Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Tanjore, Maurai, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kumarakom & Cochin
The south of India deserves its own tour, with a history and culture that is different to the popular destinations in the north. You will wander through unique temples and churches, and marvel at the unique artwork of the south. Enjoy delicious local cuisine, and learn about local spices in the famous Kerala Spice Garden. Stay in some of the best accommodation the south has to offer, always with a delicious daily breakfast to fuel you for all the exploring you will do during the day. One of your highlights will be staying overnight on a traditional houseboat as you cruise through the backwaters. The Southern India Explorer, is a must, even for those travellers that have already explored the north!
Day 01: Arrive Chennai (-/-/D)
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore Chennai.
Day 02: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (B/-/D)
Explore the colonial sights in Chennai on a sightseeing tour, before travelling south to Mylapore. Here you will see temples, cathedrals, and exceptional art work. Continue to Mahabalipuram.
Day 03: Mahabalipuram (B/-/D)
Tour the temple town of Mahabalipuram, known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples. Wander through temples then watch beautiful embellished silk being created in local homes.
Day 04: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (B/-/D)
Travel 210kms to Pondicherry, home to a fusion of Indian and French. In the afternoon you will explore and learn about the history of the town.
Day 05: Pondicherry – Tanjore (B/-/D)
Drive to Tanjore, visiting the 10th Century Chidambaram Nataraja Temple on the way. On arrival in Tanjore you will check in to your hotel for the next two nights.
Day 06: Tanjore (B/-/D)
Visit the World Heritage Listed Sri Brihadeshwara Temple, and the Tanjore Palace and Museum. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own leisure.
Day 07: Tanjore – Madurai (B/-/D)
This morning you will continue on your journey, travelling to Madurai. This ancient city is known as the Athens of the East. In the evening you will have a wonderful Temple experience.
Day 08: Madurai (B/-/-)
Wander through one of the most important places for Hindu Pilgrims, the Meenakshi Temple. Continue to the Palace of Tirumalai Nayak, a magnifcent example of Nayak architecture.
Day 09: Madurai – Thekkady (B/-/D)
Continue on your tour, travelling to Thekkady. In the afternoon you will explore the brilliant Spice Garden, learning about their cultivation and uses.
Day 10: Thekkady – Alleppey (B/L/D)
Drive to Alleppey where you will board a traditional houseboat for an overnight journey. Cruise through the calm waters and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner on board.
Day 11: Kumarakom (B/L/D)
After breakfast on board you will disembark in Kumarakom. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure in the village, exploring the backwaters, plantations, and fields.
Day 12: Kumarakom (B/-/D)
The day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure in this idyllic holiday destination.
Day 13: Kumarakom – Cochin (B/L/D)
After breakfast you will drive to Cochin, stopping at the Kumbalanghi Village on the way to experience the traditional lifestyle of the locals. On arrival in Cochin you will check in to your hotel for two nights.
Day 14: Cochin (B/-/D)
This morning you will tour the commercial capital of Kerala, from synagogues to palaces, and see the famous Chinese fishing nets. The evening will conclude with fantastic entertainment!
Day 15: Depart Cochin (B/-/-)
After one last breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards ﬂight.
Number of Days 15
Price From $3999
27th September – 13th October*
18th October – 3rd November*
8th November – 24th November*
29th November – 15th December*
21st February – 6th March*
20th March – 3rd April*
18th April – 2nd May
17th October – 31st October*
7th November – 21st November*
Prices are based on Low Season (01/04/2020 – 30/09/2020). *Surcharges apply for other periods.
14 nights good quality (4 star) accommodation with daily breakfast
Overnight on a traditional houseboat
3 x lunch and most dinners
Activities and Sightseeing as specified
English speaking local guides in each city
International Airfares and taxes
India Visa (if applicable)
Any other service not mentioned
$ Price (Twin Share)
From $3,999 per person (land only, low season)