach
    Kovalam Beach
    Lighthouse Beach
    Samudra Beach
    Hawa Beach
  • Day 9 Important sights and exploration

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    Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    Enjoy this morning with a tasty breakfast, later visit the famous Padmanabhaswamy temple and Suchindram temple - known for its 18 feet high Hanuman statue and musical pillars.

    Later proceed for the sightseeing of Trivandrum covering Napier Museum, Chitra Art Gallery and Padmanabhapuram Palace. Enjoy a memorable trip on the fantastic houseboats. Travel through the coconut fringed canals. Relaxing your mind and body as nature envelops you. Here you are a welcome observer of traditional activities of the local people. Watch them sow seeds in the soil and give green grass to their animals alongside the backwaters. Your crew will show you various points of interest along the way and provide you delicious meals on board. Have an out of the world experience with the overnight stay on the houseboat.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Attractions:
    Kerala Kayaking
    Thanumalayan temple - Sthanumalayan Kovil
    Shri Chitra Art Gallery
    Padmanabhapuram Palace
    Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
  • Day 10 Mararikulam awaits

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    Marari Beach

    Disembark from the houseboat after enjoying a fresh breakfast on board. Proceed to Mararikulam, one of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the lovely coast line of Kerala. This private, shallow beach is fringed with unending lines of coconut palms. Rest of the day is at leisure for own activities and enjoy the facilities of the resort, and get a good night's sleep.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Mararikulam Beach
  • Day 11 Kochi sights

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    Jewish Synagogue

    Start this morning with a nice breakfast and after breakfast drive to Kochi and check in to a hotel.

    Visit St. Mary's Cathedral, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church Dutch Palace and the famous Chinese fishing nets. Cochin has a history stretching back to the time of King Solomon, when it was known as 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Arabian, Phoenician and Chinese traders all stopped here in search of spices, silks and sandalwood.

    Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama followed, as did the Dutch East India Company and later the British. Today, Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus still live side by side, and Chinese fishing-nets, introduced by merchants from the court of Kublai Khan, continue to haul in fish. The adjoining backwaters make it a popular destination.

    Enjoy a good night's sleep at the hotel after this eventful day.


    Meals: Breakfast
    Attractions:
    Church of Saint Francis
    Chinese Fishing Nets
    Vasco da Gama Square
    Jewish Synagogue
  • Day 12 Departure day from Kochi

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    Bon Voyage!

    This is the last day of the tour. Start off by enjoying a tasty breakfast at the hotel, after that check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport. Connect for a flight to an onward destination, bringing memories and joy for the rest of the time.


    Meals: Breakfast

The Residency

With a stay at The Residency in Chennai (T Nagar - Nungambakkam - Mylapore), you'll be convenient to Ramee Mall and Valluvar Kottam. This 4-star hotel is within
Address: No.49, G.N.Chetty Road, T-Nagar
City: Chennai


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

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


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Landmark: Near Ganesha Ratha

Hotel du Parc

With a stay at Hotel du Parc in Pondicherry, you'll be minutes from Raj Niwas and Government Place. This hotel is within close proximity of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and
Address: 5, Jawaharlal Nehru street
City: Pondicherry


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Landmark: Near Raj Niwas

Hotel Riverside Resort & Spa

Located in Kumbakonam, Hotel Riverside Resort & Spa is convenient to Sarangapani Temple and Airavateshwara Temple. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of
Address: 32, 33, College Road
City: Kumbakonam


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Landmark: Near Sarangapani Temple

Grand Gardenia

With a stay at Grand Gardenia in Tiruchirappalli, you'll be near the airport and close to Our Lady's Cathedral and Rock Fort. This hotel is within the vicinity of
Address: 22-25, Mannarpuram Junction
City: Tiruchirappalli


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Landmark: Near Our Lady's Cathedral

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


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The Gopinivas Grand

The Gopinivas Grand is in the heart of Kanyakumari, walking distance from Kumari Amman Temple and Gandhi Mandapam. This hotel is within close proximity of
Address: Near Seashore East Car Street
City: Kanyakumari


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Landmark: Near Kumari Amman Temple

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


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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


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

Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai

Located in Muttukadu (East Coast Road), Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai is close to DakshinaChitra and MGM Dizzee World. This 5-star resort is within the
Address: Covelong Beach
City: Muttukadu


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Landmark: In Muttukadu (East Coast Road)

Accord Puducherry

A stay at Accord Puducherry places you in the heart of Pondicherry, convenient to Botanical Gardens and Sacred Heart of Jesus. This 4.5-star hotel is within close
Address: No.1 Thilagar nagar
City: Pondicherry


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Landmark: Near Botanical Gardens

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


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Landmark: Near Maratha Palace

Sangam Hotel Trichy

With a stay at Sangam Hotel Trichy, you'll be centrally located in Tiruchirappalli, convenient to Our Lady's Cathedral and Rock Fort. This hotel is within the
Address: Collector's Office Road, Trichy
City: Tiruchirappalli


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Landmark: Near Our Lady's Cathedral

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


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Landmark: In Madurai

Hotel Sea View

With a stay at Hotel Sea View in Kanyakumari, you'll be minutes from Kumari Amman Temple and Gandhi Mandapam. This hotel is within close proximity of Vivekananda
Address: East Car Street
City: Kanyakumari


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Landmark: Near Kumari Amman Temple

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


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Landmark: Near Jain Temple

Hyatt Regency Chennai

A stay at Hyatt Regency Chennai places you in the heart of Chennai, steps from Ramee Mall and close to U. S. Consulate. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity
Address: 365 Anna Salai
City: Chennai


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

Chariot Beach Resort

Located in Mahabalipuram, Chariot Beach Resort is by the sea, minutes from Pancha Pandava Rathas, and close to New Lighthouse. This 4-star resort is within close
Address: Five Rathas Road
City: Mahabalipuram


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Landmark: Near Pancha Pandava Rathas

Ocean Spray

When you stay at Ocean Spray in Manjakuppam, you'll be on a lake and within the vicinity of Auroville. This 4-star aparthotel is within the region of Sri Aurobindo
Address: 7,8,9, E.C.R Main Road
City: Manjakuppam


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Landmark: On a lake

Mantra Veppathur

When you stay at Mantra Veppathur in Thiruvidaimarudur, you'll be within the vicinity of Sarangapani Temple. This hotel is within the region of Airavateshwara Temple
Address: No 1 Bagavathapuram Main Rd Ext, 536/37
City: Thiruvidaimarudur


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Landmark: In Thiruvidaimarudur

Sangam Hotel Trichy

With a stay at Sangam Hotel Trichy, you'll be centrally located in Tiruchirappalli, convenient to Our Lady's Cathedral and Rock Fort. This hotel is within the
Address: Collector's Office Road, Trichy
City: Tiruchirappalli


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Landmark: Near Our Lady's Cathedral

GRT Regency Madurai

Located in Madurai, GRT Regency Madurai is convenient to Meenakshi Amman Temple and Thirumalai Nayak Palace. This hotel is within close proximity of Vandiyur
Address: 38, Madakulam Main Road, TPK Road, NH7, Palanganatham Signal Junction, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
City: Madurai


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Landmark: Near Meenakshi Amman Temple

Hotel Sea View

With a stay at Hotel Sea View in Kanyakumari, you'll be minutes from Kumari Amman Temple and Gandhi Mandapam. This hotel is within close proximity of Vivekananda
Address: East Car Street
City: Kanyakumari


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Landmark: Near Kumari Amman Temple

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


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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 ticket to all the monuments mentioned 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

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